26 Plants And Vegetables You Should Always Grow Side-By-Side

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Organic gardeners know that a diverse mix of plants makes for a healthy and beautiful garden. Many believe that certain plant combinations have extraordinary (even mysterious) powers to help each other grow. Scientific study of the process, called companion planting, has confirmed that some combinations have real benefits unique to those combinations—and practical experience has demonstrated to many gardeners how to mate certain plants for their mutual benefit.  [Read more…]

The 35 Easiest Container and Pot Friendly Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs – DIY Your Way to More Homegrown Food on The Table All Year Long

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With spring and summer often comes the desire to plant things. If you are someone who enjoys growing and preserving your own food but you’re also someone who just doesn’t have the outdoor garden space that you need, we’ve got a great collection of projects for you. [Read more…]

Herbal Medicine: How Knowing Medicinal Plants Can Save Your Life in an Emergency

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Herbal Medicine: How Knowing Medicinal Plants Can Save Your Life in an Emergency 

Plant Medicine in a Post-Disaster or Remote Environment

Sam Coffman operates a survival and herbalism school in Texas, The Human Path, TheHumanPath.com. He is a former U.S. Special Forces Green Beret Medic with over 20 years experience working with medicinal plants.

Many preppers and survivalists are very interested in learning about plant medicine. Medicinal herbs and other plants have a long history of effectiveness in the field.

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Anti-Inflammatory Herbs

Inflammation occurs when the body’s immune system is under attack and is most obvious when it occurs with an injury

However, inflammation also occurs internally. Medical conditions such as arthritis, bronchitis and cystitis all count inflammation among their symptoms. Doctors often prescribe drugs like prednisone to alleviate these symptoms, but over the counter versions like ibuprofen exist too.

Prescription and over the counter remedies are inexpensive, but prolonged use can increase the risk for cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and other issues.

Whenever possible, safer, natural alternatives are preferred. Many herbs act as anti-inflammatories, and most of these have no harmful side effects. Whether you need an anti-inflammatory on a daily basis or only occasionally, choosing a natural herb is a healthy way to experience relief without exposing yourself to risk of harmful side effects. [Read more…]