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2nd. Quarter, 2021 Gardening Tips.


2nd. Quarter, 2021 Gardening Tips.

Well it looks like spring is really struggling to make it's presence known. One of the biggest concerns where I live is water. We don't know if we will have enough water to even plant a garden this year. Well, actually we can plant one, but the likelihood that it can make it through the summer without water is the big question. So when we face this kind of a situation, it might be worth the time to consider doing the container gardening stuff. We have a serious drought situation that we are faced with. It is going to be bad, did I mention BAD? For example, on my son's one farm, just up the road from where I live, the irrigation company normally allocates around 3 feet to the share on an normal average year. Plus they do a use or lose it, with the water from about a month or so before they start charging you for water. This year there is no use or lose it water and they have allocated  .47  feet of water per share. So it is not good for...

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What is the Deal with Clary Sage and Sclareol?

Our discussion today is going to be centered around Clary Sage and Sclareol. The discussion is going be centered around the particular variety of Clary Sage with the Latin name of Salvia sclarea L., fam. Lamiaceae (Labiatae). There are other types of Clary Sage with different Latin names but this particular one has an important component within the needed therapeutic parameters to affect the specific targets that we will be looking at. We will also explore some myths surrounding Clary Sage in general and specifically.

Most of you are likely to have a hate relationship with Clary Sage because it might raise your estrogen hormone levels and give you cancer. This is a myth and I will show you how it is a myth, but also can be true. When I look at a GC/MS report on Clary Sage, I focus on this one component., first off right out the chute. This component will tip me off and many others to the quality of the report. This element is rather heavy in the list of "ingredients" in Clary Sage....

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Aromatic Plants; Rosemary and Other Fun Stuff.

Today we are going to look at Rosemary. We will, for the most part, look at the differences of Rosemary grown under various conditions.
There are a number of different varieties of Rosemary. Each one has their own unique contribution to serving the needs of the various users of the plant material. As to the essential oil aspect I have seen a number of different companies selling Rosemary Essential Oil will tout all Rosemary as the same oil. Without taking into account the different properties, without really understanding the differences between the vanities as to their strengths and weaknesses. Basically they just cut and paste from someone that cut and pasted from someone that cut and pasted from someone.. do you get the picture? With the essential oil of Rosemary this is very important to understand some background on this plant.  Now when it comes to the use of the Herb, it is not quite as important, but still it is important. Another popular use of Rosemary is in cooking...

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Aromatic Plants; Nitrogen and Other Fun Stuff.

Aromatic Plants.
Within this part of the discussion about various nutrients to the plant can and will affect the outcome and quality of the plant's nutrient levels. I am going to just touch lightly on a few of the nutrients and really end up doing a sampling of sorts vs a long discussion.

With Nitrogen; Nitrogen will play a big role in the plants growth of what you see, above the ground. In previous discussions I have use Basil as an example of how a particular nutrient can alter the expression of components in a plant, in this case Basil. When Basil is exposed to a higher level than normal level of Nitrogen it then tends to produce an essential oil that is of the Menthyl Chavrol type. But at the lower levels of Nitrogen it tends t produce an essential oil that that is of the Linalool type. This is important in Aromatherapy applications as the two type of Basil essential oil will tend to produce different end results, overall. The PPM level of Nitrogen of 15 PPM will give he best...

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What is the deal with Fennel Essential Oil?

Fennel Essential Oil.
Recently I was invited to do a FB Live program with Leiann as she was conducting a discussion of Fennel Essential Oil. I did a part there that dealt with a few items that is not normally found in various write up and discussions on this particular essential oil. So I would like to convey some of those ideas and add to what was discussed.
Fennel oil can be expressed in two types, one is Sweet Fennel and the other is Bitter Fennel. In aromatherapy we find that Sweet Fennel is the one normally used. The only real difference between the two are the levels of the constituents and their ratios. Many times Bitter Fennel is passed off as Sweet Fennel. In my opinion, for most aromatherapy applications it isn't that big of a deal, except that it is being misrepresented. The constituent levels and ratios are the main concern for this particular oil. Fennel, whether in the herbal forms or essential oil form, tastes much like black licorice.
Perhaps one of the main...
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Aromatic Plants; Cobalt, Essential Oils and Fun to Know Stuff.

We haven't done a whole lot in this area and sometimes it is fun to look at things in this light. There are over 18,000 plants that are known to produce essential oils or have theses oils in them. Only about 400 or so are known to be used for essential oil production to be used for therapeutic applications and for nutritional food flavorings. So with that lets look at several minerals and how they affect essential oil production n a few selected plants that are used for essential oil production. This same idea also applies to actual food production as well.

1st. Mineral; Cobalt. Cobalt is a very important micro-nutrient mineral. The ideal PPM in humans is best at 8 PPM.

With Rosemary; Rosemary was measured in some studies. With Cobalt being available at 10 PPM for plant uptake and at a soil pH of 8.49 gave the best Rosemary overall. This one aspect with the pH is why Rosemary does so well and why we select Rosemary from high alkaline soil conditions. In the other oils that will be...

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Brain Balancing Program.

I would like to discuss a little bit about this Brain Balancing Program that I am spear heading. For those that got a box through the Essential Oils Unleashed deal, you will have a description posted in the FB group as well as a sheet in your package, if I understand correctly. You can also get some information from Leiann's web site in the Blog section as I have an Introduction and several chapters posted there as well as I will post more in the future as it relates to Brain Support and Maintenance. These chapters will give you a considerable amount of back grounding on this subject. Please keep in mind that everything out there on the subject is not in these. I try to break down the information into usable material for and to what it means for us average people out on the street. I hope I am doing this. One of the challenges out there is that a lot of people out in the real world likes to present an "incomplete" picture so as to confuse you and then attempt themselves to be shown...

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Alfalfa: An Herb and Food Powerhouse.

From Time to time we run across some interesting concepts in nutrition. One of these is one that you are going to hear a lot more about in the upcoming future. If there is anything that is going to fall into the class of new and exciting break through in human nutrition it will be this particular item. So what is that new and exciting thing? Alfalfa. The Latin name is Medicago sativa. It is known in old school circles as Lucerne. When i was a kid growing up on a farm it was always referred to as Lucerne. Then later on in time the name of Lucerne was transitioned out and replaced with the name of Alfalfa. i may be bias, but I do like the term Lucerne. 

At the present time the plant is being aggressively studied from several angles for human nutrition. The plant has been studied extensively for agricultural applications in animal nutrition. Alfalfa is a legume and as such is often referred to as the "Queen of Forages" I am not sure why it isn't called the "King of Forages"....

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What is the deal with the term, Organic? .

 I want to try to make a short discussion, so we will try this "short" shoe on today and see what happens. So what is our topic?  Organic, that is the name of the game. Everyone loves the term "Organic". But just what does that mean? Let's find out.
 
In very simple terms, the term from a scientific point of view when applied to growing plants is this; In-Organic means that there is not a Carbon molecule attached through a plant growing process. Organic means that an inorganic substance has been applied to the soil or or in other words, to the growing medium of the plant and then taken up by the plant, processed, arranged and organized by the plant by attaching a Carbon molecule to the mix. Simple speak; Organic means that it has a Carbon molecule attached to it. Inorganic means that no carbon molecule has been attached. That is the only real difference.
 
Of course "Organic" has been taken over and applied to so many applications and ideas that it becomes...
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What is the deal with Basil Essential Oil? Perspectives of Two of the Chemo Types of Basil.

Hi Everyone,
Today we are going to discuss some heavy stuff. So I want to make it simple, but just keep in mind that you need to focus a little bit so that you don't have to go over it a number of times. But then again going over something a number of times isn't really all that bad.

The motivation for this discussion is because I have to make a very critical decision concerning an essential oil and it's placement in my Brain Balancing Program. In this case it has to fit in the Nitrogen slot in the level 3 polarity matrix. Keep in mind that Nitrogen is a very critical element in all aspects of life. In our bodies, Nitrogen accounts for about 3.5% of our body weight. So for me I am packing around a little over 8 pounds of Nitrogen. That is weight I really am not too sure that I want to loose a lot of. A little bit, maybe, but not much. lol. But beyond that, the air we breathe, we always say, I need Oxygen, I need Oxygen.... well the air we breathe is only about 20% Oxygen. We should...

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