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Charcoal Uses: A New Look at an Old Medicinal

By Rene Ammundsen – Charcoal uses are nothing new. In fact, charcoal has been around so long that many of us have forgotten just how useful it can be. For centuries, …

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A Guide to Diatomaceous Earth Uses

By Ken Scharabok – Diatomaceous Earth uses vary, but generally, DE can be safely fed to animals or used as a dust or spray for parasite control. This action is …

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Milkweed Plant: A Truly Remarkable Wild Vegetable

By Sam Thayer – Milkweed plant isn’t your average weed; in fact, I feel guilty calling it a weed at all. The common milkweed, Asclepias syriacqa, is one of the best …

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A Guide to Growing Chives

By Gail Reynolds – Whenever I think of growing herbs outdoors here at Timberlakes, I think about growing chives. Chives are about the sturdiest and most dependable herb variety we grow, …

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The Delicious Dill Plant and Its Many Uses

By Brenda Hyde – The dill plant not only has lovely foliage; its fragrance is a “comfort smell” for many people. I barely touch its feathery leaves and the smell of …

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The Versatile Mint: Peppermint Plant Uses

By Kay Flowers – Peppermint plant uses are endless; this versatile mint does a lot more than make a refreshing drink. Peppermint is indispensable in my herb garden and so vigorous …

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Hydrosol vs. Essential Oil: Practical Aromatherapy in the Home

By Erin Oberlander, Certified Holistic Aromatherapist Hydrosol vs. essential oil: what is the difference and how can you use them for soapmaking and aromatherapy? In previous articles, we have discussed …

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What are Essential Oils?

By Erin Oberlander, Certified Holistic Aromatherapist By now you have probably heard mention of essential oils even if you have not yet experienced them. However, with the rise in multi-level …

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Drop Spindle Spinning: Making and Using Your First Spindle

By Angela Hammer – I’ve always liked making things with my hands. I learned how to crochet years ago, so spinning became the next logical step for me to take. Why …

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How to Knit Socks with 4 Needles

By Patricia Ramsey – The following instructions are for a knitter who wants to learn how to knit socks with 4 needles. If you are a knitting beginner, learn how to knit with two needles and practice …

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12 Benefits of Learning How to Crochet

By Cathy Myers Bullard – “Chain four, join, and turn.” What artful activity relieves stress, inspires creativity, and promotes well-being all while being fun and functional? The answer: crochet. Discover the benefits …

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Extract Natural Dye for Wool from Goldenrod Plants

By Christine Lundsten McKahan – Five years ago, as my husband and I wandered around our two acres of newly purchased homesteading land, surrounded by rolling hills, grazing Holsteins and Wisconsin …

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