Radishes…the forgotten Beauty Food

I follow quite a few blogs related to natural and/or organic (remember…just because it says it is natural doesn’t mean it is organic) skin care that not only addresses my skin care concerns, but can also educate me on what to look for in products, which I may choose to buy versus making on my own.  So, occasionally I will share some posts from bloggers that I think you may find interesting or helpful in your own skin care journey…

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Ok, so I completely forgot about how beneficial radishes are to not only the inside but to the outside of our bodies, as well.  Mostly, we are use to seeing and eating red radishes, but the black radish has great health benefits and in some instances out perform it’s red radish counterpart.  They are considered a cool season crop, so keep that in mind when trying to find them in your local grocery store.  Please read on for some of the benefits of radishes. 🙂

Why Radishes are the Ultimate Beauty Food

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I have been gone for a while, since I started this large garden project, I did not realize how big this project would be till I started it.It is a lot of work and really keeps me busy from day to day,  with the organizing, planting, watering, weeding and harvesting. I love the fact that I am able to grow all the things that I love to eat, and know that I grew it so it is in fact free of all chemicals and hormones.  With that being said a lot has changed in my world as well. I could say that I went through a bout of depression but, I don’t think that is the case. I just think that as I grow older I become less and less social, I tend to want to spend most of my time alone or with like-minded people, so far I can say that list is really small. I can not call myself a hermit, but just a true homebody. At first it was a medical force, but I have grown to love it and like it. It is like living in a small bubble where you can choose what energy you allow to enter. If you don’t want to look to the outside – you don’t have too. I would be just as happy in the middle of the rain-forest or a small island just chill, quiet it my serenity. When you live your live with a throbbing head, you tend to want peace and quiet around you 365 days a year. My life…………

My garden is starting to blossom and I am adding more and more to it daily, it started out as just a small garden and it is transitioning to a small food forest in my back yard. It is a work in progress and I am proud to say that I accomplished it with all of my medical issues. I have cut a lot of things in my life , such as television, social media (to extent) and red meat products and started back reading as much as possible, I try to keep up on what new methods they have out for gardening and what fruit and veggies thrive good in my area. The more I read the more I want to plant and grow. I have a small positive support system that keeps me going – and actually helps financially support the growing garden and without them I would not be able to do what I have done. Thanks so much, you few know who you are. I felt it necessary just to let you know that I have not forgotten about you and will try to encourage myself to write more often. Thank you for listening to my brief update and hope you stay tuned in.

Look to your garden for your next Steam Facial

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Your next aromatherapy steam facial could be as close as your garden.  I love facials and the benefits that it provides to my skin and that it can be customized to fit my skins needs.  What is especially great about steam facials is that I don’t need to make a trip to a spa or salon, or spend a lot of money to reap the benefits.  I like that steam facials are simple and easy to set up in the comfort of my own home.

Of course, you can do a steam facial with plain water but adding herbs just elevates the experience.  Here are some ideas for you:

  • Loose teas
  • Rose Petals
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Lavender – a little goes a long way
  • Oregano
  • Mint Leaves
  • Basil Leaves
  • Star Anise
  • Lemon Peel
  • Eucalyptus – here is a link ( http://articles.mercola.com/herbal-oils/eucalyptus-oil.aspx ) on information about making your own Eucalyptus oil. However, I just drop a few fresh leaves in the water.

Let’s not forget about the health benefits of steam facials.  Adding thyme, rosemary, basil, oreganopeppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, etc and garlic can help with coughing and congestion. (Source:  Wellness Mama – http://wellnessmama.com/61037/herbal-face-steam/)

I hope this gives you another reason to enjoy your garden and inspire you to add a steam facial to you skin care regimen.  What if you don’t have a garden?  Well, you don’t need to have anything elaborate and a small herb garden is easy to start in containers and placed in a window.  Here is an article in “Organic Life” to help get you started – http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/10-herbs-to-grow-inside-all-year-long

 

Follow the links below to some great information on DIY Steam Facials.  Enjoy!

http://www.xovain.com/skin/diy-steam-facial

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http://blog.freepeople.com/2014/02/diy-herbal-floral-steam-facials/

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http://blackandbeautiful.fr/blog/en/2014/01/31/facial-remove-impurities-steam/

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Benefits of Gardening

I ran across this article regarding the many benefits of gardening that are sometimes overlooked or you may not know.  For instance, how it can benefit our mental well being on a chemical level…read the following for more information and enjoy.

WELLBEING GARDENING – GARDENING FOR THE BODY, MIND & SPIRIT

Unknown Plant.

So this is our unknown plant. The seed looked like a bean but

we still have no knowledge of what the name of this plant is.

The plant has thick stems and long.

Any ideas on what the name of this plant can be?

J.H

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Small Update.

UPDATE! This is a small update of the garden that is inside.

So far everything is growing well and starting to bloom

loving what we are seeing so far. So much more to come.

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| disregard the small little strawberry pup at the bottom. |

J.H

Calling All Plants To The Sun Room

This afternoon, I made the decision to bring in the last of the non-freeze tolerant plants into the grow-room, where I will be gardening out of until around the first of February here in good ole Phoenix, Arizona. I went a head and brought them in about a week early because it is a lot of things I want to get done outside before it gets too cold. Since I am completely building the garden from scratch I wanted to make sure that the plants were out of the way and  got adequate care, so inside they go. I have garden gates to install, to separate my backyard area from the garden and secure it from our household pet. (Turns out they love fruit & vegetables) I also want to make all the pathways around where I will be placing the garden beds and look for a place that I can get wood-chips delivered for the ground. I have to decide on a watering system and measure the place where the chicken coop with be going (chicken-wire here I come). I have a few things that need digging and trenching and I did not want to run the risk of harming anything.

First on my agenda this week is getting two old ceiling fans changed out in the grow room and put some Sunblaster 55 watt Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL) up to illuminate the place with ultra-daylight 6400K output  (So the sun-room goes a glow.) I found some temporary Leviton 9626-C porcelain box mounts on Amazon that I am going to order in a few days that I can put on a timer if needed. So the whole room will be one big glow box . After doing my research I found that these bulbs are excellent for supplemental lighting in indoor greenhouse applications, where the Sun’s natural light is not available with a healthy CRI of 81 so it will make them feel as tho they are outside basking in the sun. Plus the fact that they fit into a standard light fixture always makes me smile. ( Less building)

(Light Bulb Show Below)

 Sunblaster 55 watt Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL)

Sunblaster 55 watt Compact Fluorescent Lights (CFL)

I have a small green house with about 4 shelves coming that I am going to place my seedlings in. They will get a good start in the greenhouse with the warm humid space the greenhouse provides. I will house them there and as they graduate to the one gallon root pouches they will go in a different tray under the grow room lights.

(Green House Show Below)

Gardman R687 4-Tier Mini Greenhouse, 27

Gardman R687 4-Tier Mini Greenhouse, 27″ Long x 18″ Wide x 63″ High

Once the grow room is completed in the next 2 weeks I will definitely give you a tour of it, Right now it is a mess with all my extra storage and sewing machine equipment. I just thought I would keep you updated on what I was up to so until we chat again, I am off to research fertilizers.

November 1st Update

Well, First I must say “Good Morning” and Happy 1st day of November & Support Epilepsy Awareness

We are getting down to the first frost here in Phoenix, Arizona and I have been prepping and planning to bring in all my plants for wintering. It has been fun getting everything organized and I must say it has taken a lot of time, money, sweat and planning to get this spring kick off of my homestead up and running.  When I first started this process, I was so out of the loop of vegetable gardening that I was a little discouraged. I knew I could grow a house plant and I was fairly knowledgeable in various fruits and vegetables.So I had to take a seat.I sat down and researched everything there was to know about gardening from proper soil nutrients, to vertical growing and took what I needed from a few areas. I think I found a few of the best methods for me in my garden and will give them a try this growing season. I have decided to go with a combination of container gardening (Using Root Pouches) and raised bed gardening. The soil where I am is not the best and it will take some time for me to get the ground nutritious enough for me to plant any type of vegetation outside of a desert dwelling plant. So I will be keeping the ground mulched with wood chips in hopes that it will decompose and provide me with some fertile microbial soil to work with.

I started this concept thinking that this would also be a community experience, but later after speaking with family and friends turned to decide that it will have to start off as a personal one so that I can research and apply new gardening techniques and open it up to the public when it is thriving and sustainable. I pretty much have most of the items I need to get started in the garden and for the other items they will be coming as my limited income permits. So with that said  even tho I will not be doing much planting in the next month or so, I will still be working behind the scenes to get everything set up for spring. I will provide pictures and updates on how the garden is coming along and kind of keep you up to date on the current events and things I am into. This is a learning adventure for me and I am loving the ride.

Last,  I would like to thank all of you that contributed your time, input and monetary donations to my garden It was very much appreciated. Sometimes a little bit goes a long way. I will keep the gofundme up for those that want to contribute in the purchase of a greenhouse and I will leave it there for those that follow me and want to keep up to date on whats going on in the garden. Any donations will still always be gladly accepted.

Thank you for listening to my drawn out rant and you have a excellent Sunday Morning.

10 Terrific Cool-Weather Recipes for Wild Rice

10 delicious vegan recipes for wild rice, which graces fall and winter dishes with an earthy, nutty quality that’s unique and unlike any other grain.

Source: 10 Terrific Cool-Weather Recipes for Wild Rice

Weekly Plant-Based Dinner Plan, October 26 – 30, 2015

A week’s worth of plant-based (vegan) dinner ideas: roasted tempeh and vegetables; vegan pho bo; quinoa paella; skillet baked beans; and Mexican pizza.

Source: Weekly Plant-Based Dinner Plan, October 26 – 30, 2015