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The Many Healing Secrets of Lavender

If you could grow just one herb on your windowsill or in your garden, what would it be?
Lavender is hands down my personal choice. It offers the biggest health return for my investment of time, energy and real estate in my garden and the essential oil is inexpensive and even enhances the benefits.
So what can […]

By |June 6th, 2017|Gardening, Grow Your Own, Natural Remedies|0 Comments

Natural skin protection under the summer sun

Now that beach vacations, gardening, outdoor sports and more summer sun activities are on most of our calendars, it’s time to consider ways to protect skin from damage.

The medical profession has broadcast its message loud and clear: Too much sun exposure causes dryness, wrinkling, premature aging and can lead to skin cancers. Certain types of […]

By |May 31st, 2017|Gardening, Healthy Lifestyle, Natural Remedies|0 Comments

Monsanto-free and bee healthy gardens

It’s gardening time again—and I am so ready for it! I imagine you are, too. My lettuce, spinach and broccoli are in and thriving in the cool spring weather.

Since it’s that time of year, I’m giving you a primer on how to have a healthy, non-GMO garden free of the seed patents that Monsanto has […]

By |April 21st, 2017|Gardening, Grow Your Own, Healthy Eating and Drinking|0 Comments

Food Is Medicine: Prescriptions from the Garden for Migraines

Your Garden RX: garlic, spinach, sunflower seeds, feverfew, mint, valerian

Migraines are debilitating forms of headache that affect about 10 percent of us and are more common in women than in men. It has long been suggested there is a hormonal component to migraines, although the headache pattern is highly individual.

Known migraine triggers include:

Red […]

By |December 9th, 2016|Brain Health, Gardening, Healthy Eating and Drinking|0 Comments

What would life be without home-grown tomatoes? Not much.

“Home-grown tomatoes, home-grown tomatoes, what would life be without home-grown tomatoes? Only two things that money can’t buy, that’s true love and home-grown tomatoes…”

I hummed this favorite John Denver song to myself throughout the spring when I planted my seeds indoors, tenderly transplanted those little plants into my garden in May after the danger of […]

By |September 2nd, 2016|Gardening, Healthy Eating and Drinking|0 Comments

The myth of organic food

Organic food is good for you and good for the planet. Most of my readers would agree on that point.

In the U.S., organic foods are subject to federal regulations that govern how the foods can be grown, raised and processed.
Definition of organic foods
In general, organic foods and livestock must be grown without the use of […]

By |April 12th, 2016|Gardening, Healthy Eating and Drinking, Toxic World|0 Comments

Tired of Being Tired?

Do you wake up feeling like you’ve never been asleep? Do you lie awake at night?

Do you feel fuzzy-headed and you’re prone to headaches? Muscle aches and pains?

These symptoms are part of a basket of maladies that might be chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). They could also describe hypothyroidism or adrenal fatigue. Unfortunately these diseases are […]

By |October 30th, 2015|Gardening, What’s Important Now, Women's Health|0 Comments

What would life be without home-grown elderberries?


This has been a somewhat difficult gardening year. Thanks to a neighbor who likes to kill everything in sight, there are no coyotes or snakes to control the squirrel and rabbit population, so we lost all of our tomatoes and most of everything else. Sigh.

The good news is that we have a bumper crop of […]

By |August 14th, 2015|Gardening, Natural Remedies|0 Comments

Foods That Ease Joint Pain

Excerpt from from Food Is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden By Kathleen Barnes

Your Garden Rx: chili peppers, oregano, spinach, cantaloupe, broccoli
Joint pain is almost always caused by some sort of inflammation of the joints, usually due to wear and tear over the years that causes deterioration of the cartilage, a soft tissue […]

By |July 17th, 2015|Gardening, Natural Remedies|1 Comment

Superfoods from the Garden

If you have read my latest book, Food is Medicine: 101 Prescriptions from the Garden, you probably noticed a theme running through it: Certain foods are mentioned over and over, to prevent and treat diseases and maladies that are vastly different.

That’s because these foods are superfoods, ones that are so dense in nutrients that they […]

By |June 19th, 2015|Gardening, Healthy Eating and Drinking|0 Comments