An Introductory Guide to Ayurvedic Herbs

An Introductory Guide to Ayurvedic Herbs

The practice of Ayurvedic medicine originated in India thousands of years ago. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the term Ayurveda is a combination of two Sanskrit words: ayur meaning life and veda meaning science or knowledge. Ayurveda therefore literally means the science and knowledge of life.

Many Ayurvedic practices became established long before the advent of written records, having been passed down through the generations by word of mouth. Three ancient books on Ayurvedic medicine, the Charaka Samhita, the Sushruta Samhita and the Astanga Hridaya, were written in Sanskrit over 2,000 years ago and are known as the Great Trilogy.

In its Benchmarks for Training in Ayurveda, the World Health Organization states that there are two types of Ayurveda experts: practitioners and dispensers. Within the practitioner category are two types of therapists: Ayurveda dieticians and panchakarma therapists. The former provide dietary counseling and make herbal recommendations. The latter provides a fivefold detoxification treatment involving massage, herbal therapy and other procedures. Again it’s a literal translation; pancha means five and karma means treatment. (more…)

The Ultimate Guide to Patchouli

The Ultimate Guide to Patchouli

Patchouli is a plant species from the Lamianceae family, which also includes lavender, oregano, and mint. Although its scientific name is Pogostemon cablin, this perennial herb is more commonly known as stink weed, pucha pot, or putcha-pat. With so many names comes many uses, and patchouli’s potent aroma is what makes it a hot commodity among herb lovers today. It’s used for everything from aromatherapy to perfume and repellent.

Characteristics of Patchouli

Patchouli is native to Southeast Asia but is now cultivated throughout China, India, and parts of western Africa. It’s one of the bushier herbs and typically features a firm stem and small pale pink flowers. The plant averages two to three feet in length. (more…)

Spring is Over, and Now We are Busy with our Fall Plants

Spring is Over, and Now We are Busy with our Fall Plants

Our spring season is over, and we are busy with our fall crop.  But, we are all about looking back and spend our ‘down time’ reviewing the past.  We may be a ‘small business’, but we’ve always thought of ourselves as operating with the same principles as a ‘big business’.  I may grow plants for a living, but my major was Business Administration and everywhere I can, those useful lessons are applied.  Honestly, although our first love is growing big, healthy herb plants to fill your garden (and figuring out how to grow over 170 different types of herbs is a daunting task in itself), we also want to operate The Growers Exchange as an efficient business.  That, folks, is as challenging as those plants!

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Gardening With Children: Teach Your Kids To Love Mother Nature

Gardening With Children: Teach Your Kids To Love Mother Nature

Are you fond of gardening? If yes, then you must be aware of the importance of Mother Nature in any person’s life. You must be familiar with the immense joy you feel in growing tasty oregano in your backyard. So, why are you not thinking about passing this legacy to your kids?

Well, to do so, you need to teach your kids to understand the magic of nature. You need to make them realize how important it is to spend a piece of their time with nature. When we talk about nature, then the nearest place anyone can find is a garden. Go through all the information written below meticulously about how to intrigue your kids about Mother Nature. (more…)

One Day Isn’t Enough

One Day Isn’t Enough

On Saturday, April 22, 2017, we will be celebrating Earth Day.  I’d like to suggest that we celebrate Earth Day every day.

What do Richard Nixon, Teddy Roosevelt and Rachel Carson have in common?  No, not all presidents.  We haven’t gotten that yet … a woman in the White House.  So, think again.  All vital participants in promoting an environmental consciousness in the US.  Yes, the much maligned RMN can be credited with the creation of the EPA, as well as the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.  Teddy spearheaded the conservation movement in the early 1900’s and Ms. Carson is responsible for ridding us of DDT.

Keep America Beautiful

By 1970, the world had reached about 3.7 billion people (sounds almost empty, right?) and there were some very big issues:  water pollution, air pollution, solid waste contamination.  I can remember riding down the highway seeing folks toss their McDonald’s bags out of the window of their speeding wood paneled station wagons.  The ‘Keep America Beautiful’ folks, mostly beverage and packing industries who wanted to keep their industries free of government regulation, began promoting anti litter campaigns to encourage folks to clean up.  It worked.  Who can forget this image & PSA? (more…)