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Creeping Charlie

Creeping Charlie is the bane of many lawn enthusiasts, because it tends to grow no matter what you do to stop it. It has small, scalloped, dark green leaves that may turn red or purple in full sunlight, and grows in long stems along the ground. Flowers are purplish to blue. You can make positive […]

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Common Plantain

Here’s a plant you can find growing in your lawn, in vacant lots, even in the strips of grass beside the street. Its broad, oval leaves grow close to the ground in a dark green rosette. The smooth, thick leaves are 4 to 10 inches long with ribbed veins and long leaf stalk that is […]

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Flower Power

Sunflower (heianthus annus) This delightful flower is more than just a pretty face. The sunflower’s raw seeds are bursting with potential life-giving force and ultra-nutrient density, putting these kernels in a unique class called “super foods” (foods that not only provide nutrients but also have the potential to assist in alleviating ailments). Indigenous peoples from […]

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Opening the Gates of Life: Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo has been used as a food and medicine for more than 4000 years, and traditional Chinese herbalists still rely on the plant for the treatment of asthma, bronchitis, and brain disorders. Often called a living fossil, the magnificent Ginkgo Biloba tree is the last survivor of its botanical family. In fact, it is the […]

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King of the Beasts: DANDELION (taraxcum officinale)

Boasting a richness of naturopathic uses, both medicinal and nutritional, the dandelion’s roar is predominantly that of a diuretic and a detoxifier. The dandelion can be used as a tonic, diuretic, hepatic, antiscorbutic, sialagogue, aperient, alterative, and stomachic. You may not know what most of these words mean, but the gist of it is, this […]

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