Holiday Aromatherapy Class

Smell is a potent wizard that transports us across a thousand miles and all the years we have lived. – Helen Keller Working or sitting in the garden enjoying fragrant flowers and herbs is an experience to treasure.  However, during the gardening ‘off-season’ many of us aren’t exposed to the stress management benefits that aromatherapy…

12 Steps to Better Health

I have some great news for you about the health benefits of gardening!  Let me give you the backstory… I was drawn to the nutrition school I attended, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, for two main reasons.  First, they teach bio-individuality.  This means that no specific eating plan works for everyone.  One person’s medicine can…

Rakes & Pains

In many parts of the country the beauty of autumn will soon be unfolding with breathtaking foliage.  The pleasant cool air, the smell of warm apple cider, and the colorful leaves floating down are all reasons why autumn is my favorite season. Unfortunately raking those colorful leaves is another story though; especially if you suffer from an injury or…

Healthy Benefits of Companion Planting

Many gardeners know that a diverse mix of plants makes for a healthy and beautiful ecosystem.  Scientific study of companion planting has confirmed that some combinations have real benefits unique to those combinations. And practical experience has demonstrated to many gardeners how to mate certain plants for their mutual benefit.  I don’t claim to be…

Gardening is Great Exercise

Gardening is a physical activity to enjoy for a lifetime! Lawn and garden care offers countless benefits to the largest generation in U.S. history. In addition to beautiful landscapes and fresh foods, gardening decreases blood pressure, reduces stress, improves confidence, helps focus, and strengthens the body. In addition to gardening’s physical benefits, proponents point to…

Gardener’s Elbow Exercises

It’s common for gardeners to experience muscle soreness after a long afternoon in the garden.  General muscle soreness disappears in a few days, but many gardeners complain about chronic elbow pain.  Gardener’s elbow can occur on the inside or outside of the elbow, presenting symptoms similar to tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow.  The primary differences between…

The Gardener’s Survival Kit

Many gardeners are extremely passionate about their hobby and frequently get so excited that they actually end up over-doing it.  It’s very common for us to get caught up in activities and work the entire day away.  We need a gardener’s survival kit!!  If you’re like me, once you’re  in the garden there’s not much…