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Arnica Montana Health Benefits

Arnica Montana is a herb which has been used from the oldest of times to cure wounds. Starting in the 16th century this herb has been used In North America, Germany and Russia due to its anti-inflammatory and calming effects. It should not be confused with Arnica Chamissonis, which is not a medicinal herb, but a decorative one.
The active compounds contained by arnica are its volatile oil, carotenoids, flavornoids, and triterpenic alcohol. Its roots contain volatile oil (0.5 – 1.5 %), caffeic acid, inuline, thymol, and saccharose.
Arnica has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, decongestive and antifungal properties. It also stimulates the forming the granular tissues and thus accelerating the healing process. It eliminates micro-organisms and keeps bacteria and pathogenic funguses from multiplying. The arnica flowers are used for treating the pale face skin complexion, wounds, bruises and burns. It should be noted however that the arnica flowers are not harmless because th…

Aloe Vera And Acne - Is There A Relationship?

Aloe vera has some important medicinal qualities that are very effective in the treatment of acne. Aloe Vera has been used in a wide variety of medicinal ways both historically and in modern time. It is used to treat burns, wounds and infections to regenerate skin and provide the building blocks needed to rebuild scarred or damaged skin areas. In addition it aids in treating acne by acting as an anti-inflammatory agent and an immune booster.
Aloe Vera Solutions
Acne can be treated by either soaps containing aloe vera or aloe vera gel. Soaps should be used at least twice a day and the skin should be patted dry following the wash. A topical gel or cream application of aloe vera can then be applied to the inflamed or infected areas. Acne is not cured by aloe vera but the symptoms of redness, flaky skin, and swelling will be rapidly decreased with consistent use.
Aloe vera, in liquid form, can be applied to the facial area to remove excess oil. The face should then be washed with a soap…

Learn All About Horticulture And What It Entails

Classically evolved from the Latin words 'hortus' ( garden plant ) and 'cultura' ( culture ), horticulture is the culture of cultivating. But at the same time it is a huge field of study. Horticulture is heavily dependent on three broad areas of knowledge : Science, Business, & Art. An appropriate balance and interaction of these three components is necessary for success in Horticulture.
"Rare indeed are the fields that can claim such a dependence on all three broad areas of knowledge!" remarked Prof. Bailey L. H., the famous American Horticulture scholar. Horticulture involves the study of growing crops, plants, herbs, turfs, shrubs, trees, fruits, flowers, vegetables, grains, cereals, or anything that falls in this genre. It is a science of plant propagation and crop production. Involved are the topics of botany and agriculture that study physiology, biology and chemistry of plants and trees.
Subjects of genetic engineering and bio-technology falls into…

Using a Garden Theme

Every garden reflects the individuality of its owner. Garden themes, decided by the discerning garden owner is given shape by the garden planners. The garden themes generally display the familys favorite thoughts or concepts. They can be a mood or longing for certain place or aesthetic work and even a tribute to a dear one. The gardens have different reasons for different people and these reasons give rise to different garden themes.
The theme of the garden can always be seasonal. The seasonal garden themes show ones liking for a particular season.
* As Spring is the season of flowers, spring garden concentrates on early flowers -- fruit trees, spring bulbs, and early-flowering perennials. Such garden themes ensure bloom early in the year. A spring garden also attracts resident and migrating birds, luring them with insects that flock to the early flowers.
* Summer gardens focus on blossoming plants, and become a brilliant color show during the mid-summer season. Vacation homes often h…

More About Butterly Gardening

When creating a butterfly garden, the possibilities of what to include in your butterfly garden design are endless. Below are some suggestions to help get you started. They are designed to spark the creative process of your mind and get you started on your way to creating a lovely butterfly garden.
Before you even begin your butterfly garden, find out which species of butterflies are in your area. Consider taking an exploratory hike around your location with a butterfly identification book. This may take a little extra time and effort, but the results will be worth it. After you have compiled your list of local butterfly species, be sure to write down in your butterfly garden plan what these particular species of butterflies use for nectar and food plants.
Be sure that your garden is in a location that provides at least six hours of sunlight per day. Butterflies are cold-blooded creatures and therefore do better where they are warm and sheltered.
Wind can be a butterfly's wors…

Winter Bird Feeding - What Seeds To Use

Winter can be a difficult time for birds as the foods they are used to eating to be covered in snow and not readily available. Therefore, keeping your bird feeder stock proceeds can help keep your feathered friends fed.
So what should you fill your winter bird feeder up with?
Most of the seeds that you feed birds in the summer work in the winter to. You might want to experiment and see which seeds attract birds the best. One thing I don't recommend, is buying a cheap mix at the supermarket since a lot of the seeds in the mix birds don't like. Here are some seeds that most birds seem to enjoy:
1. Black sunflower seeds or block oil sunflower seeds will attract many birds to feeder and might even bring in some that you've never seen before if you haven't used these types of seats. These are the seeds that look like a sunflower seed but they're smaller and all totally black. These seeds have a higher oil content and a softer and easier to open.
2. Safflower is a white …