• 06Apr

    How to Grow Your Own Lemon Tree From Seed New

    Even in northern climates and in the dead of winter, a productive lemon tree can be growing inside of your home or garage. They are quite beautiful in appearance, both in regard to their dark-green leaves and their snow-white blooms, and they also emit a pleasant, refreshing  fragrance.

    To grow your own lemon tree, you will need to obtain the following:

    • An organic lemon since non-organic lemons often contain non-germinating seeds
    • Fertile potting soil, preferably containing peat, vermiculite, perlite, and natural fertilizers
    • A planting pot that is six inches wide and six inches deep
    • A seedling pot that is about 24 inches wide by 12 inches deep
    • A sunny, indoor growing location and possibly a grow lamp


    Follow these steps to grow your own lemon tree:

    1. Moisten the potting soil so that it is damp, but not soaked, all the way through.
    2. Fill the smaller pot with soil, all the way up to an inch below the rim.
    3. Cut open your lemon and remove a seed. Remove all of the pulp from its surface. A good way to do this is to simply suck on it until it is clean.
    4. Do not delay to plant. The seed must still be moist when it is buried into the soil. Plant the seed about half an inch deep in the middle of the pot.
    5. Spray the soil that is directly above the seed gently with water from a spray bottle.
    6. Cover the pot with clear plastic wrap, seal the edges with a good rubber band, and poke small holes in the top with a pencil.
    7. Place the pot in a warm, sunny location.
    8. Spray on more water occasionally, not allowing the soil to dry out. Do not cause water to puddle though. Just keep the soil somewhat moist.
    9. After about two weeks, when the sproutling emerges, take the plastic covering off. If you need additional light for your lemon plant, you can use a grow light to supplement the sun’s light.
    10. Take care of the young plant by keeping the soil damp, by making sure it gets at least eight full hours of light per day, and by giving it moderate doses of organic fertilizer.
    11. Watch over your plant to ensure it is not attacked by bugs or diseases. Prune off brown, dead leaves when necessary. Use pesticides if you must. Protect your new lemon tree!
    12. When the plant outgrows its small pot, put it in the larger pot. You will go through much the same procedure when you re-plant it as when you first planted. Younger plants need more water than older plants, but they all do need adequate water. Don’t starve your poor plant after all that work of growing it!

    Eventually, your hard work will pay off with a fruit-bearing tree. You could have bought a lemon at the market easy enough, but the educational experience of growing your own lemons will be well worth it. You will be able to enjoy fresh-off-the-tree lemons at your pleasure, and you will have grown an excellent addition to your home decor.

    Watch YouTube Gardener Mitchell Boyle’s Technique For Growing Lemons…

    Mitchell shows you how to grow all kinds of great stuff on his popular youtube channel. He has videos on growing everything from Bananas to Avocado. Even Kiwis and Pineapples.

    In this video, Mitch talks about the tricks he’s discovered to grow a lemon tree from seed which he says “Works every time!”


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  • 12Feb

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  • 12Apr

    6 Amazing Benefits of Tea Tree Oil

    via Natural Home Remedies by author on 4/10/13

    Tea tree oil, also known as Melaleuca oil, is an essential oil derived from the leaves of an Australian plant Melaleuca alternifolia through the method of steam distillation. The oil is clear to pale yellow in color and has a fresh, woody, camphoraceous odor.

    It is highly beneficial for health because it has several medicinal properties. For instance, it has antisepticantifungalantibacterialantiviralexpectorant,stimulant, and insecticide properties. Furthermore, it is usually considered safe as it is non irritant and non-toxic in nature.

    Given below are 6 wonderful benefits of using tea tree oil


    Tea tree oil is useful for fighting infections because it works as an immuno-stimulant. Thus, it increases the body’s ability to get rid of infections.

    Tea tree oil, in particular, is considered good for treating eczemaathlete’s footringwormboilswarts, etc. and relieves itching caused by these problems.

    Thus, when dealing with these infections you can either dilute tea tree oil in water, or mix about ten drops of this essential oil in carrier oil such as almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil, etc., and then apply on the affected area.

    It is suggested to avoid applying tea tree oil directly on sensitive skin, or else it may give rise to redness, itching and irritation.

    Besides, pure tea tree oil can be used to heal cold sores. You can even apply dilute tea tree oil (one part oil and one part water) on the affected area several times in a day. Plus, you may mix about six drops of tea tree oil in your bath water and soak in it for a while.

    In addition, it helps soften corns and calluses. Moreover, tea tree oil can be used for cuts, scrapes, burnsinsect bitesscabies, minor wounds, ingrown hairrazor burnsskin tagschicken poxcandidaear infection, and so on.

    This oil is not meant to be ingested, but you can massage your gums with it or use tea tree oil toothpaste to cure mouth ulcers and gum infection.

    Alternatively, you can add three drops of tea tree oil a cup of warm water and gargle with this solution twice or thrice daily to get rid of gum inflammationbad breathlaryngitis, etc.

    Tea tree essential oil works as a great beauty aid. It removes excess oil and fights off bacteria causing acne and pimples.

    In fact, it is considered as effective as benzoyl peroxide, which is often used for eliminating acne and blemishes.

    Hence, you can prepare a solution by mixing equal amounts of tea tree oil and water, and apply it regularly on your face two times in a day (morning and night) with the help of a cotton swab.

    Make sure you wash your face before putting tea tree oil. Before applying it on your face though, it is recommended to conduct a patch test on the inside of your forearm to check your sensitivity. This essential oil can be used for treating nail fungus, as well.

    Tea tree oil is helpful in preventing and treating head lice. Therefore, you can simply mix it in your shampoo (put two drops of the oil per ounce of shampoo).

    Besides, you can 20 drops of tea tree oil in two ounces of carrier oil, apply this solution on your hair and leave for a few hours before shampooing.

    Alternatively, you can use a mixture of a pint of water and 25 drops of tea tree oil, three times in a day. These remedies, however, are not a substitute for combing.

    Hence, you will still have to comb out the lice and remove their eggs. Furthermore, you can combine two ounces of vodka, one ounce each of water and glycerin, half an ounce of tea tree oil, and soak your lice comb in this mixture to kill the lice and eggs.

    Moreover, in case you are bothered about lice in your clothes, you can put 12 drops of tree oil in your washer along with the detergent while washing your clothes.

    This is yet another benefit of using tea tree oil on your hair. You can mix this essential oil in your regular shampoo (one drop of tea tree oil per ounce of shampoo) or use a specific anti-dandruff shampoo containing 5% tea tree oil.

    Furthermore, you may apply a few drops of tea tree oil directly on your scalp before shampooing to cure scalp problems and get rid of dandruff.

    Besides, you can use a combination of tea tree oil and rosemary oil to treat dry, flaky scalp. You can also mix tea tree oil with water and spray it on your scalp throughout the week as a hair spritz.


    When dealing with sinusitisbronchitiscoldflusore throatcoughwhooping coughasthma, and other respiratory ailments, you can add tea tree oil to a vaporizer to get rid of chest congestion.

    Plus, you can put several drops of tea tree oil in boiling water, cover your head with a paper towel, and inhale the steam. In addition, it can be mixed with some carrier oil and massaged on to the chest.


    Tea tree oil has anti-inflammatory properties and flushes out uric acid build-up. Hence, it helps heal sore muscles, mild sprains, and arthritis pain by desensitizing irritated nerve endings.

    Moreover, it relieves wrist pain caused by carpal tunnel syndrome. Thus, you can massage the affected area with some carrier oil mixed with two drops of tea tree oil.

    If you are not sure where to get tea tree oil from, them you can purchase it from a drugstore or a health food store. It is usually available in the health and beauty section of the store.

    Though this oil is mostly safe, still it can cause allergic reactions in certain individuals, especially those who are allergic to eucalyptus, cloves, etc.

    Read more about 6 Amazing Benefits of Tea Tree Oil at Speedyremedies.com

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  • 07Mar


    10 Ways To Use Tea Tree Essential Oil For Health, Beauty & Cleaning

    By Jessica Cooper

    Tea tree oil comes from the evergreen leaves of the Australian Melaleuca alternifolia tree. It has been known for its healing and disinfecting properties for over a century and a wealth of scientific evidence1 exists to support its effectiveness. It is one of nature’s finest antibiotics because it is so effective at killing bacteria.

    Health and Beauty Uses:

    1. Aromatherapy

    Use a drop or two of the oil on a warm washcloth and inhale to treat colds, viruses, coughs, sunburn, toothaches, or problems caused by bacteria.

    2. Acne

    Avoid using those expensive, unnatural, chemical-ridden acne treatments. Dab a drop of tea tree oil on a damp cotton ball or q-tip and apply to trouble spots. Make sure you dampen your applicator with water; do not use the tea tree oil alone, as it would be too potent on your delicate skin. You don’t want to deal with super dry spots on top of acne. However, mixed with water, your blemishes will be significantly reduced in a day… and, naturally.

    3. Dandruff

    Tea tree oil is very effective against dandruff. It’s amazing that it can be used to combat acne, which is thought of as an oil issue, and dandruff, which is viewed as a dryness issue. To combat against dandruff, the key is the mix of oil to shampoo. Use 5% tea tree oil to shampoo. About 3-4 drops of oil into a whole bottle of your natural, scentless shampoo should do the trick. Do not put the oil directly onto scalp.

    4. Nail infections

    Have a hangnail or a nail irritation? Dabbing a bit of oil onto the nail will act as an antibacterial but without causing irritation to the skin.

    5. Sinus infections

    Tea tree oil is antiviral and antibacterial, making it great for any sort of infection of the respiratory system. Boil water and add a few drops of tea tree oil to the water. After removing the pot from heat, put a towel over your head and breathe in for 10-15 minutes.

    Cleaning Uses:

    6. General tea tree oil cleaning spray

    You get the gist: Anything that needs disinfecting, cleaning, or balancing can benefit from tea tree oil. Combine 4-5 drops of oil with 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Use to clean household surfaces like countertops and kitchen floors.

    7. Household antiseptic spray

    Similar to above, but add double the drops (10 drops of oil) to 2 cups of water in a spray bottle for tough areas like the bathroom and sink. Even use to clean the bottoms of shoes for an antibacterial purpose.

    8. Mold remover

    Use the concentration of antiseptic spray in #7 above, and spray on moldy areas, but do not wipe up or rise. Let it sit and it will take care of any problems.

    9. Laundry detergent

    Add 3-4 drops of oil to your detergent for mold-prone items like chunky sweaters and wool. Tea tree oil is a powerful mold fighter.

    10. Air freshener

    To make your own essential oil gel air freshener, you’ll need 2 tablespoons of clear gelatin powder, tea tree oil, a ½ cup of hot water, and clean, clear jars of your choice.

    Stir together and heat the clear gelatin powder, approximately 20 drops of essential oil, and the water. Pour the liquid into clean jar(s) once the gelatin has melted. Put the jars in the refrigerator until the gel has set.

    When purchasing: Make sure you purchase oil that comes in a dark glass bottle to ensure that the light does not reduce the oil’s potency.

    One more note, never ingest the oil orally.

  • 22Aug

    The Cheap Vegetable Gardener-

    Growing vegetables gardens in stumps

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  • 17Jul

    RawGuru Interviews Courtney Pool from Tree of Life

    Courtney Pool

    Question #1: A) What are some raw food staples in your current diet?

    I have three main staples: greens (including sprouts), spirulina

    , and green juice. Fresh greens and sprouts are a daily staple for me: I have a big salad for lunch and sometimes even for breakfast. I feel they’re the basis of a balanced raw food diet. Green juice is another staple which I drink every day. I usually have a non-glycemic juice made from cucumbers, celery, greens, and lemon either in the morning or in the evening, depending how I feel that day.

    Almost three years ago, I was on a 60-day Juice Feast and suddenly began feeling magnetically drawn to spirulina

    . The odd thing was that I had not really ever had it before, all I can gather is that my body suddenly knew what it needed. After I finished my Juice Feast, I hit the ground running with my spirulina consumption and haven’t stopped since. I eat tons of it.

    B) Are you 100% raw?

    It depends on the time of year. Most of the months of the year I am, mostly because I feel imbalanced with cooked food when it’s warm or hot outside. In the winter, I sometimes choose to eat steamed quinoa or warm miso soups, but even that is only a couple times a month. I don’t tend to focus on percentages; it can create feelings of control and deprivation that I don’t enjoy, so by not paying attention to the percentage but rather paying attention to my body and energy levels, I keep balanced fairly easily.

    C) How did you start?

    The very first introduction to anything in regards to natural health or dietary choices was that I saw Supersize Me; simply because it was popular at the time. I was a fast-food-fueled varsity swimmer and water polo player, so it was definitely not an initial interest to me! Over the course of the next year, I learned more about organic foods and natural health through books and the internet, and stumbled upon the book The Food Revolution, by John Robbins. I went vegan immediately; I didn’t even have a vegetarian phase. A few months after that, I discovered Eating for Beauty by David Wolfe and began playing around with raw food and frequenting the only raw food restaurant in Utah, which was in Salt Lake City where I was going to college.

    Question #2: How did you get involved with the Tree of Life?

    I had known about Gabriel Cousens, M.D

    ., through his books, for a year before I found out about the Tree of Life Rejuvenation Center. I had been feeling drawn to complete immersion in learning about and practicing the diet and lifestyle with many people around me who also had the same passions. Additionally, I had begun to be interested in meditation, yoga and other spiritual practices and was also drawn to community support in that area. I sort of accidentally discovered the Tree of Life online, not previously knowing that Dr. Cousens had a center. I applied to join the team there and was hired. That was a little over three and a half years ago.

    Question #3: Can you describe to us what true hunger is? And how does one deal with overeating/binging on raw foods especially dry fruits and fats?

    Overeating and bingeing commonly happens when people transition to raw foods. This is a topic that many pages could be written about. First off, true hunger is waiting until the body is asking for fuel and replenishment to eat, not because it’s mealtime, a social event is happening, or there is something that looks good. For many, transitioning to a raw diet means transitioning to foods that don’t numb, distract, or damper unfavorable feelings within ourselves or realities in our lives. So, those things come up and often people try to push them back down again with the heaviest foods they can get to, which are fats and dry foods. They’re the most emotionally filling for most people. Physiologically, overeating those foods can be due to a transition from the body’s addiction to processed sugars and fats, and so it’s just a stabilization period. Greens and green juice and alkalizing foods are the best for balancing those cravings, as well as a willingness to examine what is beneath the desire to use food for emotional and compulsive reasons.

    Question #4: How is your spiritual life in conjunction with the raw foods lifestyle?

    Raw food has given rocket fuel to my spiritual life. Eating a clean and nourishing diet clears the blockages in the body as well as gives it true cell-food so it can run like the incredible bio-computer that it is. When the body is working well, the spiritual energy has clearer channels to circulate through as well. On a more practical level, a raw food diet allows for easier and deeper meditations, as well as more ease in other spiritual practices such as yoga. In the beginning for me, it was all about the food and the body and the health, and it’s turned into being all about developing myself as a person, deepening my conscious awareness and my feeling of connectedness to something bigger… and raw food is just a support for that.

    Question #5: How do you come up with a recipe?

    The recipe always comes after a bunch of experimentation with simply what I like to eat. My favorite recipes to create are for are superfood, herbal and medicinal based foods and drinks, since my normal ‘eating’ tends to be simple – salads, green juices, etc. I love making recipes that incorporate items like cacao, maca, bee pollen, medicinal mushrooms

    like chaga and reishi, and other herbs. I also love creating low-glycemic recipes that don’t taste like they are. After I’ve thrown something together on intuition and taste test several times, I’ll write it down (usually because someone else wants to try it!)

    Question #6 Can you share with us a favorite recipe or dish?

    I’m loving a ‘coffee’ drink I make sometimes, which consists of equal parts concentrated chaga or reishi mushroom tea and some kind of nut or seed mylk (I like almond, brazil and coconut mylk best). After that’s together, add a sweetener such as honey, xylitol, stevia (or a combo of all). Toppers that I also put in are cacao powder

    , cacao butter

    , lucuma

    , maca, vanilla powder, and if you want to get sassy – cayenne pepper. You can really adapt it to your liking.

    Click here to read more…

    High in Omega’s Hemp Dressing by Lianna Giovane

    SaladServing for two…

    3 tbs hemp butter

    2 tbs. hemp oil
    2 tbs. coconut nectar

    Squeeze of lemon juice
    Splash of apple cider vinegar
    2 squirts of Herbal Hot Sauce Elixir

    Bali sea salt

    and black pepper to taste

    Mix the the above ingredients in a bowl until well combined and add any of your favorite salad greens like romaine lettuce, watercress, radicchio, pea shoots, etc. Enjoy!

  • 20Mar

    By Mickey Z., Planet Green

    In 2006, the world consumed more than 3.5 billion gallons of oil per day. A lot of that oil has caused environmental damage and conflicts between nations. But there is one type of oil that’s green, sustainable, healthy, and–as far as I know–has never been the rationale behind a major military intervention: tea tree oil.

    Tea tree oil, explains the UWA Tea Tree Oil Research Group, is the essential oil steam distilled from the Australian plant Melaleuca alternifolia (unique to Australia and native to Northern New South Wales). Tea tree oil is usually clear to very pale golden in color and it exudes a fresh, camphor-like scent.

    Kathi Keville of HowStuffWorks.com says this oil is often called a “medicine cabinet in a bottle” and is “effective against bacteria, fungi, and viruses and stimulates the immune system.” Here are 20 ways to use this magical formula for health and for the home.

    But first, two important notes, courtesy of Sheila Shaigany:
    *Make sure it comes in a dark glass bottle with a dropper. This will prevent light from shining in and reducing the oil’s potency.
    *Do NOT ingest it orally.
    *Editor’s Note: This article does not replace medical advise.

    20 Great Ways to Use Tea Tree Oil

    For Health

    1. Use a dab to treat acne.
    2. An anti-fungal for treating Athlete’s Foot, eczema, various yeast infections, etc.
    3. An antiseptic to be used on cuts and burns.
    4. An anti-viral: it may lessen the symptoms of colds and flu. Try using a few drops in the bath.
    5. Add to a vaporizer to loosen chest congestion.
    6. Add a small amount to shampoo to destroy head lice.
    7. A small amount added to your bath can help with persistent body odor.
    8. Treating sinus infection.
    9. For dandruff and dry scalp.
    10. In the form of aromatherapy, tea tree oil is used to treat colds, persistent coughs, acne, toothaches, and sunburn.

    For Cleaning

    11. To create an all-purpose cleaner, combine 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil in 2 cups of water in a spray bottle.
    12. Another version would be 14 ounces of water with 1 ounce of Murphy’s oil soap and 10 drops of tea tree oil.
    13. Mix the above solution with kosher salt to scrub bathtub and bathroom tiles.
    14. Add a few drops to dishwasher dispenser, then fill with a green dishwashing soap.
    15. A few drops added to each load of laundry leave your clothes smelling cleaner.
    16. Control mold with a tea tree oil/water spray.
    17. Remove mustiness with that same tea tree oil/water spray.
    18. To keep germs at bay, spray it on high chairs, car seats, and other high traffic spots.
    19. 15 drops in a quart of water can be an effective insect repellent.
    20. Be sure to take some with you when hiking and camping to put directly on insect bites or blisters.

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  • 27Sep

    Reversing Diabetes with Dennis Banks :)
    Posted: 27 Sep 2009 10:13 AM PDT
    A  few days ago we were visiting the wonderful Tree of Life healing centre in Arizona and I mentioned the amazing stories of reversing diabetes that are coming out of there at the moment. Well, we were extremely blessed to interview one of the current diabetes course attendees – none other than Mr. Dennis Banks, one of the founders of the American Indian Movement (AIM), activist, warrior, leader, mover-shaker and now raw foodie-diabetes-reverser-extraordinaire ;) I really loved the opportunity to interview Dennis and we ended up speaking for around 45 minutes. Mr. M just posted the series of videos with him to TheRawFoodWorld.tv and you can check all 5 vids out at the link below – I trust you enjoy this peek into Dennis’ life and vision for reversing diabetes in Native communities nationwide…

  • 25May
    In Joshua Tree National Park, CA

    In Joshua Tree National Park, CA

    I spent the last 5 days in Joshua Tree, CA! Woohoo! Gathered some sage and chia seeds from the desert around my brother’s house, to use in my recipes, for tea and sage smudges.  It was awesome! Next time I’ll bring alot of celery for natural sodium, and chow down on the chia to absorb more water. And research the gathering of mesquite! How cool to live in this dry desert wonderland!


See my new site at RomaineCalm.com for recipes, travel tips, spanish word of the day and many pics of my journey!