Hippie Fest – Hocking Hills 2017

Last year I went to Hippie Fest and liked it so much I returned this year! Grab your tie-dyed shirt and your bell bottoms and let’s take a look at this year’s Hippie Fest.

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Hippie Fest – Hocking Hills 2017

Where: 28508 Murphy Rd, Logan, OH 43138
When: July 22 & 23, August 5 & 6 11am-6pm
Entrance Cost: $5 Preorder ($6.27 after online fees), $10 at the gate
Dog-Friendly: Yes
Family Friendly: Yes

Hippie Fest was in Charlotte, NC in April this year and will be in Michigan October 7th and Myrtle Beach, SC October 28th.Continue reading →

Does Green Tea Have Health Benefits?

Green tea is well known for aiding in weight loss but the question is, does it work and are there any other health benefits?

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History

Green tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, an evergreen shrub with glossy green leaves. There are two main strains used for making green teas. Camellia sinensis sinensis, native to China, is used to make green, white, and sometimes black and oolong teas and prefers growing in mountainous regions. Camellia sinensis assamica, native to India, is used to make black and pu’erh tea and prefers to grow in humid and warm areas.

This history of green tea starts in 8th century China when they learned how to keep green tea leaves from oxidizing by steaming the leaves. Over the next couple of hundred of years, steaming, frying, drying and roasting the leaves led to different ways to prepare the Camellia sinensis leaves for teas that had a less bitter taste. Depending on how the leaves are prepared, and how much they are or are not allowed to oxidize, will produce different types of teas such as green, black or oolong tea.Continue reading →

Kentucky Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival 2017

Bacon and bourbon lovers unite! This is the festival for you if you like fair food stuffed with bacon and love to drink bourbon.

Kentucky Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival 2017

Kentucky Bacon, Bourbon and Brew Festival 2017

Where: Newport Kentucky Riverfront Newport, Kentucky 41071
When: July 14-16, Friday 5pm-11pm, Saturday 12pm-11pm, Sunday 12pm-9pm
Entrance Cost: FREE
Dog-Friendly: No
Family Friendly: Yes
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Even though the sign said no animals we did see people there with their nonservice dogs.

Parking

There was parking available down along the river front. Some of it was meter parking which was free on the Sunday we went. There’s a lot of parking throughout Newport within walking distance of the festival. Most if it is pay to park.Continue reading →

How to Make Herbal Relaxation Tea

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After a long day sitting down with a nice cup of tea can be relaxing. Drinking a tea that is designed to help you relax is even better.

How to make relaxation tea

My husband loves to drink tea so I started making our own tea blends for us to enjoy. Every tea I make serves a purpose. Since he works in retail and I’m just all around a stressed out person, we both needed a tea that was enjoyable and relaxing. Stress can seriously affect the body and sometimes we just need a little help.Continue reading →

History, Identification, & Uses of Lavender

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Lavender is one of the most popular scents as well as one of the most popular herbs used in natural medicine. It has a long history and a wonderful smell with many benefits.

Lavender

Lavender is a species of the mint family that is native to the Mediterranean. Today, it is grown and used around the world. Lavandula angustifolia, or English Lavender, is the most commonly used lavender for culinary and medicinal purposes but there are many different types of lavender.

Lavender was first farmed by the Arabs. They were also the first ones to make distilleries for making lavender essential oils. Arabian physicians cherished lavender for its ability to clean wounds and heal. They also used lavender to treat the nervous system, stress, insomnia, and to kill germs.

The Greeks and Romans also used lavender much in the same way that the Arabs did. They sold and traded lavender and lavender oil along the spice trail and eventually took it all the way to England. For the Egyptians, it was used in their mummification process and as a perfume. It is said that Cleopatra used lavender to seduce men and that lavender was found in the tomb of King Tutankhamen.Continue reading →

Summer Solstice Lavender Festival 2017

Did you know that there are lavender farms in Ohio? Not only is it possible to grow lavender in Ohio, but there are actually quite a few lavender farms in Ohio.

Ohio Lavender Festival 2017

9th Annual Summer Solstice Lavender Festival

Where: Peaceful Acres Lavender Farm, 2387 Martinsville Rd Martinsville, Ohio
When: June 17-18, 2017; 10am-6pm & 11am-4pm, Open rain or shine!
Entrance Cost: FREE
Dog-Friendly: Yes
Family Friendly: Yes

Parking

There was parking available on the farm itself. It was a $2 minimum donation to Good Shepherd Ministries, an interdenominational Christian agency, which helps restore the lives of people with histories of incarceration, drug, and alcohol abuse. Many of the volunteers there who were helping with parking were from this program.Continue reading →

History, Identification, & Uses of Calendula

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Calendula is well known for being a healing herb as well as a commonly used herb in culinary recipes. Often planted in gardens for its beauty, Calendula has many useful properties.

Calendula

Calendula has been used since the 12th century but its origins are a bit disputed. It is believed to have originated somewhere in the Mediterranean but no one is quite sure where exactly.

The word Calendula comes from the Latin word calendae, meaning the first day of the month. The Romans loved calendula and it was a symbol of joy and happiness. Both the Romans and the Greeks used the flower in their rituals and ceremonies.

Calendula has been used in many cultures around the world. It was commonly used in pots and stews, possibly giving it its other common name, Pot Marigold. It’s a sacred flower in India and has been used in weddings and religious rituals. The Aztecs and Mayans used the flowers during their ceremonies, and today they are used on altars on the Day of the Dead in Mexico and Central America. The Egyptians loved to use calendula for skin rejuvenation.Continue reading →

How to Identify Plants: Leaves Part II

If you haven’t already, check out Part I to learn about leaf parts and arrangements.

Identifying plants- part II

Here we are going to discuss leaf margins and their shapes.

 

Margins

The margin of a leaf is the edge of the leaf. You’ll have to be close to a leaf to be able to see the margin. It’s one of the fine details that can differ leaves from one another.

Entire

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An entire margin is smooth throughout and toothless.Continue reading →

How to Choose Quality Supplements

There are over 29,000 different herbal products sold throughout North America. Over $5 billion is spent on herbal supplements every year in the U.S. but not all supplements contain what they market.

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Supplements and the FDA

Herbal supplements are considered to be dietary supplements and are not regulated by the FDA. The FDA isn’t even “authorized to review dietary supplement products for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed.” It’s the responsibility of the manufacturer and distributors to make sure their products are safe, aren’t false or misleading, and that they comply with the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and FDA regulations.Continue reading →