Monthly Archives: December 2016

Sculptural and Stylish, Air Plants Thrive Indoors with a Minimum of Care

Nothing But Air Amazing air plants live their lives without ever touching soil, often high in the treetops. As indoor plants, they don’t really live on “nothing but air”—even air plants need a regular dunking to stay hydrated. But care is minimal, and because they are not tethered to a pot of soil, air plants (also called tillandsias) can be

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Goldthread

Health Benefits of Goldthread Goldthread, also known as coptis or canker root, is a genus of perennial herbs that have been part of Asian and North American traditional medicine for hundreds of years. The roots of the plant look like a tangled mass of gold thread, hence its name. Herbal goldthread is actually the powdered rhizome, or underground stem, of

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Cat Scratch Fever: Everything You and Your Cat Need to Know

Cat scratch fever occurs when a person is bitten, scratched, or licked by a cat infected with the bacteria Bartonella henselae. The infection doesn’t usually cause severe complications. However, it’s possible that it can in people with weak immune systems. Knowing the causes and symptoms can ensure a person receives swift treatment. Cats can transmit several types of infections to

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Winter Gathering: Parsnips and Pears

Learn all about growing, storing, and cooking with parsnips and pears. Where I live and farm in Southeastern Utah, parsnips and pears are highlights of the autumn harvest. Pears are picked in late summer when they’re still slightly under-ripe — allowing them to sweeten without becoming coarse and mealy like those left to mature completely on the tree. Growers patiently

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