Warning: Essential oils are NOT risk-free

A while back, I wrote about the “commercially inspired over-enthusiasm” for essential oils.

In response, I received a flood of vociferous hate mail.

Hate mail to PlantWisdom.org? Yup. That’s part of the word we live in.

Unfortunately, most of what appears online and elsewhere about essential oils comes from people who manufacture and sell them.

That said if you dig even a little – Google: “essential oil dangers” – you’ll … Read more

Discovering a sacred tradition

Eliot Cowan, author of “Plant Spirit Medicine”, shares the story of how he discovered his calling to become a medicine person in the Huichol shamanic tradition.

Click here for an in depth interview with Eliot Cowan

– Ken McCarthy
PlantWisdom.org

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High tech air purification with houseplants

In the 1980s, NASA spent millions of dollars on how to deal with unhealthy indoor environments.

They were interested in the big challenge of purifying air on space stations and long space flights.

Here’s what they came up with…

Houseplants.

The simplest plant to take care of:

Sansevieria laurentii, also known as “mother-in-law’s tongue” and “snake plant.”

The original NASA paper is here:

https://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/19930073077.pdf

The specs

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A great cause – Restoring local grain production in America

This is one of the most fascinating and promising local sustainable food projects I’ve ever seen. Please help take it to the next level.

Click here to learn how you can help

– Ken McCarthy
PlantWisdom.org

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Too big to feed?

We’ve had banks that are “too big to fail” that have, in fact, completely failed the financial needs of the economy.

The result?

Financial devastation that millions have yet to recover from.

How about the big agribusiness industry?

Are they getting too big to feed?

This report says: Yes.

You can download a PDF copy here that contains a detailed report on this issue.

Download: TOO BIG TO FEED

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African Rice in the Hudson Valley: A local food project of great cultural and historical importance

Click here to learn how to support this worthy project

Ever Growing Family Farm is engaged in a radically innovative act…

They’re successfully growing rice in the Hudson Valley of New York on otherwise marginal land using traditional methods perfected over centuries by farmers from the Senegambia region of West Africa.

After two successful harvests, it’s time for them to get their own rice milling equipment.

They’re halfway there. Let’s … Read more

Inspired agriculture

“Permaculture” is a buzz word, but what does it mean?

It’s simple really: Cooperate with nature.

The method: Observation.

“Create natural cycles, then nature will work for you” says permaculture pioneer Sepp Holzer.

This video explores his famous permaculture farm, Krameterhof, 1,500 feet above sea level between the pine tree monocultures of Austria. He has successfully used groundbreaking techniques such as using ponds as reflectors to increase solar gain for … Read more

Foraging & Feasting with Dina Falconi


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The ideal introduction to plants, herbs and “weeds” would be to have a grandmother (or grandfather) take us by the hand through the fields and woods from an early age.

In these “modern” times, few of us have that experience. Our guest on this installment of PlantWisdom.org, Dina Falcone, certainly didn’t.

Dina grew up in New York City’s East Village in the 1970s, an urban … Read more

Plant Spirit Medicine

What are plants?

Dumb bundles of cellulose that exist merely to do our bidding?

Sophisticated bio-chemical factories that are the source of countless medicines – and medicines to come?

How about this?

“Plants know us and love us as grandchildren.”

What is a grandparent?

Someone older than you…someone related to you…someone who cares about your well-being…someone in a position to help you in profound ways.

Carlos Castaneda (1925-1998) in his … Read more