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Event Notice: Backyard Herbalism Classes at Two Frog Home, Summer 2016

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

By Catherine Haug, April 1, 2016; updated July 31, 2016 to add information about August and September classes

The following is from Kathie Lapcevic, one of ESP’s presenters. Her “spring classes at FVCC have completely sold out. There will be summer classes, however; so stay tuned for that catalog coming in the mail soon.”

Additionally, she offers several sustainability-related classes at her home in C Falls. This summer’s topic is “Herbal Cookery & Backyard Medicine.” These classes  will focus on common herbs; how to use them in your kitchen and in your medicine cabinet. According to Kathie, “We’ll get creative, have lots of fun, get hands-on, sample finished products, and much more.”

Each class will have two different sessions in hopes that at least one of the dates will work with your schedule: (more…)

Event Notice: Herb Gathering in Kalispell, March 29, 2016

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
Straw Bale Garden (Wikipedia)

Straw Bale Garden (Wikipedia)

By Catherine Haug, March 15, 2016

The following is from Linda Petersen:A new group is forming to learn and discuss more about herbs. This notice about their first gathering:

  • What:The Many Roles Herbs Play in your Health, presented by Linda Petersen
  • When: Tuesday, March 29, 2016,  7 p.m.
  • Where: Kalispell Library (Imagine If) downstairs meeting room; 247 1st Ave E, Kalispell, MT. Use the south side door for direct access.
  • Who: Free and open to the public
  • For more information: Contact Linda, (406) 319-2446

Read on for more about this event.

Linda also reminds us of the upcoming Free the Seeds Fair, Saturday March 19, 10 AM – 1 PM at FVCC. See Event Notice: 1st Annual ‘Free the Seeds’ Fair, March 19, 2016 (posted Feb 24) for more details.

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Homemade hand sanitizer

Sunday, March 13th, 2016
Aloe vera plant

Aloe vera plant

By Catherine Haug, March 13, 2016 (Photo, right, from Wikimedia Commons)

I’m not fond of hand sanitizers because they contain alcohols that dry the skin, and antibacterial agents such as triclosan that contribute to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Instead, I use real soap, preferably handmade here in the Flathead to wash my hands, and then a light spray of apple cider vinegar-water to help rinse off the soap and any bad bacteria that survived the soap, and also help restore the acid mantle to my skin.

But what to do when I need to wash my hands away from home? Most public restrooms offer liquid hand soap that isn’t real soap at all, but rather detergents that come with their own harmful effects. And many public restrooms also offer alcohol and chemical-antibacterial hand sanitizer.

The answer: handmade gel hand sanitizer. This recipe comes from the Wellness Mamma blog (1). (more…)

Administer an Eye Wash

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
Canon Eye Cup

Canon Eye Cup

by Catherine Haug, (photo, right, from Land Sea and Sky (3))

When you have something in your eye – liquid or solid – it is very distracting, but can also lead to infection if it isn’t removed. My first experience with an eye wash happened in high school chemistry class. I had a nasty chemical on my fingers, then used them to rub my eye. Shortly after, the eye started to burn and our teacher escorted me to the bench for an eye wash.

When you are out in the wild hiking or camping, carry an eye cup/shot glass in your backpack for emergencies. At home, you can use a bowl, or an eye cup/shot glass. However, an eye cup/shot glass should not be used to remove foreign objects. The wash solution should be sterile. (more…)

Ebola cure from ZMapp: another type of GMO

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

by Catherine Haug, September 14, 2014

We know GMOs as a genetically engineered ‘food’ – for example, bT corn which is genetically engineered to produce the toxin normally produced by the bT bacteria. This substance is toxic to pests that eat the corn. Unfortunately, if you eat a food product made from bT corn, it includes the DNA that can produce that toxin, so that when ingested, it can potentially produce the toxin in your body too.

But that type of GMO product is just the tip of the technology iceberg. Bio-tech companies are rapidly expanding and modifying the technique for many other applications. For example, forcing a tobacco plant to produce a new type of antibiotic that helps the body fight off infection by the ebola virus. At first blush, this seems like a good, novel idea. But Science still doesn’t know the long-term effects of the application of this technology, just as it doesn’t know (or doesn’t admit) the long-term effects of GMO ‘foods.’

How does this new antibody technique work? (more…)

Avoiding, treating mosquito bites

Saturday, August 16th, 2014
From Wikimedia commons https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Aedes_aegypti_E-A-Goeldi_1905.jpg

Mosquito

by Catherine Haug, August 16, 2014 (Image, right, form Wikimedia Commons)

Those dreaded bugs of summer – mosquitos – can drive you crazy and almost make you long for winter. Not only do their bites itch incessantly, but they can also spread disease like encephalitis, yellow fever, malaria, West Nile virus, and dengue. What can you do? (more…)