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Five Healing Herbs To Grow At Home

Five Healing Herbs To Grow At Home

Making an herb garden may be considered a sort of “right-of-passage” for anyone looking for a homeopathic approach to living. Luckily, it takes only a small amount of space and time to get started with an herbal garden that can serve a multitude of purposes. Some herbs are more labor intensive than others, but this list should give you some insights as to what healing powers each has to offer.

1. Basil

Nowadays, basil isn’t really thought of as a healing herb, yet traditionally it has been dubbed “the king of herbs.” Basil has natural anti-inflammatory properties and has been said to have mild antiseptic uses. It can also be used to help with appetite, nausea, and as a topical ointment on skin lesions. Better yet, if you’re a fan of Italian food you’re in for a treat. Add basil to almost any Italian dish for a boost of flavor, or on warm days, throw it in your mojito!

2. Chamomile

Chamomile is a staple herb in the Western world. Ever drink a relaxing night-time tea? If you look at the back of your tea box, chances are you will find chamomile prominently listed among the ingredients. The heads of the chamomile flower are used for treating indigestion, anxiety, and skin inflammation. The flowery taste makes for a great addition to home-brew tea and will provide serenity at the end of a stressful day.

3. Peppermint

Peppermint has been used medicinally for thousands of years to soothe & treat symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and several related digestive issues. The menthol contained within the plant are commonly used to flavor many types of foods and fragrances. Peppermint is extremely prolific, growing in any type of sun as long as moisture is present. These quickly multiplying plants are best kept in pots, as they can quickly consume the rest of your herb garden.

4. Lavender

This fragrant plant is most widely known for it’s calming effect both on the mind and body. Commonly used in herbal teas, lavender can promote a sense well-being and can do wonders to alleviate stress. Lavender has also been used to treat various gastrointestinal issues and as an antiseptic when applied to cuts or wounds.

5. Cannabis

Although the cannabis plant has been used for thousands of years, it seems that we are just now beginning to understand it’s medicinal use in an empirical way. Cannabis can be used to treat symptoms of arthritis, chronic pain, glaucoma, appetite loss, epilepsy, sleep apnea, and many other chronic illnesses. Many of this plant’s properties help in daily life and can provide comfort through the aging process.

Growing cannabis is more difficult than any of the other herbs on this list, but the plant also yields the most medicinal benefits. As long as you have a legal means to grow this plant, you can take advantage of the wide array of uses for the herb. Cooking with cannabis can also be a challenge, but with a little research and proper technique, the possibilities are endless.

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United States Marijuana Use: Map & Statistics By State

United States Marijuana Use: Map & Statistics By State

As of this week, the number of states in America where marijuana is legal for recreational use has doubled, the District of Columbia also legalized, without dispensaries, and even the U.S. territory of Guam joined the legalization movement. Which states report having the largest population of residents aged eighteen to twenty-five who have used marijuana in the last month? Which state has the highest percentage of people who have ever tried pot at least once? The maps below, from Live Science, will show you that and more using information collected from the results of the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

The map below shows what percentage of people in each state report having ever tried cannabis at some time in their life. The survey included people between the ages of eighteen and sixty years old. Vermont is home to the largest population percentage of people who have used cannabis at least once with a hefty 67.1 percent. People in Utah are the least likely to have tried marijuana with only 38 percent. About fifty percent of people in the United States report having used the plant at least once.

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People between the ages of eighteen and twenty five report the highest for marijuana use. The map below shows what percentage of people in that age range reports having used cannabis at least once in the last month. States in the Northeast and Northwest corners of the country, Colorado, Montana and Hawaii all rank in the highest percentage range of 23.09-33.18 percent. That percentage range means that in some states, up to 33 percent of the population used marijuana in the last thirty days. The lower range of 8.31-14.42 percent is concentrated in the northern mid-west part of the country and the south. North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Utah, Louisiana, and Alabama are among the states reporting the lowest percentages.

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Today, many Americans have used marijuana, and many more will try it for the first time in the coming years as marijuana law reform sweeps across the nation. If the number of people using marijuana increases, the number of people who grow their own will probably also increase. The map below shows which states report having people who cultivate their own cannabis. The highest percentage range is 1.5-4.1 percent. California, Nevada, Vermont and Maine are among the states with the most Americans who grow their own. Alaska reported the highest with 4.1 percent of the population. The lowest range is 0.2-0.4 percent. States reporting that range include Illinois, Louisiana, and Nebraska.

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