In the Healing Garden

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We rely on our gardens for a lot things, and healing is one of them. Being in the garden is not only good for your mental and emotional health, the items you plant are good for your physical health. This goes deeper than fruits and vegetables–many of the herbs and flowers you grow have healing benefits. Aloe is known to sooth sunburns and is an excellent moisturizer. Lavender has proven properties of relaxation, as does chamomile. Calendula is more than a dye, it has skin soothing properties as well. The list goes on.

lavender and thyme_smallerMy youngest son has eczema and most bubble baths and lotions cause his skin to flare up an angry shade of pink. Since I’ve been making my own facial moisturizers and body bars for the past few months, I decided to make him a special bath tea and lotion as well. I feel very lucky to be able to grow many of the ingredients I use in my own garden.

So, to help others put their gardens to use for more than dinner and green smoothies, I developed a course for Skillshare that allows anyone–whether they’re living in an apartment or on a dozen acres–to grow their own healing gardens. At the end. I give students simple recipes for their own bath teas. As more people turn their hands at becoming self-sufficient, having healing herbs and flowers nearby will become even more important.

If you want to learn more, check out my class for free, while supplies last.

Feed Yo’Self…with Your Own Small Space Garden

Create a Small Space Edible GardenDon’t let a lack of yard prevent you from growing your own tasty and nutritious veggies this summer! It’s possible to grow most, if not all, of your favorites in containers that you set on your deck, patio or even a sunny window.

I’m teaching a small space gardening class through Skillshare to pass along what I’ve learned over my years of apartment living. Before I had the luxury of a huge garden, I grew everything in pots on the patio, both because I didn’t have a yard and because I moved so much (it’s nice to take your hard work with you!).

If you’re interested in learning more about small space gardening, then take the class!