Growing up in Kansas with a stern Baptist grandmother I had a lot of early experience with home remedies. Returning from a grandma visit to jeering siblings I often had garlic breath and sported flaky baking soda poultices. I found Grandmother fascinating and diligently followed her around her cobwebby basement checking out shelves full of mysterious liniments, syrups and salves.
Late winter to early spring is the ideal time to prune deciduous shrubs before new growth begins. Although it’s easy to neglect these garden workhorses, view pruning as important to growing a healthy shrub that will set off the rest of your garden efforts.
Everyone has a smell that can transport them back in time to a memory that brings a smile to the face. Different smells call to mind different emotions. If you knew that one in particular helped to alter your mood, relax you in body and soul wouldn’t you want to try that perhaps instead of taking a pain killer to alleviate a headache?