Habitat loss, climate change and pesticide use have decreased butterfly populations. Many people don’t realise that butterflies do not live on nectar alone, some species prefer, even require, overripe fruit to feed on. Decaying fruit has carbohydrates and minerals necessary to most butterflies.
Butterflies are particularly fond of oranges, grapefruits, cantaloupe, strawberries, peaches, nectarines, kiwi, apples, watermelon and bananas, especially mushy bananas that have been stored in the freezer and then thawed. Putting a plate inside a larger plate or saucer that is filled with water will keep ants away from the fruit.
6 Ways to Homestead in the City:
When I was younger I always like to stay in-tune with nature, in the yard watching bugs, raising animals to growing plants and herbs. Now as a mother and wife, my family loves to grow our own food. This can have great benefits knowing where your food is coming from. If you are longing to do to same here are some steps into getting started and you don’t need a lot of land or a farm to do it..
Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why?
This is what real revolution looks like. This is the future. Ron Finley in South Central LA was tired of living in a food desert and he decided to do something about it. He took back control over his food supply and health, while also setting his community on a path towards resilience and independence.
My Beautiful Mimosa! Used in Chinese Traditional Medicine..
Why is Mimosa so good and what does it do for you? I will tell you all about it right now. Albizia julibrissin is a nervine relaxant, it calms the spirit. Now since it is mainly used in Traditional Chinese Medicine, I may use some terms that are unfamiliar but I will explain. It is for poor memory, difficulty concentrating, cools anger, insomnia and mood swings. Mimosa should only be used as needed, not long term, so for acute conditions over chronic conditions.
The parts of the plant used are the bark(sweet and neutral) and the flowers. The bark calms the shen -(shen) one of the basic substances that according to traditional Chinese medicine pervade the body, usually translated “spirit,” encompassing both the mind of the individual and healthy mental and physical function.
It relieves constrained qi(pronounced Chi) – qi -the circulating life energy that in Chinese philosophy is thought to be inherent in all things; in traditional Chinese medicine the balance of negative and positive forms in the body is believed to be essential for good health, invigorates the blood and reduces swellings and abscesses.
The flowers also calm the shen and regulate qi as well as harmonizes the liver and stomach. For insomnia, pain and tightness in the stomach and limbs, digestive issues due to emotional tension.
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