Not the most used tool, but something, that is not for the intended purpose. I make stinky comfrey compost tea in a bucket, and water it out each time I water my garden. My garden is in the community garden plot, not near the place I live, so I have to go straight from there to work, and that smell can linger for a while on the hands, which was a problem. I got water dipper -large cup with a long handle, which is used for the bath in Japanese households. Got it in Daiso, Japanese $1.50 store, and it solved that problem nicely.
I make our laundry soap with washing soda, liquid castille soap, and baking soda. For two large commercial detergent bottles I use 1 cup of washing soda, one cup of castile soap, and half cup of baking soda. The rest is water. I used hot to disolve washing soda, then add other ingredients, pour evenly between the containers and add more water to fill up. THat lasts us several months, has no smell, if non scented castille soap is chosen. But if you really want fresh smell, nothing beats laundry dried outside in the breeze.
Daniel Gélin wrote:I'm not fond of using sugar and worry that it might reduce the efficiency of the herbs. Would it work with honey?
I am asking because I would love to try too.
Good luck with your herbal medicine!
Thank you. Honey would work very well as it would bring its own cultures. However good honey is expensive, and sugar will be changed, and there will be barely any left in the finished vinegar. I use organic sugar, and you do not need that much to begin with. If you would have access to inexpensive good honey I would make mead, and then use it to infuse herbs for tinctures.
Wow! Thank you for all the info. So I made my parsley vinegar, and it tastes sour just like vinegar with interesting parsley derived taste. I drank it with water (just like ACV -tablespoon in a glass of water), and feel that it was beneficial at least like vinegar is. I left some out and it is not going bad. Anyway, I use it in my salads and if I feel I need a pick up I use in water.
To see, if it works as tincture, I would need to use it for the pain or somehting substancial/easily defined. I am familiar with tinctures made with strong alcohol. However, most of alcohol is made with gmo ingredients, which I rather not mess with. Organic alcohol not just very expensive, but not locally available, which means shipping would add to already high price. I am going to experiment with homemade wine as well. Heidi from Rain Country experimented with her made wine for tinctures and said it worked well, but she needed 2-3 times more. She tested it for the pain tincture made with nasturtium leaves.
I agree, with many of above answers. I try new things all the time. But unless I plan to help others to learn it, I don't have much motivation to document it, take time to take photos, etc. And my small garden is a community garden plot - 17 by 17 feet, where I do mulch and chop and drop, and make a bucket of comfrey tea, etc.
Plus it reminds me of scout and military badges, which I have strong dislike to. While scouts and solders learn valuable things too, they get trained into rigid obey (and forget your own conscience and intuitive hunches) mindset, that is not attractive to me to say the least.
So I started making my own vinegars, because I learned how easy it is from Rain Country channel, and now I am wondering -instead of using ready made vinegar to steep herbs in to make herbal vinegar tincture, why can't I just use herbs themselves and a bit of sugar to make them from scratch? Vinegar is made from plant material, filtered water, and sugar, so why not to use plant material or materials I want at once. Unless of course bacteria damages the healing properties in some way? Usually though it makes them more available, and in some cases make new vitamins such as vitamin K2 in natto, sauerkraut, and other ferments.
What do you think? I am trying now with parsley.
I think it depends on the cause. My son has autism, and he never slept good as a baby, toddler, and even up to until half year ago until we started taking melatonin, and good amount of it (he is almost 17 now). It turns out people with autism and attention deficit disorder do not make enough melatonin. I wish I would have known it, when he was a baby. Melatonin is very safe, and studies with animals, that wanted to see, what is the toxic dose, found that animals taking large doses lived longer instead of getting poisoned. That said, people when they reach puberty naturally reduce melatonin for a while to allow maturation to happen. Also very large doses such as 75mg or more a day is used as contraceptive, so if one wants to have children, do not use a lot. Melatonin is also veryprotective against radiation, so it is great to take before and after xrays, and now daily because of WIFI and cell signal radiation.
For me personally, I find, that I get best results for sleep, if I take both - melatonin and some sleep herb in tincture, powder, or tea form -passion flower, kava kava, valerian, triphala combo (that has haritaki -sleep herb). For my son melatonin doesn't kick in until at least an hour, but stays in his body until morning. For me it kicks in almost immediately, but doesn't stay long. So I have it near the bed, and if I wake up, I take a bit more. I use pure powder without fillers. study showed, that people metabolize it very differently to the point, that it can be 300 percent difference, which means some people need much more to get the same effect.
I think it would be useful to make a list for the edibles, that can be grown indoors or outside with no direct sun at all. For people in the cities in many cases that is all they have. Of course, sprouts is the first and they are ready in just a few days. We always grow some sunflower microgreens ner the window for many years now. I find them tobe lower maintenance than sprouts that need to be washed twice a day.
It's a strong extract of calendula emulsified in raw olive oil. I actually grew and harvested a bunch of it last year autumn to make the cream for my skin, but it ended up also being the best for his skin too. (I have extremely sensitive skin generally, and suffer from eczema which is worst on my hands) I have found calendula to be very calming to reduce redness.
Thank you. How do you make your calendula salve? Do you make tincture first and incorporate that into the oil somehow? We have lots of calendula flowers right now, and I dried some, because in this climate it grows only until it gets hot.
Mikael Cejtin wrote:Did the burdock infusion or any of the others mentioned end up working for your son? I would love to know because I have the same issue! Thanks
Many things helped him as long as we kept up with it daily, which is hard to do. Best results in terms of external stuff I noticed from using DMSO mixed with a bit of Lugol's iodine and a bit of herbal salve made with lanolin, applied twice a day, sometimes, when I managed three times a day. It went away completely in about 2 weeks, but as we got busy and stopped doing it, it came right back.
Then we started supplementing high doses 50-100 thousand of vit D3, 15-30 mg K2, magnesium, boron in borax solution, CoQ10, and B vitamins, and even though the first few weeks it became worse, eventually it resolved to the point where he has a few flakes there and there, but no red inflamed areas. Oh yes, we also started making our vit C into liposomal version, just the jar method (no ultrasonic machine or anything like that).
I don't remember, what herbs I used in making salve, but most likely plantain, comfrey, and calendula. I don't think it matters, any anitinflamatory herbs should do. Lanolin is important part though as it is best to protect dry lips and any dry skin as well.
I think just like any chronic disease it is caused by toxicity and deficiency combination.
Here is more from my notes about possible solutions:
"I had intense burning of the scalp and thinning hair for 9 years. I also had a chronic cough, and was exhausted 24 / 7...no matter how much sleep I got. And my acne was also way out of control. Went to the dermatologist... was told I have seborrheic dermatitis. And all the doc did was treat the symptoms with a topical steroid. But I wanted to know why I had it.... I wanted to find the trigger or cause. I did some research.I immediately started taking 1000 IU's of vit D3 with my favorite multi vitamin every morning......I saw improvement of ALL symptoms within a week... Then I upped my dosage to 2000 IU's a day. ALL my chronic symptoms are gone after 3 months!!! My scalp feels amazing after 9 years of pain and my hair has started to thicken back up. "
Most people with this are severely vit D deficient. Have your blood tested, if you can. 30-70 is considered normal, but being 100-150 is probably the most optimal. If you get over 120, ease up a bit on vit D3. Although some diseases like glaucoma and many autoimmune issues will not resolve, if level is below 125. In that case you might want to go up for a while and then slowly back down.
Sample plan to take vit d and its cofactors:
take 10 000IU (250mcg or 0.25mg)of vitamin D3 a day, more if obese or very tall, much more, if very deficient or having autoimmune disease
take up to 45 mg of Vit K2 mk4 form, divided in 3 doses 15 mg each, best a bit away from vit D
take 500-1500mg of elemental magnesium, also best divided into 3 doses
Vit A 10-25 thousand IU 1-2 times a week or less more often.
One study showed, that almost everyone with seborrheic dermatitis had blood level of D vitamin at 20 or bellow. Here is a link to a woman sharing about hers being 10, whe she started taking d3:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G7ZJxctInlk Some people think, that this disease is a sign of candida overgrowth in the gut, and that's why some poeple healed it by going gluten and grain free.
"I found that my seborrheic dermatitis was the result of a biotin deficiency. It was very bad ever since my 20's and kept getting worse. I started taking 2000mcg but found I needed to take 10,000mcg a day for it to go into total remission. I want to say it was very bad; my scalp would scab and my face (eyebrows, forehead, cracks of nose, and cheeks) would be very red, scaly and inflammed.That was confirmed by a doctor who studies "partial biotinidase deficiency". But once I had my genetics we were able to see it in my biotinidase genes and in a gene called HLCS! It is caused by a yeast called Malassezia that lives off of a certain type of skin oil/fat. It seems when people have a biotin deficiency will create more of that fat so the yeast thrives. " from phpenixrising forums post
Seborrheic dermatitis is vit B6 (pyridoxine) deficiency disease according to Velma Keith and Monteen Gordon book The How To Herb Book. It can also go with increased urination. B6 is found in bananas, brewers yeast, beef, cabbage, molasses, eggs, green vegetables. If taking supplement, make sure to take it with b complex. Better to divide dose and take several times a day. Take 200 mg a day at first to correct deficiency and then reduce for maintanence. Zinc, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and biotin deficiencies can be involved as well. Take up to 200mg of biotin a day, however some people took 5000mg twice a day (sublingual form) and didn't notice any toxicity problems as our bodies easily excrete its excess. It is probably better form as it bypasses digestive system. Some people reported, that not much change occured until they took that larger amount. It may be a good idea to take manganese with biotin for best results. Experts suggest that manganese indirectly supports biotin in its healing effects for certain skin conditions (e.g., psoriasis and acne). Biotin needs certain enzymes to function in the skin that manganese helps to activate.
Possible molybdenum and manganese deficiency
"I dissolved one heaping teaspoon of borax in 8 oz. of boiling water (borax doesn't dissolve well in cold or even warm water) and then washed my hair with it, letting it sit for a few minutes (while I continued washing the rest of my body)." comment online
Mix borax with a bit of water and apply. You can add a bit of dmso for better effect.
Borax in tiny amounts can be taken internally as well. Put one teaspoon of borax into a quart jar. That is your solution. One teaspoon of this solution will give you about 2 mg of boron. Put it in your cup of tea or water or juice. At this strength there wan't be any noticable taste for most. 3-5 times a day is a usual dose.
Seboreic dermatitis is inflamatory problem, so antiinflamatory herbs can be useful-calendula, chickweed, chamomile, ginkgo, echinacea, feverfew, devil's claw, oregon grape root, mullein, marsh mallow, oats, turmeric, yucca root, wild cherry bark.
Hugo Morvan wrote:Worm excrements contain chitinase, plants absorb this through their roots and can use it to fend off insects. Chitinase weakens their exoskeleton, so they prefer to move on to another food source. Create a worm friendly environment !
I read, that hair has similar compound, that makes plant very strong and because of that good to put in tomato planting hole to make their stems strong. Now I save hair from my hair brush and cut it up small to aid decomposition:)
I feel that biggest problem is the soil health. When plant are strong, aphids can't do much damage and won't be attracted to the plant. So I think we need to focus on the soil health. Which is not as easy either as there could be micronutrients missing from our soil, so the compost made from plants growing in deficient soil, won't have those either.
Pearl Sutton wrote:
I see the world differently. Starting with boiling my blown or boiled eggs in vinegar to make them take the dye, then I'm going to try shredding beets, and packing the shreds around an egg, tie it well, let it sit for several hours. I think that would stain an egg way better than beet water (and waste less beets!) Plus have texture to it. Going to mix chopped onion with turmeric, and pack it too. Probably, knowing me, do some eggs that have glops of beets, and glops of turmeric/onion mix, to end up with multicolored textured weird eggs. Green would be chopped spinach or chlorella tablets, also packed on and sit... Haven't got any purple cabbage... Oh wait! Might have some in the freezer... hmm..
I'll post pics, so y'all know if it works or not :) Probably will post pics too late for people to look at them this year and decide, but next year, and the idea is here if someone wants to try it as I do this year, we can compare techniques!
You will boil the eggs in pure undiluted vinegar? Are you going to use cooked beet peels or raw? Can't wait to see the photos!
Joylynn Hardesty wrote:Google tells me that might be Methylsulfonylmethane (or MSM). Is that what you mean?
Yes, exactly. It is a bit bitter, but not that bad. It has sulphur compounds, which are very important in bone health. Also check out DMSO, which is related to MSM, and some people combine both. DMSO works well externally as well, can be applied to the back area, best diluted a bit as it can be irritating to the skin in a similar fashion as magnesium oil. Magnesium can also help -externally and internally.
If this is same or similar to spinals stenosis, I read this case "Person took 2 tablespoons of MSM powder a day - 1 in the morning and 1 at night, and her spinal stenosis improved a lot in a short time. Keep in mind, that it is best to start with half teaspoon and slowly build up. It will increase your energy a lot as well, so might be not so good before bed time."
Bitters turn on digestive system, including liver, gallbladder, stomach, etc. Best to take 5-15 minutes before eating, but if you remember after the meal, they can still be helpful. I carry tiny bottle of bitters, and when remember before meals, especially fatty foods such as cheese, I take a few drops. My bitters are strong -Gentian root and small amount of wormwood with mostly dandelion tincture, so few drops go a long way.
This is a young white pipinola, though many folks know it as a chayote or choko. It's not quite real white yet, but as it grows larger and matures, it turns white. We prefer to eat them smaller while the skin is still tender....and more of an off white. I grow plenty of these on my farm, primarily as a food forest plant.
I grow them too, although the part that I like the most is leaves. Older ones are good for cooking and juicing, younger ones I eat raw. In some countries young shoots sauteed are a delicacy. And they grow many of them, that is for sure. In summer it can grow a foot a day.
Not he same as fire weed. Looking for these for medicinal purposes. I have some more interesting medicinal herb and vegetable seeds to offer. If you can swap plants that is even better as sometimes herbs are finicky to start, even if they grow like weeds, where we do not want them.
Picture in here https://www.flickr.com/photos/21657471@N04/8549266687
Here is what I got in my document about asthma (I always type up things as I find them, and one sentence in them I just added from this thread ):
"Vit c (sodium ascorbate powder form) helped heal my son's asthma after using it for only a few days." from the sodium ascorbate amazon review. This mom didn't mention amount, but usually people take 2-3 grams several times a day for problem prevention. Ideally one would like to take up to bowel tolerance for healing. To test bowel tolerance to a test on the day you are home a lot, especially towards the ned of the day. Basically you start taking 2 grams of vit c every hour. Once you get loose bowels, you reached the point. Then reduce a bit and that is your dose. If you do not reach it, try larger doses each hour next day. Some people with acute infections orhuge toxin load might need 200-300 grams daily for a while. Ascorbic acid and sodium ascorbate are most ften available forms, and second one is gentler on the stomach, when one takes it in larger amounts. Always dilute it in water right before taking,
One quick remedy to keep on hand, if you find it works for you, is fennel essential oil. It is a bronchiodilator. A person can just smell it and open up their tubes, usually.
Nigella sativa ( black cumin, or black seed), seed or seed oil. Take 1 teaspoon of oil or 1 teaspoon to 1 tablspoon of grind seed 3 times a day.
Bromelain in pineapple stem or as a supplement. 500 milligrams taken 3 times daily, taken on empty stomach.
Apply cloth soaked with ginger tea to the chest area, and also drink it.
Fenugreek seed tea
"In my use with clients, I have found Silk Tassel to be one of the FINEST of antispasmodics for menstrual cramps, dysentery (especially from Protozoa infections), and for severe lung spasms, like the kind associated with asthma attacks. There are only a few herbs that I have witnessed, that have the potential to stop a full blown asthma attack. An extract of Silk Tassel is one such herb.
The part of the plant used as a medicine is the leaf and twigs, preferably dried, and extracted as a 1:5 plant extract, using about 50 to 60% alcohol. Dosage range can vary depending on use, but 10 to 20 drops, up to 5 times a day. I also, sometimes make a fresh plant extract with the leaves, a 1:2 ratio, 50% alcohol."
Terri Gerard from facebook herbal group drinks plantain leaf tea during an attack.
Carmen Call from facebook herbal group says: "If allergens are causing it, Quercetin is the cure! I needed a dehumidifier and air purifier to breathe for 3 years. I took quercetin for 2 days and my asthma VANISHED. That was 2 months ago. My life has completely changed." She took Oregon's Wild Harvest, Aller-Aid with Quercetin. In each 2 capsules there are 275 mg. of quercetin and 150 mg. of nettle. There are also 250 mg. of vitamin C and 300 mg. of N-Acetyl Cysteine. It takes 1-2 weeks for most people until full results are seen, though gradual improvement will be noticed earlier. Carmen takes only one of them a day.
Raw pastured milk helped child to stop asthma attacks. However pasteurized commercial milk makes things worse.
Astaxanthin antioxidant normalizes histamine levels in people with asthma. Take 12mg a day. Naturally found in red seaweed, algae, and salmon.
Sleep on a pillow stuffed with elder leaves. Do not take internally as they are poisonous to some degree.
Loquat leaves (Eriobotrya japonica) make sure to brush off fuzzy part under the leaf before tincturing or using for tea as they can irritate mucous membranes.
Take a teaspoon of mustard seed powder twice a day, can be mixed with molasses. Some people claim it cured their asthma. Mustard leaves can be be used in similar way or mixed with raw honey.
Aloe sliced leaves steeped in cold water for a few hours. Drink the water.
Skunk cabbage (Symplocarpus foetidus)
Hungerian wormwood (artemisia pontica)
Licorice, elecampane, aniseed, lobelia , and flower of sulphur powders mixed with honey. Take a teaspoon daily.
Lobelia Inflata (powdered seeds, herb and seed pods) - 1/2 to 1 teaspoon a day.
Catnip, pennyroyal, thyme tea, parsley root
During attack -take a teaspoon of lobelia tincture in a cup of warm tea.
Make a decoction with seneca snake root -Polygala senega (half an ounce for 1 pint of water, simmer until reduced in half) and take tablespoon every 10-15 minutes during attack.
Decoction formula- sage, lungwort, licorice, mullein leaves, hoarhound - 1/2 ounce each simmered in a quart of water for 20 min. Take a quarter of the cup (2 ounces) at the bedtime.
Herbalists in Ghana have long used amor seco (Desmodium adscendens) leaves to treat bronchial asthma. The treatment was so successful that it attracted attention from the scientific community. In 1977, a clinical observational study on humans showed that 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried amor seco leaf powder daily (in three dosages) produced improvement and remission in most asthma patients treated. In a study published in 2011, researchers once again validated amor seco's traditional uses as a natural remedy for asthma. They reported that the methanol extract of amor seco was the strongest in relaxing the tracheas of mice and ethanol extracts and water extracts had the same activity but to a lesser degree. Generally, 1-3 cups of amor seco leaf tea (standard infusion) daily, 4-6 ml of a standard tincture, or 4-5 g of powdered leaves in capsules daily are used.
Other herbs which have been used to treat asthma are comfrey, cramp bark, marshmallow, wild cherry, coltsfoot, yellow dock, elecampane, garlic, ginseng, horehound, lemon and honey, licorice root, mullein, mustard, pine gum, peppermint, slippery elm, and wintergreen.
"Between the girl's gasps, Dr. Christopher gave her sips of peppermint tea until she had taken a full cup. When she finished that, in about ten minutes, he gave her a teaspoonful of tincture of lobelia. In another ten minutes, he gave her another teaspoonful, and then a few minutes later, a third teaspoonful. He had never used more than three teaspoonfuls of the tincture of lobelia, because he was always called during asthma attacks at crisis. That is the best time to clear the ailment. They sat and talked after the girl had swallowed the third teaspoonful, and then she started to throw up. She vomited continually for an hour or so until she had nothing left in her; it brought up pus and phlegm from yellows to greens to blacks. She rolled over and fell asleep, so the Christophers left. She never had another asthma attack after that, as long as she stayed on the program, and grew up to have beautiful children of her own." Peppermint tea helped to relax muscles, so she wouldn't be sore from vomiting.
Don't waste a penny on homeopathy. A treatment should have at least some plausible means by which it could work. The idea that vaccines cause your allergies is also unsubstantiated. Allergies existed long before there were vaccines. It's your body reacting to the pollen and chemicals that plants naturally produce.
I had similar opinion too, but then I got stung by a bee. I was visiting my friend a day after, and sting area was getting worse, not better - it was super itchy, swollen and redness started developing around the area. My friend brought me Apis homeopathic remedy and also homeopathic sting ointment. No kidding, in 5 minutes I had zero itching, and in 1-2 hours no more swelling or redness. And that is despite me not believing in the stuff. Apis is actually made from the bee sting material, so remedy was very well matched. I started testing homeopathics for other things, and noticed, that lower potencies (30 and less) do not do anything for me. But 200C and higher work very well. But remedy has to be matched quite well. And to do that -read homeopathic Materia Medica and homeopathic repertories, not popular homeopathy books. Popular books now approach homeopathy as current medical system does - specific remedy or drug for specific disease, and that is like a shot in the dark. Remedy has to match personality and specific symptoms, not the disease. Healing a person, not the disease. First aid homeopathics are generally okay to use, that most people use, since one doesn't have an hour or two to read during emergency. but other stuff is individual.
Marco Banks wrote:They look very much like the grubs I regularly find in mulch. I get them from those bright metallic green fig beetles that are common here.
I find them occasionally munching on my sweet potatoes, nom, nom, nom. I get thousands of them, however (both grubs and almost invasive sweet potatoes), so the bigger issue for me are the raccoons and possums that love to dig through the mulch to find them.
We have those here too, and I am wondering, if their grubs are edible? People who ate wood eating grubs said they tasted very good sauteed, and because they are so fat, no additional fat is needed.
The best, in my tastes, are aphids. Aphids grown on something you'd like to eat, specifically. Not a poisonous plant - no aphids off a datura, for example. Aphids off roses taste a bit like roses, aphids off brassicas have that slight brassica bite to them. Aphids are sweet and quite innocuous. And sometimes there can be quite a lot of them. Whenever someone asks me how to deal with aphids, I suggest eating them, but thus far it has been one of my less popular recommendations.
Ants have that formic acid taste, and I didn't find them very pleasant to eat.
How did you eat aphids? Raw right with a leaf? I have some right now on my volunteer watermelon leaf, but not sure, if watermelon leaves are edible...:)
Ants how much I understand are best for making lemonade.
Heather Olivia wrote:I have eaten grasshoppers and grubs, both sautéed in a pan with oil or butter. They were fairly tasty. I preferred the grubs, which were slightly nutty. I had some doubts about the grubs, as two of my coworkers at the wilderness school I work at had just found them and decided to eat them without knowing for certain what they were. No one died, but probably best to know these things.
My biggest issue with eating them is that despite some searching, I have not found what the most humane way to end their lives is before consuming them. I believe we must respect the life that nourishes is, no matter how small. So what are folks thoughts on best practices for an ethical end? I was surprised to read that freezing, while common and seemingly gentle, is apparently one of the least ethical means.
I would like to try some grubs too from my garden and also wonder, if all grubs (beetle larva, right?) are edible? My are most likely from fig beetle, which are flying here all around, and lay eggs in the soil. How much i understand for meal worms most ethical is to put them first in the fridge, where they go into dormancy mode and then put them in the freezer. Idea is, that they won't feel much, when they are dormant. Not sure grubs become dormant as they live underground and can get away from the cold.
Also, I am not sure, if we need to let them poop out things for a day or two before freezing them for food.
They do prefer to have something to dig into in my experience. I'd just make sure whatever you give them as bedding is quite dry as I've had a few bursts of mold when my bedding gets wet.
I got some from Buy Nothing group on Facebook, and since they were fed oats, I put a think layer of oats and added guinea pig wood pellets (or roundish bobbles to be exact), and also gave them greens, and celery and carrots. They do not seem to be too interested in greens. I didn't get that much -maybe 30 worms and about 50 beetles, so can't try to eat them yet.
Lucas Green wrote:Can i ask why you don't want to use grain?
Because I prefer my worms grass or green fed. Higher nutrition. Grains have lots of calories, but they are high in phytic acid and nutrients inside are not very available. Occasional grain is okay, but as a main source of food -not so much. Neither for humans nor for animals. I actually can control my tooth from getting infection by removing all grains and fruit. I already do not eat sugar and seed oils for a year, but that alone is not enough.
Plus I rather feed them something I can gather or grow myself. I do not trust commercial foods grown by large corporations, eve organic. When organic oats were tested, from 15 samples, 6 contained significant amounts of roundup.
Today I was in a rush and just used washing soda with a scrubber sponge, and it worked so quickly, much quicker than with the fat. Not much water, just what was on rung out sponge. I also put hot water with washing soda inside the bottle to get rid of the oily stuff inside as it held cod liver oil. I shook the bottle for a few times and it worked for that also.
Sounds delicious. But be careful with tropical fruits if you are in USA- most of them are irradiated. They are not allowed to pass the border unless they are. Lately I never see in my stores organic pineapple, organic are not supposed to be irradiated. Frankly I do not trust even organic from large corporations. The more food you can forage, grow, or buy from small farmer, the better.
Thanks to Stephen Buhner book, I am growing Bidens pilosa. I add it to my green juices, but I am also making tincture and drying some for tea. Taste is quite neutral, and it grows well, very well as it is a weed. It looks cute too -white daisy like flowers.
I am planning to grow mealworms and would prefer them to be high in Omega 3s, so rather not to feed them grain or the least amount needed. Could I feed them just greens, hay, and vegetables? Do they absolutely need grains for their health?
Bryant RedHawk wrote:Meal worms will not pupate when in groups, they tend to keep in the larval stage and then die off as they age too long in larval stage.
Temp looks pretty good as does humidity, so I'm thinking they weren't separated so they would pupate.
It's a rather strange ecology for a larval organism but in laboratories, where they are used for class work, the larvae are kept together no more than 1 month then they are separated into small groups in large containers so they will pupate.
I thought that applied just to superworm species, not the regular meal worm.