“It’s a must to have the powerful divine energies of gratitude and love flowing freely through oneself in order to reach ones full potential.”
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MEDICINAL PROPERTIES: Treatment for H1N1 flu, Elderberry extract seems to offer an efficient, safe and cost-effective treatment for influenza. Inflammatory, flavonoid, antiviral, immunoprotective or immunostimulatory effect when administered to cancer or AIDS patients. The leaves, twigs, branches, seeds and roots contain a cyanide-inducing glycoside. Ingesting any of these parts in sufficient quantity can cause a toxic build up of cyanide in the body.
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MEDICINAL PROPERTIES: Contain high levels of dietary fiber, phenolic compounds, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and manganese. They are also rich in vitamin C and beta carotene. Regular consumption of the fruit is believed to reduce the risk of atherosclerosis heart attacks. Also, some persimmon varieties contain the tannins catechin and gallocatechin, as well as the candidate anti-tumor compounds betulinic acid and shibuol.
“ITAL livity is a gentle way of living in alignment with Mother Earth.”
The winter solstice is the time at which the Sun is at its southernmost point in the sky appearing at noon at its lowest altitude above the horizon. The winter solstice usually occurs on December 21 to 22 each year in the Northern Hemisphere, and June 20 to 21 in the Southern Hemisphere.
The axial tilt of Earth and gyroscopic effects of the planet’s daily rotation keep the axis of rotation pointed at the same point in the sky. As the Earth follows its orbit around the Sun, the same hemisphere that faced away from the Sun, experiencing winter, will, in half a year, face towards the Sun and experience summer. Since the two hemispheres face opposite directions along the planetary pole, as one polar hemisphere experiences winter, the other experiences summer. More evident from high latitudes, a hemisphere’s winter solstice occurs on the shortest day and longest night of the year, when the sun’s daily maximum elevation in the sky is the lowest.
Since the winter solstice lasts only a moment in time, other terms are often used for the day on which it occurs, such as “midwinter”, “the longest night”, “the shortest day” or “the first day of winter”. The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days.
The Benefits of Snow
A major benefit of a good snow cover is snow functions as an excellent insulator of the soil. Without snow, very cold temperatures can freeze the soil deeper and deeper. This could lead to damage of root systems of trees and shrubs.
The insulation effect of snow also helps protect perennials, bulbs, ground covers, and strawberry plantings from alternating freezing and thawing cycles. Without snow, milder temperatures and the sun could warm the soil surface, leading to damage from soil heaving, which can break roots and dry out plant parts. Snow also helps conserve soil moisture over the winter.
If you have not yet mulched perennial beds, with snow, you may not have to. If little snow is on the beds, however, it would be good to mulch. Evergreen branches are a good material choice. Straw is another suitable material. Mulches could be applied over existing snow.
Also, Snow highlights the bare architectural structure of your garden without the distraction of colorful blossoms or the various textures of plants.