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Plants in Research

Almost everyone, everywhere knows about plants, because plants are so universal, and because they are so rooted in our history. Centuries ago, plants were used for food, clothing, medicine, fuel, and shelter. Today, many millenniums later, they are still meeting those needs. However, the world population is now approximately eight billion, and this is straining …

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Extinct Plants

Should we care if some unknown flower or plant, in some unknown forest, in a land far, far away is endangered, or worse yet extinct? We should care a lot, because that plant or flower is a link in an ecosystem, and now that it is no longer there, the ecosystem will be disrupted.  The …

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Community Gardens and Corporate Gardens

There are many different types of Community Gardens serving myriad purposes. There are school gardens, vocational gardens, and church gardens to name a few.  Community gardens help residents by providing physical activity and social interaction, which is a healthy way of reducing stress and releasing built up energy from being confined indoors. They provide an …

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Endangered Plants

Picture this, a world without plants, where the merciless sun beats down on earth all day, and humans must stay indoors because it is so inhospitable outdoors. When we do venture out, we will have to be clothed in some sort of gear to protect us from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which can potentially damage …

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Horticultural Therapy

Horticultural Therapy or Therapeutic Horticulture? The two phrases are often confused, so what’s the difference? Let’s start with the similarities, to make the differences more apparent. Horticultural Therapy and Therapeutic Horticulture are similar in that they both improve the quality of life of an individual. Have you ever gone out to your garden to dig …

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Plants in Medicine

Many cultures and communities can identify local plants that are used to treat ailments. Often, the elders of the community are the keepers of this knowledge, and it is passed down verbally from generation to generation. However, it is rare that the information is written down by the indigenous people. History shows that unless this …

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Plants as Food

Plants have been used as food for centuries. There are lots of benefits to using plants as food. They provide the essential vitamins and minerals our bodies need to be healthy. They provide roughage and they also add flavor and color. Some different types of plants that we use as food are, green vegetables like …

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The History Of Plant Medicine: From Traditional Remedies To Modern Medicine

Plant-based medicine has been used for thousands of years to treat and prevent illness, injury, and disease. Many modern-day medications we use today are rooted in traditional plant-based remedies. Since prehistoric times, humans have been using natural products to treat several diseases. The conventional medicines used worldwide include Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Kampo, Korean medicine, Unani, …

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Core Benefits Of Horticulture As A Therapy For Mental Peace

Horticulture is the science, technology, art, and business of cultivating beautiful plants and trees. Now that we have come to a point in time where humans are more disconnected from nature than ever before due to urbanization and the increased use of technology, it is now that society has the most benefit from horticulture. Horticulture …

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