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Lavandula, the genus of which our lovely lady Lavender belongs, is native to the Mediterranean Sea, southern Europe through northern and eastern Africa, as well as Middle Eastern countries to southwest Asia and southeast India, however many gardeners here in America grow lavender in well-drained soil, planters and pots. Lavender is in full bloom in Oregon this season, a wondrous event to witness! The Lavandula genus includes more than 30 species, dozens of subspecies, and hundreds of hybrids and selected cultivars(3). The different varieties of lavender range in size from about 9 inches to 3 feet tall, although some may...

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Modern research suggests that the population of microorganisms living within as well as on the surface of our bodies, known as the microbiome, influences our immune response, neural development, digestion, and recent research now demonstrates our mood, behavior, and food cravings as well. According to Dr. Louis Vitetta, Matthew Bambling, and Hollie Alford, authors of "The gastrointestinal tract microbiome, probiotics, and mood Inflammopharmacology," we have ten times more bacterial cells than human cells and one hundred times more types of bacterial genes than human genes! From this perspective, we are in some way more bacteria than we are human! Perhaps this is why it...

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2018  Northwest Herb SymposiumBotanicals at the Beach August 23-26     We couldn't be more excited for registration opening for “Botanicals at the Beach,” the 2018 Northwest Herb Symposium!! The weekend of August 23rd through the 26th will feature world-class educational workshops by both national and regional teachers in the fields of botany and natural medicine including: Paul Bergner, Mary Bove, Chanchal Cabrera, Rosalee de la Forêt, Ryan Drum, EagleSong Gardener, Christopher Hobbs, Denise Joy, Julie Charette Nunn, Suzanne Tabert and Netta Zeberoff.   Learning opportunities will include educational workshop tracks for budding herbalists, advanced students and practitioners alike. These workshops will be a...

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