New England Aster – A Great Fall Nectar Source for Bees
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New England Aster – A Great Fall Nectar Source for Bees

New England Aster, Symphyotrichum novae-angliae (formerly Aster novae-angliae) is one of my favorite native wildflowers. We’ll share how to identify and use this fall beauty, and some troubleshooting tips for growing it in the garden. New England Aster is also known as starwort, blue chamomile, blue daisy, fall-rose, and frostweed.

10 Home Remedies for Congestion (Natural Decongestants)
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10 Home Remedies for Congestion (Natural Decongestants)

Sinus pain and nasal congestion are common symptoms during cold and flu season. I’ve gathered together several home remedies for congestion to help relieve your stuffy nose and sinus pressure. Why Use Home Remedies for Congestion? I don’t like the side effects of over the counter decongestants (they either make me jittery, knock me out…

How to Make Elderberry Syrup with Fresh or Dried Berries
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How to Make Elderberry Syrup with Fresh or Dried Berries

In this post we’ll share how to make elderberry syrup with fresh or dried berries or juice. Making your own is a great way to save money on this wonderful immune supporting tonic. It’s great for kids and adults during cold and flu season. I noticed years ago that the ingredient lists on most commercial elderberry…