Growing and Using Moringa, Comfrey, and Healing Herbs

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

What's Killing My Moringa Seedlings?


There are several things that can kill Moringa seedlings including too small a pot,  too much water and root rot.  Another huge problem is fungus gnats. If you see flying  gnats, you have their eggs in your houseplant or Moringa pot soil.  If you take the seedling out of the pot carefully, you will see there is little root left. Did they rot? If you have flying gnats, their tiny larvae probably ate the roots. The gnat larvae is so tiny, you may not even be able to see them without a magnifying glass.    Trust me, they are there.   One sign is that a healthy Moringa seedling will suddenly start to fall over.  That is because the tiny larvae are eating the roots it needs to grow.  The other seedlings may look fine next to it, so it is confusing.  Take the seedling out to see if it has roots or if the roots seem to be eaten.  It is pretty clear at that point. Gray rolly polly bugs are another one that eat the roots of young seedlings. Again if you see flying gnats, you have eggs in your potting soil. 

Solution to Fungus Gnats:   

Use the yellow sticky sheets to catch the adults.  I had to buy them online. I could not find anything but fly sheets in Home Depot or several other stores.  Fly sheets will not tray fungus gnats. They are drawn to the bright yellow color of the sticky sheets. You need to place them in and around your plants where you see them crawling or flying.  Go on Amazon and get the best deal on them. 

Get Gnatrol on the internet.   I have tried sand, hydrogen peroxide and several things with little success.  I have also read that some people don't find success with this either but I feel it works better than some of the other methods suggested.  One reason customers may think Gnatrol does not work is because the larvae must eat it, then it starves them to death. You will see them moving after the liquid is applied and for some time later.

What is Gnatrol? 

" Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) is actually a naturally occurring bacterium, common in some soils, that causes disease in certain insects, most notably leaf and needle feeding caterpillars. It was first discovered in the early 1900s.The French were the first to advocate using Bt in the garden and by the 1960s, Bacillus thuringiensis products were available on the open market and were readily embraced by the organic gardening community."  Read a great article on the subject here.  The excerpt was taken from this article. 

Gnatrol must be used correctly to work:

Gnatrol  must be added to water to the right strength, then used as a drench on the plant. Drench means to soak the soil with the liquid.  It takes treatment every 5 days for several weeks to get them under control.

Gnatrol must be ingested by the gnat larvae. It affects their ability to eat the roots of your seedlings.  The larvae starve to death.  This takes time.  You will not see them killed immediately, so you may think it didn't work.

Try to let the soil dry out in between watering as well.  In the future, I am going to water in the Gnatrol before I plant the seedlings.

Well this is all for today.   Hope your weekend is restful.
Kate Freer, the herbladyisin 

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

What Common OTC Pain Medicine is Responsible for 56,000 Emergency Visits and Many Deaths? Find Out

It angers me when doctors downplay the side effects and deaths associated with over the counter medications and issue scare tactics over herbs.  There are numerous OTC drugs that are dangerous. If these same drugs were herbs with adverse reactions, they would be banned in an instant. But drugs get preferential treatment by the AMA and the FDA. They are allowed to remain on the shelves because of greed, money, and power. Drug companies carry clout and power. They manipulate your lives with this greed.

Here is one OTC drug that most of you have either taken or are taking now-Acetaminophen. It is found in many popular pain killing OTC medications such as Tylenol.

Here are facts about Acetaminophen that you should be aware of below:


Acetaminophen is responsible for over 100,000 calls to Poison Control Centers in the US. 

Acetaminophen is the culprit in 56,000 emergency room visits, 2,600 hospitalizations, and over 458 deaths   due to acute liver failure.

Half of All the cases of liver failure in the US are due to Acetaminophen not alcohol abuse.

This drug is toxic to the liver even when taken correctly with label directions after several weeks.  This is when taken as prescribed, not as many patients take it...increasing the dosage because it is not working on their pain levels.  

This is a quote below taken from Dr Mercola's article here. I encourage you read the whole article to have this really sink in.

 "Taken over several days, as little as 25 percent above the maximum daily dose - or just two additional extra strength pills a day - has been reported to cause liver damage, according to the [Food and Drug Administration]. Taken all at once, a little less than four times the maximum daily dose can cause death...

If you are taking more than one drug that contains Acetaminophen, you are destroying your liver.  You need to look at the ingredients in your OTC and prescription drugs to see what of your medications contain Acetaminophen. Cold medications, Vicodin, and Percocet among others contain Acetaminophen.

Alcohol and Acetaminophen: A Prescription for Kidney Failure

Drink alcohol and Acetaminophen? This raises your risk for kidney failure 123 percent!   This is so even when the amount of alcohol is small.  


NEW Warning Finally from the FDA.....It is about time!


The FDA has issued a statement in January of this year finally urging health professionals to discontinue prescribing and dispensing prescription combination drug products containing more than 325 mg of acetaminophen per dose. This drug has been on the marketplace for years. Each year the stats on deaths and visits to the emergency room go higher, yet it took them over 10 years to admit that it is a dangerous drug that does cause liver and kidney failure.

Do Not Rely on your doctor or the FDA to protect you!


That is why I write blogs against drugs and how the drug companies and doctors downplay their side effects and deaths. You need to realize that the FDA does not protect you until the evidence is so overwhelming, they cannot hide the evidence any more. The FDA is in bed with the drug companies. Money and power lies right in the middle of the FDA and their policies.  You must protect yourself...not rely on your doctor or the FDA to protect you. Doctors make money from the drug companies for prescribing medicine.  They are awarded huge sums of perks and money to prescribe medicines. They rely on drug salesmen to advise them on the drugs. They have no time to research it themselves. There are no studies on the effects of combining all sorts of drugs....the side effects that occur.  The more drugs you take, the more possible side effects from combining them.



This is all for today. Please read Dr. Mercola's article on Acetaminophen here. I have highlighted points from his article in this blog.

Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin

Buy USDA Organic Certified Moringa Powder, Tea, and Capsules from Ecuador. The products are tested and shipped from a US/GMP compliant lab in Connecticut. 












Visit Nature's Sunshine Herbs, Essential Oils, Flower Remedies, and so much more here



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