Wood sorrel (oxalis)

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Wood sorrel (oxalis) can be found all throughout woodland areas. Here is what it should look like:

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This plant is filled with oxalates and vitamin C. Oxalates is a salt compound that makes things taste sour, rhubarb is another great example of a plant filled with oxalates. Typically the greens are what is eaten. Some native Americans chewed on wood sorrel to alleviate thirst or to cure mouth sores. The roots of sorrel can be eaten but are usually boiled and they have a starchy taste somewhat like a potato. Either way, this is a most Pleasing wild Edible to feast upon while out in Nature.

Wood sorrel 1

 

It also grows quite well in desert regions during the cooler months. Children seem to go gaga over this little plant, cause of the sour taste. My son, just loves eating this plant, although it can upset the tummy if eaten in high quantity.

 

Wood sorrel 2

 

NOTE to the reader: When in the wild do NOT eat any wild foods unlesss you are 100% that you have properly identified the plant.

Rose Hips AKA the fruit of Rose’s

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Rose Hips (Rosaceae spp.) Did you know that there are over 2500 species in the rose family and all of them bare some sort of fruit. Maybe some of them you wouldn’t think belongs to this family:

Rose hips flyer

Almonds
Stone fruits such as peaches, apricots, choke cherries and the like.
Apples
Hawthorn
Loguats
Berries such as blackberry, raspberry, strawberries and so many more.
Even goatsbeard belongs to this family.

Pretty interesting huh! Now did you know that the beautiful rose that is so commonly used as a gift to show your love to another also bares Edible fruits? These fruits are known as rose hips and they appear after the flower has formed on the rose plant, the petals fall off and then a rose hip (or edible fruit) starts to emerge.

These delicious fruits are extremely high in vitamin C, contain astringent properties and are very restorative to the sickened body. They are also wonderful to steep in a honey or mash up to make a vinegar or delicious syrup and then added to any regiment while one is ill. Rose hips are also said to be especially good for calming babies who are sick with colic.

Rose hips in mouth

I will use these delicious rose hips I harvested in the San Francisco peaks near Flagstaff last weekend to make a delicious honey that will be infused with a few other medicinal herbs. So stay tuned for the release of a delicious honey blend and quite a few more that have been steeping for a while now ;)

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treat, cure or prevent disease. Consult your health care provider before using this product. And most importantly I do not recommend harvest anything from the wild and do not consume anything wild unless you are absolutely sure of it’s origin & what it is!

Join the Food Revolution!

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My friend Greg Peterson is an urban farmer in Phoenix, Arizona. He’s an educator and

longtime food­grower offering a webinar coming up soon called 3 Simple Steps To Grow Fruits

And Veggies For A Healthier Life (click HERE for more information). He has dedicated his life

to learning how to grow healthy, nutrient­dense food and transforming the global food system.

He is one of the leaders in the Food Revolution and I absolutely love what he does.

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Click the link below to check this out!

Click here to Join the Food Revolution!

https://dd200.isrefer.com/go/3StepsGrow/rose123

Below is an

article that he wrote about a day on his farm:

There is something to eat in my yard every day, 365 days a year. Last Thanksgiving it

was a wonderful salad that included: Six different greens such as Nasturtium leaves and sorrel

(a surprise find growing in the back ‘wild’ area); ruby red pomegranate seeds; an incredible

citrus called limequat that was sliced up skin and all for a tangy/sweet sensation; and a little bit

of the herbs tarragon and fennel, with a smidge of that pretty little three­leaf clover you see

growing in some yards called sour grass. The flavors were so diverse and striking that I chose

not to add any dressing at all.

I have spent a large part of the past 27 years integrating edible plants into my landscape,

from the Thanksgiving salad and my farm soup, to the occasional snack as I work through my

weekly urban farmer tasks. All the hard work and experimentation has netted an incredible,

edible yard and a hard­knock education about how and what grows best in my yard.

When I was in the eighth grade my family moved into a home with a very large yard where

the back 1/3­acre became our garden. We planted, the seeds grew and a spark ignited inside of

me…I decided to be a farmer. Over time, my dream became farming 200 acres out there

somewhere, and when I went back to school for my bachelor’s degree I was required to write a

vision for my life. In that vision, “farmer” showed up, but with a twist: Instead of 200 acres, The

Urban Farm was born on a 0.4­acre property in Phoenix, AZ and I was a farmer. My gardening

hobby of 10+ years was in reality urban farming, an incredible canvas on which to paint my

dream.

One outlet for my passion has been to re­landscape my entire yard with the notion that

everything that I grow is either edible, or supports the plants that are edible. Over the past 27

years I have planted trees that produce edible fruits, nuts and beans such as mesquite;

perennial herbs including basil, rosemary and oregano that I use a hedge trimmer on

periodically; along with the standard annual vegetables – broccoli, snow peas, and cucumbers

to name just a few.

Because of our name, visitors to The Urban Farm have an expectation that they will see

long rows of corn and beans, and a full working traditional farm. To the contrary, much of what

we have accomplished lives in standard garden beds, and if a person visiting did not know any

differently they would just see a nicely landscaped yard.

Magic happens when I stand back and watch the natural processes that exist in my yard.

A couple of decades ago I was fighting a basil plant ­ it wanted to bloom, I wanted the basil

leaves ­ as if I KNEW what was best for it. After a long battle, which I finally learned that I could

not win, I gave up and let the basil bloom, and boy did it bloom. What happened next was one

of those secrets that nature only whispers if you stand back and watch. The bees arrived by the

hundreds, and since then pollination has not been a problem on The Urban Farm.

My job these days has become helping others transform their outdoor living spaces into

edible wonderlands. Offering a plethora of classes on a diverse list of topics is the most natural

way for me to express my passion. Over the years topics such as vermiculture (cultivating

worms for their manure), desert gardening, edible landscaping, fruit trees, and the always

popular “Keeping Chickens in Your Yard” have begun to reconnect Phoenix residents to the

roots of where our food comes from.

Now I’ve expanded my reach to the global community by offering online classes, both free

and paid, to inspire and empower people from around the world to grow their own healthy,

organic food and join the food revolution. My latest free webinar, 3 Simple Steps To Grow

Fruits And Veggies For A Healthier Life, will cover how to choose the right space to plant

your edible garden, how to determine what to plant when, why soil is your most important asset

and gardening hacks that will make growing your own food easy and successful. If you are

excited to join the revolution and start creating your edible yard or patio but have little to no

experience, this webinar was designed for you! Click here to learn more.

Farming the city spaces around us presents a whole new paradigm for growing our own

food and reigniting our connection to nature. The tools are here, and the knowledge is available,

you can kindle your desire by getting your hands dirty, taking a chance and spreading some

seeds. The fruits of your labor are much tastier (not to mention cheaper) than what you find in

the grocery store and come along with the satisfaction that YOU grew them. Many people tell

me of their “black” thumbs as they admire what is grown on The Urban Farm. I reflect back to

them the years of experimenting that I have done, noting the countless plants that did NOT

make under my care… and that is how I learned.

Catnip, Nepeta cataria

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Catnip, Nepeta cataria

Catnip, Nepeta cataria

Catnip, Nepeta cataria

Everyone knows that catnip is used to get our cats feeling perky, but did you know we humans can use it to? I grow catnip in my garden for all kinds of medicinal uses. Catnip is a member of the mint family and can be used to help with anxiety, tummy issues such as indigestion, cramps or nausea, it can also be used to help with colic, fevers and menstrual cramps. Sometimes I’ll brew a tea for my toddler and give this to him to help him calm down in the evening. Have you used catnip for medicinal uses?

Have you used catnip for medicinal uses? If so leave a comment I’d love to hear what your thoughts, preparations or experience was. And if you are going to grow this in your garden I really recommend keeping it in a pot or in an area where you do not mind if it spreads, because it will take over!

Wild Arizona Passion Flower (Passiflora mexicana)

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I wanted to share this with you all… On my excursion this past weekend to Southern Arizona this was one of my favorite plant finds… I’m excited to be able to share it with you all in the Near Future, along with the rest of my Herbal Remedies created in my Apothecary…

Passion Flower (Passiflora mexicana)

Passion Flower (Passiflora mexicana)

Wildcrafted Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana) found thriving in Southern AZ coming soon to Free Spirit & Mind Product Line…

Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana)

Pink Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana)

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Purple Passion Flower (Passiflora Mexicana)

Passion Flower (Passionfloar Mexicana)2

The Beautiful Passion Flower can be found all throughout Southern Arizona, if only you know what to look for…

Passion Flower is such an amazing plant not only is it absolutely beautiful (even though it is some what “smelly”) but it also contains many Medicinal Properties including:

Sedative qualities
Calms the mind from the typical day-day nonsense found/experienced in the “City-Life”
Anti-anxiety
Helps with tachycardia & hypertension
Helps with Insomnia
Soothes ticks from seizures & spastic muscles
Can aid in withdrawal symptoms from substances
Soothes spastic cough
Can help with diarrhea

Herbal baths can be used to help with many ailments including calming the mind, soothing the muscles, helping speed up a sickness, move toxins through & out of the body, exercising demons, baptisms, enlightening your spirit, bonding with plants, meditation & so much more…

Last night I took an Herbal bath using Passion Flower a  magical plant as one of the Herbs… After the bath I was completely relaxed, soothed, peaceful & ready for bed... Used in the bath:

Passion Flower-To sooth the mind, ease the chatter in my mind & to bond with this new plant friend
Pedicularis- To soothe the muscles
Lavendar-For calming
Lemon balm-to relax the nerves, anti-bacterial, anti-viral & to relax the muscles
Eucalyptus-Anti-bacterial, to open up the lungs & soothe the brain
Mint-Refreshing, relaxing & soothing
Sea Salt-To relax the muscles, anti-bacterial, exfoliant & general cleansing 
Have you ever taken an Herbal Bath? When was the last time you took one? If you haven’t taken an Herbal bath I highly recommend that you do. Why… Because you Deserve to have the Experience, you Deserve to be Pampered, you Deserve to enjoy the Heavenly Aroma…
Herbal Baths

Herbal Baths

Until Next time.. Peace be with You

The Journey Continues… Jesse James Float-1

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Hey guys by now I sure hope you have pampered yourself with a float, if not come on it’s about time that you treat yourself to some, “You-Time”. I have been floating at Jesse James Body Wellness center & I want to share with you that Jesse sure knows how to make you feel Welcome, safe & relaxed… Jesse & his team have set up a beautiful cozy little spa. The spa is complete with a Float Tank, a Naturalpathic Doctor, a massage therapists, a smoothie bar & essential oils.The Wellness Center is Centrally located in Phoenix Az on Bethany Home Rd & 16th St, right across the street from Lucy’s. Here is a link to the map.

Upon arriving at The Spa Jesse has a little sign right out front that Welcomes the “Scheduled floater”, seeing this sign sure brightened up my day…Reserved for Rose

As usual before any float I like to find some time to sit, write & reflect on my intentions for the float that day… As a re-cap my float-time is a Special time & I dedicate to myself to unwind, focus, meditate, cleanse & Just Be… Here is a short video on my thoughts & Intentions before the float this day…

For many addicts we find ourselves Quick to React to situations, questions, defending ourselves or engaging in activities that may not be good for us in the long run. This has a lot to do with our Cognitive thought process and processing the entire situation before we “React”. I find that addicts share a similar trait, we want things “Now”, we want things when we want them & there is no holding back. When at times this maybe a good trait to have it can & does get us into trouble plenty of times.

During the float I was not able to find any magic answers to my Intention that was set for the day, but what i did find was that I was able to get more intimate with myself on a Spiritual level (simply by mediating for a longer period of time) than I have in a while. In everyday life we all like to tell ourselves, I will make myself a better or more “enlightened” person by mediating on a daily basis. I will do Yoga & learn a new position today. I will not eat junk foods or sweets today. Whatever we tell ourselves may not be what actually happens even if we have true intentions to see it through. For instance I like to meditate several times a week but I do not make the time on a regular basis or for the amount of time I like to meditate (a minimum of 45 minutes). So my float time allows the time for my meditation. And Never have I regretted floating as with each float I gain something out of the experience. Here are my thoughts from right after the float…

We should never set our expectations too high, for expectations are not healthy. What will happen will happen one way or another no matter how much we may wish for a desired result or affect. The tough part is allowing ourselves to be okay with whatever the out come… For me I find it easier to accept the outcome if I can find something in the situation that is either serving me for the highest good (that way I can acknowledge it) or realizing something is not serving me in one way or another. As for the later that is not always easy to accept but when we can accept it than it is ou duty to correct the issue & do what serves us best even if it kills us emotionally, in the end letting things go that are not lifting your spirits is better than hanging onto those things that bring us down… in the end the choice is ours…

“Lower you expectation of Earth. This is not heaven, so don’t expect it to be.”

=Max Lucada=

Until Next time… Peace be with You

Naturally Harvested Medicine to fight infections… Found Locally!

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Natural Medicine harvested locally! What seriously I DO NOT have to use Pharmaceutical Antibiotics!?!

I am not sure about you but I have never been a fan of antibiotics, in fact it seems as though they hardly ever work for me or for my son who is now 4 years old. He was diagnosed with an allergy to the “cillian” family when he was not even a year old. Penicillin is part of a family of antibiotics known as beta lactams & is used to treat many bacterial infections in your body such as ear infections. Time after time the doctor had put my son on antibiotics for one infection or another & time after time the infection just would not go away. When he was one in a half he got an ear infection four times in a row & the doctor insisted on putting him on antibiotics for about a month straight, and I let them (sad face). During the last round my son ended up in the hospital with pneumonia, because the antibiotics had killed his system. Pneumonia can be fatal for small children and I became very concerned… so at that point in time I made the Conscious decision that I would find an alternative remedy for my sweet child! This was when I had discovered GSE grapefruit seed extract.

I have not harvested GSE locally but I have been using it for quote sometime & have learned that it works so well that my family & I do not have to use Pharmaceutical Antibiotics. At every chance I get I recommend GSE to anyone & everyone! I have learned that you get much better results with GSE in a glass bottle than in the white bottle that only contains about 30% GSE, but it seems as though this kind of GSE is getting harder & harder to find. However I am able to find it if I surf the web long enough & sometimes I can find it at Sprouts grocery store. Anyways I have been using GSE in replace of antibiotics for almost 3 years now & I have never had a bad experience with it. And the overall health of my son & I have been GREAT!

This past weekend I was up at Oak Flats (beautiful land that has been used for ceremonial purposes for years & years that has been sold to an Australian mining company to mine copper) harvesting medicinal herbs.

Oak Flats!

Oak Flats!

While I was boulder hoping I managed to get stabbed or impaled by an agave plant, a member of the Yucca family. The spike broke off below my skin, I had to go to the ER, get in lanced & after about 30 minutes of digging the spike was removed. This type of wound has been known to acquire staph infections. The doctors tried to push antibiotics & a tetanus shot, however I declined & decided to go with natural cures.

Yucca wound

Yucca wound

 

  1. Local Black Willow bark & GSE (GSE not locally harvested) made into a tea, drunken as needed throughout day for pain & to fight infection (at least 2-3 times a day up to hourly if needed).
  2. Locally harvested Nicotine leaves made into a tea & applied to would for pain.
  3. Locally harvested Creosote or Chaparral leaves made into a poultice & applied to infected area to fight bacterial infections.
Natural Medicines Wild-crafted Locally!

Natural Medicines Wild-crafted Locally!

 

That’s it! It may be a little more time consuming than popping a pill but if you are as dedicated to natural cures as I am then you will appreciate the time spent to prepare the naturally harvested herbs that can heal you. Pharmaceutical Antibiotics kill your system, working against your body eventually making you resistant to the medications (as proven in my sons case!) so we choose to find something that actually works, that is natural & that can save our immune systems from attacking itself! Not to mention it gives me & my son a fun activity out in nature for the day… My son loves going out into nature to harvest medicinal herbs & so do I! So next time if you are in need of antibiotics maybe you will remember this article & these alternative remedies that can & will assist you on your journey… And hey if these do not work for you then please feel free to cash in that pharmaceutical prescription that was prescribed by the doctor… But why not try something that works, does not hurt your body & can possibly be found in your backyard!

Until Next time… Peace be with You…

The Journey Continues… Float 8… Addiction

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The Journey Continues… Float 8… Addiction

The term addiction is described as, “A condition that results when a person ingests a substance or engages in an activity that can be pleasurable but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health.” I am not sure about you, but for me I have battled with many forms of addiction over the span of my life. Addictions come in all forms and for me I have been addicted to drugs, adrenaline rushes, shopping, cigarettes, Greys Anatomy; you know all those deeply seeded, pleasure seeking habits that we just can’t stop even if we try our best at times. Everyone of these and more(that were not named) have disabled me from performing regular daily living activities. My life and wellbeing have been compromised time & time again.

Addiction... A Downside to humanity!

Addiction… A Downside to humanity!

The main reason I wanted to start floating at True Rest and engage in the float pods, was to try and remedy some of my addictions. In the research I have done, I have learned that sensory deprivation tanks have been proven to reset the brain(via our brain waves) and the way the brain thinks all together. I consider this type of process as the cognitive thought process. In case you are unaware or simply need a refresher, “The Cognitive Approach in psychology is a relatively modern approach to human behaviour that focuses on how we think, with the belief that such thought processes affect the way in which we behave (other approaches take other factors into account, such as the biological approach, which acknowledges the influences of genetics and chemical imbalances on our behaviour).”  For me, I believe addiction was built into my physiology & biology, as I come form a long line of addicts. In addiction to biology, I was given drugs by my birth parents from birth until I was removed my home(tent) at age 4. I believe this reinforced addiction, as well as formed addiction into my personality. Then as the years moved on, I sought out drugs as a way to “unfeel” the world, the pains, the trauma and the abuse that had been imposed upon me. So yes, I too am taking accountability for my career in addiction. Over time I learned drugs did not help me “unfeel”, they only numbed me, stunted my personal growth and disabled me from evolving.

However after after 11 floats at True Rest I can honestly say that I have seen the affects of the floats on my addictions. My cognitive thought process has slowed tremendously. Since Thanks Giving, I have not had the desire to smoke cigarettes. I typically like to enjoy a glass of wine 3-4 times a week, as of lately the thought of enjoying a glass of wine has only been a few times a month(and typically in a social situation). As you can see these are hard facts that my addictions are becoming a part of the past. And I relate the diminish in addiction to the float tanks at True Rest!

My advice to you and anyone you may know that is suffering with addition, is to go to at least 4 floats & see if you notice any differences. I have no doubts in my mind that if you partake in floating, honestly do the work while you are in the floats(practice mediation, manifest your desires, shed your addictions) that floating can aid in just about any addiction in any person! This is real stuff. This is real life. And for me I choose a better, healthy quality of life for myself, for my personal evolution and for my future…

Until next time… Peace be with you…

Namaste

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The Journey Continues-Float3

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This week my focus is on vulnerability. I want to discuss this as vulnerability affects everyone. According to merriam-websters dictionary the definition of vulnerable is; capable of being physically or emotionally wounded or being open to attack or damage : assailable. To me being vulnerable means allowing yourself to be open, unguarded, showing ourselves completely to the world without the fears of being judged, rejected or  chastised for our beliefs. How is vulnerability and the float pods related. Well for one, when you are in the float pod you are lying naked, exposed to the world. Two your mind is vulnerable to the silence, the cosmos and to our deepest thoughts. Three your senses are vulnerable to everything, as there is hardly anytime that we are surrounded in complete silence.

Throughout the years and with all of the things I have been exposed to I have taught myself to safe-guard myself from the world, making sure that when I am vulnerable I can be kept safe by keeping my guard up at all times. In the past few years it has been a struggle to accept the fact that I do not need to keep my guard up, that it is okay to be vulnerable. Being vulnerable is part of being human, in fact I think it is essential for human beings to be vulnerable this shows the world that are truly human.

Being vulnerable also means binge completely honest with ourselves. The float pods are a great way to explore ourselves, as in the pods we have nothing other than our nakedness, our own thoughts and the truth of what is. The float pods allow us to be completely vulnerable to what is, what has been and what could be.

I want to give thanks to the float pods for reserving a special spot for me to allow myself to be completely vulnerable & utterly exposed to the world…

Until next time Peace be with You…

Make your own Fluoride-Free, Organic Toothpaste

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Make your own Fluoride-Free, Organic Toothpaste… Make your own toothpaste & know it was made with safe ingredients!

Make your own toothpaste & know it was made with safe ingredients!

1. Simple

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt, finely ground
1 drop peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil

A few drops of water

Mix ingredients in a small bowl and combine thoroughly until a thick paste is formed. Scoop it on to your toothbrush and brush as usual.

 2. Vegan toothpaste

Many commercial toothpastes include glycerin to help maintain the product’s texture, but unless it is listed specifically as vegetable glycerin, it is of animal origin. If you want a vegan toothpaste that contains glycerin, try this.

2 teaspoons vegetable glycerin

4 tablespoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon guar gum
8 tablespoons water
5 drops peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil

Place all the ingredients except essential oil in a pot and cook on low heat, stirring frequently, for five minutes or until the mixture achieves a paste-like texture. Cool, add essential oil to taste, and store in a sterile jar at room temperature. Use as usual.

3. Coconut-based toothpaste

This formula swaps out the glycerin and uses coconut oil instead. The coconut flavor and essential oil should mask the subtle taste of the hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, but you can add a few drops of stevia if you prefer a sweeter paste.

6 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon hydrogen peroxide

2 tablespoons coconut oil (warm enough to be liquid, which means above 76 degrees F)
10 drops peppermint, clove, or citrus pure essential oil

Homemade, organic & quick & painless!

Homemade, organic & quick & painless!

Put baking soda in a bowl, add the other ingredients and mix until you achieve a proper paste texture. Add a small amount of baking soda if it’s runny; add more coconut oil if it’s too dry. Taste, and add more essential oil if you want a more flavorful paste. Store in an opaque container (required to protect the hydrogen peroxide) and use as usual.

4. Super simple

The most simplified toothpaste recipe ever.

1. Mix Baking soda and coconut oil 50/50

How effective is using baking soda? Baking soda is used for two reasons. First, it’s a mild abrasive that provides a gentle cleansing. Second, it’s alkaline. Being alkaline, baking soda can neutralize acids in your mouth that are often at the root of tooth decay. Baking soda also absorbs odors and helps produce fresh breath.

Coconut oil is the magic ingredient. It is a key ingredient in homemade toothpastes because it’s a powerful, natural antibacterial and antifungal – so it works to kill harmful bacteria in your mouth while you brush. Coconut oil is excellent for your gums and brushing with it regularly can eliminate bleeding, sore gums. The oil kills the bacteria that are responsible for gingivitis – and if you have gingivitis, you might want to massage some coconut oil into your gums regularly, in addition to using it in your toothpaste. Brushing your tongue with the oil helps with thrush, a fungal problem localized in the mouth, and to boot, coconut oil has been found to stop and even reverse some tooth decay.

Coconut oil naturally contains Caprylic acid, a fatty acid that effectively destroys candida. This makes coconut oil one of the best ways to keep Candida levels under control which can be present in the mouth when overgrowth occurs.

Homemade & ready to use!

Homemade & ready to use!

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