have i told you guys about that one time i had to do a presentation on class but i was being a lazy fuck so i just copied one i found on the internet and presented it but the whole time my teacher was giving me weird glares ok so after i was done i realized the work i copied had my university watermark on it but like from years ago long story short i had copied my teacher’s work when he was a student and presented it to him years later


Arctic Desert, 2014 | by Tiina Törmänen


Dan Molloy

Reblog this if giving up meat was the best thing you’ve ever done.



Meat, dairy, eggs… I won’t go back to eating that shit, and that’s a promise.

Veganism is literally one of the best things that’s happened to me.


"When in their natural surroundings—not on factory farms—pigs are social, playful, protective animals who bond with each other, make nests, relax in the sun, and cool off in the mud. Pigs are known to dream, recognize their own names, learn “tricks" like sitting for a treat, and lead social lives of a complexity previously observed only in primates. Many pigs even sleep in ‘pig piles,’ much like dogs. Some love to cuddle and others prefer space.

People who run animal sanctuaries that include pigs note that they are more similar to humans than you would guess. Like humans, pigs enjoy listening to music, playing with soccer balls, and getting massages. Pigs can even play video games!

Pigs communicate constantly with one another. More than 20 of their oinks, grunts, and squeals have been identified for different situations, from wooing their mates to expressing hunger. Newborn piglets learn to run to their mothers’ voices, and mother pigs sing to their young while nursing.

Pigs have very long memories. Dr. Stanley Curtis, formerly of Penn State University, put a ball, a Frisbee, and a dumbbell in front of several pigs and was able to teach them to jump over, sit next to, or fetch any of the objects when asked to, and they could distinguish between the objects three years later.

Biologist Tina Widowski studies pigs and marvels at their intelligence: “When I was working with the monkeys, I used to look at them and say: ‘If you were a pig, you would have this figured out by now.’”

Scientists at the University of Illinois have learned that not only do pigs have temperature preferences, they also will learn through trial and error how to turn on the heat in a cold barn if given the chance and turn it off again when they are too warm.

Pigs don’t “sweat like pigs”; they are actually unable to sweat, and they like to bathe in water or mud in order to keep cool. One woman developed a shower for her pigs, and they learned to turn it on and off.

Pigs have been known to save the lives of others, including their human friends. According to London’s The Mirror, “a pet piglet called Pru was praised by her owner … after dragging her free from a muddy bog.” The owner said, “I was panicking when I was stuck in the bog. I did not know what to do and I think Pru sensed that. … I had a rope with me that I use as a dog lead and I put it around her. I was shouting ‘Go home, go home’ and she walked forward, slowly pulling me out of the mud.”

In addition to Pru, there is Priscilla, a pig who saved a young boy from drowning; Spammy, who led firefighters to a burning shed to save her calf friend Spot; and Lulu, who found help for her human companion, who had collapsed from a heart attack. A pig named Tunia chased away an intruder, and another, named Mona, held a fleeing suspect’s leg until the police arrived.

Many pigs in sanctuaries ended up in new homes after jumping off of slaughterhouse-bound trucks and escaping, and in England, a stone carving of a pig named Butch was placed upon a historic cathedral after Butch and his friend Sundance escaped from a slaughterhouse and roamed the country for several days before being captured. Fortunately, a national outcry against slaughter allowed Butch and Sundance to go to a sanctuary.”

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Natural Remedies First Aid Kit Checklist

1. Valerian tincture

The sedative properties of valerian make it useful for relieving anxiety, insomnia and tension; it may also provide mild pain relief.

2. Eucalyptus essential oil

A potent antibiotic and antiviral, eucalyptus is excellent for treating colds and sinus infections when used as a steam inhalation.

3. Witch hazel extract

Distilled witch hazel has reported astringent, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, useful for treating insect bites and skin irritations. It’s also an excellent base for diluting essential oils for topical application. Do not take it internally.

4. Herbal insect repellent

Herbal insect repellents work well when applied liberally and frequently.

5. Arnica gel or cream

Arnica flowers have anti-inflammatory and circulation-stimulating properties; the gel or cream may help relieve sore muscles, sprains, strains and bruises. Do not apply arnica to broken skin.

6. Grindelia poison ivy treatment

Grindelia, also known as gumweed, contains resins and tannins that help relieve the symptoms of plant rashes such as poison ivy and poison oak.

7. Lemon essential oil

Uplifting, clarifying lemon essential oil can be used as aromatherapy to help dispel mental fatigue. It is also antiseptic, but should be diluted before being applied to the skin.

8. Echinacea liquid extract

Rich in phytochemicals that boost immunity, versatile liquid echinacea extract can be used internally to treat infections and externally for wounds and burns.

9. Calendula/comfrey salve

With calendula’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and comfrey’s ability to help heal wounds, this salve is perfect for minor cuts and scrapes.

10. Goldenseal capsules or powder

A powerful antimicrobial, goldenseal is effective against a variety of microorganisms that cause traveler’s diarrhea. The powder also has antiseptic properties and can be sprinkled onto cuts or wounds to stop bleeding. Do not use during pregnancy.

11. Ginger capsules, tea bags or crystallized ginger

The antispasmodic and gas-relieving properties of ginger soothe digestive upsets. Ginger also has been shown to relieve motion sickness better than Dramamine, the conventional drug treatment.

12. Peppermint essential oil and tea bags

Peppermint soothes an upset stomach, eases congestion from the common cold and curbs itching from insect bites. If you have sensitive skin, dilute peppermint oil before applying. Peppermint tea may aggravate heartburn.

13. Eleuthero standardized extract

An excellent adaptogen, eleuthero can help prevent jet lag. Standardized extracts guarantee you’re getting sufficient amounts of eleutherosides, the herb’s active compounds.

14. Lavender essential oil

Multi-purpose lavender has sedative, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It’s helpful for anxiety, insomnia, headaches, wounds and burns. Most people can tolerate lavender essential oil applied directly to the skin. Do not take more than 1 to 2 drops internally.

15. Chamomile tea bags

Gentle enough for children, chamomile tea promotes relaxation, relieves indigestion and, applied topically, soothes skin irritations.

16. Elderberry capsules or liquid extract

Elderberries can help prevent cold and flu viruses from invading and infecting cells. If you’re flying or otherwise potentially exposed to viruses, taking elderberry is a good preventive. If you come down with a cold or flu, elderberry can hasten your recovery time.

17. Aloe vera gel

Cooling and healing, aloe vera soothes the inflammation of sunburn and mild kitchen burns.



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Rosemary Health Benefits: Growing Your Own Medicine

Rosemary is a staple in any well-stocked kitchen. Meat-eaters say it’s great for rubs and everyone knows how good it is with garlic on roasted potatoes. But like thyme and mint, this herb has benefits that go far beyond culinary. Rosemary has a wealth of healing properties and you can grow it yourself. Here’s some essential information on rosemary health benefits and how growing rosemary at home can be one of the easiest things to do. Enjoy!

Rosemary is a woody herb with needle-like leaves. Its scent is unmistakable and it can be found in many herb gardens. In some southern locales, rosemary can grow year-round and the plants develop into glorious-smelling shrubs that can be used even for landscaping.

A Brief History on Rosemary

Historically, the herb has always been seen as a mental booster. It is said that Greek students would wear rosemary while sitting for tests, believing the plant’s scent would boost their brain power. It’s also been used in remembrance since ancient Egypt, when the tradition of putting sprigs or wreaths of rosemary on the tombs of the dead first began. But, rosemary’s power of remembrance doesn’t stop there—recent studies have found it to actually boost memory and stave off age-related cognitive decline.

Rosemary Benefits for Health

According to studies found in the Journal of Neurochemistry and Nature Reviews Neuroscience, rosemary’s active component carsonic acid (CA) can actually protect the brain from damage, including that caused by strokes and degeneration due to toxins and free radicals.

The Greeks may have also realized the stress-busting powers of the plant. Modern research has shown that nurses exposed to rosemary oil scent before taking exams exhibited far less test anxiety. It’s been suggested that the smell of rosemary essential oils can actually reduce cortisol levels; cortisol is known as the stress hormone.

But, it isn’t only the smell of rosemary that is healing; rosemary health benefits even dip into the topical-arena.

Infused in an oil and applied to the skin, there is evidence that rosemary can stop hair loss. It can also be used to treat muscle pain and arthritis, reducing inflammation while improving circulation. It is useful on skin afflictions like bruises and eczema too.

Finally, rosemary preparations (like tea) can be taken internally. Digestive problems and headaches can easily be soothed with this simple stove-top remedy.

Many of rosemary’s medicinal benefits are due to its antioxidant qualities, protecting the cells from damage by toxins and free-radicals. The health benefits of rosemary include:

  • Reducing anxiety, elevating mood
  • Boosting memory
  • Brain protection
  • Calming effects
  • Pain relief
  • Headache relief
  • Protects against DNA damage
  • Arthritis treatment, anti-inflammatory
  • Skin tonic
  • Hair tonic
  • Digestion soother
  • Immune booster
  • Improving circulation
  • Detoxifying the liver
  • Cancer prevention (due to containing carnosol, a compound found to have anti-cancer properties)

Growing Rosemary – The “How To”

Rosemary is a little trickier than some garden herbs, but it’s certainly a beginner-level plant. You can grow it outdoors in the growing season and year-round in warmer climates. If you’re unsure of how it will tolerate the weather in your part of the world, put it in a pot. Rosemary is a great container-plant.

It can be difficult to start rosemary from seed. For this reason, many suggest you buy a small plant from a local greenhouse. This gives you a head start and leaves less room for failure. Just make sure the plant you buy is from an organic greenhouse. Store-bought plants are often doused with chemicals several times before they make it to the racks.

Your rosemary doesn’t require a whole lot of water, though it does like humid conditions. Keep this in mind if you think you might move your plant indoors through the winter. It loves the sun and heat and will only flourish when it gets a lot of sun, throughout all hours of the day, so don’t plant it in shade.

  • Start by planting rosemary seeds or buying a small plant from a local greenhouse (preferably an organic greenhouse).
  • Plant it in a location where it will receive plenty of sunlight; rosemary flourises in the sun. Be sure it doesn’t overheat in hot summer weather.
  • Water it occasionally, but be sure not to over-water it; the plant doesn’t require a lot of water for growth. Allow the soil to dry in between watering the plant.
  • You can grow it outside during the spring and summer if you live in a location with cold Autumns and winters.

Preparing Rosemary

Harvesting rosemary is easy and you can do it as soon as you have enough to spare. Simply cut a sprig about 3 to 6 inches down. Using the tips of several sprigs won’t benefit your plant like cutting longer pieces.

If you want to dry your rosemary, tie bundles with twine and hang upside down until completely dry. Alternately, you can use a food dehydrator. Rosemary dries very easily and maintains its potency through the drying process.

For topical applications a rosemary-infused oil is best. Strip the leaves from the sprigs and bruise them slightly to release the oils. You can do this with a rolling pin. Pack a jar loosely with rosemary leaves and cover with olive oil. Place the jar in a window and let infuse for 3 to 5 weeks; the heat of the sun will help release the rosemary oils. Strain the leaves off and pack the oil in a clean jar. To boost the healing powers even more, add several drops of rosemary essential oil.

rosemary tea is even easier and can be used for everything from headaches to indigestion. Simply steep a sprig or two of rosemary in a pot of boiling water for several minutes. Strain and enjoy. A great hair rinse can be made in this manner; just remember to cool it before pouring it on your head.

The benefits of rosemary are many and because you can grow it yourself, there is really no excuse to let this healing plant pass you by.

Additional Sources:

Annies Remedy

The Herb Gardener

Vegetable Gardener


Gardens Ablaze

University of Maryland Medical Center

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"But for the sake of some little mouthful of flesh, we deprive a soul of the sun, and light, and of that proportion of life and time they had been born into the world to enjoy." Plutarch of Chaeronea, Greek biographer ca. 100 C.E.

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