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Jewelweed Pain Relief for Stinging Nettle and Poison Ivy

Melinda's Blog is brought to you by American Transmission Company.
 
Take the sting out of stinging nettle and itch out of poison ivy with the help of Jewelweed.
 
This North American native plant can be found growing in moist partially sunny areas like moist woodlands, floodplains, woodland edges, swamps, and roadside ditches.  It is a member of the Touch-me-not family that includes the popular shade tolerant bedding plant, impatience.
 
This wetland plant grows 2 to 5 feet tall in moist soils and partially shaded areas. It has orange flowers with darker orange spots. You’ll find hummingbirds and bees enjoying the flower’s nectar.
 
Gently touch the mature seedpods in fall and watch the seeds shoot out into the surrounding area. This is how the plant disperses it seeds into new locations.
 
Hikers, gardeners and outdoorsman have used the sap of jewelweed to sooth the pain of stinging nettle and poison ivy. The sap has also been used to treat athlete’s feet.
 
A bit more information: You may occasionally see swallowtail butterflies visiting the flowers of jewelweed. Watch for the caterpillars of several moths feeding on the leaves and a variety of game birds that feast upon the seeds.
 
For more gardening tips, how-to videos, podcasts and more, visit www.melindamyers.com
Photo by Rob Routledge, Sault College, Bugwood.org
 
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This Time, Kate Winslet's the Queen of the World

Kate Winslet, the actress who rocketed to fame as Rose in Titanic, taped an episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls recently.

She did some flying, and some climbing, and at one point, recreated a famous scene from the movie.

No, not the charcoal drawing one.

The one where she's at the bow of the boat, telling Jack that she's flying.

She does the same thing in this clip, only this time, she's leaning over a rope or a cable on the side of a mountain...

Prepare for an adventure made for the movies.

Posted by Running Wild with Bear Grylls on Monday, July 27, 2015
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How Can There Be a New Dr. Seuss Book?

Dr. Seuss, the man behind "The Cat in the Hat," "Green Eggs & Ham" and so many other childhood classics, passed away almost 25 years ago.

So when you hear there's a "new" Dr. Seuss book, you sort of scratch your head, right?

Story is, the Doc wrote it in the late 1950s and tossed it into a box. Someone just found the book in the box, and the book in the box is now on the charts...

Sorry, sort of got into a rhythm there.

It's called "What Pet Should I Get?"

The folks at Jimmy Kimmel Live! thought maybe they could present the new old work in a more modern vein, so they invited Tyler the Creator to rap the words - dressed, for some reason, as the Cat in the Hat.

Watch it, and see if it pains you as much as it pains me.

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Keep Your Enemies Close

There's a lot of buzz about Johnny Depp's upcoming film, Black Mass, and there's a new trailer out for it.

He's playing Whitey Bulger, one of the most notorious gangsters of our time, a kingpin in the Boston crime scene before becoming a fugitive for years.

Johnny's performance looks pretty intense, and he's surrounded by a pretty amazing supporting cast, not the least of whom are Benedict Cumberbatch and Kevin Bacon.

Check it out.
 
 
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"Are You Ready for This, Scully?"

Fans of The X-Files have been waiting for the return of The X-Files for years.

With the announcement that the show was returning to Fox in 2016, said fans went a little nutty.

Nutty that it's happening, and nutty that they have to wait until this coming January.

So this week, Fox gave the fans a little tease.

A 17-second tease, to be precise, about five of which feature Mulder and Scully.

Here you go. And try to contain yourself...

 
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Happy Pottermas, Harry!

Today marks Harry Potter's 35th birthday, according to his creator, JK Rowling.

And what better way to celebrate the beginning of his 36th trip around the Sun than with a special greeting from his old friend, Ron Weasley.

Okay, it's not really Ron.

It's Simon Pegg, playing Ron, on The Tonight Show.

Actually, playing a drunken Weasley.

Enjoy anyway...
 
 
Drunk Ron Weasley Returns for Harry Potter's Birthday

Drunk Ron Weasley (aka Simon Pegg) visits The Tonight Show to wish Harry Potter an early happy birthday.

Posted by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, July 28, 2015
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All This Over a Stroller

So there's some controversy afoot about an ad for a high-end baby stroller company called Bugaboo.

It features a model in a pretty small running outfit - almost a barely-there swimmer's two-piece - pushing a stroller with her own two-year-old in it in front of her as she jogs.

Some folks are slamming the ad for promoting an unrealistic body image for moms.

Others opine that the model looks anorexic.

And not a word about the stroller. I can't imagine that was Bugaboo's intent.

Take a look at the picture. What do you think? Does it make sense to you, or not?
 
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Most Expensive Selfie Ever?

Okay, these stories keep popping up.

There's the woman taking the selfie with the lion that ends badly.

Then the woman taking the selfie with the bison that ends badly, but not as badly as the lion selfie.

And now this. A guy in San Diego decided he needed a selfie with a rattlesnake.

Go back and read that again.

Yes he did.

And yes, exactly what you thought would happen happened. The rattlesnake bit him. Not for any particular reason except that's what rattlesnakes do when you bother them.

So he ended up in the hospital, and reportedly used up two hospitals' supply of antivenom.

Which ended up costing him a whopping... well, just look at the bill.
 
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Teaching Center, with Key & Peele

Keegan-Michael Key & Jordan Peele are behind the best sketch-comedy show on TV right now.

Their latest sketch applies the metrics and showmanship of ESPN's Sports Center to the world of teaching.

What if teachers got as much interest and as much pay as professional athletes.

What a world that might be, huh?

And thanks to Key & Peele, we know how it would be covered.

A+, boys!

 
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What Would You Do on a Plane?

Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski, stars of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, were sitting on a plane - at least it looks like they're on a plane - with the show's creator, Tina Fey.

Beyonce's "Flawless" came up on someone's playlist, so obviously, the three of them had to lip-sync to it.

I mean, wouldn't you?

 
 

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