How Starlings Use Aromatherapy

This is absolutely adorable. Have I mentioned how much I love animals or my interest in Nature and Nurture of all living things as they develop? Well, I do! This blog post made my day – I am sure you will adore it, don’t forget to stop by the original post linked through at the end.

Photo: Josh Levinson
The European Starling is thought to adorn its nest with flowers to ward off pests.

One of my favorite shows is Living on Earth, an environmental program recorded in Greater Boston and produced by Public Radio International (PRI). One of the show’s regular features is called BirdNote, and you can learn a lot about individual species just from that.

The Living on Earth website recently posted this:

“STEVE CURWOOD: European Starlings can often be found scrounging through the grass of a backyard or a nearby park for tasty treats. But now and then, they’ll also pluck a marigold or other bright flower to bring back to the nest. These flowers aren’t just for decoration, as Michael Stein explains in this week’s BirdNote. It appears to bring health benefits to their young.

“It’s Living on Earth. I’m Steve Curwood.


“European Starlings famously travel in massive flocks, up to one hundred thousand birds strong at times. They can almost resemble a school of fish moving together in a squeaky symphony. And, BirdNote’s Michael Stein reports that when starlings are paired up and raising chicks they have an unusual way to keep their nest clean and healthy. …

“MICHAEL STEIN: Watch long enough, though, and you may see a starling pause in the hunt to neatly pluck a marigold or other bright flower – and then fly up to deposit the bloom in the nest.

“How romantic. But there’s more to it. Ornithologists have found that starlings regularly adorn their twig nests with fresh vegetation – the more fragrant the better. Marigolds, of course, but also elderberry flowers, yarrow leaves, and even willow bark.

“All of which – as your nose will tell you – are full of aromatic chemicals. The starlings are actually fumigating their nests. Why? The chemicals have been thought to help discourage pests and parasites. Scientists have discovered that the smelly plants may offer an even more direct benefit to nestlings – by stimulating their immune systems.
It turns out that starlings hatched in well-fumigated nests tend to weigh more and live longer than those raised without benefit of fragrant herbs.” More.

For another Living on Earth BirdNote, click here. This one is about a Laysan Albatross called Wisdom who was still producing chicks in 2018, despite the fact her 67 years made her quite old for her species. Who knew the Albatross could live so long?

This might be a good time to remind you how Coleridge used an Albatross in the Rime of the Ancient Mariner to send a message — not just to the stunned and speechless wedding guest but to us all:

Farewell, farewell! but this I tell
To thee, thou Wedding-Guest!
He prayeth well, who loveth well
Both man and bird and beast.

Photo: Kiah Walker, USFWS, CC
Wisdom the Laysan Albatross was still producing chicks at age 67. She doesn’t even look tired.

via How Starlings Use Aromatherapy — Suzanne’s Mom’s Blog




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Essential Oils Market: Global Market Share, Trend Analysis & Forecast Up To 2024

Interested in essential oils? Perhaps just amused at the recent hype? Wondering why so many people on your social media are now always taking photographs with essential oils?

My favorite segment from this post reads as follows:

The Global Essential Oils Market Based On Applications:

The global essential oils market finds major applications in food & beverages, personal care & cosmetics, spa & relaxation, home care, health care and others. In 2017, the food & beverage segment dominated the market and is anticipated to maintain its market hold over the next six years. Rising consumer income across developing nations coupled with high demand for premium cuisine is expected to contribute to the segment growth. Spearmint, basil, citronella, orange, lemon, rosemary, and others are progressively being used to extract oils and improve flavor in food & beverages instead of adding herbs and spices. Rising demand for attractive color and taste in local dishes are further fuelling to market growth.

Additionally, novel applications, such as biofuels, are opening new possibilities for the utilization of essential oils that could turn into lucrative future businesses. Essential oils have a great comforting and calming effect on the nervous system and are also helpful in blood circulation stimulation, which has triggered the essential oils demand from spa & relaxation application segment.

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Empowered Life Series: The Great Outdoors

There’s nothing quite like being outdoors to increase feelings of wellbeing! Join Kacie VaudreyMarti Christensen, and Saramarie Smith as they share how they use doTERRA to make the most of their outdoor activities –camping, swimming, hiking, or just enjoying the sunshine.

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The History of Herbal Medicine and Essential Oils — Good Witches Homestead

The history of essential oils is intertwined with the history of herbal medicine, which in turn has been an integral part of magical practices. Herbal medicine has been used for more than treating minor ailments and disease; it has been instrumental in providing life-enhancing benefits. In most ancient cultures, people believed plants to be magical, […]

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Essential Oil Recipes for Aromatherapy Candles —

I am so excited to share this recipe I found today. I’ve been trying to find the best way to create my own candles (and wax melts!). This recipe looks to be a winner. I’m breaking out my favorite essential oils and getting excited to start – I am even thinking some essential oils in candles to keep the bugs away outside!
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