The Culinary Lavender

The Culinary Lavender

A fragrant shrub, lavender has tons of uses from medicinal to its effectiveness in aromatherapy. Lavender contains phytonutrients and has benefits when applied topically, inhaled or ingested. Lavender also has many culinary applications. The tops of the flowers can be sprinkled on foods, added in batters and desserts or infused in beverages. Ingesting consumable lavender can ease an upset stomach and aid other digestive problems. It may also benefit the skin’s complexion. Taken orally it can relieve anxiety, calm the mind and help induce sleep. The following recipes provide some ideas on how to add lavender to beverages and food to enhance… read more

OpenFarm Seeks To Expand Gardening Knowledge

OpenFarm Seeks To Expand Gardening Knowledge

If you need a little assistance here and there, have specific gardening questions or just need a place to start, it’s nice to have some tools on hand. There are tons of products, apps and other resources aimed at making gardening easier for the average person. A relatively new concept called OpenFarm seeks to up the usefulness factor of gardening related information. Rory Aronson has come up with idea to develop a large-scale gardening guide database. Recently funded on Kickstarter, OpenFarm lets users check out everything from soil and growing conditions to plant and crop how-tos. Check out the video. What makes… read more

Alarm Clocks For Coffee Addicts

Alarm Clocks For Coffee Addicts

If you can’t start the day without a cup of coffee, the following designs may be of interest. The Barisieur is a dream come true for those who have to have their morning coffee before functioning. This alarm clock can be set to brew a cup of fresh coffee, ready right when you wake up. Developed by by Joshua Renouf for a graduate project, this concept product may just be genius. Stainless steel ball bearings work to boil water with induction heating. Renouf has thought of everything, as the unit is complete with coffee and sugar compartments. There is even… read more

The List: 10 For The Skin

The List: 10 For The Skin

Hair and skincare are billion dollar a year industries. So, when you are budgeting bills, groceries and walking the thin line between paydays – why give them any more money? Head straight to the kitchen for top notch homemade skincare you already have on hand and save money instead of spending on the overpriced jar with the lengthy ingredient list. The 10 on this list can also be mixed and matched together to make the most of their healthful properties. Coconut Oil Considered a one ingredient wonder, coconut oil has an assortment of beneficial uses and many swear by it… read more

Is Joining a Co-op For You?

Is Joining a Co-op For You?

If you have ever spent way too much on minimal and sub-par groceries, especially produce and beef, you might want to change the way you shop. Joining a food cooperative is an increasingly popular option for purchasing food. Co-ops help format sustainable relationships that are good for you, the community and the service providers that make our foods. Records state that cooperatives date back to as early as 1761 in Scotland with the organization of the Fenwick Weavers’ Society, and consumer co-op numbers worldwide are now perhaps in the millions. Local food is better in terms of freshness and nutrition, and… read more

The Concerns With BPA

BPA

Bisphenol A, or more commonly known as BPA, has been found to have extreme health consequences, and research has yet again caused loud alarms to ring which question the risks of the substance. A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association conducted by New York University researchers suggested that exposure to increased BPA levels is a considerable factor in the progression of obesity in children and adolescents. Data which included measuring body mass and BPA levels concluded that American children with high exposure can have a 5 times greater chance of developing obesity, as compared to other children with lower… read more

These 3 Handy Tools Let You Be A Food Scientist

These 3 Handy Tools Let You Be A Food Scientist

Keeping track of everything in the food supply is nearly impossible. While label reading and careful consumption certainly helps, we all know what an extra effort it can be to try and uncover the potentially harmful and amplify the beneficial. The following resources are a few clever tools that are helpful and simple to use. Though no one wants yet another gadget to have to carry around, there is one on the table that promises to put you in the know regarding ingredients. The SCiO is a handheld molecular sensor available for preorder that can analyze nearly every component it comes… read more

Cool Ways To Reuse Pizza Boxes For Educational Fun

Cool Ways To Reuse Pizza Boxes For Educational Fun

Back to school time often means hurried days and busy evenings, which can sometimes equal a dinner of one of the favorite go-to take out foods for hurried mealtimes – pizza. There are endless ideas for reusing pizza boxes. The following are a few for giving the pizza box a spotlight as the leftover that can be focused around educational activities for kids. A simple do it yourself pizza box solar oven is a fun weekend project to involve the whole family or to entertain sleepover guests. With just a few supplies and sunlight children can learn how the process of… read more

Back To School Cost Savers

Back to School

Every year across the world when campuses and classrooms start to fill up at the beginning of semesters, the costs for students and/or their parents mount up. And not just the financial cost, but the environmental cost of producing all those plastic items in immense. Here is a list of my top 5 eco-friendly solutions that will help your wallet and our world. Recycle What You Can The amount of paper students use every year is overwhelming.  There are notes, written papers, newspapers, graphs, instruction sheets and syllabi.  But, no matter how much of this paper we use, it will all end… read more

Year Round Uses Of Sunflower Gardens

Year Round Uses Of Sunflower Gardens

Planting a sunflower garden is great way to add height and color to a lackluster patch in the yard. Though nice to look at, their seeds also have a wide range of uses. Sunflower seeds can be turned into products that can be used all year around the home. Sunflowers have been grown for many 1000’s of years, as knowledge of their usefulness spread along with their seed crops. They were commonly used for seeds and oil, as well as for medicine and for their fibers, and are still an essential ingredient in these and many other items. Sunflower gardens need a space that… read more