Herbal Teas At Home

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In addition to harvesting your own tea varieties, you can add spices and herbs to create either classic or unique tea blends to suit your palette. If you are unable to grow your own tea, you can still use loose tea, which can be found at most grocery and specialty stores. Or you can leave out the tea leaves to create herbal teas instead. Here are a few blends that have proven the test of time and continue to be steeped and sipped by casual tea drinkers and connoisseurs alike. Chai Tea This blend is often used with black tea, but can be… read more

Grow And Eat Swiss Chard For Good Health

Grow And Eat Swiss Chard For Good Health

Swiss chard is a nutrient rich vegetable, containing high levels of essential minerals and vitamins like K, A and C and is a great source of phytonutrients. It has been specified as being one of the most healthful vegetables, coming in second to spinach. This leafy produce may get overlooked amidst other greens, but giving it a try will brighten up foods and give your diet a nutritional boost. The leaves, which have a sweeter flavor, are great for adding vibrant color to salads, pastas and other dishes. The stems can also be eaten and contain glutamine. This can aid… read more

Handmade And Extravagant Gift Ideas

Handmade And Extravagant Gift Ideas

There is nothing like receiving a thoughtful, handmade gift. Whether purchased from a Fair Trade supplier and made by a skilled artist or made right at home, the following are a few ideas for gifts that will be appreciated. Connected Fair Trade Goods & Gifts has beautiful artisan gift ideas to inspire some gift giving ideas. Giving someone a bit of relaxation is something that can always be used. Beautiful and fragrant soaps and bath supplies are always a good go-to present. Handcrafted jewelry, like this necklace made with cowry shells, would make a unique present. Cowry shells were actually a… read more

Homemade Peppermint Stick Recipes

Homemade Peppermint Stick Recipes

Peppermint candy sticks have been around for centuries, though there is some uncertainty as to where they originated from. Many accounts point back to Germany, around the 16th and 17th century. The ones found on the shelves today are a bit different than the ones from 100’s of years ago, as the originals were likely to contain real peppermint oils and current varieties often have synthetic peppermint flavoring. Peppermint (Mentha piperita) has been used since ancient times as a medicinal herb for ailments like stomach upset, to aid digestion and calm sore throats. Making your own peppermint stick candy or dressing up store… read more

What Really Happens To Food In The Microwave?

What Really Happens To Food In The Microwave?

Some experts say that microwave cooking is not a healthful way to heat foods. Some studies have even shown that using microwaves may decrease the nutritional value of foods. However, many households have one. So, what does microwave cooking really do to your food? First off, how do microwaves work? Microwaves are a form of electromagnetic radiation. Magnetrons, found inside microwave ovens, produce microwave radiation by discharging pulses of microwaves which bounce off of things they come into contact with, yielding an amount of energy. The process affects the water molecules that are found inside of food and increases the temperature…. read more

Make These Hair Products Better At Home

Make These Hair Products Better At Home

Hair products are one of those areas where searching for more natural alternatives can be tricky. Many hair care items contain lengthy ingredient lists, especially finishing products like texture balms, gels and hair sprays. Surprisingly, these can all be made right at home, without a chemistry degree, and using far less ingredients than their store bought counterparts. Skeptical ingredients like parabens, artificially derived dyes and fragrances are often found in hair care, but the following recipes leave out the synthetics and work with more natural materials to tame, hold and style hair. Pomade, or hair wax, can add great texture to… read more

Keeping Colds At Bay

Keeping Colds At Bay

Colds and flu affect millions of people every year. Though they display many similar symptoms, they are not interchangeable. Some practices of cold prevention also work to keep the flu at bay, and vice-versa. Washing Hands – This is the single most effective way to prevent the spreading of cold and flu viruses. Yet, many either do not wash long enough or often enough. You should always wash your hands after using the restroom and after having contact with people who are carrying a virus themselves. When you wash your hands, be sure to get a rich lather going. Wash… read more

Flu Fighting Foods

Flu Fighting Foods

With the flu season having started earlier than usual this year it is vital to stay healthy. These are a few foods to help your body ward off the bugs this time. Garlic: Garlic can be added to just about any dish and it will almost always enhance the flavor. Garlic has been found to have antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal activity. Yogurt: The digestive tract is one of your biggest immune organs, so keep disease-causing germs out with probiotics and prebiotics, found in naturally fermented foods like yogurt. Frozen yogurt is a great option also instead of the sugar loaded ice… read more

Organic Milk Beauty Regimens

Organic Milk Beauty Regimens

Long before beauty was bottled and sold in a jar, people resorted to botanical resources and what was available to naturally beautify the skin and hair. Since ancient times, many have used milk as an additive in treatments for bathing and skincare. Milk contains lactic acid which is a natural alpha hydroxy acid that can be an effective exfoliate. It also has fat content from the cream that is soothing for dry skin. It is gentle enough that it will not irritate skin, and is often suggested for sensitive skin conditions. Certified organic milks are recommended for topical use. Also,… read more

Not Just For Halloween

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The pumpkin is one of the most versatile of vegetables. It can be made into muffins, pie, soups, salads, and even as a sweet or savoury dish. It is classed as a superfood as it is fantastic for your skin containing Vitamins A, C, E and zinc which help to prevent wrinkles. It can have an anti-inflammatory effect and combined with its high levels of antioxidants, can prevent arthritis and joint inflammation. The phytosterols can lower the risk of prostate cancer. It is said to be beneficial to sufferers of depression, can prevent kidney stones, is a diuretic and is also used… read more