TAG: Herbs

Oregano Health Benefits

Fresh oregano

Oregano has the highest antioxidant content of all the herbs, as well as being a source of vitamin K, manganese, iron, calcium, fiber, vitamin E, and other beneficial nutrients. Oregano also has anti-inflammatory properties, which means that it may be beneficial for those with inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. Although oregano is a nutritional powerhouse, consumers should be wary of inflated or false claims. For example, a company in Canada got into trouble recently for claiming that oregano supplements were a proven treatment for whooping cough and encouraging people to forgo the vaccine in favor of the company’s remedy. Oregano… read more

Vegetable Frittata

Vegetable Frittata Recipe

Humans are responsible for wasting an average of 200kgs of food per year. Being smarter about how much food we purchase will decrease this amount of wastage. Planning meals for the week and adhering to that amount is a good start. Being creative about what is in the fridge is another. I hate wasting vegetables and have a great solution when there’s leftovers that are on their way out. Frittata Any vegetables in the fridge – Potato, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, Carrot, Zucchini, Broccoli Herbs 5 Eggs Parmesan cheese Salt and pepper Method Pre heat oven to 160C. Par boil any… read more

Green Roofs of Norway

Green roofs of Norway

Time and again we see pictures surfacing on the web of these adorable green roof topped house with a mesmerizing scenery that are located in Norway. It is probably true that many people just assume it is some type of green technology, pin it, and move on with their day.  This is actually not a modern invention.  Norwegians have been planting greenery atop their roofs for hundreds of years.  During the time of Vikings or the Middle Ages, majority of the houses had sod roofs.  This allowed for more warmth in the home rather than some of the modern materials… read more

A Bug-Free Home

Keeping your home bug free

Although some bugs can be helpful – and harmless left to their own devices – you still don’t want them running amuck in your home. Certain bugs, such as spiders, whose venom can act as pesticide alternative, are beneficial to humans. However, other bugs like ticks and mosquitoes, cause diseases. Some bugs may be difficult to spot. This is why it’s best to keep bugs from entering your house altogether. To prevent ants from entering your house, sprinkle some cinnamon in a line along your doorway. You can be more generous in the amount of cinnamon you use.  You may… read more

Natural Cold Remedies

Fighting Colds the Natural Way

A cold or flu is virus spread by coughing, sneezing or personal contact. There are many natural remedies to help prevent and treat colds and flu. A favourite of mine is my mothers old remedy of boiling lots of garlic (decongestant), ginger (anti-bacterial), lemon (vitamin C) and honey (throat soother) in a saucepan and slowly sipping it. I always waited until it was lukewarm and down the hatch it would go, as I found it quite repulsive as a child. Now, as an adult, I enjoy it when I am sick, partly because my tastes have changed and partly because… read more

Preventing Acne

Organic skin care

With the amount of chemicals packed into skincare and acne treatments as well as the addition of the commonly prescribed contraceptive pill for females, I thought it best to provide some alternatives to the treatment and prevention of acne. There are many things that can cause acne, which manifest in boils, pimples and abscesses. It can be caused by a  number of factors including hormone imbalance, dietary deficiencies, allergies, environmental toxins and stress overload. If your other organs such as kidneys and liver are not at optimum working condition, then the skin takes over as the detoxification organ. Suppressing acne… read more

Apartment Compost Bins

Bokashi bins

Apartment dwelling has dramatically increased in the past 50 years; however, this convenience should not deter you from the joy of composting! There are many positives to starting a compost bin, one of which is that you will always have a rich source of food for your plants and herbs. Another is that you can prevent your food scraps entering landfill which when broken down releases methane into the atmosphere that is more harmful than CO2 emissions. Bokashi bins are a great way of disposing of food scraps and creating compost in an apartment. The bins sit in your kitchen and… read more