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Blog Tag: herbs

National Tea Day
By: Admin    April 19 2018 , 10:54 am
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Category: Food
On April 21st we celebrate tea! Tea has been used for centuries by many countries around the world. There is nothing quite like a nice cup of tea in the morning, evening, or honestly, any time of day! National Tea Day originated in the United Kingdom where having a hot cup of Earl Grey in the afternoon instead of coffee is the norm. Tea has medicinal and health benefits, has been used in numerous cultural practices, and is a huge economic driver.Origins of TeaThe method of brewing tea leaves was first discovered in China in 2737 B.C. According to legend, the Emperor Shen Nong was boiling water in his garden when a wild tea leaf fell into his pot. He enjoyed the aroma of the leaf water so much that he tasted it, and the rest is history. The art of making tea or “Cha dao” is still an important cultural practice in China and Japan. Tea traveled to India and today India is the number one consumer of te...
Tag: history , herbs
Wild Edible and Medicinal Plants
By: Admin    April 09 2018 , 04:27 pm
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Category: Outdoors , Nature
Plants are more than just pretty to look at.Since humans began roaming the earth thousands of years ago, plants have been vital to our well-being. Before the dawn of agriculture, humans foraged for wild plants to find food. In time, they discovered that some plants were able to cure them of certain illnesses. Today we have the luxury of nearly limitless grocery stores, over-the-counter drugs, and hospitals. Modern medicine and accessibility to food have enhanced life greatly, but have you ever wondered what wild plants could aid your survival if put to the ultimate test?Edible PlantsA lot of plants that you regularly see may be edible without you realizing it. Clovers grow virtually everywhere in North America and they are actually a member of the pea family. You can certainly eat them raw, but boiling them or making a tea out of them is a better-tasting option.If you found a cattail plant outside as a...
Nature’s Helpers: Herbs and Extracts and Their Health Properties
By: Admin    February 21 2018 , 04:11 pm
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Category: Health , Nature
Nature’s Helpers: Herbs and Extracts and Their Health PropertiesHerbs are not only delicious additions in cooking, but may also have various medicinal and health uses.MintThis aromatic herb is enjoyed in tea, mojitos, and numerous desserts. It may also have some health properties! Mint is an excellent source of vitamin A, and spearmint (a type of mint) is a wonderful source of iron and manganese.There is some possibility that mint can be helpful for treating IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), tension headaches, or indigestion. Some pregnant women find relief chewing on mint gum or sipping mint tea when they suffer from morning sickness. Horse Chestnut Seed ExtractExciting research about chestnut seeds has come out that is great news for varicose vein sufferers!While actual horse chestnut seeds are poisonous, the extract can be very beneficial. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integ...
Tag: nature , herbs , health , plants
A Gardening Gift Guide for the Whole Family
By: Admin    December 18 2017 , 02:47 pm
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Category: Seasons , Gardening
Got a loved one with a green thumb? This gift guide is for you!The holidays are swiftly approaching, and this time of year is the perfect opportunity to gift your family members a little something green.Whether you are shopping for a self-proclaimed nature and gardening lover, or you just want to get your family member interested in a new, sustainable hobby, this little guide has options for every situation.For MomCustomized gardening accessories are sure to touch your mother’s heart. This set features a lovely bird and floral pattern, and you can pick and choose which tools will be best received. For a gift with a little bit of pampering thrown in, these beautiful gloves come with moisturizing hand cream.If your mom enjoys selling her produce and gardening products at local markets, or frequently gifts them to her loved ones, these vintage gardening tags are a thoughtful way to encourage her skills....
Christmas Gift Ideas for Gardeners
By: Admin    December 15 2017 , 08:38 am
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Category: Seasons , Fun
Christmas Gifts for Garden LoversHaving trouble finding a gift for someone in your life with a green thumb? Here are some creative ideas to get you started!  Tools of the TradeThere are so many ways to spread Christmas cheer to the garden lover in your life! Useful tools that will be appreciated every day are always a great gift.Some of the best gifts are those that are used day in and day out. What better way to show the garden lover in your life that you care than by giving them a gift that they can use every day while they tend to their garden?Under $25These adorable rose print gardening gloves, apron, and trowel can all be ordered individually on Amazon.Garden Genie gloves with claws are a great way for gardeners to dig in the dirt while keeping their hands clean!These hand painted ceramic plant markers are gorgeous ways to identify your plants!These garden gloves were ranked the best on the m...
Tag: herbs , holidays , winter