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Plants That Attract Positive Energy

Apart from being good home décor accessories, many plants actually improve the flow of positive energy in the space and give you a sense of well-being every day.

7 Plants that attract Positive Energy

You can reduce the negative energy by adding some specific plants to your home or office. This will not only benefit you but also other people around you.

Lucky Bamboo

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If you wish to bring health, love and luck to your life, lucky bamboo (Dracaena braunii) is one indoor plant that you should have at home. This plant has been used for thousands of years in Asia as a symbol of good fortune and prosperity.

According to feng shui, the vertical shape of this tall, green plant represents the element wood. This element influences our life energy, vitality and physical activity.

The plant’s stalks resemble bamboo, and the leaves are similar in shape.

Lucky bamboo is a very low-maintenance plant. Place it in a corner of a room that has low lighting and away from direct sunlight, preferably the east or southeast corner. Keep it in a glass bowl with about 1 inch of distilled or purified water.

Keep the bamboo stalks to odd numbers as they are considered to be most lucky.

Note: As the bamboo plant belongs to the Dracaena family, it is toxic to dogs and cats.

Money Plant

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Epipremnum aureum is a beautiful plant and also known as golden pothos, hunter’s robe, ivy arum, silver vine and taro vine.

According to feng shui, this plant produces a positive energy flow that attracts good luck and fortune. This is why it is recommended to put this plant inside the house rather than in your garden.

Plus, it helps purify air polluted with synthetic chemicals from furniture and cleaning solutions. It filters the indoor air and increases oxygen inflow.

A perennial, this plant can be grown as either a trailer or a climber. It has heart-shaped leaves, needs little maintenance and is incredibly easy to propagate.

Always try to place a money plant in front of a sharp corner or angle. This position helps reduce anxiety and stress as well as negative thoughts. However, avoid placing it in the northeast corner as well as along the north and east walls of your house.

It is believed that the plant’s shoot should point upward to bring you wealth and prosperity.

 

Sage

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This herb contains incredible cleansing qualities and has the ability to help bid adieu to negative vibes.

It can be used to get rid of negative emotions, such as anger and fear, from your life. It also promotes the flow of positive energy in your home and office.

In North America, there is a tradition called smudging, where people burn white sage bundles to get rid of negative energy.

It is believed that when done with the right intent and respect, smudging greatly helps boost positive energy in you and the place around you.

A pot of sage by the window will make your house smell great. You can also use the leaves to improve your health, as they contain antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diuretic, hypoglycemic and estrogenic properties.

This plant can add splashes of green color to brighten up a dull spot in your house or office. However, do not place it in areas that are very dry or have low humidity.

 

Holy Basil

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Holy basil, a part of Hindu culture and Ayurvedic medicine, helps clear the air of negative energy and attracts positive vibrations to the environment.

Growing a basil plant in one’s home or garden is believed to have a spiritual healing effect on the environment. This benefits the residents of the premises in many ways.

It is one of the few plants that emit oxygen 20 hours a day and also absorbs harmful gases like carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide from the environment. You must place this plant in a north, east or northeast area of your home or garden.

Holy basil is a powerful antioxidant with antibacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties that help treat a variety of conditions –from the common cold to bronchitis and from a fever to digestive problems.

The plant’s tender leaves are edible. They can be consumed fresh or used to make tea. The leaves can even be used to purify water. This purified water should be sprinkled throughout your home to boost positive energy.

 

Orchid

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According to feng shui, the orchid is another potted plant that attracts positive energy. It not only improves the energy of the home, but also the lives of the owners themselves – both spiritually and physically.

Ancient Greeks associated orchids with fertility and virility, making it a great gift for newly married couples.

The long-lasting flowers are beautiful and come in different shapes and sizes to suit different types of interior décor. The sweet and pleasant fragrance of the orchid also uplifts your mood.

Orchids not only absorb carbon dioxide, they also release oxygen at night. So, a bedroom is a good place for your orchid.

Not just beautiful, they are so easy to take care of! The plants need light soil moisture to survive.

 

Peace Lily

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As the name says, you got to have this plant in your house.

The peace lily is another beautiful flowering plant that can help you prosper spiritually, mentally and physically. The glossy spiked leaves improve the flow of good energy in your home.

This plant even purifies air by breaking down and neutralizing harmful indoor gases. It can detox the indoor air of toxins like formaldehyde, benzene and carbon monoxide.

Peace lily plants are also super easy to care for. They grow well in shaded or dark environments, hence they make a perfect addition to a basement, a small office and even a corner closet.

You can also place them in a bedroom to provide a sense of tranquility and restful sleep.

Plus, these deep green plants with gorgeous bright white blooms go with any type of interior décor.

 

Rosemary

I just love this plant in food. It is definitely my favorite herb.

Rosemary is good for your physical and mental well-being. It also aids in air purification to keep your home and office free of harmful toxins.

Plus, it offers medicinal benefits that have been used since the ancient times to treat several health problems.

It smells so incredible that it can instantly lift your mood, reduce fatigue, fight anxiety, improve your memory and treat insomnia and loss of strength. Rosemary also brings inner peace, thus it surely deserves a place in your home.

Keep rosemary in a sunny spot and do not over water it.

As a bonus, you can use the leaves to make tea whenever you please or especially when you suffer from a headache.

You can even place a few sprigs of dried rosemary in cloth bags and place them in several areas of the home to attract positive energy.

The most interesting health benefits of rosemary include its ability to boost memory, improve mood, treat Alzheimer’s, heal cancer, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and protect the immune system. The herb also helps stimulate circulation, detoxify the body, protect the body from bacterial infections, prevent premature aging, and heal skin conditions.

Fresh rosemary has a very [2 high reserve of vitamins such as vitamin Avitamin Cvitamin B6, thiamin, folate, as well as minerals like magnesiumcalciumcopperiron, and manganese. It has abundant antioxidants in its phenolic compounds such as diterpene, carnosol, and rosmarinic acid, as well as in its essential oils such as cineol, camphene, borneol, bornyl acetate, α-terpineol, and α-pinene.

The herb has high dietary fiber. It is low in cholesterol and sodium but high in saturated fats.

 

Jasmine

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Jasmine, also known as the couple’s plant, attracts positive energy and helps strengthen your relationship and build romance.

The sweet smell of jasmine helps eliminate negative energy from a room and boosts your confidence and optimism.

Additionally, its pleasant smell can help soothe your stressed mind, while providing you with a bit of refreshed energy. It even helps fight issues like mental blockage and sadness.

When growing indoors, place this beautiful plant near a south-facing window. You can enjoy it in the bedroom or any other room where you spend the most time with your partner.

You can even grow it in your garden and place it in the north, east or northeast area of your garden.

The health benefits of jasmine tea include a reduced risk of heart attack, stronger immune system, and prevention of diabetes. It prevents cancer, improves the digestive process, and lowers cholesterol levels. It has also been found to eliminate harmful bacteria and ease chronic inflammation.

Jasmine tea is not considered an “herbal tea” because it is actually a normal tea (green, white, black, or oolong) that is flavored with jasmine flowers to create the unique scent and taste.

China has a long and famed history with tea, and jasmine is one of the most popular types to emerge from this ancient nation. Jasmine tea first appeared in official records during the Song Dynasty, which ended in the 13thCentury A.D., but at that time, it was mainly reserved for royalty. It may have originally come from Persia, through India, along with the cultural exportation of Buddhism to China.

 

Aloe Vera

The aloe vera plant is a bearer of good luck and positive energy. The energy it releases can fight off bad luck and vibes.

It is a very easy plant to care for, making it a staple in many homes. You can place in indirect sunlight or artificial light and water it regularly. However, remember that this plant cannot tolerate standing water, so proper drainage is a must.

Aloe vera will decorate a room with quiet grace, while also doing the duty of a self-regenerating first-aid kit. From minor burns to acne, you can use the gel to treat many common skin problems.

It is recommended to place an aloe vera plant in a passageway so that it can absorb the negative energies in your home. You can also put it in your living area or in the area where you greet guests.

You can even sow an aloe vera plant in the backyard for economic stability.

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Aloe Vera has been a miracle plant for quite some time. It’s one of the rare beneficial plants that can you can use both externally and internally. It yields the same results with the same efficiency. This wonderful cactus has been a staple of ancient American medicine for quite some time. It saves many lives by curing many annoying conditions. It’s one of those eternal natural remedies that keep on helping humanity. It helps in battling annoying microbes and other infections, and always has a place in modern medicine. It is independent of the fact that how much technology advances and what point it reaches.

Many experts have concluded that aloe vera is, in fact, one of nature’s most powerful herbs. It has an incredible versatility when it comes to tackling diseases. From a plethora of vitamins and plenty of useful minerals, aloe vera has a place in every diet. It can solve any problem. To help everyone understand this often overlooked herb, we’ve decided to compile the ten best health benefits of this magical cactus. From a stronger immune system to better digestion, it seems as if this beneficial plant can do everything. It’s cheap, available and versatile. So there is absolutely nothing stopping you from trying it out. You won’t regret it, and your life will be turned around.

 

Chrysantemum

Chrysanthemum also attracts positive vibrations, while keeping away the negative ones. In Buddhism, chrysanthemum represents purity and honesty. In fact, the Chinese and the Japanese believe in the healing power of chrysanthemum.

Plus, its strong air-cleaning qualities can help purify the air and remove toxins, such as trichloroethylene, benzene, formaldehyde, ammonia and other chemicals.

This plant promotes well-being in the home and also symbolizes long life. Known to promote happiness and good moods, it is recommended to place the plant in areas where constant tension is generated. Known for its beauty, even looking at it can provide a sense of calmness.

As the flowers come in different colors, including red, orange, yellow, white and lavender, you can choose one that goes with your home décor.

It may be used to equally good effect in the garden or in a window box where it gets indirect sunlight.

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While this may not be the first variety of tea you think of when you’re looking for a brew, chrysanthemum tea has been around for more than a thousand years, and is believed to have originated in the Song Dynasty in China. Chrysanthemum flowers that are used to make this powerful tea come in a number of varieties, but traditionally, the scientific name of this beneficial [1plant is Chrysanthemum indicum. Unlike many other herbal teas, which use only the leaves of a plant in order to brew the beverage, chrysanthemum tea is made by infusing hot water with full flowers, which release a wide variety of antioxidants, organic compounds, vitaminsminerals, amino acids, and soothing chemicals into the mixture, making for a delicious and highly nutritious drink!

The tea is traditionally made in China but has since spread around the world and you will know this tea by the floral scent, the flowers steeping in the bottom of the pot, as well as occasional wolfberries or other herbs. There are four main varieties of this tea still prepared and consumed in China, from different species of this flowering plant. The tea’s color is pale to bright yellow, depending on the strength of the tea and how long you’ve steeped the flowers. Its medicinal [2uses have been known for centuries, making it highly sought after by natural healers.

Many people associate having a cup of tea with relaxing and unwinding after a long day, and chrysanthemum tea is particularly good for this purpose. For generations, this tea variety has helped to lower blood pressure, cool the body, and reduce inflammation, all of which can help to induce calmness. The powerful antioxidants and minerals present in the tea can help your body better regulate itself and eliminate [3unnecessary stresshormones in the blood.

 

Lavender

Lavender essential oil is the most used essential oil in the world today, but the benefits of lavender were actually discovered over 2,500 years ago. Because of its powerful antioxidant, antimicrobial, sedative, calming and antidepressive properties, lavender oil benefits abound and it’s been used both cosmetically and therapeutically for centuries. (1)

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The Egyptians used lavender for mummification and as a perfume. In fact, when King Tut’s tomb was opened in 1923, there was said to be a faint scent of lavender that could still be detected after 3,000 years.

Early and modern aromatherapy texts advocate for lavender’s use as an antibacterial essential oil. The leaves and stems of the plant were used to prepare decoctions against digestive system diseases and rheumatism, and lavender was valued for its cosmetic purposes. The Romans used lavender oil for bathing, cooking and purifying the air. And in the Bible, lavender oil was among the aromatics used for anointing and healing. (2)

Today, lavender oil benefits for your body include the following:

  • Reduce anxiety and emotional stress
  • Protect against diabetes symptoms
  • Improve brain function
  • Help to heal burns and wounds
  • Improve sleep
  • Restore skin complexion and reduce acne
  • Slow aging with powerful antioxidants
  • Relieve pain
  • Alleviate headaches
Because lavender oil contains such versatile properties and is gentle enough to apply directly to the skin, I consider it a must-have oil, especially if you are just getting started with using essential oils for your health. Science has only recently started to evaluate the range of health benefits that lavender essential oil contains, but there’s already an abundance of evidence that points out the amazing capabilities of this oil. (3)

Peppermint

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is a hardy perennial herb that is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint. It’s native to Europe, but can be found all across the world. With a long history of therapeutic use for a variety of ailments that extends back to ancient Egypt, peppermint is referred to as “the world’s oldest medicine.”

Nutritionally, peppermint offers vitamins A and C, iron, potassium, fiber, and it’s low-calorie. Its refreshing flavor and cooling sensation lead to its inclusion in many products including mouthwash, toothpaste, soap, and ointment. Regardless if you obtain it from your local farmer’s market or grow it in your own herb garden at home, peppermint leaf offers many amazing health benefits.

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Benefits of Peppermint

  • Defends against lice, fungus, and worms
  • Supports digestive health
  • Promotes respiratory health
  • Promotes oral health
  • May relieve headaches
  • Soothes against stress
  • Supports the liver
  • Contains antioxidants
  • Soothes muscle tissue

 

This just shows that we need plants around us,

and some are very important for a better life.

So go green in every way.

 

Love, plants and healthy life

Brian

 

 

 

 

 

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Longing for rain and it came

After several weeks of fantastic, warm sunny weather plants where indeed in need of water. I have been watering my plants every second evening for almost all month in may. In the long run it is not good for our drinking resserves, but I just love this kind of sunny warm weather. Perhaps it is the clima changes. We have got the warmest may ever. 14 degrees Celcius average compared to 12 what use to be average for may.

Here below is something about the importance of rain:

dried tributary of the Colorado river basin

Water is essential to human survival.  

The plants we grow, the animals we raise, and the requirements of the human body to stay hydrated are all dependent on water…clean water.

Rainwater fills streams, rivers, and lakes.  It carries with it not only the potential for life but also a history of its own past. The Yellow River in China, known as the “cradle of Chinese Civilization”, travels nearly 3400 miles with more than 180 million people near the river. But it also accepts more than 4 million tons of waste each year which has resulted in a 40% decline in its fishing catch and it’s believed that more than 30% of its native species are now extinct.

We are currently consuming and blindly tainting our water sources across the globe at a rate that far outpaces the Earth’s ability to recharge.  It’s a runaway problem that requires a solution that’s more than just a few years of above average rain.  The solution lies in holding ourselves accountable, changing our methods, and preparing the next generation to accept the enormous responsibility we will leave them with.

Rain is the lifeblood of human existence, of life on our planet.  And it commands our respect.

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Rain-fed vs Irrigated Agriculture

Rain-fed agriculture used to be the norm but now more than 40% of the world’s agricultural production is irrigation-fed.  And that’s putting a strain on the water tables as well as the rivers and streams that support our broader ecosystem.

There are some areas that receive adequate rainfall allowing food production to flourish.  To some extent, the more rain those areas get the more productive they are in terms of food production.  But areas that do not receive enough rainfall to support rain-fed agriculture must rely on man-made systems to move water where needed, often sourcing it from great distances.  It’s this irrigated land that often proves more difficult to manage.

The importance of rain is generally stressed by those that reply on it and echoed by those that wish for more of it.

So how can we, as a society, responsibly and effectively manage our rainfall for the benefit of the farmers that produce our food while leaving enough for those that live downstream?  That’s the question.

 

Methods Used in Areas With Sufficient Rainfall

Areas with adequate rainfall face the challenge of capturing, storing, and diverting water when and where it is needed.  Think of areas like the northwest or east coast. Though it may seem like “a good problem to have” it still requires planning and management.  There are several processes that work collectively to provide a system to manage the process.

  • Catchment
  • Retention
  • Diversion

The impact of proper management of rainfall is beneficial for the water table, streams, and rivers as well as those people that live downstream.

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Methods Used in Areas Without Sufficient Rainfall

Much like those areas that have sufficient rainfall to meet the local needs, areas without must manage what rainfall they do receive using an integrated network of systems and methods to capture and deliver water to municipalities and farmers that don’t have direct access. Las Vegas and the desert southwest are prime examples of areas that receive far less rainfall than their communities demand.  Systems have been constructed in such areas to capture and divert water from riverways and available aquifers to meet the needs of the population and its industries.

  • Catchment
  • Irrigation

The impact is greater in areas where water must be moved over distance because water is pulled from rivers and streams as well as the water table depleting reserves and leaving less for those communities downstream.

 

What Can Happen if We Deplete Our Sources?

So this begs the question. What will happen if we over-consume? Where will we turn if our current sources dry up? What will we do if we don’t protect the sources we already have? The implications are staggering…

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Conclusion

Rain is important because it feeds our immediate needs without requiring us to tap our reserves in the water table.  Rain provides a renewable resource that can meet our food production needs if managed properly. But we must understand that nothing in nature exists by itself.  Rather, our waterways and the rainfall that feeds them are all interconnected affecting huge population centers along the way.

With this resource comes tremendous responsibility.  If history shows anything, it’s that we have done very little to manage the resources we have.  The Colorado River no longer reaches the communities that once flourished near the Sea of Cortez.  The Aral Sea has all but disappeared causing the collapse of its once thriving fishing industry. China’s dam-it-all strategy along with rampant deforestation has produced numerous man-made disasters affecting hundreds of thousands of people along the Yellow River.  The Salton Sea, an accident to start, is now drying up and casting harmful dust into the air every time the wind blows.

It’s imperative that we engineer a system that fosters food production while protecting the basic right to water for all involved. Of course, the mission is pointless unless we have the proper perspective and accept responsibility for the resource and all who depend on it. Perhaps the students that are entering the Edible Learning Lab today will craft an ingenious solution to our current problem.

Why Rain is Important

 

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

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Gardening Is Healthy Therapy

You can really feel it when something is good for your body and soul. It is good to have that feeling with many things of course. Life is really about being good to yourself.

I have that feeling in many situations. Especially when I am physically active. When I walk, run or am biking in a beautiful nature. When I am at the beach and swimming in the ocean. And of course, what this article is all about, growing things in your own garden.

Feeling the “nature” around you in your own garden, cooperate with it, form it and grow fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers that is just a magnificant and healthy feeling for body and soul.

Biodynamic Nonprocessed food is the future and the very best food you can get. I am not a vegetarian, but I really try to eat more and more plants and less meat and I can feel it is the right thing to do for my body and my wisdom according to sustainability.

I am making a new experience in my garden. I have recently made my own greenhouse and are growing three different kinds of crops.

Two different tomatoes, red pepper and a chili. Actually it is a very speciel kind of chili. It is called “Penis Chili” and I dont know if I dare taking it into my mouth…..and it is not because of it´s strenght…..;o)

 

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

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Beets Beats and Boosts

Beets are extremely healthy as they have potent medicinal properties and offer relief in the case of various ailments and diseases.

The health benefits of beets include treatment of anemia, indigestion, constipationpiles, kidney disorders, dandruff, gallbladder disorders, cancer, and heart diseases. They also help prevent macular degeneration, improve blood circulation, aid in skin care, prevent cataracts, and treat respiratory problems. These benefits of beetroots can be attributed to their richness in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

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The anthocyanins give them the red color and have strong anti-cancer properties.

Moreover, beets contain betaine, which is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that supports heart health, as well as important vitamins and minerals including vitamins B1, B2, B12 and C, copper, magnesium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, and iodine.

Beets boost blood flow, regulate cholesterol levels, and support the healthy liver function.

Beets fight anemia and detoxify the body. They also decelerate aging and protect the blood vessels. They are high in antioxidants, cellulose, and pectin, a special type of fiber which boosts digestion. These healthy vegetable protect against liver disease fatty liver disease.

 Beets also boost the endurance, stamina, and performance during a workout, so they are extremely beneficial for athletes.

Beets can be eaten raw, juiced, cooked, and baked. You should not throw away the leaves, but you can cook them as they are rich in potassium (644 mg. per ½ a cup).

Studies have shown that the consumption of potassium-rich foods and the elimination of sodium can lower the risk of heart diseases and the stroke risk by 21%.

Beets are extremely healthy as they have potent medicinal properties and offer relief in the case of various ailments and diseases. The anthocyanins give them the red color and have strong anti-can…

What Are Beets?

Beets or beetroots, as they are often called, belong to the Chenopodiaceae family. Beetroots are one of the varieties of the Beta vulgaris species. Their history stretches back to ancient times, and the earliest signs of their cultivation were approximately 4,000 years ago in the Mediterranean region. From there, they were probably transported to Babylon, and by the 9th century AD, they had made their way into the Chinese culture and cuisine. They have long been associated with sexuality and have been used as an aphrodisiac for thousands of years.

Beetroots are frequently added as an ingredient to salads, soups, and pickles and are also used as a natural coloring agent. Even though beets are available throughout the year, they are still considered seasonal vegetables. Besides their use as an actual food item, beets are valuable as a source of sucrose, which makes them a viable replacement for tropical sugar cane. They are frequently used to make refined sugar.

Nutritional Value Of Beets

Beets have a wide range of health benefits because of their nutritional content, including vitamins, minerals, and organic compounds like carotenoids, lutein/zeaxanthin, glycine, betaine, dietary fibervitamin Cmagnesiumironcopper, and phosphorus, while also being a source of beneficial flavonoids called anthocyanins. They are very low in calories, with no cholesterol, but they do have the highest sugar content of all vegetables.

Health Benefits Of Beets

The roots and leaves of beets have plenty of medicinal uses which include the following:

Improve Heart Health

Beet fiber helps reduce cholesterol and triglycerides by increasing the level of good HDL cholesterol. Having a high level of triglycerides increases the risk for heart-related problems, so an increased HDL cholesterol is a good line of defense against that. The presence of the nutrient betaine lowers the levels of homocysteine in the body which can also be harmful to the blood vessels. Thus, consumption of beetroot helps prevent cardiovascular diseases in multiple ways, so conditions like atherosclerosis, heart attacks, and stroke are less likely to develop. The fiber in beets also works to strip excess LDL cholesterol from the walls and helps eliminate it from the body quickly.

Reduce Birth Defects

Beets are good for pregnant women since they are a source of B vitamin folate which helps in the development of infant’s spinal column. Deficiency of folate can lead to a variety of conditions called neural tube defects.

Prevent Certain Cancers

Studies have revealed that beets are good at preventing skin, lung, and colon cancer since they contain the pigment betacyanins, which counteracts cancerous cell growth. Nitrates used in meats as preservatives can stimulate the production of nitrosamine compounds in the body which can also result in cancer. Studies have now shown that beet juice inhibits the cell mutations caused by these compounds. Researchers in Hungary have also discovered that beet juice and its powdered form slows down tumor development. Adding a healthy amount of beets to your diet can keep your body cancer-free for a very long time.

Improve Liver Health

Betaines in beet juice stimulate the functions of the liver and keep it healthy.

Prevent Respiratory Problems

Beetroot is a source of vitamin C that helps prevent asthma symptoms. The natural beta-carotene in beetroot also helps to prevent lung cancer. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that boosts the immune system in a number of ways. Besides acting as an antioxidant itself and defending against the effects of free radicals in the body, it also stimulates the activity of white blood cells, which are the body’s main line of defense against foreign bodies, as well as viral, bacterial, fungal, and protozoan toxins that can result in a multitude of infections and illnesses.

Prevent Cataracts

The presence of beta-carotene, which is a form of vitamin A, helps prevent age-related blindness called cataracts as well as a reduction in macular degeneration that commonly occurs as we get older. Vitamin A is considered a powerful antioxidant substance that is involved in many essential activities of the body.

Capillary Fragility

The flavonoids and vitamin C in beets help support the structure ofcapillaries.

Act as Aphrodisiac

Beets have been considered an aphrodisiac or sexual booster for millennia. Part of this stems from the fact that beets contain significant levels of the mineral boron, which has been shown to boost the production of sexual hormones. This can lead to a boost in your libido, increased fertility, sperm mobility improvement, and a reduction in frigidity in the bedroom. Your sexual life can get a legitimate and time-tested push in the right direction by adding beets to your diet.

Boost Energy

Beets contain a significant amount of carbohydrates that provide energy for prolonged sports activities. Carbohydrates are the natural building blocks of energy metabolism, and beets provide them without any of the negative side effects of many other carbohydrate-heavy foods. When the body has a sufficient amount of carbohydrates, it is able to fuel all of the necessary functions as well, including the important metabolic reactions that keep the organs functioning efficiently.

In a related function, researchers have noticed that oxygen uptake is greatly increased by people who drinkbeet juice due to the high nitrate content. The results show that oxygen uptake increases by up to 16%, which is an unheard of boost and is actually more than a normal person can improve by, even when training extensively. This increases stamina for exercising and participating in sports, making beet juice an interesting sports drink that most people would never consider.

Reduce Macular Degeneration

The beta-carotene present in beetroot aids in reducing or slowing macular degeneration in the eyes. Macular degeneration is often associated with an increase in free radicals, which drastically affect the premature aging process of many people. Beta-carotene is a powerful form of vitamin A, which has antioxidant capabilities and defends the eyes against the damaging effects of free radicals.

Prevent Strokes

A deficiency of potassium in the body increases the risk of stroke. Therefore, potassium-rich beetroot is recommended to improve heart health for that reason as well. Potassium is a vasodilator, meaning that it relaxes the blood vessels and reduces blood pressure throughout the body. When blood pressure is reduced and the vessels and arteries are no longer contracted, blood clots are far less likely to form or get stuck, and the plaque that may have built up along the walls of your blood vessels will not accumulate to form additional clots. Clots are what eventually lead to heart attack and stroke, so beets and their potassium content are quite a health booster!

What is more impressive is that studies have shown the effect to be ongoing. Blood pressure will continue to drop over the course of 24 hours, as though beets are naturally delaying their effects so the body can adjust, rather than plummeting the blood pressure at a dangerous speed.

More Benefits?

In ancient times, beets were used to cure fever and constipation. In the Middle Age, beetroots were also used as a remedy for digestive disorders. Finally, beet leaves are good for speeding up the healing process of wounds.

Word of Caution: Beets contain oxalates, which when consumed in excess can cause bodily fluids to crystallize. People with kidney or gallbladder problems should avoid beetroots because they could exacerbate kidney and bladder stones.

 

Love, Health And Wisdom

Brian

 

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Greenhouse Project 1

I have always wanted a greenhouse, where you can grow all kinds of vegestables, herbs and fruits.

This Greenhouse is the one I am working and sweating for:

Uranus drivhus 9900 sort inkl. sokkel

Well you have to start somewhere and so I did:

Many trees have to be cut and a lot of diging ahead.

Making almost everything from the trees to fire woods.

Beginning to dig up the roots.

That is really some hard work……

Preparing for the spring…

More firewood.

Enough work for the following days….

That is good exercise too.

 

Love, gardening and fresh air

Brian

 

 

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Grow Your Own Supply Of Ginger

Ginger is the perfect herb to grow indoors. It’s very low-maintenance, loves partial sunlight, and you can use parts of it at a time, leaving the rest in the soil to continue growing.

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ABOUT GINGER

Ginger takes 10 months to mature and it doesn’t tolerate frost. If you live in a place where it gets chilly in the winter, you’d be better off growing ginger in a pot indoors and bringing it outside in the summertime.

Ginger is one of those miraculous plants that grows well in partial to full shade, which makes it ideal for growing in your home, where most people don’t have full sun pouring on their windows all day long.

Little bits of the ginger root can be removed while it continues to grow. A little bit of ginger goes a long way, so these pieces can be used for cooking, brewing tea or for herbal remedies.

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HOW TO PLANT GINGER

The best ginger to plant is purchased from a garden center or seed catalog. You’ll have much better luck if you get seed ginger that was meant to be planted. However, ginger can be hard to find from garden suppliers, especially locally.

Ginger purchased from the produce department of your local grocery store can be used to grow a plant, but with spotty results. Grocery store ginger is often sprayed with a growth inhibitor to keep it from sprouting before it’s purchased. That inhibitor also keeps it from sprouting when you stick it in a pot of soil.

Grocery store ginger also could be coated in pesticides and fungicides. The truth is, you have no idea what’s on it. I’ve heard of grocery store ginger growing just fine, and I’ve heard of it sitting in a pot forever and never budging. If you do purchase your ginger from the grocery store, be sure to soak it in water overnight to remove as much growth inhibitor as you can.

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TIPS FOR GROWING GINGER INSIDE

The root that you choose to plant should be plump with tight skin, not shriveled and old. It should have several eye buds on it (bumps that look like potato eyes) and if they’re already a little green, all the better.

If your root has several eye buds, it can be cut and each bud can be placed in a separate pot to produce several plants.

PICK THE RIGHT POT

Unlike most other houseplants, ginger loves shallow, wide pots. The roots grow horizontally so be sure the pot you choose will accommodate its growth.

STEP BY STEP

1. To start with, soak the ginger root overnight in warm water to get it ready for planting.

2. Fill your pot with very rich but well draining potting soil.

3. Stick the ginger root with the eye bud pointing up in the soil and cover it with 1-2 inches of soil. Water it well.

4. Place the ginger in a spot that stays reasonably warm and doesn’t get too much bright sunlight.

5. Keep the soil moist, using a spray bottle to mist it, or water it lightly.

6. Ginger is a slow grower, after a few weeks you should see some shoots popping up out of the soil. Continue to water the plant regularly by misting it with a spray bottle and keep it warm

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HARVESTING GINGER:

Small pieces of ginger can be harvested 3-4 months after growth begins. Pull aside some of the soil at the edges of the pot to find some rhizomes beneath the surface. Cut the needed amount off a finger at the edge of the pot and then return the soil.

Ginger can be harvested in this way endlessly, and as long as it is well cared for, it will continue to produce roots. If you need a larger harvest, you can uproot the entire plant and re-plant a few rhizomes to start the process over again.

Good Luck and remember, don´t eat to much ginger!

 

Love, health and wisdom

Brian

 

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Villa, Volvo og Vovse i august

Godmorgen kære trofaste ven i villaen. Denne søndag skulle blive en travl praktisk dag som villa-, volvo- og vovseejer. Den første jeg siger godmorgen til er hende her:

Er taknemmelig over en dag fyldt med livsbekræftende og hyggelige håndværksmæssige aktiviteter. Elsker at gå om til “Østhaven” se solen stå op og skinne på æble-, pære- og blommetræet.

Pærer bliver der ikke mange af i år. Da blomstringen var på sit højeste satte nattefrosten ind i starten af maj. Tre pærer bliver dog til noget. De skal deles og nydes ekstra meget.

Blommetræet giver derimod rigtig mange gode søde Reine Claude blommer. Sådan kan det værre så forskelligt fra træ til træ og fra år til år.

Æbletræet har meget sjældent svigtet. Den giver hvertår hundredevis af lækre sprøde saftige Discoveryæbler. Mange flere end vi kan spise. Derfor skærer jeg i skiver til mange fryseposer, så de senere på året kan hentes ud af fryseren til diverse madretter. I år skulle vi prøve en god gammeldags saftpresser efter at vi i årevis har prøvet diverse dårlige elektriske saftpressere. Hvis de ikke er gået i stykker, så har de givet stød, fordi der var overgang i dem efter alt den saft. Derfor “back to basics” and “keep it simple”. Men men men selv med min daglige styrketræning, så kræver sådan en presser herunder superheltekræfter. Det blev ingen succes. Men flot er den.

 

Som selvlært vinbonde må jeg nok med beklagelse erkende at vinhøsten bliver yderst sparsommelig i år pga. manglende solskinstimer. Har ellers været flittig med at beskære, så planten ikke har skullet bruge unødig energi på andet end druerne. Men du kan se, at de bestemt ikke er særlig langt her i slutningen af august.

God kartoffel-, Rucola-, persille-, porre-, forårsløg-, jordbær-, spinat-, salvie-, mynte- og timianhøst i år, men tomaterne herunder mangler helt sikkert også sol.

  

Men grøngule økotomater kan da også spises.

Rosenbusken og kaprifolien var efterhånden gået godt og grundigt i taget og tagrenden. Der måtte desværre en redningsaktion igang, hvis det ikke skulle gå helt galt. Dette betød desværre at især rosenbusken måtte beskæres ret så kraftigt. Herunder kan du se, hvor smuk den var tidligere på sommeren.

Beskæringer giver haveaffald, og haveaffald giver hver sommer mindst 5 ture med naboens trailer til genbrugspladsen.

     

I dag var en af dem. Naboen var klar ved 14-tiden efter at være kommet sig efter nattens druktur. Det blev en Win-Win….

Rønnen og mirabellen skulle beskæren, så indgangsalléen er ind- og udkørselsfarbar. Valnøddetræet kunne lige så godt blive ret så kraftigt beskåret, da den overhovedet ikke giver nødder i år.

 

Det samme med kirsebærtræet (moral). Meget skuffende antal kirsebær, og dem der var blev ædt af meget morgenfriske solsorte. Selv der havde jeg ingen chance. Jeg er endda ultra AAA morgenmenneske.

Det var tid til tømmerarbejde. En fodliste skulle laves til den nye terrassedør. Gamle gulvbrædder skulle hentes fra loftet.

Måles og saves, måles og saves…..slibes……

 

Ja ja jeg ved godt der er en kant. Jeg finder på en løsning…..

Så er det murerarbejde. Godt ens far er murer og tidligere stedfar tømrer.

  

Fundamentet ved hovedindgangen er efterhånden blevet ret medtaget, som du kan se. Derfor skulle der gang i støbearbejdet. Det blev en længere proces, da der skulle støbes i flere etaper. 3 mm max af gangen.

 

Det færdige resultat efter flere timers støberi og tørring. Nu skal folket bare lade være med at betræde de næste to døgn.

Jeg vil slutte denne havedag af med at dele den eneste Paul mccartney rose, jeg får i år, med dig. Ville ønske du kunne dufte denne eventyrlighed, når den springer ud.

Love and wisdom

Brian

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