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Herbs and Spices - Health Benefits of the Spices at WomansDay

Herbs and Spices - Health Benefits of the Spices at WomansDay
Chances are you sprinkle cinnamon into your morning oatmeal or add a dash of oregano to pizza without giving the spices much thought. But did you know your favorite flavors can actually do your body good? According to Christina Suarez, master herbalist and owner of, while spices are only effective when eaten at least daily, each has its own specific health benefits. Read on to find out which additives can burn fat, ease a sore throat or help you get to sleep, and how you can incorporate them into your daily diet. Cardamom Fruit of the Elettaria cardamomum plant in the ginger family. Health Powers: Eases belching, flatulence and indigestion; treats respiratory conditions like coughing, asthma and loss of voice; aids in the elimination of toxins through your skin. Daily Dose: Stir a few freshly ground pinches of cardamom pods into a shot of OJ or your morning fruit salad, or mix it with white or brown rice before you boil it. Photo by Shutterstock. Cayenne Cinnamon Cloves Nutmeg

100 Life Hacks That Make Life Easier Want to learn some quick and easy life hacks that are easy to do, low cost and saves you time? You’re in luck. We have collected 100 of these practical life hacks into this one big list that is easy to digest because they’re all images! Scroll down to continue reading article Read Next Source: Reddit LifeProTips There's More to Life. And access to our latest knowledge straight to your inbox daily.

Herbal Tea Benefits This page is a quick summary of some of the specific herbal teal benefits, that you can check when deciding which herbs to use in making an herbal tea, or times when you want to know what each herb may do for you. I will be doing a full page on many of these herbs, as time allows. When done, the names of those herbs will be linked to that more detailed page. Alfalfa - Arabs call this the "father of all foods" while westerners treat it as cattle fodder. Angelica Root - tonic for stomach troubles, colds, fevers, colic, and strengthens heart. Anise (Star Anise) - helps expel gas, promotes digestion, relieves nausea and abdominal pain, soothes coughs and colds, and helps clear up congestion. Black Cohosh - relieves menopausal symptoms, and when used as a muscle relaxant, a natural anti-inflammatory treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Borage - the tea can be used to bathe inflamed eyes, drunk as a tea, it is good for cleansing the blood, for fevers and jaundice, and to expell poisons. St.

Food for Campouts We went camping this weekend down at Big Sur. It was so fabulous and fun to be with friends in such a beautiful place. We were lucky to get a camp ground at Plaskett Creek. the camp host there is my new BFF, she made our lives so much easier. I think Enzo is to blame for her generosity with us. On Saturday Silvia and Justin, our friends, were in charge of food. Justin is a pro-car camper and made us really good meals. Cut the bananas and stuff them with chocolate chips.Cover them with tin foil and place over fire to grill for about 5-10 minutesRemove the banana from heat and mix the banana pulp and the melted chocolate together.Eat!

Guide to Common Edible Wild Plants It’s often said that the last thing you need to worry about when in a survival situation is what you’re going to eat. The human body is highly resilient, and can go without food for longer than you think. Shelter and water, on the other hand, are pretty much non-negotiable in order to survive. However, it is possible to familiarize yourself with edible wild plants before you get into a survival situation, in which case you’ll have a good idea of which wild plants you can eat if necessary. READ MORE: 7 Mountaineering Knots to Use in Everyday Life Dandelions Probably the easiest plant to identify, and one of the most widespread, dandelions (pictured at top) are a great introduction to wild plant foods. Burdock The burdock plant sure doesn’t look very appetizing (especially when full of those giant prickly seedheads!) Cattails In many of the wetter parts of the world, cattails can be a great edible wild food. SLIDESHOW: Eating in an Emergency Plantain Purslane Nettles Lamb’s Quarters Prickly Pear

10 Cool Fun New Products From Fred And Friends In Fall 2013 Don't forget to check out the just published exclusive Spring 2014 product photos here. Fred And Friends Fridge Lid Leftover Savers Funny Side Up Owl Egg Shapers Funny Side Up Skull Egg Shapers Moby Pick Appetizer Party Picks Mr. Muffin Top Cupcake Molds Octeapus Tea Infuser Open Sesame Bagel Slicer Roller Notes Sweet Spirits Sugar Shaker Ting Ting Tongs Salad Servers Check It Out Disease-Fighting Plants: 7 Delicious Herbs that Pack a Powerful Antimicrobial Punch Disease-Fighting Plants: 7 Delicious Herbs that Pack a Powerful Antimicrobial Punchby Adding herbs to your favorite dishes adds flavor, variety and color. Antimicrobial herbs provide all of that - PLUS they give your health a major boost. Antimicrobial herbs have a unique ability to destroy and inhibit the growth of disease-causing microorganisms. This takes major stress off of your immune system, helping to stimulate it and thereby helping you to fight off a wide array of potential infections. Antimicrobial herbs are capable of taking on a large variety of microorganisms, such as: Bacteria Mold Parasites Viruses Yeasts Other living organisms You may already be familiar with the following antimicrobial herbs, but their potent disease-fighting properties may surprise you. 1. Chili peppers contain a substance called capsaicin, which is what makes them so spicy (the spicier the pepper, the more capsaicin it contains). Did you know? 2. Did you know? 3. Did you know?

Tutorial: Paper Poppy Gardeners everywhere are enjoying the best of summer’s blooms. For those of us who lack a green thumb — or a garden — paper artist Jeffery Rudell has a book of paper flowers projects that mimic the real thing. Best of all, these blossoms don’t wilt, so you can have access to gorgeous flowers, year round. You can make a fun flower headdress, or a simple arrangement in a vase. Jeffery was kind enough to share a tutorial from his new book, Paper Blooms. Tools: Scissors or Craft KnifeHot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks Materials: Red Glassine Paper (Two 6 1/2″ (16.5 cm) Disks Per Flower*White Craft GlueStrip of Pale Green PaperStrip of Black PaperWhite Correction Liquid (or White Paint)Floral WireGreen Floral Tape * Glassine is a wonderful paper to work with as it is both thin and strong, and responds well to crumpling and creasing. Step 1: Cut two 6 1/2 inch (16.5 cm) circles out of red glassine. Step 3: Tightly and repeatedly, squeeze the paper in your fist to create as many creases as possible.

The Fifteen Most Fabulous Herbal Sedatives : Kitchen Table Medicine Do you ever just feel like you need to take a pill to take the edge off? Well a lot of us get extra stressed around the holiday season, and if you don’t want to take something that will totally knock you out, try a gentle relaxing cup of sedative tea instead of popping a pill. Now opinions may slightly differ amongst herbalists as to what the best herbal sedative is, but I think we can all agree that the best herb is the one that works best for the individual. Here are my top fifteen favorites for making in to herbal tea as they are widely available and not endangered species (to my current knowledge.) #3 Schisandra- Referred to as “Chinese Prozac” this herb is commonly unappreciated and underutilized in American herbal practice. #7 Lavender- Try adding lavender to your favorite baked good recipe. #9 St. #12 Valerian- Definitely one of the more potent herbal sedatives, valerian is also a great pain killer for those with chronic pain. December 5, 2010

DIY Rubber Slime Stretchy, a bit bouncy (not too slimy) and tons of fun to make and play with - this DIY rubber slime is sure to be a hit in your house. This "recipe" is similar to what some are using for a homemade silly putty. I wouldn't quite call this silly putty although it's pretty similar. Silly Putty is more dense than this. I decided to name it Rubber Slime since that's what it reminded us of. You'll need liquid starch, glue (a bit stronger formula than the classroom glue) and food coloring (optional). Pour some glue into a bowl (this glass bowl I used was very easy to clean up) and add food coloring if you're using it. Mix it up well and then add some liquid starch. Start mixing. It will get hard to use a spoon or a stick so you'll have to start using your hands The mixture will start changing as the starch and glue mix together. If your mixture starts to look like this but it still a bit sticky you can let it sit for a bit. It can be stretched out or torn See how it's sticking just a bit?

Easy Chalkboard Paint DIYs A Door Turned Reusable Canvas Two coats of chalkboard paint in a school-day shade is all it took to turn blogger Joy Kelley's sewing room door into a reusable canvas for quotes, sketches, lists, and brainstorms. Check out for more photos and the how-to. Pretty Cheese Platter Wit & Whistle blogger Amanda Wright’s porcelain platter shows a bit of chalkboard paint adds a punch of charm whether you’re serving cheese or cookies. Signature Stemware You've seen chalkboard-coated glasses on the shelves of your favorite home décor haunts. Clever Cabinet Idea LiveLoveDIY blogger Virginia found an affordable and chic way to makeover her kitchen cabinets that organizing addicts will love. Jazzed Up Jars These jars will help you get more organized while adding personality to your kitchen, bath, or craft room. Draw-On Dresser Trendy Terracotta Cute Wall Decor

DIY Mason Jar Crafts Mason Jar Pendant Lamp The Spring Blog We love the simplicity of this gorgeous blue pendant lamp. For the how-to, visit The Spring Blog. Chalkboard Paint Mason Jar Michaela Noelle Designs Chalkboard paint + mason jars = super cute and functional organizer. For the how-to, visit Michaela Noelle Designs. Mason Jar Light Fixture Maryjanes and Galoshes It looks tough but you can totally do this. For the how-to, visit Maryjanes and Galoshes. Mason Jar Sewing Kit Wait 'Till Your Father Gets Home We love how adorable and colorful this is. For the how-to, visit Wait 'Till Your Father Gets Home. Mason Jar Monogram Light Oleander and Palm This truly original DIY is perfect for an outdoor party or for something a little extra awesome at home. For the how-to, visit Oleander and Palm. Mason Jar Wall Planter Not Just a Housewife This genius planter makes it easy to bring the garden inside. For the how-to, visit Not Just a Housewife. 5-Minute Mason Jar Lamp Crafts Unleashed For the how-to, visit Crafts Unleashed.

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