05
nov
2015

bergamot

Bergamot (Citrus bergamia) has the fresh, sweet, citrus scent that is familiar to many as the flavoring in Earl Grey Tea. Uplifting and relaxing, it is good for building confidence and enhancing your mood. It has a long history of use for oily and troubled skin.

While the distinctive fruit of the bergamot (bergamotto of Italy, bergamote of France) is sometimes referred to as an orange, its resemblances to the oranges are so remote or lacking that it seems best to employ the European usage.  Both the origin of the name and its significance are obscure.  It appears to be a hybrid of the sour orange, however, for which reason it has commonly been regarded as a botanical variety of C. aurantium L.  Since the differences are numerous and marked and a wide degree of variation is exhibited, separate species standing seems to be justified.
      The tree is moderately vigorous, upright to spreading in habit, virtually thornless, and with new shoot growth not pink- or purple-tinted.  At full maturity it is medium-small to medium in size.  The leaves are large and somewhat like the lemon in color, form, and emargination, although the blades are sharper-pointed and the petioles are longer and more broadly winged.
      The flower buds and flowers are medium-large and pure white and there is but one bloom.  The lemon-yellow-colored fruits are small to medium-large, oblate, round obovate or broadly pyriform, frequently possess a small navel, and usually have a persistent style.  The rind is medium-thin with a smooth to moderately rough surface, commonly ridged, and adherent.  The segments are numerous and the core solid.  The flesh is moderately firm, pale greenish-yellow, and highly acid with a faint bitter aftertaste.  The highly monoembryonic seeds, comparatively few and sometimes none, often are not well developed.  The cotyledons are white or faintly green.
      A distinctive characteristic of both foliage and fruits is the strongly pungent and agreeably aromatic oil, which is similar to that of the sour orange leaf, though the rind oil of the latter is different.
      The bergamot has been known in the Mediterranean for several centuries, the distinctive and desirable characteristics of its oil having been recognized as early as 1750.

25
apr
kefir-of-milk

Kefir of milk

Nothing less than fermented milk similar to yogurt, Kefir is a refreshing and healthy, rich in enzymes and probiotics alive and benefits, fresh, slightly acidic but pleasant flavor.

Discovered and immediately appreciated by humans thousands of years ago, originally from the Caucasus, Kefir is prepared in the traditional way using fresh milk (sheep, goat or cow).

This drink is considered a miracle food for our body, because it contains, in addition to enzymes, minerals such as calcium,...

15
jun
wine-and-sage-for-your-skin-tone

Wine and Sage for your skin tone

SAGE WINE

30 g of Sage leaves, 1 l of red wine

Put Sage to macerate for a week in red wine.
At the end of the sorted the infusion and store it in a bottles.
This wine has tonic, anti-rheumatic and digestive properties.
You should drink the infusion at least 2 times a day.

Tri it with one of our organic red wines!

24
mar
homemade-deodorant

Homemade deodorant

There are DIY solutions, made with all-natural ingredients, ensuring armpits fresh and smelling. They are fast and very simple to prepare.
The deodorant more healthy and simple is the bicarbonate based: thanks to its Ph basic it fights odors and, being natural, does not prevent the normal skin transpiration.
You can opt for a spray solution, a cream or stick depending on your preference.

This is a preparation mode for a deodorant spray:

Fill a glass with water and baking soda
stir until the...

06
mar
valentinas-bred

Valentina's bred

This beauty is what Valentina takes us for breakfast every times he likes to dabble in the kitchen with organic cooking methods.

We propose the recipe; try and tell us what you think!

INGREDIENS:

- 4 tablespoons of sour dough
-1/3 cups lukewarm water
- 1 Kg of organic flour itegrale
- 500 g of flour manitoba
-1 Kg of organic semolina flour 
- 4 teaspoons of sunflower seeds
- 4 teaspoons of organic flaxseed
- 2 teaspoons of organic poppy seeds Sesame
- 4 teaspoons of organic pumpkin seeds
-1...

11
feb
how-to-make-soap

How to make Soap

Make scented soap is simple and also you can rediscover the pleasure of doing from you that these days does not hurt your wallet, health and the environment.

How to make SOAP at home, here are the necessary ingredients:

- animal or vegetable oils and fats
- lye (seems environmentally unsound but it is not!)
- distilled water or tap water (only if no chlorine and without limestone)

As utensils you will need:

- an electronic scale
- a stainless steel pot
- a meat thermometer that goes from...

05
dec
horseradish

Horseradish

Horseradish (Armoracia rusticana, syn. Cochlearia armoracia) is a perennial plant of the Brassicaceae family (which also includes mustard, wasabi, broccoli, and cabbage)
The plant is probably native to southeastern Europe and western Asia.
The intact horseradish root has hardly any aroma. When cut or grated, however, enzymes from the now-broken plant cells break down sinigrin (a glucosinolate) to produce allyl isothiocyanate (mustard oil), which irritates the mucous membranes of the sinuses and...

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