26
sep
2015

catnip

Nepeta cataria is cultivated as an ornamental plant for use in gardens. It is also grown for its attractant qualities to house cats and butterflies.

The plant is drought tolerant and deer resistant. It can be a repellant for certain insects, including aphids and squash bugs.

Nepetalactone is a mosquito and fly repellent. Oil isolated from catnip by steam distillation is a repellent against insects, in particular mosquitoes, cockroaches and termites.

Catnip contains the feline attractant nepetalactone. Nepeta cataria (and some other species within the genus Nepeta) are known for their behavioral effects on the cat family, not only on domestic cats but also other species of cats. Several tests showed that leopards, cougars, servals, and lynxes often reacted strongly to catnip in a manner similar to domestic cats and while lions and tigers can react strongly as well, they do not react all the time.

With domestic cats, N. cataria is used as a recreational substance for pet cats' enjoyment, and catnip and catnip-laced products designed for use with domesticated cats are available to consumers. Not all cats are affected by catnip; roughly 33% are not affected by the plant. The behavior is hereditary.

13
aug
b-vitamins

B Vitamins

B vitamins are a class of water-soluble vitamins that play important roles in cell metabolism. Though these vitamins share similar names, research shows that they are chemically distinct vitamins that often coexist in the same foods. In general, supplements containing all eight are referred to as a vitamin B complex. Individual B vitamin supplements are referred to by the specific name of each vitamin (e.g., B1, B2, B3 etc.)

Further below a list of the B vitamins:

  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
  • ...
19
may
aloe-vera

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is a succulent plant species of the genus Aloe. It grows wild in tropical climates around the world and is cultivated for agricultural and medicinal uses. Aloe also is used for decorative purposes and grows successfully indoors as a potted plant.

The cosmetic and medicinal value of the plant is debated. It is found in many consumer products

Aloe vera is a stemless or very short-stemmed succulent plant growing to 60–100 cm (24–39 in) tall, spreading by offsets. The leaves are...

26
sep
thyme

Thyme

The thyme group of herbs is aromatic, versatile, and plentiful -- over fifty varieties are judged beneficial for culinary or garden uses.

When cooking with thyme be sure to add it early in the process so the oils and flavor have time to be released. This herb is great when used fresh, and goes well in many typical southern Italy pasta sauces which often feature peppers and eggplants. Thyme also is a great complement for many vegetables, including tomatoes and roasted potatoes. Many grilled and...

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:

- olive oil
- lye
- distilled water or tap water

As utensils you will need:

- an electronic scale
- a stainless steel pot
- a meat thermometer that goes from -10 to + 110 degrees Celsius
- a wooden or stainless steel spoon for stirring
- a wooden spoon for mixing
- a...

21
jul
blueberry

BLUEBERRY

Blueberries can be eaten fresh or cooked, you can also store frozening. the Blueberry is suitable for all forms of intestinal disorders, liver disorders, bleeding tendency for capillary fragility, circulatory disorders and eyesight problems.

Idroccinnamico acid present in Blueberry is very important for our body, as it is able to neutralize the carcinogenic substance produced in the digestive tract.

The consumption of foods rich in antioxidants, see Blueberry, assumes an important role...

30
jul
mint

Mint

Mint leaves can be used fresh or dried and used later.

Bring flavor to iced or hot teas, fruit drinks, vegetables (peas and carrots).

The Mint salasa is an excellent side dish to lamb.

In the heat of these days, is nice a refreshing good drink with water and mint leaves, put in the refrigerator to become cold!
Has digestive properties, antiseptic and sedative properties.

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