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.

02
jan
tortelli-di-patate

Tortelli di Patate

Boil the potatoes till tender and let it cool. Once they are cool, peel the skins. In a deep pan, heat some olive oil and cook the the garlic finely chopped with the bacon /or sausage. Once cooked, add the tomato suace. Add the potatoes in the sauce and mix well. Place the fresh pasta on the table in strips and with a spoon place the potatoe filling distant 3cm from each spoonful. Fold the pasta over and press on the border with two fingers to tight enough to make sure it is closed and the is...

16
jul
il-cedro-del-libano,-lavacchio

Il Cedro del Libano, Lavacchio

CURIOSITY:

The Cedar of Lebanon is a species of cedar. Belongs to the family of coniferous trees. Thousands of years ago, extensive forests of this tree covered mountain slopes around the Middle East. Today in its area of origin in the chain of Mount Lebanon survive only a few hundred specimens. It is the tree represented in the flag of Lebanon.

In the Old Testament it is said that with the Lebanon cedar wood were built the columns of Solomon's temple; always, the precious Cedar of...

10
jun
rimedi-anti-zanzare
22
jul
berry

Berry

In order to plant shrubs, you must wait until the last frost and dig deep to place the roots. It is necessary for all types of berries a trellis to support their growth.

At the end of the summer the branches should be pruned and tied up, carefully considering the presence of thorns.

Produce fruit in abundance and the only enemies you may encounter are birds. Berries may be climbing or bushy.

It is recommended to use natural fertilizers does not affect the taste of the fruit when ripe.

For...

10
apr
honey-and-cosmetic

Honey and cosmetic

HONEY MASK

acacia honey, pine family or thyme

With refreshed face and just dried, spread a thin layer of honey, leaving it under for about 20 minutes, then rinse.
For its qualities, honey mask is indicated for dehydrated and dried, but is also useful for keeping in good health of every skin type.
The properties of the form can of course be extended to the whole body, sprinkling and immersing himself entirely, after few minutes in lukewarm bath.

You find the honey for your masks and a range...

05
oct
lemon-balm

Lemon balm

Lemon Balm was dedicated to the goddess Diana, and used medicinally by the Greeks some 2,000 years ago. In the Middles Ages lemon balm was used to soothe tension, to dress wounds, and as a cure for toothache, skin eruptions, mad dog bites, crooked necks, and sickness during pregnancy. It was even said to prevent baldness. As a medicinal plant, lemon balm has traditionally been employed against bronchial inflammation, earache, fever, flatulence, headaches, high blood pressure, influenza, mood...

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