English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)

English Lavender - Lavandula angustifolia during the Middle Ages was thought to be an herb of love and was considered an aphrodisiac. (Kowalchick, 1987). The Romans are said to have scented their bathwater with Lavender and its unique fragrance has ensured it lasting popularity. Lavender 's medicinal and insecticidal properties were recognized early. (Houdret, 2002) The name lavender is derived from the Latin lavare, meaning "to wash." Ancient Egyptians created mummification casts by soaking linen in oil of lavender containing asphalt, then wrapping the bodies with these and drying them in the sun until the casts were hard. Lavender has been renowned for its medicinal properties

Mindless Eating

Do you sometimes sit down and watch television after finish eat your dinner then sudden you have a urge to have that last popcorn filed bag or candy bar or even ice cream? You know you should not have it but your mind tells you go ahead. No one will know. That is what you would call Mindless Eating. Not being aware of this craving has even happen but only until you hit that scale. How does this happen? What can you do about this? There are 6 steps that can help you to get a hold of Mindless Eating. 1. Use a bigger Fork A study published in the Journal of Consumer Research shows that restaurant-goers who eat with really big forks (20 percent bigger than a normal fork you'd find at a restauran

Nutritional Insights on Food Allergies and Asthma

When we thing of spring we usually think of green grass, short days and warm sunshine. But we also associate spring with flying pollen, asthma fl are ups and constant allergic reactions. While most people do not think these things can be prevented, there are ways that they can be managed. This article discusses food allergies and asthma; even though food allergies and asthma are not a seasonal allergy it is still very important to educate members on how to manage their conditions. Food Allergies A food allergy occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks a food protein. Ingestion of the off ending food may trigger the sudden release of chemicals, including histamine, resulting in symptom

National Mediterranean Diet Month

Since 1990 the popularity of the Mediterranean Diet has exploded worldwide. This modern nutritional healthy diet is inspired by the traditional dietary patterns of Spain, southern Italy, Greece, specifically the Greek island of Crete, and parts of the Middle East. It has received acknowledge and praised from renowned chefs to researchers to become one of the most important diets for good health. But what are the foods that are in this diet? The food from the diet consists primarily of fresh local seasonal fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on poultry and seafood, rice, grains, beans and pastas. Eggplant, artichokes, squash, tomatoes, legumes, onions, mushrooms, okra, cucumbers, and

Sustainability and Recycling

Since nature is full of emergent properties, sustainability is always an emerging concept. Sustainability is about maintaining something indefinitely into the foreseeable future. Consequently, to be sustainable we have to anticipate and successful adapt to the changes ahead. Sustainability is a process, not a prescription. The process always requires social and ecological as well as economic dimensions. There is therefor no simple definition. It’s a journey we embark on together, not a formula upon which we agree. Every year, 350 billion pieces of disposable plastic cutlery and wooden chopsticks are discarded in the United States, Japan and India. Research scientist Narayana Peesapaty has co