Chia Seeds: Ancient Uses and Novel Benefits

chia seeds nutrition and benefits

These days it’s rather impossible to avoid chia in the stores: juices, desserts, cereal items… Chia is widely advertised as a nutritional and heath-promoting “it” food and many close friends became instantly hooked thanks to the bestseller “Born to Run” by Chris McDougall. But is it really all accurate? I was advised to be skeptical of the claims made by big corporations. Today, I share some relevant chia-basics for those with a penchant for novelty (and a healthy dose of {Read More}

Considering a different approach to treating acne? Try these herbal teas

Wormwood for acne

Adult acne have many causes that profoundly affect our entire bodies—from the state of mind to pH balance. It’s evident as well, that there are many excellent natural remedies for acne that provide targeted, spot on action. But here’s another idea to consider: Consuming natural herbal teas that treat the acne causes holistically, at the basic level. With that in mind, I suggest seven herbs known since the antiquity that have diverse healing properties. They combine into three tea blends {Read More}

What the Skin Craves, the Body Must Seek: 15 Plant-Based Beauty Oils

15 plant beauty oils

Through history people have relied on rich gifts of nature to create beauty oils that treat the face, body and hair. Pure plant oils soften, heal, revitalize and keep the skin well-protected, whether it’s oily, dry or sensitive. With only a single ingredient, they are desirable and perfect just the way they are. They act as natural beauty elixirs, help create beauty rituals and have a limitless performance. Here are fifteen beauty oils to seek and embrace. Avocado oil (Persea {Read More}

Nigella Seeds: Black, Tiny and Mighty

Benefits of Nigella Seed (black seed)

A few things top a heart-warming smell of freshly baked pastry sprinkled with Nigella seeds. Tiny, black and fragrant, Nigella seeds complement many dishes aside from pastries and breads. They are irresistible too—I dig them out of fresh bread and eat even though I have a container of seeds stored in my cupboard. Nigella: A tale of discovery In so many ways, Nigella seeds are both old and new. Its healing powers were known since ancient times by physicians and {Read More}

Pomegranate: A delight for the senses delivers outstanding health benefits

health benefits of pomegranate fruit

Visually, pomegranate impresses with its red and glossy seeds that look like rubies. A tasting of this fruit will deepen the visual pleasure, uncovering an abundance of juiciness, sweetness, tartness and chewiness. A tasty and good looking fruit is enough to captivate the senses, but, as it turns out, this delicious, playful and visually stunning winter treat is rich in healthy goodies that we can benefit from even if we consume pomegranate just for the sake of deep sensual delight. {Read More}

The Honor and Pleasure of Meeting an Olive Tree (and Making My Olive Leaf Extract)

Olive branches against blue sky

Personally, the delight from making my own olive leaf extract only starts with its cool health benefits, because there’s so much more to it. The thing is, since I make it each year while on vacation, the olive leaf brew also captures the fun of my family retreat along with the radiant, power-infusing sunshine. And merging the pleasure of staying at an old friend’s cottage and picking fresh olive leaves right from a nearby tree is one blissful affair of {Read More}

Wonderful Benefits of Buckwheat Pillows

Buckwheat hulls

One negative aspect of travel and visiting friends and family is that you leave the sanctuary of your own bed and enter the night-time gamble to see how lucky you are with the bed you’re going to get. Most of times I wasn’t very lucky, mostly because my pillow was too high, too soft or too hard. But once, I hit a jack-pot when I was offered a strange-looking pillow filled with “something”. That “something” was buckwheat hull. Laying down {Read More}

Sulfites in Wine? Don’t Worry it’s Still Organic (At Least in the EU)

sulfites in wine EU vs US

My friends who used to give me fragrances now give me organic wine and works of art instead. In that new spirit, I recently received two bottles of organic wine purchased in Germany, but I learned (from reading the label) that the red (Cabernet sauvignon) came from France and the white (Chardonnay) from Italy. If you care to read the labels, you can see that this organic/bio wine contains sulfites. However, that’s not what you’ll see on organic wine produced {Read More}

Conventional vs. Organic Farming Series, Part IV: Know Your Organics (Certification and Other Issues)

organic farmer in asia

Buying organic food is a great way to support the health of the soil and wildlife. Also, many select organic food for being more beneficial and nutritious to themselves and their family. But the true significance of organic farming is that supports a long-term environmental sustainability. For concerned consumers a range of issues comes into play when choosing organic foods. And, particularly so if they want to extend the impact of choices they make beyond the walls of their own {Read More}

Conventional vs. Organic Farming Series, Part III: Benefits of Organic Farming

benefits of organic farming

The word “organic” has a holistic, deep-rooted implication referring to living organisms. The term comprises of a system of farmer, food and consumer. According to the organic philosophy, consumer’s health is achieved by “whole, fresh and organically raised food.” (Oelhaf, 1978). Organic means a special and nurtured connection between the farmer and the soil. The philosophy of the food system starts with the soil; this is the center of attention of organic farming. Organic farmers perceive themselves as feeders of {Read More}