Ambrene Iqbal

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The Allotment in July

I’m so proud of how the allotment looks now, it’s a far cry from the weedy patch of land it used to be and I certainly don’t miss the stubborn soil …

DIY: 7 Best Natural Mosquito Bite Remedies

I’m a romantic, and so at the risk of facing commenter-wrath, I’m going to say it: The season’s first mosquito bite isn’t such a bad thing. It’s how …

Plant Based Diet: Summer Goddess Sun Tea

Making sun tea is kind of like cheating. In the best way. It sounds fancy and tastes delicious, but requires less effort than you’d think. Our summer …

Plant Me Now Review: Summer Bedding

I was thrilled to discover 3 boxes of summer bedding from Plant Me Now to review when I got back from Plymouth this weekend. They contained a …

Pest-Fighting Flowers

comments (20) April 27th, 2011<p><b>Greg Holdsworth</b>, contributor<p>187 users recommend<p>One of the great things about vegetable gardening is that at some point …

Gardening

7 Benefits of Basil Native to India and Asia where it has been cultivated for at least five thousand years, basil is a highly fragrant plant used for seasoning throughout the world, from Vietnam to India and Italy. The name "basil" comes from the ancient Greek word basilikohn, meaning "royal," revealing the nobility the ancients saw in the herb. There are many varieties of basil, all a bit different in appearance and taste. Whereas sweet basil is bright and pungent, other varieties offer flavors of their own: lemon basil, anise basil and cinnamon basil all have tastes befitting their names. Cardiovascular Benefits Basil is rich in carotenoids such as beta-carotene, which can be converted into vitamin A. Beta-carotene is an even more potent antioxidant than regular vitamin A, as it not only protects cells from free radical damage, but also aids in keeping free radicals from oxidizing cholesterol in the bloodstream. By not oxidizing, cholesterol does not build up on blood vessel walls, avoiding atherosclerosis and a heart attack. Basil is also a good source of magnesium, which promotes cardiovascular health by relaxing muscles and blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering the risk of irregular heart rhythms and cardiovascular spasms. Cancer Prevention Basil is known to have powerful antioxidant properties. The natural antioxidants found in basil can protect the body against damage from free radicals, thereby combating most forms of cancer. Basil also contains flavonoids, which protect cell structures from radiation and oxygen-based damage. Basil is a rich source of beta-carotene, which helps protect cells from free radical damage. Skin and Hair Health When used as a skin and hair moisturizer, the essential oils of basil enhance the luster of dull looking skin and hair. Basil is also effective in treating acne and psoriasis. Bone and Connective Tissue The essential oil of basil contains a liquid called eugenol, which can inhibit the activity of cyclooxygenase, an enzyme which causes swelling in joints and bones among other places. Aspirin and ibuprofen work by blocking the same enzyme. This enzyme-inhibiting power makes basil an anti-inflammatory food that can heal and give relief for people with rheumatoid arthritis. Digestive Tract Health The enzyme-inhibiting effect of the eugenol in basil certifies basil as an anti-inflammatory food providing important healing benefits as well as relief from inflammatory bowel conditions. It can also provide immediate relief from the gas in your stomach and intestines, treat constipation, stomach cramps, indigestion and flatulence. Anti-Bacterial The essential oil of basil has been shown to provide impressive protection against unwanted bacterial growth of many types, including the ability to inhibit several species that have become resistant to commonly used antibiotic drugs. Studies have shown that washing produce in a solution containing just 1% essential oil of basil resulted in killing such bacteria, so it makes good sense to include basil in salads. Immune System Evidence shows that the antioxidants and volatile oils in basil make it of great assistance to the immune system. The leaves and oil both have antibacterial properties, and can even be used to eliminate infectious diseases from surfaces. Applied topically to wounds, basil leaves may eliminate bacterial infections, while enjoying basil in food can help combat viral infections, including colds, flu, and herpes

Growing Herbs in Windowboxes

comments (16) August 6th, 2008<p>50 users recommend<p>by Frédérique Lavoipierre<br>April 1998<br>from issue #14<p>The sun set hours ago, and a steady, cold rain is …

Herbs for Tea

comments (8) March 29th, 2012<p><b>susan belsinger</b>, contributor<p>14 users recommend<p>Here is a list of favorite herbs for tea. You can plant these in a garden …

Propagators & Greenhouse Accessories

HERBGROW 4 POT<br>CHILLIGROW 3 POT<p>For small spaces. Reservoir holds <b>7 litres</b> for weekend watering.<p>£27<p>DUOGROW 2 POT<p><b>Green!</b> with a <b>25 litre</b> reservoir. Great …

Small Spaces

You Can Do It! First-Time Vegetable Gardening for the Black-Thumbed

Some of you may feel like no matter what you try to grow, it dies. Too much water, not enough water, too much sun, too much shade, or… it just dies …

The 52 Week Salad Challenge Begins

Hurrah - lots of you have said you're up for the <i>52 Week Salad Challenge</i> and lo, here we are in week 1! We have people from the UK, France and the USA …

The Vegetable Garden

looking down on the veg. area<p>This page is for my information in future years, but I hope that you might find it useful too.<p>I have always used a …

10 tips for growing blueberries in the backyard

10 tips for growing blueberries in the backyard<p>WANT TO SUCCEED with blueberries? Ask the guy with a Ph.D. in the subject, author of all the best …

Shallow-Rooted Veggies for Growing in Window Boxes

When I moved into my first apartment, I planted veggies in the two front window boxes. But I did it pretty willy-nilly, without any research, and …

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container-garden tips, with bob hyland

USUALLY ON MEMORIAL DAY or thereabouts, I teach a series of container-garden workshops in my garden with my longtime friend Bob Hyland, a garden …

Best Edible Garden Winner: BaDesign

The Best Edible Garden winner in our Considered Design Awards is Jennifer Ivanovich and Branden Adams of BaDesign, a multi-disciplinary design studio …

Landscaping

Giant ‘corpse flower’ that smells like rotting flesh attracts visitors to garden centre

and<p>A giant flower that smells like rotting flesh has surprisingly proven to be a popular attraction at a garden centre.<p>The large rainforest plant …

Edible Gardening 101

My vision was to make this the summer of learning how to garden. I was motivated by an obsession with peas -- I love fresh peas so I thought, <i>I'm going to grow fresh peas</i>. Then the fantasy started taking on a life of its own -- I could have those little French beans (haricots vert), I could have …