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Your New Delicious, Go-To Summer Salad

This dressing. WTF.<p><b>This is a salad that improves with age, so I often make a big batch of it over the weekend and snack on it throughout the week. A friend turned me on to the recipe, from My New Roots. The dressing's combination of spices, vinegar, maple syrup and mustard have an addictive je ne</b> …

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Growing Up: A Guide to Great Gardens in Small Spaces - Urban Gardens

<i>Photo: travelnerd</i><p><b>Living in the middle of a bustling city doesn’t have to mean you can’t create a gorgeous garden space, no matter how tiny your</b> …

7 Reasons to Become a Gentleman Gardener | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from John Porter.</i><p>With warm weather upon us and summer just around the corner, it’s time to think about 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

Here's How Apple Is Spending Its $145 Billion Pile Of Cash

This is why the Cupertino-based company chose to fund its recently expanded capital return plan with a $17 billion bond offering. This also allowed Apple to increase its quarterly dividend by 15 percent in the second quarter. Apple now pays approximately $11 billion in total annual dividends, …

Maybe It's Time To Swap Burgers For Bugs, Says U.N.

Yes, we talk a lot about eating bugs here at The Salt. We know, because some of you have complained about it.<p>But insect cuisine isn't just a crazy fad for Bay Area and Dutch foodies, or for Israelis plagued by locusts: In a report out this week, the U.N.'s agricultural arm makes the case for why …

Paul: Make example of IRS staffers

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that IRS leaders need to be fired and “made an example of” for their unfair targeting of conservative groups.<p>“I’m not sure who goes, but it surely should be investigated. Anybody who was aware of and approved of targeting people for their political beliefs and …

Half of Internet Traffic in North America Is Just to Watch Netflix and YouTube

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>If you combine everything that you do on every website besides Netflix and YouTube — reading this …

Jamie Dimon’s friends have his back. But will it help him keep chairman title?

As Jamie Dimon fights to keep his dual roles as CEO and board chairman of JP Morgan, his powerful friends are letting the public know they have his back. Today, AIG chief Robert Benmosche told Bloomberg Television that there is no “we” in CEO, and added it would be dysfunctional for the CEO and …

New Email from the White House Raises Questions on Benghazi Leak Motives

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A revelation from CNN's Jake Tapper raises significant questions about the motivations of the source …

Carney: Obama Has No Tolerance for IRS Targeting

Eric Holder defends AP seizure citing major security threat to public

The US attorney general, Eric Holder, has defended the Obama administration's controversial seizure of phone records from the Associated Press, …

Surprise! The US will borrow $200 billion less than expected this year

The Congressional Budget Office had a surprise for us today: <b>The US deficit is set to shrink by 24% more than expected this year, to 4.0% of GDP or about $642 billion.</b> That’s almost $200 billion less borrowing than the agency predicted in February—quite a change over a period of several months. Even …

Money Buys Happiness and You Can Never Have Too Much, New Research Says

Richer countries are happier than poor countries. And richer families within richer countries are happier, too.<p>Reuters<p>Americans have a peculiar conviction that the one thing money can't give us is satisfaction. <i>You can't buy happiness</i>, we've all been told. "Mo Money Mo Problems", Biggie concurred. …

10 Dutch Oven Dinners Perfect for Spring

The weather may finally be getting warm enough to poke our noses outside, but don't pack away your Dutch oven quite yet. Everyone's favorite pot can …

SodaStream to triple size of Galilee plant

The enlarged Alon Tavor carbonated beverages factory will add over 100 new jobs to the Galilee.<p>Home carbonated beverages company SodaStream …

Target: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

Co.DesignA complete guide to buying ethical clothes on a budgetIf you’re keen to fill your closet with inexpensive clothes you can feel good about, this list is a good place to start. Companies like Everlane, Allbirds, Rent the Runway, and American Giant are leading the way, but so are some lesser …

Pinterest: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

Pinterest is an online pin board of visual inspiration founded in 2009 by Ben Silbermann, Evan Sharp, and Paul Sciarra. Covering everything from travel to home renovation projects, it is a unique social platform that gives its users a place to express what they want in the future. Every idea is …

Fab: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

Innovation By DesignHem Launches 7 Chic New Furniture Collections<p>Most Creative PeopleFab Cofounder Bradford Shellhammer Is Launching Design Sales Site BezarShellhammer’s second go at a design-sales site will focus on partnerships with established brands sold beside “hip, undiscovered” …

Square: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

Fast Company MagazineA new kind of cash(less) register<p>Co.DesignBelatedly, Square’s iconic reader gets a Lightning plugUsing the headphone jack to help take credit-card payments on a smartphone was brilliant—until Apple spoiled everything in the interest of progress.<p>NewsJack Dorsey says Walmart and …

Amazon: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

Amazon is a cloud computing giant and the largest American e-commerce company. It was founded in 1994 by Jeff Bezos.<p>Originally known for selling books through its website (and later digital versions via its Kindle e-reader), Amazon has built up a customer service, inventory, and shipping empire …

Nike: Most Innovative Company | Fast Company

During the 2016 Olympics, Nike put female athletes in the spotlight in its popular "Unlimited" ad campaign—and it promoted diversity in its own business. In 2016, the majority of the company’s employees were minorities, and women made up 48% of its global workforce.<p>The company is also a pioneer in …

Upstart Automaker Rolls Out Legal Clone of Tesla's Supercar

See if this sounds familiar: A startup led by someone who wants to revolutionize the automotive industry has unveiled a sports car with an aluminum …

Show Me Da Money

Let me start by saying I do not think this is a bad thing at all. But how much of a role is money playing in this rash of Senate Democrats switching …

David Stockman: No, we can't

How many pages does it take to totally depress you?<p>For David Stockman, it’s 748.<p>That’s the length of the former Reagan budget director’s new book, “The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America,” which paints an incredibly gloomy picture of the country’s fiscal present and future. …

Arashiyama

Arashiyama, or “Storm Mountain”, is one of Japan’s designated Historic Sites and can be found on the western edge of Kyoto. The district features …