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Health Learning Series

Grandma’s Natural Remedies and Ancient Herbal Beauty Recipes

Grandma’s Natural Remedies and Ancient Herbal Beauty Recipes

Table of Contents
Introduction
Monday’s Child Is Fair of Face
The Healing Power of Infused Oil
Remedies for winter-
Chilblains
Sciatica
Stiff Joints…
Quit your Bellyachin’!
Simple Perfumed Ointments
Natural Cures For Summer Ailments
Appendix

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Introduction
A couple of years ago, somebody asked me what made me so interested in herbal remedies and natural cures as well as natural beauty recipes? That is when I told him that the wisdom of the ancients had not been garnered together, and would be lost as the generations forgot about asking their old wise ancestors, the Lore which they knew. So I was seven years old, when I decided to myself that I needed to know everything about what my grandmother had learned from her grandmother. And I started writing those ancient natural remedies and beauty recipes down.
More than three decades later, I started writing books on natural remedies and natural herbal recipes, which I collected, whenever I went around the countryside. People used to go around looking at the places to visit; I used to go around asking for the oldies of the village who would give me herbal remedies and recipes. In around 30 years, I collected thousands of these recipes, which were and are still being used by villagers and townsfolk and which have been given to them down the ages. And they work, because all the ingredients are natural. And also, the genetic makeup of hard-working people living in an unpolluted atmosphere helped in keeping them healthy. So they did not have to go running to a doctor whenever they caught a sniffle. They knew the easiest herbal tisane in which would put them straight in a couple of days.
Now, I spent my childhood and youth in jungles as well as in remote areas in all corners of the compass, where nobody believed in medicines, – and sometimes medical access for serious cases was able only through air lifting by a helicopter – but everybody believed in the power of nature and her curative properties. Also, plenty of exercise, a good and healthy diet and grandma’s natural remedies kept us healthy and happy. And the funny thing is that the only times we got sick with measles, mumps, and chickenpox was when we came down from the mountains to the cities and the towns during our annual vacations. The moment we got back into the healthy atmosphere of the mountains, with plenty of fresh air, plenty of fruit and drink and plenty of opportunities to create lots of childish mischief and mayhem, we were content and happy children again.
We never knew that there were medicines which you needed to pop to keep healthy.
Is not this the natural trend of the 21st century “civilized” person? You have lost your faith in natural remedies to keep you healthy. You would rather buy something expensive, which is being endorsed by your favorite star. I am certain she never uses that medicine herself, because it is made up of chemicals. These chemicals are going to have a harmful after effect on your body. The first thing you do when you wake up is take some vitamins with your breakfast. After that, you take some vitamins or pills to pep you up. Then you take the medicines prescribed to you by a doctor.
Count the times you take some sort of medicine in the shape of a pill, vitamin, and drug throughout the day. And then can you believe someone who has not been to see a doctor for the last 30 years? There are plenty of octogenarians in our area who believe in natural remedies and good diets to keep them healthy. They are all grandpas and grandmas. They do not coddle themselves with pills and medicines. Read more…

Healthy Gardening Series

The Magic of Bananas For Cooking and Healing

The Magic of Bananas For Cooking and Healing

Table of Contents
For Cooking and Healing
Introduction
Knowing More about the Banana
Growing Bananas
Best Temperature for Bananas
Preparing the Ground for Bananas
Banana Growing Tips
Planting Bananas
Why Not Seeds?
Fertilizer
Banana Diseases
Ripening on the Tree
Harvesting Bananas
Storing of Bananas
One Banana or Two
Yogurt and Bananas
Dry Cough
Want to Gain Weight?
Ulcers in your mouth?
Nosebleed
The Difference between Bananas and Plantains
Talking about Banana Republics
Bananas as a Healthy Complete Food
Banana Leaves
Using Banana Leaves for Cooking
Grilling Tip
Using Banana Leaves for Wrapping Food and Steaming
Banana Fiber
Banana and Coconut Rings with Palm Sugar
Coconut Milk and Coconut Cream
Plantain and Lamb Curry
Banana Bread
Conclusion

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Introduction
If you were a part of the flapper scene in the roaring 20s and 30s you would be Charleston-ing to “Yes, yes, we have no bananas.” “Going bananas” was popular slang for someone who thought he or she was losing his marbles over someone or something. A Bright Young Thing of that Era would tell her “Sheik” that she considered him to be the bee’s knees , and the cat’s pajamas and she was going bananas over him, but … if he was found escorting any other “Sheba” around to trip the light fantastic, she would have his blood for breakfast.
So what is there in this not so humble plant, which makes it such an integral part of popular culture, as well as slang? Well, firstly, bananas are delicious treats to have throughout the day. Also, they are rich in potassium and other minerals, which keep you fit and fine and glowing and chirpy. Also, the name is rather amusing, so no wonder the whole world has gone bananas over bananas. Since millenniums, the economies of countries have depended upon this delicious fruit.
You can eat these bananas and raw or you can need them ripe. You can roast them, fry them, boil them, mash them, and then your imagination is the limit to which particular use, you want to put these bananas.
Baby food definitely consists of mashed bananas
Bananas are normally eaten raw, but when you decide to cook them, you are going to choose bananas called plantains with more starch content. They may be raw bananas.
The color of our banana ranges from green to yellow. You may also have brown, red, and purple bananas depending on the species and the state of ripeness.
The bananas were called Musa sapientum by scientists before, but that name has now gone out of use. The banana species which we eat now belong to Musa balbisiana and Musa acuminata. Hybrids are also very popular, especially when Musa balbisiana is crossed with M.acuminata.
Most of the banana plants, which you find now are completely seedless. That is why if you are looking for seeds, to grow your bananas in your garden, sorry, you will need to plant a banana seedling, propagated by horticulturalist and gardeners.
Bananas are native to tropical Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, Malaya and other tropical regions, as well as Australia. They grew wild in the tropical forests here until people started growing them in New Guinea anywhere between 5000 to 8000 years ago. From there, they spread all over the world. Read more..

Healthy Gardening Series

20 Most Beneficial Herb Plants for Your Garden

20 Most Beneficial Herb Plants for Your Garden
Popular Herbs for Health and Cuisine

Table of Contents
Introduction
Knowing More about John Innes Compost
How to Make Leaf Compost
A Little Rant about Outdated Agricultural Practices
Growing Herbs in Pots.
Marjoram- Origamum omites- leaves
Mint – Mentha spicata
Basil -Oscimum basilicum– leaves.
Basil Vinegar
Thyme – Thymus vulgaris-Leaves
Thyme Vinegar
Chives –Allium choenoprasum –leaves
Tarragon – Artemisia dracunculus – leaves.
Fennel -Foeniculum vulgare–F.officinale – Leaves, Stem And Seed
Shrub Permanents for Your Garden
Lavender – Lavandula angustifolia
Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis
Sage – Salvia officinalis
Roses
Rue –Ruta graveolens
Artemisias –Artemisia pontica – the Roman wormwood.
Hair Growth Recipe
Bay – The Roman Laurel –Laurus nobilis
Winter Savory – Satureja Montana
Medieval Sciatica Remedy
Other Herb Garden Favorites
Sorrel – Rumex acetosa
Traditional Sorrel Sauce
Tansy – Tanacetum vulgare
Poppy – Papaver Orientale
Clove Carnation – Dianthus caryophyllus
Borage – Borago officinalis – leaves, flowers and stems
Conclusion
Author Bio

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Introduction
Someone once asked me what was the logic behind the choices of plants which I grew in my herb garden? Why did one plant grow profusely while the other was completely absent from the beds or borders?
Well, the answer is – the choice of plants in my herbal garden depend on these things – how useful and beneficial they are as natural and curative herbs. How often can I use them while preparing natural, healthy meals in the kitchen? How often can I harvest them? And last but not the least, how much trouble will I have to take, while growing them?
This last should show you that I am more of an herbalist and cook than I am a gardener! In fact, sometimes the mere thought of going out in the garden, and getting soil under my nails makes me want to make childish faces and whine like an un-oiled machine.
Also, rain in the face and midges are all very tolerable, when you are young, but as you grow older, you prefer sitting down in an easy chair, and in a warm room, instead of kneeling outdoors and weeding. Read more…

How to Build

How to Build A Portable Chicken Coop Plans and Videos

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Step by step instructions on how to build a portable chicken coop. With over 100 pictures and illustrations. Also complete video links to watch the author build the portable chicken coop pictured on the cover of the book. Chicken coop plans and blueprints design and construction.

Table of Contents
About the Author
Disclaimer
Portable Chicken Coop Plans
Building a Portable Chicken Coop Videos
Pictures of Building the Portable Chicken Coop
PDF File Links for Downloading and Printing High resolution with 6 bonus Plans
How To Print Plans
Plan Copyright Information
Other Plans Available

6 chicken coops plans included that have complete plans in the book and links to download high resolution PDF Plans for printing. Read more…

Healthy Gardening Series

A Beginner’s Guide to Planting a Garden – Gardening Tips, Techniques and Systems for planting the right herbs, Shrubs and Trees in Your Sustainable Garden

A Beginner’s Guide to Planting a Garden
Gardening Tips, Techniques and Systems for planting the right herbs, Shrubs and Trees in Your Sustainable Garden

Table of Contents
Introduction
First Season, When to Plant?
Planning Your Border
Herbaceous Borders
Bedding Plants
Choosing Your Plants
Color Combinations
Mistakes Beginners Make
What Is with All Those Names
Planting Techniques
Herbaceous Border Plants
Restocking your Herbaceous Garden
Propagation Methods
How to Do Root Division
Should you Try Raising Seedlings from Seeds?
Propagation through Cuttings
Layering
Conclusion
Author Bio

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Introduction
Now that you have decided to make your own garden, the first instinct is, “but I have never made a garden before. How do I set about planting it?”
Do not worry; this has been the problem of gardeners down the millenniums. Once they know that they are going to take up with the effort of gardening, their enthusiasm soon leads them to dream of flowering hedges, shrubs, herbs and trees blooming in their garden throughout the year.
The first season of your new garden is going to be the most important one, making the difference between whether you have it in you to maintain a garden, or whether you are going to think, “no, gardening is definitely not my forte, it takes too much of effort and time which I can ill afford.”
If you have that mental outlook, you may as well stop reading this book now. If you are still reading it, then you are going to get important tips, techniques, and points which you need to keep in mind when planting your brand-new garden in its first season. Read more…

Healthy Gardening Series

A Beginner’s Guide to Healing Plants and Herbs – Herbs in Your Kitchen that Heal

A Beginner’s Guide to Healing Plants and Herbs
Herbs in Your Kitchen that Heal

Table of Contents
Herbs in Your Kitchen and to Heal
Introduction
How to Make Herb Biscuits
Making Herb Butters
Green Butter
Making Natural Green Dye for Your Butters
Herb Waters for Perfumed Uses
Lavender Vinegar
Essential oils
Herbal Teas
List of Herbal Teas
Angelica
Coriander
Dandelion
Balm
Bergamot
Elderflower
Hyssop
Dill and Caraway seeds
Parsley
Marigold petals
Mint
Chamomile
Borage
Rue
Sage
Rosemary
Thyme
Anise
Lime flowers- Linden- – also known as Tilleul- teey- uhl.
Lime flowers Sirop
Tomato Cream Sauce
Traditional White Sauce – Béchamel
Conclusion
Appendix
How to make Rose Water
Rosewater through Steam Condensation
Conversion units.
Author Bio

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Introduction
A keen young budding botanist once asked me, “Ma’am, how do we know the difference between herbs, shrubs and trees?” Well, the answer is that a majority of herbal plants are definitely soft stemmed and smaller in size when compared to shrubs which are woody and often branched. Herbs are annuals and sometimes perennials. Shrubs are perennials like trees. And trees are definitely different, because they have long woody trunks, which are branched, grow to huge heights, and live really long.

Herbs have been used since ancient times, for medicinal value, and also for cookery purposes. Shrubs are mainly ornamental plants, with their leaves and flowers being used as culinary accompaniments, and also for medicinal purposes. Herbs can be shrubs. Shrubs can be herbs.
Woody stemmed bushes like rosemary, thyme, lavender, winter savory, and Sage come in the herbal category. The serious use of plants in medicine is in the province of homeopathic practitioners and natural herbalists who employ most species of herbs from mosses to trees in making their herbal remedies.
This book is going to give you an introduction to some of the herbs, which are easy to grow and you can obtain easily fresh or dried.

How did people get to know about herbs in ancient times? The awareness of the edible as well as the remedial qualities of herbs must have been gained by happy and sad experiences in prehistoric days. When food was scarce and often very nasty, pungent herbs made it more palatable. The larger succulent leaves, and plants provided salads and vegetables as an accompaniment to hunted mastodons and other prehistoric beasties.
Soon, man found out that some of these herbs could cure and heal wounds and ease suffering, as even the tastiest culinary herb has a real medicinal value and virtue. This is how prehistoric man found out that Moss – sphagnum – was an excellent healer of wounds. Just imagine he went hunting and got into an argument with a sabertooth. And there he was with wounds all over his body, lying nose down on the mossy ground.
So he found himself clutching a handful of moss, squeezing it, and trying to stop the blood flow from the wounds. Hey, the Moss was so absorbent, that it stopped the wound from bleeding any more. So back he came back to his tribal camp with Moss sticking all over his body. After a week or so, he noticed that his wounds were healing really well.
Now, most of this was just by trial and error, and luck. His genetic makeup was strong, and his diet conducive to good natural healing. But that meant that the next time he went on the warpath with other tribes in the vicinity, he made sure that the healer had packed lots of sphagnum, along with food in a pouch for every warrior.
Early civilizations inherited this knowledge and developed it even further, and both doctors and cooks used herbs appreciatively and with increasing beneficial effects.
Doctors experimented with every kind of plant and cooks with the more deliciously flavored types. Read more…

Healthy Gardening Series

The Beginner’s Guide to Indoor and Miniature Gardens

The Beginner’s Guide to Indoor and Miniature Gardens
Understanding Indoor Gardens, Moss Gardens, Miniature Gardens and Gardens in a Bottle

Table of Contents
Introduction
Necessary Tools for Bottle Gardening
Best Plants for Bottle Gardening.
Small Plant Gardens
Pot et Fleur
Making A Moss Garden
Knowing More about Moss.
Growing Plants from Pips
Exotic gardening – Pineapple Tops
Miniature Gardens
Trees
Other Popular Tiny Plants
Taking Care of Your Miniature Garden
Bulbs for Your Garden
Selecting the Right Bulbs
Planting Your Bulbs.
Planting Hyacinth and Crocus Corms
Bulb Fiber – Tips
Newspaper Compost
“Plunging” Bulbs.
Growing Bulbs on Water.
Methods of Water Cultivation.
Bulb Failure
Best Bulbs Choices
Conclusion
Author Bio

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Introduction
The first time I saw a miniature garden growing in a bottle, my immediate response was “but how did the plants get into the bottle?” Naturally, this amused the gardener very much, and for those people who are not into the secret of how the plants got into the bottle, this feat can only be on par with how did a model ship get into the bottle!
A garden in a bottle has about the same sort of fascination and requires almost that same amount offered dexterity and ingenuity to construct as a ship in the bottle. It is also going to need a lot of patience, because after all, you are gardening in limited space. But once your water garden is established, it can be left for months without attention. In many cases, depending on your plans, it may also not need watering.
So for all those people who have been really fascinated with this conversation piece, when you see people surrounding a glass bottle with beautiful plants growing in it, here is the beginner’s guide to indoor gardening in a bottle.
More than 200 years ago, a London physician named that Nathaniel Ward discovered that mosses, as well as ferns, which never grew satisfactorily in a city full of industrial fumes flourished if they were grown in the protection of a glass sided case. Thanks to his experiments, bottle Gardens developed in Europe, and since then, they have been the rage all over the world for people who are strapped for place, are looking for a new hobby, and also want to achieve something wonderful.
You can use any large bottle. But the bottle has to be made of glass! Carboy glass bottles are normally made for brewing beer, so if you can get them cheap at a nursery nearby, please do so.
A 5 gallon carboy bottle is going for around USD 48 on eBay USA, but as my gardening books always suggest, follow and advocate minimum of expense and minimum of fuss, you may want to spend some time asking around in your circle of friends and neighbors for large glass bottles, which is they can spare you.
I have seen some of these bottles kept away in garages, because once upon a time, they were used and the owner does not have any use for them at the moment. He may not want them for another 20 years, either. Please do buy the bottles from your friends!
Otherwise, a long-lasting friendship can get into jeopardy, when carelessly spoken words of half jesting “Well, he borrowed that bottle from me and what a mess he has made in it.” could cause subconscious rancor and ill will. That is of course if he is not interested in gardening!
If he is a gardener, he is going to demand his bottle back – along with your bottle garden, – five years down the line!
You may want to tell him the purpose for this gardening experiment. It is possible he may also want to give you some suggestions about plants based on his experience. Read more..

Healthy Gardening Series

A Beginner’s Guide to Cacti – How to Make a Cactus Garden

A Beginner’s Guide to Cacti – How to Make a Cactus Garden

Table of Contents
Introduction
Cactus Spines
Choosing Your Cacti
Growing Your Cacti
Preparing Soil for Cactus
Suitable Soil for Cactus
Preparing Leaf Mold
Potting Your Cactus Plant
Watering Your Cactus
Watering Methods
Light spray During Summer
Cactus Decaying?
Sunlight
Hibernation for Cactus
Protecting Your Cactus in the Winter
Planting Your Cactus Offsets
How to grow Cacti from Cuttings
Cactus as Food
Diseases and pests
Appendix
Cactus clubs
Author Bio

Introduction
For all those people who have confronted a prickly pear, at least once in their lives, cacti are boring spiny plants. Also, cactus plants have long been the subject of a superstition that any house, which has cactus growing in it is going to be filled up with strife and trouble and arguments. That is because of the spines of the cactus which are known as spikes promote ill feeling.
There is something so odd about a cactus plant that it is often difficult until you grow them yourself to believe that these really belong to the plant kingdom. Historically, how many pioneer explorers of the desert areas in America saw them in the twilight and thought stories of monsters with their arms outstretched, and no heads, who turned into plants in the desert in the morning. No wonder, these giants which can grow up to 63 feet have always been the subject for legends.
Even today, most of us are told tales about the cactus, which many of us half believe. Some of us have heard that cacti are poisonous. Other people are going to tell us that cacti flower only once in 100 years, and only when the area is subjected to rain. The first tale is totally and true. The second tale is also untrue because certain species of cacti will flower, almost every year, if given proper cultivation and care.
Cactuses, also known as cacti belong to the family Opuntiaceae. Many of these plant varieties have lost true leaves, but they still have fluted and ribbed stems. The stems store water, and many of the desert varieties have very short growing time periods. Their periods of dormancy may be long, because many times, they have to go without water and rainfall for years, especially when they are growing in the Atacama Desert.
Cactus originally are natives of the Americas, except for some species, which grow in Africa. Read more…

Healthy Gardening Series

A Beginner’s Guide to Garden Pests and Diseases

A Beginner’s Guide to Garden Pests and Diseases
Organic Control of Pests – Insecticides, Pesticides, Fungicides

Table of Contents
Introduction
Animal Pests
Cats
Dogs
Children
Birds
Green Fly and Black Fly
Neem oil
Thrips and Red Spider
Cuckoo spit
Leaf Cutting Bees and Caterpillars
Earwigs
Slugs
Wood lice and ants
Leaf Mining Maggots
Soil pests
Vegetable pests
Weeds
Moss
Fungal Diseases
Rust, Mildew and Leaf Spot
Conclusion
Author Bio

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Introduction
It does not matter whether you have plants growing indoors, or a garden outdoors – where there is really, there are going to be pests. These are going to be insect pests. Also, you are going to be pestered no pun intended with plant diseases.
This book is an introduction to Garden pests and diseases, and how you can cure them organically. As I definitely do not advocate chemical pesticides in my garden, especially on my plants which I am going to feed my family or eat my own self, you are also going to get organic pesticide cures, which are going to help you get an insect free and fungus free produce and harvest.

The ills from which the garden suffers are usually divided into animal pests and fungus diseases. Weeds also really can be included under this heading, as they have almost as detrimental an affect upon garden plants as either of the other classes of affliction.

There should be no delay in dealing with all these three types of destructive elements in your garden because the damage caused by their inroads on your plants are often going to be extensive and cumulative in effect.
Prompt action should always be taken and where the preventive measures are possible the resulting improvement in in plant health will be marked.
I am going to start with animal pests, who are definitely not going to be controlled by pesticides. However, they are going to be preventive measures, which help take care of animals in your garden. Read more…

Health Learning Series

Health Benefits of Almonds

Health Benefits of Almonds

Table of Contents
Getting Started
Chapter # 1: Intro
Chapter # 2: Nutritional Worth
Chapter # 3: Selection & Storage
Health Benefits
Chapter # 1: Lowering Cholesterol
Chapter # 2: Defense against Diabetes & Cardiovascular disease
Chapter # 3: Improves Blood Fats Levels
Chapter # 4: Weight Loss
Chapter # 5: Normalizes Eating Habits
Chapter # 6: Live Longer
Recipes
Chapter # 1: Candied Almonds
Chapter # 2: Sugar Spiced Almonds
Chapter # 3: Garlic & Rosemary Roasted Almonds
Conclusion
References

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Getting Started
Chapter # 1: Intro
Uniquely delicious, almonds have been known to man as the epitome of health & well being for centuries. Their health benefits have been documented with the passage of time and are now being tested in the light of modern scientific researches; looking at the results of these researches, there is a good reason why you should consider reading the rest of the book!
A stalwart nut in cakes, puddings and other sweat dishes, almonds have been on almost every household’s shopping list. With respect to freshness, they are always preferred to hazelnuts & walnuts and their slow rate of rancidity makes them a food item that can easily tolerate the back of a storage cupboard. Their neutral, nutty and crunchy taste upon baking makes them irresistibly delicious and in no time can you nibble your way through every almond in front of you.
But what are the origins of this super-delicious and nutritious food? Almond is actually a species of trees, belonging to the genus Prunus, which are indigenous to the South & Middle East region of Asia. The almond plant is widely cultivated for its edible seed, also known as almond. The almond tree is a deciduous one and grows 4-10 m in height; it has a trunk of diameter 30 cm. The twigs when young are of green color but become purplish as soon as they are exposed to sunlight. In the second year the twigs become grey and the leaves grow 3-5 inches long. The flowers are characterized by white to pinkish color, 3-5 cm diameter and usually consist of 5 petals. The fruit matures in the autumn, about 8 months after flowering but still for an economic bearing, one more year is required. The fruit is about 4-6 cm long and in specific terms is not exactly a nut, but rather a drupe. A drupe is a fruit in which an outer fleshy part surrounds a shell containing a seed but instead of being fleshy the outer part of the fruit is thick and leathery in texture. Inside this hull is a hard, woody shell which packs the edible seed known to many as almond. The seed acquired from the woody shell is covered by a thin brownish skin, which when pealed reveals the inner color of almond; i.e. off white. Almonds can further be categorized into two types:
i. Sweet Almonds
ii. Bitter Almonds Read more…