Home&Beauty https://homeandbeauty.org Just another WordPress site Sat, 25 Mar 2017 00:45:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 Breaking!France Passes Bill Ordering Cameras in All Slaughterhouses! https://homeandbeauty.org/2017/01/20/breakingfrance-passes-bill-ordering-cameras-in-all-slaughterhouses-2/ https://homeandbeauty.org/2017/01/20/breakingfrance-passes-bill-ordering-cameras-in-all-slaughterhouses-2/#respond Fri, 20 Jan 2017 21:16:46 +0000 https://homeandbeauty.org/?p=2175 Картинки по запросу France Passes Bill Ordering Cameras in All Slaughterhouses

“If slaughterhouses had glass walls, the whole world would be vegetarian.”~Linda McCartney

France has just made history. In response to growing public outcry against slaughterhouse cruelty, hygiene concerns, and safety violations revealed in footage released by French animal rights group L214, the French National Assembly passed a bill for mandatory cameras in all French slaughterhouses. The bill passed 28 to 4, signaling a major change in the way both the public and officials view the animal agriculture industry. The bill will go into full effect in 2018 if it clears the Senate vote, but there will first be a trial run in July 2017.  Starting in the summer, 263 French slaughterhouses will have cameras placed in areas where all animals are “moved, held, immobilized, stunned and killed.” While those concerned with animal rights have a reason to celebrate, this is more than just a victory for animals in France — it is a victory for slaughterhouse workers, too, who are routinely exploited by the animal agriculture industry. This move mirror’s Israel’s recent decision to install cameras in their slaughterhouses.

The higher ups in the French animal agriculture industry made their thoughts on the bill very clear. Some of those in the industry have responded to the government’s apparent attack on the industry by “dumping truckloads of manure in front of ministries, blocking traffic with trucks, burning tires, and hanging [dead] pigs from highway overpasses.” French Minister of Agriculture Stephane LeFoll invoked “respect for slaughterhouse workers” as one of the key reasons for why this bill should not go live in the near future. But, is it really about respect for slaughterhouse workers, or is the French animal agriculture industry already sweating bullets about the expected blowback when what happens behind the doors of slaughterhouses is no longer kept behind closed doors?

In the United States, factory farm jobs have one of the largest turnover rates in the country, ranging from 95 to 100 percent annually. 70 percent of workers suffer from respiratory conditions and there is little job security for workers, most of whom come from low-income and non-English-speaking families, leaving them with little choice of where they can find steady employment. Tyson Foods became infamous for routinely denying its workers bathroom breaks, resulting in many employees wearing diapers. On top of that, they have failed to provide adequate care to injured workers and have been routinely fined by the federal government for failing to pay workers overtime. So, we’re not really buying LeFoll’s “respect for slaughterhouse workers” argument.

LeFoll’s other argument against cameras in French slaughterhouses is a “farmers’ crisis.” According to an article on Medium, French “agriculture unions are pushing for further government relief for ‘Made in France’ meat and dairy products while they battle waning meat sales.” We can understand why the animal agriculture industry has a reason to be afraid of being under constant scrutiny by the federal government. Recent undercover investigations by L214 have exposed widespread abuse in slaughterhouses, revealing footage of “animals being tormented, brutalized and butchered by callous workers while still alive.” Under this new bill, any violations will incur a penalty of “6 to 12 months of prison and fines from 7500 to 20,000 Euros ($8000 to $21,000)” … and the cameras won’t be monitored by the federal government, which like the United States, subsidizes the meat and dairy industry. When the new law goes into effect, slaughterhouse footage will be overseen by an independent commission and a national slaughterhouse ethics committee. They’re right to be afraid.

Lucky for anyone who finds that what happens behind slaughterhouses unsavory, there has never been a better time to give plant-based protein a try. Vegan options are popping up in grocery stores and restaurants everywhere, and plant-based meats are becoming more and more like “the real thing.”


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How to grow an unlimited amount of blueberries in your backyard https://homeandbeauty.org/2017/01/18/how-to-grow-an-unlimited-amount-of-blueberries-in-your-backyard/ https://homeandbeauty.org/2017/01/18/how-to-grow-an-unlimited-amount-of-blueberries-in-your-backyard/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2017 21:44:52 +0000 https://homeandbeauty.org/?p=2155 Картинки по запросу How to grow an unlimited amount of blueberries in your backyard


Little globes of sweetness explode with flavor as you shovel them by the handful into your mouth. Blueberries are undeniably delicious, whether they are raw or cooked in a heart-warming pie, they’re irresistible. I challenge anyone to turn down a humble blueberry!

And what’s even better is these happy-looking berries are good for us as well! So you are going to want to follow our guide on how to grow limitless blueberries of your own at home!

Health Benefits fo Blueberries

As mentioned, here is a list of the incredible health benefits these unassuming berries have:

  • Low in calories and high in nutrients! For every 1 cup of blueberries, you’ll be receiving a whopping 3.6 grams of dietary fiber. As well as 24% of your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C and 36 % of Vitamin K.
  • Tons of antioxidants! These antioxidants help prevent cell damage and have even been proven in preventing the signs of aging ! That’s right; you can stay young and eat delicious food for the rest of your life. These antioxidants prevent damage to your DNA ( which causes aging), which can cause also cancer . This study tested the idea that by consuming blueberry juice every day you can reduce the effects of DNA damage by 20%!
  • Prevents blood cholesterol damage.
  • Blood pressure is reduced. This study shows a 4-6% lowering of blood pressure after patients consumed 50 grams of blueberries every day over a period of 8 weeks. Sounds great, doesn’t it?
  • Improves brain function and memory due to the high amount of antioxidants!

For even more health benefits of blueberries watch the following video!

How to Grow Limitless Blueberries

We know you want to find out the secrets behind growing your own blueberry bush…well keep reading to find out!

Find the Perfect Spot

Much like other plants, blueberry bushes enjoy quite a lot of sunlight and good soil. The sunlight will allow your blueberry bush to carry out photosynthesis, which is essential in plant growth! The correct soil will also encourage photosynthesis and growth.

If you live in a home with a garden, then raised beds are a great idea! This will allow water to run throughout the soil, allowing a perfect amount of moisture for the bush to grow. If you live in an apartment, don’t worry! You can still effectively grow blueberries; you just need to purchase a patio container. You can also try the dwarf blueberry plant, which will only grow about 2 feet high (instead of up to 8 feet!). Look for Dwarf Tophat Blueberry seedlings at your local greenhouse or gardening store.

Give them Room

One bush will require up to 6 feet of space, so don’t push it into a cramped corner! Allow it to grow and expand naturally. If you plan on growing more than one, you’re going to want to leave around 2.5-3 feet between each one. (For the dwarf tophat blueberry bush, you only need to make sure it has enough room to grow up to 2 feet tall and 2 feet wide).

The Planting Process

Depending on where you live in the world will control when you should plant your blueberry bush. In most countries, spring is the optimal time to plant your bush as it will be ready to harvest come July or August!

If you are using a baby blueberry plant to get you going, then you are going to want to take it out of its bought packaging. Give the roots a little ruffle with your hands then place into prepared soil. You can then add more and more soil around the roots until it can stand up on its own.

Make sure to pat down the top layer of soil and then give your plant a good water. Always keep it hydrated!


The best form of mulch for blueberry bushes is sawdust but pine bark, rind mulch, and grass clipping will all do just fine. Apply 2-4 inches onto the soil.

Pruning it Back

Once your bush starts growing, you are going to want to start pruning it. Research has shown that pruning allows ‘the strongest branches to grow the most vigorously, wherever they may be on the plant‘ . This allows for maximal fruit growth.

Just use a pair of small clippers or strong scissors and cut back some of the branches to encourage more berries to grow! Chop away any dead branches and remove any around the bottom of the bush.


This is one of the most important stage of growing your blueberry bush. You should always use organic fertilizers as the chemicals found in inorganic ones may damage you plant! They’re non-toxic, better for the environment and ensure you plant will remain fertilized for an extended period.

Try using Bloodmeal or Cottonseed to boost your plant’s growth, naturally.

Blueberry bushes take up to 3 years to mature and give you your amazing blueberry harvest. Keep that in mind when you’re choosing whether to plant from seed or from a baby plant.

Now, sit back, relax and watch your blueberry bush grow from day to day! Go on, grow your own. 


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They Using Coca-cola and Pepsi as a Pesticide and We Still Drinking This Stuff? https://homeandbeauty.org/2017/01/13/they-using-coca-cola-and-pepsi-as-a-pesticide-and-we-still-drinking-this-stuff/ https://homeandbeauty.org/2017/01/13/they-using-coca-cola-and-pepsi-as-a-pesticide-and-we-still-drinking-this-stuff/#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:54:09 +0000 https://homeandbeauty.org/?p=2150 CSE (Center for Science and Environment), which is one of the leading voluntary agencies in India said that soft drinks like Coca-Cola and Pepsi contain unacceptably high levels of pesticide residues so numerous farmers used the beverages to eliminate pests because of low costs compared to conventional pesticides.

Coca-Cola has been tested in many cleaning scenarios and it can be compared to brands to clean oil stains, strip paint, and tile grout. The CSE, in 2003 analyzed samples from 12 soft-drink manufacturers and discovered that all of them contain residues of 4 toxic pesticides and insecticides.

The names of them are chlorpyrifos, malathion, DDT, and lindane.

According to the study, the level of chlorpyrifos was 42 times higher than EEC norms, malathion residues were 87 times higher, and lindane (which is banned in the US) was 21 times higher. The concentration of these contaminants in Coca-Cola were 45 times higher and in Pepsi were 37 times higher than the EEC limit.

Moreover, they added that each sample was toxic enough to cause nervous system damage, cancer, damage to the reproductive system, birth defects, and damage to the immune system.

Coca-Cola and Pepsi strongly disagree that they products can be used as pesticides. However, farmers in these parts of the world successfully use them to protect their rice plantations against pests.

On the other site, agricultural specialists claim that farmers mistake that these drinks have the same function as the pesticides. They say that these products are sugar syrups and if they are sprayed on the crops they can attract red ants that feed on the larva of insects.

It is not a Coca-Cola’s legendary secret ingredient that upsets the bugs but the farmers swear by Thumbs Up, Pepsi, and other local soft-drinks. The main ingredients are sugar and water while some manufacturers add phosphoric and citric acids to give an extra taste.

Also, they claim that using the sugar syrup for pests isn’t a new practice as the farmers used sugary solutions, traditionally, to attract red ants to feed in the larva of insects. This is happening because the plants get a direct supply of sugar and carbohydrates that boost the immunity of the plant that ends up yielding better crops.

Moreover, the laboratories of CSE tests samples of popular brands of soft drinks in the US and found that they didn’t contain pesticide residue.

More than 95% of the US soft drinks are made with municipal water supplies that contain the same toxins and pharmaceuticals like trimethoprim, sulfamethoxazole, gemfibrozil, estrone, carbamazepine, atrazine, atenolol, chlorine, arsenic, and fluoride.

The CSE have found that the regulations for the massive soft-drinks industry are weaker as compared to the industries for bottled water. The norms that regulate the cold drinks quality are inadequate, leaving the sector virtually unregulated.

So pampered is a sector of lucrative soft drinks that is exempted from the industrial licensing provisions under the Industries Act, 1951. We all know that the cola is not 100 percent organic or natural but for sure it must be safer that the other traditional poisons.

Other practical uses of Coca-Cola and Pepsi include:

  • It can clean the blood stains from your clothes.
  • You can soak pennies in Coke to polish them.
  • You can also use it to descale a kettle.
  • If you want to clean the toilet, coke is the right thing for you. Just pour it in the toilet bowl, leave it a while, and then flush clean.
  • It can eliminate the grease stains from your clothes and fabrics.
  • To clean the oil stains in the garage, you should pour some on the floor, and then hose off.
  • Due to the high concentration of acids, it can kill slugs and snails.
  • Coke can be very helpful when you eliminate the rust stains from your pool. You should pour 2 liters of Coke in the pool, and let it act for few minutes.
  • Soak a sponge or a cloth, or even an aluminum foil, in Coke, and you can remove rust and rusty bolts.
  • Pour each of the car battery terminals with a bit of Coke to clean them.
  • Dip the hair in a bit of Coke and keep it this for 2 minutes, and wipe it off, in order to remove the gum stuck in the hair.
  • It’s also useful to clean engines.
  • Coke can help you remove pain from your metal furniture. You should dip a towel in it, and apply it on the paint stains.
  • Pour a bit of Coke on the kitchen floor, leave it to act, and then wipe it to clean the tile grout.
  • Coke can help you fade or remove the hair dye.
  • Coke, combined with aluminum foil, can efficiently polish Chrome.
  • Use it to clean the stains from vitreous china.
  • In order to clean the marker stains on the carpet, pour a bit of it, scrub, and rinse with soapy water.
  • Coke can also dissolve a tooth. If you place a tooth in a sealed container filled with Coke and leave it for a longer time, it will dissolve.
  • You should pour some Coke in your burnt pans, leave it to act, and rinse the pan to clean it.

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COMMON CANNING MISTAKES THAT NEED TO BE FIXED https://homeandbeauty.org/2017/01/13/common-canning-mistakes-that-need-to-be-fixed/ https://homeandbeauty.org/2017/01/13/common-canning-mistakes-that-need-to-be-fixed/#respond Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:43:14 +0000 https://homeandbeauty.org/?p=2147


Common canning mistakes need to be fixed before you or someone else gets sick! I see a lot of these canning mistakes when people are giving advice on forums, old recipes and even some blogs. The thing is they may not be an issue the first, second or even third time you do them but it only takes once to cause an accident with a huge mess, make someone extremely ill or even cause death.

Home canning is a wonderful skill to have. It is great for preserving an abundant harvest and can help build our pantry for a rainy day; but it has to be done properly.

These are some canning mistakes that seem to be repeatedly made:

  1. Using jars that are not intended for canning.

    Most everyday food jars are intended only for a single use and should not be canned in after. I know that the argument that Grandma did this for years remains; but jars are different now. You risk them breaking and having a real mess on your hands. Not worth the sacrifice of your good food and hard work; stick with jars created for canning.

  2. Reusing lids that are meant for only one use.
    Once a single-use canning lid has been used it is no longer safe to can with. Now the exception to that is the reusable Tattler Lids. The rings in single-use canning lids won’t offer the same seal if re-used. Also make sure that you are following the current recommendations for your canning lids.

  3. Using jars with cracks or chips
    It is so important to check your canning jars for any chips around the rim or tiny cracks in the jars themselves. Not only can these small imperfections cause your jars to break during canning; they could keep are jar from properly sealing.

  4. Canning an untested recipes
    Canning mistake #4 is a BIGGIE and I see it a lot! I see canners using old recipes are making (albeit educated) guesses on how to process or how long process something…very risky. These old or untested recipes may not include up to date information on canning processes like headspace, processing time, acidity and more. I cannot stress enough the importance of using a recipe from a reputable, tested, source. I always recommend the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving because it has amazing recipes and tons of helpful information for new and veteran canners. And be careful making any “adjustments” to canning recipes – this could through off the time needed to process or the acidity levels; both could result in making you sick or allowing botulism to grow unseen.

  5. Ignoring headspace.
    If you are following an approved canning recipe then it will give you a headspace measurement. This space is top of the food and the rim of the jar. The space allotted allows for any swelling of the food without allowing spillage if it is overfilled. Should your jar be under filled you could be allowing too much oxygen into the jar which could keep it from sealing properly.
    Common Canning Mistakes - Headspace Requirements

  6. Not getting rid of air bubbles.
    Don’t ignore air bubbles in your jars. These can keep jars from sealing properly. You can use a clean butter knife to pop them or the tool that comes in your canning kit for this.

  7. Using the water bath method for low-acid foods
    This is probably the WORSE canning mistake you can make! Certain foods can be canned via the water bath method while others must be processed via the pressure canning method. The difference really comes down the the level of acidity in the foods being canned.
    -If you are canning acidic foods like tomatoes, pickles or recipes with lots of sugar like jams and jellies; you will be directed to use the boiling water bath method.
    -If, however, you are canning something like a soup, stew, veggies or meat you will need a pressure canner; not a pressure cooker!
    Why you ask? Because botulism can survive in high heat, even for hours of boiling.  Any food that is low in acid must be canned in the pressure method to protect you from a rare, but deadly, illness that cannot be detected through site or smell.
    Again, this is why following an approved and tested recipe to the letter is so important.

Common Canning Mistakes - Strong Acid Versus Low Acid
Those are the top 7 canning mistakes that I can on a regular basis and they must be corrected for your health and safety!


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Vegan plasters supermarket shelves with graphic stickers to guilt-trip shoppers https://homeandbeauty.org/2017/01/09/vegan-plasters-supermarket-shelves-with-graphic-stickers-to-guilt-trip-shoppers/ https://homeandbeauty.org/2017/01/09/vegan-plasters-supermarket-shelves-with-graphic-stickers-to-guilt-trip-shoppers/#respond Mon, 09 Jan 2017 19:29:32 +0000 https://homeandbeauty.org/?p=2140

Marc Gurney, from Brighton, East Sussex, began his guerrilla tactics last week as part of a campaign called ‘Veganuary’.

Meat products, including Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Cumberland sausages, were branded with stickers stating: ‘By eating me you will cause another of my kind to be killed’.

Other stickers included one with an image of children’s TV character Peppa Pig, alongside the message:  ‘We are all Peppa Pig. What would your children say if they knew the truth.’

Marc Gurney is putting up stickers in supermarkets in a bid to make shoppers feel guilty

Marc Gurney is putting up stickers in supermarkets in a bid to make shoppers feel guilty

One of the stickers includes a picture of Peppa Pig next to a distressed-looking farm animal

One of the stickers includes a picture of Peppa Pig next to a distressed-looking farm animal

The stickers tell shoppers they will be contributing to the death of animals by buying products

The stickers tell shoppers they will be contributing to the death of animals by buying products

Vegan items which the 31-year-old approves of were tagged with ‘this is vegan’ stickers in a bid to draw attention to other options available in stores.

His methods have been criticised by other vegans, who fear the products will be scrapped, meaning animals’ lives were wasted.

Images of Marc’s stickers on sausages and supermarkets aisles circulated on social media, prompting numerous negative comments towards his campaign.

Vikki Ita said: ‘[The sausages with the sticker on] will probably end up in landfill now. For an animal to be slaughtered and then end up in landfill is pretty disgusting.’

Another critic, Tegan Tallullah said: ‘I doubt this will change people’s minds to be honest. Activism works, but not this kind of activism.

‘It turns them off veganism. Much better to promote the most delicious vegan sausages rather than go the meat is murder route.’

Mr Gurney says he hopes the stickers will lead to more people becoming vegan

Mr Gurney says he hopes the stickers will lead to more people becoming vegan

One of the stickers is of a cow with a calf, claiming the calf was taken away by dairy farmers

One of the stickers is of a cow with a calf, claiming the calf was taken away by dairy farmers

Mr Gurney also puts up stickers on products which are vegan-friendly during his campaign

Mr Gurney also puts up stickers on products which are vegan-friendly during his campaign

But Mr Gurney shrugged off the criticism, stating: ‘I’d rather them dispose a few packs of sausages if it means a few people go past and think “okay maybe this week I won’t eat sausages” or “maybe I could actually cut out sausages”. It’s just planting the seed.’

Mr Gurney ate meat for the first 30 years of his life and only decided to quit after the untimely death of his pet cat Bunty, who had to be put down at just four years old.

He says the death of Bunty made him realise that ‘no animal should be harmed’ and after nine months being vegetarian, he became fully vegan a year ago.

He said: ‘I want people to think about how they communicate with their pets, for example, and compare them to the animals which typically get slaughtered for human consumption like cows and pigs for meat and sweets.

‘Just think, would you actually eat your own animal? Why is it okay to kill one and not the other?’

One of the 'Veganuary' shows a picture of two pigs rubbing their noses together

One of the ‘Veganuary’ shows a picture of two pigs rubbing their noses together

Mr Gurney ate meat for most of his life but changed his views after his pet cat died

Mr Gurney ate meat for most of his life but changed his views after his pet cat died

His campaign has been criticised by other vegans who say his militancy puts others off

His campaign has been criticised by other vegans who say his militancy puts others off

Mr Gurney wants supermarkets to install vegan-only aisles in a bid to convert people to veganism.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson pointed out that they generally find that customers prefer items to be grouped together by type of food rather than whether it vegan or not.

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said ‘We always try to make our customers’ lives as easy as possible by grouping products together and clearly labelling our own-brand ranges.’


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Here’s The Recipe For The Banana Pudding That’s Going Viral All Over Facebook https://homeandbeauty.org/2017/01/05/heres-the-recipe-for-the-banana-pudding-thats-going-viral-all-over-facebook/ https://homeandbeauty.org/2017/01/05/heres-the-recipe-for-the-banana-pudding-thats-going-viral-all-over-facebook/#respond Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:44:57 +0000 https://homeandbeauty.org/?p=2129

Even when you come across just a photo of this extremely popular dessert, you’ll instinctively know that it tastes good. With the right amount of bananas, sweetness, and gooeyness, this decadent end to a dinner party will have everyone begging for seconds and thirds.

When you first hear the name of this recipe, you might be a little skeptical. It’s called the Blow Your Mind Banana Pudding, and if you read articles online these days, you know everything is called “mind-blowing” or “amazing” when in fact it’s just ordinary. I can promise you that this banana pudding is better than any Southern grandma makes. And check it out now and you’ll quickly see why…

Facebook users keep sharing it among their friends and more people are taking to the kitchen to make it for their families. This Blow Your Mind Banana Pudding is here to stay and scroll down and try it for yourself today!

This particular recipe has been shared thousands of times and for good reason. It is not like any other banana pudding classic you’ve had before. It has more oomph and power to it – it’ll knock your taste buds out!

Besides being delicious, this recipe is shockingly easy to make. Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make the Blow Your Mind Banana Pudding:

-14oz can of condensed milk
-1 ½ cups cold water
-3 ½ ounces instant banana pudding mix
-1 pint heavy whipping cream
-sliced banana
-vanilla wafer

Combine the condensed milk, water, and pudding mix into a bowl. Mix everything thoroughly. When it starts to look like pudding, chill it in your refrigerator.

Meanwhile, pour the heavy cream into a bowl and beat it with a hand mixer until it gets stiff. Then combine this whipped cream with the pudding mix and stir it all together.

With the filling created, it is time to create the dish itself.

Place a layer of vanilla wafers on the bottom of your serving dish. Then layer the sliced bananas on top of the wafers. When those are all in place, spoon your pudding on top. Then continue this process, creating layers as you go.

Refrigerate your finished Blow Your Mind Banana Pudding until you’re ready to serve it.

This is what some people on Food.com had to say about this recipe:

“This is soooo good! I topped it with vanilla cookie crumbs and pecan pieces. Thanks for the recipe. Very pretty dish also.”

“WOW!!!! That’s the only word that’s appropriate for this wonderful pudding. Super-easy to put together and lovely to the tastebuds! I did use instant vanilla pudding as I was out of banana. Next time, I’ll have the banana on hand, but probably won’t make much difference-You can’t improve on perfection!!!”

“I made this last week and it was awesome. My husband loved it but thought it was kind of sweet. Next to me I think I will leave the cool whip off the top and just sprinkle with cookies. Loved it though.”

“WOW! SUPER DELISH… I made this for a church Christmas party, I just added and an additional box of pudding and mixed in Mini Nilla Wafers and with the bananas!”

When will you try the Blow Your Mind Banana Pudding?



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Stop Buying Tangerines!Plant Them In A Flower Pot And You Will Always Have Hundreds of Them! https://homeandbeauty.org/2017/01/05/stop-buying-tangerinesplant-them-in-a-flower-pot-and-you-will-always-have-hundreds-of-them/ https://homeandbeauty.org/2017/01/05/stop-buying-tangerinesplant-them-in-a-flower-pot-and-you-will-always-have-hundreds-of-them/#respond Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:38:03 +0000 https://homeandbeauty.org/?p=2125 Tangerine is one of the most popular and loved fruit almost anywhere in the world. It’s wonderful aroma and delicious flavor captures many people and makes them buy tangerine on a regular basis.

By the way, it is not only tasty; it is great for health too! These bright-colored fruits fight inflammations, boost immune system, promote the proper function of the lungs, and more. So eating them is not only a pleasure, but also a benefit.


The good news is that you can grow tangerine at home or in your garden. Here you are going to find all the information you need to stop buying and start growing these amazing fruits!

Here is how to prepare:

Take a medium– sized flowerpot with holes at the bottom for drainage. Place some small stones at the bottom, and put organic soil into the pot. Use some sand on the ground in order to improve ventilation.

Sow the tangerine seeds, cover them, but don’t press them into the soil. Put the flowerpot on a sunny place.


Here is how to care:

Water the tangerines when the soil is dry to an inch deep. Cut the withered and broken branches. It is also important to sometimes add a fertilizer high in magnesium, zinc, and iron.

Do not cause any damage to the tree when you gather fruits. Be gentle with it!

And enjoy your own home-grown tangerines that were not sprayed with any chemicals so you can be sure there will be only good influence on your body!


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It Has Just Been Discovered! 10 Plants Native Americans Used to Cure Everything Including Cancer! https://homeandbeauty.org/2017/01/05/it-has-just-been-discovered-10-plants-native-americans-used-to-cure-everything-including-cancer/ https://homeandbeauty.org/2017/01/05/it-has-just-been-discovered-10-plants-native-americans-used-to-cure-everything-including-cancer/#respond Thu, 05 Jan 2017 15:16:55 +0000 https://homeandbeauty.org/?p=2118 God gave Native Americans the power to understand and preserve medicinal herbs. At least that’s what the Cherokee believe to be born with.Because many plants became scarce throughout history, the Cherokee used amazing gathering techniques.

They trusted nature, and employed natural healing. It’s all about the gathering technique. The rule the old ones have taught them  is ‘you only gather every third plant.’ In this way the herbs will keep growing.

We present you a list of the healing herbs the Cherokee used. But, watch out, these herbs are quite strong and dangerous when not handled properly.

The healers used these herbs wisely and had the best training. You should also learn their tricks and learn how to understand the power of nature. And always remember to  be gentle when picking your plants.

Check the best herbs Native Americans used:

  1. Big Stretch (Wild ginger)


The Meskwaki, another Native American tribe, used pulverized wild ginger stems to treat ear infections. Its rootstocks can replace ginger in your home remedies.Prepare a cup of mild tea to enhance digestion, relieve stomach issues, colic, and eliminate flatulence.

  1. Hummingbird Blossom (Buck Bush)


Researchers have found that this healing herb can lower blood pressure and treat lymphatic blockages.It proved great results in the treatment of cysts, fibroid tumors, inflammation, and mouth/throat problems. The Cherokee people steeped the flowers and the leaves of this plant in boiling water for five minutes, and always enjoyed their tea warm.

The Cherokee used Hummingbird Blossom to improve kidney function, and also treat:

  • Inflamed tonsils
  • Enlarged lymph nodes
  • Enlarged spleen
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding


  1. Pull Out a Sticker (Greenbriar)


Its roots are packed with starch, which means a lot of calories and a strange flavor. The stems and leaves of this plant contain lots of vitamins and minerals. This plant has a rubbery texture, so you can use its roots instead of potatoes.

Greenbriar is a mild diuretic with works well in the treatment of urinary infections. It also cleanses blood. The bark of this plant and its leaves can be made into an ointment that accelerates the healing of burns and minor sores.

Add greenbriar leaves to your tea to relieve arthritis, and eat its berries raw. You can also make nice jam using these berries.

  1. Wild mint


The Cherokee used wild mint to treat problems with the digestive system. Crush mint leaves, and use them as a cold compress, or you can just make a powerful ointment. Add wild mint to your bath to soothe itchy skin.You have probably used this one. What you don’t know is that mint is packed with antioxidants. It’s also rich in magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, vitamins A and C, and fiber. Breastfeeding moms can use mint water to treat sore nipples. And as we said earlier, the Cherokee used a blend of stems and leaves to treat hypertension.

  1. Blackberry


Blackberries are rich in vitamins A, B6, C, E, K, riboflavin, thiamine, folate, niacin, potassium, zinc, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, amino acids, and fiber. It’s one of the best remedies for upset stomach. Solid blackberry root tea reduces joint and tissue swellings. You can sweeten it with maple syrup or honey. To treat bleeding gums – all you have to do is chew a few blackberry leaves.

Blackberries can also:

  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Improve heart function
  • Enhance digestion
  • Relieve endothelial brokenness
  • Treat malignant ailments
  1. Cattail


It’s a potent preventative plant. Cattail is easily digestible, and accelerates recovery. The good thing is that you can use every little bit of the plant. Cattail root is packed with starch, and the male plants contain tons of pollen. Cattail blooms are also helpful in cases of diarrhea. Use the fluff of its blossoms to relieve baby irritation, something pretty very similar to diaper rash.Prepare it in the same way you prepare your potatoes. Cattail puree treats sores and burns. The pollen of this plant can be used in baking.


  1. Qua lo ga (Sumac)


You can use every part of this plant. Just make a mild decoction from the bark, and use it to treat diarrhea. Gargle  some sumac bark decoction to relieve sore throat pain. Use ripe sumac berries to get an optimum portion of vitamin C. sumac leaves can treat fever.Add crushed sumac leaves in homemade ointments to relieve poison ivy rash. A study from the Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research confirms that sumac can even lower cholesterol.

  1. Jisdu Unigisdi (Wild Rose)


Mild wild rose tea  is packed with vitamin C aside from helping with  kidney and bladder function.It makes a powerful cure and treatment of flu and common cold. The root decoction will help you treat diarrhea.

Wild rose petals can make your jam even more delicious.Make a wild rose petal infusion to relieve sore throat.

  1. Mullein


It soothes asthma attacks and chest congestion. The Cherokee inhaled the smoke from burnt mullein roots and leaves to “calm” their lungs, and clear the airways.

Its anti-inflammatory properties will help you soothe sore and irritated tissues. Mullein flower tea acts as a mild sedative agent.Mullein can also soothe your mucous membranes. Prepare warm decoction, and soak your feet in to treat swellings and pain.

10. Squirrel Tail (Yarrow)


Yarrow has amazing blood clotting power. Apply fresh crushed yarrow leaves to your open wounds to stop bleeding.It treats kidney and gallbladder issues. It can do wonders for your chapped hands. This applies to other skin irritations, too.Combine yarrow juice and fresh spring water to stop internal bleeding and intestinal diseases. Make tea from its leaves to improve the abdominal functions, and enhance digestion.


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As much as you might love it, and as good quality as it may have been, there comes a time when you just have to let go of a piece of furniture.

Maybe it’s the chair that wobbles beyond what could possibly be considered safe, or the sofa that smells weird no matter how hard you clean it. Sometimes, it’s just time.

But if you’re one of those people who hates throwing something out when it still might be useful in some way, then you need to check this out.

Just because something doesn’t work inside your house anymore, that’s no reason not to give it a chance outside. There are many benefits to using old furniture in the garden.

For one, you don’t have to buy planters. For another, they can help create a tiered look that’s not only lovely, but can help optimize space in a small yard. And third: they’re so cute!

The amazing thing is that with a little craftiness, almost anything you can think of can become a new home for your plants. We’ve seen it done with such unlikely items as old tires and troll dolls, so nothing should come as a surprise.

Check out some of the things people have created for their gardens and get inspired to start a new project this spring!


For a really striking centerpiece to a backyard, fill in an old, damaged piano with flowers to bring some life into it again.

This piano goes an extra step and incorporates a fountain that cascades over the keys.

This recycling project takes the term “flower bed” quite literally.

And in case you wanted to actually lie down in your garden bed, this one opted for hardy grass rather than delicate flowers.

Since bathtubs are typically deep, they add a great layer of extra space in smaller gardens for even more plants!

And they’re easy to maintain, too — they even have a drain built in!

Old sinks are also naturals at becoming planters thanks to their drains and durable materials.

And so are toilets, if your sense of decor and humor are, uh, a little different.

Old grills also make great elevated planters.

And models with multiple layers and shelves can hold a number of plants, as well as gardening tools and decorations.

Replacing the bottom of an old chair with a pot is a great way to display plants, too.

And an old dresser is like a multi-level planter already! Just open the drawers in a staggered pattern and pop in your plants.

Even upholstered furniture can work for these outdoor planters, but don’t expect the fabric to hold up too well. But if you like the shabby-chic look, this is for you!

And if damp upholstery isn’t your thing, you can repurpose old cinderblocks into a seating area that doubles as a planter!

And if you’re looking to grow plants on something rather than in them, an old screen door can become a great trellis with the addition of a little chicken wire.


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If you still have not made plans to escape the dreary winter, now is the time. Chosen by National Geographic traveler as “one of the 100 best worldwide vacations to enrich your life”, the Holistic Holiday at Sea Cruise offers a 100% vegan experience to all guests aboard their eco-friendly ship. Equipped with Advanced Water Treatment technology, Energy Saving and Monitoring System, the MSC Divina is one of the greenest in the industry.


It will take its passengers to Ochos Rios, Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, Mexico and the Bahamas before returning to shore in Miami on March 18th.

However, you may not want to leave the boat. Activities on board include conferences by world-renowned plant-based advocate doctors such as Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Michael Greger and Dr. Neal Barnard, cooking classes by world-class vegan chefs, daily Pilates, yoga and meditation.


and learn to cook delicious heart-attack proof food with Jane Esselstyn.  You can look at the full program here.

The dining room offers an exclusively vegan menu with gluten-free and oil-free options. Furthermore, all desserts prepared by the pastry chefs are sugar free. Examples of dishes you would get to taste on board include seitan paellablueberry peach crumble and kasha cabbage rolls with mustard sauce.


The Holistic Holiday at Sea 2017 edition will comprise of 145 classes taught by 45 teachers. The organizers describe it as the ultimate “Voyage to Well-being” with their health and wellness program being the largest ever to be set at sea.

If that sounds like a trip you want to be a part of, you can book your tickets right now at atasteofhealth.org.


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