Gardening expert Helen Young unveils 18 potted plants for your garden.
By teaming stylish pots and planters with the right plants, you can easily transform an outdoor space into a lush oasis.
Gardening expert Helen Young unveils 18 potted plants for your garden.
By teaming stylish pots and planters with the right plants, you can easily transform an outdoor space into a lush oasis.
Raw juice is teeming with micro-nutrients that many people are lacking as our traditional foods are not health oriented. When you drink fresh-made juice, it is almost like receiving an intravenous infusion of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes because they go straight into your system without having to be broken down.
Juicing is great because it helps you absorb all the nutrients from the vegetables. Since most of us have impaired digestion as a result of making less-than-optimal food choices over many years, your body’s ability to absorb all the nutrients from vegetables is limited. Juicing will help to “pre-digest” them for you, so you will receive most of the nutrition and in its most concentrated form, rather than having it, literally, go down the toilet.
With juicing you can add a wide variety of vegetables in your daily diet. Many people eat the same vegetable salads or side dishes every day which violates the principle of regular food rotation and may lead to developing an allergy to a certain food.
Additionally, juicing can help promote weight loss. In a study, adults who drank at least 8 ounces of vegetable juice as part of a diet lost 4 pounds over 12 weeks, while those who followed the same diet but did not drink the juice lost only 1 pound. Just make sure to prioritize vegetable juice over fruit juice, or the diet may backfire. The vegetable juice drinkers also significantly increased their intake of vitamin C and potassium, while decreasing their overall carbohydrate intake.
Raw juices can also increase your energy. When your body has an abundance of the nutrients it needs your pH is optimally balanced and you feel energized. Since the nutrients can be utilized by your body immediately, people who juice report feeling the rush of energy almost instantly. Next time instead of coffee, reach for your morning juice.
Juicing will support your brain health, too. People who drank juices (fruit and vegetable) more than three times per week, compared to those who drank less than once a week, were 76% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Kame Project.
Juicing should be viewed as a regular part of your diet, not just a fad that you engage in once or twice a year. Drinking green juice every day is going to give you far more benefits than a sporadic intake or cleanse will. Kids, too, can enjoy vegetable juice on a daily basis, either as a beverage with a meal or as a snack, ideally along with a source of healthful fat to ensure all those fat-soluble nutrients get absorbed.
Juice cure is a method for an alternative treatment of disease through a diet of juices of fruits and vegetables. It is one of the most effective way to restore health, rejuvenate and detoxify the body.
To truly benefit from fruits and vegetables drink immediately after juicing to ensure no loss of nutrients. All vegetables and fruits begin to deteriorate as soon as you cut through the protective outer skin. The best time to drink your fresh juice is at least an hour before a meal and on an empty stomach.
Premade store bought juices are of little value nutritionally and most have added sugar, artificial sweeteners and other ingredients to preserve or color them which are unhealthy for the human system.
Specific juices are beneficial for specific conditions but overall, raw fruit and vegetable juices have an extraordinary revitalizing and rejuvenating effect on all the organs, glands and functions of the body.
Juicing may be done alongside a normal healthy diet to provide all the vitamins and nutrients needed to recover and be protected from many diseases and infections. Raw juicing by eat self, without an addition of proteins and healthy fats is not a viable long term diet.
Next, we will list some common ailments and fruit and vegetable juices found beneficial in their treatment. Please note that starting a juice cure for a specific disease does not mean that you can stop your prescriptions. Our recipes are designed to help with and alleviate some symptoms and diseases, but results may vary from individual to individual. If your condition is serious, consult your doctor before starting juicing.
This recipe is based on apples, cucumbers, kale, celery and ginger. Apples have attributes that can balance the alkaline and acidic levels in the body, thus providing relief from headaches, while ginger helps to reduce the inflammation of blood vessels, and is often used in the treatment of headaches. Cucumbers are high in B vitamins, sugar, and electrolytes, and they replenish the nutrients missing in your body to help avoid a headache. Kale is full of the magnesium and Omega-3 that migraine sufferers need to prevent migraine attacks and celery comes recommended by many doctors for its help with headaches.
Other beneficial ingredients that can be added: avocado, carrot, cherries (sour), coriander, grapes, lemon, lettuce, papaya, pineapple, spinach and watercress.
In most cases constipation is just a sign that your diet needs more fiber. The average adult needs between 25 and 30 grams of fiber a day to ward off constipation, which is far less than most of us typically eat. To avoid bloating and cramping, you’ll want to gradually add fiber to your diet. Make sure to blender whole fruits and veggies from the recipe in order to maximize fiber intake.
Other beneficial fruits and veggies: banana, beetroot, ginger, grapes, lemon, pear, plums, spinach and watercress.
While juicing is generally not the best method to deal with diabetes, a vegetable based fresh juice can aid your treatment. Carrots used to be a no go for diabetics, however new research shows that previous sugar measurements of carrots were grossly overstated and their positive influence on the genes associated with diabetes warrants inclusion with spinach and celery.
Please note that diabetics should be moderate in their juicing and it’s always a good idea to consult your doctor before starting.
You can occasionally also include: broccoli, cabbage, guava, lettuce, radish, citrus fruits and watercress.
Carrot and celery juice contains vitamin A, which, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements, besides helping your eyesight, is will also influence bone development, procreation and cell activity. Carrot and celery juice may be helpful in preventing a deficiency of vitamin A, which can cause problems such as dry eyes, night blindness, coarse skin that itches, teeth lacking strong enamel and loose stools. Vitamin A also assists in governing the immune system.
From time to time supplement with: apricot, avocado, bilberries, blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, parsley, raspberries, spinach, strawberries, tomato and watercress.
Our bodies are designed to cope with pressure and many other complications if we give it the right nutrients. When juicing for anxiety we can feed our bodies the right amount of vitamins and minerals to help us minimize stress responses. Carrots, celery and pomegranate have proven a good mix of magnesium, vitamins and other key nutrients to help you relax and level down your anxiety.
Further benefits from: avocado, blueberries, orange, almonds and spinach.
Carrot is one of the best foods in dispelling excessive mucus from the body. Drink carrot juice just on its own, or make a mix together with spinach, garlic and lemon for a super cleansing power.
High intake of beta carotene and vitamin C helps to increase lung capacity and relieve respiratory problems, as well as protecting you from breathing disorders such as asthma, bronchitis and emphysema.
When available, enrich with: apricot, celery, pineapple, peach, radish and strawberry.
The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that a diet with high intakes of fruits and vegetables was associated with fewer depressive symptoms. The study contributed these results to a cumulative effort of the antioxidants in fruits and vegetables as well as the omega-3 fatty acids in fish. Further studies have revealed specific nutrients to be low in people suffering from depression, specifically Vitamin B9 (Folate), B6 and B12, and Omega-3.
Our recipe can be supplemented with: blended walnuts, kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, tomatoes, oranges, plums, blueberries and strawberries.
Note of warning: Check with your doctor before doing a lot of juicing, so you can avoid any potential problems. For instance, large amounts of foods high in vitamin K, such as kale and spinach, may change how the blood thinner warfarin works.
Note: I’m not sure where to find the exact “recipe” for each ailment, but if juicing interests you, try Google for more info. As always, I’m no doctor or nutritionist. I’m someone offering healthy ideas for you to think about. There are more recipes for memory loss, fatigue arthritis, etc. on the above website.
Nearly 36 million households will purchase a Christmas tree this year, according to the American Christmas Tree Association. Although there’s debate about whether real or fake Christmas trees are better, those who opt for the authentic kind can shell out a collective total of $984 million to deck their halls. But nothing puts a damper on holiday cheer quite like a dry, brittle tree that has lost its fragrance. Thankfully, there’s a simple way to make sure you get the most bang for your buck.
First and foremost, you’ll need to place your tree in water as soon as possible. Keeping the base of your tree wet maintains the freshness of the needles for a month or longer, a study found.
As a general rule of thumb, the typical tree will absorb a quart of water for each inch of its diameter, according to Mark Derowitsch, a spokesperson for the Arbor Day Foundation. He recommends placing your tree in a bucket of water and refilling it every day. Find out more secrets your Christmas tree wishes you knew.
Some people also use commercial Christmas tree preservatives, which can be stirred into the water in your tree’s stand. Others mix aspirin or a tablespoon of corn syrup or sugar in the water as an additional food source for the tree, Tchukki Andersen, a staff arborist for the Tree Care Industry Association, told Popular Mechanics.
But before you run out to the grocery store, take this advice with a grain of salt. Some experts say that adding any type of substance won’t do the tree any good. “Clean water still works the best,” says tree scientist Les Werner.
The bottom line: A little H2O can keep your tree feeling holly and jolly all season long. Now that you have a fresh tree, spruce it up with these cheap, easy DIY Christmas decorations.
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Hello fellow learners. Another Monday, another practice sheet to do. So without further ado, here we go !
There is nothing I loathe more than small talk, and the holidays are just about the worst. Probably like many of you, I find myself attending a lot of holiday functions. I’ll go several holiday gatherings for various magazines I write for. I’ll attend my husband’s company party. I’ll drop in on a few open houses for area businesses. And ultimately, I’ll find myself running out of things to talk about at every single one of these functions. Like we need more stress this time of year, am I right?
The reality is, I like to talk to people. I’m naturally curious, and I enjoy asking questions. However, oftentimes I ask the wrong questions. You know the ones: those conversation enders instead of conversation starters. There’s the usual, “What do you do? What part of town do you live in? And do you have kids?” And for me, that last one is the ultimate doozy because I, in fact, do not have kids. So ends that conversation. Oops.
The more I think about it, the more I realize I not only hate asking those typical questions but answering them too. It’s difficult to describe my non-traditional career; it’s hurtful to explain why I’m not going home for the holidays, and it’s boring to talk about the same things over and over again. Who’s with me?!
This holiday season, I’m saying enough is enough when it comes to dreaded holiday small talk. Instead of avoiding it, I’m going to embrace it, thanks to the guidance of Erika Preval. Erika is an Atlanta-based etiquette expert who also owns a modern day charm school. After years working on Wall Street, writing for the likes of Southern Living, and being a personal shopper at Tiffany’s (hello dream job!), Erika knows her stuff when it comes to all things etiquette.
Who doesn’t love hearing something positive about themselves? Preval explained that a tried-and-true way to start a conversation and get someone talking is to say something nice about them. “Compliments are great conversation starters, and with everyone dressed in their finest, you’ll likely have many occasions during the holidays to create an instant connection with the recipient when giving them,” she said. She emphasized that it’s important to think beyond the weather and focus instead on things people like talking about. “Chatting about upcoming travel plans, new restaurants, or even favorite (non-controversial) podcasts are also ways to keep the conversation going,” Preval added.
Recently, a hostess friend of mine said one of her favorite ways to start a conversation is to ask what someone did that day. I love that! Think of all of the answers that will come up in that response. Preval also said to be ready for what’s next. “Be armed with leading follow-up questions,” she explained. “‘Tell me more…’ expresses interest in what you’ve just heard and is a simple way to keep the conversation going.”
As a conversation starts to dwindle, it can become clear it’s time to move on. However, doing so without being awkward is, well, awkward. “When the conversation starts to wane and you’re beginning to feel like the rhythm has been lost, it’s time to move on,” Preval said. “You can graciously exit the conversation with, ‘I’ve really enjoyed catching up with you. Please excuse me…’ or by introducing them to another person who might be a better fit.”
Leaving a conversation to start a new one can also be a bit tricky, but Preval explained there are ways to do so with confidence. “If the group is open, enter with a simple greeting and introduce yourself,” she noted. “If you’ve overheard the subject matter of their current conversation, add to the discussion with your experiences or inquiries. ‘Did I hear you talking about ____? I’ve always wanted to go there. What is the one thing I shouldn’t miss when I visit?’”
It can be tempting to head to the bar as soon as you get to a party, especially to calm your nerves. Avoid the temptation by giving yourself a little confidence–boosting pep-talk. “Often, when you’re employed in an office where co-workers are known to socialize, your interview was likely looking for a fit for both hard and social skills. Find confidence in that and be yourself,” Preval said. Of course, holiday parties are a time for revelry, so imbibing is often expected and anticipated, and that’s OK! However, keep it light, but professional. “If alcohol is present at an event with co-workers, it is OK to join them,” Preval explained. “Know your tolerance and take care to consume beverages that you’re familiar with to avoid unintentionally being over-served.” Another tip? Don’t feel pressured to drink. “A soda with lime, tonic with citrus, or holding the same glass of wine throughout your time together is perfectly fine,” Preval noted.
Ultimately, have fun! Whether you’re slowly sipping on jingle juice or confidently rocking around the Christmas tree, enjoy yourself. Erika’s final piece of advice? “Please don’t enter the event in search of the WiFi password. Unless you’re expecting a call, your phone should be put away at social events. Connect with the people your feet are facing instead those you interact with virtually.” Cheers to a successful holiday party season!
Tempted to skip town for the holidays? Here are a few places Town & Country Magazine recommends:
From Christmas to Chanukah to Kwanza, the month of December is a jumble of holidays. Pair that with the kids being off from school, and many will be looking—and planning now—to get out of town to celebrate Christmas. But where to go? London for the Winter wonderland in Hyde Park? Washington, Connecticut for the chance of a white Christmas? A week relaxing on a beach on the Big Island of Hawaii? Or perhaps the newest ski-in and ski-out hotel in Aspen? We’ve got lots of ideas, including where to stay, to make this time of year what it should be: festive and fun for Christmas 2019.
London gets a lot of things right, including the holidays. With special markets, lights galore, and hearty English fare—think warm scones—and world-class shopping, the city screams really festive. To soak it all in, stay at the newly reopened Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park in the posh Knightsbridge area—it’s the only hotel to actually sit on Hyde Park—that has floor to ceiling windows looking out onto the park and is a stone’s throw from Harvey Nichols and Harrods, arguably some of the best shopping in the world. Added bonus of being across the street from Hyde Park is that it turns into a winter wonderland with ice skating, performances, and rides and games—all just outside your door.
Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, London
A temperate California climate, vineyards, hiking galore, top-notch spa treatments. and a world class golf course, Carmel Valley Ranch, located in the chic Monterey area (this is where Big Little Lies is filmed) is a great destination for a not-so-freezing holiday jaunt. Carmel Valley Ranch, a sprawling resort, puts on a Hanukkah party, nightly menorah lighting, a holiday Nutcracker tea, Christmas caroling, and a family friendly New Years Eve party. And if you want a break from all the holiday cheer, Carmel Valley Ranch has a beekeeping program, chicken coop, goat barn, hatchet throwing, and cheese making class at the property’s recently opened creamery.
Carmel Valley Ranch
For a destination that can take well over 12 hours to get to, a long holiday break is the perfect time to go to the Maldives. So head for Vakkaru Island, located within the Unesco Biosphere Reserve of Baa Atoll, lies a reef island composed entirely of sediment produced on the surrounding coral reefs. In addition to all the aquatic activities—snorkeling, diving, whale watching—Vakkaru Island offers a Christmas Market with a multitude of stalls selling boutique items spa, products, and food and beverage. On New Years Eve the hotel puts on a beach carnival with live acts, music, a gourmet menu, cocktails, and fireworks.
World-class skiing, cuisine, retail, and a great nightlife scene—Aspen hits all the right notes for a holiday getaway, whether you want to relax by the fire or go out every evening. The only hitch may be finding a place to stay during this busy time of year. Problem solved. The W Aspen, which opened in August, is the first new luxury hotel opening in Aspen in 25 years and is located on the creme da la creme real-estate at the base of Aspen Mountain. W Aspen will have ski-in/ski-out access to some of the world’s most coveted slopes. Whether you stay there or not, the hotel’s WET Deck, Aspen’s only year-round, all weather public rooftop bar, is poised to become this 2019’s apres ski hot spot.
This tony corner of northwest Connecticut in Litchfield County is where many of New York City’s see and be seen crowd retreats for the holidays. If you don’t have your own estate, head to the Mayflower Inn, which was recently taken over by Auberge resorts, and has all the trappings for a perfect long weekend—or week—stay over the holidays. The now kid and pet friendly property hosts a Christmas Eve and cocktail party and dinner in their parlor followed by eggnog made by Arethusa Farms (which is owned by Manolo Blahnik owners). There’s also acres and acres to explore on snow shoes or cross country skis, not to mention one of the area’s best spas.
The Mayflower Inn, Auberge Resorts Collection
A holy city for Jews, Muslims, and Christians Jerusalem will promise an enriching and historical holiday break–from exploring the Western Wall, Holy Sepulcher, Tower of David, Bethlehem (look for a Christmas Eve tour), and the Mount of Olives. But Jerusalem has also become home to a cluster of swanky, five-star hotels, including the Mamilla Hotel Jerusalem. A short distance from Old City Jerusalem and the Jaffa Gate, the property offers luxurious accommodations in the heart of Jerusalem. With minimal design by Italian born Piero Lissoni, travelers can enjoy the old and preserved by day and return to new and sophisticated rooms by night. Other ways to indulge between the sightseeing: there’s a rooftop lounge restaurant and much buzzed about spa.
Mamilla Hotel Jerusalem
In Northwest Ireland on the wild, ragged coastline sits Donegal, Ireland, filled with rolling hills and seaside views. This is definitely an off-the-beaten path holiday destination, but well worth it for Lough Eske Castle—the only five-star hotel in the area. The sprawling property is nestled at the base of Bluestack Mountain, where you can go hike off all those mince pies. For the holidays, the castle is decorated in lights and holly and offers a Christmas Eve buffet and baking activities for kids. And if you’re lucky, you might catch some rainbows, since the hotel is nestled in the perfect vantage spot—over the mountains—for spotting them.
Lough Eske Castle
There is really no bad time of year to go to Hawaii, but for a 12-hour flight from the East Coast it makes sense to go over a long holiday break. The Big Island, with its rustic, untamed feel, and amazing marine life is a truly unique place to spend the holidays. The Four Season Resort Hualalai, one of the best hotels in Hawaii, pulls out all the stops for the festive season. They do a New Years Eve gala dinner with a different theme every year, provide eight hours of kid programming every day, and offer a special spa and wellness experiences. Then there are the private helicopter tours over volcanoes, snorkeling with sea turtles, and one of a kind sea to dining—think: catching your own dinner—experiences the hotel offers.
The Four Season Resort Hualalai
Is there anything more authentic than spending Christmas in the Article Circle? Rovaniemi, the capital of Lapland in Northern Scandinavia, is known as the “Official Hometown of Santa Claus”—and it looks exactly like the Santa Claus’ village you grew up fantasizing about. Kids will encounter elves, play with Rudolf and his reindeer, and decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus; for adults, there’s snowmobile safaris, husky rides, and Northern Light hunting.
While you may think of Nantucket, the small island off of Massachusetts, as a winter ghost town, think again. The annual Christmas Stroll, which this year will take place from December 6th to 8th, is an event that rivals just about anything in the high season. The streets are straight out of a holiday story book and the whole town turns into a block party. You’ll feel like you are stepping into Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol. Imagine carolers wandering through cobblestone streets, 80 uniquely decorated trees, and shop windows that give New York City department stores a run for their money. Stay in the center of the action at the Jared Coffin House, where Santa holds court, and you are just steps away from all the festive fun.
The Jared Coffin House
Article and opinions by: https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/travel-guide/g12919081/places-to-go-for-christmas/
by Matt Gibson
The golden poppy became known as the California poppy when the state of California adopted the flower as their state flower in 1903. The lovely golden orange perennial is one of the first wildflowers to be cultivated in gardens. Also known as Flame Flower, la amapola, and Copa de Oro (cup of gold), flanders poppy, corn poppy, Iceland poppy, oriental poppy, and golden poppy, the bright orange flower sets the California hills ablaze from early spring to late fall.
Poppy Day is celebrated on April 6th each year, and May 13th through May 18th is Poppy Week. Though most commonly seen in golden orange, the California poppy can also be found in shades of bronze, scarlet, terra-cotta, white, and rose. The bright blooms of the poppy are perched atop foot high silvery-green foliage. The plant is a slight bit wider than it is tall, with flowers that stretch one to two inches wide, each consisting of four fan-shaped petals and a group of stamens. The foliage is divided into narrow segments on long stalks with three to four inch fern-like leaves. California poppy grows naturally in open areas, grassy, and sandy slopes.
The flower is not exclusive to California, however, but can be found from southern California to southern Washington, and as far east as Texas. Native Americans from California loved the Golden poppy, and used it as a source of food and extracted oil from the plant for medicinal purposes.
It is important to address the distinction between the California poppy and Papaver somniferum. The milky sap of Papaver somniferum’s unripened seed pods is the primary source of opiate drugs, such as morphine, opium, codeine, and heroin. Though the two species are cousins, the sap of the California poppy is non-narcotic. It does have mild sedative properties, but not nearly as powerful as its illegal-to-grow cousin.
Poppy seeds, also called maw seeds are used for flavoring in baking, ground for flour, and are commonly found in birdseed. Poppy oil, which is derived from Golden poppy seeds, is used in cooking, and as an additive in paints, varnishes, and soaps.
The Poppy symbolizes peace, death and sleep, and is one of the most important flowers in mythology. The poppy also symbolizes rest and recovery, consolation for loss and death, remembrance of fallen soldiers, peace in death, imagination, messages gleaned from dreaming, resurrection and immortality, beauty, success, extravagance, wealth, and luxury.
There are many different types of poppy flowers, but only three types of Golden Poppy. California Golden is the classic bright orange poppy seen all across the hills of California, especially in the southern regions. Mission Bells poppy is available in a wide range of sherbet shades like pink, salmon, and cream, and some hybrids even have semi-double blooms. Golden West poppy is a hybrid of the classic orange flower that is known as California Golden, and is only available in orange, set apart from the original only by its darker center.
As with many native wildflowers, California poppies are easy to care for and maintain when grown in their native regions, or when provided with a habitat that mimics their native environment. For the California poppy, the old adage, “less is more,” is truly applicable, as it is more important to focus on what you don’t give the poppy more than what you do provide it. California poppies need less water, less warmth, and less soil nutrition. The less they are given, the more they will become self-reliant, and will even begin to self-sow around the garden in places you wouldn’t expect to see them.
A full six hours of unfiltered sunlight is essential and more is even better, so pick a bright sunny location for your poppies. Though some California poppies may survive in shady locations, they will look tarnished and leggy, and will be more prone to developing fungal diseases than their sunbathing brethren. Golden poppies prefer poor soil conditions to rich soil, but will survive in any soil type except for heavy clay soils, as their tap roots require good drainage. If you have a clay-rich soil, try your poppies out in raised beds with altered soil or containers.
If temperatures are mild, or between 50 and 75 degrees F, California poppies will continue to grow and bloom each spring. In areas with hot summer climates, they will become dormant during the summer instead of continuing to bloom through the season. When cool temperatures return, so will your poppies, regrowing and re-blooming from their tap roots.
California poppies don’t need very much water to thrive, and are practically drought-tolerant. Spring rainfall is usually enough to irrigate the plants sufficiently. In areas with hot summers, the plants will go dormant and will need no additional water during the summer months. Only water California poppies during droughts or extremely dry periods.
No fertilizer is needed for California poppies, even in poor soil conditions. Adding fertilizer to your soil will cause additional foliage growth and less focus on blooms.
When growing California poppies in containers, start from seed. Golden Poppies have long tap roots and hate to be transplanted. Treat container poppies like you would any hardy annual, pulling them up when they’re done blooming, as they will most likely die over winter in a container. If you want to try to keep them alive, bring them indoors during the winter and let them go dormant and gradually reintroduce them to the outdoors the following spring.
Plant poppy seeds directly into the ground in a bright sunny location after the last threat of frost has passed. Press the seeds into the soil gently with your fingers and water gently to keep from dislodging the tiny seeds. The warming of the soil in spring and light spring rains will help to trigger germination, which should occur in about two weeks. You can tell the poppies from weeds by noticing the bluish-green tint of poppy foliage, so pull the weeds up and thin poppy seedlings to about eight inches apart.
California poppies can contract several diseases, especially in a location that endures heavy, or excessive rain or overwatering. Mold, stem rot, and mildew can all affect poppy plants grown in wet habitats. Antifungal applications can help subdue some of the issues that come with overwatering, but the best defense against these diseases is planting your poppies in locations that receive full sunlight exposure and maintaining a well-draining soil to help keep your poppies as dry as possible. There are no known pest issues that affect the California poppy.