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The Humans Are Part of Nature

The Humans Are Part of NatureThe humans are part of nature, and like every other species on the planet, we depend upon healthy ecosystems for our survival. Then we begin to mistakenly believe that we are separate from the natural world and that we can and should control nature. We can then abuse and overuse environmental resources for our own gratification and never feel the pain of our destructive actions. This separation of our intellect from our emotions – our hearts from our minds – has allowed us to make the decisions that have resulted in the acid-induced mortality of the forests, the expansion of deserts, the unprecedented disappearance of species, the plummeting water tables, and targeting whales with LFA sonar. The separation of our hearts from our minds has created the environmental crisis – we have created the crisis from the inside out.
Nature provides us essentials like clean water, food, medicines, even recreational retreats. Intact ecosystems also help regulate our weather and climate. We depend on the Earth, on this planet and we know that our planet is changing. We need to help it change for the better and we’re asking for your help to do that! There are a lot of things that affect our planet in a bad way but the good news is that everyone can help to reduce them and do their bit for the environment. Every day we are given the option to make positive change for the future of our planet. Don’t ever let someone tell you that one person can’t make a difference! The truth is that for centuries it has always been the action of one person that inspires the action of many. Making a difference for the future of Planet Earth doesn’t have to include huge life changing choices!! Some of the most important things are simple lifestyle changes that, if we can all commit to, will create a huge reduction in our ecological footprint. You can sit around and wait for the world to change, or you can get in there and be a part of the change.

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
― Albert Einstein

The Benefits of Jasmine Tea

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When brought to China from Persia sometime in the third century AD, the jasmine plant never became popular in China until about 1000 AD. Popular versions of jasmine are Xiang Pian, Dragon Phoenix Pearl, and Mo Li Hua Cha. This last one is possibly the most popular scented tea in the world. Yin Hao is considered the finest jasmine tea.

Though most teas are made from only the leaves of herbs, Jasmine Green Tea is different. It is made by adding the jasmine flower to the tea. Cultivated widely for its beautiful flowers, jasmine is any of more than 200 species with fragrant white, yellow or red flowers.

Jasmine green tea is made by starting with a Chinese green tea for a base. Some will use pouchong/oolong or black tea but green is more common. The tea leaves are plucked and processed in April and May and then kept dry until the jasmine flowers bloom in August and September.

The flowers are gathered when they are fully open, either at midnight or early in the morning. Jasmine tea is a type of scented tea. To make scented tea, tea leaves are mixed with flowers until their perfume has been absorbed. The tea is then baked gently in an oven. For high-quality scented teas, the process is often repeated several times to ensure a strong fragrance.

Most green teas with jasmine contain a significant amount of polyphenols, plant-based substances that have proven to have anticancer, antiviral, and antioxidant properties. This helps prevent certain cancers and slows aging by eliminating free radicals. Jasmine is good for diabetes prevention and reducing high blood pressure. It is believed to prevent strokes, heart attacks, thrombosis, and arterial sclerosis.

Other Jasmine Tea health benefits include the ability to reduce the risk of blood clot, prevent allergy and flu, reduce blood sugar, keep fluid balance, boost the immune system and provide oral care and fluoride that helps protect against cavities and prevent tooth decay. One of the jasmine tea health benefits is to improve intestine conditions by blocking development and growth of bad bacteria and strengthening good bacteria. In addition, jasmine tea gargled is an effective way to fight influenza because of its ability to fight viruses. Jasmine green tea also helps with the consequences of food poisoning, including piccoli (causing gastric ulcers), cholera, and dysentery.

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Today, jasmine is known in alternative herbal treatments as an effective anti-depressant, including post-natal depression, and menopause problems. Along with raspberry leaf tea, it has been used to help childbirth and milk production. It can help relieve muscle and joint pain, including chronic back pain and is considered a romantic enhancer.

Try using jasmine green tea to lose weight. Jasmine tea may help you lose fat by helping your body absorb less fat and cholesterol.  A 1999 study conducted by the Chinese University of Hong Kong fed hamsters a diet that included large amounts of lard and cholesterol. Some hamsters were given tap water to drink, some were given jasmine tea extract, and some were given green tea antioxidants isolated from jasmine green tea. At the end of the experiment, hamsters ingesting green tea were excreting more fatty acids and cholesterol in their droppings and had lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in their blood. The researchers concluded that jasmine green tea antioxidants reduced the amount of dietary fat and cholesterol absorbed by the body. Perhaps the catechins in the jasmine trigger weight loss by decreasing body fat and by stimulating the body to burn calories.

You can purchase jasmine already mixed in the green tea. Simply steep about one teaspoon of tea in two cups of water near boiling temperature for two minutes. You can do this up to three times before discarding it. Drink at least four cups of this a day. This tea may be served with strongly flavored foods or, if you like, it may be served alone. It is good with vegetarian dishes, curries, and chicken and fish. A good quality jasmine green tea will work beautifully with soft cheeses with pressed flowers, with fruit and flower salads, or with desserts made with flowers.

Microgreens Your Organic Indoor Green Garden

Do you notice that a lot of parents are finally getting their kids away from the TV and video games, encouraging them to participate in outdoor sports and activities? People are jogging by at all hours of the day and night. People are more health conscious in today’s society than ever before. They are buying more organic foods, filtering our water, getting more exercise and watching the types of food we eat. Some of us grow our own vegetables and even raise our own chickens.


This is all a good thing and anything you can do to save money and be active is great. Health clubs are also a good thing. The only problem is, today’s economy is not user friendly for monthly memberships. Organic foods cost twice and maybe even triple the amount of non-organic foods. Plastic water bottles are a large source of pollution and there is question as to the health of the bottle itself. Let’s think about it; it cost money to be healthy. Prices are rising higher than our paychecks. What do we do? We start with one thing at a time. As a matter of fact, let’s start off pulling double duty.

Let’s filter the quality of our indoor air and save money at the same time by growing microgreens. The indoor green garden of today is healthy, nutritious and convenient. Just what the doctor ordered! Micro greens are the absolute best way to supplement your nutritional needs. They are affordable to grow, they are easy to grow and they can grow anywhere inside your home that you desire. Growing your own micro-greens in containers at home is a fun indoor activity that both adults and kids will enjoy. For those of you who are unacquainted with the term, microgreens refer to the edible young leaves of a green leafy vegetable or herb, harvested and eaten just a few weeks after sowing, before they grow past their first seedling stage.

And speaking of making your dollars stretch, you can stretch them even further by growing the soil-less way. Growing micro greens soil-less, is the most cost effective way. Once you are ready to grow your first micro-crop indoors, the following step-by-step instructions on how to grow microgreens in soil should help you grow a successful crop of crisp micro-sized greens that can be used in a wide range of dishes, both as a garnish and as a flavor element.

Growing microgreens indoors is not only a pastime for the summer months, but these tiny edible greens can be grown indoors at home any time of the year, including fall and winter, provided that you have a sunny windowsill that you can allot to your new indoor microgreen garden. As most microgreens are harvested and cut only once, it is a good idea to start new crops at regular intervals to ensure a constant, year-round supply of fresh microgreens. Don’t wait. Start growing microgreens in your own organic indoor green garden today.

Teaching Kids To Being Green

go greenHelp your kids learn how to save our planet by going green. Help them understand how this will help make it a better world when they grow up. If you make this responsibility your, then you can potentially impact the world in ways you never imagined.

The objective of Being Eco-friendly

Being green is the current terminology that is used for people to learn to be environmentally friendly by recycling and conserving earth’s natural state. Everything from water conservation to construction materials recycling are important ways to being green. Each generation of people has the responsibility of passing down the knowledge, desire, and the means to being environmentally minded. They also have the task of providing ways to accomplish long term goals for the young people. By making being green a part of their life they demonstrate the very lessons that they are trying to pass down to their kids. Being green doesn’t have to be hard it just has to be made easy and affordable.

Recycling and Reusing

Several activities will teach children how to recycle and reuse material. Start off by giving the kids a pair of work gloves and set them sorting out the family trash and putting the right types of recyclables in the right bins.

Have the kids go through some of the items you’ve set aside for recycling, and ask them how they can reuse each item. Maybe a plastic bottle can be made into a bird feeder or glass jars can be used for storing jewelry or craft items.

There are many kids’ books you can use to teach them about recycling, so head to your library to pick up one that will appeal to their age group, interests and reading style. After reading the books, ask the kids what they think our world would look like if we never recycled or reused items.

Helping the Next Generation

Being green really is a way of life. Each person has to make it a part of their daily life to recycle and be aware of the resources that they use. By living an example of being green young people are more apt to make it a part of their life when they grow up. Young people who see adults caring for the environment will want to do the same thing. Parents can help the children by volunteering to help clean up a park or by making it a point to recycle all recyclables on a constant basis. Setting the example is one way of helping the next generation.

Making being green affordable is another way to help the future generation to be green. The cost of recycling has gone up over the years to the point that some people wonder if it is even worth the effort to keep recycling programs in place. If the next generation is going to keep being green a way of life, then they will need to be able to afford the cost of recycling. Some states have adopted the method of charging a recycling fee for pop cans as a way of promoting recycling. The states charge a $.05 to $.10 fee that is refunded to them once it is placed into the recycling bin. For communities that have had to raise rates they have found that public support is strong for being green.

Providing Them With the various tools to become Eco-friendly

Knowledge is an important tool that young people need to be green. Adults educate them by example and through instruction so they learn to love recycling. Some communities have set up playgrounds made from recycled material such as tires, recycled plastic lumber and other materials. They have placed picnic tables near the playground so families can enjoy time together. By providing a place to get together near playgrounds made from recycled material, families see the results of being green. Being green is an easy process and it is important to pass on the desire to the future generations.

Green Tea Makes A Great Natural Colon Cleanser

green teaWe all know that green tea is good for our health because it has antioxidants that help our body to reduce the level of cholesterol, fat and blood pressure. Green tea also strengthens our body in fighting illnesses and diseases like cancer while having no side effects whatsoever.

Here are some benefits of green tea as a colon cleanser and an agent for improving immunity:

Green tea helps reduce weight: If you drink tea without milk it reduces your weight as it has no calories. And, its regular consumption definitely reduces body fat as it increases the metabolism rate and calories are burned faster.

Green tea helps fight cancer: Green tea stops the growth and spread of cells that cause cancer. Experts claim that regular drinking of green tea reduces the chances of cancer.

Green tea helps control diabetes: If you are suffering from diabetes then drink green tea as it checks sugar from being absorbed into the blood stream.

Green helps improve blood circulation: When consuming green tea you don’t have to worry about improving your blood. It helps improve the circulation system.

Green tea prevents arthritis: Tea has anti-oxidants which block enzymes that attack and destroy bones. People who are already suffering from arthritis can drink green tea on a regular basis as it helps lessen the effects of arthritis.

Green tea helps lower the level of cholesterol: Green tea helps check cholesterol levels, balances the fat ration in the body and helps maintain good cardiovascular strength. It also helps in maintaining artery health.

Green tea acts as an anti-aging product: Our body suffers negative effects of free radicals. Free radicals are responsible for wrinkles and other signs of aging. green tea has defensive antioxidants molecules which detoxify the body and prevent the these harmful effects of free radicals.

Green tea gets rid of bad breath: Green tea prevents your teeth from gathering plaque. It checks the formation of cavities and stops the growth of bacteria that cause bad breath.

Green tea makes a great natural colon cleanser: You can drink it regularly and feel your bowel system improve. Most people who drink green tea do not suffer from constipation as not only it checks the build-up of toxins in the body but also keeps the body hydrated. Green tea has been used for thousands of years for natural colon cleansing in Eastern cultures.

green teaBut green tea is not really for everyone. Here are two important facts about consuming green tea.

Although green tea is natural and rarely causes any harm but it may not suit everyone. If you are regularly take drugs like pseudoephedrine, ephedrine or theophylline then consuming green tea may prove dangerous as the amount of caffeine in green tea may increase the dose of certain drugs which is dangerous for health.

Women who regularly drink large amounts of green tea during or before pregnancy may risk the health of their baby. Their baby may suffer deficiency of folic acid.

In order to benefit from green tea, it is necessary that you prepare it properly. Neither should you brew it too long or too less. That is the only way you can derive health benefits from consuming green tea.