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Plants & Trees Can Spread Diseases Too

Added August 16, 2018, Under: Diseases, Environment

For many years (and even centuries) explorers and botanists have been bringing home plant specimens from their countries of origin - and usually without a thought as to plant security. It is only in recent times that the phrase "plant security" has even come into fashion. We all know about how the human and animal world can pass on diseases to fellow humans and animals - but the same can happen in the plant world too. Now, the Prince of Wales in the ...

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Our Top Ten Tips For Living Longer With a Surprise at Number One!

Added August 12, 2018, Under: Diseases, Environment, Exercise, Health, How To

In the United States, the fastest growing age group comprises those aged 85 and older while centenarians are the quickest growing age group in the UK, with the number of 100-year-olds almost doubling over a 14-year period, according to the Office for National Statistics in late 2017. Whenever the media celebrates with someone who has reached 100 years or beyond, they are always asked to what they attribute their long lives.  And each will have a different answer. We might not all ...

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Include Potassium Rich Foods in your Diet to Help with Cellulite

Added August 5, 2018, Under: Diets, Natural remedies

Fluid retention is one of the main causes of cellulite and this is because many of us consume too much sodium but not enough potassium. While sodium carries nutrients into your cells, potassium helps to flush excess waste out of your cells which in turn can reduce the appearance of cellulite. What is cellulite and why does it appear? Cellulite appears as dimpled bumpy skin with that "orange peel" look. Fatty tissue under connective tissue bulges into the dermis leading to the appearance ...

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Venturing into Venice and onto the Water Beyond

Added August 1, 2018, Under: Environment, Guides

If you can fly into Venice's Marco Polo Airport, and catch a water taxi or shuttle to your destination, the view of Venice in the distance and the journey across the water are really magical. Venice is made up of several islands in the sea and there are defining lanes with wooden marker piles and signage in this sea, making water highways from one place to the other in much the same way as roads on land. The whole economy and way ...

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Our Allotment Meadow Garden is for the Bees, the Butterflies and More

Added July 29, 2018, Under: Environment, Exercise, Health

Having a wilder type of garden and letting some of the weeds grow is good for bees and other wildlife. There are so many bee species from bumblebees to solitary bees - in addition to our much loved honey bees - and they all need our help. Each one has a different flower or nesting preference, making every one unique.  Many of our crops and wildflowers are reliant on insect pollination. What we did on the allotment meadow garden A couple of years ago, ...

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Homes Should Not Be Just For People, But For Nature Too!

Added July 22, 2018, Under: Environment, How To, Technology

Here in the UK, I am involved in a local Community Land Trust which does its best to build houses for local people (at a reasonable rent) who could not otherwise afford to live in the area - they don't earn enough. Like many places, there is a shortage here of affordable housing and so the Government constantly encourages housing associations and developers to build more - but this is often at the cost of losing local farm land or even ...

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Find Out Why Your Hair Needs Vitamins Too!

Added July 19, 2018, Under: How To, Natural remedies, Nutrition

  In much the same way as we care or should care for our skin, so we need to think about our hair and whether we are giving our crowning glory the TLC it needs and even craves? Adding these vitamins to your diet improves your hair but it can also help to prevent hair loss too. How to thicken your hair in a natural way Fish Oil This oil rich in fatty acids will help to nourish the hair, support hair thickening and even ...

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Is the Famous Baobab Tree Under Threat from Climate Change?

Added July 15, 2018, Under: Environment

If you have ever lived in, worked in or visited Southern Africa, you may well have come across the iconic Baobab Tree. An old African legend tells a story that a mighty god had a baobab growing in his garden but he grew annoyed with the baobab arrogantly displaying its beautiful foliage - and flung it from paradise to the earth below. It landed upside down, with its roots jutting into the sky and its beautiful foliage buried beneath the ochre earth. ...

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Both Parents & Children Are Having To Face These Modern Addictions

Added July 12, 2018, Under: Children's Health, Health, Technology

Can it only be some ten years since the appearance of the smart phone and yet, a USA study found that 40% of mothers and 32% of fathers admitted to some form of phone addition. They have the constant urge to check messages, they think about incoming calls or texts frequently and with some admitting that they feel they use their phones too much. One of the downsides, according to the study from the University of Michigan and Illinois State University, is ...

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The Borage Flower Refills With Nectar Every Two Minutes!

Added July 10, 2018, Under: Environment, How To, Natural remedies

Borage (or Borago officinalis), and also known as a starflower, is an annual herb that is native to the Mediterranean region but has naturalized in many other areas. While both the leaves and the flowers are edible, and the plant is grown in many gardens for that reason, some sources will tell you that the leaves can only be eaten when they are young. But once grown larger,  they produce edible, starry blue flowers that attract bees in their droves. These are some of the interesting borage facts ...

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