Reverse Zoonosis: Can You Make Your Pet Sick?

For good reason, there is a great deal of interest in the transmission of diseases from animals to humans. Recently, however, medical researchers have started to ask the opposite question: can we make animals sick? The transmission of diseases from humans to animals is a growing area of concern. Swine and bird flu are two … Continue reading Reverse Zoonosis: Can You Make Your Pet Sick?

Is Coffee, Tea Good For Diabetes?

Here is some good news for people who may be prone to type II diabetes (also called diabetes mellitus). According to the findings of the latest evaluation, consuming plenty of tea or coffee, even if it is decaffeinated or free from caffeine, is likely to lower the risk of having type II diabetes. Actually, the new … Continue reading Is Coffee, Tea Good For Diabetes?

Tea: From Garden to Cup

Tea {Camellia sinensis} Hardy to Zone 8 We cherish tea for its timeless flavor, health benefits, and social pleasures, yet rarely think of it outside of its box, bag or strainer. In truth, tea {Camellia sinensis} is a valuable plant and can be a prized garden element. The most useful of the Camellias, the tea plant makes … Continue reading Tea: From Garden to Cup

Drinking Tea Could Help Stave Off Cognitive Decline

Drinking Tea Could Help Stave Off Cognitive Decline

Gardening 101: Lungwort – Gardenista

Read our design guide for lungwort (Pulmonaria) for tips to grow and care for this quiet, jewel-colored flowering perennial in a spring woodland garden. Source: Gardening 101: Lungwort - Gardenista

Herbs: A -Z List: (…The Medicinal, Spiritual and Magical Uses of…)

The following information is for reference only. Herb-lore is an art which must be respected, and several herbs can be as equally dangerous as beneficial if not used correctly. Aloes: General: Aloes are indigenous to East and South Africa, but have been introduced into the West Indies (where they are extensively cultivated) and into tropical … Continue reading Herbs: A -Z List: (…The Medicinal, Spiritual and Magical Uses of…)

Honeysuckle {Lonicera caprifolium / Lonicera japonica}

Also, Known As Honeysuckle Jin Yin Hua The herbal plant called the honeysuckle is a climbing plant that can grow to twelve ft - four meters - in length. The plant comes in several varieties, and some varieties are deciduous - example, the L. Capri folium variety - while some are semi-evergreen - the Asian … Continue reading Honeysuckle {Lonicera caprifolium / Lonicera japonica}

Angelica {Angelica archangelica}

Also, Known As: Amara Aromatica American Angelica Angelica Archangelica Archangelica Officinalis Bellyache Root European Angelica Garden Angelica Goutweed Herb Of The Angels High Angelica Holy Ghost Plant Holy Herb Masterwort Purple Angelica Purplestem Angelica Root Of The Holy Ghost Wild Angelica Wild Parsnip Angelica (botanical name Angelica archangelica) is generally a biennial plant that grows … Continue reading Angelica {Angelica archangelica}

Ginger {Zingiber officinale}

Also, Known As: African Ginger Ardraka Black Ginger Chiang Gan-Jiang Ginger Nagara Race Ginger Shen-Jiang Sunthi Zingiber officinale, the official name of the common ginger was coined by the famous eighteenth-century Swedish botanist and general naturalist, Carl Linnaeus. While Latinizing the name, Carl Linnaeus also derived the name Zingiber for the generic term, using the … Continue reading Ginger {Zingiber officinale}

Orris Root

Iris pallida Also, Known As Dalmatian Iris Orris Root Sweet Iris The term orris root is used to denote the roots of a number of species, including Iris germanica, Iris pallida and Iris florentina. They have a very sweet fragrance, which is more distinct in some bearded irises compared to others. The aroma of the … Continue reading Orris Root