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The amazing Pomegranate!

Both the peel and seeds are edible and an average pomegranate contains about 500-1400 seeds. The seeds contains:
– Only 83 calories
– 4gr fibers per 100 g serving
– A 100 g portion contains 10.2 mg of vitamin C (17% of daily DV)
– A 100gr portion contains 16 mcg of vitamin K (20% of daily DV)
“Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines for Americans, for optimal health with a 2000-calorie diet, you should consume 2 cups of fruit and 2½ cups of vegetables per day.” (source livestrong.com)
Also the peel is edible:
“The peel is good for the heart and blood vessels; the white membrane is good for stopping diarrhea and good for wounds and ulcers of the mouth and throat. The fruit also strengthens the brain, cleanses the body and blood from toxins, and is very good at expelling worms from the intestines,” (source ISRAEL21c)
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How to preserve an Iceberg lettuce

Iceberg lettuce is often a fairly large vegetable and to avoid throwing out the rest, you can keep the salad fresh in the refrigerator up to a week with the following method:
– Cut the piece you need by also cutting through the stem
– Cut the stem to remove the brown part
– Put some water in a container. Very little water
– Place the salad in the container so that only the stem pipe water
Make sure the leaves are not touching the water because then the lettuce will rot quickly.

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Sicilian Red Oranges

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Breakfast juice to prevent the flu

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An Orange tree can become a Lemon tree

You can recycle trees where where limbs are tired, but the trunk is still in good condition.

A lemon tree can become an orange tree or even a mandarin tree. As long it belongs to the category citrus. Looking for a new tree, let e.g. the citrus tree grow until next year without cutting it. When ripe, cut the tops and plant them in the trunk of a severed citrus tree. Attach the limbs as the picture below and let be.

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C2If a trunk looks like this, the tree has been reworked. Four limbs is recommended.

C3In this strain, the process has been done recently. Some argue that the quality deteriorates, but it’s not correct. Interested parties who buys these lemons are very selective.

C4This lemon tree has been allowed to re-grow as a lemon tree. But if you want a change, it works as well.

How to clean an antique lamp and other similar items

To clean old delicate items naturally like the lamp below is very easy. We found three solutions and all gave great results:

1: Vinegar and Salt. Remeber to clean with come water and dry the item
2: Fresh lemon juice. Remember to clean with some water and dry the item
3: Mild natural soap and water. No cleaning or drying is needed after treatment. 

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Make Your Own Almond Milk

You need:

1 parts Almonds
4 parts Water
Natural Honey
Blender/Juicer

Put almonds with the dark brown skin in water for 24 hours (loses easier this way). Then peel the almonds and leave in water for couple of hours, e.g. 12 hours
Put in juicer or blender
Sweeten with natural honey

You can leave the milk with no honey added, and when consuming  sweeten the milk with honey as the taste may differ.

With Parts we mean to divide chosen amount. E.g. if you have one cup of almonds, use four equal sized cups for water.

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Restoring a coffer from 1800

This coffer from late 1800 we found in a antique store in Catania, Sicily. It is easy to find old furniture cheap in Sicily.

This one we decied just to clean with some natural soap and water. And then painted with ecological paint to keep the feeling of the coffer. For a more perfect finish just grind it before painting. The front, both short sides and the top we painted twice, but left the backside and inside with just one round of paint. This for sustainable thinking as you do not see those parts anyway.

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Indoor Air Improvement Plants

Having plants indoors is an excellent solution to increase the indoor air quality. Plants are the lungs in the environment. Research shows that indoor plants:

  • Help improve indoor air quality
  • Help reduce sick building syndrome
  • Help improve well being
  • Help improve productivity and performance
  • Help to lower stress and negative feelings
  • Help to reduce noise
  • Improve business image with potential clients
  • Contribute to fulfilling at least 75% of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Criteria

(Source: www.ambiusindoorplants.com.au)

This choice is very important especially in urban areas as studies shows that we spend 85% of our time indoors and the air is more polluted. Many do not know that indoor air is many times more polluted than outdoor air. Indoor plants also helps reduce stress and background noise in stressful environments.

Indoor Plants Contribute To At Least 75% Of Indoor Environmental Quality (IEQ) Criteria: (source: www.ambiusindoorplants.com.au)

IEQ criterion Indoor Plants
Air pollution mitigation Reduce all types of urban air pollution
Low Emitting Materials Absorb toxic emissions – VOCs etc
Ventilation effectiveness Increase effectiveness – remove CO2/add O2
Lighting OK for Plants – OK for staff also
Noise Absorb & buffer noise
Views Add aesthetics & calming greenery; lower stress
Thermal comfort Not directly influenced but tend to stabilise humidity in human comfort zone, so could have unquantified effects here
Systems controllability Not directly influenced but stabilisation of temperature and humidity could lower air-con. energy consumption

Recommended Plants to Purify Indoor Air:

orcOrchids “Dendrobium” and Phaeleonopsis”

Neglect them for easy care, avoid too much water and sunlight.

Releases oxygen during night therefore great to have in the bedroom.

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Pothos

Survives in less light and colder temperatures

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Ferns

Soft plant, easy care, avoid direct sunlight

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Peace Lilies

Keep in shade and cool temperature

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Anthuriums

Exotic look, effective air cleaner, easy care

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Philodendrons

Easy care, attractive because of its unique colors

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Palms

Easy care, perfect for smokers home

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Schefflera

Long-lasting, keep the leafs dustfree, perfect for smokers homes

 

Source plant photoes: Wikipedia, plantoftheweek.com

Treat Diabetes with Prickly Pear/Fichi d’India

Prickly Pear or as in italian called Fichi d’India, has been used in Mexico to treat diabetes for over 1,000 years.
– Faster and more effective glucose entry into the cells.
– Lower blood sugar in people suffering of type 2 diabetes. Decrease sugar levels by 20 to 45%.

This lovely fruit has many names like Super Fruit, Prickly Pear, Nopal Cactus, Barbary Fig and Indian Fig. Please see more health benefits in the chart below.

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