Bekannt auch unter den Namen „Meerrettichbaum“, „Baum des Lebens“, der Moringa Baum kommt ursprünglich aus dem Himalaya Gebiet. Erst durch die Engländer wurde er in die ganze Welt verbreitet. Die bekannteste Sorte ist „Moringa oleifera“. Der Baum wächst heutzutage überall im Subtropischen Gebiet (Indien, Afrika, Südamerika…). Am besten gedeiht der Baum unter voller Sonne und wächst am liebsten in einen sandigen oder lehmigen, neutralen bis leicht sauren (PH 6,3 – 7,0) und gut drainierten Boden. Nasse Böden und Staunässe können zu Verfärbung der Blätter und Wurzelfäule führen. Der Moringa Baum fühlt sich wohl bei Temperaturen von 25 – 35 Grad Celsius, wobei er bis zu 48 Grad im Schatten überlebt und bei Temperaturen um 10 Grad überwintert werden kann.
Da die Samen keine Vegetationsruhe haben, können sie ganzjährig gepflanzt werden. Am besten erfolgt die Anzucht indoor (z.B. auf der Fensterbank), da dort die Temperaturschwankungen geringer sind.
Die Keimung erfolgt nach 10-14 Tagen und nach vier Wochen können die ersten Blätter schon geerntet werden.
Nach einem Schnitt erholt sich der Baum sehr schnell. Ein öfters Scheiden fördert einen buschigen Wachstum und der Baum wächst schnell in die Höhe.
Für Blumen und Samen braucht der Baum viel Sonne und Wärme, was in Mitteleuropa schwierig sein sollte. Man sollte einfach ausprobieren. Der Klimawandel hat uns oft überrascht.
In seinem natürlichem Gebiet trägt der Baum jährlich ca. 400 – 600 Samen. Der Moringa Baum wächst vollkommen anspruchslos, daher ist die Zugabe von Dünger normalerweise nicht notwendig. Allerdings ist eine Erdmischung mit natürlichem Dünger (z.B. Vulkan Erde oder Hornspäne) für die Anzucht zu empfehlen, als Nährstofflieferant.
Eating For A Healthy Heart
Moringa is native to the Himalayan regions of India. The Tree is now grown across tropical regions in Africa, Asia, islands in the Pacific and the Caribbean, and South America. The most commonly known variety of Moringa is Moringa Oleifera. It is a tree with long, delicate-looking branches, which have small, oval-shaped dark green leaves. Those leaves have lot of healthy nutrients. For more about Moringa, please use our MoringaBot
If it’s your first time to eat Moringa leaves, you will be pleasantly surprised at the „meaty“ taste of them. The fresh Moringa leaves have a strong aftertaste if eaten raw. Some seconds after first chewing them, you will feel a burning sensation, that kicks in. The Moringa leaves combine well with other foods.
I personally have some trees in the Kitchen at the window. At meal time, everyone (my little daughter loves it) takes some leaves and add them to the food. This is for our family an easy way to eat fresh Moringa leaves.
Everyone should try to eat the leaves raw to get the most benefit from them. Here are some suggestions of eating fresh Moringa leaves:
My next post will be a guide to plant Moringa yourself.
Also the flowers, the flower buds, the pods, the seeds can be eaten. But we talk about them in our next posts.
Enjoy eating the magic leaves of Moringa😊.
(BPT) – The chill, the dryness, the itch: As temperatures drop, winter can wreak havoc on your skin. Fortunately, you can fight winter’s wrath by taking a few smart, proactive steps.
Winter skin woes are common, with 83 percent of Americans saying their skin feels differently during the winter than it does the rest of the year, according to a recent survey conducted online among 2,000 U.S. adults by Harris Poll on behalf of CeraVe. More specifically, 77 percent say their skin feels dry in winter and 41 percent even describe it as itchy.
„Winter weather can affect all skin types,“ says board-certified dermatologist Dr. Shari Marchbein. „Even though people are aware that their skin is dry, they often unknowingly make mistakes that can cause their skin to feel worse. Being mindful of how you’re treating your skin and adapting your skincare routine are two essential ways to help ease the skin discomforts that often come with the season.“
To help fight dry and itchy skin brought on by winter, Dr. Marchbein suggests five simple skincare tips:
1. Stay warm, not hot
Everyone loves a long, hot shower in the winter. In fact, the survey found 50 percent of people take more hot showers during the winter. Unfortunately, hot water strips the skin of natural moisture that keeps it healthy, hydrated and protected. Take a short, lukewarm shower instead to avoid irritating the skin. Find that warm comfort by cozying up in a blanket afterward instead.
2. Fix the winter itch
That winter itch is most commonly caused by severely dry skin, so be sure to moisturize daily with products that contain ceramides to maintain hydration and fight dryness. Ceramides are naturally found in skin but can be regularly disrupted by factors like the environment and daily activities, leading to dry skin. Keep a tub of a ceramide-rich cream in your bathroom to slather on while your skin is still wet after showering to really seal in moisture and help restore the skin’s protective barrier. For added moisture and protection, use an ointment like CeraVe Healing Ointment, which contains ceramides and helps to heal dry, chapped skin, and immediately slip on socks, gloves and comfortable clothes to help it soak in.
3. Dress smart
When you’re heading outside, be sure to bundle up! Always wear gear that protects your skin from the elements, like hats, scarves and gloves. Additionally, while winter makes us more inclined to bundle up in cozy sweaters, avoid any materials that may irritate your skin. If you feel itchy under your favorite wool sweater, wear a breathable shirt underneath or consider swapping it for a different material, like fleece or cashmere.
4. Maximize moisture
The colder winter air pulls moisture from the skin leaving it dry, itchy and lackluster, and heading indoors isn’t helping. The rising thermostat in your house causes dry air that sucks hydration from your skin. Use a humidifier to add moisture back into the air in main spaces, like your bedroom. You should also be sure to adapt your skincare routine for the winter just like you would your wardrobe. Swap your light creams out for richer products that will add the extra moisturization needed during the winter and be sure to use them twice daily.
5. Drink up
However, adding moisture back into the air isn’t the only way to hydrate yourself. You should also be moisturizing yourself from the inside out by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Water has a wide array of health benefits and the quality of your skin is one of them — especially during the winter months when we tend to lose moisture more often. Warm tea is another great way to get hydrated while comforting yourself during the colder months.
„Winter doesn’t have to mean dry, itchy and uncomfortable skin,“ says Marchbein. „A few proactive steps and adjustments to your daily routine can help ease some of those winter worries so you can enjoy all the fun the season has to offer.“
Lemon- Lemonade Situation!
(BPT) – Cold brew coffee is popping up everywhere, poised to be a top food trend in the new year. You may have seen it on the menu of your favorite coffeehouse or in the refrigerated section of your local grocery store, but what exactly is cold brew coffee, and why are people raving about it?
Cold brew 101Cold brew coffee is commonly confused with iced coffee, but the name comes from how it’s brewed rather than how it’s served. Cold brew coffee is slowly steeped in cold water using coarsely ground coffee beans. While you can brew a pot of traditional hot coffee in a few minutes, cold brew takes hours – 12 or more – to achieve the signature result.When you taste a high-quality cup of cold brew coffee, the difference is apparent. Coffee made using the cold brew method has a smoother, naturally sweeter result that tastes less acidic than traditional hot-brewed coffee. The reason for this is the solubility of the organic acids inherent in coffee are extracted at higher brewing temperatures. The organic acids (like citric, malic, formic, quinic and acetic) are a signature aspect of hot-brewed coffee’s flavor and aroma yet only dissolve in hot water. The cold brew method doesn’t extract the bright flavors associated with these acids but extracts the rich chocolate and caramel notes that result in the rich and smooth beverage with a difference that you can taste.Cold brew at homeCold brewing from scratch at home can be quite the task, but that doesn’t mean you must choose between expensive coffeehouse cold brew and the messy, time-consuming process of cold brewing at home. The solution: Java House(R) Authentic Cold Brew Coffee Dual-Use Liquid Pods can be enjoyed hot or cold at home. To enjoy hot, place a pod into a single-serve brewer with the tab facing up for a rich yet smooth cup of coffee. To enjoy cold, slowly peel open the pod, pour over ice and add water. For best results, use 8 oz. of water, whether enjoying hot or cold.The smooth, rich taste of cold brew can be savored by itself all year long. The caramel and chocolate notes extracted are characteristic features of cold brew and not something you’ll naturally find using other coffee brewing methods.Become a home baristaFeeling creative? You don’t need professional barista experience to craft a satisfying coffee creation. While delicious without anything added, Java House(R) Cold Brew is also a great base for many coffee recipes, whether you want to create something rich, sweet or a little bit spicy. For example, this recipe for Hot Salted Caramel Coffee will warm you up, no matter how low the temperatures dip outside.Hot Salted Caramel Coffee
4 fluid ounces water
2 Java House(R) Cold Brew Liquid Pods
4 tablespoons whole milk
1 and 1/2 tablespoons salted caramel syrup
1 tablespoon vanilla syrup
Caramel sauce to drizzle
Coarse sea salt to sprinkle
In a large mug, combine water, cold brew liquid pods, milk and both syrups. Stir well and microwave for 30 to 40 seconds. (Or combine in a saucepan over medium low heat for 4 to 8 minutes and pour into a large mug.) Top with whipped topping. Drizzle with caramel sauce. Sprinkle with sea salt.
You can substitute almond milk or low-fat evaporated milk and low-fat whipped topping for the whole milk and whipped topping for a healthier alternative.
To serve cold:
In a tall glass, combine water, cold brew liquid pods, milk and both syrups. Stir well. Top with ice. Top with whipped topping. Drizzle with caramel sauce. Sprinkle with sea salt.
Keep in mind, Java House(R) does not use any preservatives, coffee additives, coffee derivatives or reconstituted coffee. It’s just a great-tasting cold brew coffee that lets you become a home barista using four varieties: Colombian, Ethiopian, Sumatran and Decaf. Visit javahouse.com to learn more.
(BPT) – If you have ADHD, you know life can be an adventure. The journey from getting the diagnosis to trying to manage it every day is unique to each person. Prescription medication is a common part of a treatment plan, but it’s not the only answer to your condition.
„There are several alternative methods that dramatically help people thrive with ADHD, whether they were diagnosed as a child or are managing their condition as an adult,“ says Robin Livingston-Richter, a licensed psychotherapist for more than 25 years and an ADHD Life Coach.
Livingston-Richter knows the struggle people with ADHD face, as she was diagnosed as an adult at age 34. She also has two children and a husband with ADHD, so she understands the concerns of parents and partners, too.
„Some people prefer to avoid medication altogether, while others want alternatives that can be useful in addition to prescriptions,“ Livingston-Richter says. „No matter your personal beliefs, I recommend considering these all-natural ways to help manage ADHD.“
Exercise releases endorphins, the „feeling good“ chemicals needed to regulate mood and pleasure. Endorphins also increase attention and focus, which benefits the ADHD brain. What’s more, exercise impacts the executive functioning system, causing a decline in impulsivity.
How can someone with ADHD develop an exercise plan and stay committed to it? Try taking a 20-minute walk after work or school. Sign up for an exercise class, or a team activity that you are passionate about. Any muscle movement counts, but consistency is key.
Nature has a restorative effect on busy brains, so spend time outdoors. Set up a quiet space where you and/or your family members can be alone. The fresh air, green surroundings and sunshine can make a big impact. If you live in a climate where sunshine and/or the ability to go outside is limited during parts of the year, consider purchasing a therapy light that mimics natural daylight to impact mood and energy levels.
When outside or with your therapy light, try this: Sit, pause, take a deep breath, and slowly release it. Continue this while going through each of the five senses – taste, smell, sight, hearing, and touch – noting how you experience each sense. This instantly calms the body and mind while helping you focus.
Music can provide a dopamine boost that the busy ADHD brain craves. Dopamine is a brain neurotransmitter that helps with focus, so turn up those tunes and take in the rhythm.
While cooking dinner, turn on some music. Put together an upbeat playlist of your favorite songs to play while you get ready for work or school. In the evening, play some instrumental music to calm your brain and create inner peace.
People with ADHD often experience high levels of self-doubt and a negative inner-dialogue. To help you better believe in yourself, shift your perspective by implementing an „attitude of gratitude.“
For example, start your day by talking about what you „get to do“ instead of what you „have to do.“ This changes the conversation positively. Before heading out the door, pause, then think about or even write down three things you are grateful for. When problems arise, instead of thinking, „Why is this happening to me?“ think, „What can I learn from this?“
A healthy diet of whole foods packed with nutrients is beneficial for people with ADHD because what you eat can impact how your mind functions. Sugars, additives and colorings, for example, can trigger hyperactivity, mind-racing thoughts, and agitation.
To encourage wholesome eating, stock your kitchen with foods that are low in artificial sugars and colors. If you have a sweet tooth, fresh fruit is a wonderful way to satisfy cravings while getting a natural sugar boost. Plus, those red berries, purple grapes, and green apples have zero artificial colors.
Mindfulness helps improve self-control, impulsivity and attention. Plus, it’s something that can be done anywhere at any time, making it accessible to anyone. Mindfulness is all about „paying attention with intention.“
Practice mindfulness by pausing and increasing awareness in the present moment. Pay attention by calming the mind’s thoughts and focusing on breathing slowly in and out. Notice how your body and mind feels, without judgment.
An ADHD Life Coach provides the necessary support to make a positive difference in ADHD management. By improving understanding of how your ADHD mind works and providing effective strategies and tactics, an ADHD Life Coach will set you up for success, and help you shift your mindset from „What is wrong with me?“ to „What is right about me?“
For more information on ADHD Life Coaching for adults or children, visit http://www.stigma2strength.com or call 952-913-7805 for a free 20-minute consultation. While health insurance doesn’t cover the cost of ADHD Life Coaching, you can use a health-savings account (HSA) to cover fees.
A recent national survey commissioned by Panera Bread revealed that 99 percent of Americans do not know the amount of added sugar in a 20 fl. oz. serving of standard cola, with 83 percent of Americans underestimating the amount. To better support and inform guests, Panera Bread is the first national restaurant company to place calories and added sugar information directly in the hands of guests, by rolling out a new fountain beverage cup that lists the calories and added sugar in each of its six new craft beverages, as well as regular cola.
Yep, you’ve got all the signs of „tech neck“ – courtesy of incessantly staring down at all those mobile devices of yours.
Know, though, that given those extra pounds of stress you’ve been putting on your spine, not only can doctors of chiropractic provide you with options for relieving your pain, they can also help correct the overall poor posture that tech neck results in.
Garlic is versatile and has many health benefits. The smell sometimes makes people not want to add garlic to their diet but the benefits outweigh the price you would pay in powerful breath. In If you’re concerned about it though, you can minimize the smell by sucking on a lemon wedge or chewing on a sprig of parsley. Both work well to neutralize the garlic odor in your mouth. Garlic can be eaten raw but most people prefer to add it to cooked foods. It gives your food a flavorful boost. You can also buy garlic supplements that may help reduce garlic breath. Heart & Circulation Powerful antioxidants found in garlic can help reduce free radicals in your body. Free radicals are dangerous molecules that can damage tissue and accelerate the aging process. This means that garlic promotes heart health, reduces and repairs damaged cells and supports healthy blood flow throughout your body, resulting in better circulation. It lowers blood pressure, reduces LDL cholesterol and helps regulate blood sugar. Garlic also relaxes the lining of the blood vessels, thereby helping to reduce plaque buildup in your arteries. This can help prevent strokes and heart attacks.
Garlic contains a substance, called Allicin, which is a natural antibiotic. It reduces the ability of germs to grow and produce bacteria in your body. It also boosts your body’s natural defenses helping to rid you allergies, colds, and infections. Detoxification is a process your body goes through to remove toxins so it can perform better. Garlic aids with detoxification and helps your body’s own defenses work better by improving the function of your immune system.
Many studies show that a diet rich in garlic can actually help protect your body form various types of cancers, such as colon, breast and prostate cancer. Garlic contains chemical substances that may actually block cancer-activating carcinogens from being formed in the body.
Garlic is a natural pain killer. It reduces the pain and itch of bug bites, ringworm or other rashes. To apply to the affected area, cut a clove in half and rub the cut side all around the wound. It can also lessen the pain of toothaches. In a similar fashion, apply the cut side of the garlic directly onto the tooth and gums. You can also take a clove and break it up a little with a hammer or mallet and put the whole thing right over the affected tooth. Hold this in place for 10-15 minutes and your pain will be gone. Reapply as needed.
Many swear by applying a garlic mask for their acne. Garlic has natural antifungal and antibacterial properties which helps in clearing up acne prone skin. Make your own mask by crushing several cloves of garlic and mixing with Manuka honey. Apply directly to your face and let sit for approximately 20 minutes, rinse with warm water, blot dry and apply lotion for sensitive skin. Everyone can benefit from adding a little extra garlic to their diet.