Gardenlng With Epsom Salts  

Paul Chong        Monday 24 August 2015 20-Epsom-Salt-Uses-for-Healthy-Beauty-Gardening-and-More images                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Spring will soon be here & gardening enthusiasts will be out & about in the garden. In keeping with the trendy organic culture of today, be surprised as what you can achieve with epsom salt.
Epsom salt may be associated with your kitchen but it’s also a miracle worker for gardening. It can enrich your soil with additional nutrients (like magnesium), increase your vegetable output, and speed up your plant growth & many more benefits.

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1. Enriching your Roses – Roses benefit from epsom salt immensely. It provides them with magnesium, which is vital for chlorophyll production and seed germination. By adding this salt, the rose bush produces more vibrant blooms with richer colours and darker foliage, and the plant grows stronger. The plant’s inflow of sulfur, nitrogen and phosphorus improves too.

What to Do: When planting a rose bush, soak the roots in a ½ cup salt diluted in one gallon water beforehand. Sprinkle a tablespoon of salt in the hole in the ground and cover this with a thin layer of soil. During the growing season, you can sprinkle a tablespoon of salt per foot of plant height to the base of the plant once a month before watering.

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2. Grow Healthier Tomatoes and Peppers – Both these plants use up a lot of magnesium while growing, so adding epsom salt – which are easily absorbed into the plant – offers gardeners a cheap source of magnesium for their crops. The Epsom salt helps in other ways too: The plants are stronger, produce more fruit, with less blossom rot, deeper color, and more flavorful vegetables. Gardeners also report sweeter and healthy-sized vegetables.
What to do: When planting a new tomato or pepper plant, dig a hole, place one tablespoon of salt in the hole and then cover with a thin layer of soil. You can position the plant on top of this. During the growing season, you can give the plants a liquid treatment every two weeks: Mix 1 tablespoon in a gallon of water and water the plants with this mix. Using warm water can make it easier to dissolve the salt.
3. Cultivate Better Flowers and Stronger Blooms – Experienced gardeners swear that adding epsom salt to their flower gardens benefits the plants. They cite that the added nutrients make their plants healthier, grow stronger flowers and feature blossoms with improved colour and texture. Start by adding the Epsom salt to the soil when planting new flower-bearing plants, and after that treat the plants with a liquid solution (same method mentioned in #3) every two to three weeks.

4. Nurture Better Azaleas and RhododendronUnknown-2 – Add some Epsom salt to help these flowering plants produce more buds. The supplement of sulfate from the Epsom salt also helps prevent the plants from turning yellow. Every two to four weeks you can apply 1 tablespoon per 9 square feet, making sure to cover the root zone.

5. Grow Greener Grass – Adding epsom salt to your lawn can supplement the grass with minerals that make the grass healthier, greener and grow stronger, enabling the plant to withstand any harsh environmental factors. Adding this salt can help with the germination process and the seed growth in the early stages. What to do: Use a spreader, or dilute the salt in water and apply with a sprayer. It’s recommended that three pounds be applied per every 1250 square feet.
6. Help Fruit Trees Flourish – It is a long process for a tree to bear fruit, but adding the salt to its soil helps the plant reap better-tasting, nutritious and more attractive fruit. It can also help improve photosynthesis, and make the tree more weather and disease resistant. You can treat the trees three times a year with 2 tablespoons per 9 square feet, applied over the root zone.
7. Prevent Palm Trees from Getting “Frizzle Top” – Frizzle top is what gardeners call the palm trees with yellow or light green leaves at the top. It looks as if the plant is having a bad hair day, hence the name. You can remedy this by applying epsom salt at the base and then spraying the leaves and crown with a liquid mixture (1 tablespoon mixed in a gallon of water).

8. Stop Leaves from Curling – Another problem plants incur due to a lack of magnesium is that their leaves begin to curl. If this is the case, you can drench the soil with a mixture of 1 tablespoon salt dissolved in 1 gallon of water, or just sprinkle salt into the soil before watering.

9. Avoiding Yellowing Bougainvillea and Gardenia Leaves – These low maintenance plants are beautiful additions to a garden. However, due to their heavy flowering or if their soil pH is slightly off balance, they can suffer from low levels of magnesium, which results in yellowing blooms or foliage. You can fix this by sprinkling ½ cup of salt in the ground around the plant roots.
10. Put an End to Yellowing Leaves – When plants lack magnesium or sulfur, their foliage often turns yellow. Epsom salt’s technical name is magnesium sulfate, which makes it the perfect fix for this problem. Plants such as ferns, cycads, and elephant-ear plants benefit from richer foliage coloring with Epsom salt treatments. Add epsom salt to soil fertilizer once a month and, if you want to solve the problem more quickly, you can spray a solution of 1 tablespoon per gallon directly onto the plant leaves.

11. Helping with Transplant Shock – If you move a plant to a new location or from a pot to the ground, the roots can get damaged and shock can occur. Help the plant adapt more easily to its new environment by adding epsom salt, which facilitate chlorophyll production. Water after planting with a solution of one gallon water mixed with one tablespoon of epsom salt.

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12. Keeps Slugs Away – epsom salt can offer a non-toxic way to rid your garden of unwanted pests. Sprinkling them will keep slugs and snails from nibbling on your plants leaves and fruit, making your garden safer for animals and children, because you didn’t add pesticides to the soil.
13. Easily Remove Tree Stumps – epsom salt can help you drain a tree stump, so that it is easier to remove it. Drill holes in the top of the stump, with three to four inch gaps in between, and fill these with the salt. You can also pour it on any exposed roots to dry them out as well. Add water after filling the holes with the salt – it can take several tries to completely dry out the stump, but the salts speed up the process.

14. Help Remove a Splinter – It’s easy to get a splinter when working in the garden, even when wearing gloves. They can be irritating and painful, but epsom salt can help with this too. Soak the affected area with a mixture of 2 tablespoons of the salts dissolved in a cup of water. This solution will increase the skin’s osmotic pressure, and help draw the splinter out on its own.

15. Killing Weeds – Create a homemade weed killer that can efficiently destroy weeds but won’t damage your growing plants. Mix 2 cups of epsom salt with 1 gallon of vinegar, and add a few squirts of liquid dish soap into the solution. Store this in a spray bottle and apply to any destructive weeds.
h/t: bestplants.com

Slimming with Fennel Seeds Drink

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Slimming diet & method are a dime a dozen. Most are quite confusing & arduous to follow. Slimming is big business. There isn’t a single day that goes by without commercials on how to slim.

I highly recommend it knowing this fennel drink which is simple to make. You can sip it every day and enjoy its slimming effects. This is a very old remedy that helps weight loss, originating in India, and it works remarkably well.

All you need to do is take a glass jar, put 2 table spoons of fennel seeds in it and fill it up with a litre of filtered water. Close the lid of the jar and let it sit for the night. In the beginning you’ll see the seeds float, but by morning they will have sunk to the bottom.

Although this drink helps with weight loss, drinking more of it will not make the process any quicker. Like everything else in life, this drink should be taken in moderation. Follow the instructions and make a daily batch with 1 litre of water, sipping it throughout the day.

In addition, fennel seeds contain potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and Vitamins A and C, they also offer a variety of health benefits that aid our weight loss:

1. Accelerates metabolism: Our metabolism is the rate in which our cells use the energy we gained from the food we eat. By boosting and accelerating this process, the calories we consume are used by our cells more rapidly, which both gives us energy and helps us burn fat from our body.

2. Suppresses hunger: The fennel seed water prevent muscle contraction, which helps with our hunger pangs by relaxing the stomach muscles, and so we feel less hungry.

3. Purifies the blood: Fennel seed water help dump the remnants of urine acid in the blood, and in addition, break down stomach acids to prevent the accumulation of additional fat in the liver.

4. Helps with toxin clean-up: In today’s world, we are beset by toxins at every corner: Car exhaust fumes, cosmetics, polluted water and meat. Fennel seed water help wash the body, purifying it from these toxins and removing them through the kidneys.

5. Encourages the production of melatonin: Melatonin is the hormone responsible for our sleep cycles. A good night’s sleep is between 6 and 9 hours, and is essential for good health and the appropriate body weight. Drinking fennel seed water helps make sure that the melatonin levels in our body work in our favor and prevent insomnia. Note: This doesn’t mean the drink will make you sleep, quite the opposite: During the day you will feel like you have extra energy, but you will notice it is easier to fall asleep come bed time.
A few tips: It is recommended to use filtered water, the cleanest you can drink. To add aroma to the beverage, you can roast the fennel seeds on a pan until they release their sweet scent (about 20 seconds). It’s recommended one starts with a small amount (about half what appears in the recipe). If you like the drink and feel like you’ve finally found your method for losing weight, continue drinking it every day.

It is herbal & guaranteed to have no side effects.

Please note that besides slimming there are other amazing benefits with fennel seeds.

Fennel seeds are considered quite useful for relieving various ailments, ranging from congestion and stomach gas to asthma and diabetes.Fennel seed symbolizes longevity, courage, and strength. In addition to its use as medicinal values, fennel indeed has health benefiting nutrients.

Drink THIS First Thing in the Morning

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This daily trick can help you detoxify, improve your digestion and boost your metabolism & energy levels

by Mike Geary – Certified Nutrition Specialist
Author of the best seller: The Top 101 Foods that FIGHT Aging
  Aug, 02, 2015 
You’re bombarded with toxins in today’s modern world… everywhere from the polluted air you breathe, the water you drink, the shampoos and other cosmetics that lather your body with chemicals, and of course, all of the chemical additives, pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and other harmful compounds in the food that you eat.

All of these TOXINS can have harmful effects on your body, harming your metabolism and hormones, impairing your digestive system, and zapping your energy levels.

If I could tell you ONE thing that you could do each morning right as you wake up to help your body eliminate some of these toxins, improve your digestion, stimulate your metabolism, and BOOST your energy, would you do it?
Of course you would… and it takes less than 1 minute!
Here’s the trick…
Immediately upon waking each day, squeeze about 1/2 to 1 full lemon (depending on size of the lemon) into an 8 oz glass of warm or room temperature purified water.  This is gentler on your body first thing in the morning compared to ice cold water.  I’ve found that slicing the lemon into quarters before squeezing by hand is easier than squeezing halves.
Drink this at least 10 minutes before eating any food for the day.
Make sure to use fresh organic lemons to make this drink, and not bottled lemon juice.  You want to use organic lemons to avoid the pesticides that can accumulate.

According to a leading health publication, TheAlternativeDaily.com:

“The health promoting benefits of lemons are powerful. For centuries, it has been known that lemons contain powerful antibacterial, antiviral and immune boosting components. We know that lemons are a great digestive aid and liver cleanser.
Lemons contain citric acid, magnesium, bioflavonoids, vitamin C, pectin, calcium and limonene, which supercharge our immunity so that the body can fight infection.

Lemons are considered one of the most alkalizing foods you can eat. This may seem untrue as they are acidic on their own. However, in the body, lemons are alkaline; the citric acid does not create acidity once it has been metabolized. The minerals in lemons are actually what helps to alkalize the blood.  Most people are too acidic (from eating too much sugar and grains), and drinking warm lemon water helps reduce overall acidity, drawing uric acid from the joints.
This reduces the pain and inflammation which many people feel. And the American Cancer Society recommends warm lemon water to encourage regular bowel movements.”

Benefits that you can enjoy:
1. Improves your digestion:
Lemon juice helps your body improve digestion and stimulates bile production. Lemon juice can even be an aid for heartburn and indigestion.

2. Boosts your energy for the day:
Even just the scent of lemon juice has been shown to improve your mood and energy levels, and reduce anxiety.  Plus the detoxifying effect and alkalizing effect of fresh organic lemon juice can improve your energy through the removal of toxins from your body.

3. Helps you to lose fat:
Since lemon juice helps to improve your digestive system, aids in removal of toxins, and increases your energy levels, this all combines together to help you to lose body fat as well through improving your hormonal balance… Yet another reason to add warm lemon water to your daily morning routine!
That’s a pretty simple trick, right?

Benefits of Coconut Water

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1. The best thing about this beverage is that it contains Zero Cholesterol. It contains minerals like Calcium, Manganese, İron, Zinc,Magnesium, Phosphorus, Sodium  and Potassium.  It also contains vitamins like Riboflavin, Thiamine and Vitamin C . All these nutrients make coconut a very potent health drink. It is more nutritious than milk, as it has less fats and no cholesterol.

2.Research studies suggest that Cytokinins (e.g., kinetin and trans-zeatin) in coconut water showed significant Anti-Carcinogen ic and Anti-Thrombotic and Anti-Ageing Effects.

3. It is used as intravenous saline fluid in many developing countries and has saved many lives. The reason that it’s possible to be used that way is its composition, which is quite identical to Human Blood Plasma.

4. Coconut water, by its very nature is an İsotonic Beverage. That is, it has the perfect balance of electrolytes in it, which is good for our body due to its right PH Levels.

5. It is an excellent Energy Drink for the old and the sick, who find it difficult to process solid food. It is a Natural Fluid designed to Sustain Life.

Note: When my dogs are sick, I give them coconut drink. The dogs get well.

6. It is better than many processed baby milk products, as it contains Lauric Acid which is an important ingredient of Mother’s Milk.  This natural beverage can effectively treat Disturbance of the İntestine in İnfants.

7. Anti-Ulcer Properties: Both coconut milk and coconut water exhibit potent anti-ulcer activity against chemicals such as indomethacin, a Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAID).

8. Blood-Pressuring Lowering Properties: When human subjects consumed coconut water for two weeks, it was found to lower blood pressure in 74% of the experimental group, reducing it by up to 24 points (mmHg) systolic and 15 points (mmHq) diastolic.

9. Anti-Alzheimer’s Properties: in an animal model of ovariectomy-induced menopausal changes, coconut water appeared to prevent the decline of brain estrogen (estradiol) levels, as well as the associated accumulation of Alzheimer’s disease associated β-amyloid (Aβ) plaque in their brains.

10. Anti-Bacterial Properties: Three novel antimicrobial peptides have been identified in coconut water which exhibited inhibitory activity against both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria.

11. Anti-Gastroente ritis Agent : When sodium is added (ideally sea salt) coconut water has been determined to be an ideal rehydrating agent in countries where medical supplies are not freely available, and where, say, cholera and other severe forms of gastroenteritis persist.

12. Ultimately, coconut makes for an excellent alternative to Sports Drinks, which are increasingly comprised of synthetic ingredients.

13.  Its water is also a very good source of B-Complex Vitamins such asRiboflavin, Niacin, Thiamin,Pyridoxine, and Folates. These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish.

14.  A few friends and colleagues’ wives who are cancer sufferers testify that they take coconut drink to COOL their bodies after their chemotherapy sessions.

NOTE: IF you buy Coconut water, please look at the ingredients … should be 100% pure coconut water… nothing else … no sugar, not anything else.