Thursday, August 4, 2016

Garlic: The Wonder Drug

As I'm sure you know, garlic is a strong-smelling pungent tasting bulb, closely related to the onion, that is frequently used in cooking.  What you may not know about is it's powerful fungal fighting, skin clearing, health boosting properties that have been used often in herbal medicine.  With a history of human consumption and use of over 7,000 years, garlic is native to central Asia, and has long been a staple in the Mediterranean region, as well as a frequent seasoning in Asia, Africa, and Europe. It was known to Ancient Egyptians, and has been used both for food flavoring and traditional medicine.

garlic bulb cloves chopped cutting board

"The use of garlic in China dates back to 2000 BC.  It was consumed by ancient Greek and Roman soldiers, sailors, and rural classes (Virgil, Ecologues ii. 11), and, according to Pliny the Elder (Natural History xix. 32), by the African peasantry. Galen eulogized it as the "rustic's theriac" (cure-all) (see F. Adams' Paulus Aegineta, p. 99), and Alexander Neckam, a writer of the 12th century (see Wright's edition of his works, p. 473, 1863), discussed it as a palliative for the heat of the sun in field labor. Garlic was placed by the ancient Greeks on the piles of stones at crossroads, as a supper for Hecate (Theophrastus, Characters, The Superstitious Man). According to Pliny, garlic and onions were invoked as deities by the Egyptians at the taking of oaths.
In his Natural History, Pliny gives a list of scenarios in which garlic was considered beneficial (N.H. xx. 23). Dr. T. Sydenham valued it as an application in confluent smallpox, and, says Cullen (Mat. Med. ii. p. 174, 1789), found some dropsies cured by it alone.
Garlic was rare in traditional English cuisine (though it is said to have been grown in England before 1548) and has been a much more common ingredient in Mediterranean Europe.[citation needed] Translations of the c. 1300 Assize of Weights and Measures indicate a passage as dealing with standardized units of garlic production, sale, and taxation—the hundred of 15 ropes of 15 heads each—but the Latin version of the text refers to herring rather than garlic.  Garlic was used as an antiseptic to prevent gangrene during World Wars I and II."

historical garlic stinking rose bulbs

Now you're probably wondering, "Well, what makes garlic work so well that 3 cloves is equivalent to a dose of penicillin?"   Well garlic produces a chemical called allicin. This is what seems to make garlic work for certain conditions. Allicin also makes garlic smell. Some products are made "odorless" by aging the garlic, but this process can also make the garlic less effective. It's a good idea to look for supplements that are coated (enteric coating) so they will dissolve in the intestine and not in the stomach.

garlic antioxidants anti bacterial anti inflammatory infections

"If garlic had been created in the laboratory instead of by nature, it would probably be a high price prescription drug." (Nutrition Reporter, 2005)

"From Curing a cold to easing asthma, garlic is proving to be a drug-free route to health." – Jane Clarke – The Times

“Garlic is one of the richest sources of organic selenium and germanium. Together, garlic’s disclosed and yet undiscovered nutrients combine to make it one of the best nutritional spices in the world.” German Journal of Oncology, April 1989

garlic plant anatomy labeled

  • During the dark ages, people trusted Garlic to ward off the plague and wore garlands of garlic for protection
  • Roman soldiers on long marches ate daily to keep them healthy
  • The Soviet Army relied on garlic juice to prevent wounds turning septic during World Wars 1 & 2, when it earned the nickname Russian Penicillin
    Eleanor Roosevelt swallowed three chocolate covered garlic pills each morning to improve her memory.
  • In the 1950s while working as a missionary in Africa, Dr Albert Schweitzer used it to treat cholera, typhus and amoebic dysentery.
  • You should plant garlic near roses to enhance their scent
  • Plant garlic near fruit trees to keep greenfly away
  • Garlic was entombed with King Tut
  • The longest string of garlic in the world was 123 feet long with 1600 garlic bulbs

garlic health benefits

More resources:

The World's Healthiest Foods-Garlic

Medical News Today

Natural Society-Benefits of Garlic

Home Remedies for Life-How to Use Garlic for Acne

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Etsy Faves: Mermaids

turquoise howlite necklace Etsy is a marketplace for all things handmade as well as a wonderful source for vintage and craft supplies.  Whether you're looking for a gift, baked goods, home decor, clothing, candles, art, and much more, Etsy provides a friendly shopping experience to find truly uniquely beautiful items!  I just bought this lovely necklace (left) from a fabulous shop, BubbleGum Graffiti.  It even arrived with bubblegum. How about that!
So with that being said, as a long time member, I obviously love Etsy. And you will, too! 

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In Old English, “mer” means “sea,” and “maid” simply meant woman. Mermaids are therefore “women of the sea.” Following this line of etymological logic, a “mer” man (merman) would be a “man of the sea.” Both names make perfect sense and describe their natural habitat without a lot of fuss. Mermaids and mermen are fish-like people who swim through the oceans and the seas.

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In ancient Syrian (~ 1000 BC), there was a goddess who went by the name of Atargatis. She was a fertility goddess whose cult eventually spread to Greece and Rome and was associated with water (especially lakes) and fish. Often depicted in mermaid form, Atargatis is perhaps the “original” mermaid. Legend has it that she dove into a lake to become a fish, but only her bottom half was transformed.

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Beagle Puppies: Facts & Photos!

So, I got a beagle puppy in March.  Let me tell ya and you probably already know this...puppies are a handful!  If you're thinking about getting a puppy, think it through very thoroughly. Make sure you have the time to dedicate to the little lovable, yet hell raising pup.  Luckily, Bear, (my puppy) did very well with housebreaking.  He got the idea very, very quickly.  I've taught him all of his commands with ease, but he is still quite the little hellion at 7 months old.  Now, if you know beagles, you know how vocal they are.  I swear Bear barks as much as he does because he thinks he's talking like a human would.  He's so funny.  And such a little lover, loves licking people's faces.  Every time I take him running, he starts yipping when he's on a scent. He's my best friend.

What is your beagle's personality like? Do you use them to hunt?  What types of training methods have you found most helpful when it comes to training beagles?  

Beagles are one of the most beloved breeds of dog around the world. Snoopy, perhaps the world’s most famous dog, is a beagle. Here are some other interesting facts about beagles.
  • Beagles were originally bred as hunters, especially rabbits, so if you have small pets around, be careful if you get a beagle. He might think he’s doing you a favor by bringing you a pet hamster.
  • Beagles come in many colors, but mostly are of the tri-color variety: black, white, and tan. They are usually born black and white and they develop their tan fur as they get older.
  • Purebred beagles should always have a white tail or a white-tipped tail. This trait was bred into them by hunters to be able to see the dogs when their heads were to the ground pursuing a scent.
  • While the current Queen Elizabeth is know for her fondness of Corgis, Queen Elizabeth I was a beagle fan. Some portraits of her even included her dogs. King James I called her “his dear little beagle”.
  • President Lyndon B. Johnson had two beagles in the White House named Him and Her that he would famously (or infamously) hold up by the ears.
  • A “Beagle Brigade” was employed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the 1980s to sniff out airport luggage that contained food that could have pests that might be dangerous to crops. Their noses contain about 220 million smell receptors; humans have about 5 million.
  • Beagles are notorious overeaters. Their strong sense of smell enables them to find food no matter how carefully it’s stashed away. Get between a beagle and its food at your own risk. A regular amount of exercise is a must for beagles, or they will quickly become obese. Despite their penchant for food, they don’t drool like many other breeds.
  • Beagles were bred so their coats would repel water and not attract burrs or other plants while hunting. As a result, they are easy to groom and they don’t have a “dog smell”.
  • Because they were bred for hunting rabbits, beagles were often owned in packs to cover more ground. As a result, beagles seek out and enjoy the company of other dogs (and humans, if that’s the best they can find). For reasons undetermined, beagles tend to bond more strongly with women than men.
  • Beagles are well represented in our culture. Snoopy, from Charles Schulz’s Peanuts comic strip, is probably the best-known ambassador of the breed, but Odie, Garfield’s pal/nemesis in Jim Davis’s strip is also a beagle. Charles Darwin’s ship on his five-year nature voyage was called the HMS Beagle, an appropriate name for a seeking expedition. The beagle even appears in some of Shakespeare’s works, including Twelfth Night.

Please enjoy these adorable beagle pup photos!

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beagle puppy belly sleeping cute

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beagle puppy leash walk

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