The amazing benefits of Pomegranates

Pomegranate or punica granatum (literally, seeded apple) is a fruit bearing shrub which reportedly originated in the vicinity of modern day Iran and Iraq. Pomegranates have been cultivated since ancient times in many different varieties, dating back to biblical times and at various times were considered a symbol of prosperity, ambition, health, fertility and eternal life. The fruit has been used traditionally as a juice, syrup, as a wine; in smoothies and in cooking, baking or as a garnish. The plant can be used for a crop or alternatively as a decorative shrub in gardens, parks or places of business.  One of the major advantages is that the shrub is drought resistant so that it is water saving.


Pomegranate fruit

Pomegranates have amazing health benefits which support immunity to disease. The seeds are a source of vitamins C which is necessary for fighting against the common cold and a vitamin K which is essential for blood coagulation and absorption of calcium in the body. In addition, extracts from the rind, bark and the juice have been used to stop nose bleeds, gum bleeds and also to eliminate intestinal parasites. This amazing fruit is also a good source of dietary fibre.

Studies have shown that pomegranates have more antioxidant properties than red wine, blueberries and cranberries so that it is really effective in fighting free radicals.  Indeed it is claimed that pomegranates reduce the risk of heart disease, hypertension and inhibits viral infections. It is said that the punicalagin in pomegranates which benefits the heart and blood vessels, lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, reduce heart plaque and the risk of breast, prostate and colon cancers and leukaemia. Furthermore, extracts from the rind is considered to have antibacterial properties used for fighting dental plaque and is therefore an ingredient in herbal toothpaste. The fruit is also believed to reduce joint pain and inflammation.


Pomegranate tree

No wonder pomegranate juice is so expensive in the supermarket! If pomegranates did only half of the things they are purported to do, shouldn’t they be an important part of your diet. Have you considered planting a tree for its fruit and aesthetic appeal? Visit  for more articles on gardening and related matters.

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Gardening , my favourite activity

Gardening is my passion as it is an activity which gives me a feeling of completeness. By completeness, I refer to an activity that not only is exciting and rewarding but has an effect on my total person; mind, body, and spirit.


Gardening has a spiritual component, as the very act of planting a seed is spiritual since it embodies the whole act of creation from conception to birth, growth, maturity, and death.

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In terms of the physical, gardening involves the strenuous task of digging, and the lesser demanding activities of pruning, weeding and watering. Much exercise is obtained in performing these simple tasks, which provides a workout equivalent to time spent in the gym.


Regarding the element of mind, the emotions are satisfied in the garden by the sheer beauty of the flowers, nuances in green foliage and the amazing diversity of colour.

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Elements and connection to nature

In the garden, it is always possible to feel connected to nature, not only due to the flora but also because of the myriad array of bees, birds, butterflies and insects that frequent there. Notably also, gardening always comprises at least three of the main elements of creation; namely, earth, wind and water. In ancient civilisations, the fourth element of fire was employed when slash and burn agriculture was practised.  In fact, the fourth element is still a feature of some modern gardens in colder climates, in the form of a fire pit.


Finally, a garden embodies the concept of completeness, in relation to the perpetual growth from seed to fruit to seed again, and in the experience of simply being in the garden; in terms of that feeling of time standing still, of love, tranquillity, a job well done and of an infinite peace with the world.

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How to Make Handmade Hand Lotion (w/ label download)

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How to Make Hand Lotion

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I had always been a little intimidated with the idea of making handmade toiletries, such as lotions, lip balms and the such. First of all, I thought I’d need all sorts of expensive ingredients. I thought it would take a lot of time, that I’d need all sorts of special pots to melt things in. Maybe I’d need to remember back to my high school chemisty class, which I just barely passed. I thought maybe I’d need to check out a book on Alchemy at the library and maybe even wear a flowing gypsy skirt and over-sized rings just for good measure.  I just thought making lotions and potions was just much too involved for all that I already had going on in my life.
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