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TASMANIA’S FLESH EATING PLANTS BY LULU MORRIS

You may have heard of insect-catching plants like the Venus fly trap but have you ever come across the infamous flesh-eating plants of Tasmania?

The southern island boasts an impressive array of carnivorous plants that will eat insects and any small prey that they can get their carnivorous florets on – but not anything as big as a human so you can tread safely in the Tasmanian bush.

Darren Cullen from Tasmania collects the flesh eating plants. His impressive assortment include the popular and common as well as the rare and endemic.

WE GET PEOPLE TRAVELLING HERE TO SEE TASMANIAN CARNIVOROUS PLANTS. WE HAVE TWO GENERA OF CARNIVOROUS PLANTS HERE, DROSERA AND UTRICULARIA, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS SUNDEWS AND BLADDERWORTS. YOU GROW BLADDERWORTS FOR THEIR AMAZING FLOWERS AS THE TRAPS ARE UNDERGROUND.

The flesh-eating plants are technically endangered in Tasmania but are commonly found around Victoria and in parts of New Zealand.

WHAT FLESH DO THESE PLANTS EAT?

Sundews, one of the state’s most sought after carnivores, are known for their glandular tentacles that are covered in a sticky liquid secretion. Their prey, which mostly consists of insects are attracted to the sweet smell of the sticky liquid that the plant secretes. Once this liquid is touched by their prey, they become trapped in the sticky mucus and die from asphyxiation as it envelops them.

The tentacles can move in

READ MORE HERE: https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/australia/tasmanias-flesh-eating-plants.aspx

 

The plant that can kill and cure

Belladonna, or deadly nightshade

Nightshades have a deadly reputation but these plants, steeped in myth and folklore, have been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes. And they may have properties that could keep us healthy today, writes Mary Colwell.

“J K Rowling was extremely good at botany, and one of the plants she put into Harry Potter was mandrake,” says Sandy Knapp, head of the Plants Division at the Natural History Museum in London.

In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Prof Sprout shows Harry and his classmates how to repot young mandrakes, but not without everyone wearing earmuffs.

“The cry of the mandrake is fatal to anyone who hears it,” says Hermione, showing off her knowledge to the class. But the students are dealing with young plants which are not quite so dangerous. Prof Sprout points out that as they are “only seedlings, their cries won’t kill yet… but they will knock you out for several hours”.

The pupils cover their ears and Harry pulls a mandrake out of its pot. “Instead of roots, a small, muddy and extremely ugly baby popped out… He had pale green mottled skin, and was clearly bawling at the top of his lungs.”

The scene is based on a medieval myth – it was believed that when pulled from the ground the root emitted a shrill cry that drove people mad and killed them.

Mandrake - illustration from a copy of 'De Materia Medica' by the Greek physician Dioscorides made in 1460Image copyrightSCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Image captionAn illustration from De Materia Medica by the Greek physician Dioscorides, made in 1460

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The plant also features in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet: “What with loathsome smells, And shrieks like mandrakes torn out of the earth, That living mortals, hearing them, run mad.”

Herbalists who wanted to use mandrake were advised to plug their ears, tie the plant to a dog and place some meat out of reach – then when the dog ran to the meat it would pull the screaming root out of the soil. The dog would die, but the herbalist would get the mandrake safely.

READ MORE HERE: https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33506081

 

 

Black Seed Oil Benefits

What is Black Seed Oil?

Black Seed Oil

Old Egyptian kings deemed it a gem. King Tut was even buried with a bottle of this oil, wishing that he’d take it along to the afterlife.

Despite its astounding reputation, some people might still inquire: what is black seed oil? It refers to the oil extracted from the seeds of Nigella Sativa Plant. Black seeds are also referred by a myriad of names such as:

Black Seed Oil to Treat Cancer

The benefits of black seed oil are simply inexhaustible. Several scientists in Croatia conducted tests to examine the anti-tumor properties of two phytochemicals, thymohydroquinone and thymoquinone, in rodents.

The tumor cells decreased by a whopping 52%! Black seed oil is quite rich in these two chemicals and was found to prevent as well as treat cancer via an assortment of mechanisms such as anti-metastasis, anti-proliferation, cell cycle arrest and apoptosis induction.

Black Seed Oil to Rejuvenates Unhealthy Liver

The liver is a crucial organ in the human body. It’s paramount that you keep it healthy and toxin-free by avoiding an overindulgence of alcohol and illegal drugs.

However, if you’ve experienced a deteriorating liver function due to issues such as disease, alcohol binging or medication, consuming black seed oil will help nurse your liver to full health. Black seed oil has some curative properties which include:

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-coagulant
  • Anti-histamine
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-viral

Therefore, make it a habit to take black seed oil as it helps prevent liver damage and disease.

Black Seed Oil helps in Weight Loss

Yet another awe-inspiring property of black seed oil. Weight loss is usually a hard nut to crack among some people, especially today when fast food is the rage.

However, the Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders Journal reviewed the composition of plants that helped in weight loss and listed black seed oil among the best natural anti-obesity plants in the world. Black seeds aid in keeping your blood glucose levels stable. They also aid in liver gluconeogenesis as well as the absorption of glucose in your intestines. Take advantage of these black seed oil weight loss properties that will transform your life.

Prevent Hair Loss with Black Seed Oil

One unique property of black seed oil is its exciting ability to restore your hair.

Scientists are still boggled by how this works, but one thing’s for sure: black seed oil has holistic curative and restorative properties. Perhaps the most outstanding traits of the nigella sativa plant that could help unravel its hair restorative powers are the strong antimicrobial and antioxidant compounds it contains. Black seed oil consolidates your hair follicles and strengthens your hair roots, helping to treat cases of dry or thinning hair. It also reverses premature graying of hair. Therefore, if you notice your hairline receding or your hair turning gray, trust black seed oil for hair restoration.

Black Seed Oil for a Healthy, Glowing Skin

Black seed oil contains a healthy blend of vitamins, fatty acids, amino

READ MORE HERE:  https://www.digitalwelt.org/en/lifestyle/herbs/black-seed-oil-benefits

The Raw Food Diet: A Beginner’s Guide and Review by Taylor Jones, RD

The raw food diet has been around since the 1800s, but has surged in popularity in recent years.

Its supporters believe that consuming mostly raw foods is ideal for human health and has many benefits, including weight loss and better overall health.

However, health experts warn that eating a mostly raw diet may lead to negative health consequences.

This article reviews the good and bad of the raw food diet, as well as how it works.

The raw food diet, often called raw foodism or raw veganism, is composed of mostly or completely raw and unprocessed foods.

A food is considered raw if it has never been heated over 104–118°F (40–48°C). It should also not be refined,

READ MORE HERE:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/raw-food-diet#section1

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BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP by Ali

The BEST Butternut Squash Soup recipe from Gimme Some Oven

Mmmm, September. ♡

I don’t know about you all, but the moment the calendar flipped over this weekend, all I wanted to do was cozy up with some of my fall faves.  It was gray and rainy here these past few days, which probably provided extra incentive to stay in and snuggle up.  And sure enough, one thing led to another, and before you knew it our little home was in full-on, festive, fall hygge mode.  We’re talkin’ a fireside candle burning, fall playlist on the speaker, inaugural pumpkin roll of the season baking in the oven, a steaming cup of hot cinnamon spice tea in my paws, big cozy throw back on the couch, soft slippers on my feet.  And the quintessential fall first — a big butternut squash ready and waiting on the counter to be turned into my mom’s famous butternut squash soup recipe.

We made a huge batch and shared it with some neighbors and friends who were over throughout the weekend.  And as always, it proved to be the perfect fall comfort food.  It’s incredibly easy to make in the slow cooker, pressure cooker, or on the stovetop.  (I’ve included all three methods below.)  It’s full of good-for-you veggies, and also happens to be naturally gluten-free and vegan.  And it’s just the perfect balance of sweet and savory seasonal flavors.

I first shared this recipe back on the blog four years ago, but thought it was worth bumping it back to the top of the blog today in case you’re also craving all of the cozy fall vibes.  It won’t let you down.

Butternut Squash for Butternut Squash Soup

BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP INGREDIENTS:

To make this easy butternut squash soup recipe, you will need:

  • Butternut squash: You can either use 1 medium-sized fresh butternut squash.  (<– Here is my tutorial for how to select, peel and cut fresh butternut squash.)  Or feel free to save a step and purchase your squash pre-cut, either in the fresh or frozen vegetable section of the grocery store.
  • Carrot, apple and onion: To add some extra sweet and savory flavors to the soup.
  • Vegetable stock and coconut milk: For your broth.  (We’ll stir the coconut milk in at the very end.)
  • Garlic, sage, salt, black pepper, cayenne, cinnamon and nutmeg: My favorite seasoning combo.  If you don’t have fresh sage on hand, feel free to use a pinch of dried.  (And if you do have fresh sage, I also love to fry up a few extra leaves and use them as a garnish on top.)  Also feel free to add more or less cayenne to taste.
  • Your choice of garnishes: I like to drizzle on some extra coconut milk, maybe sprinkle of toasted pepitas, and a sprinkle of extra black pepper and/or smoked paprika.  Mom’s version called for sprinkling cayenne on top.  Or I’ve included lots of other ideas for fun garnishes below.

You will also need a:

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup Ingredients in the Crockpot

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup In The Crockpot

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup with Apple

SLOW COOKER BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP INSTRUCTIONS:

To make crockpot Butternut Squash Soup, simply…

  1. Combine your ingredients (minus the coconut milk) in a slow cooker*.  Roughly diced — don’t spend time perfectly chopping all of your ingredients.  Feel free to use a large (6-quart) slow cooker or a small (3.5- to 4-quart) slow cooker.
  2. Cook until tender.  Generally about 6-8 hours on low, or 3-4 hours on high.  Then remove and discard the sage and add

READ MORE HERE:  http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/slow-cooker-butternut-squash-soup-recipe/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Iris Flower, its Meanings and Symbolism

 

Beautiful fresh iris flowers with water drops

The iris is often associated with royalty and it’s no wonder. This regal flower puts on quite a show in the garden in early to mid-summer. It’s stately blooms range in color from traditional shades of purple and blue to yellow, white, pink, red, chartreuse, brown and nearly black. There is an iris to fit any occasion.

What Does the Iris Flower Mean?

The iris means different things to different people and cultures. Some of its most common meanings are

  • Royalty
  • Faith
  • Wisdom
  • Hope
  • Valor

Etymological Meaning of the Iris Flower

The iris earned its name from the ancient Greek Goddess Iris, a messenger to the gods who was thought to use the rainbow as a bridge between heaven and earth. By some accounts, the ancient Greeks believed the rainbow was actually the flowing, multi-colored robes of Iris. Others believed the beautiful multi-colored flowers were also part of her robe or the flowing veil from her dress. Thus, these flowers were named to honor the Rainbow Goddess and bring favor upon the earth.

Symbolism of the Iris Flower 

The ancient Greeks soon began the practice of planting purple iris flowers on the graves of women, believing they would entice the Goddess Iris to lead their loved ones in their journey to heaven.

These stately flowers, as evidenced by their depiction in Egyptian palaces, also enamored Egyptian Kings. The Egyptians were likely influenced by Greek mythology and used the iris to symbolize their connections to heaven.

By the middle ages, France took up the gauntlet and began to use iris flowers to symbolize royalty and power. In fact, it is the iris that inspired the fleur-de-lis, the National symbol for France.

In the United States, the iris is the birth flower for February, the flower for the 25th wedding anniversary and the state flower for Tennessee.

The Iris Flower Facts

Iris is both the common and scientific  name for these impressive flowers. There are 325 species and 50,000 registered varieties of irises.  These flowers are typically divided into two groups, bearded iris and beardless irises, which include Japanese and Siberian irises. They range from towering flowers of five feet or more to tiny dwarfs less than eight inches tall.

The bearded iris looks like it has a tiny beard, as the “falls” (the lower petals that droop down) are fuzzy. Beardless irises lack the fuzzy appearance. Irises reproduce via swollen roots. While the bearded iris produces a plump tuber, called a rhizome that looks like an oblong potato, others produce small bulbs.

Wild irises, typically blue or purple, grow throughout the United States and are often referred to as blue flag. These irises resemble the Siberian Iris. Florist irises are typically blue or purple and are used as accents in floral bouquets.

Hummingbird in flight near orange iris flower.

Iris Flower Color Meanings

While any iris symbolizes royalty, wisdom and valor, the color of the bloom also affects the message the flower carries.

  • Purple – The traditional meaning of purple irises is royalty, but that isn’t its only meaning. Purple can also represent wisdom, respect and compliments.
  • Blue – Blue irises are symbolic of hope and faith.
  • Yellow – Yellow irises symbolize passion.
  • White – White irises expresses purity and innocence.

Meaningful Botanical Characteristics of the Iris Flower

The roots of the iris plant have been used medicinally to treat skin infections, syphilis, stomach problems and dropsy. Today the roots are still used to purge the liver. Some alternative medicine uses include using yellow iris to treat dandruff and white iris to treat asthma and bronchitis, as well as use as a diuretic.

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