Garlic For Your Health

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Garlic Health Benefits

I asked an expert in the field, Dr. Varro E. Tyler if garlic really works?

Dr. Varro Tyler: Garlic works. Garlic has been well established as an agent that reduces blood lipids, that is cholesterol, tri-glycerides in the blood. These studies have been done not only in Europe, but in American medical schools. So, if you take garlic in a satisfactory form, it can reduce the cholesterol about ten percent and the tri-glycerides about fifteen percent.

Allen: Garlic has quite a reputation for having a strong odor. So, how should it be taken for the best results?

Dr. Tyler: It has to be either consumed raw or in a powdered, dried state that reaches the small intestine where the active principle is released and absorbed. The dried state is the better way to take it if you’re not interested in having garlic breath.

Garlic has been used for medicinal purposes for a long time. In fact, there’s a story from France about four thieves that robbed the graves of plague victims. But they didn’t seem to get the disease, and it was discovered that they ate garlic every day that had been soaked in vinegar. And this concoction became known as “Four Thieves Vinegar.”

If you’ve been avoiding garlic because your afraid it’ll reduce the number of your friends, try the pill form. After all, they’ve taken the strong odor out and left all the things that are good for us in.

Garlic is also used today by some people for the prevention of lung cancerprostate cancerbreast cancerstomach cancer, rectal cancer, and colon cancer.

 

Growing Tomatoes

Growing a great tomato garden is simple if you follow a few simple rules. You understand when you bite into a juicy tomato that it is largely water. Over 95% actually, and this means you can’t allow this plant to get too dry. As soon as it is too dry, it will get a condition called Blossom End Rot where the end of the tomato goes black, shrinks up and looks like a fungus has hit it. It’s a water-related problem.

 


This is also a temperature problem; when the spring temperatures are too cold for the pollen and the fruit isn’t properly pollinated, the fruit will abort. This is one reason we plant tomatoes when the ground is warm and there is absolutely no danger of frost or cold summer nights.

RUM A DUM DUM

Spiced Dark and Stormy recipe

photo by Marcus Nilsson

yield
Makes 2

The longer the spices infuse in the rum, the more flavorful it will be.

ingredients

Spiced rum:

  • 2 teaspoons allspice berries
  • 2 teaspoons black peppercorns
  • 4 1″ strips orange zest (removed with a vegetable peeler)
  • 1 750-milliliter bottle dark rum

Cocktail:

  • 3 ounces fresh lime juice
  • 1 12-ounce can ginger beer
  • 2 lime wedges (for serving)
  • Special equipment:A spice mill or mortar and pestle

preparation

For spiced rum: 
Coarsely grind allspice and peppercorns in spice mill or with mortar and pestle; add spices and orange zest to rum and let infuse at least 2 days. Strain into a clean bottle or a glass jar.

DO AHEAD: Rum can be infused 3 weeks ahead. Store in a dark, dry place.

For cocktail: 
Combine lime juice and 4 ounces spiced rum in a cocktail shaker; fill with ice. Shake until outside is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into highball glasses filled with ice, top off with ginger beer, and garnish with lime wedges.

Planting Indoors

plants balls terairum planters When you are planting indoors, you may want to consider the planters that are crystal clear to watch them grow. These are terrarium type planters and that means a lot of the nutrients they receive comes from the oxygen they produce. You can hang them in the bathroom for extra moisture or place them on tables for more light and for the beauty of them.  What ever you choose, they will be lovely….