Archive for August, 2011

August 30, 2011

Health Benefits Of Juniper Berries

A juniper (genévrier/ jeneverbesstruik/ brinje) berry is the female seed cone produced by the various species of junipers. It is not a true berry but a cone with unusually fleshy and merged scales, which give it a berry-like appearance. The cones from a handful of species, especially Juniperus communis, are used as a spice, particularly in European cuisine, and also give gin its distinguishing flavour.

Juniper is also a symbol of longevity, strength, athleticism, and fertility.

Health Benefits Of Juniper Berries
American Indians have used juniper to treat diabetes; such treatments by the Navajo, for example, are under clinical study. Native Americans also used juniper berries as a female contraceptive. The 17th Century herbalist physician Nicholas Culpeper recommended the ripened berries for conditions such as asthma and sciatica, as well as to speed childbirth.

Even nowadays, due to the many juniper health benefits, these berries are used in treating a variety of ailments from rheumatism, arthritis, to cystitis and catarrh. The berries may also be crushed and applied topically to slow-healing wounds as they are a powerful antiseptic. Washing joints with a tea made of juniper berries helps to relieve pain and soreness from them. Juniper berries are steam distilled to produce an essential oil in aromatherapy. Some of its chemical components are alpha pinene, cadinene, camphene and terpineol.This essential oil has astringent properties and is helpful in treating toothaches and strengthening the gums. It can also be used to retard hair fall. Among the many juniper health benefits are its carminative properties which make it one of the best natural cures for flatulence and gas. Massaging with the essential oil of juniper is the best way to get rid of unwanted aches and pains and skin infections.

Not only are there many juniper berries health benefits, but they can also help you lose weight. This is because juniper is a diuretic (elevates the rate of urination) , depurative (depurative herbs are considered to have a purifying and detoxifying action) , and a sudorific (makes you produce sweat) . It not only helps to cleanse toxins from the blood, but also helps to increase the frequency of urination and perspiration. This can significantly aid in weight loss. Since juniper is also a stimulant, it also helps all the various organs of the body to function more efficiently.

The color of juniper berries vary from green to red, brown and black. The flavour for consumption is best when the berry is black.

Precautions: Although there are many health benefits of juniper, it may result in contraindications in case of pregnancy. It should be avoided by pregnant mothers, as well as by those with kidney problems.

Thx Wikipedia!; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juniper & http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juniper_berry

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August 30, 2011

Chinese tycoon buys Iceland

Real estate tycoon Huang Nubo, China’s 161st richest person, is said to have struck a deal with private landowners in Iceland for a 300 square kilometre tract of land in the Grímsstadir á Fjöllum region to develop a $100 million ecotourism golf resort project. The tract of land represents the equivalent of ten times the size of Macau, or more than a quarter of Hong Kong’s land mass. If successful in his bid, Huang would own 0.3% of the total land area of Iceland.

Face it, Iceland. You need the cash, and this guy has it; Huang Nubo is reported to have offered a billion krona (£5.4m: $8.8m) for the 300sq km (155 sq mile) Grimsstadir a Fjollum region. Critics of the plan fear it could be used by China to gain a strategic foothold in Iceland. But Icelandic officials have welcomed the purchase and the further 20bn krona Mr Huang says he intends to invest. Mr Huang is the chairman of the Zhongkun investment group, and is also reported to have worked as a minister in the Chinese Central Propaganda Department and Ministry of Construction. He’s also a poet as well as a polar explorer (he has summited the seven peaks on the seven continents and also walked to the South Pole!) .Iceland’s Foreign Ministry said Mr Huang’s plans involved linking up the Vatnajokull and and Jokulsargljufur national parks, in line with his company’s “emphasis on nature conservation and environmental tourism”. Mr Huang had promised to co-operate fully with the Icelandic authorities, said the ministry, and to renounce any claims to water from the Jokulsa a Fjollum river which crosses the property. While the purchase has been approved by the local landlords, officials said Mr Huang had yet to apply for an exemption from laws barring non-EU nationals from buying land.

Icelandic lawmakers, conscious of China’s ambitious land acquisition around the world, are concerned that the project could act as a cover for its geopolitical interests; some in Iceland have raised concerns about the long term implications of Icelandic territory entering foreign hands, and that the land could give China future access to deep sea ports in the area. “We face the fact that a foreign tycoon wants to buy 300sq km of Icelandic land. This has to be discussed and not swallowed without chewing,” Interior Minister Ogmundur Jonasson wrote on his website. “Isn’t it necessary to pause and think when we offer Iceland up for sale again?” Iceland’s Minister for Industry, Katrin Juliusdottir, told reporters there is “no reason to get hysterical just because one Chinese man wants to buy some land and invest in tourism in Iceland. Foreigners already own quite a bit of land here and I don’t think there is anything to fear from that.”

Thank you Bbc.co.uk;
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14714524 ,
Thank you Shanghaiist;
http://shanghaiist.com/2011/08/30/chinese_tycoon_huang_nubo_wants_to.php 
and thx 2 Polarexplorers.com;  
http://polarexplorers.com/expeditions/2011expeditionlist.shtml .

What do you think? Should Iceland allow a wealthy Chinese (real-estate tycoon and chairman of an impressive investment group) invest in their tourism to enrichen the economy or should Iceland be more careful and not allow foreigners to invest in their country? The ZhongKun Investment Group does state they want to do more for their community (click). Do they mean their Chinese community with “our”, or do they mean community in general? 

I think Iceland seems like a beautiful country with lovely nature and I would like to experience an eco-friendly vacation over there!  

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August 29, 2011

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Explore. Dream. Discover..

 

August 27, 2011

Libido Boosting Foods!

Libido Boosting Foods!.

August 26, 2011

“Kind of a journalist” & organic haircare

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Remember the sexy vegan (Lisette Kreischer, check here )? She contacted me to invite me to the official exclusive Dutch presentation of a new vegan/ natural/ biobased, ecofabulous hairstylingbrand! Ofcourse I’m pretty excited to get to meet Lisette, PLUS, she asked me to write something about all this..  “because I’m kind of a journalist now” she said… WOW, pretty cool huh?

The ladies of Veggie in Pumps (One of Lisette’s initiatives) promise to seduce all invitees with a selection of pure products from purepact and vegetarian fingerfood, and the location will be the winner of the prize  Benelux’ best vegetable restaurant of 2011; “De Culinaire Werkplaats” in Amsterdam. I’m definitively curious about this place too! It’s not a restaurant, this “culinary workingplace” seems to be a place to experience food.

 

 

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My question to you; do you care what kind of cosmetics, beautyproducts and haircare you use? Do you mind putting chemicals in your hair or on your body? Do you prefer to use natural products only? Do you purchase your beauty-stuff with awareness? Or do you really not pay attention to what kind of beauty products you buy at all?

For more info check; http://www.veggieinpumps.com , http://www.pactuk.com/purepact , http://www.purepact.nl 

 

August 23, 2011

Alcohol is bad.

Here’s a warning.

And the man has a point.

Check this out;

So children, DON’T DO ALCOHOL!

August 17, 2011

Life. II

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August 7, 2011

Did you ever have the pleasure of smelling the beauty of a wild cyclame?

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