Robert Frost, his horse and My diversions

There is absolutely nothing that can stop me thinking about the things in a poem, that a poet did not say. Be that a great or a small poet. I mean anyone. The greatness of a writer or poet does not make me a great reader or a great thinker. When I read great poets, I think, “I am such a significant person of my century, who will contribute to the wellbeing of masses with her unique mind; I will fill the space that the poet unknowingly left”. I take pride in my thoughts . And I believe that my critical analysis of ” what ” the poet did not say ‘or did not even imply, is so much entertaining. So, for a while I let lose or loose my brain like a paper kite to places where it wants to fly.

My mixed media portrait of Robert Frost

Do I cherish the lofty thoughts of the poets?

Absolutely not, I hate to get influenced by the lofty thoughts of the great poets, especially when I am alone. Dude, how much it hurts to be a great person, do you have any idea? How much the great people are hurting in their heads because they think too much.  I am afraid that I may feel pressurized to make some serious promises to God. Then I may act intelligent or modest or become philosopher by the end of the year. Ultimately under the influence of some poet I will apparently become such an exalted one that someday I will regret being that painfully great . Certainly, that is a loss. For sure who cares, if I am great person in myself. At the end of the day, it is only the food on the table that is cooked and served fresh. My son wants only that and he does not care why I had been thinking about a certain horse. The horse? yes, the horse.

The Horse and Robert Frost in the poem ‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening

No, nothing can make me think what Robert Frost really meant when he talked about his poor horse in the woods. It was Robert’s fault not of the horse when he stopped there. The poor horse had a valid question.  I am still sure, Robert did not answer him, even after a century. So sorry for the horse standing and waiting there. Ok, let us move ahead, the poet certainly tried to say something deep at the end of the poem …. What was that.  Well, I need to drink an ounce of olive oil to understand his point. The olive oil bottle has caught dust while sitting on the kitchen shelf. I am even afraid to get near and God forbid if drink olive oil and the neurons in my head may catch electric current. And the result ……

Am I a normal or a regular Person?

The question in itself is inherently wrong. Nobody wants to be a normal, or a regular person. Because a normal person is an ordinary person and nobody likes to be called ordinary. They feel insulted. Well, again mostly I feel elated and happier when I try to think and go to the opposite road of every great writer. It takes so much sacrifices and patience to become a good person. While only a careless idiot can enjoy life thoroughly . After all what matters most is the question, did we enjoy life before it ended?

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I Am More of a Natural Person ?

Wow, yes, these days everybody loves to talk about nature, going green, being vegan, talking respectfully about mother nature. So, I am natural. I take refuge in nature to look nice.  I explain it how?  This is quite a human trait to go against things that are deemed obligatory for our wellbeing. So, I am too normal a person. Someday I will again try to ponder on this new found definition of being” too normal.

 Who is going to suffer? 

 Mark it, if you are special or different from others , you are going to suffer. Being different and unique does not serve anything . I trust God for the right timing of making me intelligent. That day will come and I am not hopeless. Nobody should feel hopeless ever in life . But I secretly pray that my particular prayer does not come true. I am more interested in enjoying life than being such respectable lady of grace that people fear to go near.

 The woods, snow and the horse

Let’s again go back to that serious looking horse, I left in the woods with Robert Frost. Has the horse moved a bit? No.  The woods were full of snow. Robert Frost with his horse stopped there. People like me in the middle of hot summer nights read that poem and cherish the idea of cool soft, snow. I want to grab some snowflakes.  Yes, the evening was dark but the nights are darker than evenings. The woods were dark, lovely and deep. After all Robert admitted that it was a nice place. He was lucky not feeling the hot summer of my country. I wish he had come here for the weekend only.

Critical Conclusion   Yes, I mean really a critical conclusion. Whatever  was the whole purpose and the real point of Robert Frost’s poem does not matter now.  At the end, Robert Frost decided to go to sleep and so do I. The only significant difference between his night and my night is that, mine is hot summer night and swarms of Dracula mosquitoes enjoy the prospect of sucking my blood. I wonder why my neighbors think I am a lazy person if I have mosquito bites on me. I will figure out soon. Two spoons of olive oils are what I need to take to solve this difficult question.

Note ; This article I took as a challenge with my son , to create humor about a thing ( being Robert Frost,s poem here ) , that has very serious purpose .

My cat umbrie . The day I found him as stray kitten. He ate and slept in the plate. Finally he had found a home of his own.” Love you Umbrie forever,”

My sleepy baby . #sleepybaby #sleepykitten https://www.instagram.com/p/CPaXKf_HXyL/?igshid=MDJmNzVkMjY=

My mixed media art from 2018. Added more years and colors &Touched again today.

Roses have long stories to tell. 🥺🙏🙏🌹🥀🌺🌼🌻🌷🌸💐💮

My cat Alex had two kittens last week. She delivered them at an unknown place but then brought them home yesterday.

These lovely softballs reduce the stress about life. The black kitten absolutely hates my touch. But the white one lets me touch him and then observes me closely. At this point black one calls him back ( stupid come back she is not mom ) then the white one protests. And I let him go

They have strict lifeguard policies. They trust me more when their mom is around me and if I pick them up in the presence of their mom, they are quiet. Years of keeping cats made me understand them. Now I can write a book about their behavior. 😄🥰🤩💓👶👶🐈🐈🐈

Happy Sunday my dear kind fellows.

Watercolor minimalist line art. This one I did last winter.

10 Most Beneficial Plants for the Production of Herbal Cosmetics

We need to live in harmony with nature. No doubt, nature is our ultimate destiny. If we want to thrive, we must make nature as our guide to save us from health damage. Mother Nature is our home. After creating so much harm in many ways, it is time to return home. The production of herbal cosmetics is one step towards healthy living.

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 The Organic, and the Herbal Cosmetics, what is the difference?

There is only one difference between organic and herbal products. Organic products are derived from plants that are grown without the addition of any chemicals, additives or pesticides. Plant based or herbal cosmetics are extracted from nature or plants that may or may not are grown without use of chemicals. All parts of plants provide raw material to the production of herbal cosmetics that are gentle to our body and nutritious.

The raw material or ingredients of herbal cosmetics

These herbal or botanical cosmetics use the raw material directly from plants. Natural cosmetics lack harmful ingredients. Therefore, they are getting more and more popular. Plant-derived cosmetics include flowers, roots, leaves, bark seeds etc.; Some natural or herbal cosmetics can be harmful to people who are susceptible to allergy. They should be careful about what product they use on their skin or hair.

The history of herbal cosmetics                                                                                                      

Ancient civilizations, especially Egypt and Greece, had discovered the healthy properties of essential oils. In the modern age, there is mass production of herbal cosmetics. It would be very interesting to know what flowers and plants are famous for their special characteristics, that make them sought out for the production of natural cosmetics.

The most common forms of herbal cosmetics

The most common herbal cosmetics are oils, creams, hair dyes, lip oils, perfumes balms, serum, toners, conditioners both for skin and hair. This wide range depends on nature for its preparation.  Flowers not only add color and fragrance to herbal products but also provide nutrients. Vitamins and antioxidants in plants help moisturize, rejuvenate, smooth and repair damaged skin. Following are some of the flowers and plants that are used in the production of herbal cosmetics.

  1. Geranium
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Geranium is not only popular for its bright color as decorative plant, but also it is a basic ingredient in various herbal  cosmetic  in the form of oil.  This oil has great cleansing and toning qualities. People with dry skin and pimples can benefit from geranium oil. Geranium is cultivated in Europe and some developing countries at a high cost. The quality of geranium oil varies significantly. China and Egypt produce low quality geranium oil. While South Africa and Madagascar produce best quality geranium oil.  France, UK, and Italy are the largest importers of this oil.

Henna

In Asia, Henna is a quite familiar plant. Henna leaves produce dark orang color when soaked in water.  This color is common dye for hair, skin, nails and clothes. Women use henna tattoos during celebrations. Henna extracts are used in cosmetics, hair dye and hair care products. This plant has antifungal properties. Henna hair mask gives volume to thin hair but also dries out the moisture. Hena hair dye is a healthy and natural herbal alternative to people who can’t use synthetic dyes due to allergic reaction.

Saffron

Saffron is a kind of crimson spice, cultivated from dried flowers of a plant called ‘Crocus Sativus”. Saffron has been incorporated in many beauty products.  It is most commonly used in skincare products like serums, masks, facial creams, cleansers and skin whiteners. Saffron has the healing property and repairs cells. Being the most luxurious spice in the world for beauty products, single pound of saffron comes from 75000 dried saffron blossoms  

Sandal wood

Sandal grows at high altitude and it is an aromatic evergreen tree. Sandal wood is a natural antiseptic; therefore, it is frequently used in the production of soaps, beauty creams and other toiletries. Sandal wood powder and oil both contain the remarkable beauty and health benefits. History tells us sandal wood has been used for making perfumes and oils since time unknown. Its oil is fairly beneficial for both hair and skin care products. Acne, pigmentation, blemishes, dandruff can be treated effectively by sandal wood.

Gooseberry.

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 Gooseberry is a translucent and sour fruit. Gooseberry juice leaves black color on skin and hair. Therefore, sometimes it is mixed in hair mask to enhance the hair color. Because of its sour nature it cleanses skin and hair. Gooseberry extract conditions the scalp, promotes healthy hair growth, reduces gray hair, increases hair volume, and eliminates dandruff. Gooseberry has high concentration of vitamin C, iron, phosphorus, calcium and vitamin E.

Rosemary

Rosemary is cultivated in many parts of the world. European countries are the main suppliers of the rosemary. But it is also cultivated in Turkey, Morocco and North America. Rosemary has antiseptic properties. It is used in making natural cosmetics like masks, facial creams, hair products, oils and tones. These are nature ‘s gifts endowed to human beings. The salient features of rosemary flower are as under;

  •  Revitalizes hair growth
  •  Good for the treatment of alopecia
  •  Acts as excellent hair conditioner
  •   Treats acne successfully
  •    Rosemary oils moisturize dry skin and smooths the fine creases
  •   Contains vitamin C, calcium and iron,
  •  Anti-inflammatory characteristics heal the damaged skin

Honeysuckle

The honeysuckle flower has strong sweet smell. Nevertheless, the leaves, flowers and seeds have medicinal qualities. Honeysuckle essential oils are antimicrobial and antiviral, therefore used to preserve cosmetics. These oils correct brittle hair ends, reduce dryness and dandruff.  This plant is rich with antioxidants. The antiseptic characteristics keep skin clean and also help to smooth the skin tone. Honeysuckle extract makes skin supple and elastic.  The manufacturers of herbal cosmetic  products take advantage of these natural qualities of the plant. Massage oil, hair and skin masks, cleanser and exfoliants are derived from honeysuckles.   

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Verbena

Verbena extract is anti-dandruff, skin conditioner, anti-acne and anti-inflammatory. All these properties make verbena skin friendly flower. The flowers have lemony fragrance. Verbena is mostly used in soaps, after shave lotions, moisturizers, facial creams and scrubs. Verbena products are ideal for sensitive skin. Face wipes, body sprays and deodorants saturated with verbena fragrance are excellent herbal products. The pleasant refreshing aroma lasts for hours, excellent during hot summer days.

Chamomile

 Chamomile oil has the power to heal and sooth the delicate skin. Chamomile extract speeds up the healing of burns, reduces eczema, and imparts natural glow to the skin. likewise, it is very beneficial when added to shampoos, soaps, facial serums, hair and skin masks. Chamomile oil and chamomile extract are very different from each other in their composition and usage. Chamomile bath gives relaxing effect on  the skin of people. This flower carries antiseptic, disinfectant, analgesic and healing characteristics.

Hibiscus

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Hibiscus contains mild acids. The flowers have   all those ingredients our skin needs. They exfoliate, hydrate, tighten and cleans the skin. Hibiscus is rich with amino acids, oligopeptides, antioxidants that help in reducing fine lines and wrinkles from the skin. Some experts even consider hibiscus as natural Botox because of its skin tightening qualities. Hibiscus creams and cleansers purify and hydrate skin. Hibiscus is rightfully called anti-aging plant as it firms and lifts sagging skin.  Both flowers and leaves of hibiscus are used in making skin and hair herbal cosmetics.   

Conclusion

Ancient civilizations used flowers, and herbs not only to treat wounds and infections but also to enhance their beauty. The herbs had sacred appeal to them. Herbal cosmetics gained popularity again in the modern time because people want to get closer to nature. Botanical extracts have many uses in all kinds of herbal cosmetics.

Disclaimer:

This information is for general educational purpose only and is not intended to replace the expert’s advice.

Happy Wednesday my dear kind fellows. God bless you.

Then came the cute tractor to lay down all the standing wheat crop. This place is behind my home. I recorded a video from my rooftop. This video cost me knee pain. I leave you guessing why? 😀😃😂😁

Amazing nutrition and health benefits of Fish Eggs or roe   

Eggs, yes same old eggs! But today I am talking about health benefits of fish eggs. Fish eggs have special name and they are called’’ Roe’’. The roe we eat are unfertilized eggs like those of chicken. Since time unknown, fish eggs have been used as food

The most common source of roe

Most popular fish roe comes from salmon, mackerel and trout. Roe are fully ripe fish eggs. They are used both as a main dish and as a garnish for a side dish. They can be eaten both fresh and cooked. Fish eggs grew more and more popular with the time. As they are packed with a variety of nutrients like vitamin D, vitamin B12, and omega-3 fatty acids.

 There are two major types of Roe,

 There are two types of roe; hard and soft. Hard roe is the unfertilized eggs that come from some species of female fish. Soft roe is also called’’ milt” or the semen of the male fish. Japanese popular dish Shirako is actually milt

 HOW To clean the roe?

Simply rinse fish eggs under cold running water, then leave to drain for a few minutes before cooking. Fresh roe is seasonal and it is available only during spring when fish are reproducing. Unpreserved fish eggs are called ‘green eggs.  

Some nutritional facts about Roe

1.The most important benefit of eating them is that they provide omega 3 fats. Omega-3 fats are anti-inflammatory.

  •  Fish eggs are low in calory but rich with amino acids and proteins.  Fish roe is a complete protein -rich food, means it has all the essential amino acids our body needs.
  • They contain important minerals like selenium, and magnesium
  • Vitamin B-12 in roe is good for mental health, and energy metabolism
  • Fat-soluble vitamin D.
  • Fish eggs are good for diabetes patients, as they are low in carbohydrates and high in proteins. Animal proteins are necessary for the function of muscles.

Two major types of fish eggs or Roe; Masago and Tobiko

Masago

Masago are the eggs of a small fish named capelin. Capelin is silvery green and mostly used to produce fish oils and fish meals. These fish are very small in size and produce tiny eggs. The eggs have bright orange color and a specific gritty texture. The taste of Masago is slightly buttery. Masago is mostly used as a garnish for a meal. For example, Masago is common garnish on sushi rolls and many other rice dishes.

Nutrition facts about Masago are as under;

  • High quality Proteins
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Vitamin B-12 that helps with energy production and nerve health and other important bodily functions
  • Magnesium
  • Selenium is a mineral that reduces stress and plays critical roles for your thyroid and immune system
  • Sodium
  • Phosphorus

Tobiko Roe

Tobiko come from family of fish called flying fish species. As compared to Masago, Tobiko is more expensive and sought out. Tobiko eggs are also tiny in size and orange in color but brighter than Masago. These are also used in sushi. The eggs have typical texture and burst into mouth when eating. Tobiko eggs are preserved with salt.

Nutrition facts of Tobiko

There are many nutritional similarities between Masago and Tobiko. The flavors of roe vary from species to species. Following are the dietary facts of tobiko.

  • Proteins
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Phospholipid fats
  • High cholesterol (if eaten in moderation it does not pose threat to health)

What is Caviar roe?

Though all fish eggs are roe but not all roe is caviar as caviar belongs to wild sturgeon. Caviar is very delicate and pure luxury food. Very expensive and being very rare caviar is much loved in the cookery world.

Some important facts about caviar

 Caviar comes from wild sturgeon fish and paddlefish. Female fish can lay eggs either fertilized or unfertilized. The roe we eat are essentially harvested prior to being fertilized. Sturgeon roe is small in and shiny in appearance. But the color varies from green to black as well as yellow to green. The texture is crunchy and taste is slightly sweet

How caviar is served?

 Caviar is often served on a bed of rice and eaten with a spoon made of mother of pearl.  Eggs are retrieved from the fish then preserved in salt for 2 to 3 months. Many species of wild sturgeon are categorized as endangered. Therefore, caviar is costly being less available. The age of wild caviar is over now and farmed caviar is used in the cuisine

What is beluga caviar?

The most expensive among all roe is beluga caviar. It has smooth buttery texture and flavor like hazelnut. Beluga fish takes almost 20 years to get mature enough to start reproduction. Again, the beluga fish reproduces once in every several years. This slow reproduction is responsible for making caviar even more costly.

 Salmon roe and its nutritional benefits

Salmon roe is a good source of vitamins and potassium. It has deep orange color and bigger size than other fish eggs. The eggs are lustrous and somewhat transparent. Salmon roe is preserved in salt or marinated in soy sauce. It is high in nutrition and smells wonderful. Salmon eggs are low in calories and they have anti-inflammatory qualities

Potential Risks of eating fish eggs or roe

  1. Eating too much of roe can lead to higher risks of elevated blood pressure, stroke and heart disease. These risks are due to presence of high cholesterol and sodium in roe.
  2. Fish is a common allergen. It is possible to be allergic only to some specific fish or fish eggs. Fish allergy can develop at any age. If you suspect fish egg allergy and symptoms of skin rash, lip or tongue swelling ,headaches, nausea, consult your healthcare provider immediately.
  3. Fish eggs are high in purines, not good for people with gout or arthritis.
  4. Some species of fish eggs contain toxins that can make you sick.

Conclusion

Roe or fish eggs are beneficial for health, because they have healthy nutrients. Roe consumption helps to retain youthful looks with antiaging and antioxidant capabilities. Expecting women should include seafood in their diet for fetal health. Sometimes roe has high sodium when prepared and sodium is added. That can be damaging to health. Both fish and fish eggs provide high quality proteins. They maintain healthy metabolism and strong heart, including many other health benefits.   

 How much mold is harmful to our health?

Let me define what is mold first, I think that is the best approach. Mold is a type of fungi that thrives on living matter, both plants and animals. Mold needs humidity to grow and its reproduction is possible through spores. Mold grows both indoors and outdoors. The spores of mold travel through air and when they land on a damp surface they start growing and multiplying.  

Mold often looks fuzzy, smudge like or discoloration. The most common molds are green, black and white. There are many other colors too and that depends on the age or the stage of their growth

Structure of Mold

Molds consist of long, branching filaments of cells called hyphae. Molds are part of the natural environment and play an important role by breaking down and digesting organic material, such as dead leaves. They are classified neither plants nor animals. They only belong to the kingdom, fungi.   

 How does mold differ from yeasts?

Molds are classified with yeast and mushrooms. The major difference between yeast and mold is that mold is multicellular filaments of the fungi whereas yeast is a unicellular type of fungi. Yeasts are microscopic fungi that reproduce by budding or asexual reproduction. But under stress conditions they can produce spores. Molds on the contrary grow by apical extension of hyphae.

Reproduction of Molds through Spores

Molds reproduce through their spores. These spores are very tiny; microscopic. Their small size makes them easy to spread through water and air  

Why mold grows indoors during winter?

During winter, there is enough moisture and dampness in the environment. Therefore, molds generally grow in basements, and in the areas with less ventilation, in closets or even on furniture. Molds produce musty smell and damage to walls and floors. In addition to hideous looks, molds are health risk.  During extreme winter if the temperature is below zero, mold goes inactive. When the temperature rises again mold starts growing and scattering.  Mold spores love cellulose to grow. The truth is we can not stop spores entering our homes. But we can keep our environment clean and healthy  

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Here are some damp areas of our homes, where mold most likely grows

  • Damp kitchen walls due to condensation
  • Showers curtains and mats
  • Leaky roofs and walls
  • Broken pipes
  • Damp laundry
  • Flowerpots
  • Kitchen cabinets
  • Cupboards
  • Wooden floors
  • Carpets
  • Wallpapers
  • And storage areas

How does mold enter our living areas?

Mold is everywhere and it’s impossible to evade it entirely. Nevertheless, the good news is that the mold in low density is not harmful. By low density is that kind of mold, still not visible to the naked eye. Once it gets visible, we have to remove it. The spores of mold can enter through doors, windows or even ventilation systems. They attach themselves to our dresses, pets or vehicles and stay invisible

How far mold is potentially harmful?

Mold can trigger sneezing, cough, wheeze, respiratory infections and nasal congestion. A person with asthma can feel his condition worsened after coming into contact with it. Also immunocompromised people may be at risk of fungal infections. For very old or very young people, mold exposure is potentially fairly harmful. The health problems of  prolonged  mold exposure include as under.

  1. Allergies
  2. Severe asthma (mold does not cause asthma, just makes it severe)
  3. Weakened immune system
  4. Respiratory infections
  5. Skin rashes

Mold can harm our respiratory system

 Mold spores are poisonous and inflammatory. Mold harms the respiratory system by causing inflammation in the mucous membranes. Our bodies react by sending antibodies to the inflamed areas, increasing the pressure and inflammation.

Does mold grow in old homes only?

No, mold does not grow only in old homes.  The source of mold spores is not age dependent of the place. A house of any age can develop mold. The damp and moldy environment may cause some health issues. Some people are sensitive to molds, especially those already having some respiratory conditions. Prevention is always better than cure.

Damp and closed environments help mold to grow

 In homes mold usually develops after water damage and then the surface is left damp. It is best to fix leaking pipes and dry wet areas. We must regularly check the dampness, make it dry and clean it. These days we can use air purifiers to remove mold spores from the air.

There are 11 most common types of molds. Only few  are threat to our health.

  1. Aspergillus
  2. Alternaria
  3. Aureobasidium
  4. Fusarium
  5. Cladosporium
  6. Penicillium
  7. Chaetomium
  8. Stachybotrys  chartarum
  9. Trichoderma
  10. Serpula Lacrymans
  11. Ulocladium

What is aspergillosis and what it has to do with molds?

It is an infection or allergic reaction caused by molds. Aspergillus fumigatus is the type of mold that is most likely to cause aspergillosis in certain people when they inhale mold spores.

Who are the victims of aspergillus mold ?

Aspergillus mold is not harmful to the people who have normal immune system. That means majority among us will not fall ill due to its exposure. only people with weak immune system or people with respiratory problems maybe at higher risk for developing infection.  Especially, persons who are going under chemotherapy or those who had organ transplant have weakened immune system. It is estimated that about 10 % of people with asthma or cystic fibrosis experience an allergic reaction to aspergillus  

How can we reduce the formation of mold at our places?

The easiest and direct solution is we must not provide moisture to mold ‘s growth. We should keep rooms dry and ventilated. Not all mold is visible but it has specific smell. Mold damages the surfaces. The moment you notice or smell it, take action to remove it. You must wear gloves and protective clothing, mask and keep the place ventilated when you are removing mold. Use detergent and warm water to wash the moldy places. After the surface dries, use bleach. Repeat this process three times. Vinegar is also good to clean mold from surfaces

Mold and mildew, what is the difference?

Mildew is a certain kind of mold that usually grows flat on a surface. While molds are all species of microscopic fungi that grow in the form of multicellular filaments, called hyphae. Mold grows and spreads into porous material and causes substantial damage. Molds exhibit darker colors such as black and green. Molds are often fuzzy in concentration; mildew is often white, gray or brown. Mildew is less toxic than mold. Mildew has dry smooth and papery look, while mold can be even slimy. Again, vinegar is found rather effective surface cleaner, both against mold and mildew.

   Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Molds are very common and natural but we have to keep them away from our homes. While it is nearly impossible to avoid contact with molds. Anyone with compromised immunity should try to stay away from places where they are most likely to encounter mold. Such places can be construction sites, lawns, compost piles and storage buildings for grains.  To keep our places clean and to stay healthy, we need to identify types of molds and prevent their growth