I used a reference photo to paint this artwork.
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. 😄🥰🤩💓👶👶🐈🐈🐈
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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
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.
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 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 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.
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.
This information is for general educational purpose only and is not intended to replace the expert’s advice.
When we are growing old we know about life too much. Knowing about life too much sometimes is not good for health. Clouds shouted ” we are here ” . just ” be ” there and watch us ” so I offered some moments of my life to them. 🌹🌱💮🌸🥀🌺🌻🌳🌷🌳💐🤩😍💐🙏🤸♂️⛹️♂️🦄🐆🕊
Quiet, holy and melancholic
Was the air
Wrapped in shroud rested that angel
With a trembling heart, I beheld her
The lifeless and bruised lips muffled
See! I am that cheeky girl
I frightened your cats away
See! I lived amongst you
For quite a brief interval
Yes, I annoyed people with one thing
Or the other
I was the clown, I was the monster
I could alarm both pigeon and rooster
Why the screams you are keeping?
The hearts are sinking and eyes are weeping
I was the lamb in wolf’s clothing
Look! I had Only 7 summers to play
My friends will go to school
No more running barefoot, no more swearing
No more fights and no more yelling,
Listen dear girl
The truth is we have forgotten to sleep,
dine or even smiling feels cheap
We do not know how to console
Your grieving mother
You left a space that nobody can take
Your little friends at the funeral
Can not grasp
That you took a giant leap
From life to death
It is not hide and seek
You have been abducted to heaven
Note : Last Wednesday, April 20th,2022 unfortunately a 7 years old girl died accidently . She died of electric shock and burns by some home appliance . Her sudden death has shocked us all . This sad poem I have written about her .
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 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
- Selenium is a mineral that reduces stress and plays critical roles for your thyroid and immune system
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Fish eggs are high in purines, not good for people with gout or arthritis.
- Some species of fish eggs contain toxins that can make you sick.
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.
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
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
- Kitchen cabinets
- Wooden floors
- 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.
- Severe asthma (mold does not cause asthma, just makes it severe)
- Weakened immune system
- Respiratory infections
- 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.
- Stachybotrys chartarum
- Serpula Lacrymans
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.
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
We distinguish 5 basic tastes by our tongue, sweet, bitter, salty, sour and umami or savory. These tastes give information to our brain about what kind of food we have just eaten. A Japanese chemist Kikunae Ikeda discovered our fifth taste “Umami” in 1907. Most of our taste buds on the tongue can detect Umami taste and umami has its own distinct receptors both on tongue and in some areas of duodenum.
It was not until 20th. Century that umami got its recognition as the 5th basic taste. Scientists agreed to list it alongside other basic tastes. Proteins are important part of our food and umami helps to recognize both proteins and amino acids in food.
MSG and Ajinomoto
In Japan MSG(monosodium glutamate ) is called Ajinomoto. Though Ajinomoto is a company but they were the first to find this MSG. It is used in cooking as a taste enhancer with an umami flavor. Stews and meaty soups have natural umami or MSG flavor. Ajinomoto is the purest umami flavor. Usually, it is derived from sugar cane cassava or corn.
Finding umami flavor in food
There are certain foods that contain strong umami flavor like aged cheese and soy sauce. Aging and fermentation in food process break down proteins and create free glutamate that has umami taste. While some of our foods carry umami flavor naturally. Following are well known umami foods.
- Sea food
- 4.Parmesan cheese
8. kimchi (fermented lettuce)
11. soy sauce
12 . granulated garlic
13. caramelized onions
Umami comes from 3 compounds that are naturally found in plants and meat: glutamate, inosinate, and guanylate. So, umami is both savory and meaty in feeling. We taste umami through taste receptors that typically respond to glutamates and nucleotides, which are commonly present in meat broths and fermented food.
Some distinct features of umami that set it apart from other tastes.
- Umami spreads all over the tongue
- Umami stays longer than other basic tastes
- Umami stimulates more saliva than other tastes.
- umami gives a wholesome and satiating feeling
How to attain umami taste in cooking food?
- Using ingredients rich in glutamate will enhance the flavors of any dish.
- Fill your pantry with food like soy sauce, ketchup, miso, ranch dressing, Worcestershire sauce etc.,
- All kinds of meats, sea food, and fish provide strong umami taste. These are good source of protein as well.
- if you want the purest form of umami just sprinkle monosodium glutamate on food.
- Some vegetables like tomatoes, seaweeds, and mushrooms provide glutamate that’s basically umami taste.
Monosodium glutamate and umami taste
MSG and umami use the same molecule of an amino acid to activate our taste receptors. Mono sodium glutamate, an alternative to sodium chloride
sodium chloride is one of the leading causes of heart diseases. To reduce sodium in food, umami seasoning can be an alternative. SGM enhances and intensifies the savory taste even without table salt. people who need low salt food can benefit from SGM or umami flavor.
You don’t need to turn to artificial ingredients to get intense and rich umami flavors. Umami comes naturally in many diverse foods. Initially umami was isolated from seaweed in crystal form. It is not difficult to find it in plants. You can get it from seaweed, tomatoes, dried mushrooms and caramelized onions avocado, marmite and yeast spreads. Even MSG is a natural ingredient derived from the fermented yeast. Fermented foods like soy sauce and miso are also great ways to add umami to food. A good chef does not need Ajinomoto (MSG) in cooking. Japanese food being unique and delicate charms people, therefore the term umami has become quite attractive. umami satisfies the taste cravings and makes a bland dish wholesome and interesting.
Earth is our homeland and so to other amazing life.
Oh , baby , so sweet baby
waiting ! just waiting for you
Midnight prayers , filled with tears and sighs
Never ending hopes against all odds
Yes, you are the miracle baby
Our sweet sunshine ,and our precious prize
Fruit of our lovely yearnings
Right through so many hearts of us
Still tiny , in another world of nature
You don’t know us yet
But we know you pretty well ,
Precious evening talks , and our beaming faces
He must have dresses with buttons and pockets
Don’t forget to buy cotton socks
And your granny suggests a white swaddle
Things so small , yet so huge
For ages , we have been waiting for you.