Sunday, June 08, 2014

Indecent dressing

There are different modes of dressing around the world reflecting the various available cultures. A particular mode of dressing can be used to identify a certain society as a people. But regrettably, in the present day society, dressings reflecting people’s cultural background and scriptural admonition have been thrown to the dogs. Thus it is very common these days to see people of both sexes particularly young persons, mostly students of higher institutions of learning dressing indecently and abnormally. These can be buttressed by such dresses that expose people’s bust, chest, abdominal parts, arms, the buttocks and other sensitive parts. It is not uncommon to see young girls particularly students, dress in trousers, transparent materials, mini skirt that exposes their thighs, blouses that exposes their breasts an armpits and other irregular dresses that the scriptures shave forbidden.
On the other hand, young men appear in female outfits exemplified by ear-rings and hairdo. These types of dressing are influence by a combination of factors. A typical source of influence is foreign culture. Travelling, pictures, films and stories have exposed our young men and women to dressing that is out of tone with indigenous culture. For instance, such dresses like spaghetti tops, wicked straps, tubes and show –me-your-belly are part of our culture but those outfits worn by Hollywood superstars. Fashion is another influential factor. Our young people copy fashions that are not conductive to our environment. Parental influence cannot be rolled out. Most parents especially those who have been to one foreign country or the other come back and dress the way of the countries of their visit only for their children and wards to emulate.
Another source of influence is that young girls who dress indecently have adults, some of them political office holders, captains of industries and those at the helm of affairs of responsible agencies, who encourage them to do so to their joy and satisfaction rather than discouraging and correct them.
The nations universities and polytechnics are common grounds for these indecent dressing where visitors behold their nude female students wriggling their half-necked from the gate to the hostels as if they are whores desperate for patronage.

Churches are not left out as it is common to see men and women, who are supposed to be models for the young ones, dress indecently, even to churches of God. The consequences of indecent dressing are obvious. It debases womanhood. It speaks evil of the society where it obtains. Irresponsible, undisciplined and greedy men are attracted and this earns young girls rape, indecent assault, HIV/AIDS and stigmatization to mention a few.
The way out is for adults in the society to dress well and honorably to constitute good models for the younger generation. State and National Assemblies should enact laws outlawing indecent dressing while the society should place stiff penalties on culprits. Above all, everybody should bear in mind that the way one dresses is the way one is addresses.

Dressing well: What are the benefits?

 Why do people look good? Why do people spend huge amount of money to purchase nice clothes? Why do people desire to look their best? I never knew the true answers to these questions until I had the opportunity to look my best. Modest dressing is a powerful tool that can be used to one’s favour. Some weeks ago, a young lady bought some new collections of clothes for me. When I unwrapped those clothes which was wonderfully packaged then I realized how much she had spent on buying those clothes. Why did she decide to spend such amount of money on me? I asked myself.

A couple of days later, I decided to wear those clothes. Those clothes, if the truth be said, are quite expensive. They were perfectly fitted on me. As I stepped out of my environs, it commanded a new look on me. An aura of significant and relevance radiated from me as I count my steps! Little wonder do people always say ‘Always look your best’ One of those quotes that changed my life was ‘You do not always have a second chance to correct your first wrong impression’ First impression matters a lot. Briefly I will be sharing with you the benefits of looking good from my bit of experience and understanding.

It commands respect:
Most people care less about how they look. Most people do not place high value on themselves. When we look good it sends a signal across every living soul that sees you. When you dress ‘tight’ people hold you on high regards. The way a man on shabby dresses would be treated will never be the same way a man on suit will be treated. On one of those occasions when I looked my best, I recalled vividly entering a cyber room to surf the internet. As I walked in majestically, people looked intently at me. I could sense their mind saying ‘Men! This guy looks good’. Immediately, a young man quickly asked me ‘Do you want to browse?’ at that very moment so many thoughts surged through my mind. ‘Why did this young man treat me this way even when I never asked him to’? He quickly stood up so I could sit down. That incidence was an eye-opener for me. So when you look good people have no other choice than to look at you twice and respect you because you first respected yourself by placing high value on your image.

It  draws attention to you :
I believe ladies understand this concept very well. If a lady wants to draw attraction to her self what she simply does is to make sure she dresses attractively. Many ladies can go as far as exposing  erogenous parts of their body just to make all eyes fixed on her. Like they say ‘Men are moved by want they see’. But the essence of this article is not to promote indecent dressing. You do not have to dress almost naked for you to look good. Modest or corporate dressing is a powerful tool that can be used to draw the attention of people to you. But this should not be the sole reason for you to always look good.

Public speakers also use this tool to win the hearts of their audience. As a public speaker you must make sure you always look your best in order to convince your audience very easily. Bankers look their best so they could win customers to their bank. Salesmen and marketers also look their best so people could easily hear them out when they try to sell their product. Looking good is a great strategy one could use to call the attention of others if one has something of value to offer to them. In return, it connects them
Good looking connects you.
It brings you favour  :
Why do many books on interviews always stress on looking good? I once read a particular book when I needed a job some two years back. In the book ‘Getting your dream job’ the author advises that when  looking for a job you should endeavor to dress like a person who has already gotten the job. What he was trying to say is this: If you are looking for a job at a bank, then you have to dress like a banker. Good looking brings favour to you where ever you go. 
Joseph, one of the finest King ever chronicled in Egypt, before he assumed king, he had the gift for interpreting dreams. He had helped many people interpret dreams that came true. He once interpreted a dream for an in-mate in the prison where he was confined. He told the man that his dreams was going to make him prosperous, that the king was going release him and promote him to a high position at the palace. But he beseeched the man for one favour-that the man should not forget him after he has attained such heights at the palace. After two years, this same man forgot every thing about Joseph and never mentioned his name at all to King Pharaoh as they initially agreed. 
To cut the long story short, there came a time when the incumbent king (Pharoah) needed a person who could interpret his dreams since all his wise men with magic could not. It was then that this man remembered Joseph. Joseph was summoned to the palace. But Joseph understood the benefits of looking good. The holy book noted "he quickly took his bath, shaved and changed in another rainment"  before meeting with the King. If you are to meet with an important person always look your best and that one act will make him favour you.

It gives you a glimpse of your potentials:
Can you recall how you felt one of those days when you wore a very expensive and good looking dress? Do you feel the aura that welled up inside of you? I could remember my first attemp wearing a suit. I felt like flying away!. I felt very significant! I felt like a son to Barrack Obama. You see friends, when you look good, you look very important. You begin to imagine how you would look when you had all the money, when you had your car, and that dream Job. Good looking projects us into the future. It gives you a glimpse of your potential of becoming successful in life.

Some one once told me. ‘I don’t have enough money to buy dresses’ but let me tell you the bitter truth. You do not need to have all the money in the world to look good. There are places where you could get well fitted and adornable clothes for almost nothing. Always make sure the few clothes you have are well maintained. My friend Victor Obagidi taught me how to look good. He always makes sure his clothes are well ironed. He will never step out with his clothes not ironed. So  henceforth, learn to place some value on your self image. You are very important but always remember ‘You will be addressed just the way you dress’.

Health Benefits of Snake Oil

Snake oil is a preparation that comes from the Chinese water snake and which is used widely in the treatment of joint pain. This is an 'alternative' treatment for arthritis and similar conditions, and one that has gotten a bad name for itself and become synonymous with phony medications and in fact all bogus products. If someone describes something as 'snake oil' then this is essentially a colloquialism for something that won't work. This of course doesn't bode well for the efficacy of snake oil, but here we will have a look at whether there is any merit to it.
How Does Snake Oil Work?
Originally snake oil came from China and was known as shéyóu. Here it was used as a remedy for inflammatory pain and particularly joint pain. It is still used for this purpose today. Elsewhere however it has been used for many other purposes – such as a cure for male pattern baldness in ancient Egypt when mixed with lion, hippopotamus, crocodile, tomcat oils and Nubian ibex. The reason it widely believed to be effective is that it contains more eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) than any other sources.
The exact ingredients of most snake oils you would buy today vary greatly, but would tend to be around 75% carrier material, and 25% oils from Chinese water snakes which would consist of the aforementioned EPA which is an omega-3 fatty acid, along with myristic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid and linoleic acid.
Omega-3 fatty acids have long been believed to be effective in treating joint pain and are used by doctors to treat arthritis. EPA can be absorbed through the skin, and is also responsible for the formation of series three prostaglandins which help to reduce inflammation. This would work like aspirin and would help to thin the blood and therefore could in theory also be used to treat high blood pressure. Likewise the fatty acids should also help to improve neurotransmission in the brain, and fatty acids are often praised for the positive impact they can have on the brain. Likewise they could in theory help to prevent Alzheimer's and dementia.
On top of all this, the oil in snake oil could also be used to replace the oil in the skin making this a moisturizer and a treatment for psoriasis or eczema.
Does Snake Oil Work?
That's the theory, but does snake oil actually work? Well that all depends on who you ask, and evidence has proven inconclusive. That said, the idea that it could help to reduce swelling and joint pain makes sense from a scientific perspective as long as the EPA is absorbed through the skin which is an area of uncertainty. It's certainly unlikely that rubbing snake oil into your wrist will help to improve brain function as some sources claim, but it might just help with your arthritis – certainly if it's cheap it doesn't hurt as something to try.
In the past the problem with snake oil was that it was over hyped by peddlers who promised it would be a silver bullet for any ailment. This has given the snake oil a bad name, and unfortunately similar peddling goes on today as big companies promise unrealistic benefits while often not using the correct ingredients – several brands of snake oil don't contain the Chinese water snake oil at all.

In conclusion the old peddlers of snake oil over hyped their product and mis-sold it – it certainly isn't a magical cure. However that said, it's also possible that the modern day reputation of snake oil may be a little unfair and that it may have some merit. So read reviews, read the ingredients and give it a go to make up your own mind. Meanwhile you can achieve similar results with cod liver oil tablets and aspirin.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Moringa Medicinal Benefits

Moringa medicinal and healing properties: Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the Moringa is that it has such incredible health benefits over a wide-range of health issues. 

Moringa oleifera has an impressive range of medicinal uses with high nutritional value and medicinal benefits. Different parts of this plant contain a profile of important minerals, and are a good source of protein, vitamins, beta-carotene, amino acids and various phenolics. The Moringa plant provides a rich and rare combination of zeatin, quercetin, beta-sitosterol, caffeoylquinic acid and kaempferol.

Moringa can act as cardiac and circulatory stimulants, possess antitumor, antipyretic, antiepileptic, antiinflammatory, antiulcer, antispasmodic, diuretic, antihypertensive, cholesterol lowering, antioxidant, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, antibacterial and antifungal activities, and are being employed for the treatment of different ailments in the indigenous system of medicine.

Moringa Leaves Medicinal uses and benefits

• Leaves rubbed against the temple can relieve headaches.
• To stop bleeding from a shallow cut, apply a poultice of fresh leaves.
• There is an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effect when applied to wounds or insect bites.
• Extracts can be used against bacterial or fungal skin complaints.
• Leaf tea treats gastric ulcers and diarrhoea.
• Eating Moringa food products is good for those suffering from malnutrition due to the high protein and fibre content.
* Leaves treat fevers, bronchitis, eye and ear infections, inflammation of the mucus membrane
* The iron content of the leaves is high, and they are reportedly prescribed for anemia in the Philippines.
* Dried Moringa leaves treat diarrhoea in Malawi, Africa.
* The powder ground from the seeds is also used in the treatment of scurvy skin diseases (common bacterial infections of the skin).

Moringa Flowers Medicinal uses and benefits

• Flower juice improves the quality and flow of mothers’ milk when breast feeding.
• Flower juice is useful for urinary problems as it encourages urination.
* In Haiti, villagers boil Moringa flowers in water and drink the tea as a powerful cold remedy.

Moringa Pods Medicinal uses and benefits

• If eaten raw, pods act as a de-wormer and treat liver and spleen problems and pains of the joints.
• Due to high protein and fibre content they can play a useful part in treating malnutrition and diarrhoea.

Moringa Seeds Medicinal uses and benefits

• Used for their antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties to treat arthritis, rheumatism, gout, cramp, sexually transmitted diseases and boils. The seeds are roasted, pounded, mixed with coconut oil and applied to the problem area. Seed oil can be used for the same ailments.
• Roasted seeds and oil can encourage urination.
• They can also be used as a relaxant for epilepsy.
Moringa seeds are effective against skin-infecting bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. They contain the potent antibiotic and fungicide terygospermin.

Moringa roots, bark and gum Medicinal uses and benefits

The roots and the bark have all of the properties described above but are more concentrated. Therefore much more care should be taken if using them as medicines.
* The roots and bark are used for cardiac and circulatory problems, as a tonic and for inflammation. The bark is an appetizer and digestive.
* In Senegal and India, roots are pounded and mixed with salt to make a poultice for treating rheumatism and articulars pains. In Senegal, this poultice is also used to relieve lower back or kidney pain
• Fodder-branches
* The alkaloid spirachin (a nerve paralysant) has been found in the roots.
* The gum is diuretic, astringent and abortifacient and is used against asthma.

Moringa Oil Medicinal uses and benefits

* Oil of Ben is used for hysteria, scurvy, prostate problems and bladder troubles.
* Villagers in Oman use Moringa oil to treat stomach disorders. They also use it in perfume and hair oil.

Moringa & Ayurveda Medicinal uses and benefits

Uses every part of the Moringa Tree and considers it one of the most valuable and useful plants. The ayurvedic medicine of India has many uses for Moringa Tree products, such as a natural antibiotic, an aid in childbirth, for treating liver disorders, and many other uses.

Moringa & Siddha Medicinal uses and benefits

In Siddha medicine says that the leaves are full of medicinal properties. The drumstick seeds are used as a sexual virility drug for treating erectile dysfunction in men and also in women for prolonging sexual activity.


Medicinal properties of Moringa oleifera: An overview of promising healer

Moringa oleifera Lam. is a small size tree with approximately 5 to 10 m height. It is cultivated all over the world due to its multiple utilities. Every part of Moringa is used for certain nutritional and/or medicinal propose. Besides being a good source of protein, vitamins, oils, fatty acids, micro-macro minerals elements and various phenolics, it is also reported as anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anticancer, cardiovascular, hepatoprotective, anti-ulcer, diuretic, antiurolithiatic, and antihelmintic. Its multiple pharmaceutical effects are capitalized as therapeutic remedy for various diseases in traditional medicinal system. Further research on this charismatic healer may lead to the development of novel agents for various diseases. This study provides a brief overview about medicinal potential of Moringa and its future as a component of modern medicinal system. This study concludes that  Moringa  needs legitimate appraisal to establish its pharmaceutical knack in modern medicine.

Medicinal properties and Benefits of Moringa

Moringa has enormous medicinal potential, which has long been recognized in the Ayurvedic and Unani system (Mughal et al., 1999). Nearly every part of this plant, including root, bark, gum, leaf, fruit (pods), flowers, seed, and seed oil have been used for various ailments in the indigenous medicine

Moringa Benefits Antimicrobial and Antihelmintic Activity

Antimicrobial components of Moringa have been validated after the discovery of inhibitory activity against several microorganisms. In a recent study, aqueous extracts of Moringa was found to be inhibitory against many pathogenic bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa in dose dependent manner

Moringa Benefits Anti-inflammatory activity

Moringa plant parts have substantial anti-inflammatory activity. For instance, the root extract exhibits significant anti-inflammatory activity in carrageenan induced rat paw oedema

Considering potent anti-inflammatory activity of Moringa plant, it can be surmised that this plant shows profound influence on inflammation associated diseases and resultant symptoms. As a consequence, this plant shows beneficial effects on asthma, pain, and other resultant symptoms.

Moringa Benefits Antipyretic activity

As a result of anti-inflammatory action of Moringa bioactive constituents, the antipyretic activity can be hypothesized. A study was designed to assess antipyretic effect of ethanol, petroleum ether, solvent ether and ethyl acetate extracts of Moringa seeds using yeast induced hyperpyrexia method. Paracetamol was used as control during the study. Not surprisingly, ethanol and ethyl acetate extracts of seeds showed significant antipyretic activity in rats

Moringa Health Benefits Conclusion

Medicinal potential of Moringa is enormous and difficult to cover in a single article, despite this current article provided glimpses of Moringa applications for performing appraisal of this promising nutrition and medicinal plant. Although, many bioactive compounds have been discovered from Moringa, still the knowledge is in infancy, in term of its total reserve. Perhaps, future rigorous studies directed towards the detection, and commercialization of Moringa bioactive compounds can lead to the development of remedies for several ailments. Thus, it can also prove the validity of traditional utility of Moringa in various folklores.

Here some impressive bynames given to the Moringa tree
The Tree of Life
The Never Die Tree
The Magic Tree
The Tree of Paradise
The Miracle Tree
Mothers' Best Friend

moringa oleifera tree

Become Ambassador of the Moringa oleifera tree - Spread the Moringa seeds!

Health Benefits Of Bitter kola (Garcinia kola)

Health Benefits of Bitter Kola (Garcinia Kola)
Unlimited sexual performance
Bitter kola is the number one sexual performance medicine for weak men. No other product can match the sexual benefits of bitter kola as its give you unlimited performance in bed! This is a new discovery that has made this product a hot cake! Those who have tasted it are living happily now with their couples. And their women has no reason to look outside!
Bitter kola is a popular agricultural produce available in large quantity in West Africa and it is a tree that grows in the rain forests. Bitter Kola has been identified as a potent antibiotic which could be effective in the treatment of many deceases. The fruit, seeds, nuts and barkof the plant have been used for centuries in folk medicine to treat ailments from coughs to fever. In the International market however, it is known as Garcinia Kola which symbolizes its Botanical Name and it is used extensively in the preparation of herbal drugs either as stimulant supplement or as herbal remedies aswell. As with any other herb, you never consume Garcinia kola without first discussingits use and benefits with your physician, especially if you are currently being treated for other medical conditions or are on any medications. This had been the reasons for a nonstop demand for Bitter Kola and because, any products that have to do with human health will surely and always enjoy good patronage.
However, Bitter Kola is considered as an effective agricultural produce in the treatmentof cough, diarrhea, tuberculosis and other bacterial infections. “When food is suspected to be contaminated by bacteria, chew bitter kola immediately after eating, it will prevent the development of any infection or poisoning.Bitter Kola was eaten mostly by the elderly people because of their belief that it could prolong life.”Actually, researches in modern science have revealed that bitter kola containschemical compounds that will help the breakdown of glycogen in the liver and has other medicinal uses which account for its longevity property in man. “Bitter kola is anti-poison too, it has the ability to repel evil men and spirits, it could sound superstitious but it works. The naturalist even said that the seed and the bark of bitter kola should be eaten together in cases where food poisoning is suspected, “it helps to detoxify the system”. Indeed, it really works!

Uses of Garcinia Kola
Improving Lung Function
Garcinia kola has been used for centuries to treat chest colds in traditional medicine, but research has taken a look and found out why itis effective. A study in the 2008 issue of The Internet Journal of Pulmonary Medicine, performed on mice, reports that Garcinia kola improved respiratory function after 28 days of use of a Garcinia extract. Written by David A. Ofusori, MSc, from Igbinedion University in Nigeria, the study shows that Garcinia kola works by dilating the alveolar ducts and sacs in the lungs by improving the strength of the fibers in the lung tissue. Garcinia kola’s beneficial lung properties are attributed to its high antioxidant content.
Reduce Eye Pressure
An increase in eye pressure can lead to glaucoma, according to a report from The New York Times Health Guide. Researchers at LagosUniversity Teaching Hospital in Nigeria tested the effectiveness of eye drops that contained 0.5 percent extract of Garcinia kola. The results of their study, published in the January 2010 issue of Middle East African Journal of Opthamology, showed that the opthamolic solution that contained the Garcinia significantly reduced eye pressure when used twice a day.
Relieve Arthritis
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, characterized by pain, inflammation and limited movement in the joints, according to the National Institutes of Health. Causes of osteoarthritis can include joint injury, obesity and aging. Since many arthritis sufferers prefer natural herbal medicines to other pain relievers and medications, researchers at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria tested the effects of Garcinia kola against arthritis symptoms. The results of the study, written by Olayinka O. Adegbehingbe and published in the July 2008 issue of the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research, conclude that Garcinia kola significantly reduced inflammation and pain and increased joint movement in subjects that had osteoarthritis symptoms. It is believed that Garcinia kola works well as a result of its antioxidant properties.
The side effects reported from the Garcinia kola use in this study were “weight loss”, “increase in sex drive” and “extended sleep” which many considered helpful to meet their individual and marital demands. If you take Garcinia kola and experience diarrhea, hives, irregular heartbeat or other signs of allergic reaction, discontinue use immediately and seek medical attention.

Medicinal Significance
Garcinia kola is used in many tropical countries to fight infectious diseases such as Aids and the Ebola virus. It has shown to posses anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiviral properties.
Cold Remedy
Garcinia kola is often used to treat the symptoms of colds. It is suggested, in particular, for coughs and sneezing.
Knee Osteoarthritis
Garcinia kola has been successfully used to treat patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis, according to a study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery. It reduced pain and swelling and improved movement.
Garcinia kola is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is used to prevent infections and viruses, especially of the immune system.

Hop Substitute
Garcinia kola is used as a substitute for hops in brewing lager beer. It is especially useful in preventing beer spoilage.
Weight Loss
Bitter Kola has been known to be a natural hunger suppressant and also increases the urge to drink more water.

Another importance of bitter kola is that its repels snakes. It can be used to chase snakes away.
How to use bitter kola
It is eaten by removing outer brown coated skin. As the name implies it is very bitter to eat.
For unlimited sexual performance, take 3 seeds 5mins before intercourse and avoid drinking water at the moment!
For snake prevention, spread it around the building.

Friday, January 03, 2014

Flowers and Health - Bits and Pieces

 Flowers play such an important role in our lives we like to think that there is a flower for every occasion, season, and purpose in life. Admittedly we are a little biased, but it is always welcome news when someone discovers another way flowers can enhance peoples everyday lives. So here are bits and pieces that we have come across that may be of interest.

Baby's Breath and CancerBaby's Breath Researchers have made a leukemia breakthrough which has the potential to save thousands of lives a year - thanks to a tiny flower found in most flower shops and in many gardens. Molecules from Gypsophila Paniculata - commonly known as Baby's Breath - appeared in trials to break down the membrane of deadly cancer cells. This makes it far easier for antibody-based drugs to attack the cancer itself.

They found an extract from the white bloom can boost the efficiency of anticancer drugs by a factor of one million (1,000,000) times. Researchers working for Leukemia Busters made the discovery.
The Southampton-based charity was set up by Dr David Flavell and his wife Bee whose son Simon, ten, died of the disease. Dr Flavell said yesterday: "This could truly revolutionize the way these antibody-based drugs work and it will save lives. And there is a really big possibility this can be used for many cancers."
Scientists are now preparing for clinical trials, which will take three to five years.
Leukemia & Lymphoma Research said: "This research is certainly promising."

Hibiscus and Heart Disease
HibiscusHibiscus flower extract may have the same health benefits as red wine and tea according to new research by scientists in Taiwan. Hibiscus contains antioxidants that help control cholesterol levels and reduce heart disease, say research in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.
Chau-Jong Wang and his team at Chung Shan Medical University in the Republic of China found that the antioxidant properties of flavonoids, polyphenolic compounds and anthocyanins contained in the Hibiscus flower can prevent the oxidation of Low-Density Lipoproteins (LDL), which is associated with the disease.

Hibiscus sabdariffa is used in alternative medicine to treat hypertension and liver disorder, and is used to make popular soft drinks in various countries across the world. Some health benefits of taking Hibiscus have now been verified: “Experiments have shown that compounds extracted from red wine and tea reduces cholesterol and lipid buildup in the arteries of rats. This is the first study to show that Hibiscus extract has the same effect”, says Wang.

In the study, rats were divided in to four groups and given different diets. After 12 weeks, the rats were given blood tests to assess their health. Results showed that the Hibiscus extract significantly reduced cholesterol in blood serum and successfully prevented oxidation of LDL.
The data suggests that the extract has potential to prevent cholesterol deposition and may therefore be useful in the prevention and even treatment of a number of heart diseases in which cholesterol plays a major role.
More great news about Hibiscus!
According to the Los Angeles Times, a study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that several cups of hibiscus tea a day can help lower blood pressure in people with mild hypertension.

A separate study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology found similar benefits associated with drinking the tea.

The news provider reports that researchers in Mexico found that the red pigments in hibiscus flowers act like blood pressure-lowering medications called ACE inhibitors, which are some of the most widely prescribed hypertension remedies in the world.Hibiscus tea contains a number of different antioxidants that may help to protect against cell-damaging free radicals. In addition to lowering blood pressure, it is often used to lower high cholesterol and strengthen the immune system.

Rose Hips and Their Amazing Benefits Valued through the ages for its beauty and fragrance, subject of poets, symbol of femininity, gift of love... and so much more. And now scientists are finding that the hips from roses produce nature's most effective anti-inflammatory medicine. What are rose hips? The little pod left behind after the flower has faded is the hip, the fruit of the bush. After the first hard frost kills the leaves and flowers on rose bushes, the hips remain and turn from green to bright red. At this point they are chock-full of Vitamin C and sought after to eat by humans and birds.
A number of exploratory studies have been performed with patients suffering from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and lower back pain. The April, 2008 Journal of Ethnopharmachology reports a 7-day study in which rose hips were administered to assess its anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects in two animal models. A single dose of hips produced significant anti-inflammatory effects on the induced animal injuries and swelling. Researchers also administered a dose as high as 87.6 grams of dried hips after which no acute toxicity was observed within seven days.

Osteoarthritis and Cartilage Society Research Journal, April 11, 2008 reports a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of a rose hip powder to estimate its effectiveness as a pain reliever on those suffering from osteoarthritis. Three separate studies were performed in all, involving 287 patients with a median trial duration of 3 months. 145 patients showed a reduction in pain scores from rose hip powder of .37 compared to the 142 control patients who received a placebo. The efficacy was consistent across trials.

In a study reported in the Phytotherapy Research journal, researcher's objective was to investigate whether the clinically observed effects of rose hips in the treatment of osteoarthritis was due to inhibition of the cylooxyenase (COX) -1 and 2. Extracts of rose hips were tested for in vitro COX-1 and 2 activity, which was revealed at a significantly high level.

And a study from Inflammopharmachology reports that rose hip extract reduced chemotaxis of peripheral blood neutrophils and monocytes of healthy subjects in vitro. Daily intake of rose-hip powder for four weeks by healthy volunteers and patients suffering from osteoarthritis resulted in reduced serum C-reactive protein levels and reduced chemotaxis of peripheral blood neutrophils. The results showed that rose hips possess anti-inflammatory properties that allow them to replace or supplement conventional drug therapies in patients with osteoarthritis.

Marigold Flowers and Their Medicinal Properties Marigold The Marigold (Calendula officinalis) has a long history of medicinal use; it is mentioned in many ancient herbals, including that of Culpepper, for use in the treatment of headaches, toothache, swellings and for strengthening the heart. As a medicinal plant, marigold has made its way into Egyptian, Indian, Greek, and Roman medicine.
During both the American Civil War and the First World War, Marigold was used to treat wounds and to prevent wounds from becoming infected with toxins and bacteria; the Marigold flowers were either made into a poultice or an infused oil for application on the wound.

Plant pharmacological studies have suggested that Marigold extracts have anti-viral, anti-genotoxic and anti-inflammatory properties. Calendula in suspension or in tincture is used topically to treat common acne reducing inflammation, controlling bleeding and soothing irritated tissue.

Daffodils May Hold a Key to Curing Brain Cancer
Daffodils and Brain Cancer
Scientists have discovered narciclasine, a natural compound found in daffodil bulbs, may be a powerful therapeutic against biologically aggressive forms of human brain cancers.To make this discovery, computer-assisted techniques were used to identify targets for narciclasine in cancer cells. Researchers then grafted human melanoma brain metastatic cells into the brains of genetically altered mice. Results showed that the injected mice survived significantly longer when treated with narciclasine than those mice left untreated. The researchers believe that narciclasine selectively inhibits the proliferation of very aggressive cancer cells, while avoiding adverse effects on normal cells. Narciclasine could be used in the near future to combat brain cancers, including gliomas, and metastases such as melanoma brain metastases. It is hoped narciclasine could be given to brain cancer patients in addition to conventional therapies.

"We are planning to move a derivative of narciclasine toward clinical trials in oncology within a three to four year period in order to help patients with brain cancers, including gliomas, as well as brain metastases," said Robert Kiss, co-author of the study from the Laboratory of Toxicology at the Institute of Pharmacy at the Université Libre de Bruxelles located in Belgium.

"Scientists have been digging in odd corners to find effective treatments for brain cancer for decades, and now they've found one in daffodils. It doesn't mean that you should eat daisies or daffodils for what ails you, but that modern medicinal chemistry can pluck new chemicals from stuff that grows in the garden

Emotional Impact of Flowers

flower deliveryAt Grower Direct we have always felt that a floral gift goes a long way in bringing a little joy (and some sanity) to an otherwise hectic day, After all, what better way to let someone know your thinking about them. As they say, "sometimes you have to stop and take time to smell the roses". We couldn't agree more and now scientific research confirms it!

So next time you want to send someone a gift, why not choose one that will not only bring a smile to their face but has been proven to have positive effects on the emotional well being. Give us a call or order on-line, either way we will make your floral delivery on time. You pick the occasion and we will make the arrangements!

With today's high-tech and fast-paced lifestyle taking its daily toll on our lives, experts advise exercise and other personal lifestyle changes to relieve stress. According to behavioral research conducted at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, nature provides us with a simple way to improve emotional health - flowers.
The presence of flowers triggers happy emotions, heightens feelings of life satisfaction and affects social behavior in a positive manner far beyond what is normally believed. "What's most exciting about this study is that it challenges established scientific beliefs about how people can manage their day-to-day moods in a healthy and natural way," said Jeannette Haviland-Jones, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Rutgers and lead researcher on the study.

Research Findings
A team of researchers explored the link between flowers and life satisfaction in a 10-month study of participants' behavioral and emotional responses to receiving flowers. The results show that flowers are a natural and healthful moderator of moods. flower delivery
  1. Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed "true" or "excited" smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. This reaction was universal, occurring in all age groups.
  2. Flowers have a long-term positive effect on moods. Specifically,study participants reported feeling less depressed, anxious and agitated after receiving flowers, and demonstrated a higher sense of enjoyment and life satisfaction.
  3. Flowers make intimate connections. The presence of flowers led to increased contact with family and friends.
"Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy," said Dr.Haviland-Jones. "Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional well being."

Sharing Space
The study also explored where in their homes people display flowers.The arrangements were placed in areas of the home that are open to visitors - such as foyers, living rooms and dining rooms - suggesting that flowers are a symbol for sharing.

"Flowers bring about positive emotional feelings in those who enter a room