Grow Natural Nail Remedies In Your Garden: 7 Essential Herbs That Promotes Nail Health

The eyes are the windows to the soul – that is ultimately true. Another truth is that your nails reflect your general state of health. Oh yes, people often take their nails for granted without knowing that it plays a crucial role in our overall well-being. Discoloration, change in shape or thickness, pain, and bleeding are actually symptoms that signal nail problems and it shouldn’t be ignored.

Moreover, how much do you know about your nails? Let me share a few facts with you. Your fingernails grow an average of 3.5 millimeters per month, while your toenails grow an average of 1.6 millimeters per month. Nails on your dominant hand tend to grow faster than the other. Also, nails are not bones, it’s actually made out of the same stuff as your hair which is keratin. Meaning, if you’re eating super-foods to promote good hair, then it works the same way on your nails, and vice versa. Aside from that, experts suggest that natural way is the best approach in maintaining good nail health and providing the care required to avoid any problems.

Now, do you have a green thumb or have that passion for gardening? Well then my friend, the time is right for you to start growing organic remedies to stimulate good nail health. Here are herbs that can do the magic.

1. Horsetail

horsetailSince the Ancient and Greek times, Horsetail has been considered an effective herb for nail growth. It is a great source of calcium silica and other essential minerals which are relevant in treating dry or brittle nails. All you have to do is soak your nails in a Horsetail infusion for ten minutes every day. You can make this infusion by combining a tablespoon of Horsetail herb with two cups of boiling water. Let it cool for twenty minutes or until the temperature is comfortable enough.

2. Rosemary

rosemaryRosemary is widely recognized as an incredible spice that adds up flavors to various dishes. Unknown to many, it promotes stronger and healthier nails. Aside from that, its oil is also a great aid in dealing with nail fungus as well as moisturizing the skin around the nails. Rosemary oil helps treat nail fungus and at the same time, it restores the nail structure that has been affected by the said fungus. To make the oil, you just need the leaves and once you have it, you can do the extraction at home.

3. Stinging Nettle

stinging-nettleStinging nettle is also one of the oldest remedies which promote nail health and growth. It contains silica, iron, calcium, and vitamins A, D & K. Stinging nettle helps strengthen nails which prevent the occurrence of brittle nails. Drinking a cup of nettle tea every day is all you need. To make the tea, here’s what you have to do:

• In a cup of hot water, add 2 to 3 teaspoons of dried stinging nettle leaves.
• Cover and let it sit for 10 minutes.
• Strain and add some honey or sugar to taste.

4. Flax

flax-seedFlax seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and valuable fiber which stimulates nail strength and growth. It also helps the nail plate develop properly and keeps your nail from splitting, cracking, drying or brittleness. It’s also a great source of micronutrients like B vitamins, magnesium, potassium, lecithin, and zinc which are all important in maintaining overall nail health. Rubbing Flax seed oil on your nails twice a day is all it takes.

5. Sage

sageSage leaves have a good reputation in maintaining bone density and aiding nervous system function. However, its health benefits are not only limited to that. Sage leaves are used to make the tea that promotes hair and nail growth. It is rich in micronutrients and minerals that the nails require growing stronger, such as iron, zinc, magnesium, and essential vitamins.

Here’s how to make the tea:
• Bring 1 cup of water to a boil.
• Remove from heat and add sage leaves in the water.
• Let it simmer for about 3-5 minutes.
• Strain. Pour it in a cup and add lemon or honey if desired.

Once you have these herbs in your garden, you no longer have to worry about your nail health. You can even incorporate nutrient-rich foods to fully achieve it. This is really beneficial especially to girls. With healthy nails, you can style it whatever you want or whenever you want, may it be with nail art, stickers or nail wraps, especially this holiday season – a time when parties or events are just around the corner. Healthy nails won’t easily brittle or crack even when styled, no worries. Of course, you’d want to show off flashy nails this festive season, right? So, you better consider growing these herbs and say hello to the holidays!

Few Things About Oregano Seeds and Herb Gardens

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Oregano is an aromatic plant native to the Mediterranean area. It can be used fresh or dry in foods, salads or as a natural remedy (gastrointestinal or respiratory problems).

The plant likes to grow in places with a lot of sun, but it also can be grown indoor in pots as long as it receives enough light. Oregano needs bright light, so when it is cultivated indoors it should be kept near eastern or southern window (but with filtered light in the afternoon).

It needs to be watered regularly but not excessively; the soil shouldn’t dry out between waterings, but even if it does, this will not cause any harm because oregano is very resistant to drought.

The soil must be aerated, well drained. If needed, use a diluted liquid fertilizer.

Oregano is multiplied by seeds, cuttings or seedlings if you want to have it all the timet.

The organically grown herb seeds germinate hard. A healthy plant will quickly consume the soil from the pot, so it’s possible that it needs to be transfered into a larger pot. Transfer should be done at about 6 months, if needed. The pot needs to have up to 6 inches diameter.

The oregano leaves can be used fresh, but they do not have a very intense flavor, so they have to be dried as the aroma is stronger. They can be stored in sealed jars.

The taste is slightly bitter and the flavor is complex, with a spicy-bitter touch.

At the beginning of autumn, oregano is in full splendor, all good to harvest and laid out to dry. Harvest in nice, warm weather, between morning and midday, after disappearing the last drops of dew.

Cut 9 inch sprigs with scissors or a knife, and let them dry in thin layers, in a well ventilated room. Turn the plants on the other side 2-3 times daily, otherwise they blacken and lose the aroma and healing qualities. Drying mistakes lead to decomposition of the vitamin C, and the loss of nearly all of the essential oil that evaporates pretty quickly.

It can be used successfully, both to flavor oils and vinegars as well as salads.

Its aroma is suitable for any kind of cheese and steak, grilled meat, meat and pasta sauces. Adding it to egg preparations make them more appetizing and digestible.

Butter rubbed with oregano leaves is excellent in combination with boiled fish, rice with scallops or crayfish and sauteed vegetables. It is best associated with broccoli and other green plants, carrots, zucchini, lentils, potatoes and tomatoes.

Together with basil oregano is characteristic to Italian cuisine. Pasta sauce will receive a special taste if you add oregano.

Pizza is the most known oregano dish, which made it famous and universally known.

Moreover, oregano is considered indispensable in Mediterranean cuisine, as in the Mexican one. Its popularity is due to the fact that it enhances the taste of the tomato soup, beans, grilled sirloin, roasted lamb, salads and other shrimp dishes, cooked in typical spicy style of the Mediterranean area.

Beautiful Asymmetry: Zen Garden

Japanese Zen GardenIf you are a fan of oriental culture, you can actually make it close to you or in other word, within your garden. Asian culture inspired gardens are paving its way to the rest of the world today. For example the Japanese inspired Zen garden.

If you want to create a landscape or scenario that has a taste of the orient with it, you have to consider a few things first. There are basic elements that can be found in a Zen garden and will create an environment like that of old age Kyoto.

The primary focus in an oriental inspired garden is nature. A Japanese garden mimics and follows the designs of nature. Simplifying this, geometric shapes and presence of artificial stones and structures are not common in an Asian or more specifically, a Japanese Zen garden.

The Elements

The Japanese garden focuses on nature, as earlier discussed. Thus, this also focuses on the basic elements found in nature. There are four essential elements found in an oriental gardenrocks, water, plants and ornaments. When assembled together, these elements will bring your home just like in the sceneries of Japan.

Design Formation

When making your landscape look like that of a Zen garden, it is always best to put in mind the basic principles in making it. The Japanese garden includes things and principles like asymmetry, enclosure, borrowed scenery, symbolism and most of all balance. Asian and oriental gardens are a great example of balance.

Points to Remember

These are few Japanese Zen garden inspired landscaping tips for you to apply in your garden:

  • Stay simple. Japanese gardens are a highlight because of the use of natural paving materials like stones and gravel that will make your garden look more natural.
  • Be free. In making or landscaping a Zen inspired garden, avoid straight lines and emphasize free-form and non-geometrical shapes.
  • Good plant selection. Choose plants that are of evergreen varieties and in various shapes and sizes and even texture.
  • Trees. A Japanese garden has trees in it which symbolizes endurance and strength.
  • Add-ons. You can install bamboo water sprouts or waterfalls and even Koi ponds and other water features to make your garden look more Japanese.
  • Infrastructures. If you have a wide and have a Koi pond, you can make or build a bridge that is made up of wood that creates an arch over your pond. This will make your garden even more oriental and has a space for you and your visitors to look around and appreciate the garden.

Always remember the key elements and principles in making and landscaping an Oriental or Japanese Zen inspired garden and you will be in the right track.

The Zen Garden

zen gardenDid you know gardening and landscaping is also very helpful in keeping a sound mind and a healthy body? Some research show that those people who indulge in gardening tend to live a healthier life that those who do not. Landscaping is not just for the satisfaction of people’s eyes, it has also has other benefits.

Would you believe that you actually get healthy or healthier when you do your favorite past time? And it’s not just that, you are also making your surroundings beautiful. We will reveal the magic in gardening that you are enjoying or will be enjoying (that is if you are not into gardening but will be into gardening once you finish reading this article).

Keeping a Healthy Body

Yes, in gardening and landscaping you are also maintaining a healthy body. We all know that a garden and landscape maintenance requires a lot of effort and hard work. By maintaining the aesthetic value and beauty of your garden, you, as the owner, would be required to do the maintenance or else you would be spending money on hiring a gardener to do the job.

We exert effort in gardening and landscaping in a regular basis that it has become a routine for some people. This routine of putting effort and working hard is like exercising while you enjoy your garden. And here’s the magic in it – you don’t even realize that you have been doing rigorous exercises the whole time.

Stress Buster

At times when you think that life is just too complicated or when you have tons of problem at home or work, you become so stressed. Most people, especially women, tend to go to their gardens and pour out all the frustrations in garden work. And it’s like magic that they tend to forget and much better think of solutions to their problems.

It can be explained that when a person is into gardening, his or her concentration is poured into the work and not into the problem. Adding up to that is the fact that the landscape or scenery is beautiful and relaxing which also helps calm down a person’s feelings and emotions. If this happens, stress is released and the mind and brain is relaxed.

Beauty to the Heart

Stress relief, as discussed earlier, helps calm our system. When a person maintains or does gardening, he or she is most likely to be freed from that stress. A stress-free mind helps maintain a healthy heart.

As science explains, the human body is interconnected. A person’s emotions can trigger other body parts to function abnormally, like the heart. When someone is stressed out of is having a bad and stressful day, the brain triggers the heart to pump harder and thus elevating blood pressure that may sometimes be fatal.

Keeping a garden or staring at a beautiful landscape can help relieve these problems. Plus, it also helps the environment by cleaning the air we breathe!

It’s so beneficial to keep and make your own landscaped garden!