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Naturally regain your sense of taste and smell

Losing your sense of taste and smell can be very frustrating – even if it is just for a day or two. That is why we had a look at different natural remedies that you can try at home to try and regain some of your lost senses.

Garlic: Not only is it delicious in food, but garlic can help clear out a congested nose! Boil 2-3 garlic cloves in water, let it cool until lukewarm and then drink the mixture. For best results drink this twice a day, and your sense of taste and smell should return soon.

Lemon: You can make a refreshing drink of lemon and honey mixed with water, to help fight bacterial and viral infections, ultimately clearing up the nasal passage. Bonus fact, lemons are also very high in Vitamin C.

Mint: Apart from its amazing smell and multiple uses in food, mint can also help restore your lost sense of taste and smell. You can make a delicious mint tea, by boiling some mint leaves in water. Have a cup twice a day, and feel your senses return.

Steam: Nebulising isn’t just for babies! Inhaling steam twice a day, is a very effective way to clear up a clogged nose. An easy way to do this, is by pouring boiling water into a bowl and placing your head just above the bowl, you can even cover your head with a towel for more intense steam. Just remember to come up for fresh air every now and then!

Water: Drinking enough water is key to staying healthy! If your mouth becomes dry, you are most likely to lose some of your sense of taste and smell. Try to drink enough water in order to avoid this from happening.

For more information on this, please go to: https://www.lifealth.com/nature-and-health/home-and-natural-remedies/how-to-regain-lost-taste-smell-naturally-mj/34062/

Posted 1 month ago
The ultimate Bucket Sniff

Scents to smell in your lifetime

 

A bucket list doesn’t only need to consist of places to go and things to see. In this article we’ve put together a list of some of the most distinct scents around the world.

 

  1. Espresso at Sant’Eustachio Coffee in Rome, Italy

What makes the aroma so unique is the result of a blend of different coffees from different places. The coffee beans are purchased from cooperatives of producers in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Ethiopia and Brazil, as well as special beans coming from the Galapagos and St. Elena islands. The selection is separately roasted, in a slow process, over a wood fire. This is the secret to it being so renowned.

 

  1. Meat on a “braai” in South Africa

The smell of meat sizzling on the braai is enough to make most of us salivate uncontrollably. It is one of the most mouthwatering smells in the world!

 

  1. Fresh croissants in France

One of the most prevalent smells of France is the buttery aroma of freshly baked croissants lingering in the air. This is an aroma of comfort and nostalgia for most.

 

  1. Wine in Napa Valley, America

California’s Napa Valley Wine Country is one of the world’s greatest destinations for a decadent wine aroma. In fact, your sense of smell is key when it comes to tasting wine. We can teach ourselves to identify 1,000 different aromas in life, and of those, about 200 are said to relate to wine.

 

  1. Roses in Morocco

About six hours’ drive south-east of Marrakesh, you will find Morocco’s “Valley of Roses” which is just as fragrant as it sounds. Be sure to go in season when the air is scented with the aromatic Centifolia rose, also called the Persian or cabbage rose.

 

  1. Jasmine in Grasse, France

The jasmine fields of this French Riviera town grow the main ingredient for some of the luxury perfumes of the world. The actual experience of standing in a jasmine field will leave you speechless. “Smelling is believing”, so make sure to tick it off your bucket list.

 

  1. Lavender fields in Provence, France

The delicate fragrance of lavender can be experienced between June and August each year. These purple fields will captivate your senses.

 

  1. Frangipani in Australia

In some Australian cities (particularly suburban Sydney, Cairns and Brisbane) frangipani can be found beautifying private gardens, hotels, resorts and landscapes. Nothing provokes that tropical feeling quite like the scent of frangipani.

 

  1. Pine trees in the Alps, southern Europe

The famous Christmas trees have a sweet and sharp scent when you walk in the forest. This refreshing and nostalgic smell is loved by all. The scent of summer and winter, all wrapped into one!

 

  1. Chocolate in York, United Kingdom

Just a few kilometers outside of York lies the Nestle Rowntree factory. With the wind blowing in the right direction, you’ll get that whiff of chocolate drifting over the city. The tourism board launched a “Smell York” guide a few years ago, which endorsed it as Britain’s “home of chocolate”.

 

  1. Leather in Fez, Morocco

Hidden behind a high wall, Fez is home to three ancient leather tanneries, the largest and oldest being the Chouara Tannery, which is almost a thousand years old. It is no surprise why the smell of leather permeates the narrow streets.

 

  1. Orange blossom in Seville, Spain

There’s no better time to visit Seville than during spring, when the sweet scents of orange blossoms fill the air around the city.

 

  1. Spices in Zanzibar

Zanzibar is known as the “Spice Island”. To experience the scents, you can go on a guided Spice Tour which will take you to some of the farms in the area. The wonderful array of spices include vanilla, cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, black pepper, aniseed, bay leaves, chili, coriander, ginger, turmeric and lemon grass.

 

  1. Bacon in America

The perfect companion to a traditional American breakfast; the smell of bacon can trigger a person’s stomach to growl uncontrollably.

 

  1. Coconuts in the Maldives

The coconut is the national tree, and is considered the most important plant in the Maldives. Its scent is exotic, sweet, fresh, cold, soft and creamy. There are few smells that will remind you of summer, islands and holidays like coconut.

 

So, next time you travel, keep your nose sharp, and don’t miss ticking off these scents from your bucket list.

 

For more bucket sniff scents you can go to https://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/lists/the-ultimate-bucket-list-things-to-smell-before-you-die/

 

 

 

 

 

Posted 2 months ago
How Spring Cleaning can put a Spring in Your Step

Housework is more than just a chore. It has health benefits that should encourage you the next time you pick up the broom to sweep.

With at least 20 minutes of housework, you can cut stress and anxiety by 20 percent. Another way to reduce stress is to use lemon-scented cleaning aids.

Housework helps you breathe easier if you are someone who suffers from asthma or allergies. It’s not just pollen that’s a trigger of allergies, but also dust and pet dander. To illuminate these from your home could benefit the whole family, especially children.

Your mood can be improved by cleaning your house. To most people a cluttered and messy house doesn’t feel like a home. It is stressful if there are unfinished projects lying around the house, so rather finish them and turn your house into a home where you can relax.

Cleaning your house is a great way to get active. A good example is sweeping the floor, where men burn 102 calories, and women burn 87 calories. You can unknowingly exercise while doing house chores.

Health benefits for spring cleaning goes further than the home. Clear your desk at work of clutter and become more productive. Studies have shown that clutter damages employees’ productivity. It might be a good idea to add “cleaning your desk” to your work calendar.

According to the National Sleep Foundation people who make their beds daily are 19 percent more likely to consistently sleep well. Other than making your bed, sleeping on clean sheets can also make you sleep better. A great reason to do your laundry!

A clean home can influence your diet. Research at the University of Minnesota found that people who were placed in a well-organized room were more likely to make healthy snack choices than people who were placed in a disorderly room.

Keep floors and walkways clear to prevent injuries. You could save a trip to the ER.

Washing away rid of food contamination on the kitchen counter, or running baking soda and vinegar through your washing machine, can prevent sickness by washing away the germs hiding inside.

Even low-intensity housework has health benefits for your heart. A 15-year Swedish study of 851 adults found that sitting for 30 minutes less each day reduces the risk of fatal cardiovascular disease by 24 percent.

All these reasons and more should be enough to help you make the most of your household chores.

For the full article visit https://www.rd.com/home/cleaning-organizing/spring-cleaning-benefits/

 

Posted 2 months ago
Vanilla

A Flavour Favourite

Vanilla, a sought-after flavour compound that is extremely stubborn. This article will open your eyes to the process undergone for vanilla pods to end up in your kitchen. What makes it so finicky is the flower, a flat-leaved vanilla orchid, that opens up only one day every year.

If you missed that annual opportunity to pollinate, you would have to wait another year! All this changed in 1841 when a 12-year-old slave boy, named Edmond Albius, discovered that the vanilla orchid could be manually pollinated using a sliver of wood or a needle. This is how it’s still done today, flower by flower. The vanilla farmer must wait until the vanilla pods are ready for harvest in six to nine months after pollination. The pods are harvested one by one when they are fully-grown and as they begin to ripen. Each step from that point risks failure. It needs to be washed, sorted, cured and aged, for at least a month, before it is ready to be distributed.

Vanilla is the second most expensive spice worldwide. The process is manual and lengthy that it is no wonder why it is so costly.

For more information, go to https://www.saveur.com/how-vanilla-took-over-the-world

Posted 3 months ago
Exercise your senses to get those creative juices flowing

Even the most creative individuals experience those days when nothing seems to be inspiring any productive work or ideas. Turns out your environment plays a vital role in the functionality of your senses. If your senses are not alert, your creativity can be hampered.

Here are some tips to heighten your senses:

Sight:

There is a definite link between the type of light your eyes take in, and your performance. The lighting in your work environment should vary depending on the type of work you are doing.

A study published in Behavioral Neuroscience exposed people to different lighting for six hours, two days in a row. The study found that those exposed to natural daylight were more alert and focused than those who were exposed to artificial light.

If you have to sit indoors all day, make sure you sit close to a window or at least have lighting that mimics daylight instead of unnatural fluorescent lighting.

Sound:

Working in silence is affective for focus however it is not the most effective to get your creativity flowing.

Studies have shown that creativity is boosted in an environment with ambient noise. There is even an app called Coffitivity that can be downloaded to make you feel as though you’re sitting in a coffee shop listening to the noise and chatter.

Touch:

A cold work environment can negatively impact your focus and attention. Your body is forced to use more energy to keep warm thus depriving your brain of all your energy reserves.

Keep an extra jersey at work for those colder days or for when the aircon is on low.

Taste:

How you fuel your body affects your energy levels and even your mood. A balanced diet of fruits, green vegetables, and complex carbohydrates will give you the energy needed to stay alert. Junk food can cause fatigue which then overflows into your work performance.

Smell:

Certain smells can trigger different psychological reactions in people. To enhance creativity, try vanilla and cinnamon smells. For improved cognitive performance, lemon and jasmine scents can work. To increase your energy, try smells like rosemary and grapefruit. Lastly, candles and incense have also been known to stimulate your mind.

There are now no more excuses for waning creativity. Set up your environment using these tips and get those creative juices flowing.

For the full article, please go to https://www.fastcompany.com/3031918/using-your-5-senses-to-jump-start-the-creative-process.

 

Posted 3 months ago
Before you give up on trying! Here are tips to remove some of the most stubborn stains.

There are few things as frustrating as stains that ruin your furniture, clothing or carpets. Don’t give up just yet! Try some of these helpful tips that may just save your beautiful blouse that was on its way to the dustbin.

 

Before we go into detail, you need to know the following:

  • It’s important to soak or pre-treat a stain as soon as possible to better the chances of removing it.
  • Always test a small area of the garment before pre-treating to make sure that the product doesn’t damage it, or remove its colour. (Tip to test if a garment is colourfast: Apply detergent to an unnoticeable area of the garment using a cotton swab. Leave it for 1 to 3 minutes before dabbing it with a piece of paper towel. If no colour comes off on the towel, the garment is colourfast, and you can continue to use the detergent. Do this especially when using white vinegar.)
  • Try to use detergents or laundry soaps that are specifically formulated to target stains.

Grass

  1. Apply the detergent directly to the stain and then rub the fabric together.
  2. Don’t wash the detergent off before washing it with other garments like you usually would.
  3. If the grass stains remain after the machine wash, use diluted white vinegar to remove any remaining colour.

Red Wine

  1. Cover the stained area with salt. The salt should turn pink, and that’s an indication that the salt is absorbing the colour.
  2. Put stain removal detergent on the stained area and soak the garment overnight in cold water.
  3. Machine wash the following day with other garments.

Chocolate

  1. Remove the most of the chocolate before treating the garment.
  2. Pre-treat the stain with laundry soap or stain removal detergent. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently spread the detergent into the garment’s fibers. You can also rub the fabric together gently. Leave it for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Without rinsing the detergent off, machine wash the garment on the usual cycle, but on the hottest temperature setting.

Chewing gum

  1. Soak the garment in hot white vinegar for 1 to 3 minutes after testing if the garment is colourfast.
  2. Gently remove loose pieces of gum, and repeat steps 1 and 2 until all the gum has been removed.
  3. Machine wash the garment on the usual washing cycle, at the hottest temperature.

Fruit juice

  1. Use cold water to rinse the area, which will dilute the stain.
  2. Pour stain removing detergent onto the juice stain. Leave it for 20 minutes before continuing to the next step.
  3. Machine wash the garment on the usual cycle at the hottest temperature, without rinsing off the detergent beforehand.

Coffee

  1. Rinse the stained area with cold water, before applying stain removing detergent. Rub the fabric together gently. Let it stand for a couple of minutes.
  2. Don’t rinse off the detergent, and machine wash the garment on the usual cycle on the hottest setting.

Mud

  1. The mud should be dry before starting. Brush off as much as possible.
  2. Using a gentle detergent and some water, rub the fabric together gently to create soap. Rinse well, and if any stains remain, apply one part white vinegar and one part water and leave it for a couple of minutes. Wash the garment with a stain removal detergent to finish the process.
  3. What if the item doesn’t go in the washing machine? Apply step 1. Use a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and a cup of water to apply to the stain. Rinse with cold water.

Grease

  1. Rinse the garment immediately with cold water, if possible. Gently rub a small amount of dishwashing liquid onto the stain to help loosen it. Rinse with water, and repeat if needed.
  2. Apply a stain removal detergent directly to the stained area. Leave it for a couple of minutes.
  3. Do not rinse off the detergent, and machine wash on the usual cycle at the hottest temperature.

Ink

  1. Place a piece of paper towel under the garment and spray the stained area with hairspray until saturated. Let it soak for a couple of seconds and dab the stained area with a clean cloth. Repeat the process until all of the ink is out.
  2. Wash the garment in an enzyme detergent.

Blood

  1. Soak the garment in cold water, while gently rubbing the stained area with your finger.
  2. Depending on the size of the stain you’ll need to change the water if the water becomes pink.
  3. Use a stain removing detergent and allow it to soak before machine washing it.

Perspiration

  1. Apply a prewash stain remover and leave it to saturate the garment.
  2. Machine wash the garment on the hottest setting.

Tomato sauce and other tomato-based sauces

  1. Rinse the stained area under cold running water immediately if possible.
  2. Let the garment soak in warm water and dab dishwashing liquid on the stained area with a sponge.
  3. Machine wash the garment.

Hopefully these helpful tips will save some of your favourite items!

Article link: https://www.pgeveryday.com/home/cleaning/article/13-stubborn-stains-and-how-to-remove-them

Posted 3 months ago
Food Flavour Trends for 2018

Global flavour trends that will dominate this year

 

For most of us we have memories of maple from childhood flapjacks, but maple is big this year with a more sophisticated appeal. A great example is pairing maple with whiskey for cold winter evenings.

Variations of caramel are always a big hit, but will become more prominent in hot beverages. Burnt caramel, salted caramel or crème brûlée are still firm favourites this year. Also be on the lookout for brown butter (a nutty, toasted butter) that works well in savoury or sweet food. It can add that extra intricacy to any butter-based eats. Pairing brown butter with pecan and hazelnut is always a winner.

Two categories in the hot and spicy profile that are expected to increase this year are the African and Mexican cuisine. Fillipino flavours & cuisine is also becoming more popular. Flavours that will be trendy are harissa, cardamom and za’atar spices.

The list of floral flavours for this year include hibiscus, lavender, orange blossom, rose, elderflower and violet. Be on the lookout for floral coffee beverages, cocktails and snack foods.

If you think that earthy and herbal flavours made a statement in 2017, this year will be even more so. These flavours, like kombucha and matcha, are associated with health and wellness. Mushroom flavours will also be a big hit this year. Even as far as being incorporated into certain teas and coffees.

This year does seem to bring some interesting new flavours into the spectrum, and can only make for exciting experiences!

For the full article go to http://www.novotaste.com/2018-flavor-trends-a-comprehensive-overview/

 

Posted 3 months ago
You can grow out of your acquired taste by developing your taste for food

Habituation

Are you a picky eater?  Is it making you unpopular at dinner dates? There is hope. By name it is called habituation, which literally means the diminishing of an innate response to a frequently repeated stimulus. Whatever your reason, just know that you can change.

Most of your preferences are formed as a child, but you can teach yourself to eat or drink specific things by being exposed to it often. According to Craig Good (Promoting a healthy relationship with food) you can come to like any food you eat regularly over a period of roughly 6-8 weeks. The surprising part is that only tiny bites, about the size of a pea, are required.

One would never think that something that can taste so bad on one day, can become one of your favourite foods the next. The list is endless. From chilli peppers, black coffee, dark chocolate, hot or cold beverages, mushrooms, olives, red wine, beer, etc.

You can start appreciating the unthinkable, by giving it one pea size bite a day. What do you say?

For the full article go to https://www.quora.com/Is-acquired-taste-a-real-thing-How-does-it-work

 

Posted 4 months ago
Train your nose to smell more than just a rose

A “how to” guide to enhance your sense of smell

You don’t need to be a perfumer to distinguish scents. What differentiates a perfumer from the general public is the amount of hours they dedicate to smelling. “‘Take care of your nose and use it more often,’ is the main advice I give in my perfumery classes,” said Victoria in How To Guides, Perfume 101, Perfume Articles. Research has shown that the human nose can differentiate between close to a trillion smells.

Training your nose will without a doubt sharpen your sense of smell. In this article, Victoria shares with us a few exercises and techniques she learned at perfumery school.

There are different stages in nose training, and you move from one stage to the next as you master the art of the stage you’re on.

Starting out, you will use your nose in as many daily situations as possible. Consciously attempt to smell scents and aromas around you. Examples include coffee, fruit at the grocery store, chocolate, herbs, tea and olive oil. Smelling will create a lot of work for your nose and brain, and don’t lose heart if you can’t remember a scent, or confuse different smells. At this stage you’re just consciously choosing to smell. Once you’re taking deep breaths of smells and aromas, without having to remind yourself, you’re ready to move on to the next stage.

The Intermediate stage is based on differentiating scents. According to neurobiologist Dr. Alan Hirsch who used this treatment on people with severe loss of smell, training the brain to discern differences in scents can spark different receptors in the nose to work and cause nerve connections to “turn on” again.

You will start this stage by choosing three different types of smells such as wood, floral and fruity. Examples of these are coffee beans, rose petals and orange peel. Crush the coffee beans and grate the orange peel to release more of its scent. This stage will sharpen your sense of smell, and the results will be obvious after a few weeks of exercise.

Moving on to the Advanced stage. The advice given at the perfumery school was that the students have to smell 3 to 5 different aromatics first thing when waking up in the morning. The early hours of the morning are apparently the time that our sense of smell is sharpest. You can use spices such as cinnamon, vanilla, etc. Crush the spices slightly, and keep them in a sealed container. Inhale a deep breath and take time to think of what it is you’re smelling. Is the scent toasty, citrusy or sweet? Does the odor feel warm or rather cool? Don’t rush this stage, and give each aroma time to register in your brain. Smell these 3 to 5 aromas every day for at least a few consecutive days. Remember that your goal is to sharpen your sense of smell, and please don’t get discouraged if you don’t recognize the scents. Some perfumery students take at least a year to remember scents. Allow the different scents to evoke memories. Does the cinnamon take you back to when you made pancakes with your grandmother when you were little?

Now all you need is to practice. Train your brain and your nose. There is a world of smells out there waiting to be explored.

For more information please visit https://boisdejasmin.com/2014/03/workout-for-the-nose-how-to-improve-your-sense-of-smell.html

Posted 4 months ago
Eliminate Foot Odour with these Useful Tips

You get home after a long day at work and all you want to do is loaf on the couch with your feet up. Your biggest concern… the dreaded foot odour that awaits once you’ve removed your shoes.

With over 250,000 sweat glands located in your feet alone, it makes sense that your feet get sweaty. The sweat, mixed with your body’s bacteria, causes the nasty foot smell. There may however be another medical reason as to why you have excessive foot perspiration. Thyroid disorder as well as anemia could be contributing factors in which case general hygiene may not be enough to curb the odour.

It can be embarrassing and just plain irritating, but not to worry, here’s some tips on reducing that smelly foot odour:

 

  1. Wash those feet DAILY! Use soap and water and make sure that your feet are properly dry before putting shoes on. You can also soak your feet in an anti-bacterial wash if it’s that bad.

 

  1. Use a foot powder for extra protection on your feet and between your toes. You can also use an antiperspirant spray that contains 15-20% aluminum chloride.

 

  1. Avoid wearing the same pair of shoes twice in a row. When your shoes are saturated with sweat, they can take over a day to completely dry out. It is also advisable to rather choose shoes made of breathable fabrics such as leather.

 

  1. Wear socks that are also breathable and change them regularly (even a few times a day if needed). Make sure you are putting on clean, dry socks after you’ve showered.

Get those feet smelling fresh for summer! For more info on this topic, go to https://www.livestrong.com/article/302618-how-to-get-rid-of-sweaty-smelly-feet/.

 

Posted 5 months ago