Aug 26

The Tea-Pedia

Tea was one of the first non-alcoholic beverages to create one of the largest impacts over the world. It is used in almost 70% of the world in different ways. From using water, to milk, to being used in savory dishes. From being served hot or cold. Tea is a versatile beverage. One can have a hot cup of tea on a cold winters morning, or a freshly brewed chilled glass of iced tea on a hot summer afternoon. It refreshes the mind and the antioxidants present in the tea reenergize the body and the mind. There are a number of species and varieties of tea available around the world. India, China, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka are the largest producers of tea in the world. 30% of the world’s tea comes from the Indian sub-continent. The British colonialists acquired a taste of this wonderful beverage and by the early 18th century, this drink was served in most of the cafes around the Americas and Europe.

There are various types of tea available today, and different kinds serve different purposes. They contain different amounts of antioxidants and other nutrients that affect the body’s health in various ways.

White Tea – White tea acts as an elixir for people who suffer from diabetes or have a sugar problem. It decreases plasma glucose levels, increases insulin secretion, and induces excessive thirst. It is also considered as a great way to reduce weight and has anti bacterial properties that protect the body from various infections. Instead of using tea bags, one should use dry leaves and use them with hot water. Take care the water is not boiling as it might kill the essential nutrients in the tea.

Green Tea – Green tea is usually given as a prescribed food item for people who suffer from obesity and other weight problems. It drastically increases a person’s metabolism making them more energetic and lively. People with heart problems are also recommended to drink at least one cup of green tea a day. It has also been proven to have marvelous effects on the brain functions and thus is used for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s patients. The best way to use green tea is to soak the leaves in hot water and wait till the concoction turns light green.

Black Tea – People usually assume that just like coffee, black tea is also harmful. On the contrary, black tea has a number of benefits that many people are unaware of. For example, black tea acts as an excellent stress relief option. It improves the immune system, and also increases the efficiency of the digestive tract. Consumption in a specified quantity has proven to have excellent effects of cancer prevention. Black tea is the most widely consumed type of tea around the world. It can be taken plainly with water and can also be used with a small amount of milk.

Herbal Tea – Herbal tea is a vast bracket which includes a concoction of a number of ingredients or just a few mixed together in the right quantities. For example some herbal teabags contain most of the essential ingredients such as ginger, hibiscus, jasmine, mint, rooibos, chamomile, and Echinacea. All these components have various effects on the body and can be used in different quantities depending on one’s taste and necessity. They can remove colds in a jiffy, and can also help one sleep soundly after a busy day.

Oolong Tea – oolong tea is made by partially fermenting tea leaves. It is fermented just to the right quantity as to retain the specific nutrients. It was used in China and Ancient India by gurus and monks to sharpen mental skills and improve alertness. Even today, modern science has proven these effects and it is slowly gaining popularity throughout the world. It is easy to use and has a very mild taste. Two to three cups is the basic recommendation but one can change consumption according to their taste and their necessity.

Tea - Pedia

Jul 26

Fragrant Homes

Fragrance is something that is loved by everyone. People always love pleasant smelling things, whether its flowers or some fruits. This is the reason that people invented perfumes and deodorants. But perfumes and deodorants were made to make humans smell nicely. SO what does one do when they want their homes to smell wonderfully. Well, technology has taken care of that too. Room fresheners or air fresheners are aerosol liquids that help perfume the house.

But the problem with commercial room fresheners is that the are expensive, and since they contain CFCs, they are harmful for the environment. What are the alternatives though? Well one can always use homemade fresheners to enrich the house. Here are four ways to make your own home fresheners:

  1. Simmer Pot – This is one of the simplest of methods as it requires no engineering or science skills. All you need is metal pot, rosemary leaves, lemons, and vanilla extract. Fill 2/3rd of the pot with water and add all the ingredients. Then simmer the concoction for a day and see your room filled with a ecstatic scent for a couple of days. Keep changing the ingredients after a couple of days, or the smell may turn weird.
  2. Skewer Incense Sticks – These are a very easy method for those who don’t want to use any kind of flame or fire to perfume the room. All you need is baby oil, essential oil, and bamboo skewers. Take a vase and mix both the oils. Then immerse the bamboo skewers in the vase. The oil will diffuse through the skewers and the room will smell like heaven.
  3. Oil and Soda Freshener – This is a small jar like freshener that can be used in any part of the house and can be transported easily too. All you need is a jar, baking soda, essential oil, scrapbook paper, and a needle. Cut a piece of a paper in the shape of the mouth of the jar. Using the needle pierce holes in the paper so that the scent can come through. Add 1/2 a cup of baking soda and add 8 to 12 drops of essential oil. The bigger the room, the more the oil is required. Place the paper on the mouth of the jar and seal it. Now gently shake the jar. Slowly the essence with fill your room with a pleasant smell.
  4. Natural Basil Spray  – Spray bottles are a convenient choice as you can use them whenever and wherever you want once they are made. All you need is a 16 oz spray bottle, 4 tablespoons of dried basil leaves, 1 tablespoon vodka, and 5 drops of lemon essential oil. Take 1/3 a cup of water and bring it to a boil in a pan. Add the basil leaves and let it steep for some time. Boil 3/4 cups of water in another pot. Take an funnel and a coffee filter and line it along the funnel. Now place the filter in the spray bottle and add the basil water. Now remove the filter and add the 3/4 cups of water, lemon oil, and vodka to the mixture. Let it cool for some time. Spray it wherever you want now.

Fragrant Rooms

Jun 30

Shooing Away Shoe Problems

Shoes have been used by mankind since thousands of years. They have been supporting our soles and have been preventing sores and blisters that might harm our feet. Technology has made shoes more comforting and advanced. There are shoes designed for special occasion such as casuals, party, formal, and sports. Each shoe is suited for a different terrain, climate, and situation.

Different shoes bring in different kinds of problem. Today we face a number of problems with our shoes which might irritate us and also make life a little difficult. But these problems have very obvious yet unique solutions. Here are three common problems that can be solved easily by using some home made solutions.

  • Shoe Odor – many a time we get embarrassed to remove your shoes in front of others. We might even have to throw away your favorite pair of shoes due to the foul smell it gives. But the good news is that you do not have to be embarrassed about the unpleasant odor of your shoes. Probably everyone faces the issue of stinky shoes once or twice in a lifetime. If you have noticed that your shoes smell bad, it’s likely that you want to get rid of the odor as quickly as possible. But before that you need to first understand that reason behind the stinky smell coming from your shoes. The odor comes from the bacteria that live in the shoes and thrive on the moist conditions. Fabric conditioning sheets are a perfect to neutralize the smell and thus give a nice scented effect to your shoes. There are two ways to kill the bacteria. You can dip a ball of cotton in some alcohol and rub it inside the shoe to kill the bacteria. You can also microwave the shoes to kill the bacteria. But be sure there isn’t any metal in the shoes before your put them inside the microwave.
  • Shoe Bites – Everyone loves new shoes but new shoes bring with them one of the most annoying shoe problems – shoe bites. They are small itchy wounds anywhere on the feet. They can easily be avoided and also be easily cured. There are a number of home remedies one can use to cured shoe bites. Corn flour mixed with some olive oil can be used as an exfoliating scrub and help heal the bite. You can use a little bit of talcum powder before you put on the shoes as a prevention of shoe bites.
  • Shoe Size Problems – Many a time different companies make shoes that might vary slightly from your desired size. Though we have different measures of sizes in different countries the basic size ratio remains the same. Still there might be a small difference of centimeters. But one shouldn’t worry about these trivial problems. Insoles and cushions can help one resize their shoe size. Insoles come with a number of uses as they resize shoes as well as act as orthotic devices for various leg and feet problems.

Shooing Away Shoe Problems

Jun 20

Protecting Your Dog

The summers have already started and change in season first affects animals. The most vulnerable beings in the house during this season are your pets. Usually dogs get affected the most among all other pets. Here are 8 tips to protect your dog from getting any health problems during the summer season.

  • Cars become hot boxes during the summer season. Leaving your dog in the car can cause a lot of problems to their respiratory system and in extreme cases may also lead to death. You should be careful that if you leave your dog inside the car, there should be ample of water for them to drink and the air-conditioning should be on to ensure circulation of fresh air.
  • Water is important for all living beings. Even humans require greater amounts of water during the summers and the same goes for dogs. You should see to it that they have access to unlimited amounts of freshwater whenever they want. Dehydration affects dogs a lot as they pant greater than humans do.
  • Direct sunlight is not good for dogs. Unlike humans they cannot tolerate constant sunlight and heat and require shade when they are outside. You can build a small shed or a kennel that the dog can use whenever it is outside in the lawn or the backyard.
  • A dog needs a walk at least twice a day. This ensures that they receive fresh air and a bit of openness which they are habitual to. But during this season the heat is on the rise and one should be careful that they take their dogs out for a walk only during the cooler hours of the day.
  • When taking your dog out for a walk, be sure that you do go to either parks or lawns. Taking your dog out on the street or someplace else where the surfaces are made of asphalt or marble may damage the paws of the animal. These materials heat up fast and thus may burn their paws.
  • If you feel that the heat is bit more someday, it means that it is affecting your dog even more. There are a number of things available in the market that can help in reducing the heat for your dog. Cool jackets and beds are available that reduce the body temperature of their bodies and thus reduce the effect of the heat.
  • Heat also invites a lot of mites and ticks. One should regularly take their dog to the vet to check for infection and wounds. You can also use repellent sprays and remove the ticks and mites from their bodies. Never carry out any activity on your dog without consulting the vet.
  • Dogs with bigger and thicker coats can have greater difficulty during the summers. You can consider clipping their coats to some extent and use sunscreen and creams on dogs that have thinner coats. Always consult with your vet.

Protecting your Dog

Jun 01

The Magic of Eggs

Eggs have been used as a source of food since prehistoric times. We have evidences of eggs being a primary source of nutrition for a number of communities and tribes around the world since ages. Today, eggs are one of the most widely used ingredients around the world. They are not only used in food, but are also a primary part of the beauty, health, and a number of other industries. They are an excellent source of vitamin A and B, and minerals such as phosphorous and selenium. They are sometimes eaten raw by sports-persons and are cooked on a daily basis in our homes. Here are a couple of ways in which one can use eggs to their maximum potential:

Cook ‘em up!

This is a quick to make curry egg salad sandwich recipe. It is perfect for when you have a little time on hand, and you want to serve something nutritious as well as delicious. All you need is:

  • 8 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of mayonnaise
  • 4 slices of whole wheat bread
  • ½ finely chopped lettuce
  • 1 teaspoon of curry powder
  • Salt and black pepper


  1. Boil the eggs and then cool them and peel them. Finely chop them into small pieces.
  2. Now mix the mayonnaise and curry powder in a bowl and add the eggs.
  3. Season it with salt and pepper.
  4. Lightly toast the bread slices and cover each one with the chopped lettuce.
  5. Divide the egg mixture evenly on each slice and add a couple of finely chopped olives to garnish.

Your curry egg salad sandwiches are complete.

Beautify yourself!

Eggs are also an excellent option for enhancing ones health and beauty. For this you need tow large eggs. Break open the eggs and be careful not to damage the eggs shells completely. Now separate the egg yolks from the egg whites. The eggs can now be used for two different purposes.

  • The egg shells can be used as an exfoliating scrub. Crush the egg shells into a fine powder. Now add a teaspoon of honey and salt and make a thick paste. Add a little to your loofah and gently rub on the skin. The egg shells coupled with the salt will remove the dirt and the dry skin and leave a glowing effect on your skin.
  • The egg yolks can be used to enhance the nails as well as their growth. Add the egg yolks into a cup of warm milk and soak your fingernails in it for about 10 minutes. Remove them and rinse them thoroughly. The egg yolks promote fast nail growth as well as strengthens them.

The Magic of Eggs