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Michael asks…

Are basil and marjoram the same spice?

LoveKnots answers:

No they are not the same thing.
Basil herb is a plant whose leaves, seeds, or flowers are used for flavoring food or in medicine. Other uses of herbs include cosmetics, dyes, and perfumes. The name derives from the Latin herba, meaning “green crops.” Basil, also known as Sweet Basil, is a member of the Lamiaceae family, which also includes mint, oregano, catnip, rosemary, and sage. Most of the culinary varieties are of the genus Ocimum basilicum, while the related and also popular lemon basil is Ocimum xcitriodorum.

History. The name comes from the Greek word for king, basileus. Basil may have originated in India, but it has since spread to many Asian and Mediterranean countries, as well as Africa and Central and South America, and is cultivated commercially in California. Many traditions about the herb’s powers have to do with love and the afterlife.

Food and other uses. Fresh Mediterranean basil leaf is a principal component of pesto alla Genovese (green pesto) and also appears in pesto rosso (red pesto), which includes tomatoes as well. The leaf is also used as a seasoning in tomato sauce, pizza, Insalata Caprese, salad dressing, and cooked vegetable dishes. Dried leaf is found in the mixed spice called “Italian seasoning,” and sometimes is a component of bouquet garni. Thai basils, which differ from Mediterranean varieties, are used in Thai green curry and as a garnish.Basil is also used in desserts, including ice cream and sorbet, custard and zabaglione. The seeds are used to thicken the consistency of certain Thai foods. The essential oil is used in perfumes.
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Marjoram is a perennial herb in the mint family that grows wild in the Mediterranean region. It is used primarily as seasoning in cooked dishes but is also found in beauty and health care products. Often mistaken for oregano, marjoram is frequently called by many different names, including sweet marjoram, knotted marjoram, joy of the mountains, and wintersweet. The current scientific name for this plant, Origanum majorana, is sometimes used interchangeably with its previous name, Majorana hortensis.
Culinary Uses

A bittersweet, mild spice, marjoram is common in German and Polish cooking, where it is an important part of the spice mixture for sausage. It is also found in the popular English dish of roast goose with chestnut stuffing. In French cooking, it’s often included in mixtures of dried herbs called herbes de Provence, and in Italy and Greece, it is often used in sauces and meat dishes. Marinades, salad dressings, and soups can all benefit from this herb. Bouquet garnis, or bundles of fresh herbs, often include marjoram.

Both fresh and dried leaves can be used, and marjoram keeps its flavor well when dried. The fresh herb is usually found in the produce section of the grocery store. Either thyme or oregano can be used as substitutes, although their flavors tend to be a bit stronger, so cooks may want to use a bit less than the recipe calls for.

Marjoram vs. Oregano

There is a great deal of confusion between marjoram and oregano. They are related plants, but are two different species. They also taste similar, although oregano often has a stronger flavor, and both contain high amounts of antioxidants. To make it even more confusing, cretan oregano, O. Onites, is also called French or pot marjoram and Greek oregano, O. Vulgare, is often called wild marjoram.

Despite the many similarities, they are not the same plant. Oregano is a hardy perennial that is taller than the more cold-sensitive marjoram. Marjoram also prefers a moister soil.

Health and Beauty Uses
Marjoram is used in body care products, including skin cream, bath bars, body lotion, body wash, and shaving gel. Since the leaves are aromatic, their oils are often added to scent these products. The essential oil is also found in aromatherapy treatments, where it is said to be warming and spicy, and to provide a soothing effect. It is often recommended as a treatment for insomnia and stress.

Eugenol, a compound found in this herb, has antiseptic and anesthetic properties, meaning that it kills germs and can numb sensation. It can also act as an anti-inflammatory, relieving swelling. Although this compound is present in relatively small amounts in marjoram, the plant is used by some people to treat inflammation and help with digestion; it may be used as a tea to help relieve both flatulence and nausea. Marjoram may also relieve cramps and increase menstrual flow; therefore, most experts recommend that medicinal quantities not be taken during pregnancy.

Donna asks…

hair loss from being pulled?

im 18 , and a guy. I have very long hair (down to my butt) and I never cut it before since I’m a sikh. I always have to tie my hair into a knot on my head in order to wear turban. The problem is I always tied it real tight that after years I’m starting to see spots of thin hair. They are above my ears , and the area next to my forehead. Is this a permanent damage to my scalp ?? Is there a way I could grow my hair back ? Any hair products recommended ? Going to see a doctor would be a last resort since i need to keep it a secret from my parents

Thanks a lot for your help

LoveKnots answers:

Dont tie it really tight read this for tips :

FALLING HAIR –

Does your hair fall a lot? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Millions of people from all around the world suffer from dry, brittle and weak hair. Some of the possible reasons for falling hair are:

Tension
Too much work
Illness
Poor diet
Over-exposure to the sun
Perming
Amateur bleaching
Too frequent and inexpert use of tints, rinses or other colourants

Here is what you can do to prevent hair fall

Shampoo regularly. Remember, a CLEAN scalp is a HEALTHY SCALP.

Brahmi amla oil also promotes hair growth.

A high protein diet with plenty of fruits, green vegetables and dairy products is a must.

Drink 10-12 glass of water everyday.

Use a very mild shampoo and condition your hair at least twice a week. When you do, make sure you rinse out the conditioner thoroughly, otherwise residue build-up will cause your hair to look limp and dull.

Know your vitamins! IRON is important for healthy hair and brittle, limp hair indicates an iron deficiency. Spinach has a good iron content, so gulp it down!

ZINC helps prevent hair loss and greying. Eat adequate zinc rich foods. Overweight people tend to have zinc deficiency, which is inversely related to the body mass index. Thus if you are overweight and if your hair falls too much, you may want to increase your intake of zinc containing foods. Recipes containing stone ground, wholegrain flour are rich in zinc.

A shortfall in VITAMIN B may cause dandruff, falling hair, loss of colour and could encourage grey hair. So B group Vitamins are essential for gloss, colour and thickness.

VITAMIN C ensures the health of capillaries supplying blood to hair follicles. Make sure your diet includes plenty of fresh fruits and veggies.

VITAMIN E encourages hair growth. Switch from refined flours to wholemeal and wheatgerm, eggs, vegetable oil.

COPPER stops hair from falling. Studies show that the copper content in the blood serum of people with falling hair is less than normal. Different types of alopecia (falling hair) are seen to have a deficiency of this important trace element. Include small quantities of nuts, especially cashews and peanuts, seeds, whole milk and beans in your diet as these contain minute but important amounts of copper.

Homemade remedies for preventing hair fall:

Apply almond oil on scalp and massage.
Grind fenugreek seeds in water and apply on your scalp. Wash off after 40 minutes. Do this every morning for a month ¡V if it suits you! Remember, different treatments suit different types of hair.
Massage warm castor oil + almond oil into your scalp gently. Wrap a hot towel around your scalp so it gets absorbed into the hair. Do this twice a week for healthy, shiny hair.
Add 2-3 drops of honey to a glass of water and use this as the last rinse after shampooing.

Quick Hair Care Conditioner

Mix 1 egg, 2 tbs castor oil, 1 tsp vinegar and 1 tsp glycerine. Beat until frothy and massage lightly into your scalp. Wrap your head in a hot towel, steam, then wash off. This conditioner makes hair thicker, shiny, soft and manageable.

Honey Conditioner

Beat 1-2 eggs (depending on the length of the hair), 1 tsp honey and 2 tsp olive oil. Massage gently into the scalp. Steam, and shampoo after an hour.

Alcohol Conditioner

Beat 1-2 eggs with 2 tsp brandy. Massage into your scalp. Leave for 10-15 mins. Rinse well. The egg nourishes your hair and brandy stimulates hair growth.

Your hair is a vital beauty asset, requiring constant loving care. And with a little nurturing, lush, glossy hair will be yours.

ESSENTIALS FOR FALLING HAIR –

Does your hair fall often Arm yourself with these tools to combat hair fall.

Wide-toothed comb

Get yourself a wide-toothed comb. This is probably one of the most important yet underutilized of all hair tools. A wide-toothed comb helps you distribute conditioner evenly all over your hair while shampooing and conditioning. In addition, it also helps get rid of knots smoothly.

The best time to get rid of knots is during conditioning. Apply conditioner and run a wide toothed comb gently through your hair.

While untangling dry hair, do so in sections. Take one section at a time, and first, untangle the ends of your hair. Do so slowly, and don?t pull unless you want your hair to fall out in clumps or break.

Don?t wait for the last minute before detangling your hair. Every night, while sitting in front of the television, run a wide toothed comb gently through your hair, until you have untangled it completely. Do this every night, and you will notice that your hair remains free from tangles.

Leave-in conditioner
Dry hair tends to tangle easily, and, needless to say, causes it to break. Make sure your hair is never devoid of moisture by always keeping a bottle of leave-in conditioner handy. The next time you feel your hair is dry and rough to the touch, simply rub a dollop of leave-in conditioner between your palms, and apply it to your hair. Comb through with your wide toothed comb. Your hair will be instantly rejuvenated and moisturized. Gradually, the texture will also improve. This is a must if you blow dry your hair regularly, or if it is chemically treated. Such hair constantly craves moisture, so get yourself a bottle of leave-in conditioner.

Oil
Olive, almond and coconut oils are all excellent for the hair. While you could apply oil as an alternative to leave-in conditioner, oil tends to make your hair sticky, and you cannot style your hair well after applying oil. Your only alternative would then be to tie up your hair. For better results with oil, apply just a few drops immediately after washing your hair, when your hair is still dripping wet. Oil doesn?t penetrate the strands as easily as leave-in conditioner does though. Nothing beats a hot oil massage followed by a steam treatment, as the steam helps the oil penetrate the hair strands, strengthening them and curtailing hair fall.

Egg
Egg is great for the hair ? There are no two ways about it! True, it causes a tremendous stink in the bathroom, and your hair may let off an ?eggy? Smell, but the results are instantaneous and worth it! Egg strengthens your hair almost immediately, and the egg yolk leaves your hair shining. Whip an egg with two tablespoons of olive oil and apply it to your hair. Wash off after half an hour. Make sure you wash off with cold water though, or the egg will start cooking in your hair, and would be harder to take off! Use a scented shampoo to counter the smell of egg in your hair, and follow up with a leave-in conditioner. Do this for a month, and you will be amazed by the change in your hair texture and the reduction in hair fall.

John asks…

What are some good Ipod apps…please help…?

Can you list 5-10 good, (free is better) apps for the IpodTouch? It would be a lot of help, thanks!

LoveKnots answers:

Here are some apps that I have on my iPod Touch 4g:
(these are all free)

– Flashlight (comes in handy sometimes! Like when I’m trying to unlock my car in the dark)
– Google Earth
– CamWow (soooo funny! It’s like one of those trick mirrors that make your face look weird, good for a laugh!)
– the Sleepmaker apps (there are 5: waves, rain, streams, storms, wildlife. I like to listen to them at night, very relaxing! You can program it to stay on for how ever long you want it to as well)
– All Recipes (If you like to cook, or are just learning, you’ll love this one! You can choose your meals based on the ingredients you have in your house, and what kind of meal you wanna make. Like breakfast, main course, or dessert, for example)
– TuneIn Radio (this lets you listen to radio stations from all over the world!)
– Virtuoso Piano (kinda self explanatory…you can play the piano :)
– Shazam (have you ever heard a song on the radio and wish you knew what it was or who sang it? With this app, you can find out! It listens for about 10 seconds and then tells you the name of the song, who sings it, what album its from, gives you the option to watch the video, etc. It’s very cool!)
– SoundHound (this one is pretty much exactly like Shazam, except it even recognizes song tunes and humming! It doesn’t really make sense to have both these apps, so if you wanna choose one or the other I’d choose this one!)
– Remote (lets you control your iTunes on your computer…from your iPod!)
– Touch Tennis
– Action Bowling Free
– Deer Hunter Challenge (if you like hunting, like I do :)
– The Sims 3
– Fish Food Frenzy
– Quarters (you have to flick a quarter into a pitcher of beer. Haha. The more you miss, the more “drunk” your player gets and the more difficult it becomes. It’s entertaining!)
– Knots (kinda like Twister…but for your fingers!)
– iCopter (I find this one very challenging, but very addicting!)
– Traffic Master (you have to control a busy intersection and make sure there are no crashes)
– 3D Checkers
– Scrabble Free
– Scene It? Movies 2
– Solitaire (in case you can’t get enough of Solitaire on the computer! LoL)

Have fun :)

Carol asks…

What are good I pod apps?

I just got an iPod and want to know some good apps any ideas

LoveKnots answers:

Here are some apps that I have on my iPod Touch 4g:
(these are all free)

- Flashlight (comes in handy sometimes! Like when I’m trying to unlock my car in the dark)
- Google Earth
- CamWow (soooo funny! It’s like one of those trick mirrors that make your face look weird, good for a laugh!)
- the Sleepmaker apps (there are 5: waves, rain, streams, storms, wildlife. I like to listen to them at night, very relaxing! You can program it to stay on for how ever long you want it to as well)
- All Recipes (If you like to cook, or are just learning, you’ll love this one! You can choose your meals based on the ingredients you have in your house, and what kind of meal you wanna make. Like breakfast, main course, or dessert, for example)
- TuneIn Radio (this lets you listen to radio stations from all over the world!)
- Virtuoso Piano (kinda self explanatory…you can play the piano :)
- Shazam (have you ever heard a song on the radio and wish you knew what it was or who sang it? With this app, you can find out! It listens for about 10 seconds and then tells you the name of the song, who sings it, what album its from, gives you the option to watch the video, etc. It’s very cool!)
- SoundHound (this one is pretty much exactly like Shazam, except it even recognizes song tunes and humming! It doesn’t really make sense to have both these apps, so if you wanna choose one or the other I’d choose this one!)
- Remote (lets you control your iTunes on your computer…from your iPod!)
- Touch Tennis
- Action Bowling Free
- Deer Hunter Challenge (if you like hunting, like I do :)
- The Sims 3
- Fish Food Frenzy
- Quarters (you have to flick a quarter into a pitcher of beer. Haha. The more you miss, the more “drunk” your player gets and the more difficult it becomes. It’s entertaining!)
- Knots (kinda like Twister…but for your fingers!)
- iCopter (I find this one very challenging, but very addicting!)
- Traffic Master (you have to control a busy intersection and make sure there are no crashes)
- 3D Checkers
- Scrabble Free
- Scene It? Movies 2
- Solitaire (in case you can’t get enough of Solitaire on the computer! LoL)

Have fun :)

Mark asks…

We just got an English Mastiff…… ??

We just got an English Mastiff yesterday, he has come from a home where he was not well cared for, he is thin and needs allot of beefing up. He is a super sweet dog, and HUGE! We hope to nurse him to better care immediatley but are not very knowledgeable of how to do this, we are however, giving him allot of love and attention. If you are knowledgeable about this dog please share some info about how we can give this dog the best care. He is almost 2 years old and needs to gain weight. Any sincere advice will be greatly appreciated.
Diesle is actually very well behaved already, in his very first home he was well cared for and trained very well, so he does obey and has been great with all 5 of our children so far, ages 10 months to 12 years. But, unfortunately his most recent home wasnt as caring, he was neglected and poorly fed, he is very thin and needs to gain a great deal of weight. I forgot to ask if he had been neutered but I am going to find out Monday, however he is very calm so he possibly may already be neutered if not, we will have it done soon. He is a super sweet well behaved dog it is so hard to believe that someone could have mistreated him but, those days are over he now has a caring and PERMANANT home. We have a somewhat large home that sits on an acre set out from the city so, he has plenty of room to run even though he will be kept as an inside dog. My husband often has to go away for extended periods of time for the military so he will also serve as a great dog. Thanks for all of your answers!
Meant to say he will serve as a great *guard dog!

LoveKnots answers:

I must say that you received some very good advise from the last gentleman who runs the Mastiff group in his town. I was very concerned with the exercise comment as Mastiffs do not require a lot of activity. They would much rather lay there and watch you work around them. When my Mastiff was young I fed him a mixture of boiled liver and rice with his hi-pro dog food. I know it smells bad but it helped to fill him out when I was preparing him for the show ring. If interested in a recipe feel free to contact me. I agree that overfeeding is more harmful and just produces more poop. They can only absorb so much at a time. I also sprinkled some bone meal on his food for a few months as directed by my vet. You have been warned about blout with large dogs so heed this warning as nothing is more tragic than losing a pet due to a feeding mishap. Although it would seem like larger dogs can eat big bones and large pizza crusts and such, they shouldn’t . They have a tendency to chew enough to soften food and swallow it down before properly breaking it down, which is why the blout occurs. I gave my boy a large rawhide bone with the big knots on the ends and he chewed it just a bit til it was good and slimey and then proceeded to try and choke it down. I had to literally put my hand down his throat and retrive it. I was advised to feed him the chipped style rawhide as that breaks up on its own, even if swallowed whole. Other bones are somewhat risky due to the powerful jaws they tend to break them and swallow sharp pieces. Instead of just gnawing the meat and licking out the marrow. Raw bones are fine, so if you choose to treat with cooked bones, just keep your eye on him. You have done a very cool thing by adopting this wonderful animal. My all time favorite pet and most loyal companion lived for 11.5 years and provided me with protection, unconditional love, appreciation and a heart full of memories that I never ever will forget. (wiping tears) I loved him like a child and miss him every day. I wish I could rescue one since I cannot afford to purchase one at this time. Be sure to have a vet look at him to rule out any worms or parasites that can depleate nutrients and cause weight loss. You may collect a stool from him and take it with you(in a ziplock) so they can check it in same visit. Saves you another trip. Also have them check his hips, as hip dysplasia is known in these larger breeds and you can take steps to guard him from future injuries. Last issue I’ll address is the kids. Mastiffs are loving and sensative family members and see themselves as just that, one of the gang. They are not known to be biters unless agressively instigated. They are big on leaning up against people they love, which can sometimes topple a small child. A friendly head nudge lifted my daughter off her feet and she learned to hold on or prepare for a lift. If you are playing ball, frisbee or just playing around in the yard, remember these dogs were bred to knock down and hold prey for their owners. They guarded palaces and hunted lions and bears for capture. If rough play is initiated by you or one of his litter mates (your kids) a nip to the back of the arm is his way of getting the best of the game, and smarts. By nature your dog will obey the boys better than girls, but if menstral age will favor and protect the girls. Due to the power these dogs posess, swimming with them should be done with caution and not allowed with young ones, by no fault of his own can injure someone. They are better off in the sprinklers or play pool which mine loved with a passion. If you ever want to chat about you pet feel free to IM or e-mail me.

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