Time for tea: More scientific justifications for your tea break

Amazing what a cup of tea can do for you according to the latest science dispatches. Here’s but a sprinkling of reports suggesting that small actions consistently done can produce pretty incredible health outcomes. Go fix yourself a drink and check these little tea-based nuggets. First evidence that green tea extract enhances working memory. This […]

Leaves 3 Oct 2014

Leaves links out to the very best plant-related content I’ve found on the world wild web this week. Geek: Seed microbes ‘Commensal’ bacteria are symbiotic helping plants extract nutrients and defend against invaders. Now, scientists have discovered that plants may package their commensal bacteria inside of seeds to ensure that sprouting plants are colonized. It’s like prepacking a blanket […]

Leaves April 20

  Leaves links out to the very best plant-related content I’ve found on the internet this week. Surprise, surprise: Science Compared Every Diet, and the Winner Is Real Food “A diet of minimally processed foods close to nature, predominantly plants, is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention.” What do you do when you’re […]

Echinacea: How to grow and use this powerful antibiotic and immune-stimulant

This post is part of Terrifically Useful Tuesday looking at the immense benefits plants have for people. See more in this series here. If there is one plant image that has come to epitomise herbal medicine and good health in the last two decades, it would be the purple cone flower of echinacea. Splashed on […]