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تازہ جڑی بوٹیاں نہ صرف بغیر کیلوریز کے ذائقے کا باعث بنتی ہیں بلکہ بطور غذا یہ صحت مند اثرات کی حامل بھی ہیں۔جڑی بوٹیاں بطور دوا ہمارے باورچی خانوں میں ہزاروں سال سے استعمال ہو رہی ہیں اور ابھی تک ہمارے جسم پر ان کے اثرات میں کمی نہیں آئی۔ذیل میں اس جڑی بوٹیوں کا تذکرہ کیا جا رہا ہے جنہیں ہم اپنی غذائی اجزا کا حصہ بنا سکتا ہیں۔

۔ روز میری: روز میری خون کی نالیوں کی توڑ پھوڑکو روکتی ہے اور اس طرح ہمارے دل پر صحت مند اثرات مرتب کرتی ہے۔The 02 Diet کا مصنف لکھتا ہے کہ صحت مند اثرات کی حامل جڑی بوٹیاں بدہضمی اور یادداشت کی کمی کے مرض کو روکتی ہیں اور پٹھوں اور جوڑوں کے درد میں جب انہیں مقام ماﺅف پر لگایا جائے تو یہ درد میں بھی آرام دیتی ہیں۔ روز میری میں کانوسک ایسڈ اور کارنوسول پایا جاتا ہے جو کینسر کے پھیلاﺅ کو روکتے ہیں۔

۔ اجوائن خراسانی: اجوائن خراسانی میں بہت سے اینٹی آکسیڈینٹس کے علاوہ وٹامن اے اور سی پائے جاتے ہیں جو کئی کینسر پیدا کرنے والے خلیوں کی پیداوار کو روکتے ہیں، اس کے کئی اثرات دل کی صحت کو بہال رکھنے میں بھی مدد دیتے ہیں اور ہائی بلڈ پریشر کا علاج ہیں۔



۔صحت مند معدے میں ادرک کا کردار
معدے اور آنتوں کی بیماریوں میں ادراک کا کردار بڑی اہمیت کا حاصل ہے۔خصوصاً مورننگ سکینس کی وجہ سے ہونے والے اسہال اورمتلی، دوران حمل ہونے والی قے اور متلی، کینسر میں کیمو تھراپی کے بعد ادرک کا استعمال انتہائی مفید ہوتا ہے۔خوراک میں ادرک کا استعمال جوڑوں میں ہونے والی درد اور سوزش کا طاقتور ترین علاج ہے۔

۔ دارچینی:دار چینی میں درد اور سوزش کش اثرات پائے جاتے ہیں اور یہ صحت مند اثرات کی حامل جڑی بوٹی معدے اور آنتوں کے بگاڑ میں بھی مفید ہے جیسا کہ گلاس مین کہتا ہے کہ دارچینی میں نہ صرف Antioxitdentsپائے جاتے ہیں بلکہ یہ بلڈ شوگر لیول کو بھی قابو میں رکھتی ہے اور ساتھ ہی ساتھ ٹائپ IIزیابطیس کے مریضوں میں مضر صحت کو لیسٹرول کی سطح کو بھی کم کرتی ہے۔

۔ کینسر کے انسداد میں ادرک کا کردار: لہسن جو کہ ایک مشہور و معروف صحت مند اثرات کی حامل جڑی بوٹی ہے۔ جس سے کینسر کی روک تھام ہوتی ہے گلاس مین کے بقول لہسن میں اور بھی بہت سے امراض کے خلاف لڑنے کی خصوصیت پائی جاتی ہے جن میں ہائی بلڈ پریشر اور عام سردی زکام شامل ہیں ایک عام صحت مند اثرات کی حامل دوا ہے شوربے میں لہسن ذائقہ بڑھانے کا کام دیتا ہے۔


۔جوڑوں کے درد میں بچھو بوٹی:یہ ایک عام سی بوٹی ہے لیکن اس میں جوڑوں کے امراض کاشافی علاج موجود ہے جو جوڑوں کی سوزش اور درد کو کم کرتی ہے اس کے علاوہ بچھو بوٹی کے استعمال سے سکری کا خاتمہ ہوتا ہے اور بال چمکدار ہوتے ہیں اس کے علاوہ Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia BHPکے مرض میں بھی مفید ہوتی ہے جو ایک ایسی بیماری ہے جس میں پروسٹریٹ گلینڈ بڑھ جاتے ہیں۔بچھو بوٹی کوچائے اور سوپ میں ڈال کر استعمال کیا جاتا ہے۔

۔پیازی: بھنے ہوئے آلوﺅں پر اس کی سبز سطح وٹامن اے اور سی سے بھری ہوتی ہے جس میں زبردست اینٹی آکسٹنٹ اثرات ہوتے ہیں اس سبز جڑی بوٹی سے معدے کے کینسر کے خطرات کم ہوتے ہیں۔سلاد میں اس کا استعمال بہت اچھا ہے لیکن کھانے میں اس کی آمیزش سے کھانے کا ذائقہ بنتا ہے۔

۔ثابت دھنیا: اس کے استعمال سے صحت مند کیسٹرول بڑھتا ہے اور مضر صحت کولیسٹرول کم ہوتا ہے اور بلڈ شوگر بھی کم رہتی ہے۔ثابت دھنیے میں جراثیم اور پھپھوندی کش اثرات بھی پائے جاتے ہیں۔

۔ تیج پات:تیج پات سردی سے لگنے والے بہت سے امراض کے علاج میں معاون ہے کیونکہ اس کے روغن میں Cineole پایا جاتا ہے جو بند ناک کھولنے اور SINUS کو سکون بخشنے میں کسی تعارف کا محتاج نہیں ہے۔
 
۔ ککروندا: ہاضمے میں مفید ہے: میری لینڈ یونیورسٹی آف میڈیسن کے مطابق ککروندا (Dandelion) ایک قدرتی پیشاب آور دوا ہے جس کا استعمال قوت ہاضمہ کی کمی امراض جگر اور ہائی بلڈ پریشر میں کیا جاتا ہے ککروندے کی جڑوں سے جگر، معدہ اور پتا کی اصلاح ہوتی ہے۔


 


Britain battered by torrential rain, thunderstorms and 50mph winds that are flooding seafronts with FOAM

  • Bad weather wreaked havoc in Lossiemouth, Moray, where almost 1ft of foamy surface water flooded the seafront Crashing waves at high tide had broken through the harbour wall, causing police to stop anyone entering area 
  • This morning, Police Scotland are warning that heavy rain overnight is causing disruption on roads in Inverness  Forecasters say heavy and thundery showers will continue today and tonight across Wales and parts of England 
  • The weather is expected to turn breezy tomorrow, with a risk torrential rain in western England and Wales  
PUBLISHED: 08:01 GMT, 8 October 2014 UPDATED: 09:09 GMT, 8 October 2014
The bad weather wreaked havoc in Lossiemouth, Moray, where almost 1ft of foamy surface water broke through the harbour wall, after it was beaten down by huge, crashing waves at high tide.
The seawater swamped the roads surrounding the harbour, forcing police to stop residents and motorists moving through the area due to the risk of danger. The mayhem was compounded by strong winds of around 40mph, which swept inland from the coast. 

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The bad weather wreaked havoc in Lossiemouth, Moray, where almost 1ft of foamy surface water broke through the harbour wall, after it was beaten down by huge, crashing waves at high

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The seawater swamped the roads surrounding the harbour, forcing police to stop residents and motorists entering the area due to the risk of danger 

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There are several flats within the harbour complex (pictured to the right), from where the foamy water could be seen cascading onto the road 

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The mayhem broke out at high tide after strong winds whipped up a frenzy of waves which broke through the harbour wall 
This morning, Police Scotland warned that severe weather and heavy rain is causing disruption across the country, particularly on roads around Inverness.
They are advising motorists to take extra care when travelling, after heavy rain overnight closed some roads and left others covered in standing water.

Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire was also hit by wild weather and flooding, as the waves crashed onto the harbour during high tide. The waves spilled over the harbour wall for around four hours, leaving deep surface water on the roads, pavements and car parks nearby. 
The aftermath of the high tide storm was evident when smaller stones, cobbles, sand and even some boulders were seen scattered over the promenade. Police were forced to close the pier as they tried to salvage the wreckage and make the area safe again. 

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A mini whirlcloud was spotted across the sky as a storm passed over Porthcawl, South Wales, last night

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Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire was also hit with wild weather and some flooding during high tide yesterday, as huge waves were thrown onto the harbour

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The waves crashed over the harbour wall, flooding the area and damaging the few boats which had been left in the water 

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Seawater overflowed onto the harbour, creating deep surface water on the roads, pavements, promenade and car parks

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The aftermath of the high tide storm was evident, as smaller stones, cobbles and even some boulders were scattered all over the promenade in Stonehaven

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After the high tide had passed, a clean-up operation was started, as workers attempted to clear up the rubble which had been thrown onto the harbour 

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During the four-hour battering, the few remaining boats not taken into the inner harbour were damaged

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Police had to close the pier as they struggled to clear up in the aftermath of the high tide storm and to make it safe for residents and motorists



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In Peterhead, Aberdeenshire, gusts of almost 50mph were recorded, causing huge high tide storms 

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A spokesman for the Met Office said the high tide storms had been caused by spring tides peaking - shown here in Peterhead - mixed with the strength and direction of the gusts of wind

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Commuters in London made their way across London Bridge this morning as the capital was hit by wet, cold and windy weather

Heavty Rain In Britain


 


Lake Hillier

Source: Inside Sport
Lake Hillier is a seemingly innocuous lake located on an island in the Recherche Archipelago in Australia. It's pretty big, but not incredibly so. It's not very deep. It's not a strange shape, nor does it have any rare, incredible creature living in it. It would be a perfectly average lake if not for one peculiar characteristic. It's pink.

Pink is the new blue
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That's not because someone spilled food coloring in the lake. Pink is its natural color. However, we can't say for sure why. Most theories point to various bacteria or micro-algae that live in the lake and create a dye that gives it its distinct coloration. Whatever it is, it appears to be harmless to humans. If you ever find yourself on Middle Island where it's located, feel free to jump in for a dip.

Actually, it is kind of surprising that we don't have more pink lakes in the world. That being said, Lake Hillier is not the only one. There is also the creatively named Pink Lake, still in Australia, as well as Lake Retba in Senegal (which also means Pink Lake).

Is it a lake or is it strawberry pudding?
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Nothing like a nice, relaxing swim in weird pink stuff
Source: Seven Holiday Spot

Socotra


Welcome to Socotra, land of the weird Source: Wikimedia
Technically, Socotra is an archipelago that consists of four islands. However, one of the islands takes up 95% of the total mass so people usually refer to that island when talking about Socotra. More interesting, though, is the fact that the island has been described as "the most alien-looking place on Earth".

I'm weirder! No, I'm weirder!
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What gives the island its reputation? It's the flora. Socotra is kind of like Madagascar, but for plants. It also broke off from the supercontinent of Gondwana, and life on the island has evolved in isolation. As a result of this, Socotra has hundreds of plant species found nowhere else on the planet.
Arguably the most famous feature of Socotra is the Dragon's Blood Tree, known for its very peculiar branches as well as its red sap from which the name of the tree comes. The island also has a ton of endemic species of birds and spiders. Of course, the number of species started taking a nosedive the minute man stepped foot on the island. We introduced harmful, non-native species like cats that ate all the birds and goats that started wreaking havoc on the vegetation.


For those uninterested in nature, Socotra has plenty more to offer
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One of Socotra's many endemic species eating another of Socotra's many endemic species

Mount Roraima


This year's Christmas card is sorted
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One could argue that the view from the top of any mountain is staggering. However, very few of them could ever match up to the feeling you can get standing on top of Venezuela's Mount Roraima. It's not really the height that gets you. The summit is only about 9,000 feet tall, which isn't all that majestic. It's the feeling of standing on top of one of the world's oldest geological formations, dating around two billion years ago.

Call the contractor. They've only built us half a mountain.
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And then there's the shape. Tabletop mountains are always a weird sight because straight lines are so unusual in nature. But Mount Roraima looks like it's been carved or molded, not the product of a few billion years of natural erosion.

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There is also an added bonus to tabletop mountains. Because of its flat plateau, people who want to visit the summit can skip the whole pesky "rock-climbing thing" and just take a helicopter up top. There's also a footpath for those who want the illusion of putting forth an effort, but it's nothing too dangerous. Actual thrill seekers can delight in Roraima's steep, almost perfectly vertical mountain sides.

What's the forecast for today? Partially cloudy, I think.
Source: The Huffington Post

Frog endemic to Roraima


World’s Weirdest Natural Places (Part 2)


 


As humans, we often let our imagination run wild and can come back with some pretty surreal stuff that can surprise even the most well-seasoned of acid trippers. However, we can't really compete with nature. Every now and then, we discover a new place that comes by its "could be from a Salvador Dalí painting" vibe completely naturally.

Weirdest Natural Places: Mendenhall Ice Cave


This cave is really… *puts on sunglasses*…cool Source: 500PX
Few people actually get to see a glacier in person. Even fewer get to see a cave inside the glacier, which is typically formed by a stream of water or volcanic vents. That is what made the Mendenhall Ice Cave special. Well…that and the fact that it looked like the inside of the Fortress of Solitude.

Entrance isn't exactly tourist-friendly
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Why the past tense, you ask? While Mendenhall Glacier still exists (you can't miss it; it's 12 miles long and just outside the Alaskan capital of Juneau), the cave does not. The cave's roof collapsed earlier this year. Thankfully for the Alaska Board of Tourism, since getting inside the cave was so dangerous, difficult and time consuming, the cave was never really much of a tourist attraction.

Bad place to drop a contact lens
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Ice, ice baby
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That is a big a** glacier
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Weirdest Natural Places: Cave of the Crystals


I'm just gonna break off a tiny piece to take home with me
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The name of this Chihuahua, Mexico cave makes it pretty clear what you are going to find inside of it: crystals. Like really, really big selenite crystals. And when we say big, we mean over 10 feet in diameter and 50 tons in weight. The largest one ever found was 39 feet long and 13 feet wide.

Seriously, though, if you had an evil lair, wouldn't you want a room just like this?
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The inside of this cave looks like a deadly chamber on set of an Indiana Jones movie. But just like the Mendenhall Cave, you can't go see this one, either. Temperatures can reach a scorching 136 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity is always above 90%. Without proper protection, you would only withstand a few minutes before begging for mercy.

Hey, Steve, mine's bigger than yours
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Luckily, this cave is connected to the more accessible Naica Mine, another large deposit of massive crystals. You can't go there, either. It's actually a working mine owned by Industrias Peñoles, so if you want to go inside, you'll have to apply for a job.

I think it's a crystal, what do you think? I think it's a crystal, too.
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I hereby name you…uh, Crystal Wall

Son Doong Cave


We're definitely about to enter Jurassic Park
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While we're talking about amazing places that look like movie sets, how about one from The Land That Time Forgot? It really wouldn't be too far-fetched to come across a pterodactyl gently nesting inside this place. Located in Vietnam, near its border with Laos, Son Doong Cave is the biggest known cave in the world.

Ok, guys, exit in single file, leave some room for others
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Just how big is it? Son Doong stretches for about 30,000 feet. The biggest chamber is over 650 feet tall. To put that in perspective, we could put the Gateway Arch from St. Louis inside the cave and there would still be room on top. Even though the cave was found in 1991, it wasn't until 2010 that people actually managed to reach its end. This is because of a giant 200-foot high calcite wall later named the Great Wall of Vietnam.

I spy with my little eye something…green
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Would you like to visit it? Good news! You could…possibly. Last year the first tourist group ever was taken inside and more tours are being planned. All you need is years of spelunking experience and about $3,000 (plus the money to get to Vietnam and back).

Remember the plan: we wait 'til nightfall, then we attack.
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It's bigger on the inside, like a Tardis

World’s Weirdest Natural Places (Part 1)


 


18 Of The Best Wilderness Photos From The Smithsonian's "Wilderness Forever" Photo Contest

The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has unveiled an epic photo exhibit called "Wilderness Forever: 50 Years of Protecting America's Wild Places." The exhibit features jury-selected images that perfectly capture the gripping beauty of America's wildest natural spaces.
The exhibit celebrates the Wilderness Act, an integral element of the U.S.A's conservation efforts that, since its adoption in 1964, has protected more than 109 million acres of American wilderness.
The exhibit was selected from more than 5,000 submissions from throughout the U.S. Many of the winning photos come from the stunning mountains and tundras of Alaska, the mossy mountain forests of the Pacific Coast, and the unique sandstone formations of the South-West – all regions worth exploring!
The exhibit will run through summer 2015.

Red Fox, Denali National Park, Alaska


Image credits: Dee Ann Pederson

Mountain Goat Kids, Mount Evans Wilderness, Colorado


Image credits: Verdon Tomajko

White Pocket, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs, Arizona


Image credits: Richard Ansley

Brown Bear, Katmai Wilderness, Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska


Image credits: Robert Amuroso

Climbing the Summit Pyramid Of Sahale Mountain, Washington


Image credits: Ethan Welty

Bald Eagle, Glacier Bay Wilderness Area, Alaska


Image credits: David Bahr

Meadow of Wildflowers, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming


Image credits: John Richter

Snowy Owl, Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness Area, New York


Image credits: Scott Joshua Dere

Banner Peak Alpenglow, California


Image credits: Brad Goldpaint

Aurora Ridge Trail, Sol Duc Valley, Washington


Image credits: Pablo McCloud

Aurora Borealis Over Honeymoon Rock, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin


Image credits: Jeff Rennicke

Alaska Range, Denali Wilderness In Alaska


Image credits: Tim Iken

Sandhill Cranes, Bosque Del Apache, New Mexico


Image credits: Diane McAllister

Snowy Meadow, Mount Hood Wilderness, Oregon


Image credits: Jarrod Castaign

Purple Sea Star, Olympic Wilderness, Washington


Image credits: Thomas Bancroft

Peak Fall Colors, Ouachita National Forest, Arkansas


Image credits: Laura Vu

American Alligator, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Florida


Image credits: Jenna Van Kley

Sunset Paddle, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Minnesota


Image credits: Dawn M. La Pointe
 

Wilderness Forever


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