1. 2 cups drained well-cooked or canned chickpeas, liquid reserved.
  2. 1/2 cup tahini (sesame paste), optional, with some of its oil.
  3. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus oil for drizzling.
  4. 2 cloves garlic, peeled, or to taste.
  5. Cumin & Caraway Seeds
  6. Paprika
  7. Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

So, what’s the secret?

It’s simple really. It’s the order in which you add ingredients to your food processor. Seriously, it’s that easy.

Tahini and lemon juice go in first. Then before you add anything else, turn on the food processor and let it run for a minute or so.

How To Make Hummus from Scratch

From here, you can add ingredients as you will, but make sure you stand back and let that food processor run — we’re talking a minute of running after adding each ingredient.

You can see, even from this photo that the skinless chickpeas made for a slightly smoother hummus, but in our opinion it really wasn’t enough of a difference to warrant ten minutes of skinning chickpeas.

Easy Hummus Recipe – Better Than Store-bought


Coffee Usage

1. Paint with it

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Run out of paint? Try using coffee mixed with water instead. To get different tones, change the amount of water – for a more intense colour, use less water. You’ll soon be creating beautiful artworks for your home. It’s a great option for the kids to use, and it’s also cheap!

2. Hair rinse for shedding & residue build-up

Be careful where you splash.
Be careful where you splash.

Get rid of residue left by hair styling products by massaging used coffee grounds into your hair before you shampoo. You can also help to prevent your hair shedding with a coffee rinse, just apply after you shampoo or condition. Remember to take care when you’re in the bathroom, you don’t want coffee splashed everywhere – it would be a pain to clean up!

3. Keep unwanted cats away

Bye bye Fluffy, you will be missed...
Bye bye Fluffy, you will be missed…

Cats seem to really HATE the smell of coffee so grab a handful to spread throughout the garden, and they’ll soon stay away from your precious plants. Mix your grounds with orange peels to give it that extra cat-repelling effect.

4. Use as Pin cushion filler

What a beautiful addition to your craft box.
What a beautiful addition to your craft box.

If you love to sew, chances are you’ll need a trusty pin cushion to store your tools. Good news, you can use coffee grounds as a perfect filler for for your pin cushion, plus they’ll also keep your pins from rusting. Who knew?

5. In your compost

My that's some beautiful... compost.
My that’s some beautiful… compost.

Help your soil out by using coffee grounds in compost. They are rich with nitrogen which will help your dear plants convert sunlight into energy. You could even try heading into a local coffee shop to see if they’ll let you take away their used coffee – what a freebie!

6. As an exfoliater

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Add used coffee grounds to warm water or coconut oil and scrub your skin from head to foot. Goodbye dead skin cells! Why not check out this scrub recipe from and get making your own? I can’t wait to try this one out, it looks great.

7. Make an air freshener

Mmmm the smell of coffee... all the time!
Mmmm the smell of coffee… all the time!

Do you love, love, LOVE the smell of coffee? Use it as an air freshener! All you need is an odd sock, some coffee beans, an elastic band and a spoon. Find out how to make your very own natural coffee air freshener at

8. Create a coffee candle

Oooh have you made me a coffee? Oh. It's a candle.
Oooh have you made me a coffee? Oh. It’s a candle.

If you fancy making something simple and easy, fill a bowl with coffee beans and place tea lights on top! The heat of the candle will heat the coffee beans and you can enjoy a lovely aroma throughout the room. I’ve also found a great homemade coffee candle recipe from, which also looks completely achievable.

9. Attract friendly worms

Wriggly, wriggly worms.
Wriggly, wriggly worms.

Worms are big fans of coffee, so add some coffee grounds to your garden flowerbeds to attract them. As thanks, the worms you’ve attracted will then help give your soil and plants nutrients, and the tunnels they create when they slither along will help to aerate the soil which will allow roots to grow. Nice!

10. Use as surface scrubber

Time to clean up the kitchen - grab the coffee grounds!
Time to clean up the kitchen – grab the coffee grounds!

Use a cleaning cloth and some old coffee grounds to help clean food from kitchen counters, cooking hobs or dirty dishes. The grounds are mildly abrasive, which means they won’t damage your surfaces – so scrub on without fear!

11. Reduce cellulite

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You may have seen cellulite-reducing products in beauty shops which include caffeine. Help get rid of cellulite with your very own home-made coffee scrub! have a great step-by-step list for you to follow. Health Ambition takes a further look at cellulite and it’s worth a read!

12. Deodorise your fridge & freezer

Smelly fridge? Not a problem.
Smelly fridge? Not a problem.

Got a bad smell in your fridge or freezer? Fill up some bowls of used coffee grounds and put them in overnight. It’s an easy way to get rid of the stink.

13. As Slug & snail repellent

Be gone, slimy beasts.
Be gone, slimy beasts.

If you’ve got green fingers then you’re probably not a big fan of slugs and snails. As well as killing plants, they can also eat seedlings and even seeds before they’ve had a chance at growing. Help prevent a potential massacre by putting used coffee grounds at the base of plants to keep them safe.

14. Hair colour

I like my hair like I like my colour. A rich and luscious brown shade.
I like my hair like I like my colour. A rich and luscious brown shade.

Have you got dark hair? You can use coffee as a hair colour enhancer and it will darken and add shine to your mop! Make a strongly brewed coffee and pour it through your hair, but be sure to let the coffee cool off first. Keep it under a shower cap and leave it to sink into your hair.

15. Grow mushrooms

Grow my pretties, so I can eat you with my fry-up.
Grow my pretties, so I can eat you with my fry-up.

Did you know you can grow your own delicious mushrooms using coffee grounds? Now you’ll never have to go to the supermarket again! Find out how in this helpful How to Grow Mushrooms guide.

16. As fabric dye

Now to find a white t-shirt...
Now to find a white t-shirt…

Make yourself a mixture of coffee grounds and water and use it to dye clothing… or Ostrich feathers! Find out how at in a great article by Lura Lee.

17. Drain cleaner

Quick, stick the kettle on - I want to clean the drain!
Quick, stick the kettle on – I want to clean the drain!

Does your drain smell? Pour coffee grounds down the drain and follow up with boiling water to help get rid of odours. Lovely stuff.

18. Help carrots grow

I just can't wait to see in the dark.
I just can’t wait to see in the dark.

Got a veggie garden on the go? You’ll be pleased to learn that coffee grounds can help your carrot harvest. Mix dried coffee grounds with your carrot seeds to help stimulate growth.

19. Wood stain

Now to choose a shade to match the room. What fun!
Now to choose a shade to match the room. What fun!

It’s not just fabric and paper that coffee can be used on – if your wooden table or fence needs a pick-me-up, try out using coffee as a natural wood stain. Try this How To guide from

20. Hand cleaner

Blimey, my hands really stink!
Blimey, my hands really stink! What can I do about it?

After chopping garlic or onions, your hands might be slightly stinky. Don’t worry, those trusty coffee grounds will come to your rescue – give your hands a rub with some grounds to help absorb the smelly odours.

21. Bye bye ants

Go on, get out of my kitchen.
Go on, get out of my kitchen.

If you’ve discovered ants, grab some coffee grounds to keep them at bay. Whether it’s the size of the grounds, or the smell, they’re not big fans, so give it’s worth a try.

Oregano Essential Oil

11 Amazing Benefits Of Oregano Essential Oil

The health benefits of oregano essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparasitic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, digestive, emmenagogue, and an anti-allergenic substance.

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Foods as medicine

10 Kitchen Ingredients That Work Like Medicines

The use of natural ingredients to treat health problems is becoming more and more common with every passing year, and for good reason. Many common kitchen ingredients provide impressive health benefits.

Beyond their culinary use of making your food tasty,these ingredients can help deal with a range of health issues from minor to major. Home treatments can be time-saving, inexpensive and, most importantly, as effective as medicines.

kitchen ingredients-that-work like medicines


1. Turmeric

Turmeric is a popular spice used in cooking. Its antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties also make it an effective home remedy for a variety of conditions.

You can use turmeric to disinfect minor cuts and burns as well as treat the common cold, cough, joint inflammation, arthritis, bruised skin, acne, pimples and various stomach ailments.

It can also help prevent Alzheimer’s disease and minimize liver damage caused by alcohol abuse or regular use of painkillers. Due to its antioxidant properties, turmeric has also been proven beneficial in treating many types of cancer, most notably breast cancer, colon cancer, lung cancer and leukemia.

Ginger has anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, antifungal, antiseptic, antibacterial and antiviral properties. At the same time, it is a powerful natural analgesic or painkiller. Ginger is also a good source of potassium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, and vitamins A, C, E and B-complex.

You can use ginger to treat an upset stomach, indigestion, heartburn, nausea and motion sickness; regular body pain and arthritis pain; a cold, cough and other respiratory health problems; fever; and menstrual cramps. It has also been proven that ginger can be used to control different types of cancer due to its ability to slow the growth of cancer cells.

3. Cinnamon

Cinnamon has antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, carminative and antiflatulent properties. This spice is also an excellent source of minerals, such as potassium, calcium, manganese, iron, zinc and copper, along with vitamin A, niacin and pyridoxine.

Cinnamon is often used to treat the common cold, flatulence, indigestion, heartburn, nausea, diarrhea, arthritis pain and painful menstrual periods.

It has also been found that regular consumption of cinnamon can help people with Type 2 diabetes to control their blood sugar level. In addition, it helps lower cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of various types of heart disease. It should not be taken in excess though, as it may cause toxicity.

4. Garlic

Garlic is often referred to as a superfood due to its stimulant, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antiseptic properties. In addition, garlic is packed with vitamins and nutrients, such as protein, potassium, calcium, zinc and many others.

Garlic can be used to treat cough, chronic bronchitis, sore throat, hoarseness, sinus problems, asthma, ear infection, indigestion, stomach ache, colic, ringworm, toothache, and bug bites.

It can even help lower cholesterol levels and prevent strokes. Also, this strong-smelling herb reduces the risk of several types of cancer and heart disease.

5. Lemon

Lemon is known for its antioxidant properties along with immune-boosting powers. It also has many nourishing nutrients like vitamin C and folate.

Lemon has a multitude of medicinal uses and is often used in the treatment of headaches, throat infections, indigestion, constipation, dental problems, dandruff, insect bites, arthritis, rheumatism, and internal bleeding.

It is considered for losing weight, reducing high blood pressure and getting rid of kidney stones. When consumed regularly, lemon also helps prevent many conditions like strokes, cardiovascular disease and various types of cancer. Plus, it is excellent for your skin and hair.

6. Honey

Honey has antiviral, antifungal, antiseptic, and antiparasitic properties. It is also loaded with many essential vitamins and minerals like magnesium, potassium, calcium, sodium, calcium, copper, iron, manganese, sulfur, zinc and phosphate.

Honey can be used in the treatment of cough, throat irritation, laryngitis, canker sores, eczema, morning sickness, and stomach ulcers. It also relieves issues like skin infections and minor wounds and burns.

In addition, this great natural source of carbohydrates can instantly boost athletes’ performance and endurance as well as reduce muscle fatigue. Raw honey is also used to treat issues related to male impotence and female infertility.

7. Onion


Onion has outstanding anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibiotic, antimicrobial, and carminative properties. It is also a very good source of vitamins C, B1, B6 and K, biotin, chromium, calcium, folic acid and dietary fiber.

Onion is very effective in the treatment of the common cold, cough, chronic bronchitis, pneumonia, hay fever, and asthma. It is also effective in combating stomach infections, nausea, and diarrhea.

Also, onion contains chromium, which assists in regulating blood sugar levels in people who have Type 2 diabetes. Eating raw onion can help lower high cholesterol too. Interestingly, it is believed that applying onion juice on bald patches is beneficial in reducing hair loss.

8. Cloves


Cloves have antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, carminative and antiflatulent properties. They are also high in various vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Also, clove oil can be used as an inhalant for treating various respiratory problems such as colds, cough, sinusitis, asthma, bronchitis and tuberculosis.

Note: Although cloves are generally considered safe, they may cause allergic reactions in some people.

9. Cardamom


This aromatic spice is also known as the ‘queen of spices’. It has carminative, antioxidant, antiseptic, antispasmodic, diuretic and expectorant properties. Cardamom also is a good source of minerals, such as potassium, calcium, copper, iron and magnesium.

Cardamom helps combat problems like bad breath and mouth ulcer. In addition, due to its carminative properties, it relieves indigestion, nausea, heartburn, flatulence, and stomach cramps.

10. Cumin Seeds

cumin seeds

Cumin seeds have anti-inflammatory, carminative, antiflatulent, and antioxidant properties. The seeds are also an excellent source of dietary fiber along with various minerals, such as iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, selenium and zinc.

Cumin seeds are used in the treatment of indigestion, flatulence, diarrhea, acidity, stomach pain, morning sickness, renal colic, the common cold, cough, fever, sore throat, and insomnia.

To conclude, the benefits of these common kitchen ingredients will help keep you healthy as well as treat ailments. You can improve your health and live a better life by incorporating them in your everyday diet.



Beets are an ancient, prehistoric food that grew naturally along coastlines in North Africa, Asia, and Europe. Originally, it was the beet greens that were consumed; the sweet red beet root that most people think of as a “beet” today wasn’t cultivated until the era of ancient Rome.

By the 19th century, however, the natural sweetness of beets came to be appreciated and beets began to be used as a source of sugar (reportedly, Napoleon was responsible for declaring that beets be used as a primary source of sugar after the British restricted access to sugar cane).

Today, sugar beets (unfortunately often genetically modified) are a common raw material used for the production of sugar, but many people are missing out on including them in whole form in their regular diet.

There’s good reason to do so, in fact, as beets contain a variety of unique health-boosting nutrients that you may not be getting elsewhere. Plus, they’re delicious!

Why Eat Beets? 6 Top Reasons

Beet roots have always been included in my most recommended vegetables list, although they are in the “use sparingly” category because of their high carbohydrate levels.

Although beets have the highest sugar content of all vegetables, most people can safely eat beet roots a few times a week (and their greens in unlimited quantities), enjoying not only their sweet, earthy flavor but also their powerhouse nutrients that may improve your health in the following ways.

1.Lower Your Blood Pressure

Drinking beet juice may help to lower blood pressure in a matter of hours. One study found that drinking one glass of beet juice lowered systolic blood pressure by an average of 4-5 points.3

The benefit likely comes from the naturally occurring nitrates in beets, which are converted into nitric oxide in your body. Nitric oxide, in turn, helps to relax and dilate your blood vessels, improving blood flow and lowering blood pressure.

2.Boost Your Stamina

If you need a boost to make it through your next workout, beet juice may again prove valuable. Those who drank beet juice prior to exercise were able to exercise for up to 16 percent longer.4 The benefit is thought to also be related to nitrates turning into nitric oxide, which may reduce the oxygen cost of low-intensity exercise as well as enhance tolerance to high-intensity exercise.

3.Fight Inflammation

Beets are a unique source of betaine, a nutrient that helps protects cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental stress. It’s also known to help fight inflammation, protect internal organs, improve vascular risk factors, enhance performance, and likely help prevent numerous chronic diseases.5 As reported by the World’s Healthiest Foods:6

“[Betaine’s]… presence in our diet has been associated with lower levels of several inflammatory markers, including C reactive protein, interleukin-6, and tumor necrosis factor alpha. As a group, the anti-inflammatory molecules found in beets may eventually be shown to provide cardiovascular benefits in large-scale human studies, as well as anti-inflammatory benefits for other body systems.”

4.Anti-Cancer Properties

The powerful phytonutrients that give beets their deep crimson color may help to ward off cancer. Research has shown that beetroot extract reduced multi-organ tumor formations in various animal models when administered in drinking water, for instance, while beetroot extract is also being studied for use in treating human pancreatic, breast, and prostate cancers.7

5.Rich in Valuable Nutrients and Fiber

Beets are high in immune-boosting vitamin C, fiber, and essential minerals like potassium (essential for healthy nerve and muscle function) and manganese (which is good for your bones, liver, kidneys, and pancreas). Beets also contain the B vitamin folate, which helps reduce the risk of birth defects.

6.Detoxification Support

The betalin pigments in beets support your body’s Phase 2 detoxification process, which is when broken down toxins are bound to other molecules so they can be excreted from your body. Traditionally, beets are valued for their support in detoxification and helping to purify your blood and your liver.

Eat Your Beet Greens Too

If you simply throw away the green leafy tops to your beets, you’re doing yourself a disservice, as these are among the healthiest part of the plant.
Besides containing important nutrients like protein, phosphorus, zinc, fiber, vitamin B6, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese, beet greens also supply significant amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron.

Beet greens actually have even more iron than spinach (another leafy green in the same botanical family) as well as a higher nutritional value overall than the beetroot itself. For more details, read “What Are Beet Greens Good For?” You may be surprised to learn, for instance, that research shows beet greens may:

  • Help ward off osteoporosis by boosting bone strength
  • Fight Alzheimer’s disease
  • Strengthen your immune system by stimulating the production of antibodies and white blood cells

If you’ve never tried beet greens before, don’t let them intimidate you. They can be added raw to vegetable juice or sautéed lightly right along with other greens like spinach and Swiss chard.

There are many ways to enjoy beets:

  • Grate them raw over salads
  • Add them to your fresh vegetable juice
  • Lightly steam them
  • Marinate them with lemon juice, herbs, and olive oil