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What Chemicals are in Herbs?

By ACS Distance Education on April 23, 2018 in Gardening & Health | comments

Herbal medicines have real effects, but they are complicated. The main active ingredients of lavender for instance are linalool, linalyl acetate, linalyl butyrate, volatile oil, cineol, pinene, limonene, camphor, geraniol, borneol and tannin.

Each of these chemicals can do different things to the body though; and the % of each chemical varies between cultivars. Some cultivars of Lavendula angustifolia will contain very little camphor (which can be toxic if ingested in quantity), but many other lavender species are high in camphor.

Using herbs whether medicinally, in cooking or cosmetics can be a very positive thing; but it should be done with a proper understanding of the herb.

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Healthy Eating for Children

By ACS Distance Education on April 21, 2018 in Gardening & Health | comments

It is challenging for parents to get their kids to eat any things that are healthy.

One way of making healthy food interesting to kids is to involve them in gardening, growing and picking the food they eat, or just by helping in the kitchen. Small children are especially keen and love getting involved so this is the time to catch them! Many kids don’t even realise that there is more to what they eat then opening the pantry or fridge door. It’s a process. If you get them involved in that process you can establish an interest in food and good eating habits.  


Goat Care

By ACS Distance Education on April 20, 2018 in Animals & Self Sufficiency | comments

Goats are one of the easier animals to keep. They can be kept as a farm animal or pet, in large numbers or as a single animal.

They may be used to produce fleece, meat or milk; or to control weeds.

Read on and learn more about goat care.

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What are Green Walls

By ACS Distance Education on April 19, 2018 in Gardening | comments

Vertical growing takes on many different forms.

These include green walls and façades through to productive systems such as those found in hydroponics and vertical farming. 

Some of these are concerned with aesthetics by way of beautifying a street or building, others emphasise the health benefits like green walls located in and around hospitals and care homes, and others are primarily concerned with making the most use of restricted space to grow food.

Whatever the purpose, vertical growing or gardening is now something most people are aware of.


How to Make Computers More Secure

By ACS Distance Education on April 18, 2018 in Business and Management | comments

There are things that should be done when setting up any internet-connected network. Such measures make it harder for outsiders to access your networks and connected devices.
Securing the hardware and software of routers, modems and other devices should be done as soon as, or before, you connect to the internet.

Read on to see 8 things that should always be done for cyber security.