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WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON #OLIVE #OIL LABELS

* PROVENANCE: where has the oil has come from? 'Private estate' or 'PDO'/'PGI' certification (the equivalent of appellation controllee) are signs of high quality 

* choose dark bottles or tins and an air-tight top - reduces oxidation so the oil is better preserved 

* date of harvest Ideally olive oils should show the date of harvest, but few do. Aim to buy oil only from the most recent year's harvest.

* long shelf life (18 months-2 years) 

* olive variety - look for: Coratina, Cornicabra, Koroneiki, Moraiolo, Picual; these generally make excellent oils and are long-lasting, and provided the oils is made well, will contain high levels of polyphenols.

*TASTE, aroma and other organoleptic properties: as with wine, there is a huge range of olive oil tastes, and occasionally olive oil labels give a helpful description. Some people prefer rich pungent oils, others prefer more subtle mellow oils. But certain features are always signs of quality. Fruitiness, grassiness, pepperiness, bitterness and pungency are desirable qualities.

* ACIDITY: the lower the better EVOOs all have <0.8% acidity, but few actually show the acidity on the label. Good oils often have acidity <0.5%. Having said that, acidity isn't everything and some delicious oils have acidity of 0.8%, but they will generally not last very long. Read more on acidity here.
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#DITTANY (DICTAMUS)

The “miracle” #herb #Dittany of #Crete ( #Origanum #dictamnus ) has been hailed as a panacea for all that ails you. As a #therapeutic and #healing #herb#Dittany of #Crete is one of the #best #herbs for health and wellness . It is also suggested to be useful as a #relaxant for #stress, as an aid for #digestion, in promoting #anti-aging, as a relief for #acne , #eczema , #cellulite#muscular #aches and #pains#headaches and #period #pains. It is also well known for its #aphrodisiac qualities!

It is currently enjoying a new and ever growing popularity throughout the world, and the health and wellness industry is beginning to take notice of this rare and elusive plant.

But there is nothing new about this amazing herb. It has been growing wild on the mountainsides and gorges of the Greek Island of Crete since ancient times. It grows wild only on Crete and nowhere else in the world.

Dittany of Crete has been studied, revered and written about throughout the ages. It was believed that the Bronze Age civilisation known as the Minoans who inhabited Crete some 5000 years ago knew the benefits of Dittany of Crete and used it for curing ailments and for beautifying their skin and hair.

Ancient Greek scholars such as Hippocrates, Aristotle and Theophrastus all mentioned the benefits of Dittany of Crete in various ancient writings. Later in the Roman Era poets, writers and philosophers such as Virgil, Cicero and Pliny the elder all commented on the virtues of Dittany. Later still, during the Classical Renaissance period, European scholars, herbalists and botanists such as Gerald, Dapper and Culpepper renewed interest into the efficacy of Dittany.

And now, in this technological age, the secret of what has been hailed a “miracle” plant is well and truly out. Dittany of Crete is now available worldwide as a dried herb, as an herbal tea, as an essential oil used in aromatherapy, and as an ingredient in anti-aging natural beauty products.
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#Thyme contains many active principles that are found to have #disease preventing and health promoting properties.
#Thyme herb contains #thymol, one of the important #essential #oils, which scientifically have been found to have #antiseptic, #anti-fungal characteristics. The other #volatile# oils in thyme include #carvacolo, #borneol and #geraniol.
Thyme contains many #flavonoid #Phenolic #antioxidants like #zeaxanthin, #lutein, #pigenin, #naringenin, #luteolin, and #thymonin. Fresh thyme herb has one of the #highest #antioxidant levels among herbs, a total ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value of 27426-umol TE/100 g.
Thyme is packed with minerals and vitamins that are essential for optimum health. Its leaves are one of the richest sources of #potassium, #iron, #calcium, #manganese, #magnesium, and #selenium. #Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure. #Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the #antioxidant #enzyme, #superoxide #dismutase. Iron is required for red blood cell formation.
The herb is also a rich source of many important #vitamins such as #B-complex vitamins, #beta carotene, #vitamin A, #vitamin K, #vitamin E, vitamin C and folic acid.
Thyme provides 0.35 mg of vitamin B-6 or pyridoxine; furnishing about 27% of daily recommended intake. Pyridoxine keeps up GABA (beneficial neurotransmitter in the brain) levels in the brain, which has stress buster function.
Vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.
Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin and antioxidant that is required maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin and is also essential for vision. Consumption of natural foods rich in flavonoids like vitamin A and beta-carotene helps protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
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#Licorice #root has an impressive list of well documented uses and is probably one of the most over-looked of all #herbal #remedies. It is used for many ailments including #asthma, #athlete's #foot, #baldness, body odour, #bursitis, #canker sores, #chronic #fatigue, #depression, #colds and #flu, #coughs, #dandruff, #emphysema, #gingivitis and #tooth decay, #gout, heartburn, #HIV, #viral infections, #fungal infections, #ulcers, #liver problems, #Lyme disease, #menopause, #psoriasis, #shingles, sore throat, #tendinitis, #tuberculosis, ulcers, #yeast #infections, #prostate #enlargement and #arthritis.
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#Chamomile blossoms Chamomile is used for its #anti-inflammatory, #antibacterial, #antispasmodic and #sedative properties.  
It is also used internally to treat spasms and inflammation of the digestive tract. 
In ancient Anglo-Saxon days, the #chamomile #flowers were chewed to relieve toothaches, which coincides with today's use as a mouth rinse for sore gums and as an #herbal #treatment for #gingivitis and #inflammations of the oral cavity. 
#Chamomile is often used to #treat #nervous #disorders such as #insomnia, #anxiety and #nervous #tension
A salve or compress made from chamomile can be used to help treat wounds, burns, cold sores, canker sores, pinkeye and other skin irritations, due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. 
Chamomiles antispasmodic effects make it useful in treating spasms and cramping, including menstrual cramps. 
Chamomile is used to make soothing teas and as an additive to bath water for a relaxing soak. 
It is often added to cosmetics as an #anti-allergen
The #anti-inflammatory properties of this #medicinal #herb make it a good choice for sufferers of #rheumatoid #arthritis#osteoarthritis or other painful swelling disorders. 
This herb is safe for use in children and may help with children's problems that have a nervous component. 
It has also been used as a herbal remedy for heartburn, morning sickness, motion sickness, chickenpox, diaper rash, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and colic.
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Rustic Gold #Extra #Virgin #Olive #Oil (PDO)
- Our #healthiest #oil
robust, unfiltered, #very #low #acidity and #high #in #polyphenols

Our Rustic Gold is made in the famous olive regions south of Iraklion, arguably the best olive-producing region in Crete. Oil has been made here continuously since Minoan times, using traditional methods, including natural sedimentation. Unlike filtration - which is widely used in modern processing because of its speed - natural sedimentation allows the #exra #virgin #cold #pressed #oil to settle slowly and naturally. Thus it retains components which add to flavour and health value.

The koroneiki olives used in our Rustic Gold are hand-picked and selected to produce an ideal mix of ripeness - and the result is this very robust, punchy but well-balanced oil, with its distinctive aroma, strong peppery after-taste and tang of bitterness.

Special health notes:
Olive oil made from the koroneiki olive is generally #high #in #polyphenols, and our Rustic gold has >5mg/20g serving (about a table spoon); intake of just 20g/day of such polyphenol rich olive oil contributes to protection of blood lipids from oxidative stress
http://www.liquidgoldproducts.co.uk/rustic_gold.htm

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Liquid Gold #Organic #Extra #Virgin #Olive #Oil 
#Nigella #Lawson's favourite #luxury #oil
Great as a dip, on salads, and on virtually anything you would like to cook!
Oils like this are hard to find on supermarket shelves. Made from organic koroneiki olives using meticulous harvesting methods of a top private estate in the famous olive producing region of the Messara plains in north east Crete. The olives are hand-picked to produce an ideal mix of ripeness - resulting in a beautifully balanced fruity oil, with its distinctive aroma and peppery after-taste with a subtle bitterness.

Key features

* Organic
* medium strong 
*aroma of fresh cut grass, almonds, bananas
*peppery finish
* mild bitterness
* low acidity (0.44%)
*high in polyphenols 
* private estate
* 500ml or 250ml bottles
* Ideal with salads or dips

http://www.liquidgoldproducts.co.uk/liquid_gold_organic.htm

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#Cretan #Pure #Thyme #Honey

#Greek #thyme #honey is widely acknowledged to be the #best in the #world. It requires great skill and dedication by the beekeepers as making thyme honey is very hard work for the bees. Our #Cretan pure #Thyme #honey is #Greek #Thyme honey at its best - 51% #pollen count from the wild thyme bushes of the #Cretan mountains. Very rare outside of #Crete!

Made by bees pollinating on wild thyme bushes in the Cretan mountains, this #honey is #raw, #unfiltered#unheated, very #rich in thyme #pollen and #propolis. Thyme honey is naturally #antibacterial and #antioxidant. Cretans use it as a #natural #healer.
http://www.liquidgoldproducts.co.uk/pure_thyme_honey.htm
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