Herbal Chocolate Mint


Hi everyone,

Thank you for visiting again this morning !

It certainly has been an interesting weather around here. With heatwave in long summer days and just today we receive rain drops for the first time ! Instead of enjoying our outdoors elsewhere, we decided to add some more edible fruit and herbal plants in our garden: Chocolate Mints and Tomatoes.

Did you know that Mints have more Health Benefits than just on Ice Cream ? 

Yes, indeed. I love that minty taste on my Ice Creams, on my favorite Teas … as well as on my cakes. But did you know that Mints are rich with many vitamins than just a pretty thing on your favorite drinks and snacks?  Mint is rich in Vitamins A and C and also contains smaller amounts of Vitamin B2. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant and may help to decrease the risk of certain cancers such as colon and rectal cancer.

Health & Medicinal Benefits of Mints 

For as long as I can remember, my Mom always tells me that Mint has always been used medicinally to aid digestion and relieve indigestion. She is absolutely right! But here are some more Health Benefits we all can appreciate from Mints:

The chemical compound menthol, which is obtained from peppermint oil, is well known for its healing properties on the chest and respiratory system.

Mint is also said and in many cases proven to:

  • Relieve symptoms of indigestion, heartburn and irritable bowel syndrome by relaxing the muscles in and around the intestine.
  • Has a powerful antioxidant, protecting the body against the formation of cancerous cells.
  • Inhibit the growth of many different types of bacteria and fungus.
  • Helps with nasal allergies.
  • Ease and unblock the breathing and respiratory passages and airways.
  • Relieves the symptoms of colds and flu.
  • Relieve congestion, head colds and headaches.
  • Has mild sedative and has calming properties.
  • Relieve minor aches and pains such as muscle cramps and sprains.
  • Provides a cooling sensation to the skin and can help to treat minor burns, itching and skin irritations.
  • As cleanser for the blood.
  • Mint tea can help clear up skin disorders such as acne.
  • Combat bad breath.

Herbal Plants are good for you !

Some of my favorite collections around the house: SAGE, BASIL, and MINTS ! Awesome herbs just to have nearby when you are cooking your favorite foods. Thank you for allowing me to share my Survival Gardening today …

Herbal Plants: Chocolate Mints and SAGE !

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Mulch from old Plum Tree


Hi everyone,


It was a perfect lazy Sunday to start gardening again after long weeks of summer heat ! We decided to cut down our old Plum tree of 30 years in our backyard, and broke branches down into pieces into grinder so we can use them as Compost, or Mulch. Typically, such compost or mulch would be ideal to provide nutrients and retain moisture to used as fertilizer to our gardening. It is similar to recycling concept.

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Good morning everyone,


Thank you so very much for your visit !

While it started raining for the first time in few long weeks of summer heatwave, we decided to plant edible fruits and herbs. Firstly, we had to dug out our old plum tree of 30 years of which has not been harvesting for many years. It had to be removed simply because it was not giving sun exposures to the other plants nearby, namely Artichokes, and Blackberries. We grind those branches from our Plum tree into compost or ‘mulch’ so we can later use this as fertilizer. Yes, similar concept in “recycling” trees! Save our planet :) Be good to our nature on this planet.

Tomatoes are fruits, not vegetables

I love tomatoes. I use tomatoes for most of our foods. Not only tomatoes are equally as nutritious fresh as they are in other variable forms, but are filled with Vitamin D as our bodies require. The health benefits are more documented than ever as studies have proven not only the benefits in preventing cancer, heart disease as well as high cholesterol are also in the tomato’s sights.

Health Benefits: … Tomatoes as Antioxidants 

Did you know that tomatoes have antioxidants ? Lycopene is a vital anti-oxidant that helps in the fight against cancerous cell formation as well as other kinds of health complications and diseases. Free radicals in the body can be flushed out with high levels of Lycopene, and the tomato is fully loaded with this vital anti-oxidant that it actually derives its rich redness from the nutrient.

More Health Benefits in Tomatoes

Cancers such as prostate cancer, cervical cancer, colon cancer, rectal cancer, and cancers of the stomach, mouth, pharynx, and esophagus have all been proven to be staved off by high levels of Lycopene.


Stay well and Be Healthy … Thank you for allowing me to share one of my favorite Survival Gardening!

This is all what it takes to have Tomatoes supply …

Dug out a couple of holes and fill them with enough soil and water

With the warm weather we have this year, we should have great tomatoes
harvested by this FALL … by late October or early November

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Hi everyone,

Here is one of my favorite trees planted few years ago in our front yard garden: Nectarines.

Nectarines are also known as “stone” fruits, with big pits as similar as apricots and plums. They are delicious, healthy, easy to grow. I often use these for my personal facial soothing mask of which I will share my recipe here.


When to plant

The best time to plant Nectarines is during Autumn and Winter; however, early Spring is also recommended in most areas.

How to plant

Just like any other trees, plant your Nectarine tree in a hole that is twice as wide as deep. I recommend to plant about 3 to 4 feet in height and in well draining soil where it receives full sunlight. It is best to allow sun shines to the center of the tree to produce ripen fruits.

Nectarines Health Benefits:

Nectarines are powerful sources of antioxidants which fight free radicals in our body cells. These antioxidants found in nectarines are converted into Vitamin A in our bodies. They also are good source of Potassium and fiber, great for cleansing the colon and colon health in general.

Nectarine Nutritional Values:

Serving Size 1/2 cup (69g)
Amounts Per Serving % Daily Value
Calories 30
Calories from Fat 0
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A 4%
Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 0%
Iron 2%


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Good morning !

Glad you can visit my Survival Gardening site again ! I realize this morning as I walked to my backyard, my Tangelo tree has more growing fruits than ever. I absolutely love this tree! Not for what they are: delicious, fresh aroma, healthy, and easy to grow. This tree has been growing every season for the past 15 years !

Just like anything else in life, the key to successful gardening is simply: give love & attention everyday and daily watering!

During hot summer days, I would water my trees twice a day simply just to make sure they receive plenty of love and attention :)

Every season, my Tangelo tree would give us blossomed healthy tangelos that we can not even handle ! We are grateful.


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Hello all,

Here is one of my favorite herbal plants to have around our backyard garden: BASIL. Perfect culinary herbal for your favorite pastas, and other Italian dishes … Basil to Italian cooking is like Cilantro or Oregano to Mexican cooking !




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Please stay tuned for my exciting tips on this website on more SURVIVAL GARDENING … and my Beauty recipes in using these FRUITS and VEGETABLES from our own garden !


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