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Sage herb

Salvia officinalisSage is one of the oldest medicinal plants being used since ancient Egypt.
Sage plant
By then it was used to stop bleeding wounds and for disinfection, also having curative properties in gastric diseases.
An old proverb says “who has sage in the garden does not need a doctor”, and reality perfectly reflects this sayings. In the garden it chase away insects that attack carrots, cabbage, strawberries, tomatoes and marjoram.
Dried sage leaves placed in the closet banish insects from the house. Sage essential oil is used in cosmetics, and the leaves are used successfully both in phytotherapy and gastronomy.
Sage can do wonders for the beauty chapter, especially for our hair. For example, in order to maintain the natural color and shine of your hair, after washing it with regular shampoo, do the final rinse with this decoction prepared as follows: put 3-4 tablespoons of crushed soaked sage in half a liter of water, let it sit for 8-10 hours then filter the liquid.
The resulting preparation is put aside and the plant left after filtration is boiled in half liter of water for five minutes, then leave to cool and filtered. Finally mix the two extracts, yielding approximately one liter of preparation that is used internally (1-2 cups per day) or externally as compresses and baths.
For black hair, a decoction prepared in the same way is recommended, but in a mixture of equal parts of black tea and sage. Sage is also good for gray hair care because it strengthens and restores its color.
Also, your teeth will become whiter and brighter if you rub them with sage leaves. Rinsing your mouth with tea sage will ensure an efficient cleaning of the oral cavity and, in addition, a fresh breath. 
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Quince fruit Kashmir

Quince fruit 

Urdu name :  بہی دانہ BahiDana
Hindi name :  श्रीफल  Shreephal
Arabic name : سفرجل
Kashmiri name: Bumm-Tsoonth
English name : Quince
Other names: Cydonian AppleElephant ApplePineapple Quince
Synonyms: Cydonia vulgarisPyrus cydonia
Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family)

The quince pulp has the following characteristics: pH (3.43), total soluble solids (14.22°Brix), acidity (1.25%), carbohydrate (13.38 g/100 g), reducing sugar (5.15 g/100 g), non-reducing sugar (4.61 g/100 g), moisture (84.27 g/100 g), ash (0.62 g/100 g), fat (0.24 g/100 g), protein (0.49 g/100 g), fiber (1.65 g/100 g) ...

Parts used: Fruit, seeds.
Useful components: Proteins, carbohydrate, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, water, iron, sodium and vitamins A, B1, B2 and C.

Quince, (Cydonia oblonga), a small  tree or shrub of the rose family (Rosaceae), grown for its edible fruit. Quince is the only member of the genus Cydonia and is native to Iran, KashmirTurkey, and possibly Greece and the Crimean Peninsula. The fruit has a strong aroma and is astringent in the raw state but makes an excellent preserve and is often used to give flavour and sharpness to stewed or baked apples. The flesh takes on a pink colour when cooked, giving an attractive colour to jellies and conserves.

The fruit contains tannins including catechin and epicatechin and has a very high concentration of vitamin C. Quince is also a good source of calciumironpotassiummagnesium and copper. With a very low calorie density, quince can be enjoyed as part of a healthy eating plan.

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