Obsessing over Herbs


first_imgNor does the herbal obsession stop with growing the plants. Books begin to appear. “The history and lore of herbs are the history of mankind,” McLaurin says. “MarcoPolo opened China for these little plants. The search for herbs and spices led theSpaniards across the ocean and helped build the Dutch and English empires. Gardening used to be so simple: plant, water, eat. But Wayne McLaurin says herbsdemand more of you. Much more. “Two pots rapidly become four. Four become eight. And these spill over into thelandscape,” McLaurin says. Herbs will eventually invade the privacy of your bedroom and bath. Potpourris andpomanders will change the air you breathe, McLaurin says, while herbal baths hold youcaptive. If you’re willing to risk obsessing over herbs, call your county Extension Service. Findout how to grow them and use them in your cooking. “Beware of herbs,” says McLaurin, a horticulturist with the University of GeorgiaExtension Service. “Herbs are not only attractive, aromatic and often tasty. They areobsessive.” With ordinary plants, a container or two on the patio may satisfy your creative drive.Not so with herbs.center_img “Modern medicine has its roots in ancient herb gardens,” he says, “and the mythologyof Greece and Rome is colorful with the origins of herbs.” But adding to the collection within a species is not the major cause of herbal spread, hesays. There’s the music and myth factor. Anyone growing parsley and sage must, ofcourse, add rosemary and thyme. “Once you begin to flavor meats and soups with your own plants,” he says, “all othercooking becomes bland. Vegetables, breads, drinks — even desserts — demand theheightened character brought about by herbs.” “The difference between a chef and a cook is the judicious use of herbs,” McLaurinlikes to say. “The kitchen is the heart of the herbal stronghold. Herbs will assault other areas of your life, too. You may find yourself dyeing yarn withplants from your garden when you don’t even know how to weave. Or concoctingbrews of herbal teas to delight your friends. “In the most advanced stage of obsession, you may even find yourself scenting yoursoaps or molding candles with herbal essences,” he says.last_img read more

Simple steps for getting noticed at work


first_imgTo get ahead in the workplace, there are various things you must do to set yourself apart from the pack. It’s no longer enough to simply settle for the status quo. Now we must step outside what’s comfortable and push ourselves to the limit in order to get noticed. Here are three easy tricks for standing out in your office, and in life.Establish rapportWe’ve said before that being friends with others at work is not required. But, a smart employee who strives to stand out makes a positive impression with everyone around them. You don’t have to be the jokester or the loudest one at work but building a strong reputation by putting yourself out there is essential. Positive rapport with colleagues, your superior, business contacts, and potential clients can be a real game changer. If others are competing with you for a prospect’s business, you can be sure that if you’ve established yourself with those whose business you seek, you have a definite leg over others in the industry.Be proactiveIt’s fine to wait for instruction and perform your tasks completely and accurately. But, it’s an entirely different thing to take initiative. The first step in this process is to be innovative and to use your own skillset for coming up with new and creativity ideas to advance the business. Present your plans to your manager and demonstrate to them that you are forward thinking. Whether they decide to pursue your ideas is up to them, but by simply presenting them without being asked, you are certainly standing out.Remain loyalIt’s natural for there to be turnover and sometimes drama in the workplace. You’ll be hard pressed to find any office that’s perfect and without its share of sporadic conflict. The key to keeping yourself noticed is to never give in to the pressure to take part in office troubles. Sure, you may have the urge to gossip alongside everyone else, but instead of standing out as a result of getting busted for blabbing, get noticed by remaining loyal to your colleagues, your boss, and the company. 55SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more