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  1. Department accused of 'massacring' trees

    Posted Jun 04th 2009, 12:00am by Joyce Ng

    ... Joyce Ng The Leisure and Cultural Services Department has been accused of starting a tree 'massacre' by allowing district managers to fell them without approval. On a radio show yesterday, tree expert Jim Chi-yung, Civic Party lawmaker Tanya Chan and the head of the Hong Kong Leisure Services Staff General Union, Gary Cheung Siu-wing, criticised the department for bypassing ...

  2. How medical science gave 'Tree Man' new hope

    Posted May 04th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Enormous bark-like growths made Indonesian man a circus freak, writes Marianne Kearney He has gone from being a freak, displayed at carnivals and earning a pittance, to someone who can look forward to living a normal life. But for Dede Koswara, dubbed the 'Tree Man' because of the bark-like growths on his arms and legs, the journey from circus show exhibit to being ...

  3. Tips for business travellers from Banyan Tree Spas

    Posted Oct 19th 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Tips for business travellers from Banyan Tree Spas Drink lots of fluids on flights, especially fresh fruit juices or plain water. Avoid alcohol and caffeine. Perk yourself up with the scent of eucalyptus oil if you are feeling lethargic after a flight. If you cannot sleep, have a hot shower or soak in a hot bath. Essential oils, such as lavender and ylang ylang, can help you ...

  4. letters

    Posted Dec 22nd 2011, 12:00am

    ... planet's precious resources, such as fossil fuels and timber from forests. In some places, we can buy real 'Christmas trees'- pine trees that have been shipped and flown to Hong Kong from abroad. We may enjoy having our own real pine tree at home to celebrate the festival, but the practice can harm the Earth. Trees belong in forests, not in living rooms. Let's stop wasting our ...

  5. The plant that grew into a flourishing industry

    Posted Apr 21st 2006, 12:00am by Daleena Samara

    ... Daleena Samara Venerated down the ages for its magical healing powers, Australia's tea tree is firmly rooted in modern pharmaceutical research and production For thousands of years, man has been turning to the tea tree for its seemingly magical healing powers. The medicinal tree, Melaleuca alternifolia, is native to the wetlands of New South Wales in Australia. ...

  6. Top-selling first aid kit in a bottle

    Posted May 12th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... The magical tea tree oil was discovered hundreds of years ago, and in 1923, a New South Wales government botanist released scientific evidence about the antiseptic properties of the tea tree oil, and recommended doctors and nurses use it. During the second world war, the Australian government issued bottles of tea tree oil as a disinfectant to soldiers. Tea tree oil contains ...

  7. This week we test: blemish cream

    Posted Jun 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... and minimises pores, the product has little effect on eradicating imperfections. Thursday plantation tea tree medicated gel (HK$74.9/10ml) Tea tree oil is a natural anti-bacterial agent that can dry out ...

  8. An enemy within

    Posted Jun 12th 2012, 12:00am

    ... can also cause red, itchy, dry and irritated eyes. With the culprits pinned down, the next step was to eradicate them. Only two substances appeared effective: 100 per cent alcohol and tea tree oil solution. But alcohol was not an option because the high concentration of the solution could damage the eye. Cheng did a skin test to ensure that Lau was not allergic to tea tree oil. ...

  9. Shea pleasure

    Posted Feb 22nd 2004, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... like this. Frenchman (Olivier Baussan) takes over a soap factory and, after hearing about shea- a product extracted from the nut of a sacred tree in Africa known locally as the 'tree of life''- visits the continent, finds the nut tree and, voila, the rest is history. To celebrate L'Occitane's 15th anniversary, the company has introduced two limited-edition products ...

  10. What is it? Argan oil

    Posted Mar 03rd 2009, 12:00am by Suzanne Harrison

    ... Suzanne Harrison Made from the nuts of the argan tree, which grows almost exclusively in Morocco, the oil is said to have restorative and age-defying effects. It is high in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, and is believed to help dry skin, acne, psoriasis, eczema and wrinkles. Argan oil was touted as one of the hottest skincare ingredients for this year in a US report. ...




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