Medicinal Plants

Seasons: the tender side of cardoons

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At the market, the cardoon looks somewhat like mutant celery, with jagged spikes that run along each of its fibrous stalks. It's only when you see the plant growing in the field that you notice its greater resemblance to the artichoke.

Saturday, 3 November, 2012, 11:29pm

Traditional Chinese medicine

The Chinese Cuisine Training Institute's tonic foods course puts theory into practice with cooking sessions in the kitchen.Photos: Jonathan Wong

As the backlash against processed food grows, interest in holistic approaches to health has hit new heights. Increasingly, people are looking to superfoods, natural products, plants and herbs as a way to ward off illnesses and maintain optimal health.

25 Sep 2012 - 10:56am

Getting fresh

The word 'mint' has many meanings and can refer to: an institution that manufactures cash; the pristine condition of something; a palate-cleansing hard candy; and a sickly sweet chocolate-covered fondant eaten after a meal.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

This week we test: after-sun

While sun protection is on the top of most people's lists, after-sun is sometimes overlooked. Applying this moisturising lotion can soothe sunburn and prevent peeling

Sunplay After Sun Aloe Vera Gel (HK$86.90/ 200g)

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Seed capital

Until a few years ago, I had never seen a real poppy - only the red paper ones people wear on Remembrance Day. But on the way to a friend's wedding in the south of France, we drove past a whole field of them. The striking, bright red of the flowers under the vivid blue sky was one of the most beautiful sights I'd seen.

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am


Red Flower - French Lavender Isla das Rocas revitalising sea salt scrub (HK$520/411 grams)

Claim: the salt crystals, from the south Atlantic coastline, remove dry skin and stimulate circulation. Infused with aloe vera and antioxidant vitamin-rich sea algae, the paste is scented with oils of lavender, peppermint, rosemary and pepperina.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Wealth of choice for all

Wedding gifts, rather than lucky money, are becoming a popular option among Hong Kong couples who see them as a chance to fill the gaps in their home or serve as a reminder of their big day.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Margarita Huichol

It must be annoying being a tequila distiller. You wait eight to 12 years for your raw ingredient, the Agave tequilana plant, to grow.

21 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

This week we test: blemish cream

These medicated troubleshooters deserve a place in any teen's arsenal against mild breakouts

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Spot Treatment Gel (HK$130/15ml)

Zits dry up and reduce within a day, leaving no marks. It does a good job of soothing redness and irritation too. Real value for money!

Clinelle Blemish Clear (HK$99/15ml)

17 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Top seed

It's hard to believe that the humble little sunflower seed is a product of the large, beautiful, bright yellow sunflower plant. The sight of a field of sunflowers on a sunny day under a bright blue sky in the south of France is a thing of beauty; it's no wonder the plant has inspired so many Impressionist painters.

10 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Yet another good reason for drinking green tea

Millions of people drink green tea daily. There are many reasons for doing so: aside from being a cultural habit, it aids digestion, helps students stay awake during boring university lectures, and fights heart disease and maybe cancer.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

WOW Factor

Scent of memories

Missha's new perfume collection, L'eau De Missha, features two distinct scents (both HK$432/30ml). Always Be Mine evokes memories of an early morning floral garden with notes of lilies, orchids and violets. Stay Beside Me is fruitier, and the magnolia notes are intended as a reminder of first love. Available at Missha counters.

20 May 2012 - 12:00am

Health bites

On the same wavelength

15 May 2012 - 12:00am

Flower power

Not many people think of food when they see or smell lavender. The pretty, fragrant sprigs of the ornamental plant are more commonly used for soap, essential oils and perfumes, or in sachets to put into lingerie drawers. The scent of lavender is said to be calming and sleep-inducing.

13 May 2012 - 12:00am

WOW Factor

Put on a happy face

6 May 2012 - 12:00am