DELOSPERMA / PURPLE ICE PLANT: Properties, Uses and Benefits

Family: Aizoaceae Species: Delosperma Common Names: Ice Plant, Delosperma, Crystalline Iceplant, Hardy Ice Plant Delosperma is a succulent, perennial ground cover with daisy-like flowers. The plants grow to be 10-20 cm tall; foliage is mostly evergreen and make a great year-round ground cover. While the plant is evergreen, it will often lose part of foliage in winter; freezing temperatures combined with wet conditions. CULTIVATION Being a succulent, prefers full sun and very dry, sandy, poor soil. These plants don’t tolerate well wet, heavy soils and much fertilization. Ice Plant propagates…

HEALING HERBS: LEARN HOW TO MAKE MACERATED OILS

If you’ve got herbs growing in your garden or locally, why not try making herb-macerated oils and replace some of those cosmetic products full of petrol-chemical that are not missing in our cabinet? Macerated oils, also called infused oils, are carrier oils used to extract the therapeutic properties of a certain plant or plants. Using infused oils in any skin care preparation is extremely therapeutic, as they contain the nutritive properties from  both the carrier oil and the herbs or flowers. When making macerated oils, the most commonly used carrier…