November 3, 2015

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Plant O Gram is the only plant and tree company in the U.S. that keeps on giving. They offer a wide variety of Fruit Trees, Dwarf Trees, as well as Cold Hardy Fruit Trees for the special people in your life with not so green thumbs. This holiday season give a gift of a tropical and exotic nature, which is indeed from nature.

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From Secret Santa gifts, client gifts and personal gifts, Plant O Gram has a tree or plant that fits your gift giving needs this Christmas. Need a gift for dad? The Dragon Fruit Plant and Mango Tree are at the top of the list, along with Pomegranate and Passion Fruit Trees. And the always the favorite and popular, Avocado Plant is perfect for husbands and even grandpa as well. For mom, wife and grandma, Plant O Gram offers Flower Plants that re-bloom every year. Such as the Michelia Alba, the Tea Plant and the Ylang Ylang Tree. Plant O Gram also offers Cinnamon Trees, which suites well as a Christmas gift. There’s nothing better than fresh cinnamon for those family Christmas recipes. Cinnamon is a great warm and giving gift for this holiday season. You can also personalize your gifts and Plant O Gram ships anywhere in the U.S. and worldwide. So you don’t need to worry if you can’t make it home for Christmas. Plant O Gram has you covered.

“The Best Time to Plant was 10 Years Ago, the Second Best Time is Today!”

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November 3, 2015

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Ghost, ghouls and apples! The apple is the national fruit of October! As leaves change and the weather gets cooler, treat yourself (or someone else) to a Granny Smith apple tree from Plant O Gram.

Benefits of Granny Smith Apples:

  • Provides Energy (a great on the go snack and breakfast treat to boost your immune system for the day ahead)
  • Granny Smith apples are great for promoting weight loss
  • Vitamin C
  • Granny Smith Apples can help stabilize blood sugar levels
  • A great substitute if you can't reach for you toothbrush. The rough skin helps polish teeth.
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November 3, 2015

Keeping your diabetes at bay isn't as much of a challenge as it once was. Nowadays, with all the sugar-free desserts, low-carb diets, and specialized exercise regimes, it's an easily manageable condition. However, sometimes it does suck having to always depend on artificial and synthetic products. We want to provide you with some natural, and fun ways help keep your blood sugar levels regulated with our 2nd edition of FruitNYoga for Diabetes!

The Fruit

There are actually a few fruit here that are awesome choices for diabetics and here is why:

Berries

berries-for-heart-400x400 You're in luck if you're a berry lover! According to the ADA, berries are a diabetes superfood because they're packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber and are low-carb. Three quarters of a cup of fresh blueberries have 62 calories and 16 grams of carbohydrates. We've got plenty of berry bushes at our store too! Check out our blackberry bush.

Peaches

peach-image-free-1 Who doesn't love peaches? Whether you're eating it in a dessert, dipped in cream, or even cooked, it's delicious. And apparently, a good choice for diabetics too! Fragrant, juicy peaches are a warm-weather treat and can be included in your low-carb diabetic diet. Peaches contain vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber. You can also get a peach tree of your own right here.

Pears

download Pears are a low-carb fruit and a wise addition to your diabetes meal plan. They are a good source of potassium and fiber. Unlike most fruit, they actually improve in texture and flavor after they're picked. These juicy, versatile fruit can be paired off with anything, whether it's gorgonzola cheese on a pizza, fig, or even prosciutto! Pick out a pear tree of your choice here.

The Yoga Poses

We've got 4 awesome yoga poses here for you which are proven to help diabetics keep their insulin and blood sugar levels regulated.

Vrikshasana

VRIKSHASANA This yoga pose is renown for helping to stimulate the hormonal secretion of the pancreas.

Bow Pose

Bow-pose-Dhanurasana1 The bow pose is known to help stimulate the functioning of pancreas and intestines, and therefore, helps control blood sugar levels. Organs like the liver, pancreas, and other enzyme producing organs will function actively by practicing this pose.

Plough Pose

halasana The plough pose stimulates the pancreas, spleen and activates the immune system by massaging all the internal organs including the pancreas. It improves kidney and liver functioning and strengthens the abdominal muscles. It also rejuvenates the mind.

Half Twist Pose

7830-171 The half twist pose is known for massaging the kidneys, pancreas, small intestines, gall bladder and liver, helping to stimulate digestion and squeezing out toxins. It's a great pose for diabetics, as it concentrates on the pancreas.

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November 3, 2015

The Importance Of Fruit In The Diet - And Why Growing Your Own Is Best

By: Anne Fellowes

Perhaps due to the media exposure of the effects of junk food and an unhealthy diet, we're becoming more and more nutritionally aware. Everybody now knows that a healthy diet needs plenty of fruit and veg, and that we shouldn't stop off for takeaway too often! However, people might not be fully aware of just how great for you fruit can be. It's also worth noting that there are plentiful advantages to be gained from growing your own fruit, which you wouldn't get from store-bought stuff. Read on to find out more.

Fruit Enhances Athletic Performance

When we think of athletes, our minds tend to leap to muscle and energy. Muscle requires protein, and energy requires carbohydrates, so we might be forgiven for assuming that an athlete's diet needs to contain plenty of meat. As it happens, however, a lot of athletes eschew meat altogether and live a completely vegan lifestyle. Nor does it appear to hamper their performance - indeed, several prominent Olympic gold medalists are vegan or vegetarian. How do they manage this? By eating plenty of fruit. Fruit is rich in the kinds of vitamins which the body needs to run at its peak. While protein may build muscle, you really don't need much of it. It's far more important to ensure that all your other bodily systems (particularly the immune and digestive systems) are in top condition, and the best way to do this is to eat plenty of fruit. Athletes who consume a good mix of fruit are generally healthier, have stronger hearts, catch fewer infections, and experience enhanced performance in comparison with those who eat less fruit. What is more, the sugars in fruits like bananas provide a slow release of energy which will fuel any athlete for far longer than snacks containing refined sugars. If you want to be at the top of your game, athletically speaking, then swap the chips for a fruit salad.

Fruit Is What We're Designed To Eat

Human evolution is a complicated affair dating back many millenia. However, we can tell a lot about the diets which we evolved on through the way our bodies react to certain foodstuffs. Our teeth certainly indicate that we took to utilising the nutritional qualities of meat at some point during our evolutionary journey, but it seems that meat has never been eaten in the quantities in which we consume it today. Instead, our earliest ancestors filled most of their dietary needs with nuts, fruits, and vegetables - with meat as a supplementary treat. An interesting genetic mutation proves this rather neatly. Humans cannot produce their own Vitamin C. Almost every other mammal can - even other primates. Vitamin C is utterly essential to life. As sailors found out in the age of exploration, not consuming enough Vitamin C leads to the breakdown of cells and bodily functions in what is known as 'Scurvy'. Given that this Vitamin is so important, how on earth did this mutation manage to become so successful that it ultimately became the human norm? Well, it's thought that our ancestors simply did not notice that they had an inbuilt problem with Vitamin C, as they were eating so much Vitamin C-rich fruit that it was never an issue for them - until urbanisation and exploration forced people into fruit-deficient situations, by which time it was too late. Given the large part that fruit clearly played in our evolutionary history, it's perhaps unsurprising that our bodies respond so resoundingly well to it!

Growing Your Own Fruit Is Good For Body And Soul

Growing your own fruit is one of the best ways in which to get your nutritional fix. Not only are you feeding your body plenty of health-giving vitamins, you're also boosting your soul into the bargain. There are many, many health benefits to growing your own food - not least of which is the improvement it brings to your mental health. Gardening, or even just having fruit-bearing trees around and plucking fruit from them every now and again, has been proven to be an effective protection against depression, to lower stress levels, and to generally induce a more positive outlook on life. And if you do decide to really go for the gardening thing, all that digging and pruning is a fantastic workout! All in all, growing your own fruit provides all round goodness at every point in the process!

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October 7, 2015

Making your own Vanilla Bean Essential Oils is very easy and doesn't take a lot of time! You can make your own oils that will leave your home smelling amazing. You can also use you can use them to make homemade soaps, massage oils, body lotions and aromatherapy items.

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Things You'll Need

-16 ounces of organic coconut, safflower or jojoba liquid oil
-3 to 5 large organic vanilla beans
-Sharp knife
-16-ounce canning jar with tight lid
-Double boiler
-Wooden spoon
-Cheesecloth
-Bowl
-Funnel
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There are steps for COLD and HOT infusion methods to use with you Vanilla Bean Oil. Just click on the link above for further steps.

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October 7, 2015

Trees as Gifts - if you need a little inspiration...

Send a tree as a gift for a wonderful lasting alternative to giving cut flowers! PlantOGram's tree gifts can last for hundreds of years and must be one the best gift ideas in the world. With over 175 trees as gifts to choose from, browse our range of tree species to find the individual tree gift best suited for your occasion. To find out a little more about each fruit tree gift, give us a call at 877-FRUIT-DOC and speak to one our experienced consultants about finding your perfect corporate gift today!

By choosing PlantOGram.com to supply your corporate gifts you are choosing ecologically friendly products which will delight the recipient with the thoughtfulness of the item as well as with its professional presentation. As our own green credentials are excellent you can have peace of mind that you’re giving an environmentally friendly, ethically sound gift right from root to bud!
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October 7, 2015

Bananas



ID-10031534Bananas are rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B, and Vitamin E. They can be used as an anti-aging agent. Use freshly mashed banana for your next facial. It contains fiber, minerals, magnesium, and potassium. These all help our blood circulate properly and boost our immune system.

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Lemons are high in Vitamin C and have natural bleaching properties. They are a good cleanser and can be used to lighten skin blemishes, acne scars, spots, and skin tone. Mix one glass of warm water with a dash of lemon juice and one teaspoon of honey. Or, add a bit of lemon juice to your salad. Another bonus, this also fights cellulite.

Oranges

Oranges are alsID-100112121o rich in Vitamin C and can improve skin texture. They can remove blemishes and naturally slow down the aging process. Try it out by drying orange peels, crushing them into a powder, and storing them in an airtight container. Use this powder as a natural scrub 1-2 times a week.

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Avocados are full of biotin and can help to prevent dry skin and brittle hair as well as weak nails. Apply avocado topically to your face, hair, or nails for hydration.

Papayas

Papayas are rich in anID-100290783tioxidants and they are a source of an enzyme called papain. They can clear up skin impurities and remove dead skin cells. Use the inside of the papaya to exfoliate your face. Rub your face gently for about one minute. Blend the papaya, add 2 tablespoons of either honey or yogurt, and use the mixture as a mask. Rinse off after 20 minutes and follow up with a moisturizer.

Apples

Apples have a high level of antioxidants and Vitamin C which also work aID-10010749s an anti-aging agent while also preventing cell and tissue damage. This can minimize wrinkles and fine lines on your face. Eating an apple every day will certainly help your skin. In addition, you can apply an apple juice and honey mixture to your face. Wait for it to dry and then wash it off. This works well as a hydrating mask.

Pomegranates

Yet anID-10092876other fruit rich in antioxidants, papayas can help speed healing and aid the skin in creating more collagen. This is important to keep your skin looking taut. Apply pomegranate to your face and see the difference.

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Amla is full of Vitamin A and like pomegranates, helps to increase collagen production. The best way to eat and use amla is to drink its juice form on an empty stomach in the early morning.

Strawberries

My personal favID-10034939orite, strawberries, contain malic acid. This makes strawberries a natural whitening agent. And they too have antioxidants which lead to a healthy glow. Eat a serving of strawberries, or mash them up and add yogurt or honey to form a paste. Apply it to your face for 15 minutes.

Images courtesy of: 1-Stoonn, 2-Sommai, 3 & 7-adamr, 4-anat_tikker, 5-satit-srihin, 6-m_bartosh, 8-Iamnee, 9-Ambro at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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October 7, 2015

For physical and mental well-being, quality and quantity of food plays an important parts. Since the beginning of the practice of Yoga, Yogins did not limit their dietary instructions in terms of carbohydrates, calories and vitamins. For example, the old texts enjoin the Yogi to eat until his stomach is one-half full.

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For bodily health, it is suggested that the Yoga adherent limit himself to three meals a day: a light breakfast at 8:30 A.M.; lunch at 1 P.M.; and the main meal at about 6:30 P.M. It is also considered injurious to fill the stomach with food before food previously eaten has passed through the pylorus. This usually takes about four hours.

Some Yogis even consider it harmful to drink water during meals. Many drink about a pint of water on arising in the morning. This, it is believed, will wash down the residues of the alimentary canal through increased peristalsis, and will also facilitate evacuation. No exact quantity of food that would satisfy every individual has been established. Some require a higher intake than others. In the old Yoga texts, it is stated that one may "partake of food according to his desire."

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October 7, 2015

The event is over and PlantOGram made it's huge debut at the Russell Simmons ART FOR LIFE gala. Now, what was inside of those bags along with the PlantOGram gift-cards? That evening PlantOGram was surrounded by many high end and popular friends in those amazing bags. Let's introduce you to the new friends our gift cards rubbed elbows with!
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Right smack in the center is a very familiar and popular designer, Kenneth Cole. Kenneth Cole Products, Inc. is an American fashion house founded in 1982 by Kenneth Cole. In 1994, Kenneth Cole went public, and has been included on Forbes annual list of 200 Best Small Companies four times.

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Kenneth Cole Productions sells clothing and accessories under the following lines: Kenneth Cole New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction, and Unlisted. The company now operates over 90 retail and outlet stores worldwide, and sells in catalogs and websites.

A copy of Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey book is one of the reading materials offered in the gift bag. This richly illustrated full-color catalog accompanies the first major solo museum exhibition and most comprehensive survey of the artist Wangechi Mutu's work, on view at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University from March 21, 2013, through July 21, 2013, before traveling to the Brooklyn Museum. wmbookIt comes as no surprise that guests were given a peek inside of Mutu's life and art, given that she was the gala's featured artist. There is also a copy of Hampton magazine, coverage of parties, restaurants, bars, fashion, and things to do in Hamptons. HT_COVER-Kevin-Hart-336x401And a Spring 2015 issue of Haute Time magazine featuring a cover story of famous comedian Kevin Hart and his collection of fine watches. Haute is a magazine all about the coverage of the latest and hottest luxury watches.

GLAMSQUAD is an on-demand, app-based beauty provider delivering professional and affordable hair, makeup and nails (currently available in NYC only) services to your home, office, hotel, or wherever you may be. the_dreamer_grayOperating in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, the company plans to debut in other cities soon. They gave the gala make up bags full of samples to give the guests. "When it comes to getting GLAM – one size fits all. From a busy professional booking a 7AM blowout to a new mom looking for some ‘mid-day me time’ to the young and social going from daytime to dancing, we are there to make you look and feel your best. GLAMSQUAD is perfect for a bachelorette, baby shower, sweet sixteen, or a typical girls’ night out.", as posted on their website.

For the men, samples from The Grooming Lounge are in the gift bags. The Grooming Lounge is the country's premiere solutions source for men's grooming. The Grooming Lounge was founded in 1999 by men with a lifetime of experience in the men's grooming and fashion industry. glpageimage_1

Now led by Founder Michael Gilman and the company's team of Grooming Experts, the Grooming Lounge is committed to setting new industry standards using the best customer and technical services.

There is also a great line of a new beauty product included in the gift bag. J21 Skin Care was established in 2007 and is distinguished by it's unique harmony of innovative, cutting edge scientific ingredients along with potent organic and natural actives. j21

PlantOGram was surrounded by many high end and popular friends in those amazing bags. From hot reading material, to skin care products for men and women, it is safe to say PlantOGram was in good company that evening and now many top celebs and well known socialites will be enjoying their goodies.

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October 7, 2015

by Anne Fellowes

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Fruit For The Soul - How Plants Benefit Your Mental Health

There aren't many bad things that you can say about fruit plants. They feed us, they give us oxygen, they make our homes and gardens beautiful. But did you know that plants - particularly fruit-bearing plants - can be good for your mental health too? And you don't even have to eat the fruit to get the benefits! It seems incredible, we know, but plants really can have a major impact upon your mental health simply by existing in your vicinity! Here's how:

The 'Nature Cure'

People have sought and found solace within nature for centuries, but it's only recently that doctors and scientists have begun to take 'nature cures' seriously. The world is experiencing a sharp rise in mental health problems, particularly depression and anxiety disorders. This has driven the intellectual elite to ponder the problem and formulate theories, while the medical establishments of the world work hard at stemming the tide of sad, suffering people coming through their doors. Some thinkers - notably Richard Louv - have pioneered the idea that modern problems such as depression and ADHD can in some way be attributed to a lack of interaction with nature. And the theory is gaining a lot of traction - so much so that certain doctors are even beginning to prescribe courses of 'Naturopathy' for their depressed patients. It works, too. Studies have consistently found that patients exposed to the natural world experience significant improvements in their mental health.

Tangible Benefits

Nobody is quite sure whether it's being outside, breathing fresh air, getting exercise and so on which improves one's mental health, or whether it has something to do with the landscape and its vegetation. In all probability, it's a combination of all of these factors. However, if you can't or don't have the time to spend a lot of time romping in the wilderness, bringing nature to you in the form of domestic plants can do your mental state a lot of good. Hospitals have established that placing flowering plants within the rooms of patients can seriously lift their mood and improve their state of mind - which in itself promotes healing. And rehab centers for those people who are suffering from addictions are increasingly encouraging their patients to care for houseplants. In the latter case, caring for the plants not only brings the aforementioned lifts in mood and improvement of mental health, but helps to bestow a sense of purpose, responsibility, and self-worth.

Flower Power

One of the notable aspects of many fruit-bearing plants is that, in order to produce the wonderful, nutrition-packed delicacies they so kindly bestow upon us, they need to undergo a lot of pollinating. In order for this to go according to evolution's plan, they often put out a lot of beautiful, scented flowers. It seems that these flowers have a far deeper effect upon us than we may at first realise. Plenty of us appreciate the beauty of abundant cherry blossoms, and delight in the scent of a flowering orange tree - but our delight in these things may well stem from a lot more than simple aesthetic appreciation. Science has found that floral scents really do make us happy, and psychologists have established that the presence of flowers in a room enhances the productivity, mood, and creativity of those within. A charming study into the emotional impact of gift-giving discovered that the most 'true' smiles were exhibited by those participants which received gifts of flowers. Notably, the gift recipients also described the flower-givers in far more positive terms than they did those who gave other (sometimes more ostensibly valuable) gifts. So, if you want to make someone happy and be liked by them into the bargain, buy them flowers!

The Perfect Gift

If, therefore, you have a suffering friend whom you want to help (and want to be thought well of by them as you do so), one of the best things that you can do is to send them a fruit plant. Not only will it feed their bodies, it will also nourish their minds. While we're not claiming that plants are a miracle cure, science has proven that they really can make an awful lot of difference to somebody's state of mind.

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