Guide to Grow Lavender in Tropics


Is it possible to grow lavender in tropics? Is there any tropical lavender variety available that grows in hot and humid climate? The answer is yes! I grow lavender in tropical Thailand as a short lived perennial and an annual herb but need to care it more often, especially in summer.

Lavender Varieties

I had the need to experiment, went to local nurseries in Isan ( North-East Thailand ) but could not find any lavender plant growing here in this rural part of the country, so I asked my brother ( living in France ) to bring some seeds.

French lavender (Lavandula dentata) does well in warm climate.

Lavandula dentata is a species of flowering plant in the Lamiaceae familynative to the Mediterranean, the Atlantic islands and the Arabian peninsula.

Growing to 60 cm tall, it has gray-green, linear or lance-shaped leaves with toothed edges and a lightly woolly texture. The long-lasting, narrow spikes of purple flowers, topped with pale violet bracts, first appear in late spring. The whole plant is strongly aromatic with the typical lavender fragrance.

Its native habitat includes low hills with limestone substrates amidst other shrubs. It is present on Madeira and the Canary Islands.

One of several species known by the English common name French lavender (see also Lavandula stoechas), it is commonly grown as an ornamental plant and its essential oil is used in perfumes. Like other lavenders, it is particularly associated with dry, sunny, well-drained conditions in alkaline soil. But it will tolerate a range of conditions, though it may be short-lived. The cultivar L. dentata var. dentata ‘Royal Crown’ has gained the Royal Horticultural Society‘s Award of Garden Merit. It requires some shelter in frost-prone areas.

The plant is used in Murcia as an herbal remedy for stomach ache.

Common Spanish names include: alhucema inglesaalhucema rizadacantuesocantueso dentadocantueso rizadoespliego dentado, and garlanda.

Planting Season

In colder zones Lavender should be planted in spring or summer but in tropics growing conditions are different. Sun is more intense in summer and afterwards it rains, which increases the humidity level and makes intolerable for the plant to thrive that is why winter is the best month to plant lavender in tropics.

Finding Right Location

I grow lavender in pots, so that I can change its location during heavy rain or when the temperature rises up. Some I’m growing on ground, and had to take care to plant it in a location where it’ll be saved from wind, heavy rain and heat, not receiving full sun, especially in afternoon as the sun in tropics shine more intensely and it can scorch your plant. Planting under some trees is a good idea.

Planting and Care

Since I’m growing lavender from seeds, I had to sow seeds in early winter and had to place the seed-tray in full sun. Seedlings will germinate in two to three weeks; transplant them in a favorable location in a well drained potting mix using compost with bonemeal and lime both of equal amount in a total of half cup. Also add sand if your soil is heavy and clay rich.

Before transplanting I made a 50 cm. mound of soil to plant lavender in it. This is the best technique to restrict soggy and water logged soil and improve air circulation. I have to take care about watering, and water only when soil becomes dry. I don’t need to fertilize lavender but if I want, occasionally add some compost in the growing season.


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Fruit – a very beneficial diabetic food – 4 ( last )

Diabetic foods – useful fruits

A lot of diabetic desserts should include a portion of one of healthy fruits.

All fresh fruits have some benefit, and not just for diabetics. Here another fruits with its benefits:

Jambul Fruit

The Jambul fruit, also known as rose apple, is grown all over India. It too possesses anti-diabetic properties.

In the indigenous system of medicine this fruit is regarded as a specific remedy against diabetes because of its effect on the pancreas. The fruit, the seeds and the juice are beneficial in treatment of this disease. The jamboline’ contained in the seeds is believed to check the pathological conversion of starch into sugar in case of increased production of glucose.

The seeds are dried and powdered. This powder mixed with water – taken three or four times daily – reduces sugar in the urine and allays thirst.

The inner bark of the jambul tree is considered valuable in the treatment of diabetes. The bark is dried and burnt, to produce a white colored ash. This ash is pestled in the mortar, strained and bottled. The diabetes patients should be given about two grams of this ash in the morning on an empty stomach and two grams each in the afternoon and in the evening and hour after meals.

The seeds of the jambul fruits are considered beneficial in the treatment of excessive urination.
The powder of these seeds in doses of one gram each, in the morning and evening, is effective in controlling this condition.

Diabetic Pineapple Pie

Make this easy and delicious pie with pineapple for those who are diabetic or are just controlling their sugar intake.


  • 1-8 oz Low-Fat or Fat-Free Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/4 c Splenda or other brand sweetener (it will hold it’s sweetness in heat)
  • 1 1/2 c Frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1-20 oz can crushed pineapple in pineapple juice (not syrup), well drained
  • 1 graham cracker pie crust
  1. Beat cream cheese and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Fold in whipped topping and drained pineapple.
  3. Spoon into the pie crust.
  4. Chill at least 2 hours or overnight.
  5. Garnish with pineapple, graham cracker crumbs, or whipped topping (optional).


  • It will set better if you chill it overnight and I wouldn’t put the garnish on until you are ready to serve it.
  • Slice and enjoy!

Number of Servings: 8


Fruit – a very beneficial diabetic food – 3

Diabetic foods – another useful fruit

A lot of diabetic desserts should include a portion of one of the healthy fruits.

All fresh fruits have some benefit, and not just for diabetics. Here just another fruit with its benefits:


The grapefruit occupies a high place among citrus fruits because of its flavour, its appetizing properties and its refreshing qualities. Dr Riley, a well-known authority on nutrition, believes that it is a splendid food for diabetics and if this fruit were taken more liberally, there would be much less diabetes. She goes on to say that any person suffering from high blood sugar should take grapefruit three times a day. A person who does not have high blood sugar, but a tendency towards it, and wants to prevent it, should also use the fruit three times a day. Simultaneously, consumption of starches, sweets and fats should be reduced and diet made rich in fruits, vegetables and juices.

Two weeks of this grapefruit rich diet will bring down sugar level in individuals not taking insulin. In those who take insulin regularly, it takes longer.

Also be on the lookout for diabetic deserts which include this fruit.



3/4 c. plain low-fat yogurt
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. powdered sugar substitute


Put yogurt, powdered sugar substitute and lemon juice in a bowl and mix with a spoon until smooth.

Chill the dip in the refrigerator and serve with fresh fruit.

Makes 4 servings.


Fruit – a very beneficial diabetic food – 2

Diabetic foods – some useful fruits

A lot of diabetic desserts should include a portion of one of the healthy fruits.

All fresh fruits have some benefit, and not just for diabetics. Here a just a few fruits with their benefits:


This popular sub-acid fruit, one of the most valuable of all fruits, has been found beneficial in the treatment of diabetes because of its rich pectin content. Pectin is a natural therapeutic ingredient found in the inner portion of the rind and the pulp. It aids in detoxification of the body by supplying the galacturonic acid needed for the elimination of certain harmful substances. This food element reduces the body’s insulin requirements by approximately 35 percent.

The apple is also considered valuable in depression. The various chemical substances present in the fruit, such as Vitamin B1, phosphorous and potassium, help the synthesis of glutamic acid, which controls the wear and tear of nerve cell. This fruit acts as a very effective tonic and recharges the nerves with new energy and life.



1 c. fruit flavored yogurt or cinnamon flavored yogurt
Fruits of your choice
Wafers or other cookies


Place yogurt in serving bowl.

Cover and chill.

Arrange yogurt in center of serving dish; surround with fruit and wafers.

In a bowl combine 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/4 cup coconut, 1/4 cup chopped nuts and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon.

Mix well.

Cover and chill.


Restauranteur teaches that life, like cooking, is best when done in harmony and balance.

An article published November 17,2009 at Minneapolis Healthy Trends Examiner by Kathlyn Stone

Many people are aware of the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet but how many have considered the healthy aspects of the Thai diet?

The authentic Thai diet goes hand-in-hand with a spiritual lifestyle, according to restaurateur Supenn Harrison. To the Thai, diet and lifestyle are almost inseparable; both strive for balance and harmony. Harrison, like 95 percent of native Thais, is a Buddhist of the Theravada school. Thai Buddhism is based on the religious movement founded in the sixth century B.C. by Siddhartha, later called the Buddha, who urged the world to follow the enlightened Middle Way.

She opened the first Thai restaurant in Minneapolis (which was also the first in the Midwest) in 1979. Since then she has launched four more restaurants and remains closely involved in the day-to-day operations of two of them in Minneapolis, including purchasing all of the fresh ingredients for theSawatdee menu.

“The practice of Buddhism has been infused into my cooking at Sawatdee and even in the way I run the business end of the restaurants,” says Harrison. “Buddhism integrates seamlessly as I go about my life as owner of a growing number of restaurants.”

When visiting one of the Minneapolis Sawatdee restaurants, it is common to see a small gathering of orange-robed monks seated in a back corner, eating, chanting or receiving alms during one of the many closely followed rituals of the Twin Cities’ small Thai Buddhist community. Harrison has for years provided space for introductory meditation classes for the public, scheduled every couple of months and taught by a monk from a nearby temple. Low attendance does not dissuade either Harrison or the monks. The idea is to have the space and opportunity available when others are ready to learn the ancient practice of relaxation and mindfulness. The mediation classes have been a catalyst in building positive relationships between the local Thai community and native Minnesotans.

Following the Buddha’s Eightfold path — Right Understanding, Right Motives, Right Speech, Right Action, Right Livelihood, Right Endeavor, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration — appears to agree with Harrison. She’s a petite, energetic and friendly woman whose appearance belies her age by some 20 years.

Harrison came to the United States 37 years ago to attend college and teach. She taught, for a while, and also married and had two daughters, now adults. She did not adopt the American diet, however, and cooked Thai meals for family and friends. It was at their urging that she opened the first restaurant on Lake Street in Minneapolis.

Even though they were unfamiliar with strange ingredients, they came to love the unique blending of tastes that is the hallmark of Thai food.

Thai foods get their unique flavoring from balancing five different tastes: sour, sweet, salty, hot and bitter.
Sour tastes come from lemon, lime and tamarind. Sweets, used very sparingly in the Thai diet, come from palm sugar. Salty flavor is delivered through fish sauce, a Thai staple made from salt and fermented fish that is used like salt in western cooking or soy sauce in Chinese cooking. Chili peppers provide the hot and bitter comes from miniature egg plants.

In recent years Harrison began teaching how to blend three or four of these tastes in one dish. The popular classes cover the basics (fresh spring rolls and Tom Yum soup), to more involved recipes (Rama Delight, Red Curry and of course, Pad Thai) interspersed with tips for healthy living.
Medicinal herbs used in Thai cooking have preventative or curative qualities

Harrison said along with maintaining good sleeping and exercise habits, people should look to a combination of modern treatments and herbal remedies to stay healthy. Some of the healing herbs and spices used in Thai cooking offer specific health benefits, according to Harrison.

Kaffir lime leaves help prevent colds.

Garlic helps lower blood pressure and enhances sexual function in both men and women.
Chili peppers are rich in capsaicin. Capsaicin is one of the four methods for releasing endorphins in the body. The others, says, Harrison, are exercise, sexual activity and prayer or meditation.

Galangal root stimulates the release of gastric juices to aid digestion and relieve bloating.

Turmeric, a plant from the ginger family, is used fresh like ginger in Thai dishes or ground into powder. It is believed to be beneficial as an antiseptic for cuts and bruises and for treating stomach problems.

Curcumin spice, a derivative of turmeric, is an antioxidant known in Thailand for having anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties. According to Thai herbalists, curcumin also helps wounds heal faster, reduces cholesterol, relieves arthritis and constipation, and provides relief for sore throats and coughs.

Cilantro not only cleans the breath after a spicy meal, but helps prevent cancer, says Harrison.

From one Thai restaurant to 50

Thirty years ago, the first Thai restaurant opened in the Twin Cities. Today, a search through the phone book lists more than 50. Are people simply crazy for Pad Thai or is something else afoot?

In a recent cooking class, Harrison pointed out that Thai food has gained in popularity as Americans recognize their health is in decline due to poor nutritional habits. “Over time, unhealthy eating catches up with people,” says Harrison. Too much reliance on processed and packaged foods has led to obesity, heart disease and increased rates of cancer, she added.

Fried, preserved and processed foods take longer to digest and eliminate, she said, and leave toxins that accumulate in the body. Thai food breaks down into smaller molecules much faster so the nutrients can be absorbed into the blood and carried to cells throughout the body.

The Thai diet relies on, for the most part, unprocessed foods including rice noodles, vegetables, roots, leaves and stocks. The exceptions are the imported fish sauce, pastes and curries that are imported from Thailand or India and used as flavorings. Meats, such as chicken, pork and beef, are used sparingly compared to American standards, if at all, or replaced with tofu.

It’s not that Thais don’t love food, says Harrison. In fact, their lives revolve around meals. They eat six or seven times a day but portions are very small.

“In the U.S., people eat very big meals. If I served a little serving of Pad Thai, people would never come back,” she says, referring to how her restaurant has adjusted serving sizes for American expectations.

Harrison is publishing a new cook book, her third, this fall. “Awaken to Thai Cooking” promises to be more than a cook book; it includes insights into Harrison’s Buddhist belief that life, like cooking, is best when done in harmony and balance.


Fruit – a very beneficial diabetic food – 1

Diabetic foods – some useful fruits – 1

A lot of diabetic desserts should include a portion of one of the healthy fruits.

All fresh fruits have some benefit, and not just for diabetics. Here a just a few fruits with their benefits:


Some people call this a super-food which can protect the heart.
Scientists in Israel have shown that drinking a glass of the fruit’s juice can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. A quote from Professor Michael Aviram, who led the team: “Pomegranate juice contains the highest antioxidant capacity compared to other juices, red wine and green tea”.

Drinking a glass of pomegranate juice every day improves the function of blood vessels, reduces hardening of the arteries and improves heart health.

The round, leathery fruit is full of edible seeds nestled in tiny juice sacs. Brimming with vitamins A, C, E and iron, the pomegranate has been cultivated since pre-historic times. In the West, the fruit is still regarded as a novelty, but food writers like Rosemary Stark are keen to change this.

She said: “I find it has one of the finest sweet/sour balances of any fruit. “Try sprinkling some over your breakfast muesli, or lunchtime hummus.”

Around us are growing here in the North-East of Thailand; coconut palms and orange trees. That brought me to a suggestion for this fruit dip:

Cheese Yoghurt Fruit Dip


8 oz. cream cheese, softened
8 oz. orange yogurt
1/4 c. coconut
1 tsp. grated orange peel
1 tbsp. honey


Beat cream cheese until fluffy; gradually beat in yogurt.

Stir in coconut, orange peel and honey.


Diabetic Orange Mango Smoothie

Diabetic Diet Plans For Diabetic Patients

Diabetes if sometimes called a “silent killer”. This disease brings serious problems to the process of insulin production. Therefore, the organism is no longer able to manage high amounts of glucose in the blood. That is why staying on a diabetic diet that allows reducing the risk of high sugar peaks in the blood could be beneficial to the medical condition of any diabetic patient.

Thus, choosing the right food to eat and choosing the right eating habits in general are one of the main goals for each diabetic person. Generally speaking, diabetic diet is the one that restricts the consumption of various sweets and saturated fats, keeps an eye on the amount of calories, and encourages eating whole grains, most types of vegetables and fruits.

Having diabetes does not mean eating plain and boring food. There are cooking secrets that can make a diabetic meal really delicious. In most of the cases diabetic patient has to change the types of products he or she consumes. Along with that it is necessary to change eating habits in order to prevent overeating while eating at regular times every day.

Many diabetic people do not actually need to have a serious and complicated diet plan. It is enough for them to watch the amount of calories they are eating along with the reduction in carbohydrates and fats intake. This seems to be the best approach for a diabetic person. Another important thing a diabetic patient must keep in mind is eating at a regular time every day, never missing a meal or a snack.

And the recipe:

Diabetic Orange Mango Smoothie

10 min prep

Here in Thailand, we grow mango trees in our garden. So therefore a delicious, healthy, and easy to make recipe this time.

I make this up when I do not have enough mangoes to make a Mango Smoothie. Both will become a regular at our house!



  1. 1 large mango (peeled, pitted, chopped)
  2. 1 large orange or 2 small ones (peeled, wedged)
  3. 1 cup vanilla yogurt (fat free, sugar free)
  4. 1 1/3 cups skim milk
  5. 2 scoops vanilla protein powder
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons Splenda sugar substitute or simular (to taste)
  7. 4 ice cubes (optional)


  1. Place everything together in a food processor, blender, or Smoothie maker.
  2. Mix until smooth.
  3. Enjoy!


Eat Asian Food For Good Health

Crisp vegetable stir-fries from China, bowls of steaming noodle soup with mint and coriander from Vietnam, fiery jungle curries from Thailand, and fill-you-up sushi rolls from Japan. These are just some of the Asian dishes that are tempting our taste buds and winning the tick of approval from nutritionists around the globe.

With its emphasis on vegetables, rice, clear soups, noodles, fresh fruit, fish and lean meat; Asian food is light, yet filling. It is generally low in fat, with most recipes requiring only small amounts of vegetable oils for cooking. Sweets are healthier too, with none of the rich desserts and pastries of European cuisines. Traditionally, healthy snacks are eaten between meals to help avoid hunger pangs, and to spread food intake over the day.

Eating for a Healthy Heart

There are many reasons why nutritionists recommend Asian fare for a healthy heart:

  • Omega 3 fats from the prawns, scallops, mussels, crabs, abalones and other seafood that is so plentiful in Asia.
  • Vitamin E from cashews, peanuts, almonds and other nuts and seeds.
  • Phytoestrogens from tofu, tempeh and soy drinks.
  • Antioxidants from the many green vegetables, herbs, garlic, onions and green tea.

All these food factors combine to keep blood vessels clear and free of build-up, and to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The total fat in Asian food tends to be low and, because vegetable oils are preferred for cooking, saturated fats are also kept to a minimum.

Fighting Cancer and the Aging Process

The abundance of vegetables, fiber-rich fresh herbs (all lightly cooked or served raw), antioxidants, and phytochemicals in the Asian diet, make it work in your favor to protect against many cancers and slow the aging process.

Diet for Diabetes

Anyone with diabetes should have a repertoire of Asian recipes in their kitchen. This is because those aspects of the Asian diet which make it good for weight control and heart health, also make it a must for diabetes management. Enjoy meals and carbohydrates spaced evenly, fresh fruit for dessert, plenty of flavour without fat, variety and freshness.

Which Dishes are Best?


Healthy choices: Steamed dim sims or wontons, steamed fish with black bean sauce, combination vegetables, chow mein dishes, stir-fry meat, chicken or seafood dishes with vegetables, crab and corn soup, clear soup with noodles or dumplings, san choy bau, tofu tossed with vegetables, plain boiled rice, Chinese green tea, jasmine tea. Eat occasionally: Deep-fried entrees such as prawn cutlets, fried dim sims, spring rolls, fried dishes such as sweet and sour, crispy skin chicken, fried rice, Peking duck, pork spare ribs, fried ice-cream.


Healthy choices: Noodles with fish, chicken or pork, noodle soups, sashimi (raw tuna or salmon), steamboat dishes, teppanyaki-style barbecues, sushi nori rolls, steamed rice. Eat occasionally: Tempura (deep-fried seafood and vegetables).


Healthy choices: Clear hot soup (pho) with chicken or beef, noodle soups, meat, seafood or chicken salads, stir-fry meat or scallops with vegetables, fresh prawn rice paper rolls, grilled pork skewers, chicken with lemon grass, steamed ginger fish, stir-fried mixed vegetables, jasmine rice. Eat occasionally: Coconut-based curries, deep-fried finger foods such as crab cakes and spring rolls.


Healthy choices: Dry curries of meat, chicken or vegetables, lean meat kebabs, tandoori chicken or lamb, dhal, naan and roti bread, boiled rice, cucumber and yogurt sambal, chutneys. Eat occasionally: Deep-fried finger foods such as samosas and bhajias, fried breads such as chapati and puri, pappadums, parathas.


Healthy choices: Thai beef salad, satays, dry curries, stir-fry meat, chicken or seafood with vegetables, clear hot and spicy prawn soup (tom yarn goong), grilled chicken satays, jasmine rice. Eat occasionally: Coconut-based curries such as Thai green curry, deep-fried finger foods such as crab cakes and spring rolls, crispy fried noodles.

Author: Anne Morton
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