JULY 2011

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Kin's Settlement "Kovcheg" - news

This year the number of our families spending the winter grew from 48 to 56, or 154 persons. And it is understandable that, with 56 families, a large common building, and a fairly compact settlement - 120 hectares - there are a lot of interesting things happening with us.

For example, this year we spent a completely unique New Year: there were as many as three children's concerts, and the adult's celebration lasted four hours straight.

New Year Show

In addition, not long ago the twentieth child - a boy - was born in our settlement, and yesterday the twenty-first was born - a girl. Both times small celebrations with the children and children's songs were held to mark the event.

It has become a custom - this is the fifth year seminars are held - more and more of our settlers are acquiring the experience of giving lectures, the range of topics is becoming wider, the amount of accumulated material is growing, including the fact that many interesting things are brought by those who come to the seminars, especially from working settlements.

Our list of yearly seminars includes topics such as "The experience of keeping bees naturally on a personal farm plot", "Our building experience on a Kin's estate", and "The experience of organizing an eco-settlement and life on a Kin's estate".

Our popular seminar "The Necklace" - a seminar about a woman's life in a settlement - was created by the female residents of the settlement of Kovcheg.

Every woman knows how important it is to share joy, inspiration, and illumination with her female friends, how valuable are the pearls of life experience passed on from woman to woman and strung onto the single thread of life. For that reason, our seminar is about a woman's life on Earth, about motherhood, about needlework, about health, about the family and children - in a word, about everything that makes up a woman's world.

In conversations about childbirth, breastfeeding, and childraising, we share our thoughts and experience, we attempt together to comprehend a woman's place in the structure of the world and her true destiny.

This summer we will run our third youth camp. Its goal is to create a common circle of communication for our young people, to form an image of the future, and to spread the idea of Kin's Estates.

The educational segment is made up of lectures on the widest variety of topics, such as ecology, natural beekeeping, organic farming, folk traditions, the global economy, the organization and repair of technology, etc. In addition, the young people participate in practical work in the most varied handicrafts and folk trades.

Youth camp - Russian stove building

This year, the settlement of Kovcheg is 10 years old. But everything is still only beginning. The pace of development of the parcels, as a rule, is quickening fundamentally, as soon as a family moves in and finishes building. We already have several parcels that have been completely laid out and planted - usually with several thousand trees and bushes, both wild as well as various berry and fruit-bearing crops. To plant even one hectare is a huge job. But the majority of parcels are being planted only now.


We have had a fair number of bees in the settlement for several years already. On average, one bee colony requires a minimum of one hectare of mixed-grass land. We already have more than 100 bee colonies on 120 hectares. As a result, nectar-bearing plants have received strong support for pollination, and even a simple mixed-grass meadow nearby has changed its vegetation from limp meadow grass to diverse flowers, which replace each other over the summer (everything becomes yellow, then white, then dark blue, then multicoloured). Bees are the most industrious pollinators in the world and, thanks to them, we joyfully observe the World blossoming around us.


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The 2011 Festival of Domains at "Rodovoe"

Report of Yulia Lukuta - one of the festival organizers

The Festival in Rodovoe has passed, a festival for which we have been preparing ever since the winter months. I have been asked to summarize the celebration.

The celebration was attended by approximately 150 persons. They came from the settlements of Rostok (Rostov-na-Donu Oblast), the Solnyshko Kin's Domain (Penza Oblast), Zapolyane (Lipetsk Oblast), Mirodole (Moscow area), Raduzhe (Orlovskaya Oblast), and Dushevnoe, Kazinki, Nikolskoe, Zapovednoe (Tula Oblast). They also came from cities in Tula Oblast, the Moscow area, Ryazan, Lipetsk, Kazan, and Yoshkar-Ola.

The celebration lasted for two days: master classes were held on Saturday and Sunday. Almost the entire announced program was carried out: shaft beekeeping, practical sessions and gymnastics for women, a survey of edible herbs, a survey of the "Kin's domain" family game, one person's budget, goat-breeding, a raw-food diet, baking unleavened bread, home childbirth, construction of homes from straw blocks, goal-setting for the raising of children, drilling springs, a seminar in alatyr runes (a great deal of painstakingly gathered information), and there was one spiritual practical session entitled the "Family Circle". Handicrafts and applied topics included pottery, embroidery with ribbons (even the men embroidered), folk puppets, plaiting belts and headbands.

All the activities were organized by the speakers. It was obvious that the people prepared for their presentations. And interest was apparent on the faces of the listeners. It can easily be said that everyone was deeply immersed in the topic.

Those who came from other settlements talked a great deal about themselves. Children displayed their drawings and explained them. In general, there were more children at the celebration than ever before. They kept busy in the playground, in round dances, with the adults, and took great pleasure in attempting to play table tennis. One mother said that her daughter impatiently waits for the entire year to come to the celebration at Rodovoe.

A great many people were involved in the show "Tale of the Tsarevna who had to live in paradise". A tale very apropos for the settlement! And my intuition is telling me that this is only the beginning of our joint creative work in the theatre!

There were also round dances, games, dancing, and campfire songs.

And then there was the traditional Corridor of Love, which we did to live music - of a Russian psaltery! And towards the end, when almost all the participants had passed through, we had a downpour. The heavens joined us as well!

And after the downpour, a feeling of such emotional enthusiasm swept over the people that they spontaneously began to dance. Yura Kolychev, who had come from Moscow, joined in and led several more dances to conclude the Festival.

Money was set aside for next year, 7150 rubles was collected for the Creativity Centre, the operation of the site for the next three months was paid - 1000 rubles. An article was published about the Festival, "Round Dance a la Russe", on the pages of the newspaper Molodoy Kommunar, No. 48 (11595), of 12 July 2011.

Well, I guess that's all! The 2011 Festival of Domains at Rodovoe gave me a feeling of happiness and fulfillment. Thank you to everyone!

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Kin's Settlement "Blagodatnye Rodniki"

We are a collective of like-minded, kindred spirits, who are creating the kin's settlement of Blagodatnye Rodniki, situated between the villages of Dolinskoe and Mardarovka in Odessa Oblast (160 km north of Odessa).

Among us are people of various ages, occupations, financial situations, faiths, and nationalities. In 2006 we received the first official deeds for our parcels of land, which were transferred to the ownership of our people for the operation of a personal rural farmstead.

To our settlement we invite all good people who wish to live on their Kin's domains in harmony with nature and as good neighbors with like-minded friends, so they can create a space of Love for the ages on their hectare of ancestral land.

We have joined together for mutual creative endeavors, for the revival of the culture of our ancestors, and for the creation of conditions for the birth of a new civilization and its future perfection.

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"The Wanderer"

Courting The Space

I'm leaving all you people,
I'm leaving you all behind.
I wish you would come with me,
To a simpler state of mind.

I've heard the mountains calling,
I've seen the bees in flight,
The pure fresh air that fills the lungs
From fields of living light.

The wind that gently sways the leaves,
That caresses young and old.
That spreads the seeds of summer flowers
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The clay and sand and loam.

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I am very new to learning about Anastasia's teachings,so forgive me if I appear ignorant. I am very inspired about what I have learned so far, a beautiful new world that I had no idea about. This topic of celibacy has me concerned, and I was wondering if celibacy is the "official" practice, or if only some individuals are choosing this path. I cannot imagine being in a loving relationship and not being able to give my partner the gift of unbelievable ecstasy. The article this thread begins with is based on facts, but facts can be made into anything someone wants. After all, the main cause of suffering and death is birth, so it should immediately be banned, and according to statistics, every person has one breast and one testicle.

I learned a long time ago that love is a very destructive force, once it starts to flow, it destroys anything that interferes with its flow becoming stronger. As we explore love, material will come up that needs to be healed. At that point, many choose to change partners, or to be alone, for reasons such as "you bring up anger in me (or some other emotion judged as negative) and I cannot be near you any more because I am not an angry (or whatever) person". When we cannot open to and heal the pain that we have, we cannot fully open to love and ecstasy.

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Children, Television, and Screen Time

by Judith Graham, Extension Human Development Specialist

Many Maine parents, providers, and educators are concerned about the amount of television and the type of programming to which children are being exposed. Young children under the age of two spend, on average, two hours every day watching TV or other screen media. The American Academy of Pediatrics advises that children under age two watch no television. Studies show that too much television viewing can have negative affects: children may have attention difficulties, they may have delays in language and develop smaller vocabularies, they may have more violent and aggressive play and behavior, and they are more likely to be obese.

The 'Parents as Teachers National Center' says that young children need to "explore, move, manipulate, smell, touch and repeat as they learn." Research tells us that watching television or sitting in front of a screen does not increase attention, promote social skills, or foster creative play. Children should engage in the activities they need to help them develop their bodies and brains instead of watching television.

Children over the age of eight spend on average more than seven hours a day consuming entertainment media. This can include DVDs, the Internet, and videogames, using the phone, texting, or doing combinations of these and multitasking! It is important for children to play, read, do homework without distraction, and have in person conversations with other children and adults. These experiences are important for healthy social, brain, and emotional development,. Children who watch too much TV or are absorbed by screen time have less time for interactions and for free play, which are both important for healthy development.

Language Development and Television

Language skills are best developed through reading and interactions with others in conversation and play. Think of it like a tennis match, where one person serves the ball, and the other returns it. Children learn language when adults or others interact with them, returning their expressions and responding to noises and questions. Excessive television watching can impede this development. The television and computer do not talk back in a genuine way.

Children as Couch Potatoes

Childhood obesity is a national problem, and results from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey show that over 10% of Maine's youth are obese. Among young children under 5, those rates may be closer to 40%. Inactivity plays a huge role in weight gain, and television watching consumes only a few more calories than sleeping. Even active videogames where children stand and move do burn some calories, but not as many as playing the actual games like tennis or bowling. Although interactive video games burn minimal calories, parents should encourage playing the actual games, like going outside to play tennis or run. In order to burn calories with video games, you have to play as if you were really playing the real thing, and you have to try very hard. For example, playing tennis burns 8.1 calories per minute. Playing a video tennis game like Wii burns about 5/3 calories per minute.

Children who watch more television don't get as much physical activity and don't have time to explore new activities in the same way as children who spend less time in front of a screen.

Eating too much junk food and watching too much television are two major causes for obesity. And when children sit in front of the TV, they are more likely to snack and also to see advertisements for food products.

Advertising and Children

According to J. Van Evra, author of "Television and Child Development", young children are particularly vulnerable to the influence of commercial advertising. They do not have the capacity to evaluate it critically, and as a result parents are pressured to buy products such as cereal and toys. Children who watch TV consume more soft drinks and snacks, which are heavily advertised on television.

What Are Children Watching?

Violence in the media, television programming, video games and movies are a growing concern. According to Carla Kalin, M. S., statistics indicate that the typical American child will be exposed to 12,000 violent acts on television a year. "The American Psychological Association Help Center" reveals that children's TV programming alone contains about 20 violent acts an hour.

Children are imitators and those who watch violent shows are more likely to display aggressive behavior. They are more likely to "strike out at playmates, argue, and disobey authority" according to the American Psychological Association Help Center. The Parents as Teachers National Center suggests that violent television programming teaches children that violence is an acceptable way to solve problems.

According to the Parents as Teachers National Center, the toddler and preschool years are an important time for emotional development, as well as a time when fears increase, and many children cannot distinguish reality from fantasy. Watching a violent act on TV may be very disturbing to a toddler. "The American Psychological Association Help Center" suggests that there are three types of harmful effects associated with viewing violence. They are:

  • Learning aggressive behaviors and attitudes (like hitting in order to get a toy from a friend)
  • Becoming desensitized to real world violence (thinking that it's okay to tell people "I hate you" without talking about your feelings if you're angry)
  • Developing a fear of being victimized (feeling unsafe walking home from school)

The only way to know the impact of television or other programs on your child is to talk with them about what they see. The Parents as Teachers National Center notes that children who watch shows with violent content have more anxiety about the world around them. You can reduce this anxiety by reducing or eliminating exposure to violent programs and games. Some children will have anxiety because of overhearing programs on television, so it's important to check in with them about where their fears might be coming from.

Is All Television or Media Bad for Kids?

Programs for infants can be harmful, and research suggests that children under 2 who watch programs designed to "teach" or help with "brain development" learn less than children who spend time playing and interacting with other children or adults. This is also true for toddlers, where each additional hour of TV has been found to relate to decreased classroom engagement and a higher body mass index.

Some television watching or screen time with parent discretion is beneficial for school age children. Parent discretion means helping your child make a wise choice about the content of a program. You can use the rating system (see details below), see if it is age appropriate or if it has educational benefit. Some programs for children can be educational and promote prosocial behavior. When parents watch the programs with children and talk about them, helping them to think about what they've been watching, the effects of TV are less negative. There are ways to watch TV effectively with your child to support moderate use that can stimulate a child's education and creativity. Some ideas are:

  • Ask questions about shows that ask your child to predict what's going to happen
  • Turn down the volume on commercials and explain to your child that advertisements are not part of the program
  • Take the characters from shows and create stories about them at a later time using paper and crayons or have your child talk while you type what she is saying
  • If there is an upsetting or violent scene in a program, ask her what she thinks of what she saw (did it scare her? What does she think is a good way to solve problems?)
  • Question what you see. TV characters don't always make good decisions-does your child have other ideas that might be examples of better decision making?
  • Talk about your favorite characters in the show

Being willing to take small risks is an important part of development, especially in social situations. TV can be a distraction from necessary risk taking and can interfere with trying new things or meeting new people and developing social relationships.

What You Can Do

How can you guide your child's television viewing? The government, in cooperation with the television industry, has implemented a rating system for television programming. This system is to help guide parents and assist them in establishing guidelines for their children's TV viewing. However, the American Psychological Association Help Center reminds us that television networks rate their own programs, unlike the motion picture association.

In 1996, the Telecommunications Act was passed in an attempt to help parents restrict the viewing habits of their children. A device inside of the television called the "v-chip" can be programmed from a remote control. All new TVs made after 2000 were required by law to have the v-chip, but a 2004 study revealed that only 15% of parents actually use the v-chip. Instructions for using the v-chip are included with your television instruction manual.

Even with the rating system and the v-chip in place, parents still need to take an active interest in what their children are watching on television. The American Academy of Pediatrics started the Media Matters campaign to inform parents about types of media and kids.

Here are some suggestions from the organizations Zero to Three and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

  • SET LIMITS. Children under age two should watch no television. Children under 8 should consume no more than 1-2 hours. Know how much TV your child is watching. Set some basic rules such as no television before homework or chores are done or during meals. Keep TV out of your child's bedroom.
  • CAREGIVERS AND BABYSITTERS. Talk with your family or child care provider about what to do when they care for your child. If you have a "no TV" policy, that includes time your child spends with them. Ask them to leave the TV off and suggest games that your child likes to play.
  • PARTICIPATE. Watch TV with your child and discuss the program. Ask them questions and express your views. This will also let you know what your children are watching.
  • MONITOR. Avoid shows, movies, or video games that have violent or sexual content. Encourage children to watch programs about characters who show cooperation and caring.
  • ANALYZE COMMERCIALS. Help children to critically evaluate advertisements. Explain to your child the different between a "want" versus a "need" and that advertisements are designed to sell us things we don't need.
  • BE A GOOD ROLE MODEL. This suggestion comes from the Parents as Teachers National Center. Because children model behavior, set a good example with your own television viewing habits. Avoid watching programs containing adult content when your child is in the room or nearby.
  • BACKGROUND NOISE. Turning off the TV even if you're not watching it is important. Research shows that young children are distracted when a TV is on. It interrupts their play, and can reduce the interactions between parent and child. Don't go to restaurants that have televisions that can cause distractions for customers.

Ten Things Toddlers Can Do Besides Watch TV

Interaction, reading, and play activities are important to a child's brain development and learning. These types of activities are preferred to passively watching television. They matter in the healthy development of social, emotional, and intellectual skills. Here are some ideas from the Parents as Teachers National Center for activities to do with your child instead of watching TV:

  • EXPLORE. Baby-proof an entire room and put an assortment of toys and safe household objects in the room to play with.
  • WATCH. Hang a bird feeder outside a window where the child can see the birds and squirrels.
  • LISTEN. Play music at a moderate volume and encourage your child to sing and dance.
  • TOUCH. Toddlers like to dig, scoop, and mold, exercising their emerging fine motor skills. Provide some play dough or a bowl half filled with beans, and cups for scooping.
  • SPLASH. Let your child play in the bathtub. However, never leave you child alone even for a minute when he or she is in the tub.
  • LOOK AT BOOKS. Read a book or just look at the pictures with your child. Try to have some books that are unfamiliar so they will hold your child's attention.
  • BAG IT. Let your child unpack and repack a suitcase or tote bag with toys or safe household items.
  • SLEEP. Help your child develop a good sense of naptime and bedtime habits.
  • HELP. Since toddlers like to be where the action is, let them play alongside you while you work. Think creatively about how your child can help you with a task.
  • FIND A FRIEND. Trade babysitting time with other parents of toddlers so your child can experience being with other children. This interaction will contribute to healthy development.

Families and screen time - a summary

For many children, over 30% of their time will be spent in front of a TV and/or computer. Fortunately, most parents pay attention to what children are watching, talk with them about it, and place some limits on screen time. Infants do not need screen time at all, young children should be exposed to as little as possible, and all screen time should be a shared experience with adults, who can talk with children about what they see.

Having family movie nights can be lots of fun when everyone is interested in the movie, and these should be special occasions. These hours in front of the screen add up, and mean that less time has been spent interacting, talking, and playing imaginative games.

The most entertaining experiences are in real conversations, story telling, sharing, and laughter. Spend as much time as you can with these activities, and save the TV for a rainy day.


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Outdoor play

Excerpted from Play, Development and Early Education by Johnson, Christie and Wardle


Playgrounds are places where children's play can take off and flourish. Good outdoor playgrounds are large enough and designed in such a way that children's play can come to full expression, where children can make a mess, run, jump and hide, where they can shout, whistle and explore the natural world. A variety of factors determine the quality of a playground for young children from infants to eight-year-olds. These include design of the play area, safety issues, play equipment, accessibility, and adult supervision. Particular emphasis should be placed on how playgrounds must encourage all forms of play. There is a critical need to develop a disposition for outdoor physical activities in our young children. Outdoor play should not become too academic and too teacher controlled.

Purpose of outdoor play

There are two fundamental reasons why outdoor play is critical for young children in our early childhood programmes and schools. First, many of the developmental tasks that children must achieve - exploring, risk-taking, fine and gross motor development and the absorption of vast amounts of basic knowledge - can be most effectively learned through outdoor play. Second, our culture is taking outdoor play away from young children through excessive TV and computer use, unsafe neighborhoods, busy and tired parents, educational accountability, elimination of school recess, and academic standards that push more and more developmentally inappropriate academics into our early childhood programmes, thus taking time away from play. The following sections (based on Wardle, 1996-2003) describe the main reasons why outdoor play is critical for the healthy development of young children.

Physical exercise

Children need to develop large motor and small motor skills and cardiovascular endurance. Gallahue (1993) provides a comprehensive discussion of the motor development and movement skill acquisition of young children, which must be encouraged in outdoor playgrounds. Extensive physical activity is also needed to address a growing problem of obesity in American children.

Enjoyment of the outdoors

Outdoor play is one of the things that characterize childhood. And as Lord Nuffield once said, the best preparation for adulthood is to have a full and enjoyable childhood. Thus childhood must include outdoor play. Children need opportunities to explore, experiment, manipulate, reconfigure, expand, influence, change, marvel, discover, practice, dam up, push their limits, yell, sing, and create. Some of our favorite childhood memories are outdoor activities. This is no accident.

Learning about the world

Outdoor play enables young children to learn lots and lots and lots of things about the world. How does ice feel and sound? Can sticks stand up in sand? How do plants grow? How does mud feel? Why do we slide down instead of up? How do I make my tricycle go faster? How does the overhang of the building create cool shade from the sun? What does a tomato smell and taste like? What does a chrysalis change into? Do butterflies have to learn to fly? Much of what a child learns outside can be learned in a variety of other ways, but learning it outside is particularly effective - and certainly more fun! In the outside playground children can learn math, science, ecology, gardening, ornithology, construction, farming, vocabulary, the seasons, the various times of the day, and all about the local weather. Not only do children learn lots of basic and fundamental information about how the world works in a very effective manner, they are more likely to remember what they learned because it was concrete and personally meaningful (Ormrod, 1997).

Learning about self and the environment

To learn about their own physical and emotional capabilities, children must push their limits. How high can I swing? Do I dare go down the slide? How high can I climb? Can I go down the slide headfirst? To learn about the physical world, the child must experiment with the physical world. Can I slide on the sand? Can I roll on grass? What happens when I throw a piece of wood into the pond? Is cement hard or soft to fall on? An essential task of development is appreciating how we fit into the natural order of things - animals, plants, the weather, and so on. To what extent does nature care for us by providing water, shade, soft surfaces, and sweet-smelling flowers? And to what extent does it present problems, such as hard surfaces, the hot sun, and thorns on bushes? We can discover this relationship with the natural world only by experiencing it as we grow up, develop, and interact with the natural environment.

The surplus-energy theory

The surplus-energy theory of play hypothesizes that play allows people to release pent-up energy that has collected over time. Many teachers and administrators believe that after intense (and often inactive) academic classroom pursuits, children need to "let off steam." To some extent, educators also believe that outdoor play enables children to "recharge their batteries," to reinvigorate themselves by engaging in a very different activity from their classroom experience. This recreation theory of play enables children to get ready to return to the important work of academic learning. These theories view outdoor play as an essential component to academic learning, not as an important activity in its own right.


Everyone who works with young children in early childhood programmes and schools knows how quickly bacteria and viruses spread in these environments. One way to reduce the spread of infection is through lots and lots of fresh air. Outdoor play enables the infectious agents to spread out and be dissipated; it also enables children to get fresh air and exercise and be less constrained than they are in the classroom (Aronson, 2002).

Outdoor play also enables children to enjoy the natural environment and learn to seek out exercise, fresh air, and activity. There is something fundamentally healthy about using the outdoors. Thus outdoor play develops disposition for the outdoors, for physical activity, and for care of the environment. Children who engage in lots of physical activities at school tend to engage in more energetic activities at home, while children who have childcare and school experiences that lack active physical activity, engage in more sedentary behaviors at home, such as watching TV and computer use (Dale, Corbin, & Dale, 2000). Children who learn to enjoy the outdoors have a much higher likelihood of becoming adults who enjoy hiking, gardening, jogging, bicycling, mountain climbing, or other outdoor endeavors. This is critical as obesity becomes an ever-greater national concern and as we must all learn to care for and protect the environment.

Allowing children to be children

Using open space to fulfill basic childhood needs - jumping, running, climbing, swinging, racing, yelling, rolling, hiding, and making a big mess - is what childhood is all about! For a variety of obvious reasons many of these things cannot occur indoors. Yet children must have these important experiences. Today children's lives are more and more contained and controlled by small apartments; high-stakes academic instruction; schedules; tense, tired, and overworked parents; and by fewer opportunities to be children. Outdoor environments fulfill children's basic needs for freedom, adventure, experimentation, risk-taking, and just being children (Greenman, 1993).

Children need the opportunity to explore the unknown, the unpredictable, and the adventurous. They also need to be able to wonder at nature, from the worm gliding through the newly turned dirt in the garden to the monarch butterfly emerging out of the chrysalis and gracefully fluttering away in the summer breeze.

Encouraging different kinds of play

    In general, physical play should be encouraged by climbing equipment and swings (also in the toddler area), tricycle paths, and large areas of grass and hills on which pre-schoolers can run and crawl and infants and toddlers can lie, crawl, and roll. Tricycle paths are used for Big Toys, tricycles, scooters, balls, jogging, and wagons. Climbing equipment for infants and toddlers should be very basic, including a crawling tunnel, small steps, and a slide. Because toddlers are very insecure on their feet, special attention should be paid to barriers - the railings and sides of raised equipment. A variety of sloped areas help children learn to adjust their balance on differing surfaces. Although it is important to encourage specific motor skills such as fine and gross motor development, it is more important to support the development of the brain and nerve functions and growth. Thus rolling, crawling, running and climbing, and swinging on swings are all absolutely critical activities for young children.
    Research continually shows that constructive play is the pre-schoolers' favorite kind of play, probably because they can and do control it (Ihn, 1998). Constructive play is encouraged by using sand and water play, providing a place for art, woodwork and blocks, wheeled toys, and lots of loose objects throughout the playground. Constructive play occurs in sandboxes, in sand and water areas, on flat surfaces, even on grass (Wardle, 1994).
  • LISTEN. Play music at a moderate volume and encourage your child to sing and dance.
  • TOUCH. Toddlers like to dig, scoop, and mold, exercising their emerging fine motor skills. Provide some play dough or a bowl half filled with beans, and cups for scooping.
    Children need lots of opportunities outside to develop basic social skills and social competencies: pushing each other on the swing, pulling a wagon carrying another child, playing together in the sand, and so on. Clearly, physical play, constructive play, and sociodramatic play also involve social play, especially if the equipment encourages the engagement of more than one child. Projects such as gardening, observing the weather in a separate science area, and having a picnic can be - and should be - social activities.
    A good playground must have playhouses, forts, and other structures that children can change, adapt, reconfigure, impose their own meaning on, and use to expand their imagination. These structures encourage rich sociodramatic play; further, they are an ideal place for the playground to reflect the cultures of the children who use it.
    Dramatic play requires children to impose details, information, and meaning into their play. It is richer and more beneficial because they do so and dramatic play structures should be very simple and basic in design and construction. A basic structure of four walls, a roof, and a window can be the children's home, a classroom, a doctor's office, or a castle. On the other hand, a realistic replica of a 7-11 convenience store can only be a 7-11, and a rocket can only be a rocket (Wardle, 2003a).
    The well-known games of Drop the Hanky, Red Light - Green Light, Simon Says, and Follow the Leader, are all simple games with rules, the highest level of cognitive play (Piaget, 1962). Children need places outside to play these games, and to "all fall down" is much more pleasant on grass than on concrete.

Outdoor play advocacy

According to Sutterby and Frost (2002FD), too many educators, politicians, and parents believe outdoor play takes time away from academic activities. As a result recess and physical education in many schools is limited or totally eliminated. Further, programmes that do advocate outdoor play often focus on learning cognitive and academic skills, rather than encouraging needed physical pursuits and social interactions. Major reasons for this problem is the adoption of academic standards by many state departments of education, the move to accountability, and the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind initiative.

However, there is a growing number of people and organizations that are attempting to reverse this trend. They include IPA and IPA USA, People C.A.R.E., and countless individual teachers, professors, writers, and ordinary parents.


Providing for the outdoor play needs of young children is a complex and challenging task. A variety of factors must be considered, including the various play needs of young children, supervision, safety, and ADA access. However, because our children experience fewer and fewer opportunities to explore nature, run, roll, climb, and swing and because outdoor play is part of being a child, we must find a variety of ways to provide quality outdoor play experiences for children, infants through age eight years. This task is made even more important as our early childhood programmes focus more and more on teaching basic skills and early academics.

From Johnson, Christie & Wardle; Play, Development and Early Education, 1e published by Allyn and Bacon, Boston, MA. Copyright (c) 2005 by Pearson Education. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.


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Vitamin B Group

The B group of vitamins is a collection of essential nutrients that have certain characteristics in common. They are water soluble and are usually found in similar food sources such as brewer's yeast, animal meats, cereals and vegetable proteins.

The vitamin B group contains many individual vitamins including the following:

  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
  • Vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin)
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid)
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
  • Vitamin B12 (cobalmin)
  • Folic acid or vitamin Bc
  • Biotin or coenzyme R or vitamin H
  • Choline
  • Inositol

The vitamin B complex is an extremely important group of vitamins that the body must have to enable it to:

1. change food into energy,
2. maintain a strong immune system,
3. balance many of the body's hormones,

and perform a wide variety of other tasks.

The B vitamins work together as a complex and are dependent upon each other to perform their individual tasks in the body.

The insufficient intake of one B vitamin can create imbalances and deficiencies in others and impair the body's ability to assimilate and metabolize them. If a depletion or excess of one over the others occurs for a period of any duration, there will be a problem in the entire complex.

Because of this relationship between the B vitamins, an isolated deficiency of only one B vitamin is rarely seen, except for vitamin B12. For example someone with a vitamin B2 deficiency may have red, greasy facial skin which might also be caused by a coexistent vitamin B6 deficiency. It is usual therefore, that when a deficiency of one of the vitamins is suspected, a B complex is taken as a supplement.

However, while the B vitamins should be taken as a complex, in cases where there is a condition or problem caused by the deficiency of a particular B vitamin, the single B vitamin may be taken in a therapeutic dosage for a short time and the B complex taken as well.

Early warning signs of vitamin B deficiency

Dr Myron Brin has recently identified the sequence of events that occur when we undergo increasing deficiency of vitamin B complex.

1. At first the signs of a vitamin B deficiency are not recognizable and are to do with the running down of existing tissue stores.

If the low intake continues then we develop physical and psychological disturbances with symptoms such as:

  • insomnia,
  • recurring bad dreams,
  • inability to concentrate,
  • depression,
  • anxiety and mood swings,
  • aggressive changes in children,
  • muscle pain of unknown origin,
  • alternating constipation and diarrhea, and
  • fatigue and muscle weakness.

3. If the vitamin B complex stores continue to be depleted then we develop more serious signs and symptoms of diseases such as beri-beri (vitamin B1 deficiency) and pellagra (vitamin B3 deficiency). Ill health will continue until death.

For most people in the western world our level of vitamin deficiency is not associated with severe symptoms like beri-beri. We are more likely to have the chronic psychological changes.

There are many symptoms and signs of a vitamin B complex deficiency including:

1. emotional disturbances such as:

  • mild to severe depression;
  • vague fears, morbid thoughts, feeling that something dreadful is going to happen, uneasiness to panic, apprehension;
  • mood swings, rage, hostility, suspicion, anxiety, nervousness, inability to handle stress, insomnia or sleep disturbances;

2. mental disturbances, including:

  • mental confusion,
  • loss of ability to concentrate,
  • impaired intellect,
  • loss of memory, and
  • headaches,

3. digestive disturbances including:

  • digestive problems,
  • hypochlorhydria (insufficient stomach acid production),
  • constipation or diarrhea,
  • stomach pains with decreased or increased appetite,
  • craving for sweets,
  • soreness of the mouth,
  • sore throat,
  • difficulty swallowing,

4. muscular and nervous disturbances including:

  • weakness;
  • fatigue;
  • light headedness or dizziness;
  • heart palpitations;
  • chest pains;
  • neuralgia to neuritis;
  • muscular soreness;
  • pain, tingling or ache;
  • cold hands and feet; and
  • heightened sensitivity to touch and/or pain;

5. skin disturbances including:

  • dermatitis,
  • acne,
  • burning or itching eyes.

There are many lifestyle and physiological factors that can prevent us from having sufficient B complex vitamins. These factors include:

- smoking,
- excess alcohol consumption,
- the use of prescription or over the counter drugs, particularly those on long term drugs such as anticonvulsants, certain antibiotics and oral contraceptives,
- pregnancy and lactation,
- physical energy output,
- very warm or cold climates,
- wound, burns or post traumatic stress,
- psychological distress,
- unique personal requirements due to specific genetic individuality,
- environmental factors such as radiation, smog or lowered exposure to sunlight, and
- eating calorie rich diets which are mainly fat and sugars.


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Serious Dangers of Synthetic and Unnatural Vitamins

by Dr. Philip Maffetone

Truly health-conscious consumers choose to avoid artificial, unnatural and synthetic chemicals, but often - and unknowingly - consume these in dietary supplements. Misleading information on supplement labels is the most common reason for confusion about these ingredients. Consuming these potentially dangerous chemicals is much more serious than once thought.

We should be concerned about taking synthetic vitamins and other unnatural nutrients because published research in the last few years concludes two important things: First, synthetic and other unnatural nutrients are mostly ineffective in preventing disease. Second, these chemicals may be dangerous to your health - some have been shown to increase the risk of death! Most of the studies show an increased incidence of cancer and heart disease, the reason for the increased risk.

This research should not be confused with the health-promoting roles of the natural versions of these nutrients found in natural foods. Decades of research and thousands of studies demonstrate the effectiveness of these natural food nutrients in successfully preventing and treating disease.

The Case of Vitamins C and E

The most common synthetic compounds used in dietary supplement are the vitamins themselves. In fact, almost all vitamins on store shelves, and those used to fortify foods (even "natural" foods), are synthetic. One common exception is vitamin E, which is found in supplements as either synthetic or natural. But the so-called natural vitamin E is actually quite unnatural.

Synthetic vitamin E products are used in cheaper supplements as dl-alpha tocopherol. So-called "natural" vitamin E, d-alpha tocopherol, is common in many other supplements. However, even though this vitamin E is a natural form, it is very unnatural for two reasons. First, it's in an isolated form without the rest of the naturally-occurring vitamin E complex. In nature, alpha tocopherol exists with seven other vitamin E compounds: three other tocopherols and four tocotrienols. Second, supplements of alpha tocopherol are usually very high, unnatural doses. Normally, consuming a full days worth of high vitamin E-rich foods would yield about 30-40 IU of alpha tocopherol, yet the typical dose in supplements is 10 times that, sometimes much more.

Almost all vitamin C in dietary supplements is synthetic, and as such is listed on the label as "ascorbic acid". The dose also helps identify it as synthetic - it's almost impossible to get much more than 100-150 mg of vitamin C from food into a tablet or capsule. The amount of vitamin C in a natural supplement, therefore, may be listed in the supplement facts panel as "vitamin C 100 mg" and will not list "ascorbic acid" (or any other of the many types of synthetic vitamin C).

A new study on vitamin C (Am J Clin Nutr; Jan 2008) showed adults taking the synthetic version had serious side effects. Doses of 1,000 mg of vitamin C a day impaired their energy systems (significantly hampering their endurance capacity), specifically by weakening the mitochondria of the cell (which burns fat and sugar). It also had significant adverse effects on the antioxidant system (a key immune regulator). Those who take vitamin C often take this amount or more, and it's almost always synthetic. Children may be even more vulnerable.

Two Types of Dietary Supplements

High dose, synthetic and isolated dietary supplements - what I call HSAIDS - make up 98% of the products available to consumers. These unnatural supplements are one of two categories of dietary supplement, the other being truly natural supplements. It's the research on unnatural dietary supplements (the HSAIDS) that show both ineffectiveness and increased risk of death.

Truly natural dietary supplements are made from freeze-dried real food, or otherwise are not heated, and the nutrients they contain are natural doses without added synthetics. Fish oil (containing EPA/DHA), cedar nut oil (containing alpha-linolenic acid), and vegetable or fruit concentrates containing many nutrients are common examples.

Unfortunately, most fruit and vegetable concentrates used in dietary supplements are dried with very high heat, destroying various nutrients. They don't supply much nutrient but are used in the supplement to make it appear natural, while all the nutrients listed on the label come from synthetic or other unnatural additions. These so-called "whole food" supplements containing fruit or vegetable concentrates have to be "spiked" with synthetic vitamins and other unnatural nutrients in order to list any appreciable amounts of nutrients. Read the supplement facts panel carefully.

Some companies even claim their products are made from real food with real vitamins when, in fact, they feed synthetic vitamins to yeast, then harvest the yeast to use in supplements. Unfortunately, the USDA is yet to address this issue, and the label information won't let you know the truth, unless the dose is high enough.

Other Vitamins

Almost all the B vitamins on the market are synthetic. In this case, the dose is not such a good indicator. The common synthetic B vitamins are usually listed by one of various synthetic names (i.e., folic acid). The truly natural ones, on the other hand, are referred to as active B vitamins.

The commonly used active B vitamins are listed on the label, and below:

Some common names of natural (active) B vitamins

  • Thiamine (B1): Thiamine pyrophosphate; Thiamine triphosphate
  • Riboflavin (B2): Riboflavin-5-phosphate; Flavin mononucleotide (FMN)
  • Niacin (B3): Nicotinamide (adenine dinucleotide)
  • Pantothenic acid (B5): Pantethine
  • Pyridoxine (B6): Pyridoxal-5-phosphate
  • Folic acid: Folinic acid; 5-methyl tetrahydrofolate
  • Cobalamin (B12): Methylcobalamin; Adenosylcobalamin
  • Choline Phosphatydlcholine

If you read the label and don't find these active names for the B vitamins, most likely they're synthetic. Some synthetic vitamins may convert to their active forms once in the body, but they require additional nutrients. For example, in order for the body to utilize synthetic folic acid additional vitamin C, niacin and vitamin B12 are required.

Vitamin A in its natural form is actually a large group of natural compounds. Natural vitamin A only comes from animal sources, and the truly natural dietary supplement forms usually are from fish oils. Synthetic forms, which don't contain any natural vitamin A compounds, are typically in a dry form (tablet or capsule). The synthetic form of vitamin A is significantly more toxic than the natural form. The most commonly used synthetic form is vitamin A palmitate.

Beta carotene is not vitamin A, but is a phytonutrient, some of which converts to vitamin A compounds in the body. However, this conversion is not very efficient. Most supplements that list vitamin A will also state, in parentheses, beta carotene. Those listing vitamin A without noting beta carotene are probably synthetic, unless some type of fish liver oil is listed somewhere on the label.

Vitamin D comes in two natural forms: Vitamin D2, called ergocalciferol, comes from plants. Vitamin D3, called cholecalciferol, is from animal sources, and is the active form, like the vitamin D obtained from sunlight. A variety of synthetic vitamin D compounds have been developed, the most common being calcitriol, doxercalciferol and calcipotriene. All vitamin D supplements can be toxic in high amounts, although one could not overdose on vitamin D from the sun.


Schungite Stones mineralize water they are put in

All minerals are natural - they came from the sun in the early formation of the earth. What could make them unnatural as a supplement is their high dose. There have been numerous studies showing that high-dose minerals can be dangerous. For example, iron and copper can produce very dangerous free radicals. Beware of unnatural doses of minerals such as those that are five or 10 times above daily values. Also avoid minerals with the lowest bioavailability such the oxides and the chlorides.

One final note: Beware of natural. The use of the word natural has reached the level of abuse. Basically, the term has little meaning. A bottle of 100% synthetic vitamin C, for example, may be labeled "natural". With no adequate legal definition, any company can use the word "natural" almost as it pleases. Ignore the word "natural" and look for key words on the label.

In summary, most dietary supplements contain synthetic vitamins and can be both ineffective and potentially dangerous to our health. Knowing how to read a label to avoid these common unnatural nutrients is the key for truly health-conscious consumers who wish to avoid them.


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A Half Century Experiment

by Sergei Vlasov

Porfiry Korneevich Ivanov

How to live without diseases? Generation after generation dreams about it. But even now, despite the tremendous medical achievements, we have to bitterly admit, that humanity doesn't have less disease.

We will not discus serious illnesses - let's take a common cold. According to statistics, more than half of all sickness falls into this category.

There are many various ways to stay healthy, but the best among them is the tempering-conditioning. Unfortunately the effect of cold on a human being has not been studied enough. However, the therapeutic properties of icy water were known millenniums ago. Many doctors still successfully practice this folk medicine today. For example, in the city hospital No.1 of Kaluga (Russia), the cold is used in treatment of neuroses and bronchial asthma. At the Kirov Sanatorium in Yalta, winter swimming is helping to treat hypertension and neurasthenia.

I.P. Pavlov explained the therapeutic influence of cold on an organism as a "shock treatment of the nerve cells" - a sudden affect on the nervous system. Still, there are many unanswered questions about the influence of cold on a human being.

This is why, in our opinion, the experiment of Porfiry Korneevich Ivanov, is so valuable. This citizen of the Voroshilovgrad's region, has been testing himself for almost 50 years. He has so adapted himself to cold that he can spend many hours outside only in shorts and barefoot on snow!

He will be 85 years old and during his a half a century of being a friend to frost, he has never caught cold and was never sick with respiratory disease and flu. Before he began training himself, he was as sick as anybody else...

I found out about Porfiry Korneevich from the writer V.G. Cherkassov, a zealous follower of the simple system of superior health, created by Ivanov. And he is not alone: just in Moscow I know more than several dozen engineers, doctors, scientists who became followers of Ivanov. Following the example of "The Teacher" (as everybody call him), they run barefoot on snow, forgot about disease; though in the past they were frequently sick, now they thank the fate that brought them to Porfiry Korneevich.

Before visiting him in Verhny Kondryuchy village, where he now lives, I read about him in the book "The Reserves of Our Organism" written by two doctors: N. Agadjanyan and A. Katkov.

"In any frost he walks barefoot on the snow... and without feeling any cold".
It sounded strange - doesn't he really feel cold? This was the first question I asked Porfiry Korneevich.

- I am not feeling cold?! - He exclaimed - I feel it, even more than you. Only you are afraid of it I am not. I made a friend of the eternal human enemy.
- And you indeed are not getting sick?
- Why not? I am sick all the time: I am sick from the thought that I am capable, but prohibited to give my experience to people.
- Some say you believe in God.
- It's not absolutely true. I believed until I realized that God remains not in the sky, but on Earth in people who are able to be victorious over themselves.

This unusual man has a very interesting life. Born in a poor family, he became a coal-miner, like his father. He descended into the mine for the first time at age 15. He did variety of jobs there. In 1917 he was drafted by the Army.
- I didn't make it to the Army - The Czar was overthrown. However, I participated as a partisan; derailed enemy trains, once burned the English airplane, for which the commanders rewarded me. After the war, I restored mines in Donbas, participated in the collective farms movement, and managed forestry.

Now, as he is approaching his ninth decade, he is impressive with the boldness of his reasoning. He was always this way - daring, courageous, thoughtful. Once, when he was in Caucasus and stood on the top of a high cliff, a thought came to him: "Why do people live such that while they are young the first half of their life is spent in well being, and then they reach maturity, and it seems that they should live a productive life, it is not happening - diseases jump on them, making them unfit, forcing them to think not of the business for which they came to Earth, but about themselves. Disease makes a man an egotist. Don't all human sorrows happen from the inability to conquer powerlessness? No matter how much you bundle up - it doesn't save you from disease. Why not do the opposite - not hide from Nature, but walk towards it, become close to it and merge with it?"

And Porfiry Korneevich decided to prove first to himself that "the unkind forces of Nature" (his expression) are possible to tame and use for benefit. He began to walk without clothes during frost, at first for a few seconds, then up to a half of a minute. Increasing it more and more, he was able to walk outside during snowstorm, wearing only shorts, and spend hours out in a field during strong winds and cold. He was returning home covered in snow and ice, the steam was rising from him, and people around him were perplexed whether he would be in bed with cold (or maybe with something more serious) tomorrow.

But this is all in the past. Now, having retired, Ivanov is set on the idea of transmitting his unique (unique indeed!) experience of tempering - conditioning to the people and scientists. And what about the scientists? They are not in a hurry... Maybe they don't know about Ivanov?

"I tell people, - Porfiry Korneevich says, - My dears, all your diseases are from your ignorance: from warmth, good food and rest. Do not be afraid of cold: it mobilizes (as they say now) the protective forces of your organism. Cold thrusts into the body a hormone of health. Let everyone think what is more important: the real thing or small enjoyments. For everything there has to be personal victory. A human being must live by Victory; if this would not happen - you would not be of much value. Why get treatment [from a disease] if it is possible to not let a disease into the body?!"

Marx has said that a civilized man must be able to withstand Nature as the ancient men did it. Porfiry Ivanov is able to withstand Nature. The basis for it is his system. He had been developing it for almost a half of the century and has been strictly following it for the same amount of time. The system is very simple at a glance and consists of seven rules. Some of them seem to be irrelevant to health. Judge for yourself.

1. Live with a constant desire to do good to people and once done - forget about it and hurry to do more.
2. Try to do everything with pleasure and joy. Until you have mastered the joyfulness of doing a job - consider that you don't know how to do it.

It seems that he doesn't speak about health, but really he speaks about the most important health - the health of soul. It is impossible to cure the body without it. Here are his other rules:

3. Don't drink wine or vodka.
4. Fast once a week. At other times try to eat less meat, and eat less in general.
"Now people suffer from obesity, they eat twice more than their nature requires. Excess food prevents clear thinking."
5. Walk barefoot all year around on grass or snow, at least for a few minutes a day.
6. Daily: morning and evening bathe in cold water.

The photo correspondent Edward Ettinger and I experimented with this. At first, we declined it point-black. I was afraid to think about it, moreover, I was suffering from a sore throat and cold. Only when we saw how disappointed Porfiry Korneevich became ("And now you don't believe me..."), we decided to risk it - for the sake of healing humanity.
But when he poured a bucket of icy-cold water on our heads and shoulders, we realized what it means to have an unearthly experience! By the way, after a half an hour my sickness was completely gone. We took the cold-water procedures every day, but only at the end of the fifth day of our visitation in the house of Porfiry Ivanovich did we begin to get a taste for it. We do not appeal to anyone to immediately follow our example. We are only telling the facts.

7. The last rule: Remain frequently with skin exposed to the air: summer and winter. "Let the body breathe and receive warmth from the cold". Someone may think it is nonsense.

But let's hear from one of a followers of Ivanov -- I. Khvoshevsky PhD, a specialist in area of thermodynamics:

"As a result of his unprecedented experience, P.K. Ivanov was able to show that under cold conditions, the human organism begins to constantly produce inner energy. It could not be ruled out, that it echoes the ingenious hypothesis of Tsyolkovsky regarding gradual and free absorption of energy from surrounding cold bodies. Indeed, we know very little about the human being and his potential. Perhaps during unknown extreme situations an organism shows new, unknown capabilities; right now we can only guess about it. This is why the experiment that Porfiry Korneevich Ivanov conducts on himself for over a half of a century is so important. It is difficult to find a similar example of such perseverance..."

A follower of Ivanov's system

In the village, Ivanov has many followers. First among them is his wife Valentina Leontievna. Some time ago she was very ill, now, 70 years old, she considers herself perfectly healthy.

"I am afraid", she says, "to miss even one day in winter of going undressed out in the frost and pouring on myself an icy water. What if disease would return, like it used to 25 years ago.

Valentina Leontievna, like Porfiry Korneevich, eats very little. Despite being very busy (like any other peasant woman), she tires less than before she became a friend to the cold and began fasting. It's possible that the two factors are related to each other - one helping to overcome the other.

Really, the mysteries of the human organism are endless!

On our way to the airport we stopped by the Regional Party Center of Sverdlovsk-city to talk about Ivanov [with authorities]. The Secretary of the Regional Committee, Nadezhda Konstantinovna Kovaleva, said:

"Unfortunately, we aren't able to evaluate this unique man. We don't have the specialists for it here. And honestly speaking, we don't have the time. The region is big and complicated, with extraction of coal being done. But if you would help to attract attention to Ivanov with publicity, scientists...".

This is what we are trying to do here.

This article was reprinted and translated from magazine "Ogonyek" No 8, 1982.
Translated from the Russian by Marina Mars-Jones, U.S.A


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Ice Bath Therapy: Speed up recovery and enhance performance

by Jake Malto in Training Tips

If you haven't heard or just plain curious about Ice bath therapy, then you're in the right place. World class athletes have adopted this practice, so begs the question, why shouldn't you? Maybe you've tried it once or twice, and you didn't see any changes at all. Well, are you sure you did it right? Ice bath recovery, when done properly and regularly, will speed up the recovery process of your body as well as improving your overall athletic performance. Ice bath therapy is ideally done in hydrotherapy pools for the best results.

Why should I take a bath with ice? It's freezing!

Yes, it is chilling. Although most of us don't like a cold shower, an ice bath right after an intense running session can actually do wonders for your body. It's a fact that right after an intense activity, like a long run or a set of short sprints, your muscles experience microtrauma. These are small tears in the muscle fibers, which are perfectly normal for runners. You're probably feeling some of it when your muscles hurt after an exhausting run, but you won't feel every tear since they are, as the name implies, micro.

Because of the very low temperature, ice bath also becomes a great treatment for muscle soreness, strain, and inflammation. It also prevents the breakdown of muscle tissues. The cold water will stimulate muscle cells to start repairing the muscle tears.

As you immerse yourself in the ice bath, you'll get relief from your sore muscles, let's say your calves. The good thing about the ice bath is that your other leg muscles are also being treated in the process, like your hamstring, gluteus, and quadriceps. Thus, it gives your body optimal conditions for recovery.

How can I do it at home? I don't have a hydrotherapy pool

You don't have to be an owner of a five thousand dollar hydrotherapy pool for you to enjoy ice bath therapy. In fact, you'll just need a bath tub, water, and a lot of ice packs. Here are the steps that you can take to conduct ice bath therapy at home:

    Remember that your target temperature for an ice bath is from 12 - 15 degrees of Celsius. You can make your own if you have a decent freezer, or you can buy some at the nearest convenience store.
    Put enough water to fill up to your waists so that the whole lower body can benefit from the therapy.
    If you have a thermometer, you should measure how cold the tub is before going in.

Things to remember

    Ten minutes should be more than enough time to stay in the tub. Stay for more than twenty and you'll risk suffering from cold-induced muscle damage.
    It would be a great idea if you would have something to keep you warm by your side, perhaps a cup of hot chocolate or tea. You might also want to find something to do while under ice bath therapy. You could bring a running book or a magazine with you.
    Muscles, along with the tissues, have a tendency to become stiff and tense in extreme cold.
    I would suggest that you try your best to handle it. Keep yourself motivated by keeping in mind that this therapy will help your muscles recover, thus, possibly allowing you to have a better performance in your next run.
    It's always best to check the temperature from time to time. It's also better if you let someone know that you're in the tub with ice. Do this for safety reasons.

Now, you're quite ready to take an ice bath. The therapy will surely help you reach your athletic goals, whatever they may be. Famous athletes will tell you that ice bath therapy works great. They believe that ice bath therapy gives them speedy recovery, and at the same time, helps in preventing injuries.

So what are you waiting for?

If you have a competition on schedule, you might want to consider taking ice baths to make sure you're 100% ready for the big day. Quickly repair that muscle damage through regular ice baths after intense running.


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Hybrid vs Heirloom Garden Seeds

Planting a garden from seeds is the most economical way to start growing vegetables and herbs, and it has the added advantage of providing you with many more options than if you use nursery plants. For homesteaders, the question is usually not whether to plant from seed, but which kind of garden seeds to use.

Seed Varieties

The most widely available garden seeds are hybrids, which have been artificially cross-pollinated to produce plants that display characteristics of two different plant varieties. For example, hybrid tomato seeds may have been created by mixing a vigorous, but low-yielding plant with a fragile plant that produces bountiful tomatoes.

Heirloom seeds, on the other hand, were developed through open pollination. In most cases, seeds from the best plants -- or plants that displayed unique characteristics -- were held back and replanted. New varieties were developed slowly over time through artificial selection. Heirloom varieties generally date back to 1950 or earlier; some are believed to have existed since ancient times.

Many seed companies advertise their seeds as "non-GM", but whether or not to buy genetically modified (GM or GMO) seeds is a non-issue for the hobbyist gardener. These controversial seeds are sold only in bulk to commercial farmers. Although it's technically possible that purchased seeds could have been produced when a normal plant was pollinated by a GM plant, it's very unlikely. In any case, "non-GM" labels don't certify that this hasn't occurred -- only that the seed producer isn't reselling GM seeds to individuals.

Pros and Cons of Using Heirloom Seeds

Heirloom vegetables are rapidly becoming more popular, and there are some good arguments for using heirloom pepper seeds heirloom seeds in your garden. Although more expensive than hybrid seeds, there's no need to ever purchase more than a single packet of heirloom seeds for each variety you want to grow. You can allow your plants to fully mature and save back seeds for each year. Stored properly, seeds that you harvest yourself will be viable for years to come. If you practice seed saving, it's a good idea to hold back more seeds than you need each year. If inclement weather or wild animals destroy your crop, you'll be glad to have the extra seeds, and you can also trade seeds with other gardeners to diversify your selection of fresh fruits and vegetables without spending a penny.

Another advantage of using heirloom vegetable seeds is the quality of your produce. While heirloom vegetables tend to bruise more easily and can't be stored fresh for long periods of time, they are far more diverse and flavorful than hybrids. Russian heirloom tomatoes, like the Black Krim and Black Prince varieties, make a richer, more flavorful tomato sauce than any hybrid available. Lemon cucumbers, round Parisian carrots, purple potatoes and other unusual varieties have unique -- and often better -- flavors than their high-yield hybrid cousins.

Of course, heirloom plants aren't perfect. The main drawbacks are relatively low yield and unpredictability. You'll need a larger garden if you want to be able to rely on it to produce all of your family's fruits and vegetables. Growing zone information is also not always available for heirloom seeds, so there's a chance that your plants won't produce at all in your climate. Ask around before you sink a lot of cash into heirloom seeds; local gardeners may have experience growing the varieties you're interested in.

Pros and Cons of Using Hybrid Seeds

Until you've established what heirloom varieties will grow best in the conditions on your homestead, you may want to set aside a small area to grow dependable hybrids. Unlike heirloom plants, hybrids are reliable and can be counted on to deliver a heavy yield. In most cases, the vegetables you'll wind up with will resemble the ones you see in a grocery store -- long orange carrots, round or oval red tomatoes, dense heads of green broccoli. They'll taste a bit better because they're fresh, but they won't be truly unique.

Technically, you can save the seeds from hybrid plants, but it's hard to say what you'll get. Sometimes the seed you save won't grow at all. More often, you'll wind up with inferior plants. Hybrid tomato plants from commercial plant nurseries usually produce seed that grows high-yield cherry tomatoes. Many gardeners are surprised when volunteer cherry tomato plants start showing up in their vegetable patch -- especially when last year's tomato crop consisted entirely of enormous slicers.

Hardiness and resistance among hybrid plants varies a lot. Some varieties have been bred to resist pests, but others were developed with the understanding that growers would use pesticides liberally. Varieties labeled as "hardy" can usually withstand a bit colder temperatures than those that aren't labeled as such. Hybrids almost always require much more water than heirloom varieties. With enough water, hybrid plants produce a bounty of vegetables, but without enough they simply shrivel and die. Heirloom plants will generally produce a smaller yield when water is scarce rather than dying off entirely.

Growing vegetables is a worthwhile endeavor regardless of whether you choose to plant hybrid or heirloom varieties -- or both. Over the long term, heirloom seeds are more cost-effective and produce higher-quality produce, but hybrid seeds eliminate much of the risk of growing your own food.


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How to Save Seeds

by Judy Gaunt

Plants that reproduce through natural means tend to adapt to local conditions over time, and evolve as reliable performers in that locale. The modern trend to rely on hybridized and cloned plants negates these evolutionary processes and thousands of varieties of vegetables and flowers are being lost, due to the reliance on commercial hybrid seed. This erodes the gene pool, resulting in less hardy, more vulnerable plants. If you'd like to join the growing movement of organic gardeners and farmers who save their own seeds, here's what you need to know.

Since I've been saving seeds for over ten years now, I'd like to pass on some of the knowledge I've gathered about the subject to help you along the way.

First of all, it's necessary to know how to keep varieties pure and this varies with each type of plant. Then, you need to know how to prepare, clean and store the resulting seeds.


The nightshade family contains tomatoes, eggplants, peppers and potatoes as well as garden huckleberries, tomatillos and various ground cherries.

The tomato is grown by more home gardeners than any other vegetable. Since many tomatoes commonly grown are hybrids it must be remembered that while hybrid seed will grow, you can't be sure what the result will be. The new tomatoes may resemble their grandparents or great grandparents rather than the plants you started with. This is true of all hybrid seed.

But if you're starting with an open-pollinated (non hybrid) variety you can save tomato seed by cutting the fruits in half, scraping the seeds and the juices around them into a container and letting it ferment for three days at room temperature. This removes the gel coating from around the seeds and also prevents the transmission of some seed-borne diseases.

After fermenting, rinse the seeds under running water in a strainer and then put them on a small plate to dry. The seeds should be stirred occasionally the first few days to keep them from sticking together. Let them dry thoroughly before storing.

Regarding cross-pollination, the newer varieties are much less apt to cross as the pistil is covered in the flower and not exposed to passing bees. Older, heirloom varieties are more likely to be crossed because of the flower structure. Separate these varieties from other tomatoes as much as possible.


Peppers are self pollinating but can be crossed by insects so different varieties must be either caged or separated by 500 feet to maintain purity.

Let the fruit mature before removing seeds. Remember that when working with hot peppers, rubber gloves should be worn. Also don't rub your eyes at this time as the hot pepper oil can be extremely irritating.


Eggplant usually self pollinates but insects can sometimes be a problem so to be sure, different varieties should be separated by 50 feet, or caged.

To obtain seeds, first let the fruit ripen, then grate or blend the bottom part of the fruit which contains most of the seeds. Put the pulp in a bowl, fill with water and squeeze the gratings with your fingers, separating the seeds from the pulp. The pulp will rise and good seeds will sink to the bottom.


While usually propagated vegetatively, the potato can be grown from seeds which occasionally form on the plants. Let the seed balls mature, then squeeze the seeds into a bowl. Add water and pour off the floating debris, saving the seeds which sink to the bottom. Grow the same as tomato seedlings.

Some of the smaller nightshades, such as cherry and currant tomatoes, tomatillos, ground cherries etc., can be processed in a blender and treated the same as potato seeds.


The usual families of beans and peas are common bean, pea, lima bean, fava bean, soybean and runner bean.

While the families do not cross, different varieties within the same family will cross. The amount of crossing varies in different locations. Here in Eastern Ontario where I live, I have had some crossing between bean varieties but in an area with fewer wild bees perhaps there would be less. So I would recommend separating varieties as much as possible. To be absolutely sure, plants can be grown in cages or blossoms bagged with spun polyester until the pods begin to form.

The way I deal with legumes is to wait until the pods are quite dry and the plant is drying up and leaves falling off. Then I cut the whole plant and place in the carport or shed to dry further. Later, I either pick off the pods and shell them by hand or else put the whole plants in a feed sack or on a large sheet of plastic and beat them with a stick until the seeds fall out. They have to be quite dry for this though and sometimes in a damp fall they never get to the right stage and have to be shelled by hand.

Pods can also be picked while still in the garden, as long as they are beginning to dry up and becoming flexible rather than stiff. Make sure all seeds are placed in an airy, dry place once shelled to continue to dry. Mould is the enemy of seed savers.


Lettuce seeds are quite easy to produce although they are difficult to clean. Just let the plants go to seed. They grow two or three feet tall and are covered with small yellow flowers. Eventually, small seed pods form which are ready when dried up and brown. The pods can be individually picked by hand and opened up, which is time consuming but the best way to get clean seed. The heads can also be shaken over a paper bag, which is easier but results in a lot of chaff with the seeds. The seeds are so light that they're difficult to separate but if just for your own use the whole mixture can be planted and the seeds will still grow.

One bonus from producing your own lettuce seed is that early next spring you'll get lots of volunteer lettuce plants which you can transplant where you wish. You'll have early lettuce without much trouble.

Lettuce is self-pollinating generally but occasionally can cross with wild lettuce, a common weed. Any growing nearby should be removed.


The squash and melon family is a large and varied group of plants. As with legumes, crossing can only take place between different varieties in the same family, not between members of different families.


Different varieties of cucumbers will cross with each other. However, Armenian cucumbers, West Indian gherkins and serpent gourds belong to other families and will not cross. Separate varieties by one half mile or else just grow one variety. Otherwise hand pollination is necessary. Space does not allow a description of this, perhaps in another article.

To save cucumber seeds, the fruits must be allowed to mature far past the stage they're usually eaten - until they're ripe and have turned orange or yellow. Remove the seeds and let them ferment in a pail for three days the same as tomato seeds to remove the gel around them. Then they can be cleaned by repeatedly filling the pail with water and pouring off the top layer. The good seeds will remain on the bottom while the debris will float and can be poured off. Dry the seeds thoroughly before storing.

The rest of the cucurbits are easier to do as the seeds don't have the gel coating and don't need fermenting.


All melons will cross with each other so must be either grown in isolation or hand pollinated. The seeds are easily removed and dried. Remember that hybrid melons may not come true.


These will only cross with other watermelons or citrons. Once again, the seeds are easily processed.


These are rather complicated in that there are four different families of squash commonly grown here. As usual, the families don't cross but members of the same family will and it's necessary to know which family a particular variety is in. One member of each family can be grown together without crossing, which is the method I use. Otherwise, hand pollination is necessary.

Examples of the most common members of each family are:

Cucurbita maxima: Atlantic Giant, Banana, Buttercup, Golden Delicious, Hubbards, Turbans.

Cucurbita mixta: Crooknecks, Cushaws, Tennessee Sweet Potato squash.

Cucurbita moschata: Butterbush, Butternut.

Cucurbita pepo: Acorn, Crookneck, Delicata, Pumpkins, Scallops, Spaghetti squash, Zucchini.

Let the fruits mature fully before harvesting for seeds, even those usually eaten when immature such as zucchini. The seeds are easily removed although you may need an ax to chop the squash open. Germination is better if fruits are allowed to age for at least three weeks after harvesting before removing seeds. As usual, let seeds dry thoroughly before storing.


Corn is difficult for the seed saver as in many areas, acres of field corn are grown that can be crossed with your open-pollinated corn by the wind.

Most corn grown these days is hybrid so the seeds will not come pure if grown. An open-pollinated variety must be either hand pollinated or grown in isolation to maintain its purity.


Now that you know all about saving the seeds of many annual vegetables, it's time to learn about another group, the biennials. These plants have seeds which are more complicated to produce although it's not necessarily more difficult.

The biennials consist of all the root vegetables, from onions to turnips as well as some members of the cabbage family.

Onions, carrots, beets, parsnips, salsify, turnips and rutabagas are all treated in much the same way. They're harvested in the fall, stored over the winter and replanted in the spring. The second year they flower and produce seeds.

For winter storage, I'm lucky to have an unheated basement, which keeps the root crops cool enough. I store them in large plastic pails with lids. You could also use a root cellar, either indoor or out, or maybe even store them where they grew in the ground if you covered them with enough bags of leaves or other insulating material. Those growers in the milder areas can leave these plants outside to winter over.

The only plant you would not want to store this way is onions, which require a drier storage area. We keep onions in an unheated room in the house.

In early spring the roots are planted out. Again, remember to keep everything labeled, both while being stored and once planted. It's amazing how easy it is to forget vital information after a few months, even if you told yourself you'd remember.

Some people worry about carrots crossing with the wild carrots so prevalent in many areas, but I have found that my carrots bloom earlier than the wild carrots and it doesn't seem to be a problem. As with the other vegetables, if you plant more than one variety you may have some crossing.

The plants will grow quite tall - taller than they were the first year - and eventually seeds will form. I usually cut the seed heads and hang them up to dry or keep in a paper bag until they're dry enough to remove the seeds.

The other biennials are in the cabbage family. This is a rather complicated family as there are a few annuals in it and there are many members which will cross pollinate with each other.

Chinese cabbage, mustards and some radishes are the annual family members and saving seeds from them is easy. Just let them flower and go to seed and then collect the seed when dry.

One group - Brassica oleracea - contains broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, kale and kohlrabi. These will all cross so it's best to only try to save seeds from one member or else separate them by a half mile.

Another group - Brassica rapa - consists of turnip, Chinese cabbage, and Chinese mustard so only grow seed from one of these.

Rutabaga (Brassica napus) - the large winter turnips - don't cross with the small summer turnip (B. rapa) but will cross with Siberian kale and rape.

Since these plants are insect pollinated and not self-fertile, caging them is difficult. Another thing to remember is that it's necessary to grow several plants for seed to maintain vigor in the variety. Six plants is the bare minimum but more would be better.

The whole plant including the roots has to be dug up and brought in for the winter, if in a cold winter area. If planted several to a pail, (turnips don't have to be planted) they usually survive the winter although they look quite pale and yellowish by spring. Then plant them outside and hope they have the vigor to survive and begin growing. If they do, they'll produce lots of yellow flowers, which the bees love, and then lots of seeds.

Brassicas produce an abundance of long seed pods which can be harvested after drying out. Dry them further under shelter and then beat them in a plastic bag or feed sack or on a sheet of plastic until the seeds fly out. Again, make sure the seeds are thoroughly dry before storing.

Cleaning and Storing Tips

Now I'd like to tell you of some ways I've found suitable for cleaning and storing the many kinds of seeds it's possible to save.

Freeing them from their seed pods or whatever other covering nature provided them is the first step.

Small quantities of seed can be simply rubbed between the hands. Some tougher types of seed pods can be rubbed against a piece of screening with the sole of a running shoe to separate the seeds from their stems or pods. Grains are one kind I do this way. I've already mentioned beating dry, brittle seed pods with a stick over a sheet of plastic. And I find it rather relaxing to shell some seeds such as beans or peas by hand while watching TV in the evening.

Then you have to clean all the chaff from them. I have a series of six screens, each a different size which are helpful in sifting some kinds of seeds.

An ancient method I use a lot is to pour the seeds back and forth between two large bowls outside on a breezy day, which will blow away most of the chaff. Just be sure that you don't also let many of the seeds blow away!

Another method is to pour the seeds onto a sheet spread in front of a fan. The heavier, best quality seeds will fall onto one area of the sheet.

Remember to keep the seeds dry and exposed to the air at all times until they're ready to store. Mould will quickly kill them. The top of the refrigerator is a warm, dry place in most homes. I use baskets - of which I have a large collection - for many of them. Baskets enable air to circulate all around the seeds. Small plates or bowls are useful for the small seeds that are not suitable for baskets.

When the seeds are thoroughly dry they can be stored. Larger seeds are ready when they will break rather than bend. I sometimes use the bite test for beans and peas. When they are too hard to be bitten they're ready.

For storage, airtight containers are best. Glass jars are ideal and can be used in all sizes, from baby food jars to gallon bottles.

During storage, it's important to keep the seeds as dry and cool as possible. A collection of seeds in paper envelopes could be placed in a gallon bottle. The freezer is good for long time storage if the seeds are in an air-tight container.

I hope I have given you the encouragement and help you need in order to begin saving seeds. Maybe I should warn you that once you begin working with nature in this way, it may become a compulsion as it did with me and you'll find yourself with the same large hoards of seeds. Good luck with it anyway!


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Houses of straw - the rediscovery of strawbale building

Straw Bale Home Basics

by Kenton Shepard Edited by Laura Bartels
Certified Master Inspector GreenWeaver Inc.
Boulder, CO Straw Bale Consultant
NACHI member Carbondale, CO


Moisture intrusion is the number one concern with straw bale homes, just as it is with conventional homes. Because straw bales can provide food for decay fungus, wide-spread, long term fungal activity can destroy a straw bale home. In addition to decay of the straw, decay fungus are a concern because mold fungus release spores. High concentrations of mold spores in indoor air can cause health problems in infants or the elderly, people with compromised immune systems, lung disease or allergies.

Preventing Moisture Intrusion

A number of design methods are used to keep moisture out of the wall cavity or allow it to escape once it gets in there...

1. Foundation

a. The foundation should extend above the exterior grade far enough to keep the bottom of the outside wall plaster a minimum of 12 inches above grade to minimize damage from splashback.

b. The bottom of the lower course of bales should be a minimum of 3 inches above the interior finish floor. This will help prevent soaking the bales if the floor should flood.

c. The lowest course of bales should rest on a waterproof material which will provide a capillary break (such as plastic sheeting) to prevent bales from wicking up moisture from below.

2. Exterior

a. Roof overhangs should be extensive to protect walls from weather.

b. Flat roofs should be avoided because they're likely to leak.

c. Windows should be installed so that they extend past the exterior surface of the plaster. Whether windows are installed to the exterior or inset from the exterior wall face, high-quality pan flashing should be installed under the windows. Any sills should slope and extend past the exterior face of the plaster.

3. Interior

a. Shower stalls should be placed against interior walls.

4. Plumbing

a. Plumbing pipes should not be routed through straw bales. Pipes should be installed in the floor or in waterproof channels designed with a clear drainage path out of the straw bale wall. This includes supply pipes for exterior faucets. If pipes must be routed through straw bales they should be contained within watertight (preferably seamless) conduit which is sloped to the exterior.

5. Moisture barriers or retarders

Wall plasters should be applied directly to the straw bales. No plastic, polymer or other barriers or retarders should be installed in wall assemblies. In addition to trapping moisture in the wall cavity, installing a barrier will limit the shear strength of the wall assembly, which relies on good adherence of the plaster to the straw.

Crack Diagnostics

Cracking is a natural process with the earthen and cementicious plasters typically used to cover interior and exterior walls in straw bale homes. They shrink as they dry - they can crack as they shrink.

Cracking plaster is the #1 maintenance issue with straw bale homes. Cracks through the finish coat should be repaired to prevent increasing damage from the freeze/thaw cycle. Hairline cracks are not a problem, but should be monitored and repaired if they widen. Cracks through multiple coats may allow moisture intrusion and are a defect requiring immediate repair to prevent moisture intrusion of the straw-filled wall.

Sagging or Weight Cracks

If the heavy, wet plaster has not bonded well to the straw or mesh to which it has been applied, gravity will begin to pull it toward the floor...
1. in parts of the wall where it has been applied thickly to fill in low spots.
2. if the plaster has been mixed with too much water.
3. if the plaster has been mixed with inadequate amounts of fiber (chopped straw).

This kind of cracking is common in the first coat and to a lesser extent, in the second. These cracks will often extend across a section of thick plaster and take the shape of a frowning or smiling mouth.

If you see this kind of cracking in a finish coat it may mean that...
1. cracks in underlying coats were not allowed to cure completely before subsequent coats were applied.
2. cracks in underlying coats were not filled completely when subsequent coats were applied.

Inadequate Plaster Mix

While excessive amounts of binder in the plaster can cause cracking, too little binder can cause the plaster to be weak or crumbly. Especially with earthen plasters, additives are often used to modify or augment the qualities of the clay/sand mix.

Improper Curing

When the wall surface is covered with extensive, spidery, multi-directional veinlike cracks, the reason is probably improper curing due to inadequate hydration (moistening) during the drying process. Dry plaster will suck the moisture out of any wet plaster applied to it before the wet plaster has a chance to hydrate completely, causing the bond between coats to fail.

Inadequate hydration can be caused by...

1. exposure to sun and wind causing rapid evaporation.
2. inadequate wetting of the straw before applying plaster
3. inadequate wetting of dry plaster before additional coats are applied.
4. inadequate wetting of plaster coats as they are curing.

If cracks are wide and close together and plaster detaches when it is tapped or scraped, the bond to the underlying material has failed and the entire coat in problem areas needs to be removed and a new coat properly applied. If cracks are widely spaced and narrow, it may be possible to simply patch them.

Different substrates

Plaster applied over different substrates, such as straw and wood, may crack where different materials meet for two different reasons...
1. differential curing caused by dissimilar materials absorbing moisture from wet plaster at different rates.
2. differential thermal expansion and contraction rates of dissimilar materials.

Lack of Qualified Professionals

Designers, building officials, general contractors, sub-contractors and home inspectors are often ignorant of good building practices unique to straw bale homes. This can lead to difficulties in getting plans approved, problems being built into homes which are sometimes difficult to identify and/or correct both before and after the home is complete and a lack of qualified pre-sale and prepurchase home inspectors.

Problems obtaining financing

The main concern of mortgage lenders is resale value. If they should have to foreclose on the property, they want to feel confident that they can recover the cost of the loan by selling the home. Areas with a larger percentage of straw bale homes will be more likely to have financing available. This condition may also improve with time.

Problems obtaining insurance

There are companies who will write fire insurance policies on homes containing straw bales, such as Farmer's Insurance, but at this time (Sept. 2006), many insurance companies will not. is. Difficulty in finding coverage will depend to some extent on the area in which the home is located. Availability will probably change with time.


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This rock wall made with our local stones lends a grotto-like feeling to our shower

In almost all localities, nature has provided us with some wonderful materials to build with. Because these materials require little processing or transporting, the environmental and economic costs are low. Some are renewable resources (like trees and straw), and some may be so abundant that their supply seems almost inexhaustible (like rocks and sand). One of the beauties of building with local materials is that they seem to fit well with the feeling of the place, naturally.

For me, the most prized local gems are the rocks. What can you do with these rocks, besides admire them? You can stack them to make retaining walls for landscaping, or make other decorative outdoor projects. They can also be mortared together to make walls for a house. My feeling is that such walls are best suited to special interior places where their thermal mass for heat storage can be taken advantage of. If they are used for an exterior wall, it should be insulated from the interior space. I built a rock wall in our shower stall that lends a wonderful grotto-like feeling to the space. I coated these stones with a thin layer of linseed oil mixed with mineral spirits to bring out the natural colors. If you go out to gather rocks, please respect people's private property and get permission from land owners to do so.

Another local mineral of great value is sand. It is the nature of sand to be self-compacting and to drain water readily. My earthbag house actually has no conventional foundation; it is built directly on sand, with a layer of scoria for insulation. Sand is also useful for bedding stones, and for making mortar for rockwork.

Our dog Sunbeam enjoys the warmth from our sunlit adobe floor.

Adobe is an extremely valuable building material, useful for both walls and floors. Any soil that is composed of between 20 and 30 percent clay, with the rest mostly sand, is good for adobe projects. Such soil is found naturally in many areas of the country. A simple way to test possible adobe soil is to place some in a glass jar and then fill the jar nearly full with water. Next, shake the jar until all of the soil is suspended in the water and then set it aside for several hours to settle out. The heavier particles will sink first, and the finer clay will settle on the top. Organic material will probably float on the water. There should be a clear line of demarcation between the clay, silt and sand. From here it is an easy matter to estimate the percentage of the total amount of soil that the clay represents. I have seen some gorgeous adobe floors that have been poured with local soils. A thin layer of colored clay can be troweled on top to produce wonderful effects. Adobe can also be made into blocks for building, tamped into forms for rammed earth walls, or mixed with straw for cob construction.

Straw bales have become a common building block.

Scoria, a volcanic stone similar to pumice, is light and full of air pockets. This makes it very useful as a natural insulating material. I built nearly my entire house with this stuff (in a crushed form), putting it into polypropylene bags. When the bags are then sealed on either side (I used papercrete for this), you end up with a wall that is very well insulated (estimated at about R-40.) Scoria can also be used as sub-floor insulation to good effect. This stone has been used as an aggregate in cement, which results in a material that is as strong as concrete, but much more insulating. The most common use for scoria is in decorative landscaping. Our local variety is a rust red, but I have seen it black, white, and other colors.

The view up to my office loft. Parts of natural trees were used for step runners, balustrades, railing, loft vigas, posts to support the vigas, and structural dome supports.

A renewable building material that has become quite popular is straw, baled into tight, three-string bales. For insulation, straw bales cannot be beat (said to be about R-60). The walls go up fast, and yield a pleasingly thick, cozy feeling to a house. Care must be taken at all stages of construction to keep the bales dry, which basically means allowing the bales to breath when the house is finished. The temptation is to seal the straw bale walls completely from moisture from the outside with a vapor barrier in order to keep them dry. This would be a mistake, because the moisture in the air on the inside of the house will eventually condense on the inside of that vapor barrier, which will lead to rotten bales, and eventually failure of the wall.

The last local building material I'll mention is trees. Wood is clearly one of the most useful building materials on this planet. This usefulness has unfortunately led to its demise in many places. I generally advocate using wood sparingly, as decoration, or in places where nothing else will work. This is why I especially like domes, because a roof can be made without wooden supports. When trees are utilized in their natural rounded, and/or contorted shapes, rather than sawn into boards, there are many benefits. It is possible to find dead, but still solid trees in many locations that can be used in many ways. Parts of trees can support tremendous weight in a decorative, pleasing manner. By keeping them round, you retain the inherent strength that the tree had in the first place. Small poles that result from thinning an overly dense forest can be used both decoratively and structurally in many ways.

So, when you are thinking about a building project, either large or small, I suggest you first look around at the materials that nature provides nearby. You just might find more treasures than you suspect.

Note: For resource links related to using local materials, refer to the specific materials listed in the Natural Building section.


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Kidney Supporting Program with Cedar Nut Oil

N. A. Agadzhanyan, PhD, Professor

In the past decade, the problem of the pathogenic "environment-health" connection has been reflected in scientific papers in environmental medicine and human ecology. In this regard it is noted that, at the present time, there is an ever greater prevalence of diseases of those organs and systems that perform barrier functions and participate in the preservation of the cleanliness of the organism's internal environment - organs of the respiratory, digestive, excretory, lymphatic, and immune systems, as well as the liver and skin.

The basic task of prophylaxis of premorbid and morbid conditions is the synchronic regulation of the basic metabolic, detoxification, and protective functions of the liver, immune system, and excretory organs.

For this purpose, N. A. Agadzhanyan and his co-authors developed a complex program of correction and cleansing of the internal environment, including the following basic blocks:

  • Preparations regulating the activity of the biotransformation mechanisms of the liver
  • Preparations having antioxidant properties
  • Preparations having an immunomodulating action
  • Preparations stimulating the removal of toxic substances and the products of their metabolism (cholagogues, diuretics, and laxatives)
  • Preparations having a high sorption activity with respect to toxic substances (enterosorbents, fruit pectins)

The biologically active components of functional nutrition Ringing Cedars of Russia cedar products have an effect on all the above enumerated mechanisms, which play an important role in carrying out defense in conditions of environmental pollution, displaying the following effects that correspond to a comprehensive program of detoxification (e):

  • anti-oxidant and membrane-stabilizing effects (amino acids, lipids and tocopherols of Ringing Cedars of Russia cedar nut oil, polyphenol compounds, vitamins C and P of cedar nut oil enriched with cedar resin
  • anti-toxic sorption (amino acids, dietary fibre of all components of the product)
  • immunomodulating(amino acids, polyunsaturated fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, phytochemical compounds of all components of the product)
  • diuretics and laxative effect (phytochemical compounds of Ringing Cedars of Russia cedar nut oil)

The comprehensive program of endoecological rehabilitation developed at the Clinical and Experimental Lymphology Scientific Research Institute of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Medical Sciences (2002) includes Ringing Cedars of RussiaSiberian cedar nut oil, Siberian cedar nut oil enriched with cedar resin, Siberian cedar nut oil enriched with sea buckthorn, and Siberian cedar nut oil enriched with rosehip. It has earned the worldwide recognition of medical specialists.

In conditions of environmental pollution, environmentally determined syndromes and diseases have achieved a wide distribution - exogenic intoxication syndrome, chemical hypersensitivity syndrome, environmental disadaptation syndrome, and chronic diseases of a polygenic nature with pathological manifestations in the form of a symptom complex of primary changes in specific organs and systems.

For the purpose of rehabilitation, it is possible to recommend methods using functional nutrition products for the maintenance of organs and systems that carry out barrier functions in the human organism.

It is advisable to match and combine Ringing Cedars of Russia Siberian cedar products intended for health improvement and prophylaxis in programs for the maintenance of organs and systems, having regard to individual peculiarities of functional stress and pathological disturbances in certain organs.

The filtering, excretory, and metabolic function of the kidneys plays an important role in maintaining the cleanliness of the organism's internal environment. In conditions of environmental pollution, the load on the kidneys increases, which provokes a disturbance in its functional state and the development of an environmentally caused pathology of the kidneys.

The relationship of the frequency of different diseases of the kidneys and urinary tracts with an unfavorable environmental situation in different industrial regions has been confirmed by special studies. In these regions, the morbidity of dismetabolic nephropathy increases by three to eight times; anomalies in the development of the organs of the urinary system are encountered two to four times more frequently; and an increase is also observed in disturbances of the metabolism of oxalic acid, calcium, and purines. These data are confirmed by the results of a comparative evaluation of the pathology of the kidneys in children who live in areas with different levels of industrial pollution.

A number of studies have shown that the accumulation of cadmium and lead in the organism leads to the development of nephropathy and other illnesses of the kidneys and urinary tracts.

The health-improvement potentials of Ringing Cedars of Russia Siberian cedar products with respect to the maintenance of the function of the kidneys are associated, first and foremost, with an improvement in the metabolic processes under the influence of a balanced complex of nutrients.

The high content of bioflavonoids in the composition of natural Ringing Cedars of Russia Siberian cedar nut oil assists in the maintenance of water homeostasis, and a balanced collection of the natural forms of trace elements and macroelements has a favourable influence on the filtering and excretory function. A complex of antioxidants (vitamins A, E, C, the trace elements zinc, copper, manganese, selenium) reduces the level of the damaging effects associated with an increase of free-radical oxidation in the conditions of a toxic load.

The anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, immunomodulating, spasmolitic, and diuretic actions of Ringing Cedars of Russia Siberian cedar nut oil enriched with cedar resin make it possible to recommend it to improve the functional state of the kidneys and prevent diseases of the urinary system.

The high content of arginine and phospholipids contributes to an improvement in microcirculation in the renal glomeruli system.

The use of Ringing Cedars of Russia Siberian cedar nut oil enriched with sea buckthorn contributes to the maintenance of water and salt metabolism, and the filtering and excretory function of the kidneys.

Program for the maintenance of the kidneys in conditions of environmental pollution

First month

  • Ringing Cedars of Russia Siberian cedar nut oil, 1 table spoon 1 time a day
  • Ringing Cedars of Russia Siberian cedar nut oil enriched with Cedar resin, 1 tea spoon 2 times a day

Second month

  • Ringing Cedars of Russia Siberian cedar nut oil enriched with Cedar Resin, 1 tea spoon 2 times a day
  • Ringing Cedars of Russia Siberian cedar nut oil enriched with Siberian rosehip, 1 tea spoon 2 times a day

Third month

  • Ringing Cedars of Russia Siberian cedar nut oil enriched with Siberian cedar resin, 1 tea spoon 2 - 3 times a day

The use of the program presented exerts a comprehensive general influence on all organs and systems that protect the organism from harmful environmental effects.

The complex of natural Ringing Cedars of Russia cedar products of functional nutrition displays a wide spectrum of health-improvement effects, which improve the metabolic, protective, and detoxifying functions of the organs that fulfill barrier functions.


Modern studies of the food allowance have revealed substantial deviations in the structure of the diet of the population from the formula of a balanced diet: a deficiency has been noted in micronutrients - vitamins, minerals, unsaturated fatty acids, and an entire series of organic compounds of plant origin; with regard to macronutrients, the food allowance is deficient in proteins and dietary fibers, and has an excess of animal fats.

The existing deficient structure of the diet exerts an unfavorable effect, first of all on the defensive strength of the organism - there is an increase in the risk of the development of different environmentally caused diseases.

Modern science possesses persuasive data to attest that, with the use of functional nutrition, it is possible to support an optimum level of vital activity and avoid many illnesses.

Ringing Cedars of Russia cedar nut products intended for prophylaxis and health improvement are manufactured according to modern conserving technologies, which make it possible to preserve all biologically active natural components in their primary form.

The series of health-improvement products based on Ringing Cedars of Russia cedar nut oil includes:

  • Cedar nut oil;
  • Cedar nut oil enriched with cedar resin;
  • Cedar nut oil enriched with sea buckthorn;
  • Cedar nut oil enriched with rose hip.
Siberian Cedar Nut Oil

Thus, functional nutrition of Ringing Cedars of Russia cedar products - cedar nut oil, cedar oil with cedar resin, cedar nut oil enriched with sea buckthorn, and cedar nut oil enriched with rose hip - are composed of a harmoniously balanced complex of biologically active substances, which exert a combined versatile action on organs and systems that are critical for the maintenance of the cleanliness of the internal environment of the human organism.

Functional nutrition of Ringing Cedars of Russia products - cedar nut oil, cedar nut oil with cedar resin, cedar nut oil enriched with sea buckthorn, and cedar nut oil enriched with rose hip - consist of natural components, they do not contain preservatives or toxic substances; and therefore, there are no contraindications to their use, with the exception of any individual intolerance to separate components.

The high biological activity of the natural components of cedar products under Ringing Cedars of Russia brand name and the complex action of balanced nutrients are responsible for the health-improvement properties of these products in conditions of the influence of harmful environmental factors.

The use of Ringing Cedars cedar products intended for prophylaxis and health improvement is recommended for the inhabitants of large cities and environmentally unfavorable regions for prophylaxis and rehabilitation in the face of the influence of harmful environmental factors by maintaining the function of the liver and the immune system, as well as the organs of the excretory system.


(A) Gichev, Yu, P. Human health as a basic bioindicator in an environmental monitoring system. Novosibirsk, 1994.
(B) Gichev, Yu, P. Environmental pollution and human health. Moscow-Novosibirsk, 2002.
(C) The influence of environmental pollution on human health -Materials of the First All - Russian Scientific Conference with International Participation. Edited by Professor Yu. P. Gichev. Novosibirsk, 2002.
(D) Obukhova, L. A. Products intended for health improvement and prophylaxis. Novosibirsk, 2003.

Updated and revised version.

Clinical and Experimental Lymphology Scientific Research Institute
of the Siberian Branch of the RussianAcademy of Medical Sciences
Novosibirsk, 2011

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Cedar (Pine) Resin:
Unique Balsam

5% Turpentine Balsam

This unique balsam effectively copes with the majority of gastrointestinal diseases, quickly heals wounds and sores, aids in cases of colds, calms the heart and nerves, and increases vitality. It is a wonderful product for skin care.

Composition: "Cedar resin in cedar nut oil" contains 3% cedar resin dissolved in natural cedar nut oil.

Indications for use: diseases of the skin, the gastrointestinal tract, nervous system, and locomotor system, and bronchopulmonary diseases.

Contraindications: individual intolerance.

"Siberian Cleanse"

This unique system for the restoration of the body was imparted to a woman by a female Siberian shaman many years ago. She said, "If you do this every year, you will never grow old." To what extent this is true is complicated for us to judge at the present. But we can tell you what happens in the human body when resin is ingested.

Over the course of your life you have most probably been on some fashionable diets or specialized cleanses. And you know very well that this was "not your thing"! To do this, you need both the appropriate mood and desire. But what do you do when the mood is not there? Can a method of cleansing be used to achieve the advertised result without any strain? You will probably laugh, but such a method exists, and it is provided by this very same turpentine balsam.

The "Siberian cleanse" is very simple and, unlike other cleanses, does not cause stressful situations for the body. Gently and slowly, including the process of cleansing and improvement on the cellular level, a person's chromosomal chain begins to be restored! Such a deep effect is rarely achieved with the use of complicated special homeopathic systems of healing.

When you begin to drink turpentine, your immunity increases, since resin is a most powerful antiseptic. The blood shows an increase in the content of phagocytes, which destroy viruses, parasites, and foreign pathogens. The result is the release of the energy potential that previously protected the life of these bacteria and parasites. All the glands and organs of our body begin to work more intensively and more effectively.

Cedar Nut Oil Press
This equipment and method of pressing Siberian Cedar Nuts brings the difference in the quality of "RINGING CEDARS OF RUSSIA" Siberian Cedar Nut Oil

Further, the cells of all the body's tissues begin to regenerate, that is, there is a cleansing of all the old material (residue) that the cells could not get rid of earlier. At this moment, the exacerbation of some "old" internal disease is possible. For that reason, in this situation you need to get a sense of yourself: if you begin to feel extremely unwell, then the cleanse must be stopped and begun anew after a couple of months. The second time, the cleanse will proceed much more easily. During the cleanse, there will be a cleansing of the liver and blood vessels, which become more elastic, as a result of which for many people the self-regulation of blood pressure will be restored. There is a complete recovery from cholecystitis, colitis, enterocolitis, hepatitis, gastritis, and ulcers of the stomach and intestine, the microflora of the intestine is restored, and regulation of the metabolism occurs. The general tonus increases, and the person's energy becomes greater.

The sole condition for the effectiveness of the "Siberian cleanse" is this: it is essential to consume more fresh food of plant origin and to lower, preferably to omit entirely the consumption of food from slaughtered animals. When discarding residues, cells should instead receive healthy and pure materials for their renewal and new development. And then, with the aim of the complete improvement of the body, you are entirely able to tolerate two months without the consumption of meat. Whether you allow your body to continue to suffer all depends on how much you truly love yourself.


The first day, early in the morning on an empty stomach, take 5 grams (1 teaspoon) of cedar resin, following which you must not eat or drink for 30 minutes. If you cannot tolerate the bitter taste, you can take it with water. Over the course of ten days, increase the quantity of cedar resin to 15 grams (1 tablespoon) as follows: during the first three days take 5 grams daily, during the second three days take 10 grams (2 teaspoons) daily, and during the remaining four days take 15 grams each morning 30 minutes before eating.

During the next 10 days, take 1 tablespoon of cedar resin with cedar nut oil in the morning 30 minutes before eating, and 1 tablespoon at lunchtime, 30 minutes before eating. During the following 10 days, take 1 tablespoon of cedar resin with cedar nut oil in the morning 30 minutes before eating, 1 tablespoon at lunchtime, 30 minutes before eating, and 1 tablespoon at suppertime, 30 minutes before eating.

After thirty days, the first half of the course of treatment has been completed. During the next thirty days, take cedar resin with cedar nut oil, reducing the dose. In the first ten days of the second half of the course of treatment, take 2 tablespoons of cedar resin with cedar nut oil per day, 1 tablespoon in the morning and 1 tablespoon at lunchtime. In the next ten days take 1 tablespoon of cedar resin with cedar nut oil in the morning 30 minutes before eating.

During the final ten days, for four days take 1 tablespoon of cedar resin with cedar nut oil in the morning 30 minutes before eating, in the next three days take 2 teaspoons in the morning 30 minutes before eating, and during the final three days take 1 teaspoon in the morning 30 minutes before eating.

In total, the course of treatment is 60 days in duration. The dosage is calculated for a person of average build.

In order to consolidate the results, the course of treatment may be repeated in two months. It is recommended to take the treatment twice a year, in the autumn and spring.

Baths and Soaks

Haven't you ever wondered why Russian beauties are always so ravishing and amazing? You see, this is all because their grandmothers and grandfathers, great-grandmothers and great-grandfathers constantly bathed in rivers and lakes that contained all the dissolved substances that were beneficial for their health and beauty: minerals brought by springs from secret caves; rains that bring ozone and free oxygen from the upper layers of the atmosphere; pollen, petals, and flowerheads that fall into the water from an infinite number of various flowers and plants; and the fruit, leaves, branches, and trunks of mighty trees, which have absorbed an enormous quantity of energy over many years.

Today, nothing prevents us from arranging, even on a daily basis, exactly the same type of bathing for ourselves, for our loved one, and from the bath obtaining an unbelievable return in energy, the strength that good health brings, and a ton of delightful pleasure when your body begins to transform itself into a song of amazing beauty....

Run a full bath of warm water (38-40C). Add 15-30 grams (2 tablespoons) of 3% turpentine balsam. Mix it throughout the water, and immerse your divine body into this artificial cedar lake. If you feel a chill, make the water warmer, but do not get carried away -- the bath should be pleasant and comfortable, but not hot. The most important thing is that you should not be cold. If for some reason you cannot take a bath, you can make a bath like this only for your legs. Only in this case, it is essential to make the water cooler, 34-35C. Nothing prevents you from using other salts or herbs together with the turpentine balsam. This will only intensify the effect.

When preparing a steam bath for the face, add 1 tablespoon of 3% turpentine balsam to the hot water. Cover your head with a thick towel and take the bath for 5 to 7 minutes. Be sure to close your eyes!

A bath has a wonderful therapeutic effect in insomnia, increased nervous excitability, as well as in skin diseases, abscesses, gout, rheumatism, sciatica, acute respiratory diseases, asthma, and lung diseases. A bath tones and strengthens the heart and nervous system, assists in the restoration of strength in recovering patients. A bath can also be used by healthy people as a means of maintaining their forces.

Facial Skin Care
Creme Balms with addition of Cedar Nut Oil

Cedar nut oil prevents the loss of moisture by the skin and strengthens the natural lipid barrier. Resin accelerates and restores the function of intercellular interaction and accelerates cellular metabolism tenfold. Both of these cedar components are perfectly absorbed by the skin, do not provoke allergic reactions, and because of this, turpentine balsam may be used by children and people with sensitive skin. Balsam supplies the skin with energy, the life force, and "building blocks" in the form of vitamins. The skin is restored and becomes smooth, soft, supple, and pleasant to the touch. And the face acquires a tender, natural blush.

By the way, for your information: for many who dream of an instantaneous result from these preparations or others, turpentine balsam provides an effect in the form of a pleasant warmth practically immediately, and the feeling of having a "new face" after even two to three procedures! And note, completely naturally -- without chemicals or any other artificial garbage!

Cedar balsam is also very simple to use: it is sufficient to wash your face well and, with circular movements, rub several drops of 3% turpentine into the skin until it is fully absorbed. This procedure may be done in the evening, for the night. What is even better is in the morning, to provide your skin with natural protection for the entire day!

Once a week, on Saturday, for example, a mask may be done for the face: take a handful of peeled cedar nuts, grind them to the consistency of a paste, add 2 tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of 3% turpentine balsam and mix. Using circular motions, place a small quantity on your face and let it dry for 4 to 5 minutes, wipe it off with a tissue and rinse your face by splashing water on it (from 30 to 50 times). If you do not have cedar nuts on hand, then turpentine balsam should be applied to clean skin according to the standard cosmetic routine in the form of warm oil compresses on the area of the neck and face for 5 to 7 minutes, two to three times a week. Even after two to three procedures you will feel the effect from the application of the cedar balsam.

Delicate and Seductive Lips

The lips are one of the most expressive features of the face. Velvety lips emphasize the uniqueness of a smile and the enigmatic nature of a look. The lips are extremely sensitive, thanks to their great number of nerve endings. They have no sebaceous glands or melanin, and the epidermis in the tissues of the lips is extremely thin, and has an incomplete set of layers. For these reasons, the lips have always been noted for their particular dryness and the pigmentation that is unusual for skin. Lips are vulnerable to seasonal changes in the weather, they are subject to a great deal of wear and tear in daily life: they actively participate in conversations and in the processes of eating and drinking. For lips to remain young, smooth, and glistening, they must be cared for daily.

Each day, using a soft, moistened toothbrush, massage your lips with circular motions for a minute. This will increase their elasticity, and will also help to remove dried particles. Then rub 1 to 2 drops of 3% turpentine balsam into your lips. Once a week, apply a layer of a mixture of honey with 3% turpentine balsam (1:1) to your lips, and leave it for 15 to 20 minutes. Then the mixture may be either washed off with water, or simply "eaten," since honey and 3% turpentine is very good for the health. Rich in vitamins A and E, turpentine balsam prevents peeling and the appearance of fine cracks in the lips, spares them from the "chewed areas" in the corners of the mouth. In moistening the lips, balsam makes them soft, natural, and attractive. Turpentine does not present an obstacle for esthetic cosmetics. It is fully absorbed into the lips over 5 to 10 minutes, and you can freely apply lipstick, it will not smear and will not begin to run.

D. Fedorov Ph. D.
Novosibirsk State Medical University
Novosibirsk, Russia

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INGREDIENTS: 100% natural Cold-pressed Extra Virgin Siberian Cedar Nut Oil enriched with 100% natural whild harvested (not certified) Hawthorn Berries.

Siberian Taiga is one of the ecologically purest areas of the world. The virgin forest of the taiga has never been treated with any chemicals or artificial fertilisation, nor abused by agricultural machines, all flora in the Taiga has been preserved in the original condition by nature.

One of the most wonderful and beneficial gifts of Siberian Taiga is Hawthorn Oil. Wildly harvested, 100% natural Hawthorn berry is gathered carefully, by people lovingly devoted to this task.

Another great gift from the Siberian Taiga is Siberian Cedar nut oil. Wild harvested Cedar nuts, cold pressed, first press only, this is all original, 100% natural Siberian Cedar nut oil.

Using multistage cold extraction method originally developed in Russia, we preserve all nutritional value and bring you free of artificial ingredients, unique, 100% natural Siberian Cedar Nut Oil enriched with Hawthorn under Ringing Cedars of Russia brand name.

Hawthorn Berry

Crataegus monogyna, known as Common Hawthorn, is a species of hawthorn native to Europe, northwest Africa and western Asia. Other common names include may, mayblossom, maythorn, quickthorn, whitethorn, motherdie, and haw. This species is one of several that have been referred to as Crataegus oxyacantha, a name that has been rejected by the botanical community as too ambiguous.

t is a broadly spreading shrub or small tree 5-14 m tall, with a dense crown. The bark is dull brown with vertical orange cracks. The younger stems bear sharp thorns, 1 to 1.5 cm long. The leaves are 2-4 cm long, obovate and deeply lobed, sometimes almost to the midrib, with the lobes spreading at a wide angle. The upper surface is dark green above and paler underneath.

The hermaphrodite flowers are produced in late spring (May to early June in its native area) in corymbs of 5-25 together; each flower is about 1 cm diameter, and has five white petals, numerous red stamens, and a single style; they are moderately fragrant. They are pollinated by midges and later in the year bear numerous haws. The haw (fruit) is a small, oval dark red fruit about 1 cm long, berry-like, but structurally a pome containing a single seed. Haws are important for wildlife in winter, particularly thrushes and waxwings; these birds eat the haws and disperse the seeds in their droppings.

It is distinguished from the related but less widespread Midland Hawthorn (C. laevigata) in the leaves being deeply lobed, with spreading lobes, and in the flowers having just one style, not two or three. However they are inter-fertile and hybrids occur frequently; they are only entirely distinct in their more typical forms.


Common Hawthorn is extensively planted as a hedge plant, especially for agricultural use. Its spines and close branching habit render it effectively stock and human proof with some basic maintenance. The traditional practice of hedge laying is most commonly practiced with this species.

Numerous hybrids exist, some of which are used as garden shrubs. The most widely used hybrid is C. x media (C. monogyna x C. laevigata) , of which several cultivars are known, including the very popular 'Paul's Scarlet' with dark pink double flowers. Other garden shrubs that have sometimes been suggested as possible hybrids involving the Common Hawthorn[citation needed], include the Various-leaved Hawthorn of the Caucasus, which is only very occasionally found in parks and gardens.

In herbalism the active ingredients in flowers are: tannins, flavonoids, essential oil, triterpene-carbonic acids and purine derivatives. The fruits contain tannins, flavonoids, pigments and vitamins. An infusion of hawthorn is used to treat various heart and circulatory problems and to support digitalis therapy. The young leaves are good in salads. Various other uses are traditional in European herbalism.

Edible "berries"

The fruit of hawthorn, called haws, are edible, but are commonly made into jellies, jams, and syrups, used to make wine, or to add flavour to brandy, rather than eaten fresh. Botanically they are pomes, but they look similar to berries. A haw is small and oblong, similar in size and shape to a small olive or grape, and red when ripe. Haws develop in groups of 2-3 along smaller branches. They are pulpy and delicate in taste. In this species (C. monogyna) they have only one seed, but in other species of hawthorn there may be up to 5 seeds. Some people recommend picking them when they are bright red, but others recommend waiting until they are black and about to fall apart.

Ancient trees

A famous specimen in England, the Glastonbury Thorn, was noteworthy because it flowered twice in a year, once in the late spring which is normal, but also once after the harshness of midwinter has passed. The original specimen at Glastonbury Abbey, now long dead, has been propagated as the cultivar 'Biflora'.

The oldest known living specimen in East Anglia, and possibly in the United Kingdom, is known as "The Hethel Old Thorn", and is located in the churchyard in the small village of Hethel, south of Norwich, in Norfolk. It is reputed to be more than 700 years old, having been planted in the 13th century.

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The brand name "THE RINGING CEDARS OF RUSSIA" stands for business integrity, decency and the highest possible quality of product. All products marketed under this brand name convey the primordial power of Nature and the warmth of our hearts. We offer:

A variety of high-quality cedar products, including cedar nuts and cedar nut oil.

Huge plantations of cedar trees grow in the Siberian taiga, said to be the ecologically purest area of the world. The virgin forest of the taiga has never been treated with any chemicals or artificial fertilisation, nor abused by agricultural machines.

Cedar nuts (the seeds of the cedar tree) take two years to mature, during which time the tree accumulates a huge volume of positive cosmic energy. Crops of nuts are harvested manually by people lovingly devoted to this task, working in a pleasant environment without undue haste to create unique products full of positive energy reflecting the infinite powers of Nature. Specific preparations include:

We pick only cedar cones which fall naturally from the trees, thus ensuring that only ripe cones are selected. We always avoid hitting the trees to shake unripe cedar cones down (as happens with some other commercial operations) -- a practice which causes the nuts to lose their healing power.

Cones are then manually shelled with the help of wooden shell-removers. Nut centres are separated from their shells using wooden rollers.

Cedar nut oil and cedar nut flour marketed under our brand name are obtained by the cold-pressure method, using manual wooden oil-presses.

Cedar nut oil is then stored in special containers and packed in a small village near Novosibirsk by name "Kandayrovo" using unique technology to avoid any contact with metal. The whole process is strictly supervised to ensure it complies with all sanitary requirements.

Final products are placed in special packaging to prevent daylight penetration, and stored at a temperature of 0C to +5C to better preserve the product's natural components. The resulting product is a bright gold-coloured liquid with the pleasant smell of cedar nuts. It is a 100% natural product with strong healing powers.


Siberian Cedar nuts (cedar nuts) contain about 60% oil. They are therefore pressed to obtain Cedar nut oil, which is available on the market as a very expensive gourmet cooking oil. Cold pressing in all-wooden presses is preferred to retain the nutritional properties of nuts and derive the oil of highest quality.

The Cedar nut oil bearing "The Ringing Cedars of Russia" brand comes exclusively from wild-harvested Siberian Cedar nuts - one of the most nutritious Cedar nuts in the world. In comparison, other Cedar nut oils are usually pressed from the Italian pignolia Cedar nuts, which are not nearly as potent and are often harvested from trees growing in plantations. Our Siberian Cedar nut oil is extra virgin (100% cold pressed from freshly shelled raw Siberian Cedar nuts), whereas most Cedar nut oils on the market are either not cold pressed or even pressed from roasted (!) Cedar nuts, which significantly decreases the oil value. Finally, "The Ringing Cedars of Russia" Siberian Cedar nut oil is the only one which is available on the market anywhere in the world pressed with wooden presses in accordance with traditional techniques described in Vladimir Megre's life-changing book "The Ringing Cedars of Russia". In contrast, all other Cedar nut oils are pressed using steel presses, which immediately degrades them (contact with steel oxidizes some of the Cedar nut oil's most important ingredients such as vitamins, and is known to remove the 'life force' from the oil).

Cedar nut oil has also traditionally been used in ancient Russian and European natural medicine to cure a wide array of ailments - ingested (decreasing blood pressure, boosting immune system resistance, etc.) or applied externally (a range of dermatological disorders). It is also used in expensive cosmetics.

Cedar nut oil contains pinolenic acid, a polyunsaturated fatty acid, and is marketed in the U.S. as a means stimulate cell proliferation, prevent hypertension, decrease blood lipid and blood sugar, and inhibit allergic reactions.

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1 medium-large zucchini, sliced into paper thin coins
2 small fennel bulbs, trimmed and shaved paper-thin
2/3 cup / .5oz/ 15g loosely chopped fresh dill
1/3 cup / 80ml fresh lemon juice, plus more if needed
1/3 cup / 80ml cedar nut oil oil, plus more if needed
fine grain sea salt
4 or 5 generous handfuls arugula
Honey, if needed
1/2 cup / 2 oz/ 60g cedar nuts, toasted
1/3 cup / 2 oz / 60g / feta cheese, crumbled


Combine the zucchini, fennel and dill in a bowl and toss with the lemon juice, cedar nut oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside and marinate for 20 minutes, or up to an hour.

When you are ready to serve the salad, put the arugula in a large bowl. Scoop all of the zucchini and fennel onto the arugula, and pour most of the lemon juice dressing on top of that. Toss gently but thoroughly. Taste and adjust with more of the dressing, cedar nut oil, lemon juice, or salt if needed. If the lemons were particularly tart, you may need to counter the pucker-factor by adding a tiny drizzle of honey into the salad at this point. Let your taste buds guide you. Serve topped with cedar nuts and feta.


3 medium cloves garlic, peeled
a big pinch of fine grain sea salt
1/4 cup cedar nut oil
2 tablespoons harissa (paste)
8 ounces (1/2 pound) whole wheat spaghettini
1 small bunch kale, well-washed and deveined
1/2 cup oil-cured black olives, pitted
1/2 cup cedar nuts, toasted
zest of 1 lemon


Bring a big pot of water to a boil. In the meantime, place the cloves of garlic on a cutting board and sprinkle then with a big pinch of salt. Crush with the flat side of a knife. Now crush and chop, crush and chop until you have a garlic paste. Alternately, you can use a mortar and pestle. In a small bowl whisk together the garlic paste, harissa, and cedar nut oil. Set aside.

Generously salt the boiling water, add the pasta, and cook per package instructions. Just before the pasta is done add the kale to the pasta water, count to six, drain and set aside.

Heat half of the harissa dressing in the now empty pasta pot. Add the pasta and kale, black olives, cedar nuts, and lemon zest. Stir over the heat for a minute or so, then turn everything out onto a platter and drizzle with the remaining harissa cedar nut oil.

Serves about 4 - 6.


1 cauliflower head, cut into florets
1/4 cup cedar nuts
1/4 pound mushrooms, cut into batons
4-5 garlic cloves, sliced thin
1-2 teaspoons dried oregano
1-2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
Salt and black pepper to taste
Lemon juice to taste


Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook the cauliflower for 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

While the water is heating, toast the cedar nuts in a dry saute pan until lightly browned. Keep an eye on them, as cedar nuts go from toasted to burnt quickly. Set the cedar nuts aside when they are toasted.

Add mushrooms to the pan and fry gently over medium heat. Remove the mushrooms and set aside with the cedar nuts. Saute the garlic for 1 minute on medium-high heat, then add the cauliflower, cedar nuts, mushrooms, oregano and red pepper flakes. Toss to combine and saute for 3-4 minutes, stirring often. Do not let the garlic burn.

Turn off the heat and add salt and lemon juice to taste.

Serves 4-6 as a side dish

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Uses: For the full benefit of a healthy sleep.

Consists of: Fabric - 100% flax. Content: dried, extremely thin layer that exists between the nut and the shell of a Cedar nut. Fully natural and ecologically clean components.

Cedar Comforter has a great history in ancient folk medicine. Healers believed that Cedar has a variety of different benefits:
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- Assists in stress relief.
- Gives a feeling of morning freshness.
- Improves blood circulation.
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Cedar comforter under the brand name "The Ringing Cedars of Russia" is a unique product which carries the purity and power of the Cedar forest. It is made in consistence with ancient technologies.
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The oil from cedar nuts is being extracted for a long time in the Ural Mountains and Siberia. Our ancestors ate cedar nut oil and used it for medical purposes since the ancient times. In XIX century cedar nut oil could be bought on any Siberian market. It has been home-made with the use of only the simplest machinery. It has a soft taste, gold-and-amber color, and a wonderful smell of nuts.

In old Russian folk medicine consider that Siberian cedar nut oil eliminates a chronic weakness syndrome, increases overall strength of an organism, physical and brain activities. Siberian cedar nut oil taken regularly improves immune system. Any vegetative oil can be substituted by Siberian cedar nut oil, but nothing can fully substitute cedar nut oil. It can also be used as a facial night cream for returning a natural beauty of the skin.


1. Q: Is it Cedar Nut Oil?

A: This is 100% natural Cedar Nut Oil cold pressed from wild harvested, organic, not certified cedar nuts, but it also has all the benefits of Hawthorn berries. It was not blended with any other substance, it was enriched with Hawthorm berries vitamins and minerals by means of extraction.

2. Q: How the extract is made?

A: Hawthorn berries are inserted in the Cedar Nut Oil and are kept there under a vacuum for certain time, until Oil extracts all the minerals, nutrients and vitamins as well as natural color from the berries.

3. Q: What are Hawthorn berries beneficial for?

A: Hawthorn Berry strengthens the heart, helps restore blood pressure to nominal levels, and is good for the blood. Hawthorn berry is also good for digestive problems.

5. Q: Are there any negative side effects?

A: There was no reported evidence of this oil causing adverse reactions or negative side effects.

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INGREDIENTS: 100% natural Cold-pressed Extra Virgin Siberian Cedar Nut Oil, 100% natural Sea Buckthorn Berry.

The oil from cedar nuts is being extracted for a long time in the Ural Mountains and Siberia. Our ancestors ate cedar nut oil and used it for medical purposes since the ancient times. In XIX century cedar nut oil could be bought on any Siberian market. It has been home-made with the use of only the simplest machinery. It has a soft taste, gold-and-amber color, and a wonderful smell of nuts.

In old Russian folk medicine consider that Siberian cedar nut oil eliminates a chronic weakness syndrome, increases overall strength of an organism, physical and brain activities. Siberian cedar nut oil taken regularly improves immune system. Any vegetative oil can be substituted by Siberian cedar nut oil, but nothing can fully substitute cedar nut oil. It can also be used as a facial night cream for returning a natural beauty of the skin.


1. Q: Is it Cedar Nut Oil?

A: This is 100% natural Cedar Nut Oil cold pressed from wild harvested, organic, not certified cedar nuts, but it also has all the benefits of Sea Buckthorn berries. It was not blended with any other substance, it was enriched with Sea Buckthorn vitamins and minerals by means of extraction.

2. Q: How the extract is made?

A: Sea Buckthorn berries are inserted in the Cedar Nut Oil and are kept there under a vacuum for certain time, until Oil extracts all the minerals, nutrients and vitamins as well as natural color from the berries.

3. Q: What are Sea Buckthorn berries beneficial for?

A: Sea Buckthorn berry has a very pleasant mild taste, it is known to calm the nerves, and is very good for the skin if used topically and internally and is great antioxidant.

The Sea Buckthorn is also beneficial for:

  • diseases of mucous membranes
  • aphthous ulcers
  • esophagitis
  • acid reflux
  • dermatological diseases and skin conditions

6. Q: Where were your Sea Buckthorn berries grown?

A: The Sea Buckthorn berries that we use for extract grow in Siberia - one of the pures and ecologically cleanest area in the world. They are wild harverted. The Sea Buckthorn berries of Russia contain the highest amount of vitamins and minerals in the world, becuase the plants were cultivated with the aim to increase vitamins and minerals in berries, as opposes to Chinese and Canadian Sea Buckthorn, which were cultivated to raise the quantity of berries.

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INGREDIENTS: 100% natural Cold-pressed Extra Virgin Siberian Cedar Nut Oil, 100% natural Rose Hip Berry.

The oil from cedar nuts is being extracted for a long time in the Ural Mountains and Siberia. Our ancestors ate cedar nut oil and used it for medical purposes since the ancient times. In XIX century cedar nut oil could be bought on any Siberian market. It has been home-made with the use of only the simplest machinery. It has a soft taste, gold-and-amber color, and a wonderful smell of nuts.

In old Russian folk medicine consider that Siberian cedar nut oil eliminates a chronic weakness syndrome, increases overall strength of an organism, physical and brain activities. Siberian cedar nut oil taken regularly improves immune system. Any vegetative oil can be substituted by Siberian cedar nut oil, but nothing can fully substitute cedar nut oil. It can also be used as a facial night cream for returning a natural beauty of the skin.


1. Q: Is it Cedar Nut Oil?

A: This is 100% natural Cedar Nut Oil cold pressed from wild harvested, organic, not certified cedar nuts, but it also has all the benefits of Rose Hip berries. It was not blended with any other substance, it was enriched with Rose Hip berries vitamins and minerals by means of extraction.

2. Q: How the extract is made?

A: Rose Hip berries are inserted in the Cedar Nut Oil and are kept there under a vacuum for certain time, until Oil extracts all the minerals, nutrients and vitamins as well as natural color from the berries.

3. Q: What are Rose Hip berries beneficial for?

A: Rose Hip is particularly high in Vitamine C, it also contains Vitamins D and E. It is powerful antioxidant and is great for bones and joints. Rose Hip berries are used to treat diseases of liver and bile passages. They facilitate liver and gall bladder functioning and trigger self-cleaning as they are strong bile-expelling agent. Rose Hip flowers are also consumed as a remedy for heartburn.

The Rose Hip berries are also beneficial for:

  • colds and influenza
  • urinary bladder infections
  • dizziness and headaches

5. Q: Are there any negative side effects?

A: There was no reported evidence of this oil causing adverse reactions or negative side effects.

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INGREDIENTS: 100% natural Cold-pressed Extra Virgin Siberian Cedar Nut Oil, 100% natural Hawthorn Berry.

The oil from cedar nuts is being extracted for a long time in the Ural Mountains and Siberia. Our ancestors ate cedar nut oil and used it for medical purposes since the ancient times. In XIX century cedar nut oil could be bought on any Siberian market. It has been home-made with the use of only the simplest machinery. It has a soft taste, gold-and-amber color, and a wonderful smell of nuts.

In old Russian folk medicine consider that Siberian cedar nut oil eliminates a chronic weakness syndrome, increases overall strength of an organism, physical and brain activities. Siberian cedar nut oil taken regularly improves immune system. Any vegetative oil can be substituted by Siberian cedar nut oil, but nothing can fully substitute cedar nut oil. It can also be used as a facial night cream for returning a natural beauty of the skin.


1. Q: Is it Cedar Nut Oil?

A: This is 100% natural Cedar Nut Oil cold pressed from wild harvested, organic, not certified cedar nuts, but it also has all the benefits of Hawthorn berries. It was not blended with any other substance, it was enriched with Hawthorm berries vitamins and minerals by means of extraction.

2. Q: How the extract is made?

A: Hawthorn berries are inserted in the Cedar Nut Oil and are kept there under a vacuum for certain time, until Oil extracts all the minerals, nutrients and vitamins as well as natural color from the berries.

3. Q: What are Hawthorn berries beneficial for?

A: Hawthorn Berry strengthens the heart, helps restore blood pressure to nominal levels, and is good for the blood. Hawthorn berry is also good for digestive problems.

5. Q: Are there any negative side effects?

A: There was no reported evidence of this oil causing adverse reactions or negative side effects.

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History of Aromatherapy

For millenniums humanity has been discovering mysterious properties of plants. Knowledge obtained through experiments and researches and its systematization resulted in a new science - Aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy is an art of healing by means of plant aromas. Aromatherapy emerged long before it was thought as a science. Have you noticed how easily you breathe when you are walking in a forest? How nice it is to feel piny wood scent and redolence of green pine needles and resin! This is a natural aromatherapy.

According to the first manuscripts with fragrance recipes aromatherapy has been used for 6000 years! In Egypt the use of aromatherapy is confirmed by earthenware tablets that described embalming process by means of aromatics.

Ancient people perfectly understood aromatic and therapeutic properties of plants. Contemporary civilization just begins to uncover the value of aromatherapy hidden treasures.

In the ancient times aromatic, antiseptic, antimicrobial and wound-healing properties of essential-oil plants were known and widely used from Babylon and Persia to India and China. In the old medical texts of these countries, written around 3000 years ago, many herbs and their utilization were described. Plants whose aromas were able to impact on consciousness were burned during religious ceremonies.

The resins that were used for incense were highly therapeutic; they influenced on respiratory system and immersed priests into meditative state. Egyptians applied fragrances from perfumery and cosmetics to medicine and mummification. Some perfume jars still smell with fragrance that was kept there 3200 years ago. Also Egyptians used aromas for skin care, washing clothes, added them into vine and food. Frankincense oil used to be burned in honor of Egyptian God Ra, it also was a great component in skin care recipes. Cedar and Myrrh oils were used for embalming. As it turned out essential oils of cedar and myrrh contained elements with strong prophylactic and antiseptic properties, which allowed mummies be preserved for a very long time. Egyptians acquired a reputation of perfume experts; however, they were not familiar with essential oil extraction methods and used only infusions and ointments.

Greeks continued researches in aromatherapy. They found new uses for essential oils in medicine. Ancient thinker and pharmacologist Pedanius Dioscorides wrote a book about healing with herbs "De Materia Medica". This book had been very popular in Europe for 12 centuries. Many recipes offered in this book are still useful today. Another Greek physician Hippocrates - the founder of contemporary scientific medicine composed a work where 236 plants and their medical use were described. Reflecting Greek philosophy of his time, Hippocrates approached patient as a unified whole and as a part of nature. He believed that plants contain medical elements in optimal combination and thus they heal better when unprocessed or as natural juices.

Romans based their knowledge on Greeks' aromatherapy achievements. Their innovation was in bringing aromatic plants and ingredients from Aravia and Eastern India. With new plants more deceases could be cured. Romans paid a lot of attention to the aromatic properties of plants. In antique Rome and Greece perfumery with floral scents was booming, the essential oils were widely used in steam baths as a daily ritual. Many Greek doctors served in Roman army and carried their aromatherapy knowledge through different countries. Ancient Greek philosophers believed that essential oils were given to people by Olympus Gods as a means of supreme light, awakening love.

After the collapse of Roman Empire, Arabic perfumers improved aromatherapy knowledge. They were the first who applied steam distillation for extracting essential oil from rose petals. This invention is believed to belong to Avicenna, philosopher and a physician of Middle East. He described more than 800 medical means that were mostly of botanical origin. In his book "The Canon of Medicine" he described steam distillation method which is used nowadays as well.

European aromatherapy was developing in medieval times. During crusades Arabic fragrances were spread over entire Europe. Plant's medical properties were intensively studied at the times of pestilence spread. Branches of lavender and cypress were burned on the streets. It was the only protection against Black Death that people knew.

In the ninetieth century with the development of synthetic pharmacology the importance of aromatherapy began to decrease. However, when it was noticed that synthetic products caused multiple complications the interest in aromatherapy arose again.

In 1930, French scientist-chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse put into practice a term of Aromatherapy. His family owned a perfumery fabric, and, according to the legend, Maurice, working in a laboratory, burned his hand badly. By reflex, he dipped his hand into lavender oil that was standing by. Later he was so amazed watching mystical recovery and disappearance of scars on his hand. As a result he dedicated his live to researches about essential oil cosmetic and dermatological properties.

French physician Jean Valnet significantly expanded uses of aromatherapy. He was using essential oils for disinfection of wounds and for internal organs spasms relieving. In 1964 he published a book "Practice of Aromatherapy" triggering the aromatherapy practice in Europe. Homeopathic clinics, practicing aromatherapy were build in Paris, Sveden and England where obvious rejuvenation properties of essential oils were studied.

Contemporary aromatherapy is first of all a prophylactic and healthful method of maintaining good psycho-emotional and physical fitness. It is a therapy that relieves everyday stress and prevents development of infirmity. In Canada, US, Europe and Japan thousands of aromatherapy clinics operate, aromatherapy books are published and scientific laboratories are working, continuing the tradition of aromatherapy use.

With the growing popularity of aromatherapy many people get familiarized with therapeutic properties of essential oils and start using them at home on a daily basis.

On the current market the world leading Essential Oil company is Young Living Essential Oils. Young Living's line of pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils and essential oil blends are sourced from the world's finest plants. They are not diluted with chemical and synthetic additives and are carefully prepared to maintain plant integrity. This commitment to purity makes Young Living products the world's highest-quality essential oil line.

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