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This section is devoted to the information that will be useful in the creation of a Kin's Domains.

1. Children's Upbringing and Education:

2. Meaning of Food in Our Lives

3. Health, Natural Methods of Health Improvement

4. Ecological Farming, Permaculture

5. Green Construction, Eco-friendly Technologies

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Anasta, Vladimir Megre's tenth book in the "Ringing Cedars of Russia" series, has been released in Russian.


People will find it difficult to believe in something like this. And if someone does not believe, so what? What will be left to the nonbeliever from the lack of belief in his own power? His birth? Yes! But for what purpose? If afterward there is only a meaningless life, then death. And then again the question arises: born for what purpose? A multitude of teachings have existed for millions of years. All about the single idea that humanity is waiting for something from someone. And it waited, having locked up its thought and reason. And it did not think about why or for what purpose the Universe was illuminating the stars above.

The book launch will take place on 27 March 2010 at the Ringing Cedars International Festival (Moscow, Soccer Hall, Track and Soccer Complex of the Army Central Sports Club).

Information on the release of the book in the English Language will be published in THE EARTH Monthly Newspaper as soon as it becomes available.

Please note: information in regards to the release of the translation of the final book in the English Language is not available by phone. Please keep checking the upcoming issues of THE EARTH Monthly Newspaper for further updates.

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Ecovillage Yeseninskaya Sloboda

For your consideration: Yeseninskaya Sloboda, our settlement of kin's domains.

The settlement of Yeseninskaya Sloboda is located in one of the most picturesque regions of the Ryazan area, whose notable site is the village of Konstantinovo -- the home of the great Russian poet Sergey Yesenin.

The settlement of Yeseninskaya Sloboda consists of kin's domains, each of which is an indivisible parcel of land with an area of one hectare, where each family will be able to build its own home and set up its own personal space in conformity with the idea of combining a high quality of life with the preservation of resources and nature. The settlement has made provision for public areas, on which will be available a Common House fulfilling various functions.

Gas and electricity have been brought to the territory of the settlement.

We are planning to use eco-friendly materials produced primarily from renewable natural resources in the construction of homes, buildings, roads, etc.

As of today, 30 March 2010, we have the following:

Legal entity: Yeseninskaya Sloboda Suburban Non-commercial Partnership

Parcel 1: 78 ha (agricultural purpose) -- the property of the Suburban Non-commercial Partnership -- documents have been submitted to join the parcel to the designated populated area and change its purpose to "settlement lands."

Parcel 2: 14 ha (agricultural purpose) -- we are registering it as the property of the Suburban Non-commercial Partnership at the present, after which we shall also change its purpose.

An old riverbed runs between parcels 1 and 2. The river is not flowing, but if the riverbed between the parcels is cleaned, a large pond will be created. The area of the parcel together with the old riverbed and the forest area between the parcels comes to about 20 ha.

Surrounding the parcels are agricultural fields and deciduous forest stands. The parcels immediately border on the villages of Golenkino (several houses, in which holiday residents live only during the summertime) and Romantsevo (several dozen houses, where people live year-round).

Roads: An asphalt road (plowed in the winter) runs to Parcel 1 from the village of Romantsevo. A dirt road runs to Parcel 2 from the direction of the village of Golenkino.

People: An action committee is being formed; one family has already begun construction in the spring of 2010, and intends to spend the winter on its domain.

General business of the settlement: Development of tourism, handicrafts, and eco production.

If our ideas are dear to your heart and the Yeseninsky area is to your liking, welcome!

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Zapolyanye Ecovillage

Here is our settlement!

Country: Russia

Name of the settlement: Zapolyanye

Brief information:
25 domains, each with a size of 1.5 ha, with an apportionment in the locality, have been registered as property. The total area of the settlement is 155.36 ha.
Our contact details: Lipetsk Oblast, City of Dankov
The registration of the first part of the settlement (52 domains) is being completed, 5 unoccupied parcels remain.
We are preparing to register the second part of the settlement, another 30 domains.
Of these, 17 parcels are unoccupied. All the parcels are being registered in plots of 1.5 ha as property.
Our neighbor, Vladimir Yurievich Borev, the Editor-in-Chief of the Sovetnik Prezidenta publishing house, is giving away 4 horses to persons wishing to settle in our village.

We invite you to be our neighbors.

Telephone: 89056894901 - Sergey Golev
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Settlement of Vesnyanka

Nature in Kharkov Oblast

On the territory of the settlement of Vesnyanka (village of Deregovka, Novovodolazhsky District, Kharkov Oblast, Ukraine), the local residents (not the settlers) are selling 6 parcels with houses, suitable for the creation of domains (one parcel -- 2 ha -- with very beautiful landscape, two springs on the parcel, house with gas, the price is $11000).

Information by telephone (kievstar) +38067 7518708, the founder of the settlement is Natasha.
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Welcome to
SPACE of LOVE Magazine!

Fifth Issue is out!

Many of us agree that our planet and world are in profound transition - facing a turning point in human history. Some say that we as a people have had this same chance many times before in our near and far history. Each time, so history shows, humanity sank back once more, en mass, into the same spiritual sleep. But once more, we are also closer than ever to be able to turn this planet into the paradise it was meant to be.

At this time on Earth, more people than ever are committed to awaken and to stay awake even as a large percentage of the world's beautiful people are being hypnotized and mass-manipulated out of their divine powers by only a few dark minds. We seem to have forgotten our most inviolable power, to love each other and co-create this beautiful Earth as a Space of Love, the metaphorical and literal paradise-like garden it was meant to be.

We were inspired to create this magazine by the incredible wisdom and vision of a young, beautiful recluse living in the wild of the Siberian Taiga, Anastasia, and a courageous author, Vladimir Megre. He has recorded her amazing, encouraging story and wisdom for us in a series of ten books, and eleven million best-selling copies, translated into over twenty of the world's languages.

We create and write through this meeting place, this Space of Love, for those of us who are ready to help transform and see this planet as the luscious paradise it was meant to be. Anastasia envisions and holds for us a foreseeable future where every man, woman, child and animal can eat and live in peace and harmony.

Our mandate is to share writings and ideas which help us transfer this inspiring vision into joyful lives all over the world.

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SOL magazine is published through the efforts of a few devoted people. As a publication unsupported by commercial interest, we will not offer advertising from corporate-controlled media. Therefore we hope and rely upon your help in promoting SOL Magazine. Word of mouth is our main means of promoting and our readers are our best advertisers. So if you find this Space of Love Magazine insightful, Informative and interesting, please tell a friend. Better still, purchase a copy and give it to a friend or loved one, who just may discover a completely new world - the world of consciously living in their own Space of Love.

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Poetry, art, music, photography and anything else that flows from the heart.

Art by Dmitry Steshenko

From the archive of

With Eyes of Love

With eyes of Love I saw Life today,
And she greeted me with a great big smile!
I was a little girl again and I giggled.
The magic and innocence of youth that for a while,

Escaped me, now returned, and we danced.
With eyes of Love I could feel what I know,
And fun found me and chased me through the woods.
A splash of sunlight blind-sighted me while a crow,

Beckoned me to follow and lead the way.
A butterball squirrel chastised my flying friend.
Clearly he wanted to lead the way.
Oh to see with Love with no sight to the end!

And there before me gleamed a loving pool,
Filled with liquid stars glistening in the sun.
Its warmth welcomed me and so I swam,
With eyes of Love I swam to the melody of fun.

With eyes of Love...




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Posted by Chri5 in a topic Gardening like anastasia. Join the discussion of this topic here:

It is winter here in NSW Australia, 5 to 7 degrees below first thing this morning ~ white frost.
I have been rearranging our gardens making pathways of sand and rocks which I collect with wheelbarrow each day.
Enjoying making garden shapes.
A 4 day horse event a few weeks ago, so also have been collecting wheelbarrow loads from there to lay on news paper for no dig gardens.
And fallen deciduous leaves from town park for mulch ~ been digging some of our garden shapes to try out this method
There are 4 of us here, each with a garden space.
We are sharing a 1/4 acre house block.

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Birth Story: The Home Birth of Josiah Evan Romero

My sis and I went snorkeling and for a long swim, probably close to half a mile, on Wednesday afternoon, the 14th. It was great exercise, and I think responsible for getting my contrax started at 41 weeks. My sis and I chatted until 2:30 in the morning, while contrax were about 10 minutes apart, and then I was able to rest well until about 8 the next morning. I spent the day in my recliner, chatting, reading, playing games in between contrax, and fading into oblivion during! My sis was astounded that I acted like I was asleep--all of her labors she fought her contrax. Needless to say, she was more than ready to stop after 3 babies! By her own words, she said she could see having 20 babies if it were so easy! Yeah right, easy, I thought. :o) But it did continue that way all the way up to the pushing stage. I was very apprehensive, and really not wanting to be in my skin at all, but as none would trade with me, I prayed all the way and did my best to relax and manage each contrax as it came.

Anyway, my hubby, sis and I retired to my bedroom where the bed & birth pool were set up for labor at about 6pm, and we had a wonderful time of fellowship in there between contrax. I must say the kids were exceptional all day! It did help that we let them sit in front of dvds all day, but they were very quiet and respectful. They even had to brave the pushing stage alone, as Eva, who'd been with them all day, was sitting in the pool with me! They all crowded in shortly after the birth, and were happy to kiss mommy and baby.

I never did have really clear signs of transition like I usually do, other than burping after contrax. I never started shaking, and other than the same apprehension never felt out of control, but my dear husband managed to know exactly what I needed, and insisted I get into the pool at about 8pm. Of course this slowed things a bit, but after about 10-15 minutes they returned in full force. Actually, there were only one or two before pushing began. I felt for baby, and could feel the bag of waters still unbroken against baby's head--what an amazing thing! My sis videoed the birth from that point, and we always laugh at my first "bug-eyed" expression when baby begins to move through the birth canal!

I was squatting against the edge of the pool, and Eva was behind me pushing on my lower back with all her might! I think he was born with one or both hands against his cheeks. The head and what I assumed to be shoulders were quite hard, and I hardly felt the body slip out as I usually do. But when his head was about half way out, there was a lull in the contrax, and he was so fat I couldn't quite tell what was what! Hubby looked with the flashlight and could see the ears, and I do remember his head rotating a bit in my hand. And then he was out--ah, such relief!! The cord was wrapped around him and over his head in such a way that I couldn't pull him up, and in trying to slip the cord over his head he actually slipped out under my leg and went floating and spinning off under water! It was so funny, but I think I was the only one who wasn't alarmed. :o) There was LOTS of vernix all over him, and chunks floating in the water--he was a slippery guy to hold on to! Once I had him again unwound and under my leg, I lifted him and and checked to see exactly who we had. "SHE'S a BOY!" I shouted! Well, that set us to scrambling for a name, between checking his apgar, ha! Though somewhat purple--as nearly all my babies have been--he was absolutely perfect, and cried within 20 seconds of clearing the water--and boy can he cry! :o)

Passing the placenta was a little harder--not the passing, but the cramping! It seems the placenta was in front of the womb, just under my skin, and it really hurt to massage and work it down. I bled ALOT after passing it, and think it was partly due to my prematurely taking some afterbirth tincture, hoping it would help with the cramping. It may have, but I also think it relaxed my womb too much, and perhaps my tummy wasn't able to clamp down like it should have. I'm quite sure the placenta was complete, though it came with a large blood clot--at least I knew I was clotting well! But in the shower after I got out of the pool and in bed I bled alot for the first hour or two. We nearly decided to leave for the hospital, but kept an eye on my blood pressure and how I was feeling looking. Other than normal after-birth weariness I felt fine, and my blood pressure didn't drop below 101/63, and my normal reading is about 105, so we stayed put. We are so thankful to the Lord for His sustaining Hand! The wise counsel of a dear friend and midwife was to keep me in bed for two or three days at least--though I must admit I did insist on getting up to use the restroom, sorry Barbara! :o) Things seem to be normal now, and I'm still leaning heavily on my family as I rest and try to get my bones to knit back together.

I cannot say what a tremendous blessing my husband was, as he has been for every birth, and am so thankful he is so patient as to sit next to me an entire day as I appear to be sleeping! His presence and encouragement are vital. And the presence of my sister was absolutely wonderful. Her first comment after baby's head was out of the water was "You are such a brave woman!" Well, I don't know that I was feeling that brave, but her encouragement was tremendous. She did a great job tracking the contrax, taking video/photos, and marking the apgar scores etc.

So the birth stats are:
Josiah Evan Romero
born March 15, 2007, at 8:25pm (this is, by the way, our only child born on the same date both in Fiji and the U.S! It would've been 1:25am US time March 15)
6.7 lbs, 20 inches long, head 14.25"

We had planned on naming a girl after my hubby's grandmothers and my handmaiden, Eva, so had to think about that. In the end it worked out fine. Evan is for Darren's maternal grandmother, Evelyn, and my handmaiden Eva, and Romero is his Paternal grandmother's maiden name. Josiah means "God saves," and Evan means "God is gracious," and God did both for me, and I trust He will for little Josiah as well!

I thought he would be attached permanently to me the first couple of days he was so hungry! If not sucking he was crying all but about 4-5 hours of the first two days. Now that my milk has come in, he's sleeping loonnngg stretches, and I'm having to wake him! Last night he slept the best yet, and while he woke a few times to eat, he went back to sleep right away and didn't insist on staying attached! He is a beautiful, sweet, content baby, and we could not be more delighted."

Jane, mother of:

Josiah Evan Romero
Born 3/15/2007

submitted 3/20/2007

Learning is Not Something That's Done to You

by Wendy Priesnitz

"You cannot teach a person anything; you can only help him find it within himself." Galileo

Perhaps the most basic assumption our society makes about education is that learning can and should be produced in people. This assumption leads to another one: Learning is the result of treatment by an institution called school.

We assume that people – especially children – do not want to learn and will not learn if left to their own devices. So we force children to gather together in one place for long hours with others of the same age, so that we can "educate" them. Even many people who reject traditional schooling in favor of homeschooling believe that education must be "done to" children. They continue the process of manipulating children to learn, as well as judging and processing them in a variety of ways, then diagnosing them as having a problem or even an illness if they don't learn what the adults have decided they need to learn.

Unfortunately for children, this assumption is no more valid than the one which says wellness results from treatment by a hospital. One may get well in a hospital and there are some situations where a hospital stay may be the only way to get well. But there are also many examples where hospitals have hindered the healing process or where relatively well people have become ill in hospitals, either through mistreatment or by catching other people's diseases. Most people would be healthier if they took responsibility for their own well-being, rather than rushing off to be treated by an institution every time they have a health problem.

Similarly, people do learn in schools. However, most schools are not the only – or for many people, the best – environment for learning. And that is because they focus on teaching rather than on learning. Human beings do not need to be taught in order to learn. We are born interacting with and exploring our surroundings. Babies are active learners, their burning curiosity motivating them to learn how the world works. And if they are given a safe, supportive environment, they will continue to learn hungrily and naturally – in the manner and at the speed that suits them best. In fact, you cannot stop young children learning from everything they experience. They are always experimenting with cause and effect. And they are always soaking up information from their environment – learning to walk, talk and do many other amazing things.

Cognitive psychologist Alison Gopnik, who is co-author of a research study called "The Scientist in the Crib," says babies' brains are smarter, faster, more flexible and busier than adults'. Her research has confirmed that, contrary to traditional beliefs about children, toddlers think in a logical manner, arriving at abstract principles early and quickly. "They think, draw conclusions, make predictions, look for explanations and even do experiments," she writes.

The late Robert White, Harvard developmental psychologist, called this instinct to learn an "urge toward competence." What he meant was that we are born with the need to have an impact on our surroundings, to control the world in which we live. We do not just sit and wait for the world to come to us (unless we've been told to sit down, be quiet and wait). We actively try to interpret the world, to make sense of it. Of course, this drive to discover means we are constantly learning... and experiencing the pride that comes with having learned.

Some psychologists feel that the pleasure we take from this drive to learn is also its motivation. Perhaps this hedonistic aspect of self-directed learning is also its downfall! How can something so important be so much fun? Can learning really be so effortless? Unfortunately, by turning learning into forced drudgery – intentionally or not – schools suffocate the natural desire to discover and master the world.

What results is a kind of self-fulfilling prophesy. Because schools suffocate this hunger to learn, learning appears to be difficult and we assume that children must be motivated to do it. The tools of manipulation and motivation include rewards and a whole array of demeaningly "fun" exercises reproduced from boring workbooks. In reality, people do not need external rewards to learn. We do not learn things because the process is fun, but because what we learn allows us to accomplish something. And that accomplishment is sufficient reward.

Nevertheless, there is more to learning than meets the eye. It is actually a very sophisticated mental process. No matter what the topic is or how motivated we are, people of all ages learn best when there is time for research, for digression, for processing the information, for immersion in the project, for spontaneous activities or even sidetracks. We learn by muddling through problems and discovering the satisfaction of accomplishment. Learning is a process of figuring things out, making connections, getting ideas and testing them, taking risks, making mistakes without fear of ridicule or embarrassment, and trying again. An optimum learning environment provides opportunities to explore, to investigate questions and ideas.

Discovery leads learners to find out about the world. Reading novels sparks an interest in history. Setting up a lemonade stand requires and develops a knowledge of arithmetic. Communicating with grandma hones creative writing skills. A conversation over the back fence can result in the enthusiastic pursuit of a common interest with a like-minded friend – not because two people share the same age but because they share a passion for a certain subject.

A real teacher is a facilitator, collaborator and supporter of this learning process, rather than someone who attempts to create, control or manipulate learning. This type of support requires respecting and trusting the learner; talking with them; providing opportunities for interaction with people and things; sharing and modeling learning; supporting the risk- and mistake-making processes; enriching the environment with books, pens, paper and other materials; celebrating good ideas and satisfying accomplishments; and helping troubleshoot when things go wrong. It also means providing the time for children to investigate their own ideas, and being a flexible and patient observer of a process that does not always appear to be sequential or organized.

Schools are not designed for this sort of active learning. They can't possibly present enough opportunities, time, space or flexibility for self-directed learning to take place, in spite of the fact that many teachers will tell you this is exactly what they are doing.

Active learners can benefit from access to resource people but do not require motivation or coercion by teachers. Active learners do not need the forced guidance of someone else's agenda or curriculum. They do not need formal lessons taught at predetermined hours on days set aside especially for learning.

Nor does active learning require assessment or grading. The concepts of "passing" and "failing" are really only relevant to situations where education is thought of as a series of hurdles to be scaled, and where accountability is the bottom line from an economic efficiency perspective. Nobody needs tests or grades in order to learn.

When we interfere with and try to control or measure the natural learning process, we remove children's pleasure in discovery and inhibit their fearless approach to problem-solving. We have all seen that sort of interference in action. My two-year-old daughter wanted to put her own shoes on. She proudly put the left shoe on the right foot, then determinedly spent ten minutes creating a massive knot in the laces. Her grandmother, not being able to watch any longer, said, "You’re doing it all wrong. Here, let Grandma do it for you!" My daughter burst into tears. Fortunately, I had the courage to intervene because the legacy of that type of "help" left me with a resistance to trying something new for fear of not being able to do it perfectly well the first time.

When people are fearful, confused or bored, or have been convinced that something is too difficult or that they are too dumb, they shut down. The surest way to make someone fearful of risk-taking is to demonstrate their chance of failing; I call what happened to me in school "learned incompetence." It is no wonder our schools are full of bored, frustrated, angry, passive children who have lost their ability – and desire – to question, experience and learn.

Those, however, are the lucky ones. Their less fortunate peers, whose frustration or lowered self-esteem leads them to misbehave, are diagnosed with mysterious learning "diseases" during their "treatment" at school. These diseases are loosely called attentional deficits or learning disabilities. Clinicians and researchers use terms like Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), ADD-combined type, ADD-predominantly inattentive type, Executive Function Disorder (EFD) and opposition defiant disorder (ODD). Parents and teachers sometimes just call it hyperactivity.

A cure is then prescribed, expectations for academic performance are lowered and the learning diseased children are often segregated from their peers. The "cure" is usually a dangerous drug like Ritalin.

Treating most of these children with a drug is unnecessary. Rather than being mentally ill, they are more often than not suffering from what can be called "school disabilities." Lack of ability to concentrate, short attention span, daydreaming, overly disruptive or even destructive behavior and many other perceived problems can often be traced to the influence of the school setting or an inappropriate style of teaching, rather than to the students' inherent lack of ability to learn. What we call hyperactivity can be caused by anxiety, food allergies, boredom or over- stimulation by video games or television.

Labeling children with one of these so-called "disorders" or "disabilities" is really blaming the victim, according to some psychologists. The system that has failed to educate these children then punishes them for not learning. In the past, these kids might have been labeled as "daydreamers" or "bundles of energy." But they were seldom, if ever, thought to have a psychiatric illness just because they didn’t fit into a certain structure. In fact, these children are often quite creative, excelling in music, dance, writing or inventing – when they are allowed to indulge in those activities

Although the institution of schooling may not be the best place for many children to learn, it has other important functions. Requiring children to meet together in dedicated buildings for a certain number of hours each weekday serves parents who need child care, teachers who like to work regular hours at challenging jobs, and everyone else in the industry that services the institution. But it is time to admit to ourselves that the industrial model on which we have based our school systems is not designed for the benefit of learners. Children have become the justification for the school industry – its products. In that way, schools need children more than children need schools!

So now that we have challenged the assumption that education can be done to people, with what do we replace it? We must begin at the beginning – by confronting our own feelings about learning. We must begin by separating what really contributes to learning from what schools say is helpful. And we must begin by trusting in children’s desire and ability to learn.

Then we must observe how our own children learn and provide them with environments where learning can happen. For many families, this will mean unschooling their children. But it also means that we must deschool our communities and perhaps all of society. Everyone – parents, non-parents, grandparents, teachers, politicians, the corporate sector – must take responsibility for creating and maintaining learning environments. This includes modeling the behavior; making the environment safe, stimulating and respectful; providing access to requested resources; consoling when things go wrong; and celebrating when things go right. Then we must get out of the way and not meddle in the learning process unless we are invited. In fact, we need to trust people of all ages – family members, work colleagues, neighbors and employees – to figure things out for themselves unless they ask for our help.

At the same time, we can work together in our communities to create a learning society that will eventually replace schools as we now know them. If we refer to Gardner's model of the eight intelligences, we can begin to see that everyday life can easily provide a full-spectrum learning environment that appreciates individual differences and is suited to each child's learning abilities and needs. We need to demand that our politicians use our tax money to fund libraries, museums, theaters, other community institutions – and yes, even school buildings – so they can afford to provide spaces for people of all ages to explore, interact and learn (on their own initiative, of course).

Institutions should exist to be used, rather than to produce something. If they are effective, people will use them. If they are accessible and stimulating, they will naturally incubate self-organizing, fluid groups of individuals and families who cooperate to use the spaces and resources to provide experiences that nurture learning.

What we should not do is create new schools – be they charter schools, private schools or home schools – which perpetuate the old assumptions of how children learn or who controls children's lives.

Copyright (c) Wendy Priesnitz 2009

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Natural Sources Of Protein, Carbohydrates And Healthy Fats

Food is any substance, usually comprised primarily of carbohydrates, fats, water and/or proteins, that can be eaten or drunk by animals (including humans) for nutrition and/or pleasure. Here are few natural Sources of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fat.

  • Protein Egg whites: Egg whites is an excellent source of natural protein , it is usually called a perfect protein, it is also much cheaper than its alternatives – sometimes as low as 20 cents apiece. Over 90% of its calories are from protein, with trace amounts of carbohydrates and fats. This is a favorite among professional bodybuilders, some of whom routinely eat dozens of egg whites in one sitting
  • Protein Fish: Fish is living, swimming protein. Look at the nutrition facts to make sure it does not contain too many preservatives. Look out for fish with good amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, a crucial nutrient to healthy diets that few people get their daily requirement of.
  • Carbohydrates Milk: Fat-free milk is approximately 2/3 carbs and 1/3 protein. Milk also contains vitamin D and calcium, key nutrients for bone growth. Try to drink it first thing in the morning. Since milk is a liquid, your body can absorb the nutrients from it more quickly than if it were a solid.
  • Carbohydrates Whole grains: Whole grain products are great for breakfast, and keep you full for a long time. They are crunchy, delicious, and have numerous heart-related benefits. But for every product that claims to be whole grain, check its ingredients and make sure that whole grains is the first item on the list. If it is not, it is not truly whole grain.
  • Carbohydrates Fruits: Fruits contain a lot of fast-acting sugars, which are good for when you need energy quickly. Nearly all fruits are great sources of carbohydrates, from apples, peaches, and watermelon to pineapple, cherries and grapes. When possible, eat whole fruits, rather than fruit juices. Most fruit juices contain from 10% to 0% real fruit juice. Surprisingly low, but also surprisingly common.
  • Carbohydrates Vegetables: Vegetables have high potassium, calcium and sometimes even protein (did you know broccoli is 40% protein?). They are great for people trying to lose weight, because they contain a lot of fiber.
  • Carbohydrates Baked potatoes: Potatoes get a lot of bad press and are often labeled as bad and unhealthy. But, potatoes will only be bad for you if you eat too many of them or you prepare them in non-healthy ways, like frying. Stay away from french fries and potato chips, but do not miss out on nutritious and delicious baked potatoes. Keep in mind that one medium potato is around 150 calories. Potatoes are a great source of fiber and vitamin C.
  • Fats Nuts and legumes: Some people avoid peanuts, almonds, cashews, walnuts and other members of the nut and legume family because they contain a lot of fat. But these foods contain healthy fats that are very different from the bad fats that people want to avoid. Nuts and legumes are great snacks, and are just as crunchy as potato chips, but much better for your heart.
  • Fats Oils: Oil is also commonly avoided because of its fat content. But not only do certain oils, like olive oil, contain 75% mono-unsaturated fat (the best kind of fat), but most oils contain good amounts of omega-6, a nutrient that the body needs but cannot make. Do not go overboard with oil, but do not limit yourself to no oil at all – you may be missing out on some health benefits.

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Q&A - Best sources of quality carbs

Good Carbs, Bad Carbs: Why Carbohydrates Matter to You

The right type of carbohydrates can boost your health!

What's the difference between a sandwich made on white bread and one made with 100% whole grain bread?

Or, the difference between French fries and side salad made with spinach, tomatoes, carrots, and kidney beans?

All the foods above are carbohydrates. But the second option in both questions includes good carbohydrate foods (whole grains and vegetables).

Carbohydrates: Good or Bad?

In the past five years the reputation of carbohydrates has swung wildly. Carbs have been touted as the feared food in fad diets. And some carbs have also been promoted as a healthful nutrient associated with lower risk of chronic disease.

So which is it? Are carbs good or bad? The short answer is that they are both.

Fortunately, it’s easy separate the good from the bad.

- We can reap the health benefits of good carbs by choosing carbohydrates full of fiber. These carbs that get absorbed slowly into our systems, avoiding spikes in blood sugar levels. Examples: whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans.

- We can minimize the health risk of bad carbs by eating fewer refined and processed carbohydrates that strip away beneficial fiber. Examples: white bread and white rice.

Why Carbohydrates Matter

In September 2002, the National Academies Institute of Medicine recommended that people focus on getting more good carbs with fiber into their diet. The following statements are based on information given in the report:

- To meet the body's daily nutritional needs while minimizing risk for chronic disease, adults should get 45% to 65% of their calories from carbohydrates, 20% to 35% from fat, and 10% to 35% from protein.

- There is only one way to get fiber -- eat plant foods. Plants such as fruits and vegetables are quality carbohydrates that are loaded with fiber. Studies show an increased risk for heart disease with low-fiber diets. There is also some evidence to suggest that fiber in the diet may also help to prevent colon cancer and promote weight control.

The recommendations:

- Men aged 50 or younger should get 38 grams of fiber a day.
- Women aged 50 or younger should get 25 grams of fiber a day.
- Because we need fewer calories and food as we get older, men over aged 50 should get 30 grams of fiber a day.
- Women over aged 50 should get 21 grams of fiber a day.

What Are The Good Carbs?

Most of us know what the good carbs are: plant foods that deliver fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals along with grams of carbohydrate, such as whole grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits. You can’t judge a carb as "good" without considering its fiber content (unless it’s a naturally low-fiber food like skim or low-fat milk).

Why Fiber in Carbohydrates Counts

Fiber is the part in plant foods that humans can’t digest. Even though fiber isn’t absorbed, it does all sorts of great stuff for our bodies.

Fiber slows down the absorption of other nutrients eaten at the same meal, including carbohydrates.

- This slowing down may help prevent peaks and valleys in your blood sugar levels, reducing your risk for type 2 diabetes.

- Certain types of fiber found in oats, beans, and some fruits can also help lower blood cholesterol.

- As an added plus, fiber helps people feel full, adding to satiety.

The problem is that the typical American diet is anything but high in fiber.

"White" grain is the American mode of operation: we eat a muffin or bagel made with white flour in the morning, have our hamburger on a white bun, and then have white rice with our dinner.

In general, the more refined, or "whiter," the grain-based food, the lower the fiber.

To get some fiber into almost every meal takes a little effort. Here are three tips:

- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Just eating five servings a day of fruits and vegetables will get you to about 10 or more grams of fiber, depending on your choices.
- Include some beans and bean products in your diet. A half-cup of cooked beans will add from 4 to 8 grams of fiber to your day.
- Switch to whole grains every single possible way (buns, rolls, bread, tortillas, pasta, crackers, etc).

What Are the Bad Carbs?

- Sugars
- "Added" sugars
- Refined "white" grains

There’s no way to sugarcoat the truth: Americans are eating more sugar than ever before. In fact, the average adult takes in about 20 teaspoons of added sugar every day, according to the USDA’s recent nationwide food consumption survey. That’s about 320 calories, which can quickly up to extra pounds. Many adults simply don’t realize how much added sugar is in their diets.

Sugars and refined grains and starches supply quick energy to the body in the form of glucose. That’s a good thing if your body needs quick energy, for example if you’re running a race or competing in sports.

The better carbs for most people are unprocessed or minimally processed whole foods that contain natural sugars, like fructose in fruit or lactose in milk.

Avoid Excess "Added Sugars"

"Added sugars, also known as caloric sweeteners, are sugars and syrups that are added to foods at the table or during processing or preparation (such as high fructose corn syrup in sweetened beverages and baked products)," explains Christine Gerbstadt, MD, RD, a spokeswoman with the American Dietetic Association.

Added sugars supply calories but few or no nutrients, Gerbstadt says.

"Americans are very aware of low-fat diets and because of that we’ve been eating more fat-free and low-fat products," notes Shanthy Bowman, USDA food scientist and author of a recently published study on sugar in the American diet.

"But what many people don't know is that in many of these products, sugar is being substituted for fat, so we've really been trading fat for sugar," Bowman says.

The USDA recommends that we get no more than 6% to 10% of our total calories from added sugar -- that’s about nine teaspoons a day for most of us.

Use the Nutrition Label to Track Your Carbohydrates

The Nutrition Facts section on food labels can help you sort the good carbs from the bad carbs. Here’s what to look for on the Nutrition Facts label.

Total Carbohydrate. For tracking the total amount of carbohydrate in the food, per serving, look for the line that says "Total Carbohydrate." You’ll find that often the grams of "fiber," grams of "sugars" and grams of "other carbohydrate" will add up to the grams of "total carbohydrate" on the label.

Dietary Fiber. The line that says Dietary Fiber tells you the total amount of fiber in the food, per serving. Dietary fiber is the amount of carbohydrate that is indigestible and will likely pass through the intestinal tract without being absorbed.

Sugars. "Sugars" tells you the total amount of carbohydrate from sugar in the food, from all sources -- natural sources like lactose and fructose as well as added sugars like high-fructose corn syrup. It’s important to distinguish between natural sugars and added sugars. For example, the average 1% low-fat milk label will list 15 grams of "sugar" per cup. Those grams come from the lactose (milk sugars) not from added sweeteners.

To get an idea of how many grams of sugar on the label come from added sugars – such as high fructose corn syrup or white or brown sugar -- check the list of ingredients on the label. See if any of those sweeteners are in the top three or four ingredients. Ingredients are listed in order of quantity, so the bulk of most food is made up of the first few ingredients.

Other Carbohydrate. The category "other carbohydrate" represents the digestible carbohydrate that is not considered a sugar (natural or otherwise).

Sugar Alcohols. Some product labels also break out "sugar alcohols" under "Total Carbohydrate." In some people, sugar alcohol carbohydrates can cause intestinal problems such as gas, cramping, or diarrhea. If you look on the ingredient label, the sugar alcohols are listed as lactitol, mannitol, maltitol, sorbitol, xylitol, and others. Many "sugar free" or "reduced calorie" foods contain some sugar alcohols even when another alternative sweetener like Splenda is in the product.

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Naural Breast Cancer and Prevention
Learning to Cope Successfully with Organochlorine Pollution

By Jennifer Rodriguez-Allen

What are organochlorines?

Organochlorines are chemicals found in some herbicides and pesticides, in chlorine bleach and most chemical disinfectants, and many plastics, especially PVC (polyvinylchloride).

Organochlorines are implicated in causing and promoting breast cancer because they mutate genes and they cause breast cells to become more receptive to a cancer-promoting chemical called estradiol.

Organochlorines weaken the immune system and lower your body’s resistance to bacteria and viruses. They also act as a negative type of estrogen in the body.

How do they enter our bodies?

Organochlorines enter our bodies through our drinking water, by eating foods grown with certain agricultural chemicals, and through the plastic linings on canned or microwaveable foods.

They enter through our lungs by breathing in the fumes of chlorine bleach disinfectants and by body contact with chlorine bleached paper products such as tampons, toilet paper and paper cups.

How can we reduce our exposure?

Step One - Reduce Your Exposure

The first thing to do is to reduce your plastic consumption, especially of convenience foods. On plastic containers, there is typically a triangle with a number inside of it on the bottom of the container. You can recognize PVC or polyvinylchloride as the type of plastic that has a 3 in the center of the triangle.

As for paper products, use oxygen bleached or unbleached paper products. Companies who sell non-chlorine bleached paper products typically say so on the label and they do not necessarily market their products as "green" products.

Buy the non-chlorine bleach and more environmentally friendly household products. Simple vinegar and water can be used for many household chores. Eating only organically produced meat and dairy products will reduce the amount of organochlorines in your diet by 80%.

Step Two - Help Your Liver

With help, your liver can metabolize organochlorines. Flaxseeds and organic egg yolks contain lecithin, a chemical that speeds up the elimination of fat-soluble chemicals such as organochlorines by making them water-soluble.

Beans, lentils, red clover, soy products and chickweed contain chemicals called saponins. Saponins help to break down organochlorines, prevent cellular mutation and can stop the reproduction of cancer cells. These foods are strongly recommended for anybody who regularly consumes organochlorines.

Members of the cabbage family including broccoli, kale, turnips, radishes, cabbage, bok choy or cauliflower can help you metabolize organochlorines by increasing the production of non-cancerous by-products.

Step Three - Mother Nature’s Help

Woman-positive natural sources of estrogen can block entrance of organochlorines, estradiol and other cancer promoting estrogens when enough of them are in the blood stream.

The reason behind this is that these positive hormones move quickly through our bodies whereas the cancer producing chemicals such as organochlorines move more slowly. If there are enough of these plant hormones in the blood stream, they can easily block organochlorines from attaching themselves to breast cells and from promoting cancer.

These plant hormones can be found in lentils, dried beans, tofu and fermented soy products such as tempeh and miso, parsnips, sweet potatoes, pomegranates, burdock roots, red clover, hops and ginseng. Regular intake of broccoli and cabbage is also helpful.

Post Transformation Tips

Making changes in favor of your survival and that of the environment often puts us in a period of re-adjustment, not only with the society we live in, but also with our family, friends and neighbors.

Natural self-defense does not mean natural aggression, nor does it mean that it will cause you to develop a social disorder triggered by the existence of organochlorines. Foods and herbs that encourage natural self-defense make you lose the taste for products associated with organochlorines.

Allow self-defense foods to empower you to envision and work towards an organochlorine free future without any anger about the present situation. In other words, don’t let the forces that encourage personal and environmental negligence push your buttons.

Chose recycled plastic toys or second-hand plastic toys over new ones for your children.

Send lunches in reusable containers.

Bring a bean or lentil salad to the next barbecue or potluck supper. Invite friends who use a lot of plastic and organochlorine products over to eat.

Explain why you eat certain foods and what you have done to minimize your contribution to its proliferation. Relay the information in such a way that your guests feel comfortable and leave them to lose the taste for organochlorine products in their own way and time.

Use organic foods to show your body what a natural food is and have confidence that your body will use this knowledge to recognize what isn’t natural and respond appropriately to it.

This is a goal that can be started even on a limited budget. The return of your natural body begins with one organic apple, especially a shared one!

Dramatically Effective New Natural Way to Starve Cancer and Obesity

Watch: William Li

"Angiogenesis" is the process your body uses to build blood vessels. Your body consists of some 19 billion capillaries (the smallest blood vessels), which are the vessels for both life, and yes, in many cases, death, as Dr. William Li, explains during his fascinating TED lecture.

This is because cancerous cells, like all other cells in your body, cannot thrive without the oxygen and nutrients supplied by your capillaries.

Virtually all of your blood vessels are formed while you're in the womb, but there are still certain circumstances in adulthood when your body will grow new blood vessels.

Blood vessels are created each month to form the lining of a woman's uterus, for example. And during pregnancy, new blood vessels form the placenta, which connects and shuttles nutrients to the growing fetus.

"Your body has the ability to regulate the amount of blood vessels it needs at any given time," Li explains, and it does this through an elaborate system of stimulators and inhibitors.

"But for a number of diseases there are defects in this system," Li says.

In some cases, your body becomes incapable of "pruning back" extra blood vessels, and in others it cannot grow enough new ones.

In these situations, angiogenesis is out of balance, and a myriad of diseases result.

For example, insufficient angiogenesis (too few blood vessels) can lead to:

  • Chronic wounds that will not heal
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Neuropathy
  • Erectile dysfunction

Excessive angiogenesis (too many blood vessels) promote diseases such as:

  • Cancer
  • Blindness
  • Arthritis
  • Endometriosis
  • Multiple sclerosis

According to Dr. Li, there are more than 70 major diseases, affecting more than a billion people worldwide -- which on the surface appear completely different from each other -- that all share abnormal angiogenesis as a common denominator.

"This realization allows us to reconceptualize the way we approach these diseases -- by controlling angiogenesis," Li says.

This is exciting, as I believe and have taught for years that your diet is the key to preventing diseases of all kinds, including cancer. Dr. Li's research explains, and scientifically validates what many of us have experienced, and our ancestors intuitively knew.

You are what you eat, and there are vast differences between a historically wholesome, nutritious diet, and the processed, chemical-based foods that pass for sustenance today.

Strategies for Starving Cancer, and Obesity

In his TED talk, Dr. Li focuses primarily on cancer, because angiogenesis is a hallmark of the disease. As stated earlier, cancer cells cannot grow into noticeable tumors without sufficient amounts of capillaries feeding them oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood.

As it turns out, the majority of people carry around microscopic cancer cell clusters in their bodies, but not everyone actually develops cancer.

This is because as long as your body has the ability to balance angiogenesis properly, it will prevent blood vessels from forming to feed these microscopic tumors. Trouble will only arise if, and when, the cancer cells manage to get their own blood supply, at which point they can transform from harmless to deadly.

"Anti-angiogenic therapy is the method of cutting off blood supply to the cancer," Li explains. "This can be done because tumor vessels, unlike healthy vessels, are abnormal and poorly constructed, and because of that, they're highly vulnerable to treatments that target them."

There are currently about a dozen different anti-angiogenic cancer drugs that, according to Li's statistics, have significantly increased survival rates.

However, the answer to the cancer epidemic is not just devising better drugs to treat it in its advanced stages. The answer is preventing cancer from occurring in the first place, and that's what's so exciting about Dr. Li's research.

Interestingly, obesity is also largely dependent on angiogenesis.

"Like tumor cells, fat cells grow when blood vessels grow," Li says. So in essence, a cancer-preventive diet is also an obesity-preventive diet.

The Cancer-Preventive Diet

Dr. Li believes the answer to cancer is to prevent angiogenesis, which can effectively starve any microscopic cancerous growths, preventing them from growing and becoming dangerous.

But how do you prevent angiogenesis, aside from using a drug?

As it turns out, "mother nature has laced a large number of foods, beverages and herbs with naturally occurring inhibitors of angiogenesis," says Li.

So by consuming these anti-angiogenetic foods you can naturally boost your body's defense system and prevent blood vessels from forming and feeding the microscopic tumors that exist in your body at any given time.

As shown on a graph in the video, diet accounts for at least 30-35 percent of all environmentally caused cancers.

So, "eating to starve cancer" could have a dramatic impact on cancer rates across the world.

According to Li, resveratrol from red grapes, for example, have been shown to inhibit abnormal angiogenesis by 60 percent. Even more potent is the ellagic acid found in strawberries.

Logically, different foods contain different potencies of anti-angiogenetic compounds. But interestingly, when researchers evaluated a combination of two of the LEAST potent teas, for example, they discovered that this combination tea had greater potency than any given tea by itself.

"There's synergy," Li states, which should come as no surprise to those of you who are well-versed in holistic nutrition.

Synergy is indeed what makes fresh, whole foods so potently nutritious! The sum is far greater than the individual parts, and this is why it's far more important to focus on eating a diet of whole, organic foods, rather than obsessing about individual nutrients.

Some Foods are As Potent, or More Potent than Anti-Angiogenetic Drugs!

In his lecture, Dr. Li shows a graph comparing anti-angiogenetic drugs with foods. It's a beautiful illustration of just how potent foods can be, because, as Li says, "foods hold their own, and in some cases are more potent than the drugs!"

Examples of foods equaling or exceeding the potency of drugs include parsley, garlic, and red grapes.

Dr. Li is now involved with creating the world's first rating system that will score foods according to their anti-angiogenetic, cancer-preventative properties. But there's really no reason to wait for a comprehensive list, because we already know that optimal health hinges on a healthy diet consisting of a wide variety of whole, organic foods.

Just like a single food contains synergistic compounds, and a combination of foods can work together synergistically, a healthy diet overall will help you prevent all manner of disease, including cancer, in more ways than one.

For example, balancing your insulin levels will have a beneficial, protective effect on a number of diseases, including cancer. And eating according to your nutritional type also has potent anti-cancer effects. When we treat cancer patients in our clinic, this is in fact one of the most powerful anti-cancer strategies we have.

Other Important Strategies that Can Help Prevent Cancer

It's virtually impossible to discuss cancer prevention today without discussing vitamin D, as the scientific evidence of its anti-cancerous benefits is truly impressive.

For example, intake of vitamin D3 and calcium could potentially prevent 58,000 new cases of breast cancer and 49,000 new cases of colorectal cancer annually in the United States and Canada, according to a complex computer prediction model.

This model also predicted that 75 percent of deaths from these cancers could be prevented with adequate intake of vitamin D3 and calcium.

Theories linking vitamin D to certain cancers have been tested and confirmed in more than 200 epidemiological studies, and understanding of its physiological basis stems from more than 2,500 laboratory studies, according to epidemiologist Cedric Garland, DrPH, professor of family and preventive medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine.

Dr. Garland is widely regarded as the leading epidemiologist on vitamin D and its relation to health. He led one of the latest studies on vitamin D for cancer prevention and proposed a new model of cancer development -- dubbed DINOMIT-- that is centered on a loss of cancer cells' ability to stick together.

The model is a departure from the older model of cancer development, which centers on genetic mutations as the earliest driving forces behind cancer. According to Dr. Garland:

"The first event in cancer is loss of communication among cells due to, among other things, low vitamin D and calcium levels. In this new model, we propose that this loss may play a key role in cancer by disrupting the communication between cells that is essential to healthy cell turnover, allowing more aggressive cancer cells to take over."

So clearly, no cancer prevention plan is complete without this simple lifestyle modification.

Normalizing your vitamin D levels with safe amounts of sun exposure is one of the most effective, and least expensive, strategies that is available to most people. Ideally, you'll want to monitor your vitamin D levels to make sure your levels stay within a therapeutic range year-round.

Here are several additional strategies you can incorporate to virtually eliminate your cancer risk:

  1. Control your insulin levels by limiting your intake of processed foods and sugars as much as possible.
  2. Get appropriate amounts of animal-based omega-3 fats.
  3. Exercise. One of the primary reasons exercise works is that it drives your insulin levels down. Controlling insulin levels is one of the most powerful ways to reduce your cancer risks.
  4. Have a tool to permanently erase the neurological short-circuiting that can activate cancer genes. Even the CDC states that 85 percent of disease is caused by emotions. It is likely that this factor may be more important than all the other physical ones listed here, so make sure this is addressed. My particular favorite tool for this purpose, as you may know, is the Emotional Freedom Technique.
  5. Only 25 percent of people eat enough vegetables, so by all means eat as many vegetables as you are comfortable with. Ideally, they should be fresh and organic. However, please understand that, frequently, fresh conventionally grown vegetables are healthier than organic ones that are older and wilted in the grocery store. They are certainly better than no vegetables at all, so don't use that as an excuse. If you are a carb nutritional type you may need up to 300 percent more vegetables than a protein nutritional type.
  6. Maintain an ideal body weight.
  7. Get enough high-quality sleep.
  8. Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, household chemical cleaners, synthetic air fresheners and air pollution.
  9. Boil, poach or steam your foods, rather than frying or charbroiling them.

Secrets of the Soil - A Guide to Permaculture

Remineralizing The Soil

One of the single most important things we can do for our gardens, ourselves and for the earth itself is to remineralize the soil. Minerals and alkalinity are key, earth saving and consciousness-creating practices. I see the earth as a macro-manifestation of female energy, a beautiful conscious being, and more and more I find ways that compare her needs to ours. Minerals and alkalinity are also key, life saving and consciousness-creating practices for us humans too :) Below I list a few ideas for things we can do to increase the efficacy of our efforts in healing the soil.

Key Elements For Building Good Soil:

Soil PH – test annually - a ph test measures the concentration of hydrogen ions present in the soil. The ph should fall between 6 and 7.5 on the ph scale. If you're having your soil analyzed by a soil testing lab; dig 6 inches deep for the sample ------

Danger! If the PH of your soil falls below 5 research shows that this will increase the amount of, and bioavailability of minerals such as aluminum ( - gasp - !alzheimers!), manganese and iron, in your plants and ultimately put high amounts of them into you... these minerals are extremely harmful in overdose. When your soil ph is neutral microorganisms are capable of balancing the minerals and utilizing them properly – transmuting what is needed or not needed depending- if it's acid, the microorganisms aren't capable of achieving this.

Lime - Limestone is used to raise the alkalinity and mineral content of the soil. According to it's not the actual percentage of calcium or magnesium present in the limestone that raises the ph of the soil but the carbonate content within the calcium and magnesium that increases its ability to neutralize the acidity of your soil (i.e. calcium carbonate, magnesium carbonate....) So, different types of stones and rock will have various effects. Limestone with a lot of white in it indicates high silica content.

Rock Dust – best sourced locally. Use a mix of 4 or 5 different kinds of stone for full spectrum mineralization. Choose rock dust that is not too fine (can clog your soil) and not too large (can take too long to break down); the goal here is to provide rock porous enough to allow microorganisms to enter it, break it down and turn it into soil. This newly formed mineral rich soil then feeds the plants through its roots creating a more nutrient rich alkaline and mineral rich plant. Rock dust also provides a slow-time release of trace minerals.

Lime, Mineral Mediums and Clay
***Aglime-High Calcium Limestone
***Dolomite – high magnesium limestone – also high in calcium
***Glacial Gravel – a pre-mix of rocks providing a full spectrum of minerals
***Pyrophyllite Clay- high silica clay

Ocean Water Technology or Himalayan Salt Sole – Ocean water has been shown to produce truly amazing results. It's also one of the best ways to get a full spectrum of minerals into your body through the plants. It's also an up and coming commodity – and your plants will be if you use this method. The difference in taste is huge! I've seen studies where plants grown with ocean water quadruple compared to a plant grown without it. Ocean water provides ormus, 85-92 trace minerals, broad spectrum mineral nutrition and improves quality and taste.

The easiest way to include ocean water technology in your garden is to make a "Sole" (pronounced so-lay) out of Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt, or other high quality sea salt – most Whole Foods now have several different colors and varieties available in bulk - Saturate a 5 gallon bucket of water with the salt that you choose and allow the salt to dissolve over night; add more salt to the water the next day, allow that to dissolve, adding more the next day if needed.... Continue this process until the salt no longer dissolves. This is your saturation point. Your water is now saturated with the salt's minerals and can be used as a base, further diluted and either sprayed on or fed through your watering system.

Use only high quality sea salt –It's safe to go with the Himalayan.....although I guess some may disagree with me on this.....some say it has high amounts of nickel due to processing.... Here's where I like to digress back to the LOVE concept...

Fermented Herbs – you might try this: A fermented mixture of several different kinds of herbs. (you can add it to your compost or make a compost tea with it) Choose a mix based on their mineral content and whatever nutrient your soil is needing at the moment to produce a balanced array of nutrients and good bacteria– This is an idea based on Steve Storch's work (and his studies with Rudolf Steiner). He uses Dandelion, Comfrey, Nettle, Yarrow, Horsetail (Equisetum) plus others – Each individual herb is chosen for being high in a specific nutrient or mineral and also its correlatation with a specific planet in the solar system; he teaches that these herbs create a conduit for specific energetic and foundational information that gets drawn into your soil and plants –more on this concept below.

Compost/Compost Tea – microorganisms, nutrients, minerals, homeopathic, energetics- based on the concept of energetics, stirring and vortexing the tea for a long period of time allows for all particles in your tea to mix together and share information. Steve Storch teaches that this also allows time for the etheric bodies present to fully integrate. Here is a basic recipe for compost tea to build on (listed below)

*One small shovel of compost (about 3 big handfulls)
*2 tablespoons of molasses (because molasses contains several different kinds of sugars)
*2 tablespoons of seaweed emulsion
*1 teaspoon of citric acid for the bacteria (or vitamin c or several tablespoons of lemon juice)

Algaes and Seaweeds/High quality Green powders – kelp, spirulina, grass, herbs etc.; These will add full spectrum minerals and trace minerals to your soil.

And Love - :) Remember, if you can do nothing else, love your soil, your garden, your plants, the bugs, the process...... Water is a carrier of information hold a space of love as you water your garden; as shown here, (emoto's work) our thoughts can structure its molecules making it more bioavailable to your plants and infuse them with your good intention. Which leads me too.........

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Patterns and Permaculture

Great Potting Soil

Although it may be a bit late in the season to talk about potting soil, it's not too late for repotting, which can come up anytime. A good potting soil will make all the difference in the world, particularly for planters and hanging baskets. And while planters, pots and hanging baskets are a delight to the heart and joy to the soul, they can be a bit of a problem, especially hereabouts where things get rather dry in summer. Watering daily, to keep them fresh, healthy and exuberant, can become a bit of a chore.

But fear not, help is on its way. We can take care of this, and very beautifully. Since plants in planters, balcony pots and hanging baskets are exposed to the drying air on all sides, we need to optimize the soil they are growing in for these conditions. And this can be done quite easily.

Here then is my secret formula for dynamite potting soil which will keep your potted plants fresh, healthy and exuberant under these conditions with a minimum of work and trouble. The secret ingredient is "duff", it makes all the difference. Now, for those who do not know what "duff" is, it is the stuff you find on the forest floor - the surface layer of semi-decayed leaves and needles among the trees.

Start out with good quality potting soil, and add by volume, an equal amount of duff. Then add a handful of sand per gallon, a handful of dolomite lime to balance the pH and for its vital trace elements, and up to a quart of finished compost or composted manure. For good measure, work in a handful of finely shredded seaweed per gallon, and dust the whole thing with a tablespoon of 20-20-20 slow release fertiliser.

The roughness of the duff will allow plenty of air penetration, but will also hold water like a super-sponge. It's the equivalent of a super absorbent sponge with lots of small holes in it. And that is exactly what our potted plants need. A plentiful reservoir of moisture, along with well aerated soil. The handful of sand worked into a gallon of this soil is also necessary to provide ready drainage, particularly later in the season when it gets wet again. It prevents the soil from becoming water logged. And the high nitrogen, phosphorus and potash fertilizer provides plenty of nitrogen for growth and the ongoing decay of the duff, while the phosphorus is needed for the demands of profuse blossoms.

It is best to make this potting soil at least a week in advance, so all its ingredients can become well acquainted with each other. When using this soil in suspended planters and hanging baskets, make sure they are on sturdy supports. For when this soil is nicely saturated with water it weighs a ton. And this is exactly how it should be. Test for watering by lifting the pot or planter a bit. If it doesn't 'weigh a ton' it needs water. Plastic pots help a great deal by preventing evaporation through the sides of these totally exposed containers, and so does a clear plastic liner in wood and porous ceramic pots and planters.

Under normal circumstances, and with evaporation through the sides of the container minimized, you'll find that you need to water your pots only about once a week, and all of your flowers will just love it.

5 Sustainability Features For The Homes of the Future

For all of the technological faults we can lay at the feet of the latter half of the 20th Century, at least we have this; we’ve believed that we could ultimately improve the way we live for generations to come with the help of technology and innovation. And in the 21st Century, nothing is more relevant to that vision than sustainability and green building.

One of the things specified in annual competitions like the USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition is that the homes of the future should be about practical applications, and not concerned with way-out concepts for their own sake. We want homes that we can be proud of, visually speaking. We want homes that will support our lifestyles and our senses of comfort. But we want them to be inexpensive to maintain, too. And we want to see our grandchildren, and their grandchildren enjoy them as much as we do.

With this in mind, I scoured the Internet for some visions of the future as expressed in green architectural design, green building, and innovative sustainability. At this point in history, the lines between science fiction and implemented technology are beginning to blur, just as we suspected they would when we were growing up, although perhaps in ways we didn’t expect.  And here are 7 examples the kind of technological features that we may see in the homes of the future that help us to envision our future, a necessary thing when making decisions in the present.

1. Natural Fiber Insulation

Ways of retaining warmth, reducing heat and humidity in summer months, and of maximizing environmental control in general without drawing detrimentally on an overtaxed power grid is a growing concern. As sources of new fuels and ways to heat our homes are (quite rightly) sought, they are only as good as the insulation technology that will contain the energy output.

Some up-and-coming to the mainstream insulation technology actually is turning to the technologies of the past by utilizing natural materials like cellulose, recycled fiber, post-industrial wood fibers, wool, and straw insulation. Ironic that we’re looking to the past to inform the future. Yet, this seems to be how technology works best and is most beneficial; when it’s the ideas that drive the tools, and not the other way around.

(Thanks to

2. Efficient Water Usage

The idea of preserving our resources when building homes and planning cities is best served when thinking about the most basic of needs we have and the most "plentiful" element we can think of; water.

Whether we’re talking residential rain harvesting technology, or low-flow toilets, the home of the future will maximize water use efficiency as a part of the design. No longer will these technologies be curiosities or even selling features. They’ll be standard, especially in the light of inflated water usage that is a problem here in the present day. In the future, perhaps finding ways of conserving water won’t be so theoretical. It will be a necessity.

(Thanks to

3. Residential Farming, Green Roofs, and Integrated Urban Gardens

With the sourcing of food locally becoming a key green benefit, along with air quality measures, and water conservation, the presence of greenery in suburban residential settings as well as those in urban centers will be a key characteristic of the homes of the future.

Currently, residential vegetable and herb gardens and container gardening is a growing hobby among many apartment and condo dwellers. Yet, in a future where poor air quality may be a reality, or even as an ongoing strategy to keep air quality from becoming poor, the integration of green space within a building itself is certainly a very real possibility, especially in the light of booming urban populations and shrinking farmlands as our century progresses.

(Thanks to The Daily Green)

4. Passive Design Equals Active Energy and Resource Efficiency

Passive design is anything but, in a certain sense. It is defined as a means of factoring in immutable elements – like sun and wind exposure, and climate – into the planning of a structure at the architectural planning stage. In the future, a great deal of thought will be put into home design as far as placement of structures goes, to the betterment of the homes themselves in terms of resistance to natural wear, but also in terms of a lower energy requirement due to using the sun and wind exposure to naturally maintain moderate temperatures.

Passive design also include the idea that residences should be built around the idea that native plants and animals will co-exist, with ponds, and river systems incorporated, or at very least allowed for, at the design stage.

Thanks to Urban RE:Vison.

5. Autonomous Power and Water

There are a number of homes, commonly owned by the affluent and popularized by green celebrities, that exist off the grid. But, in the home of the future, integrated power sources, and even autonomous residential sewage treatment systems may well be more the norm in gearing these systems to specific climates and ecosystems in order to gain net zero status.

The technologies driving these sorts of amenities are already in place today in the homes of the few, may become just another daily reality in the future. Self-contained and eco-conscious residential projects which employ water harvesting, on-site sewage treatment, heating plants, solar and wind power, green roofs, and other features incorporated into the design of the buildings may well become the norm, not the subject of news.

Thanks to Dockside Green.

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Passive Solar Home - Sustainable Architecture

Thirteen Principles of Sustainable Architecture

by Kelly Hart

As "consumers" we are frequently confronted with life style decisions that can impact our environment. There are a few choices in this life that can make a big difference in what the quality of life will be for those who follow us. Going with the flow of our culture is hard to avoid, and unfortunately the flow is not in the right direction for evolving a sustainable future.

One of the most momentous choices that any of us will make is the kind of house we live in. I have come up with a list of thirteen principles of sustainable architecture that can guide you in your housing choices.

Small is beautiful. The trend lately has been toward huge mansion-style houses. While these might fit the egos of those who purchase them, they don't fit with a sustainable life style. Large houses generally use a tremendous amount of energy to heat and cool. This energy usually comes from the combustion of fossil fuels, depleting these resources and emitting greenhouse gases and pollutants into the air. Also, the larger the house, the more materials go into its construction; materials which may have their own environmental consequences. A home should be just the right size for its occupants and their activities. My wife and I (and our two dogs) have happily lived in a forty foot bus for the last four years. The key to this is efficient use of space, good organization, and keeping possessions to a manageable level. We do look forward to spreading out some in the passive solar, earthbag home we are building.

Heat with the sun. Nothing can be more comfortable for body and mind than living in a good solar-heated house. I say "good", because proper design is crucial to the comfort of such a house. You may have gone into a solar house and felt stifled by the glaring heat, or perhaps you shivered from the lack of it. Good passive solar design will provide just enough sunlight into the rooms to be absorbed by the surrounding thermal mass (usually masonry materials), so that the heat will be given back into the room when the sun goes down. The thermal mass is a kind of "heat battery" that stores the warmth, absorbing it to keep the room from getting too hot during the day. Equally important to thermal mass is insulation (such as straw bales or crushed volcanic rock) that will keep that heat inside. Thermal mass materials need to be insulated from the outside, or else they will just bleed that warmth right back out. A rock house might have tons of mass, but be uncomfortably cold because of this energy bleed. So a good solar design will utilize materials of the right type in the right places, blending thermal dynamics with utilitarian design. There is much more to be said about solar design, and there are many good books on the topic.

Keep your cool. As I suggested above, a well designed solar house is both warm when you want it, and cool when you want it; that is to say, the temperature tends to stay fairly even. A good way to keep your cool is to dig into the earth. If you dig about six feet into the earth, you will find that the temperature there varies by only a few degrees year round. While this temperature (about 50-55 degrees F.) might be too cool for general living comfort, you can use the stability of the earth's temperature to moderate the thermal fluctuations of the house. If you dig into a south-facing hillside to build, or berm the north part of the house with soil, you can take advantage of this. The part of the house that is under ground needs to be well insulated, or the earth will continually suck warmth out of the house.

Let nature cool your food. In the old days people relied on pantries and root cellars to help keep produce and other provisions fresh. Ice boxes made way for refrigerators, which are obviously much more convenient, but somehow the use of cool pantries and root cellars also fell by the wayside. This is too bad because these spaces have functions that a refrigerator simply can't replace. Root cellars can store large quantities of produce from the time of harvest until the next summer. Cool pantries can store some produce, but also all manner of other foodstuffs and kitchen supplies can be kept there. Cool, dry storage is the best way to preserve most food. The cool of the earth can keep a totally bermed pantry or root cellar cool; the night air can also be used to cool a storage room. The convenience and security of having ample provisions at your finger tips can not be beat.

Be energy efficient. There are many ways to conserve the use of fossil fuel. Using the sun, wind, or water to produce electricity is one. If you choose to do this, you will be forced to be careful in the way you use your electricity because it is limited. Whether you get your electricity from alternative sources or from the grid, it pays to choose energy efficient appliances. Front-loading clothes washers, for instance, use much less electricity, water and soap than the top-loaders. Compact florescent lights use about a third of the electricity of standard bulbs. Many appliances use electricity by just being plugged in (known as phantom load); be sure to avoid this.

Conserve water. The average person in the U. S. uses between 100 and 250 gallons of water a day. I know it is possible to get by just fine on one tenth that amount. The use of low water capacity toilets, flow restrictors at shower heads and faucet aerators are fairly common now. More radical conservation approaches include diverting gray water from bathing, clothes washing and bathroom sinks to watering plants; catching rain water from roofs and paved areas for domestic use and switching to composting toilets. These can be very effective and safe means of water conservation if done carefully to avoid bacterial infestation. Landscaping with drought tolerant, indigenous plants can save an enormous amount of water.

Use local materials. There are several benefits to using local, indigenous materials. For one, they naturally fit into the "feeling" of the place. For another, they don't burn as much fossil fuel to transport them, and they are likely to be less processed by industry. An example of building materials found in our corner of Colorado would be rocks, sand, adobe and scoria (crushed volcanic rock).

Use natural materials. Again, naturally occurring materials often "feel" better to live with. When you step onto an adobe floor, for instance, you feel the resilient mother earth beneath your feet. A major reason for choosing natural materials over industrial ones is that the pollution often associated with their manufacture is minimized. For every ton of portland cement that is manufactured, an equal amount of carbon dioxide is released into the air. And then there is the matter of your health; natural materials are much less likely to adversely affect your health.

Save the forests. Having lived for many years in the Pacific Northwest, I can attest to the appalling degradation of national and private forests. While wood is ostensibly a renewable resource, we have gone way beyond sustainable harvesting and have ruined enormous ecosystems. Use wood as decoration. Cull dead trees for structural supports. Use masonry, straw bales, papercrete, cob, adobe, rocks, bags of volcanic rock, etc., instead of wood. Unfortunately it is difficult to get away from lumber in making a roof, so consider making a dome from materials that can be stacked. Domes are also more energy efficient and use less materials for the same space as a box. A conventional straw bale house only diminishes the amount of wood used by about 15%!

Recycle materials. If the materials already exist, you might as well use them, because by doing so you are not promoting the creation of more of them. You might also be keeping them out of the landfill, or keeping them from being transported for further processing. Wood that is kept dry does not degrade much, nor does glass. All kinds of things can be used in a house. We're using old metal wagon wheels to support the window openings in our earthbag home.

Build to last. There is an attitude in this throw-away society that an old house might as well be replaced by a new one. Unfortunately this is often true, because of shoddy construction or poor choice of materials, or lack of maintenance. A well made house can last for centuries, and it should. Moisture getting into a building can lead to ruin, and it is hard to avoid this, whether from the outside environment or from condensation from within. For this reason I am partial to the use of materials that are not degraded by moisture.

Grow your food. Why not ask your house to help nourish you? With all of that south-facing glass, you might as well devote some of it to a greenhouse. Herbs and salad greens can be grown year round. What a pleasure!
Share Facilities. A basic tenet of sustainability is to share what you have with others. Doing this can diminish the need for unnecessary duplication of facilities. In this way a group of people can not only have fewer tools or appliances or functional areas, but at the same time they can have available a greater variety of these facilities. This benefits both the environment (through less industrial activity) and the individual (by providing more options for living.)

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Siberian pine nut oil produced under the trademark Ringing Cedars of Russia (Zvanjashchie Kedry Rossii) is a biologically active product when used in skin care and body massage, helping the skin carry out its functions and also restoring its esthetic properties. This occurs thanks to its inclusion of large quantities of vitamins, macro and micro elements, saturated and unsaturated fatty acids in their original natural concentration without additional carriers, fillers, concentrates or flavoring agents.

The highly curative properties of Ringing Cedars of Russia siberian pine nut oil for skin are explained by the technology of preparation, which includes a method of cold-pressing and the gathering of pine nuts by hand, allowing the product to retain all the great revitalizing strength of the pine tree.

Because of the absence of animal fats, the large concentration of fatty acids in the external application of the oil, creates a thin, protective lodicule preventing the penetration of environmental microorganisms, dust and chemical substances from the surface of the skin into its deep layers. The fatty acids, being a poor conductor of heat and a good thermal insolent, help the skin conserve heat, reduce heat loss and thus serve to warm up the skin to some degree. This removes cramps from the skin's capillaries and constantly facilitates a full exchange of substances - i.e., it protects the skin from shifts in air temperature, as when one goes outdoors, for example.

This skin care effect is compounded by the resultant retention of water in the skin cells and its transudation in intercellular space. Water saturation makes the fibro cartilaginous elements of the skin elastic and resilient. The intensified blood circulation resulting from capillary expansion, the fact that the oil contains a large quantity of vitamins along with macro and micro elements, supports a high level of substance exchange and stamina in the cells, slowing down the ageing process and the accumulation in them of reduced-acid products.

In addition, thanks to its salutary effects - maintenance of the skin's temperature regime, high-quality nourishment, active blood circulation and the transudation of liquid, including from subcutaneous fat, Ringing Cedars of Russia Siberian pine nut oil has a strong anti-cellulite and skin care effect (subcutaneous fat is a deep layer of the skin).

The effectiveness of all the above-mentioned processes which take place either on the surface of the skin or its subcutaneous layers is due in good part to the absence of animal fats in the oil, which allows the skin to keep its pores open and fully maintain all its natural functions.

On the basis of my own experience with practical application of Ringing Cedars of Russia Siberian pine nut oil over a period of three years as a skin care product, both as a massage oil for the body and in cosmetic facial massage, as well as my practical comparative analysis of other natural plant oils used for this purpose, I can say that this Siberian pine nut oil has a strong remedial effect on the human body - for not only the cure but also the prevention of many ailments.

I recommend Ringing Cedars of Russia Siberian pine nut oil in case of the following diseases: dermatitis, nitrogenous dermatitis, seborrheal dermatitis, various skin diseases, stomatitis, psoriasis, longstanding wounds, ulcers; also vessel atherosclerosis - for improvement in case of cholesterol exchange disorders; arterial tension, atherosclerosis, cramps in peripheral vessels, hypotrophy, dermatosclerosis, hypertonic disease, blood diseases and myocardosis.

In the case of serious or aggravated diseases, before taking the Siberian pine nut oil please consult your physician.

Nadia Kern
Registered Massage Therapist
Toronto, Canada
15 December 2004
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Pine Nut Oil with Sea Buckthorn Extract

The Sea buckthorns (Hippophae L.) are deciduous shrubs in the genus Hippophae, family Elaeagnaceae. It is also referred to as "sea buckthorn", seabuckthorn, sandthorn or seaberry.

Description and distribution

There are 6 species and 12 subspecies native over a wide area of Europe and Asia, including China, Mongolia, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Great Britain, France, Denmark, Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Finland, Sweden and Norway. More than 90 percent or about 1.5 million hectares of the world's sea buckthorn resources can be found in China where the plant is exploited for soil and water conservation purposes. The shrubs reach 0.5-6 m tall, rarely up to 10 m in central Asia, and typically occur in dry, sandy areas. They are tolerant of salt in the air and soil, but demand full sunlight for good growth and do not tolerate shady conditions near larger trees.

The common Sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) is by far the most widespread, with a range extending from the Atlantic coasts of Europe right across to northwestern China. In western Europe, it is largely confined to sea coasts where salt spray off the sea prevents other larger plants from out-competing it, but in central Asia it is more widespread in dry semi-desert sites where other plants cannot survive the dry conditions; in central Europe and Asia it also occurs as a subalpine shrub above tree line in mountains, and other sunny areas such as river banks.

Common Sea buckthorn has branches that are dense and stiff, and very thorny. The leaves are a distinct pale silvery-green, lanceolate, 3-8 cm long and less than 7 mm broad. It is dioecious, with separate male and female plants. The male produces brownish flowers which produce wind-distributed pollen.

Berries and leaves

The female plants produce orange berries 6-9 mm in diameter, soft, juicy and rich in oils. The berries are an important winter food resource for some birds, notably fieldfares.

Leaves are eaten by the larva of the coastal race of the ash pug moth and by larvae of other Lepidoptera including brown-tail, dun-bar, emperor moth, mottled umber and Coleophora elaeagnisella.

Hippophae salicifolia (willow-leaved Sea buckthorn) is restricted to the Himalaya, to the south of the common Sea buckthorn, growing at high altitudes in dry valleys; it differs from H. rhamnoides in broader (to 10 mm broad), greener (less silvery) leaves, and yellow berries. A wild variant occurs in the same area, but at even higher altitudes in the alpine zone. It is a low shrub not growing taller than 1 m with small leaves 1-3 cm long.

Harvesting and landscaping

Harvesting is difficult due to the dense thorn arrangement among the berries on each branch. A common harvesting technique is to remove an entire branch, though this is destructive to the shrub and reduces future harvests. A branch removed in this way is next frozen, allowing the berries to be easily shaken off. The branches are cut, deep frozen to -32C, then shaken or abraded for removal of the berries.

The worker then crushes the berries to remove up to 95% of the leaves and other debris. This causes the berries to melt slightly from the surface as the work takes place at ambient temperature (about 20C). Berries or the crushed pulp are later frozen for storage.

The most effective way to harvest berries and not damage branches is by using a berry-shaker. Mechanical harvesting leaves up to 50% in the field and the berries can be harvested only once in two years. They only get about 25% of the yield that could be harvested with this relatively new machinery.

During the Cold War, Russian and East German horticulturists developed new varieties with greater nutritional value, larger berries, different ripening months and a branch that is easier to harvest. Over the past 20 years, experimental crops have been grown in the United States, one in Nevada and one in Arizona, and in several provinces of Canada.

Sea buckthorn is also a popular garden and landscaping shrub, particularly making a good vandal-proof barrier hedge with an aggressive basal shoot system exploited in some parts of the world as wind breaks and to stabilize riverbanks and steep slopes. They have value in northern climates for their landscape qualities, as the colorful berry clusters are retained through winter. Branches may be used by florists for designing ornaments. The plant is the regional flora of the Finnish region of Satakunta.

Nutrients and potential health effects

Sea buckthorn berries are multipurposed, edible and nutritious, though very acidic and astringent, unpleasant to eat raw, unless 'bletted' (frosted to reduce the astringency) and/or mixed as a juice with sweeter substances such as apple or grape juice.

When the berries are pressed, the resulting Sea buckthorn oil separates into three layers: on top is a thick, orange cream; in the middle, a layer containing Sea buckthorn's characteristic high content of saturated and polyunsaturated fats; and the bottom layer is sediment and juice. Containing fat sources applicable for cosmetic purposes, the upper two layers can be processed for skin creams and liniments, whereas the bottom layer can be used for edible products like syrup.

One of the most beneficial products from these berries is Sea Buckthorn Oil.

Nutrient and phytochemical constituents of Sea buckthorn berries have potential value as antioxidants that may affect inflammatory disorders, cancer or other diseases.

The fruit of the plant has a high vitamin C content-in a range of 114 to 1550 mg per 100 grams with an average content (695 mg per 100 grams) about 12 times greater than Oranges - placing Sea buckthorn fruit among the most enriched plant sources of vitamin C. The fruit also contains dense contents of carotenoids, vitamin E, amino acids, dietary minerals, B-sitosterol and polyphenolic acids.

Apart from being nourishing, the juice has a freezing point of -22 degrees Celsius allowing it to remain a liquid even in sub-zero temperatures.

Consumer products

Seabuckthorn Oil has been used as traditional therapy for diseases and great skin carer product. As no applications discussed in this section have been verified by Western science and sufficient clinical trial evidence, such knowledge remains mostly unreferenced outside of Asia and is communicated mainly from person to person.

Grown widely throughout its native China and other mainland regions of Asia, Sea buckthorn is an herbal medicine used over centuries to relieve cough, aid digestion, invigorate blood circulation and alleviate pain. In Mongolia, extracts of Sea buckthorn branches and leaves are used to treat gastrointestinal distress in humans and animals.

Bark and leaves are used for treating diarrhea and gastrointestinal and dermatologic disorders. Topical compressions are used for rheumatoid arthritis. Flowers may be used as a skin softener.

For its hemostatic and anti-inflammatory effects, berry fruits are added to medications for pulmonary, gastrointestinal, cardiac, blood and metabolic disorders in Indian, Chinese and Tibetan medicines. Sea buckthorn berry components have potential anticarcinogenic activity.

Fresh juice, syrup and berry or seed oils are used for colds, fever, exhaustion, as an analgesic or treatment for stomach ulcers, cancer, skin care and metabolic disorders.

Called 'Chharma' in some native languages, oil from fruits and seeds is used for liver diseases, inflammation, disorders of the gastrointestinal system, including peptic ulcers and gastritis, eczema, canker sores and other ulcerative disorders of mucosal tissues, wounds, inflammation, burns, frostbite, psoriasis, rosacea, lupus erythematosus, and chronic dermatoses. In ophthalmology, berry extracts have been used for keratosis, trachoma, eyelid injuries and conjunctivitis. The Sea buckthorn oil is also known to kill tiny parasitic mites called Demodex.

Sea Buckthorn Oil

Due to its unique botanical and nutritional properties, and there being no reported evidence of Sea buckthorn oil causing adverse reactions or negative side effects, the oil is also used as a natural agent that may benefit diseases of mucous membranes, including Aphthous ulcers, esophagitis, acid reflux, and peptic ulcers, as well as dermatological diseases and skin conditions.

In Russia and China, pulp oil may also be used topically to treat skin burns from radiation. Due to its ability to absorb ultraviolet rays, pulp oil is purported to reduce risk of radiation burns for Russian astronauts working in space.

Currently, cosmetic companies are adding Sea Buckthorn Oil to anti-aging preparations for skin rejuvenation and accelerated healing properties. It is also being used topically as a natural treatment for eczema, acne rosacea, acne and acne scars, and as a lotion for minimizing stretch marks.

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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 Pine nuts (cedar nuts) contain about 60% oil. They are therefore pressed to obtain Pine 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 Pine nut oil bearing "The Ringing Cedars of Russia" brand comes exclusively from wild-harvested Siberian Pine nuts - one of the most nutritious Pine nuts in the world. In comparison, other Pine nut oils are usually pressed from the Italian pignolia Pine nuts, which are not nearly as potent and are often harvested from trees growing in plantations. Our Siberian Pine nut oil is extra virgin (100% cold pressed from freshly shelled raw Siberian Pine nuts), whereas most Pine nut oils on the market are either not cold pressed or even pressed from roasted (!) Pine nuts, which significantly decreases the oil value. Finally, "The Ringing Cedars of Russia" Siberian Pine 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 Pine nut oils are pressed using steel presses, which immediately degrades them (contact with steel oxidizes some of the Pine nut oil's most important ingredients such as vitamins, and is known to remove the 'life force' from the oil).

Pine 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.

Pine 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.



Preparation - Easy
Prep: 10; Cook: 15
Serves 4

  • 6 quarts water
  • salt to taste
  • 1 lb spaghetti, linguine, vermicelli, or other long thin pasta
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin Pine Nut Oil
  • 4 plump garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 small dried hot red chili, broken into 2 or 3 pieces, or 1/4 t hot red pepper flakes or more to taste
  • 3/4 cup minced flat-leaf parsley
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

IN a large pasta kettle, bring the water to a rolling boil. Add a couple tablespoons of salt and plunge the pasta in. Give the pasta a stir with a long-handled spoon and cover the pan. As soon as the water boils again, remove the lid and cook - linguine will probably take about 10 minutes, thinner pasta a little less.

WHILE the pasta is cooking, heat the oil in a pan that will hold all the drained pasta over medium-low heat.

ADD the garlic and cook very gently until the garlic softens and just begins to turn golden-about 10 minutes.

ADD the red pepper and parsley together with a ladleful of the pasta cooking water, turn the heat up a little, and let the sauce simmer for about 5 minutes. When the pasta is almost done, drain it in a colander and turn it immediately into the pan, mixing the pasta and sauce together well. Let it simmer together for about a minute or so-nothing need be too exact here-and then serve it immediately with salt and pepper.


Prep Time: 10 minuts
Cook Time: 00 minutes

  • 1 pack or 8 ounces of fresh button or brown mushrooms
  • Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese (a couple ounces or so)
  • Extra Virgin Cedar Nut Oil (Pine Nut Oil) to taste
  • Salt to taste

Wipe the mushrooms with a damp cloth. Slice the mushrooms into thin slices and arrange in a shallow layer on a plate or platter. Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle on some salt, preferably sea salt. Then, using a vegetable peeler, peel off curls of fresh Parmigiano Reggiano (or at least a good Grana Padana) on top of the mushrooms. You're done. Eat.


Serves: 4

  • 500 gr. of tiger shrimp
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 a yellow bell pepper
  • 2 shallots or 1/2 a red onion
  • 1/2 clove of garlic
  • 1/2 a package of fresh coriander
  • 4 green lemons or limes
  • 2 carrots
  • 4 tablespoons of Siberian Cedar Nut Oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

1. Peel the prawns and flash-boil them in chicken stock; cut into cubes.
2. Cut the peeled bell pepper, tomatoes (peeled and without pips), shallots and garlic (very fine).
3. Place the prawns and the vegetables in a bowl and add the limejuice, Siberian Cedar Nut Oil, salt and pepper. Let the ingredients marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.
4. Meanwhile, peel the carrots and slice them as thinly as you can, after which they are fried in avocado oil at a temperature not superior to 160º C. Once fried, season with salt and dry on kitchen paper.
5. Finish the cebiche to taste with coarsely cut coriander.



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

Pine Pillow has a great history in ancient folk medicine. Healers believed that Pine has a variety of different benefits:
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- Assists in stress relief.
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- Improves blood circulation.
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Pine pillow under the brand name "The Ringing Cedars of Russia" is a unique product which carries the purity and power of the Pine forest. It is made in consistence with ancient technologies. Supply is very limited. Pillow dimensions: 18.5'' x 24.5'' (45 x 60 cm). Box dimensions: 12.25'' x 5'' x 17.5'' (31 x 12.7 x 45 cm).

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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.

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INGREDIENTS: 100% natural Cold-pressed Extra Virgin Siberian Pine 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 Pine Nut Oil?

A: This is 100% natural Pine 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 Pine 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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Pine Nut Oil Enriched with Pine Resin

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

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 Pine Nut Oil?

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

2. Q: How the extract is made?

A: Pine Resin is inserted in the Pine Nut Oil and is kept there under a vacuum for certain time, until Oil extracts all the minerals, nutrients and vitamins as well as natural color from the Resin. Its another name is Turpentine balsam.

3. Q: What is Cedar Resin Extract beneficial for?

A: Cedar Resin Extract has a lot of energy, it is a perfect anticeptic, strengthens the immune system and it's great for skin. It promotes the renewal of the structure and functions of the cells of the liver and pancreas. Resin Extract is great for infections, viral diseases, colds, soar throats.

The Cedar Resin Extract is also beneficial for:

  • all types of catarrhal diseases
  • bronchopulmonary and ear, nose, and throat diseases
  • diseases of the gastrointestinal tract
  • cardiovascular and endocrine diseases
  • skin and stomatological diseases
  • diseases of the nervous system
  • diseases of the locomotor system

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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Pine Nut Oil Enriched with Whole Rose Hip

INGREDIENTS: 100% natural Cold-pressed Extra Virgin Siberian Pine 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 Pine Nut Oil?

A: This is 100% natural Pine 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 Pine 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.

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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Pine Nut Oil Enriched with Hawthorn Berry

INGREDIENTS: 100% natural Cold-pressed Extra Virgin Siberian Pine 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 Pine Nut Oil?

A: This is 100% natural Pine 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 Pine 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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Alternative Choices Wellness Center, providing holistic healthcare from different practitioners. Karen Lacy the owner offers QNRT (Quantum Neurological Reset Therapy), Allergy Reduction Conductive Laser Therapy, Bio-Energetic Bodyscanning, Anti-gravity Field Balancing, Ionic Footbaths. We carry the Ringing Cedars of Russia products.

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My name is Alexia Aleman. I am an avid actress, writer, and film maker. I am trying to reach Vladmir in regards to making a film about Anastatia here in the United States. I am sure that Vladimir is a very busy man but it has really been put on my heart to help bring the wisdom, knowledge, beauty, and truth of Anastasia to the big movie screen not in only in the United States but to the rest of the world as well...

Upon first reading Anastasia I knew immediately that this is something that people would reveal in and that people would find comfort in her words and her wisdom. Not only that, but people would feel better after having seen these books portrayed into film with their own eyes. Her innocence, her purity, her wisdom they would inspire and move people to be better people and to seek the truth.

What began as a mere passing thought has been pulling at the strings of my heart. It is so strong, this feeling, that I am compelled to write and honor that overwhelming feeling as it seems to grow more and more with each passing day. It's almost as if the feeling has been growing inside of me and I can feeling it coming to life inside of me. I know it may sound crazy, but I just had to write you.

God Bless you in all your endeavors as you help the world to see the beauty of life in it's purest form.

Warm Regards,
Alexia Aleman

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In January this year I read the books…

It is probably needless to say, but anyway I was overwhelmed by the pure, simplicity and truth of these books.
And an absolute solution for the problems in the world and I think all the problems, as I may say so.

Thank you very much. from heart to heart.

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Those books made me have more hope for the future. I don't care if they are fiction or not, they enliven myself, and thats all that is important. May Russia give everybody an example of how we can live in more harmony.

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Please could you send me information and policy on becoming a distributor for all your products and books in Botswana. I am working on a five-year plan to create a Healing Arts Centre and White Lion Sanctuary in the bush veld near my home. I believe the Ringing Cedar books and products would be a true asset to these facilities and more importantly to the people of Botswana.

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We are very pleased with your Cedar Oil products and feel they have been beneficial, also the Age Ideal product for the face is Excellent!

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I received today my orders ,and my god, the Cedar Pendant is so cute , I can not take my eyes away from it.

Have a wonderful Day

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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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