MARCH 2010

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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

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

Read in the new book:

  • Anasta - daughter of Vladimir and Anastasia;
  • How a small girl stopped a glacier;
  • What terrible beast is devouring the people of Earth?
  • Who are creatures in space suits, whose mysterious images are found by archeologists?
  • How is life on other planets created?
  • How to turn barren land into furtile gardens?


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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Moscow International Ringing Cedars Festival!

The Anastasia Foundation is announcing the first International Ringing Cedars Festival, which will take place in Moscow on March 27, 2010 from 10am to 9pm at the CSRA Football Hall which can hold 4000 people.

The Festival program:

- I: Foyer - 9:00 to 11:00
Festival Opening

* Presentations, Discussions, Round Table Meetings
* Trade Fair
* Folk Art Exhibits
* Folk Games and Rites, Songs, Round-Dances

- II. Main Hall - 11:00 to 12:00

* General Seating - with tickets only
* Free Drawing of several sets of RCoR books, autographed by Vladimir Megre

- III. Main Hall - 12:00 to 12:30

* Opening: concert, contests, welcoming speeches
* Visiting Artists' performances

- IV: Main Hall - 12:30 to 1:30

* Best Narrator Contest (reading an excerpt from the RCoR series)

- V: Main Hall - 1:30 to 2:30

* Music Contest "Vedrussia Art"

- VI: Main Hall and Foyer 14:30 to 15:30

* Lunch Break

- VII: Main Hall - 15:30 to 16:30

* Presentation of V. N. Megre's new book (Russian) from his best-selling series
* Presentation of a new Award: a Figurine entitled: "Ringing Cedars"

- VIII: Main Hall - 16:30 to 17:00

* Award Ceremony for Contest Winners (with a Figurine "Ringing Cedars" and other types of awards)
* Completion of the Concert, Festival sponsors and partners introduction

- IX: Foyer - 17:00 to 21:00

* Presentations, Discussions, Consultations, Round Table Meetings
* Tradefair
* Folk Art Exhibits
* Folk Games and Rites, Songs, Round-Dances

- X: 21.05

* Closure Ceremony of the Ringing Cedars Festival - Fireworks

To book your ticket and for other details (accommodation, visas etc) contact Yuri Smirnov at
Full support, including meeting at the airport, accommodation, translation service etc will be provided for separate fee.

CSRA Football Hall

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A cedar grove has been planted in Minsk, the capital of Belarus!

Aleksandr and his son planting a Siberian Cedar

Dear friends, I am happy to inform you that, on May 27 in Minsk, an event took place involving the planting of a cedar grove! The initiator and implementer of this idea was Sotvorenie, the international voluntary organization. And a sponsor was one of the largest mobile operators in Belarus, the Mobile TeleSystems Company. The entire event was coordinated on the official level with all necessary governmental bodies (architecture, Minskzelenstroy, the Municipal Executive Committee, etc.).

The event was divided into two stages, the first stage took place on May 15 at the botanical gardens, we planted 50 cedars, employees of Mobile TeleSystems were present, as were advertisers, journalists, television reporters, and our own people. The first stage of the event was more modest and low-key. This was a type of rehearsal before the second stage of the event.

The second stage of the event took place on May 27 near the National Library. This is one of the most prestigious and beautiful areas of the city. Near the library was planted a grove of 50 cedars. A large number of people attended. The most prominent people in Belarus were invited (artists, athletes, politicians, businessmen, ministers). Each cedar was planted by three persons: two well-known personalities and one person from Sotvorenie. Among the high-ranking guests in attendance were the Minister of Forestry, the Deputy Minister of the Economy, the Minister of Ecology, and even the Russian Ambassador (who just happened to be in the country at the time), and many others.

"The event was called 'Preserving Traditions -- Connecting Generations.' My wife and my year-and-a-half-old son were with me at the planting of the cedars, both at the Botanical Gardens and near the library. My little Russian hero, who was born on a Kin's Domain and had just recently learned to walk, also picked up a small shovel and helped plant the cedars. And I am supremely confident that, when he grows up, the connection to these trees, to this city, to his domain, and to his parents will be truly heartfelt. And someday, when walking in the city through the grove of mature cedars, I shall say to him, 'Look, son, this is the cedar that you and I planted!'

With love,



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Republic of Khakassia:

Rodniki Kin's Settlement

The Rodniki Kin's Settlement is located in the Republic of Khakassia in the foothills of the Sayany Mountains, on the banks of the Imek and Tashtyp Rivers, near the village of Nizhniy Imek.

People from various corners of Russia and distant foreign countries come to our settlement, and many stay on to build their own Kin's Domain.

Since the settlement is located in the foothills, the climate here is not very moderate. Summer begins later and ends sooner. In the summer, over a twenty-four hour period, the temperature ranges from +10 C at night to +30-35 C during the day. There is an almost constant wind blowing down from the mountains, which provides the possibility of using wind generators. On the territory of the settlement, the soil is fertile black earth. There is an enormous number of ant-hills and mice. Very often hares drop in for a visit. In the spring, a great many small birds fly in. They nest in the grass on the fields and raise their chicks.

A most beautiful view of the surrounding mountains, and the severe, yet lush and idiosyncratic nature of our settlement does not leave people indifferent, and many stay on to live here.

There are already four families living permanently on their domains, and we hope that this winter there will be more. Approximately 17 families live in the surrounding villages, they stay and are setting up their parcels. The land is registered as property. The resolution of the current issues in the life of the settlement, among which is the allocation of the land, is being handled by the Settlement Council, which includes everyone who permanently lives on their estate or in the neighboring villages.

Nearby are the two villages of Imek and Nizhniy Imek, the villages have a paramedic station, stores, and a school. Not far away (approximately 7 km) is Tashtyp, the district centre. A federal highway runs literally alongside the settlement, so getting to the settlement or going to the city presents no special problems. It is a two-hour ride to Abakan by fixed-route taxi. There are no factories or quarries in the vicinity, so the air and the water here are clean. On the other hand, those who want to find work in the area do not come here, since the plan is to earn money on one's own domain with one's own hands.

We still have some unoccupied parcels. Not far away the settlement of Beregina is starting to be registered.

We are accepting as neighbors only those people who are firmly determined in their intention to live on their Kin's Land.

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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.

Now Space of Love Magazine is available to purchase in USA, Canada, and Europe, in our store at! Good Source for promotion of the ideas of the Ringing Cedars Movement.

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Posted by keshav in a topic Why. Join the discussion of this topic here:

Anastasia said something that appears contradictory. On one hand she says that every generation is a more evolved perfect form of the previous. But then she talks about how everyone was perfect, pristine, right from the start. But I think both can be true. It really goes back to why. Why did we come to this point? It is a vital question and if we want to learn about ourselves, make a truce with the universe and with our own souls we must answers these questions that have been ignored by man. So we came to a point somewhere, of darkness. But even though this happened we didn't regress. We still kept moving forward. Man played a game called I know nothing, certainly not the truth of my true being, what will happen? And to say that six priests orchestrated it all, well I believe on the physical level this is possible but on the soul level, absurd. Everyone played, and we killed. We killed ourselves over and over again, and we killed nature over and over again, and we no longer were any contact with God. We are his creation, we are perfect, and we played alone in the mud of nothingness and catastrophe. We were excited cause we felt surely something is going to happen. We made things, but not with God, or with another soul, we made soul less things, these things we exchanged ideas with, they excited us, their soul less ness excited us. But we grew cold, forgetting and remembering pieces here and there. Something happened that made us turn our backs on nature. We felt betrayed by it, and so went out looking for something differet. Whenever you tell a man about the city to give up their computer, their work, their convienent food and go back to nature you will see what I mean. For a brief second almost every single person feels a little brief indignation. Once the idea is explained out it sounds grand, reasonable why didn't I do it before....but before that??? Every soul is absolute and complete, whatever you see is a reflection of truth. Even ask a hippy who is already there, doing it, and I still see it, but they just shake it away much much faster. The truth is people are a mixture of both Light and Darkness, and we need to see it all if we are to get to our own selves.

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

Underwater Birth and Dolphins

Igor Tscharkofsy, Dr. Igor Smirnov and Elena Tonetti in Russia, Dr. Michel Odent, M.D. in France, Estelle Meyers in New Zealand, Dr. Gowri Motha, M.D. in London, Binnie Dansby in England and others pioneered underwater birth.

Now underwater birth is an accepted as part of the British health services and recommended for those who anticipate problems with their pregnancy. Literally thousands of succesful underwater births have occured throughout the world. The initial enthusiasm for this technique has grown and its benefits for the mother and child are increasingly confirmed.

Parallel to these developments, the practice of dolphin assisted therapy developed through the work of Dr. Hank Truby, Dr. Betsy Smith, Dr. David Nathanson, David Cole, Scott Taylor, Dr. Horace Dobbs, M.D., et alia. The direct experience of many people who have encountered dolphins and been healed by them also confirms this approach.

As the advantages of underwater birth became clear, and the therapeutic value of dolphins was demonstrated, the concept of humans birthing underwater with dolphins developed. Since birthing in water is beneficial, and dolphins are able to heal or improve a wide range of medical conditions, it is reasonable to suppose that their presence at water births could be beneficial.

Some 20 years ago, after developing and confirming the benefits of water birth, Igor Tscharkofsy began to birth human babies in the Black Sea with the dolphins. Some of the reported occurances include a mother and a baby playing with the dolphins within 45 minutes of the birth, another instance of a free dolphin escorting a newborn human baby to the surface for its first breath. According to Igor Smirnoff, their research director, water babies develop six months faster over their first two years and development of waking, talking etc. occur earlier. According to Elena Tonetti, who managed the Black Sea birth project for several years, the children are also ambidexterous.

Dolphins are curious about pregnant women and often come around to check them out. This is a common occurance according to Dean Bernal, companion to the free dolphin Jo Jo who swims with many people in the Turks and Caicos islands. In commercial "swim with dolphin" programs, pregnant ladies are often excluded from the swims because the dolphins often concentrate their attention exclusively on her to the exclusion of the other guests.

In the Black Sea, dolphins would often come close to the people in the water and were present at many births. Dr. Gowri Motha, M.D. took 8 preganant ladies to the dolphin facilities at Eliat so they could birth with the dolphins. She is convinced that this is beneficial for the mother and the babies. More evaluation and repetition of the process will more firmly establish the benefits of underwater birth with the dolphins.

The work of Dr. Stanislav Grof and others have established that the birth experience is the major formative experience for our personality. A good birth results in an imprint of basic trust in the universe while a difficult birth can lead to an imprint of struggle. Whatever the imprint, it tends to be repeated in our later lives.

From a physical point of view, human babies at birth have proportionately the largest head of any land creature with the smallest body. Dr. John Lilly found that angular accelerations can create sheer forces on the brain.

Above a certain critical value that depends on brain and body size, the brain can be damaged by accelerations. A birth into water allows a smooth transition where the head and brain are neutrally bouyant. The mass of the water minimizes the accelerations to the brain and helps insure its intact delivery.

The fact that humans like water, swim, dive, and are attracted to birthing in the water has led to the development of the Aquatic Ape Theory that postulates that humans are partially aquatic creatures and evolved in a watery environment near rivers and coastlines for millions of years. This has resulted in several "marine" characteristics including the structure of the nose, the position and shape of the breasts, subcutaneous fat, and tear glands which are characteristic of some marine animals like seals, dolphins and sea birds.

This puts water birth in a context in where it is part of our aquatic heritage and approaches the conditions of our ideal primal environment. We now know several cultures practiced water births including the ancient Egyptians and the Hawaiians. In fact, Hawaiians performed underwater births with dolphins as late as 1937 and still privately maintain this practice.

At the moment, the birth activities in the Black Sea have ceased. While several projects have sought to establish places where people could birth with dolphins, this has yet to occur.

Hawaii is ideal for underwater births attended by free dolphins. The climate is ideal and there are coastals areas throughout the islands where dolphins come close to the shore.

A Sample of the type of coastline suitable for the habitat is seen below.

There are tide pools, hot ponds, access for free dolphins. This area of Hawaii is the only area where all these occur together. Therefore this is a prime area for establishing water birth with dolphins and the human-dolphin habitats where we can live and learn from each other. This area can also be the first embassy for the Cetacean Commonwealth.

The Dolphin Attended Water and Natural (DAWN) Birth Center

Going Wild: How to Enjoy Nature With Your Kids -- Wherever You Live

If nature came in a bottle, you can bet that every pediatrician would prescribe it. Time spent in nature can improve a child's attention, boost creativity, reduce stress and provide a host of other benefits. It's also good for parents. Exploring nature together can strengthen family bonds. And you don't need to trek to the wilderness to enjoy these positive effects -- it's as easy as going wild right at home. Here's how...

Curing 'Nature Deficit Disorder'

"Natural connections can occur anywhere, from the core of a city environment to a suburban neighborhood to a rural desert landscape," says Cheryl Charles, PhD, president and CEO of the Children & Nature Network. In other words, there's no need for any child to suffer from "nature deficit disorder," a term Richard Louv coined in his groundbreaking book Last Child in the Woods.

Louv links rising rates of childhood depression, obesity, attention disorders and other problems in part to a lack of nature in children's hyper-wired lives. A growing body of research supports his contention that giving children more time in nature can help counteract these trends and support their well-being.

So where does a busy parent begin? It's easier -- and more fun -- than you might think. Here are eight ideas to get you started right out of the chute.

Start Exploring

Nature Rocks is a delightful website that offers fun and surprising ideas for enjoying nature. And, best of all, it bases its recommendations on how much time you have to spend, your location and the age of your kids. Activities range from making a secret space in nature, to exploring urban wildlife to planning an outdoor adventure for the entire family. This site, which was inspired by Last Child in the Woods and cofounded by the Children & Nature Network, is loaded with resources including books, maps and excellent links to information on natural areas and activities around the US.

Create a Little Habitat

"Help your child discover a hidden universe," urges Louv, who's a font of wonderful ideas. It's as easy as setting a scrap of lumber on a patch of bare earth, waiting a couple of days, and then checking out the insects and other creatures that have made a home beneath it. Louv suggests using a field guide to identify the creatures and revisiting this little universe every month to "discover who's new."

Create a Big Habitat

Invite your kids to help make your backyard a great hangout for wildlife. The National Audubon Society provides tips on creating a healthy yard with how-tos covering everything from attracting birds and bats to reducing pesticide use and conserving water.

Get Your Hands Dirty

Jennifer Ward rounds up loads of nature activities for kids in her books, I Love Dirt and Let's Go Outside. Building a nest is one of her favorites for kids between the ages of 4 and 8. "Birds construct the widest variety of homes with only their beaks and feet, and what's even more remarkable is that their nests withstand weather and predators," Ward reveals. "For this activity kids are encouraged to collect items in nature, such as grasses, twigs and leaves, and try their hands at constructing a nest. They'll find it's not easy, even with the advantage of fingers, and will discover a new appreciation for these feathery architects." Speaking of which...

Count the Birds

You and your kids can join the Great Backyard Bird Count on President's Day Weekend, February 12-15, 2010. Co-sponsored by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, this site offers a special section for kids and great tips on identifying birds. The information everyone reports helps scientists track changes in bird populations around the country.

Look for Signs

A fresh snowfall reveals the secret comings and goings of deer, coyote, rodents, birds and other critters that frequent backyards and city parks. BioKIDS, a joint project of the University of Michigan and the Detroit Public Schools, offers a useful online tracks and signs guide for kids. The guide also covers scat, structures and other animal signs.

Slow Down

Enjoying nature with your kids means not over-scheduling them. "Well-intentioned parents think they're helping their children by planning and structuring most of their time, when free time in nature is one of the keys to children's creativity and healthy development," advises Charles.

If you need support, join the slow parenting movement. It is a growing phenomenon described by Carl Honore in his book, Under Pressure: Rescuing Childhood from the Culture of Overparenting.

Tap into Wonder

You don't need to be a nature know-it-all. "Parents and children can learn together," Charles suggests. "It all starts with a sense of wonder and an appreciation for the mysteries in nearby nature all around us." Go outside and look around with your children and then follow their curiosity.

As Rachel Carson famously wrote in her book, The Sense of Wonder, "If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in."

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Junk Food Nearly as Addictive as Heroin

by: David Gutierrez

Junk food appears to be almost as addictive as heroin, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Scripps Research Institute and presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

"This is the most complete evidence to date that suggests obesity and drug addiction have common neuro-biological foundations," researcher Paul Johnson said.

The researchers fed rats one of three diets: a nutritious diet, a healthy diet with restricted access to junk food, or a diet of unlimited junk food. Junk foods included cheesecake, chocolate, sponge cake and fatty meat. Mice in the third group quickly became obese, while the weight of mice in the first two groups did not change.

To test the effects of junk food on the brain's pleasure centers -- the areas affected by drugs -- the researchers electrically stimulated those areas whenever the mice ran on a wheel. The longer a rat ran on the wheel, the more pleasure it would receive.

While rats in the first two groups did not change their wheel-running behavior, the rats eating junk food soon began running on the wheel for longer periods -- suggesting that their brain's pleasure centers had become less sensitive. Consistent with this finding, the rats began eating more and more food, suggesting that their bodies had become desensitized to the pleasure the food was producing.

The researchers then began exposing rats to painful electric shocks whenever they ate junk food. The rats on the restricted junk food diet quickly stopped eating the food, but the binge-eating rats were undeterred.

"You lose control. It's the hallmark of addiction," researcher Paul Kenny said.

When the bingeing rats were deprived of junk food and given only healthy food, they refused to eat anything for two weeks.

"It's almost as if you break these things, it's very, very hard to go back to the way things were before," Kenny said. "Their dietary preferences are dramatically shifted."

"What we have are these core features of addiction, and these animals are hitting each one."

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The Truth about Junk Food & Fast Food, Clinical Nutrition

Four Ways Junk Food Marketing Targets Your Kids

By Dr. Joseph Mercola
ith Rachael Droege

You walk through the grocery store, planning to buy only the few items on your list. You have just about made it down the first aisle when your young child begins to beg for junk food item #1, green catsup. You give in hoping it will make the rest of the trip easier, when just as you turn the corner your child begins begging for another junk food item, this time sugary cereal. Sound familiar?

Well, there's a reason why your kids want just about every sugary, greasy, processed food that they can get their hands on. Since the day your child was exposed to the outside world, through TV, magazines, the radio--even school--they have been inundated with the persuasive messages of the junk food industry. According to the National Institute on Media and the Family, advertisements target children as young as 3 years old. As an adult it can be hard enough to resist these marketing ploys, but for a child to resist is almost unthinkable.

Junk food marketers spent an estimated $15 billion in 2002 on marketing aimed at children. They seek to push their low-nutrient foods into the heads of children so that they in turn pester their parents to buy the products. And their ploys appear to be working as one out of every four American children are now seriously overweight or at risk of becoming overweight.

Of course, the ultimate decision of whether to purchase junk food is up to you, the parent, but becoming aware of some of the most obtrusive methods junk food marketers use can help you to protect your children from these unhealthy messages.


You may have seen Pepsi's Web site, which features pop-singer Beyonce and Cubs baseball player Sammy Sosa. Beyonce is quoted as saying "For me, to build a relationship with Pepsi is incredible," while the site says about Sosa, " For the past three seasons, Slammin' Sammy has been powered by Pepsi."

This is just one example of a company using celebrities and athletes to promote a less-than-nutritious product. Pepsi is certainly not the only company to do so. Snickers brand candy bar has a TV commercial that takes place in the Chicago Bears locker room and Kellogg's Frosted Flakes cereal is touted as "The official cereal of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Many children see celebrities and athletes as role models and feel that the products they endorse are worthwhile. They listen to these messages because they like the messengers. Unfortunately, the underlying message to kids--aside from the more obvious "buy this product"--is that eating these products can make them a celebrity or athlete, or at least will make them look and perform like one. And even if that doesn't happen, they still feel that the products are worthwhile since they're popular among the people they look up to and respect.

Saturday Morning Commercials

Saturday morning cartoons are a tradition for many children. Not surprisingly, junk food marketers have claimed their space among the cartoons--90 percent of food commercials aired on Saturday morning kids' TV shows are for products of low nutritional value such as sugary cereals, candy and fast food.

As though placing the ads among children's cartoons is not enough, many of the junk foods will even feature a cartoon character or cartoon theme as part of their packaging and promotional angle.

By the time you head to the grocery store that afternoon, your child's mind will be thoroughly saturated with junk food items to persuade you to buy. Of course this is the time when you as the parent can be strong and only buy foods that you will feel good about your child eating.

School Vending Machines

You may send your child to school with a healthy lunch in hand, but your efforts may soon be sabotaged by junk food marketers where you least expect them--in your child's school. Most school hallways are lined with vending machines that sell soft drinks and unhealthy snacks, and most school cafeterias serve any number of fast foods each day. It's not uncommon for schools to make marketing deals with leading soft drink companies such as Coca-Cola from which they receive commissions--based on a percentage of sales at each school--and sometimes a lump-sum payment.

The revenues are used for various academic and after-school activities, but what activity could be worth devastating the students' health, which is exactly what consuming all that soda and junk food is doing? Getting rid of vending machines in schools--or replacing their contents with pure water and healthy snacks--could make a big difference, as vending machines can increase the consumption of sweetened beverages by up to 50 or more cans of soda per student per year.

The Internet

More and more children have access to the Internet, which means that marketers have gained another avenue to market their products. Almost every major junk food, from snacks to candy to soft drinks, has its own promotional Web site. The sites typically cater to children and teenagers and are filled with interactive games featuring the product, giveaways, contests and other information about the product.

Kids are likely to be drawn in by the games and are subtly inundated with images of a particular junk food or junk food brand. Although they may think they are simply playing a game, the games typically have a junk-food theme that exposes them to nutritionally devoid products even during their time off.

Although you can't realistically shelter your child from every advertisement out there, you can sit down with them and discuss the ads you do see. Explain to them that a business is selling the product and that they need to think about all aspects of the item (nutritional value, price, etc.) and not rely solely on the ad to make their decision. And, make sure that you are a good role model for you child. If you eat a lot of junk food, you'll have a hard time convincing your child that they shouldn't eat it.

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Anti-Aging Conference

Watch: Anti-Aging Doctors Panel

The main topic of this panel discussion was how to choose an anti-aging doctor as your personal physician, but as you can see in the video above, we also touch on several other aspects of anti-aging medicine.

This particular panel, hosted by Dr. Stephen Coles, consisted of Dr. Philip Miller, founder and medical director of Los Gatos Longevity Institute, Dr. Karlis Ullis (whose subspecialty is sports medicine), Dr Dave Woynarowski, who specializes in age management medicine, and yours truly.

How Can a Consumer Identify a Qualified Anti-Aging Doctor?

I agree with Dr. Woynarowski's comment that there is a disconnect between what people want and what they get from their physicians today. Many doctors simply are not able to truly help their patients get well because they've been more or less handcuffed by the pharmaceutical industry, which rules this current medical paradigm with an iron fist.

However, the number of doctors beginning to side step the drug paradigm to focus on optimizing health as opposed to simply treating symptoms of disease, is growing.

But how do you, as a consumer, find and select such a doctor?

It may surprise you, but the panel members agree on the point that choosing an anti-aging, wellness doctor is not a matter of simply checking for licenses and board certifications. In some cases certifications will mean little when it comes to finding a suitable doctor that can actually help you live longer.

Checking your doctor's depth of knowledge and personal philosophy on longevity and wellness may be far better criteria.

Dr. Ullis mentions the importance of finding out your doctor's level of passion, because someone who is passionate about what they do are quite likely to become an expert at it and do it well.

When it comes to finding a suitable doctor for your needs, your local community is a great place to start. Health food stores, for example, can be excellent sources of word of mouth recommendations.

Beyond that, the Internet has become an invaluable tool.

Social networking sites like Facebook, for example, can help you identify reputable health professionals. There are many Facebook groups available, and the networking opportunities are near limitless!

In July 2009, Facebook had 250 million users. Now they are over 400 million - that's a lot of potential feedback and word of mouth recommendations!

Has Your Doctor Done His Homework?

That's an important question, particularly in the field of wellness and longevity where the advances in knowledge are growing daily.

For example, conventional medical doctors have gotten locked into the science of chemistry, and now we realize that it's really about physics.

Any doctor who ignores the physics of health is really missing the biggest component.

One way to discern your doctor's level of sophistication would include asking questions. Can she answer them? What's his personal philosophy on health? Does she walk the talk?

How is Anti-Aging Medicine Different from Regular Medicine?

Anti-aging medicine is about functional medicine. It's about maintaining or restoring you to your optimal functional self. It's not about combating sickness, but rather about optimizing health.

So it's a different approach that offers different solutions from conventional medicine, which is largely based on the idea that "health" can be achieved by suppressing symptoms of disease with chemicals.

Although I'm not known as an anti-aging doctor per se, my focus is on overall wellness, which naturally forms the base for a long life. The three primary areas of wellness, in my view, consist of:

  1. Diet (nutrition)
  2. Exercise
  3. Addressing your emotions and stress

The last one is the aspect that frequently receives the least amount of attention, both in conventional- and alternative medicine, and this is highly unfortunate.

I have long maintained that your emotional state plays a role in nearly every physical disease -- from heart disease, to depression, to arthritis and cancer.

Even the conservative Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that 85 percent of all diseases have an emotional element, but the actual percentage is probably much higher. Other scientists and medical doctors who have left their conventional medical and scientific dogmas behind -- once they saw the proof for themselves -- claim that 100 percent of your current health status is due to your mental and emotional reactions to events that take place during your lifetime.

Fascinating research from the likes of Dr. Bruce Lipton, Gregg Braden, and Richard Bartlett have in the past decade uncovered the immense importance of your emotions on your state of health and genetic expression.

Energy medicine, which includes various forms of energy psychology, is truly 21st Century medicine!

There are many different techniques, but in my experience some of the most effective include the Emotional Freedom Technique/Meridian Tapping Technique (EFT/MTT).

I want to stress that you cannot be optimally healthy if you avoid addressing the emotional component of your health.

Learning how to use energy psychology tools can help you get a better handle on your emotions and buried pain, including the stress from unexpected tragedies.

In severe cases you might not be able to perform these techniques satisfactorily on yourself, in which case I would highly recommend you seek out a trained professional. Here's a list of certified EFT practitioners across the world, plus helpful advice on how to choose a practitioner that is right for you.

The Role of Antioxidants and Supplements in Anti-Aging

The most widely accepted idea for life extension is the free-radical theory. According to this theory, you begin to "self destruct" as you age. Your DNA becomes damaged beyond your body's ability to repair and you eventually accumulate enough damage that can't support life, and consequently you die.

The main agents of this destruction are oxygen free radicals; aggressive chemical compounds created as a byproduct of your natural metabolism. Over a lifetime, this progressive damage accumulates to the point where your body's basic biochemical processes fail.

This is one of the primary reasons that Coenzyme Q-10 works and why I take the reduced form, ubiquinol, every day.

One of the most destructive processes is protein carbonylation, in which oxygen radicals attacks the carbon-hydrogen bonds in proteins. This process has been implicated as a cause for many age-related diseases, such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, chronic renal failure and adult-onset diabetes.

Antioxidants continually combat these free radicals - which is why a diet high in natural antioxidants is so important for your health - but over the years, your biological defense systems eventually begin to suffer from oxidative damage as well and can't function as effectively. Your state of health suffers as a result, and "age-related ailments" set in.

Glutathione (GSH) is a very important and underutilized antioxidant, according to Dr. Woynarowski.

Increased glutathione levels may actually play a role in stopping telomere shortening, which is one of the most exciting anti-aging discoveries of late.

As many of you already know, I do not generally advocate using many supplements, and I have reservations against using glutathione supplements. However, you may still be able to reap the health benefits associated with glutathione supplementation by consuming high quality whey protein. Other food sources include free rangeĀ animal foods and eggs.

Just remember that there are vast differences between whey products. You'll want to make sure your whey protein is of high quality, from grass-fed cows, and very carefully processed to preserve the fragile amino acid precursors.

I am so convinced by the research on telomeres and glutathione that I take our Miracle Whey protein every morning (typically after my morning exercise program).

Another bridge to longevity is omega-3 fats.

As discussed by the panelists, population-based studies show that the closer you are to a 1:1 ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fats, the better your health and longevity.

Always Remember This Truth When Using Supplements...

It's important to remember that nutrients that are generally considered "healthy" may not be what you need. Optimal diet and nutrition is highly individual, and is based on your personal biochemistry and other factors such as your current state of health, nutritional deficiencies and so on. And unless the supplement in question is a good fit for your personal biochemistry, it could potentially worsen your health!

Everything you take must be tested specifically for you, and one of the ways to do this is to use a biofeedback-based diagnostic tool such as Autonomic Response Testing (ART), as developed and refined by Dr. Klinghardt.

What You Can Learn from Those Who've Lived the Longest

It may seem centenarians have stumbled upon some secret formula of life extension that eludes the rest of us, but in reality, the truth is likely far simpler and more basic than that.

Common denominators among the people who've lived the longest include:

  • Eating a plant-based diet
  • Drinking diuretic-type teas on a regular basis
  • Living in areas that promote regular physical activity, such as daily walking as the main means of getting around
  • Living in societies where friends and family encourage a healthy, natural, active lifestyle
  • Having effective strategies for coping with stress, such as prayer, meditation, strong social networks, and napping daily

In fact, being able to effectively cope with stress, it turns out, is one of the MAJOR common denominators for those who live long, healthy lives.

One of the proposed reasons for this strong link is that stress promotes inflammation, so being able to reduce the inflammatory response in your body can have a significant impact on your overall health. This is also believed to be one of the major reasons why so many centenarians appear to be more or less immune to brain degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.

How to Live Longer, Starting Today

Regulating your insulin pathways, and all the other important lifestyle changes I advocate, would clearly increase not only the quantity of your years but the quality of them as well.

Proper nutrition; feeding your body the fuel it needs based on your individual biochemistry rather than a one-size-fits-all regimen, exercise, and maintaining emotional well-being should never be underestimated in the anti-aging quest.

Rather than sitting idly by, waiting for some "magic pill" that will stop or even reverse the aging process, you can take control of your health, and hence increase your lifespan, right NOW.

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Secrets of Overseeding

Tough winter? Here's how to bring your lawn back to life, naturally.

Just like people, lawns can get tired and worn out. Heavy shade, high traffic areas, compacted soil and recurring pest infestations such as grubs can thin even the lushest turf.

One way to bring your lawn back to life is by over seeding. Because grass seeds need warmth and moisture to germinate, the best time to do this is mid to late spring or late August. Avoid the high temperatures and relative dryness of full summer. To do this you can hire a lawn care company to prepare your lawn and apply the seed, or you can do it yourself.

Reap what you sow

If you're a do-it-yourselfer, the first step is to buy the highest quality disease-resistant seed from a garden centre with a good reputation, giving you the best chance for success. Make sure it's not last year's seed, which will have a lower germination rate.

Pay attention to seed bag labels, which will tell you if you're buying the right grass blend for the area you intend to reseed. Some seed mixtures do better in shade, others in full sun. Still others are especially adapted to dry or moist conditions.

The most common mixtures include Kentucky bluegrass and perennial ryegrass. Garden experts recommend staying away from mixtures that include a lot of quick-germinating annual ryegrass seed because one good harsh winter will kill the grass.

Laying the groundwork

Before you start sowing, be sure to properly prepare your lawn. The first step is to remove the old turf with a trowel or shovel, marking out the area you need to replace. Next, break up the soil underneath and enrich with organic material (such as rich compost or well-rotted manure) and level it with a rake.

Now you're ready to sprinkle your carefully-chosen grass seed across the area according to the package directions. Be sure to apply a topdressing layer of soil overtop of the new seeds to maximize moisture retention. Soil cover will also keep seeds from being blown away and protect them from hungry birds.

Over the next few weeks you'll want to make sure the newly seeded patches stay moist. If Mother Nature takes care of this chore for you, all the better. If not, get out the sprinkler or garden hose to keep your lawn evenly moist, but not soggy.

Once the grass germinates, let it grow to about 10 centimetres before cutting it.

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Growing Leeks

Leeks are delicious in stews and salads, and of course, in sumptuously delicious leek soup. Mature leeks are also extremely cold hardy and can stay in the ground (well drained) all winter to add their fresh and incomparably delicious mild onion flavour to soups, salads and all manner of sauteed ingredients of our cuisine at any time they are needed and wanted.

We have two favourites; "Durabel", a mild, sweet variety which is excellent in salads, and "Winta", an extremely hardy leek with a strong leeky flavour, which is excellent for soups and stews. A common and oft encountered phrase in gardening is "... but well worth the trouble", and this applies to leeks, but only in their infancy. Once established, leeks grow like weeds.

It is in the establishing that we need to take some care. Leeks may be started indoors in February if giant leeks are wanted, in light fluffy potting soil, for easy transplanting. That is why we keep our propagating soil mix light and light, so the young seedlings may be lifted easily without losing all their fine feeder roots (see previous article).

Sow seeds about one half-inch deep, half an inch apart in rows about two inches apart. This is to allow them growing room as they should not be transplanted outdoors until the soil is dry enough to provide a nice, loose seedbed. This will vary with your location, usually anywhere between the beginning and the end of May. During he early part of the year, when days are short, leek seedlings will benefit greatly from and additional two to three hours of Grow-Lux or similar light. Keep the tops trimmed to three inches long to make stockier and sturdy plants for transplanting.

Now then; there are two methods of growing leek seedlings in the garden. One is in two-inch individual holes; the other is in an open trench. We prefer the trench method as it provides more light for the young seedlings. Choose the most well-drained area in your garden as the leeks may well stay in the ground until next spring in splendid health, if the ground does not get soggy with our winter rains.

With tiller or fork, work up a nice loose bed (which is not necessary if you've made raised beds as described here) about 10 inches deep. Excavate this to the width of a garden shovel, six to eight inches deep. Pile the lifted soil to the north or west of the trench, so there will be maximum light (their life-energy) in the trench. Sprinkle about 10 lbs. of well-rotted chicken manure in the bottom of a 10-foot row, or about five pounds of fishmeal for the same length of row. Mix this well with the soil at the bottom of the trench. Plant the seedlings about 4 inches apart in two staggered rows four inches apart. Spread the root hairs gently in all directions, and holding the seedling gently, lightly press about half an inch of soil over the roots, first on one side, then the other.

Water gently so as not to wash away the soil over the roots. Depending on the weather, water frequently for the first week to 10 days to keep the soil constantly moist. After this period they can be left alone, and nothing but a prolonged drought can harm them. From here on in, they will grow like weeds. As growth proceeds, keep filling in the trench with the excavated soil, keeping about three inches of top growth exposed. Be careful not to get any soil above the point where the leaves start to branch. You will find this soil again in your soup or your salad. If the leaf has not branched by the time it is completely above ground, the leeks can be hilled with additional soil for a longer white stalk.

Harvesting can begin in the fall when stalks are about one inch in diameter, and from then on can be dug as needed. Leeks keep on growing for a long time, even in mild spells in mid-winter, to as much as three inches in diameter, and sometimes even more.

Leeks may be sown outdoors in early May in the same manner as for transplants. They hardly ever get beyond the thickness of a pencil by fall, but will make additional growth by the next spring. In any case, leeks must be harvested before seed stalks appear the next season, when they become unpalatable, and their very special delicious flavour is lost. And that you can have garden-fresh leeks, straight out of the ground for six to 8 months, including all winter long, in my mind makes it "well worth the bit of trouble" of getting them started. Next we'll get into the rhubarb.

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Top 10 Natural Building Materials

New home construction comes at a tremendous expense to the planet. Building 1.7 million homes with traditional wood, steel and concrete frames consumes the same amount of energy as heating and cooling 10 million houses each year, according to the Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials. The environmental costs stem largely from the manufacture of the materials. Cement production, for example, requires an astounding amount of energy and results in water and air pollution and industrial waste that is usually not recycled. Using natural materials that require minimal processing or refining reduces these environmental impacts.

Natural building offers a way to construct a home with renewable, naturally occurring and locally available materials, as opposed to industrial or man-made products. Many of these materials are available throughout the world, so the costs and pollution associated with the transportation of these materials across the country falls. Using natural materials also reduce toxins in the home. As a bonus, many of these methods are energy efficient, inexpensive and easy to build with little construction knowledge. In this article, we'll look at 10 natural building materials that are being used today.

10. Rock

It's much easier to build with perfectly shaped bricks or slabs of concrete, but it's possible to build beautiful homes with locally available rocks. The rocks can be mortared with earthen plasters such as sand and clay or lime. Rock walls have very good thermal mass, which means that they absorb the outside temperature, hold it in and then radiate it through the home. Rock structures are extremely durable but very labor-intensive.

Thermal Mass vs. Insulation

Most earthen structures provide thermal mass, which is the ability to absorb, store and release heat energy. Insulation, on the other hand, stops heat from flowing in and out of the building. Thermal mass is best used in desert climates because of the difference in day and night temperatures, and the release of heat is cyclical. During a hot day, walls with thermal mass will absorb and store the sun's heat while the inside of the house remains cool. At night, when outside temperatures drop, the daytime heat stored in the walls radiates inward to warm the home. Thermal mass can be energy efficient since the house heats and cools itself, instead of relying on a furnace or air conditioner.

Sticks and straw spelled doom for some famous little pigs, but as we'll see, these natural building materials can create stable and sturdy homes.

9. Straw Bales

A couple building a post-and-beam straw bale home.

Straw bales provide an extremely strong building block for homes. They can act as the actual structural building block or as the fill for insulation in a traditional post-and-beam structure, where the frame supports the home, as opposed to the straw bale. After the bales are stacked, the walls are plastered. The thick walls provide excellent insulation and are about 75 percent more energy efficient than conventional homes. Contrary to what you may think, straw bale houses are not a fire hazard. Rather, they provide roughly three times the fire resistance of conventional homes. Because the bales are so tightly packed, there's no oxygen and no chance of combustion. To learn more about how to build a straw bale home, take a look at How Straw Bale Homes Work.

But if you'd rather leave the straw bales to the farmers, there are plenty of other options for natural building materials, including the next one that panda bears like to munch on.

8. Bamboo

A bamboo house in China

Decorative bamboo has long been fashionable in home design, and bamboo floors are beginning to become popular in the United States. In Asia and South America, houses are frequently made out of the wood. Bamboo is an extremely strong wood, so much so that it's being used for highway and bridge construction in Asia.

This strong wood is a renewable resource because it's one of the fastest growing plants. It has a shorter growing cycle than timber, and harvesting bamboo does not affect the roots of the plant. Bamboo does have to be treated with some chemicals in order to ensure that it's waterproof and insect-resistant, and it requires some different building methods, particularly in joining different pieces of bamboo. However, bamboo is an extremely flexible building device because it bends, and it's immensely durable.

Bamboo isn't the only wood solid enough for building houses. If you use the natural building material described on the next page, you'll wind up with a home halfway between a castle and a log cabin.

7. Cordwood

A cordwood house.

If you like the look of log cabins, but are hesitant to go through that much lumber, cordwood building might be a good compromise. Cordwood building uses wood that is cut into short lengths, about the size of firewood, which might otherwise go to waste. You can check with local sawmills, furniture manufacturers and even log home builders to see if they have any scrap wood, or you can use dead trees.

The pieces of cordwood are laid into mortar so that the length of the log makes the wall. The ends of the log stick out of the mortar on either side. The mortars that are commonly used include mixes of cement, lime, clay, sand or sawdust. Cordwood is a natural building material that offers both good insulation and good thermal mass. The logs provide insulation that keeps heat in the building, while the mortar provides the ability to store and release heat into the building. The wood might expand or shrink over time and crack the mortar, but you can remedy this problem through caulking.

Over one-third of the world's population lives in earthen structures [source: Hunter, Kiffmeyer].

6. Rammed Earth

For many people, wood is neither affordable nor available, so resourceful builders use what they have: the ground beneath their feet. To build a rammed earth home, a mixture of soils is packed down into a temporary wall form that shapes the mixture. The form is usually wooden, and it must be strong enough to withstand the compression of the ramming. Ramming can either be done by hand or by machine, and once it's completed, the forms can be removed, leaving an earthen wall about 18 inches to 24 inches (46 cm to 61 cm) thick.

Rammed earth walls require a cross-grade of soils, but too much clay will cause the walls to crack. Walls can be plastered with stucco or left bare; bare walls usually are internally stabilized with a small percentage of cement. When properly constructed, rammed earth walls are extremely durable, holding up in bad weather, as parts of the Great Wall of China can attest. They also provide energy savings because of their thermal mass.

Challenges of Natural Building

One of the primary challenges of building a home with natural materials is getting it built in the first place. Natural materials are rarely, if ever, mentioned in building codes, and building officials may be unfamiliar with these methods of construction. Banks are hesitant to finance alternative methods, and it can be difficult to prove safety standards to insurers. While many of the materials lend themselves to do-it-yourself construction, it can be difficult to find contractors if backup or consultation is needed.

If you decide to pursue natural building, it's important to present strong research to officials. Sit down with building officials early and often and show off the advantages of natural building. Know where these materials work best, and find data on structural safety. Have consultants and specialists evaluate your plans. While gaining acceptance for an alternative building method might be difficult, it will pave the way for increased natural building in the future

If you prefer your earth neatly bagged rather than rammed, read on.

5. Earthbags

An earthbag home during construction

You may have seen pictures of flood barriers and military bunkers created out of stacked sandbags. With their ability to hold back rushing waters and protect soldiers, you can see how sandbags are inherently strong. Earthbag homes, which are made of polypropylene or burlap bags stuffed with dirt and stacked like bricks, are similarly strong.

But how do a bunch of dirt bags form a home? The dirt in the bags presses down after each layer is placed, and this compression makes the dirt into a kind of self-supporting brick. Barbed wire serves as the mortar between the layers, and the compression makes the dirt bricks so sturdy that even a stray hole won't affect the wall's durability. The walls are plastered to add to their durability. These homes usually have domed roofs, which are formed by stepping in the bags gradually until the bags come together to close the dome. Structural tests have shown earthbags to be seismically sound and able to withstand the elements.

If you happen to have a bunch of old car tires littering your landscape, you'll definitely be interested in the next natural building material we'll discuss.

4. Earthships

An earthship home under construction

Michael Reynolds got the idea for earthships after watching a television special about the possibility of a looming garbage problem. Soda cans were made out of steel, so they weren't recycled, and Reynolds saw their potential as a building material. During the energy crunch of the 1970s, he discovered that packing dirt into recycled tires created good thermal mass. The earthship was born from these revelations [source: Cooper].

To build an earthship, you fill old car tires with earth and stack them like bricks. Because the tires are so thick, you don't need a foundation, and the tires are plastered after stacking. Internal walls are made from aluminum cans or bottles. These materials would otherwise be thrown away, but when assembled properly, they can save a good deal on heating and cooling costs. Earthships commonly are built right into the ground, with the exposed wall made out of tires pointed out to the sun.

To read about more earthen dwellings and how you can live underground, keep reading.

3. Earth-Sheltered

Earth-sheltered homes in Iceland.

It turns out hobbits had the right idea. Earth-sheltered homes, such as the underground dwelling of Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit," are energy efficient, soundproof and fire-resistant. They can also be built above ground, with the sides of the home or the roof covered with earth. Underground earth-shelters aren't completely dark; windows and openings provide heat and natural light.

Water drainage systems must be designed to channel the water away from the structure, and it's best to build earth-sheltered homes in soils that are permeable, which allows the water to drain, as opposed to a cohesive soil like clay, which will expand with the water [source: U.S. Department of Energy]. Soils also should be tested for their load-bearing capabilities. The construction materials for building the inside can be natural, including earthbag, rock, local wood or straw. An earthship is a type of earth-sheltered home.

2. Cob

Cob house construction

If you want to get up close and personal with your building material, cob might be the way to go. Cob is a combination of earth and straw that you usually mix with your feet, and then form into lumps that you mash together by hand to form the wall. Cob comes from an Old English word meaning "a lump or rounded mass" [source: Smith, Evans].

Cob lends itself easily to creative, free-form construction that includes curvy shapes and sculptural forms, and it requires minimal tools or construction experience. When the cob dries, it's like concrete, thanks to the reinforcement of the straw; however, waiting for the cob to dry is essential before placing the next layer of cob lumps. Building on top of wet lumps will cause the building to sag, so cob building is very time intensive. Cob walls also cannot be built very high, but when completed, cob walls, like all of the earthen methods on this page, provide thermal mass that cools homes in the summer and warms them in the winter.

You may not have heard of many of these natural building materials before reading this article. After all, how many of your neighbors live in earthbag homes?

1. Adobe

An adobe home with solar panels

Adobe is one of the oldest forms of building with earth, with examples all over the American Southwest, the Middle East, South America and Africa. Adobe is made by pouring a mix of clay, sand, water and sometimes straw into a form, most commonly a brick. The forms are left to dry in the sun, and then the forms are removed. This curing process can take some time, and it requires a continuously dry climate so that the bricks can solidify without getting wet. As the bricks dry, they shrink, so they should be inspected for cracking. Adjusting the ratio of clay and straw can help to prevent cracking; because the levels of ingredients vary widely among adobe bricks, it's best to make some test bricks to determine if they'll crack.

Adobe bricks are stacked just like conventional masonry and typically connected with a mud mortar. However, adobe walls are vulnerable to moisture and usually need large roof overhangs and elevated foundations in wet climates. In addition, adobe buildings are not a good idea in earthquake-prone areas, although concrete can be added to bricks to stabilize them.

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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.

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

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.

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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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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 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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