Far Infrared Saunas – What is Infrared?, Evolution, and History

A Little History

The health advantages of saunas are not a contemporary discovery. Historical confirmation and reports show that the Finns constructed the first wooden saunas over 2000 years ago. The primitive or first saunas were dug into a hill or mound. As tools and methods progressed, they were constructed above ground utilizing wooden logs. Rocks were heated in a stone fireplace with a wood fire. The smoke from the fire encompassed the room as the air warmed. As soon as the temperature reached preferred intensity, the smoke was permitted to clear and the patrons entered. The wood smoke scent still remained and was part of the healing ritual. This particular form of traditional smoke sauna was referred to as a savu, which translates into, “smoke” in Finnish.

Sauna Evolution

In time, the sauna developed where it utilized a metal woodstove, or kiuas (ke-wus), with a chimney. The temperature within the sauna was around 180 degrees Fahrenheit, but frequently surpassed 200 degrees in a traditional Finnish sauna. Steam vapor, also referred to as loyly (lou-lu), was generated by splashing water on the heated rocks.

The steam and high heat triggered the users to perspire, therefore eliminating impurities and toxins from

5 Tips for Growing Culinary Herbs

Growing culinary herbs can easily be accomplished using 5 simple tips. To ensure you successfully grow fresh, healthy herbs you'll need these tips.

Growing culinary herbs is very easy to accomplish with 5 simple tips. You are able to grow culinary herbs in a small patch of earth outside, in a small window planter and even in a small container inside. No matter where you choose to plant the herbs, there are 5 basic requirements the herbs will need in order to thrive.

Sun Light

As with any plant, herbs need adequate sunlight in order to grow properly. Before planting your herbs, choose an outdoor area or indoor window that receives plenty of natural sun light throughout the day. Herbs grow best when they receive at least 5 to 7 hours of direct sunlight per day.


When planting your herbs, they need to have well drained soil in order to grow appropriately. The soil's pH level needs to be around neutral of 6-7. Before planting your herbs, add a layer of compost containing nutrients for the herbs to grow. If you choose to plant your herbs in a container, make sure there's at least one hole in the bottom …

Easy Herbs to Grow for Earth Day

Herbs and spices make a huge difference in a dish. They can take your meal from “so-so” to “so good” and add that extra kick that makes people ask for seconds.

But why buy expensive grocery store herbs or the bland, dried variety when you can easily plant your own organic herb garden? Whether you live in the city or the country, herb gardens can be as small or as large as you want. Use a windowsill or acres of land–either way, you’ll have delicious, fresh herbs all year-round for a fraction of the price of the grocery store.

Growing fresh basil and easy recipes


Basil needs a lot of sun so position it in a spot where it receives at least six to eight hours of sunlight a day. Sow the seeds under a thin layer of soil and put multiple seeds in each pot. Instead of using hazardous chemicals, use a small amount of natural compost from your own kitchen. Once it starts to sprout, pick off a few leaves whenever you need them and leave the rest on the plant.


Fresh basil is a great addition to tomato sauce, pesto or sandwiches. Serve it with …

Classico (R) Organic Tomato, Herbs & Spices Pasta Sauce Versus Prego (R) Organic Tomato & Basil Italian Sauce

Recently, I had the opportunity to sample two different brand- name organic pasta sauces within the space of two weeks. Both of these pasta sauces were on sale one week apart, at a small. independent grocery store in my neighborhood. One of the organic pasta sauces that I tried was Classico (R) Organic Tomato, Herbs & Spices and the other was Prego (R) Organic Tomato & Basil Italian Sauce. Being a culinary school- trained, avid cook, I am constantly looking for new dishes to prepare and new- to- me products to sample. I have to admit that I am very fond of prepared pasta sauces. Even though I love preparing and cooking various types of pasta sauces from- scratch, I also very much enjoy eating as many different brands and types of pasta sauces as possible. Sometimes, I simply cook and eat various pasta sauces straight from the jar and serve atop pasta, but more often than not, I prefer to prepare meat sauces, by adding hamburger or sausage to prepared sauces.

With the Classico (R) Organic Tomato, Herbs & Spices and the Prego (R) Organic Tomato & Basil Italian Sauce, I ate plates of pasta with each of the …

A Few Herbs Used in Root Work

Root doctor is a folklore term for a healer that uses plants, especially the roots of herbs, for their magical, healing and spiritual powers. Root working is an ancient southern tradition originating from West Africa and the Caribbean and brought to North America by slaves. Root working combines elements of herbal folklore, spirituality, magic and healing.

Root working is associated with the folk magic belief system called Hoodoo. According to author Stephanie Rose Bird in her book Four Seasons of Mojo Hoodoo "…is not a religion but a collection of folk practices involving magic and healing." Roots are most commonly used as one of the ingredients found in a mojo bag. Mojo bags are a small pouch, often made out of red flannel, which contain a variety of herbs, gemstones and personal objects that the user wears close their body as a type of magic amulet.

A few examples of some of the more popular plants used by root workers include:

Adam & Eve Root (Aplectrum hyemale) – used in love magic, happiness and fidelity spells. Due to over harvesting this plant is now endangered or threatened in many states. You may substitute Orchis spp. in its place. This plant …

Urinary Tract Infections and D-Mannose | Jash Botanicals

Have you noticed in the last hundred years that most of us are very cognizant of the germs that live with us—once in a while for the good, but more than often making us sick? Subsequent to extensive research, we have found that more and more diseases, including heart disease, are being traced back to a certain kind of bacteriological trigger, and a staggering amount of money is being spent to develop drugs to fight these germs. Ironically, we are increasingly sick—even to the point of dying.

Why is this happening? Most scientists and researchesr will tell you that the reason is that germs seem to be evolving into evermore drug-resistant strains. The bottom line is that the drugs get stronger, and so do the germs. Sadly, the antibiotic that cured us last year may not be as effectual this year.

Nowadays, we are exposed to all sorts of pathogens—bacteria, parasites, viruses—in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, and in our dealings with one another. The question is, how do we avoid the endless cycle of illness and stronger, more habitually prescribed drugs? That is where a simple sugar, which falls under the category

Milk Thistle Medicinal Herbs Are Available Online

Online herb suppliers have several forms of milk thistle available for use. Whole milk thistle seed is available, including an organic form. Milk thistle seed can be had in powdered form. The leaves are possible to find in a cut and sifted form. Organic milk thistle extract is available for sale from fine herbal outlets, as is an alcohol-free milk thistle extract made from seeds. Milk thistle extract is also provided in a standardized form.

The Latin name for milk thistle is Silybum marianum. There is another relative of milk thistle, and this is called Blessed thistle. They are completely different plants, however, because Blessed thistle goes by the Latin name of Cnicus benedictus.

Silybum marianum makes an edible oil, which is extracted from the seeds of the plant. When the seed is roasted, it may be used as a coffee substitute.

Milk thistle extract is commonly used to ease liver disorders. milk thistle seed may help with cirrhosis of the liver, and the liver inflammation known as chronic hepatitis. It may help to remove poisons from the liver, including certain poisons from poisonous mushrooms. Gallbladder disorders may also be helped with milk thistle. Milk thistle seed may also help …

American Tea Party – Easy to Make Lemon Curd, 3rd in a series

I love homemade lemon curd; this recipe is so easy to make into a delicious spread. Enjoy it with your biscuits, toast and scones in the morning with your coffee or afternoons with your tea. You can find curds in the grocery store and I will admit that they will make due, however, they are no comparison to a homemade recipe.

This recipe for homemade lemon curd has a flavor that is so much like the actual fruit without all of the preservatives. You will enjoy it as much as I do. And you also get to choose the sweetness of your homemade curd, especially when you're making a lemon curd.

This is the perfect season for making this homemade lemon curd and giving it as a holiday gift. As a tea lover you can savor the lemon curd in a tart as a pastry filling, topping it with your favorite whipped creams. Or as a last minute dessert in a dish, mix the curd with whipped cream for a lighter taste; sprinkle with nuts and some fruit zest.


Making this lemon curd is simple. It’s the technique of constant whisking that is the trick to producing a smooth …

The service dogs

The oldest friend of the mankind plays a significant role in the lives of the humans. The dogs assist humans in a number of ways and when trained in specific functioning they are able to accomplish excellent service which may range from hunting, guarding property, assisting disabled persons to carry out daily chores, assisting police in criminology and as an emotional support dog. The dog training is a specialized job and should be left to the experts of the field so that the dogs can be trained to meticulously perform the tasks entrusted to them.

Assisting in getting houses on rent

But keeping pet dogs poses some difficulty when finding home as most of the landlords refuse to give houses to the tenants having pet dogs. But the rule of the land demands that the pet dog owner should have proper certificates denoting the dogs emotional support dogs, in which case, no landlord can deny giving rent. If you wonder wherefrom you would be able to get such certificate, you must know that there are institutions which cater to such needs of the people. You have to apply online and agree to their terms and conditions and then pay …

Juicing Your Way to Radiant Health

Effective Whole Body Nourishment

How would you like to:

• Convert every cell in your body towards health?
• Get rid of your digestive problems almost immediately?
• Increase your energy level to do all the things you want?

Juicing fresh organic produce has always been a way of life in my family. Drinking freshly made juices boosts immunity, improves digestion, and enhances the body’s detoxification process. It continues to make a huge difference in how a person feels—and in your energy level. Juices aren’t just to treat illness; they’re also a safe, inexpensive form of preventative medicine.

Studies show that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables decreases our risk of developing a number of chronic degenerative diseases, including cancer, diabetes and heart disease. But even with organizations such as the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland, and the American Cancer Society urging us to eat more fruits and vegetables, many people still aren’t getting the message. One study found that fewer than 10 percent of Americans eat the recommended two fruits and three vegetables a day.

When you put a glass of truly fresh juice against the concentrated, pasteurized juices you find in the grocery store’s refrigerated or