Written by Simon Mitchell

'Rowan tree and red thread - haverepparttar witches all in dread'

On May eve Rowan crosses used to be worn in UK and were sometimes fastened to cattle (or their barns) for protection against witches and other 'evil doers'. Legend has it thatrepparttar 147761 crosses had to be made without a metal knife to work properly. Rowan branches were also bought indoors on a Good Friday as this tree had a reputation for strong protection against psychic forces.

This 'mish-mash' of folklore and Christianity indicates older uses ofrepparttar 147762 tree having been 'assimilated' into a religion that converted people by adapting their beliefs and practices to its own ends. 'Rowan' isrepparttar 147763 most interesting of tree names with connections to both ancient Norse and Hindu/Sanskrit culture. Spelled several ways it is connected torepparttar 147764 old Norse word 'Runa' - meaning a charm - and being able to ward offrepparttar 147765 effects ofrepparttar 147766 'evil eye'. In even earlier times 'Runa' wasrepparttar 147767 Sanskrit word for 'magician'. 'Run-stafas' were staves cut fromrepparttar 147768 Rowan tree and inscribed with runes for magical (and most likely protective) reasons. The smooth bark is ideal for this purpose.

The Rowan was such a sacred tree torepparttar 147769 Celts that many churchyards in Wales still includerepparttar 147770 tree, not unlikerepparttar 147771 Yew tree in English churchyards. The berries were much used byrepparttar 147772 Celts for brewing wine, spirit, flavouring mead, ale, perry and cider. Try squeezing some ofrepparttar 147773 fresh berry juice and putting it into a gin and tonic - it makes a convincing alternative to Angostura bitters. The fresh juice is mildly laxative and good for soothing inflamed mucous membranes. In herbal medicinerepparttar 147774 juice formsrepparttar 147775 basis of an astringent gargle for sore throats and inrepparttar 147776 19th century it was used to treat scurvy -repparttar 147777 disease of vitamin C deficiency.

Thirty things you can do to avoid modern disease

Written by Simon Mitchell

1. Make sure you have a pure source of foodstuffs. Obtain fresh, organic produce regularly by joining a vegetable box scheme

2. Eliminate plastic storage containers from your kitchen and do not buy or store food in plastic or clingfilm

3. Try not to cookrepparttar life out of food. Steam vegetables such as brocolli or cauliflower to maintain their integrity and nutritional value

4. Eat wide from many sources for a balanced diet. Include nuts, herbs, lentils and fresh, organic, locally grown produce

5. Find different ways to give yourself a regular, yearly detox

6. Think about and act on your health in a preventative way. Try out some alternative therapies to help you switch on a health sense

7. Test your bodies PH rating. Cancer loves sugar and readily available proteins in an acid environment. Quit taking sugar as much as you can and eat foods that balance your PH

8. Throw your microwave away. Recent tests show 97% of flavonoids lost in brocolli by microwaving

9. Do a toxin stocktake on your household products and food sources. Throw away any harmful chemicals you are persuaded to put into your environment or yourself by advertisers

10. Make sure that your air and water supplies are as pure as possible. Exercise in a healthy, non-toxic environment

11. Find out more about your immune system and how to support it in thought, word and deed

12. Avoid known stressors such as alcohol, tobacco, coffee, extreme conditions and so on, as much as possible

13. Check your home and work for sources of harmful radiation

14. Avoid using deodorants and sun screens containing parabens

15. Avoid factory farmed products such as milk, eggs, fish or cheese. Animals are often fed large amounts of antibiotics as a precaution and live in very stressful conditions

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