Topaz – A Jewel of Many Colors
The world of gemstones is vibrant and dynamic, with precious stones have long having been considered to have great aesthetic, spiritual, and practical significance. Topaz, in its dazzling variety of colors, is one of the...
Ginseng: A (Conditional) Traditional Medicinal That You Can Grow at Home
A Traditional medicine of diverse roots Ginseng has been used for thousands of years as a powerful herbal medicine with almost magical properties. Both Asians and American Indians recognized its remarkable ability to treat a...
Recognizing Anxiety in Children and How to Help Them
Children react to stress in different ways according to their age, their individual character and their coping abilities. A small child may not be able to fully articulate his or her concerns, while older children...
Wieliczka’s Prestigious Underground Salt Mine
Salt is not just a flavorful friend in the kitchen; it is one of history’s greatest resources. The mineral’s ability to preserve food was a contributing factor in early civilization, allowing people to transport their...
Heroes of Ancient China: Guan Yu, Warrior of Loyalty, Justice, and Righteousness
Guan Yu (關羽, 160 – 220 AD) was a well-known warrior in Chinese history. Known for his bravery and loyalty, he helped his blood-oath brother to the throne in the Three Kingdoms era (200 –...
Buchu: the Ancient ‘Miracle Herb’ of South Africa
South Africa's "miracle herb,” Agathosma Betulina, or Buchu, is a natural plant resource. Sometimes referred to as "The Cape's First Doctor," Buchu is found solely in South Africa's Western Cape area.  The flowering herb is...
July Fourth at Mount Vernon: an All American Celebration
On this hot and sunny Fourth of July, a crowd gathered on the lawn of Mount Vernon to view an actor in a chestnut brown frock coat and white stockings. Unfolding a large document while...
Confucius: A Superior Man Treats People With Benevolence and Respect
The principle of “Benevolence,” as advocated by Confucius, is not only a social and political ideal but also an ethical and moral standard. The object of benevolence is to care for others. Based on the...
The Rich Tradition of Frankincense and Myrrh
Frankincense and myrrh, at one time considered as valuable as gold, are still highly popular today in the form of incense and essential oils. These twin aromatic resins are harvested from the spindly Boswellia trees...