Born in the Netherlands in 1948; attended the Primary Education teacher training at Fontys University of Applied Sciences, and graduated in 1968; new life-trails and new life-directions brought spiritual deepening (start in 1980), which created a different view on life and well-being, and the start of studies (1996), training(1996) and work as a certified naturopath (2000-2010 with: zone therapy, therapeutic massages, medicinal herbs, and Bach flower remedies. Emigration to Norway followed in 2010. The study and making of handcrafted soap started in 2018. In 2022 the Cretan-Garden webshop (herbal olive oil soaps) opened. - Antoinette Janssen, Norway
På hjemmesiden starter jeg med å nevne at på denne nettsiden er ikke WordPress-innstillingene for telefonbruk aktivert, og hvorfor ikke. Jeg viser til bloggartikkelen om at mobiltelefoner ikke er bærekraftige. Men det er mer: siden 1970-tallet, så for mer enn 50 år siden, har det blitt utført uavhengig vitenskapelig forskning på virkningen av menneskeskapte industrielle elektromagnetiske felt på menneskers helse. Siden den gang har tusenvis av studier, som advarer mot helsefarene ved EMF, blitt publisert i PubMed, Research Gate, Science Nature, De Gruyter, etc.. Disse studiene har økt enormt, spesielt etter at internett ble lagt til en mobiltelefon , så med introduksjonen av «Generasjonen», 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G og nå 5G-telefoner.
Advarslene er svært alvorlige. Seriøst nok til å seriøst vurdere hva du skal gjøre med den mobiltelefonen: samarbeide med telekomindustrien, ja eller nei. På bekostning av egen inntekt, ja eller nei, fordi kunder som bruker mobilen som datamaskin ikke vil like den, og forlate nettsiden.
Jeg har bestemt meg for «nei», for ikke å samarbeide med telefonbransjen som optimaliserer og utvider tilgjengeligheten for kunder og bedrifter. Fordi en mobiltelefon også gir tilgang til nettbank, stenger jeg en stor dør for meg selv her, døren til mer salg av produktene mine. Min bevissthet sier at dette er riktig. Jeg gir meg ikke. Hvis jeg gir etter for kundenes bekvemmelighet og dermed bidrar til de påviste farene for menneskers, dyrs og planters helse, er jeg medskyldig i disse konsekvensene. Fordi jeg kjenner disse konsekvensene, etter å ha studert vitenskapelige dokumenter om de biologiske effektene av EMF av toppforskere daglig, i fem år nå, fra og med 2017, kan jeg si at jeg vet i dybden hva jeg skriver om. Ikke bare her, men spesielt i bloggen min Multerland.
Hvilke helsefarer er involvert?
Når du tar en titt på Multerland-bloggen, spesielt arkivene fra 2017 – nåtid, og hvis du også vil ta en titt på listen over lenker som er samlet i «EMF-lenker», og vil også se og lytte til videoene og spillelistene som Jeg har publisert i YouTube-kanalen Multerland, så her, da er du så godt informert at du er i stand til å bedømme selv, og å forstå at mobiltelefoner virkelig er en fare for menneskers helse, alt liv, og at jeg ville være en hykler hvis jeg var enig med en mobiltelefoninnstilling på denne nettsiden, hvor jeg selger økologiske produkter (naturvennlig).
Kjente helsefarer: kreft, DNA-skader, overvekt, hudproblemer (eksem, rød hud, tørr hud), munn: sår, blemmer og metallsmak i munnen, hjertebank, pusteproblemer (astma), svimmelhet, tinnitus, neseblødninger, (alvorlig) hodepine, grå stær, uskarpt syn, infertilitet, fødselsskader, spontanaborter, leddsmerter, svekkelse av beinmineraltetthet, nevrologiske lidelser som ADHD, oksidativt stress, tretthet, søvnforstyrrelser, depresjon, angst, problemer med konsentrasjon og fokus, nummenhet , etc. Anbefalt: Blogg Einar Flydal, Nettsted EMF-consult, Nettsted Folkets Strålevern, Nettsted FELO
Fordi jeg jobber med ethernet, på en brukt og kablet bærbar datamaskin, vet jeg at det er mulig å bruke internett uten mobiltelefon, uten Wi-Fi, og med enda raskere OG sikrere internett. I tillegg er skjermen på en bærbar datamaskin minst seks ganger større enn skjermen på en mobiltelefon. Og: en bærbar datamaskin koster i dag halvparten av hva en mobiltelefon koster. . Jeg har en brukt mobiltelefon for nødstilfeller. Også for mottak av tekstmeldinger fra postselskaper når en pakke har kommet til postkontoret. Også for å motta bekreftelseskoder for å logge på WordPress. Det er alt. Mobiltelefonen min er stort sett i flymodus.
Det som gjør mobiltelefonbruk enda mer problematisk, er appene for sosiale medier som kan installeres på den, som Facebook og Instagram. Apper gjør mobiltelefonen til en uunnværlig dings som er på 24/7/365. Brukere blir avhengige, får et forvrengt syn på virkeligheten, og ender opp med å bli pasienter. En app som heter Vipps, er veldig populær i Norge. Betalinger skjer med denne appen, overalt, også til nettbutikker, men den nettbutikken må eie en mobiltelefon med aktivert internettforbindelse og installert Vipps-app. Det er derfor ikke mulig å betale med Vipps når du bestiller produkter i Cretan-Garden nettbutikk. Betalinger er kun mulig med bankoverføring. Kontonummeret finner du i bunnteksten.
#24. The mobile phone and my webshop n
On the homepage I start with the mention that on this website the WordPress settings for telephone use are not activated, and why not. I refer to the blog article (when in the post, scroll down for English) that mobile phones are not sustainable. But there is more: since the 1970s, so, more than 50 years ago, independent scientific research has been conducted into the impact of man-made industrial electromagnetic fields on human health. Since then, thousands of studies, warning against the health hazards of EMF, have been published, in PubMed, Research Gate, Science Nature, De Gruyter, etc.. Those studies have increased enormously, especially after the addition of internet to a mobile phone, so with the introduction of the «Generation», the 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G and now 5G phones.
The warnings are very serious. Serious enough to seriously consider what to do with that mobile phone: cooperate with the telecom industry, yes or no. At the expense of my own income, yes or no, because customers who use their mobile as a computer will not like it, and leave the website.
I have decided not to cooperate with the telephone industry that optimizes and expands accessibility for customers and companies. Because a mobile phone also provides access to internet banking, I close a big door for myself here, the door to more sales of my products. My consciousness says this is correct. I don’t yield. If I yield to the convenience of customers, thereby contributing to the proven dangers to human, animal and plant health, then I am complicit in those consequences. Because I know those consequences, after studying scientific documents about the biological effects of EMF by top scientists daily, for five years now, starting in 2017, I may say that I know in depth on which I am writing. Not only here, but especially in my blog Multerland.
What health hazards are involved?
When you take a look at the Multerland blog, especially the archives from 2017 – present, and if you also would take a look at the list of links as collected in «EMF links», also would watch and listen to the videos and playlists that I have published in YouTube channel Multerland, so here, then you are finally so well informed that you are capable to judge for yourself, and to understand that mobile phones are indeed a danger to human health, all life, and that I would be a hypocrite if I agreed with a mobile phone setting on this website, where I sell ecological products.
Known health hazards on this moment: cancer, DNA damage, obesity, skin problems (eczema, red skin, dry skin), mouth: sores, blisters and metallic taste in the mouth, palpitations, problems breathing (asthma), dizziness, tinnitus, nose bleeds, (severe) headache, cataract, blurred view, infertility, birth defects, miscarriages, joint pain, weakening of bone mineral density, neurological disorders like ADHD, oxidative stress, tiredness, sleeping disorders, depression, anxiety, problems with concentration and focusing, numbness, etc.
Because I work with ethernet, on a (second-hand) cabled laptop, I know that it is possible to use internet without a mobile phone, without Wi-Fi, and with even faster AND safer internet. In addition, the screen of a laptop is at least six times bigger than the screen of a mobile phone. And: a laptop nowadays costs half of what a mobile phone costs. . I have a cell phone for emergencies. Also for receiving text messages from postal companies when a package has arrived at the post office. Also for receiving verification codes to log in to WordPress. That’s all. My mobile phone is mostly in fly-modus.
What makes cellphone use even more of a concern, are the social media apps that can be installed on it, such as Facebook and Instagram. These apps make the cellphone an indispensable gadget that is on 24/7/365. Users become addicted, get a distorted view of reality, and end up being patients. An app called Vipps, is very popular in Norway. Payments are made with this app, everywhere, including to webshops, but that webshop must own a cellphone with an activated internet connection and an installed Vipps app. It is therefore not possible to pay with Vipps when you order products in the Cretan-Garden webshop. Payments are only possible with a bank transfer. The account number can be found in the footer.
Bærekraftsdagen feires 26. oktober. Cretan-Garden-såpene er økologiske og bærekraftige: de er laget av organisk olivenolje, organiske urter og organiske eteriske oljer. Oljen og urtene, som har en holdbarhetsdato, er omgjort til et bærekraftig produkt, nå som de har blitt brukt som råvarer til den håndlagde såpen, som ikke har noen holdbarhetsdato.
Viktig kunngjøring: Innstillingene for mobilbruk er deaktivert på nettstedet til Cretan-Garden. Dette har en grunn:
Mobiltelefoner er ikke bærekraftige, ikke økologiske, forurenser miljøet, er knyttet til menneskerettighetsbrudd, barnearbeid, folkemordet i den Demokratiske Republikken Kongo, og fremskynder klimaendringene. Råd: besøk denne nettsiden med en datamaskin, helst koblet til Ethernet.
Helse – Mobiltelefoner, alle trådløse enheter, Wi-Fi, smartmålere og mobiltårn forårsaker helseproblemer. Strålingen disse forårsaker er menneskeskapt og samsvarer ikke med den naturlige elektrisiteten i naturlige organismer til mennesker, dyr og planter, insekter, amfibier, fugler, fisk, hvaler etc. Lenker
Sikkerhetsretningslinjene er ikke pålitelige – Sikkerhetsretningslinjene blir utarbeidet av ICNIRP[liste over 59 parafraser med påstander mot ICNIRP][rapportere], en gruppe med interessekonflikt med telekomindustrien, som er telekom-økonomi vennlig, men ikke helsevennlig: de avviser tusenvis av (alarmerende) uavhengige vitenskapelige studier om biologiske effekter av EMF. ICNIRP validere kun de termiske effektene. Dette har banet vei for en enorm vekst i telekom økonomi.
Norge’s DSA følger ICNIRPs retningslinjer. Det betyr at Norge tåler alt for høy stråling. Fordi ICNIRP har et omfang som er verdensomspennende, kan vi konkludere med at strålingen fra mobiltelefoner, trådløse bærbare datamaskiner og datamaskiner, iPads, rutere, videre fra mobiltårn, smartmålere, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, 5G og fra satellittene i verdensrommet, utgjør en trussel mot et sunt liv på jorden for alle livsformer.
Konfliktmineraler – Mobiltelefoner inneholder konfliktmineraler. Disse utvinnes under svært farlige forhold, av barneslaver. Minene er farlige og korridorene for trange for voksne. Totalt mistet 6.000.000 mennesker livet i Kongo på grunn av utvinning av coltan, mineralet som trengs for batteriet i mobiltelefonen din. Kilde
Ikke bærekraftig – Mobiltelefoner i seg selv er ikke bærekraftige: spesielt Apple produserer telefoner med batteri som er limt inn, slik at fagfolk som jobber i grønne verksteder ikke kan reparere dem. Det trengs en Apple-«ekspert» til dette, og praksis viser at svaret ofte er at telefonen ikke lar seg reparere, selv om den er det. OBS: Det er selskaper som selger «bærekraftige» og «etiske» mobiltelefoner. Dette er basert på feilinformasjon. Mer om dette snart.
Sustainability Day is celebrated on 26 October. Cretan-Garden soaps are organic and sustainable: they are made from organic olive oil, organic herbs and organic essential oils. The oil and herbs, which have an expiration date, have been transformed into a sustainable product, now that they have been used as raw materials for the handmade soap, which has no expiration date.
Important announcement: The settings for mobile use are disabled on the Cretan-Garden website. This has a reason.
Cell phones are not sustainable, not ecological, pollute the environment, are linked to human rights violations, child labor, the genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and accelerate climate change. Advice: visit this website with a computer, preferably connected to Ethernet.
Health – Cell phones, all wireless devices, Wi-Fi, smart meters and cell towers cause health problems. The radiation these cause is man-made and does not match the natural electricity in natural organisms of humans, animals and plants, insects, amphibians, birds, fish, whales etc. Links
Safety guidelines are not reliable – The safety guidelines are drawn up by ICNIRP[list of 59 paraphrases with claims against ICNIRP][report], a group with a conflict of interest with the telecom industry, which is telecom-economy friendly but not health friendly: they reject thousands of (alarming) independent scientific studies on biological effects of EMF. ICNIRP only validates the thermal effects. This has paved the way for enormous growth in the telecom economy.
Norway’s DSA follows the ICNIRP guidelines. This means that Norway tolerates far too much radiation. Because ICNIRP has a worldwide scope, we can conclude that the radiation from mobile phones, wireless laptops and computers, iPads, routers, further from mobile towers, smart meters, Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, 5G and from the satellites in space, constitute a threat to a healthy life on earth for all life forms.
Conflict minerals – Mobile phones contain conflict minerals. These are extracted under very dangerous conditions, by child slaves. The mines are dangerous and the corridors too narrow for adults. A total of 6,000,000 people lost their lives in the Congo due to the extraction of coltan, the mineral needed for the battery in your mobile phone. Source1Source2Source3
Mobile phones are not sustainable – Apple in particular produces phones with batteries glued in so that professionals working in green workshops cannot repair them. An Apple «expert» is needed for this, and practice shows that the answer is often that the phone cannot be repaired, even if it is. Attention: there are companies who sell «sustainable» and «ethical» cellphones. This is based on misinformation. More on this soon.
Regnskoger kjennetegnes av en lukket og sammenhengende trekrone, fuktavhengig vegetasjon, tilstedeværelsen av epifytter og lianer og fravær av skogbrann. Regnskog kan klassifiseres som tropisk regnskog eller temperert regnskog, men andre typer er beskrevet.
«[..] det er et veldig viktig faktum her. Blant denne enorme kjeden av mikroorganismer har du bitte små mikroorganismer som kalles Coccolithophores, og de tar sin del av fôring, og de blir matet på, men de produserer ett viktig molekyl. Coccolithophores produserer et molekyl kalt dimetylsulfid Det er det eneste molekylet som er kjent på dette tidspunktet, det eneste kjente molekylet, fordi det driver ut av vannet i luften og dette er det eneste molekylet som er kjent for å delta, og det er nødvendig: i skydannelse. Nå, hvis du går og hugger ned alle trærne i – jeg tror vi kommer til å kutte ned 70 millioner eller noe. Du kan ikke erstatte 70 millioner trær med 70 millioner spirer. Gjennomsnittsalderen vil være rundt 100 år og spirene vil ikke gjøre den samme jobben. De vil ikke absorbere karbondioksidet fra atmosfæren til å begynne med.
Hvis du hogger ned trærne, hugger du ned dannelsen av skyer i atmosfæren, noe som betyr at du får tørke. Det er så enkelt som det. Vi kan ikke gå rundt og kutte så mange trær hvis det ikke er nødvendig, og den eneste måten å ha 5G på er å kutte trær. Så det er en balanse der, og det må være kjent for noen. [..]»
Estimates vary from 40% to 75% of all bioticspecies being indigenous to the rainforests. There may be many millions of species of plants, insects and microorganisms still undiscovered in tropical rainforests. Tropical rainforests have been called the «jewels of the Earth» and the «world’s largest pharmacy«, because over one quarter of natural medicines have been discovered there.
«[..] there is a very important fact here. Among this enormous chain of microorganisms you have tiny little microorganisms called Coccolithophores, and they do their share of feeding, and they are fed on, but they produce one important molecule. Coccolithophores produce a molecule called dimethyl sulfide It is the only molecule known at this point in time, the only molecule known, because it drifts out of the water into the air and this is the only molecule known to take part, and that is necessary: in cloud formation. Now, if you go and cut down all of the trees in—I think we’re going to cut down 70 million or something. You cannot replace 70 million trees with 70 million saplings. The average age will be about 100 years and the saplings will not do the same job. They will not absorb the carbon dioxide from the atmosphere for a start.
If you cut down the trees you are cutting down the formation of clouds in the atmosphere, which means you will get droughts. It is as simple as that. We cannot go around cutting down that many trees if it isn’t necessary and the only way to have 5G is to cut down trees. So, there is a balance there and it needs to be known to somebody. [..]»
The newest WordPress templates, not a good advise for a transition of an old theme
During several months, I have been working at the WordPress Astra website in Cloudways. The template TwentyTwo had been advised by WordPress in a discussion with them about all the WooCommerce problems I met with this template, the Baskerville 2. There are really excellent reviews about Astra:
«Astra is the fastest, flexible and free WordPress theme that is intuitive and offers deeper integration with WooCommerce. With unique features and countless customizations you can build a store that matches your brand. see all features.»
During these months I learned how Cloudways “works”. Cloudways works with too many bots, and is excellent for advanced, well trained professionals, which I am not. It took for instance a long time before I understood where exactly I could edit my WordPress template. One can ask questions, but the answer you get is a list with questions, and you may take a look if your question is between them. Several times I tried and gave up.
The human (personal help) side of Cloudways is hidden and mostly not available. WordPress is in its contacts with users more human, and social. However. How Twenty-Two works or not, I do not know because my son choose the Astra, which I did not know. Though Astra has such beautiful reviews I would not recommend it In case you want to change your already older WordPress template into a more advanced theme. It is too difficult.
I discovered that Astra is incomparable with former templates, offers high tech tools, works with a very advanced blocks system, but is so much different from older WordPress templates that one does not recognize anything from before. The WordPress offer to support me in the transition was very kind, but since the Twenty-Two is one of the latest WP themes, it iwll be totally different from your older theme, and therefore the advise was naive, because the step is too big. WP-help team would NOT have been able to support me in the right way. It would have taken too much time before all was installed in the way I want it, and the frustrations would have been beyond any imagination. Fortunately I could work with it offline in Cloudways, otherwise I would have had a problem, that never could have been solved without the expensive help of a professional. However, not any professional could have had the affinity with my product that I have and would not have understood my highly necessary preferences. Note: when working in Cloudways too often the computer froze, and I had to refresh the browser to make it active again. My computer, though not a simple and light one, has sometimes similar problems with WP, but not in this way.
Conclusion: Starting with one of the newest themes, while used to older WP templates, and searching for a more advanced WooCommerce webshop possibility via another template, is asking for big problems: all what you have built up in the older template is going to become a real mess, because the newest template system is totally different: Vista has a very attractive look but with hardly any space for informative text: all is focused on visual attraction, not on information. Vista offers full width pages and posts which are tiring to read, and aesthetically even ugly. Later I discovered that it is possible to adjust the width. I still do not know how to install a header photo. Could not find any button for it. The column width of the Baskerville 2 is for me much more attractive, easy to edit and read, and does not boost with enormous picture sizes to try to push you to buy, even despite any quality. The ONLY negative part of the Baskerville 2 is the webshop, WooCommerce. It has a basic performance, with not more than just one vertical row. Reason why I created myself a kind of a gallery with links above it. This has been the reason to search for another template, but I failed to find one. WordPress should create a plugin for older templates, to create a well functioning webshop.
Shortly: if you consider to transform your already existing WordPress website/blog into a newer version, do not jump into the latest templates. Not any coach can help you out of the too many problems that are popping up when you change the template into this very advanced new system. All together there were finally enough reasons for me to say goodbye to Astra, to Cloudways, and to continue with this Baskerville 2 template, on WordPress. The shop is simple, but it works. The shop is open since June 12, 2022.
In case there are problems with ordering via the shop, you are welcome to place an order via an email. An example: click here.
«Arbor» er det latinske ordet for «tre». «Arbor» høres litt ut som det franske ordet for tre: «arbre». På «Arbor Day» plantes trær, av grupper av mennesker, på velvalgte steder. Selvfølgelig kan man plante et tre i sin egen hage, alene. Hvordan? Det er viktige detaljer å lese om det. Arbor Day feires 29. april. Den første arbordagen ble arrangert i Spania, allerede i 1594. Den første amerikanske arbordagen var 10. april 1872. Her kan du finne en liste med kjente første arbordager i flere land.
En skog er mer enn en samling trær
Mer og mer informasjon om trær, og deres betydning for alt liv på jorden, for vår menneskelige eksistens, er publisert og lett å finne, men det den kanadiske professoren Suzanne Simard forklarer om trær og skoger, går dypere. Hennes eksepsjonelle innsikt om for eksempel kommunikasjon av trær med hverandre og andre livsformer, hvordan det skjer, over og under jordens overflate, er avgjørende for å innse viktigheten av en sunn skog, og nødvendigheten av å beskytte skogene, ikke bare for innbyggerne, men også for mennesker. Beskytter også mot mennesker, spesielt mot de som jobber i og for det såkalte skogbruket, som er en industri, for å tjene penger.
Skogbruket tilhører den statlige avdelingen for landbruk og mat. Skog anses å være en industri, ikke en veldig sårbar, fullstendig kompleks og intelligent, økologisk, unik biotop. På den norske regjeringens hjemmeside står det:
Skogindustri er viktig for Norge. Et aktivt og lønnsomt skogbruk og en konkurransedyktig skognæring er av betydning for bosetting, sysselsetting og næringsutvikling i store deler av landet. Potensialet for økt verdiskaping er stort.
I løpet av vinteren 21/22 har det skjedd massiv avskoging i Norge, slik jeg forstår nå, fordi det er en statlig industri, ikke sett på som majestetisk natur som vil trenge hundrevis av år for å komme seg etter skadene norsk skogbruk skaper. Dette trangsynte synet på skog er selvsagt ikke begrenset til Norge. Derfor snakker denne videoen, der Suzanne Simard, professor i skogøkologi ved University of British Columbia, Canada:
«Skogen er mer enn en samling av trær. Trær eksisterer i et nett av gjensidig avhengighet, knyttet sammen av et system av underjordiske kanaler. Dette nettverket forbinder alle trær og systemet i en konstellasjon av noder og forbindelser: unge og gamle kommuniserer og reagerer til hverandre ved å sende hverandre (biokjemiske) signaler Modertrær – majestetiske noder, eller knutepunkter, som spiller en sentral rolle i kommunikasjonen, beskyttelsen og bevisstheten om skogen – gir sin visdom videre til sine etterkommere, sine frøplanter, generasjon etter generasjon, deler sine minner om hva som er nyttig og hva som er skadelig, hvem som er en venn og hvem som er en fiende, og hvordan man tilpasser seg og overlever i et landskap i stadig endring.» – Suzanne Simard, professor i skogøkologi ved University of British Columbia, Canada.
«Arbor» is the Latin word for «tree». «Arbor» sounds a bit like the French word for tree: «arbre». On «Arbor Day» trees are planted, by groups of people, on well-chosen places. Of course one can plant a tree in one’s own garden, alone. How? There are important details to read about it. Arbor Day is celebrated on April 29. The first arbor day was organized in Spain, already in 1594. The first American arbor day was on April 10, 1872. Here you can find a list with known first arbor days in several countries.
A forest is more than a collection of trees
More and more information about trees, and their importance for all life on earth, for our human existence, is published and easy to be found, but what the Canadian professor Suzanne Simard explains about trees and forests, goes deeper. Her exceptional insight about for instance the communication of trees with each other and other life forms, how that happens, above and beneath the surface of the earth, is essential to realize the importance of a healthy forest, and the necessity of protecting the forests, not only for its inhabitants, but also for humans. Protecting even against humans, especially against those who are working in and for the so-called forestry.
Forestry belongs to the governmental department of agriculture and food. Forests are considered to be an industry, not a very vulnerable, utterly complex and intelligent, ecological, unique biotope. On the Norwegian government website is written:
Forest industry is important to Norway. Active and profitable forestry and a competitive forest industry is of importance to settlement, employment and business development in large parts of the country. The potential for increased value creation is large.
During winter 21/22 massive deforestation has taken place in Norway, as I understand now, because it is a governmental industry, not seen as majestic nature that will need hundreds of years to recover from the damage the Norwegian forestry creates. Of course this narrow-minded view on forests is not limited to Norway. Therefore, this video, in which Suzanne Simard, professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia, Canada, speaks:
«The forest is more than a collection of trees. Trees exist in a web of interdependence, linked together by a system of underground channels. This network connects all trees and the system in a constellation of nodes and connections: young and old communicate and respond to each other by sending each other (biochemical) signals. Mother trees – majestic nodes, or hubs, that play a central role in the communication, protection and awareness of the forest – pass their wisdom on to their descendants, their seedlings, generation after generation, sharing their memories of what is helpful and what is harmful, who is a friend and who is an enemy, and how to adapt and survive in an ever-changing landscape.» – Suzanne Simard, professor of Forest Ecology at the University of British Columbia, Canada.
OBS: WooCommerce del 1 og del 2 er kun tilgjengelig på engelsk.
Questions: Why took it such a long time before the Cretan-Garden shop could be opened? Answer: «Because of WooCommerce!»
What is WooCommerce?
WooCommerce is an open-source e-commerce plugin for WordPress. It is designed for small to large-sized online merchants using WordPress. Launched on September 27, 2011, the plugin quickly became popular for its simplicityto install and customize and for the market position of the base product as freeware (even though many of its optional extensions are paid and proprietary). Read on here.
The mistakes of WordPress
Cretan-Garden is a WordPress website and blog. In the administration menu was from the very beginning also the word WooCommerce present. I did not know what WooCommerce was, and there was not one word written about it. There was not one question like: do you want to open a webshop? WordPress offered three options: do you want to create a website, a blog, or a website and a blog? There was no option for a shop as well. There was no warning when I chose for Baskerville 2.
Warning? Yes, because Baskerville 2 creates problems with WooCommerce, so many, that even the WordPress/WooCommerce technicians cannot solve them. Their advice after almost one year[!]: chose another theme. However, I have created already 33 pages, 18 posts, and uploaded many photos.
There is another issue, also created by WordPress. Without asking or explaining, WordPress has installed a WooCommerce plugin also in already existing, active, and old blogs/websites, while WooCommerce is not even compatible with older WP blogs/websites.
WooCommerce is accident number two in my trying to build a webshop. The first accident happened with «My Online Store«, also a do-it-yourself webshop builder, located in the Netherlands, but international.
My Online Store
All was really excellent, till the last moment. Then, in the middle of February 2022, after two and a half months of waiting for their solution for the occurring problems, I received the message that they could not help me. This meant that it was impossible to adjust the for me applicable Norwegian VAT rules to their system. The already existing domain name was cancelled. This could have been avoided if they had listened to my warnings, from the very beginning, in July 2021, that I live in Norway and that Norway has a different VAT system for small business than the EU. Norway is not an EU member state: in Norway I do not need to pay VAT when not selling over 65,000 kroner/about 6,500 euros a year. This means that I am not even allowed to ask customers to pay VAT for the soap they buy.
WooCommerce: not so easy and not so well working
Building a webshop is not so easy. The total of questions and answers, solved or unsolved, on forums and in videos, prove, that especially WooCommerce, is not so easy as it claims to be. Even finding WooCommerce did not happen via WordPress. After having stopped building a webshop at My Online Store, searching for another payable self-to-build webshop, WooCommerce was recommended by ProIsp in Norway, when I was chatting with them. I recognized the term, had seen it in the menu bar of the administration of my Cretan-Garden WordPress website/blog. Then I started to build, learned by doing, and asking, reading, studying. But again, at the end, when testing the shop, the problems could not be solved, and was I advised to switch the theme. That, however, is not work for amateurs like me. I could have done this with the help of the many WordPress assistants, but I learned as well, that this is often a mess also: time and again you get another assistant, who does not know anything about the case, and you have to explain it again, and again. These assistants are not all so excellent in understanding the issue, clearly not aware of the fact that WooCommerce has so many versions. Offering a new version solution which is not compatible with your older version. The many webinars and tutorials about WooCommerce prove as well that WooCommerce is really difficult, at least more complex than they pretend to be. Also, the several versions and possibilities differ much from each other. Baskerville 2, a not so old WordPress theme, but concerning WooCommerce offering a too old version that cannot be updated, should therefore be removed from the WordPress/WooCommerce list.
WordPress/WooCommerce: not so cheap
Another subject of consideration what to choose and where, is the total of costs, one pays for WordPress/WooCommerce, so for a website, blog, shop, domain name, and professional e-mail. An overview:
WordPress/WooCommerce, per year: 2500 kroner / about 250 euros.
Domain name, per year: 300 kroner / about 30 euros
Professional e-mail: per year 420 kroner / about 42 euros
Total costs per year: 3220 kroner / about 322 euros.
A normal WordPress blog, like for instance my Multerland blog, costs 180 euros per year. This means that a business account, like WordPress/WooCommerce, costs about 142 euros per year more.
The total is much for a small business like I have, but factually for all, since WordPress as a webshop itself, does not offer the quality that fits with their prices. The technicians, there to help you, because they are included in the price you pay, are not well-informed, do not function professionally, work in a not working WordPress-support-system, and in some cases, like in mine with the Baskerville 2, they cannot even solve the problems. You do not get any discount for the fact that the shop cannot be opened because of WordPress’s not well functioning and poorly informing system. Also, I have to pay the same costs as an e-commerce with a 1000 times higher income per year. A pity that WordPress/WooCommerce has no cheaper possibilities for starters who do not have so much capital to invest or to spend.
The WordPress template TwentyTwo, not a good advise
During several months, I have been working at the WordPress TwentyTwo website in Cloudways. The template TwentyTwo had been advised by WordPress in a discussion with them about all the WooCommerce problems I met with this template, the Baskerville 2.
During these months I learned how Cloudways «works». Cloudways works with too many bots, and is excellent for advanced, well trained professionals, which I am not. The human side of Cloudways is hidden and mostly not available. WordPress is in its contacts with users more human, and social. The WordPress advise to chose the TwentyTwo was not so wise. If you want to try to change your already older WordPress template into the very advanced TwentyTwo then my advise is: «Don’t!»
I discovered that TwentyTwo is incomparable with former templates, offers high tech tools, works with a very advanced blocks system, but is so much different from older WordPress templates that one does not recognize anything from before. Therefore I consider the advise of WordPress to change the Baskerville 2 into the TwentyTwo not only as not wise, but even stupid. The WordPress offer to support me in the transition was very naive, because they would NOT have been able to support me in the right way. It would have taken maybe a year before all was installed in the way I want it, and the frustrations would have been beyond any imagination. Fortunately I could work with it offline in Cloudways, otherwise I would have had a problem, that never could have been solved without the expensive help of a professional. However, not any professional could have had the affinity with my product that I have and would not have understood my highly necessary preferences.
Conclusion: Starting with TwentyTwo, while used to older WP templates, is asking for big problems: all what you have built up in the older template is going to become a real mess, because the TwentyTwo system is totally different: TwentyTwo works with advanced blocks, has a very attractive look but with hardly any space for informative text: all is focused on visual attraction, not on information. TwentyTwo offers full width pages and posts which are tiring to read, and aesthetically even ugly. The column width of the Baskerville 2 is at least for me much more attractive, easy to edit and read, and does not boost with enormous picture sizes to try to push you to buy, even despite any quality. My soap has a quality that does not need an overdose of eye catchers. If you like it, you buy it, if you do not like it, you can chose another type of soap somewhere else. Selling is not pushing. Really healthy commerce is only possible with an excellent product, what sells via satisfied customers who talk about it with friends. That is my focus. That is what I offer.
Shortly: if you consider to transform your already existing WordPress website/blog into a newer version, do not jump into the TwentyTwo. Not any coach can help you out of the too many problems that are popping up when you change the template into this very advanced new system. All together there were finally enough reasons for me to say goodbye to TwentyTwo, to Cloudways, and to continue with this Baskerville 2 template, on WordPress. The shop is simple, but it works. The shop is open since June 12, 2022.
In case there are problems with ordering via the shop, you are welcome to place an order via an email. An example: click here.
Verdens Resirkuleringsdag ble opprettet i 2018 for å hjelpe til med å anerkjenne og feire betydningen resirkulering spiller for å bevare våre dyrebare primærressurser og sikre fremtiden til planeten vår.
Hvert år sparer den «syvende ressursen» (resirkulerbare) over 700 millioner tonn i CO2-utslipp, og dette er anslått å øke til 1 milliard tonn innen 2030. Det er ingen tvil om at resirkulering er i frontlinjen i krigen for å redde fremtiden til vår planeten og menneskeheten.
Tema: #RecyclingHeroes (#Gjenvinningshelter)
Hvert år gir jorden milliarder av tonn naturressurser og på et tidspunkt, i en ikke så fjern fremtid, vil den gå tom. Det er derfor vi må tenke igjen på hva vi kaster – ikke se avfall, men muligheter.
Det siste tiåret har vært det varmeste som er registrert, og vi står nå overfor en klimakrise av enestående proporsjoner. Hvis vi ikke gjør betydelige og raske endringer, vil vi se fortsatt stigende globale temperaturer, smelting av iskapper, kontinenter i brann og rask avskoging.
Dette påvirker menneskeheten direkte med økt fattigdom, immigrasjon fra fordrevne samfunn, tap av arbeidsplasser, avfallsfjell og naturlige habitater som forsvinner. Vi har makten til å gjøre varige endringer for å bekjempe dette, og med gjenvinning som anerkjennes i FNs bærekraftsmål 2030, ser vi allerede mange enkeltpersoner, regjeringer og organisasjoner som tar direkte grep for å støtte den globale grønne agendaen.
Resirkulering er en sentral del av den sirkulære økonomien, og bidrar til å beskytte naturressursene våre. Hvert år sparer den «syvende ressursen» (resirkulerbare) over 700 millioner tonn i CO2-utslipp, og dette er anslått å øke til 1 milliard tonn innen 2030. Det er ingen tvil om at resirkulering er i frontlinjen i krigen for å redde fremtiden til vår planeten og menneskeheten.
Global Recycling Foundation har gleden av å kunngjøre temaet for Global Recycling Day 2022 som #RecyclingHeroes. Dette vil anerkjenne menneskene, stedene og aktivitetene som viser hvilken viktig rolle resirkulering spiller for å bidra til en miljømessig stabil planet og en grønnere fremtid som vil komme alle til gode.
Global Recycling Day ble opprettet i 2018 for å hjelpe til med å anerkjenne og feire betydningen resirkulering spiller for å bevare våre dyrebare primærressurser og sikre fremtiden til planeten vår. Det er en dag for verden å komme sammen og sette planeten først.
Oppdraget til Verdens Resirkuleringsdag, som fastsatt av Verdens resirkuleringsstiftelse, er todelt:
Å fortelle verdensledere at resirkulering rett og slett er for viktig til ikke å være et globalt problem, og at det er et presserende behov for en felles, samlet tilnærming til resirkulering. Å be folk over hele planeten tenke ressurs, ikke avfall, når det kommer til de omkringliggende varene – før dette skjer, vil vi rett og slett ikke gi resirkulerte varer den sanne verdien og gjenbruken de fortjener. Til nettstedet Verdens Resirkuleringsdag
United Nations / Forente Nasjoner
Sustainable Development Goals 2030- PDF / Mål for bærekraftig utvikling 2030
Sustainable Development Goals 2030- Website / Mål for bærekraftig utvikling 2030
Sustainable Development Goals 2030- Video Mål for bærekraftig utvikling 2030
Cretan-Garden-såper er laget av olivenolje, som på grunn av utløpsdatoen ville blitt avfall hvis den ikke ble brukt til å lage olivenoljesåpe av den. Cretan-Garden såpe har ingen utløpsdato, og er derfor bærekraftig. Dette er en unik måte å resirkulere olivenolje på.
Verdens Resirkuleringsdag: er å redde menneskehetens fremtid? – IFA Paris
Hvordan resirkulere gamle mobiltelefoner – Treehugger
Global Recycling Day was created in 2018 to help recognize, and celebrate, the importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources and securing the future of our planet.
Each year the ‘Seventh Resource’ (recyclables) saves over 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions and this is projected to increase to 1 billion tons by 2030. There is no doubt recycling is on the front line in the war to save the future of our planet and humanity.
Global Recycling Day
Every year, the Earth yields billions of tons of natural resources and at some point, in the not too distant future, it will run out. That’s why we must think again about what we throw away – seeing not waste, but opportunity.
The last decade has been the hottest on record, and we are now facing a climate emergency of unparalleled proportions. If we don’t make significant and rapid changes, we will see continued rising global temperatures, the melting of icecaps, continents on fire and rapid deforestation.
This directly affects humanity with increased poverty, immigration from displaced communities, job losses, waste mountains and natural habitats disappearing. We have the power to make lasting changes to combat this, and with recycling being recognized in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030, we are already seeing many individuals, governments and organizations taking direct action to support the global green agenda.
Recycling is a key part of the circular economy, helping to protect our natural resources. Each year the ‘Seventh Resource’ (recyclables) saves over 700 million tonnes in CO2 emissions and this is projected to increase to 1 billion tons by 2030. There is no doubt recycling is on the front line in the war to save the future of our planet and humanity.
The Global Recycling Foundation is pleased to announce the theme of Global Recycling Day 2022 as #RecyclingHeroes. This will recognize the people, places and activities that showcase what an important role recycling plays in contributing to an environmentally stable planet and a greener future which will benefit all.
Global Recycling Day was created in 2018 to help recognize, and celebrate, the importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources and securing the future of our planet. It is a day for the world to come together and put the planet first.
The mission of Global Recycling Day, as set out by the Global Recycling Foundation, is twofold:
To tell world leaders that recycling is simply too important not to be a global issue, and that a common, joined up approach to recycling is urgently needed.
To ask people across the planet to think resource, not waste, when it comes to the surrounding goods – until this happens, we simply won’t award recycled goods the true value and repurpose they deserve.
Cretan-Garden soaps are created from olive oil, that, because of the expiry date, would have become waste, if not used to make olive oil soap out of it. Cretan-Garden soap has no expiry date, and is therefore sustainable. This is a unique way of recycling olive oil.
Global Recycling Day: is salvaging the future of mankind? – IFA Paris
Introduksjon til informasjon om vulvovaginal (genital) helse (engelsk) (norsk)
Den følgende artikkelen om kvinnehygienens rolle i vulvovaginal helse er laget av tre ansatte i Reckitt Benckiser LLC, et selskap som produserer rengjøringsprodukter. Selskapet produserer rengjøringsmidler, desinfeksjonsmidler og luktfjernere til husholdningsbruk. Reckitt Benckisers produkter betjener kjemisk industri og husholdningsprodukter. Det betyr at det er interessekonflikter. Til tross for det, publiserer jeg den for å tilby en interessant lesning, for å skape bevissthet om alle fasettene rundt kvinnelig hygiene. Cretan-Garden såper er ikke kjemiske, men naturlige, og er trygge å bruke til også intimhygiene, hvis du bruker såpen på riktig måte: skyll med mye vann. Hvis du aldri har brukt Cretan-Garden-såper før, observer hvordan huden din reagerer. I tilfelle du lider av vulvovaginale helseproblemer, anbefaler jeg at du ikke bruker noen form for såpe eller vaskemidler, men å først kontakte din fastlege, eller en offisielt registrert naturlege.
Kvinner bruker ulike feminine hygieneprodukter, ofte som en del av deres daglige renserutine; Det er imidlertid en mangel på publisert medisinsk litteratur relatert til den ytre vulvaen og hvordan personlig hygienepraksis kan påvirke den. Denne oversiktsartikkelen gir bakgrunnsinformasjon om de fysiologiske endringene som skjer i løpet av kvinners liv og vurderer relevansen av forbigående og fastboende mikrobiota når de er relatert til vanlige vaginale og vulva lidelser. Den diskuterer også behovet for kvinnelig intimhygiene, vanlige praksiser for feminin hygiene fra et globalt perspektiv, og de potensielle fordelene ved å bruke egnede eksterne, aktuelle feminine vulvavaskinger for å minimere risikoen for vulvovaginale lidelser og for å forbedre den generelle intimhelsen hos kvinner rundt verden.
Støttet av internasjonale retningslinjer, er daglig skånsom rensing av vulva et viktig aspekt ved feminin hygiene og generell intim helse.
Kvinner bør oppmuntres til å velge en nøye formulert og klinisk testet ekstern vask som gir målrettede antimikrobielle og andre helsemessige fordeler uten å ha negativ innvirkning på den naturlige vulvovaginale mikrobiotaen. Les videre her [i engelsk].
[Tillegg av admin. A.J.: daglig vask med urteolivenoljesåpe er trygt, når du bruker såpen på riktig måte, som betyr: bruk nok vann til å skylle.]
The following article about the role of female hygiene in vulvovaginal health is created by three employees of Reckitt Benckiser LLC, a company that manufactures cleaning products. The Company produces cleaners, disinfectants, and deodorizers for household use. Reckitt Benckiser’s products serve the chemical and household products industries.This means that there are conflicts of interest. Despite that, I publish it to offer an interesting read, to create awareness about all the facets concerning female hygiene. Cretan-Garden soaps are not chemical, but natural, and are safe to be used for also intimate hygiene, if you use the soap in the right way: rinse with much water. If you never used Cretan-Garden soaps before, observe how your skin reacts. In case you suffer from vulvovaginal health problems, I advise not to use any kind of soap or detergent, but to contact first your general practitioner, or an officially registered naturopath.
Role of female intimate hygiene in vulvovaginal health: Global hygiene practices and product usage https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1745505717731011 Role of female intimate hygiene in vulvovaginal health: Global hygiene practices and product usage Review by: Ying Chen, Elizabeth Bruning, Joseph Rubino, Scott E Eder First Published: September 22, 2017
Women use various feminine hygiene products, often as part of their daily cleansing routine; however, there is a paucity of published medical literature related to the external vulva and how personal hygiene practices can affect it. This review article provides background information on the physiological changes that occur during women’s lives and reviews the relevance of transient and resident microbiota as they relate to common vaginal and vulvar disorders. It also discusses the need for female intimate hygiene, common practices of feminine hygiene from a global perspective, and the potential benefits of using suitable external, topical feminine vulvar washes to minimize the risk of vulvovaginal disorders and to improve overall intimate health in women around the world.
Supported by international guidelines, daily gentle cleansing of the vulva is an important aspect of feminine hygiene and overall intimate health.
Women should be encouraged to choose a carefully formulated and clinically tested external wash that provides targeted antimicrobial and other health benefits without negatively impacting on the natural vulvovaginal microbiota. Read on here.
[Additional by the admin. A.J.: daily washing with herbal olive oil soap is safe, when using the soap in the right way, which means: using enough water to rinse.]
Visste du at vi feirer Bærekraftsdagen hvert år i oktober? Aldri hørt om det? Ingen bekymringer, faktisk betyr bærekraftsdag: en dag dedikert til å være bærekraftig og revurdere våre ritualer og vaner. Begrepet bærekraftig motsier ordet avfall, de throw-away society. Gjenbruk, resirkulering, redusering er kjennetegn ved bærekraft.
Bærekraftsdag 27. oktober 2021
I år vil denne dagen falle på 27. oktober 2021, selv om den kan være forskjellig avhengig av land. Nederland feiret det 8. oktober 2021. Hovedmålet bør være å feire det hver eneste dag! På denne dagen øker arrangørene bevisstheten rundt viktigheten av bærekraft, og deler også innsikt med hverandre med det felles målet å bygge et godt utdannet, ansvarlig samfunn.
Hvorfor er det en bærekraftsdag?
I dagens dag og århundre er ikke bærekraft noe vi hører en gang i en blå måne lenger. Selv om det startet som litt av en trend, har det vist seg for alle at det er kommet for å bli. Likevel, å ha en bærekraftsdag – som vi har Verdens Dagen og andre feiringer – er et øyeblikk for å minne oss på dette.
Heldigvis adopterer designere og merkevarer ikke bare prinsippene for bærekraft, men de har begynt å innlemme bærekraft i alle faser av å lage klær, fra øko-materialer til øko-emballasje, samt hvordan de behandler sine arbeidere.
Bærekraft er fortsatt et emne som mange ennå ikke har fordøyd og helt forstår, og det er derfor (blant mange andre grunner), vi feirer bærekraftsdagen hvert år den 4. onsdagen i oktober.
«Bærekraftig» oversettes til «å opprettholdes i veldig lang tid», som er nøyaktig målet, å kunne ta vare på planeten for alltid. For å nå dette målet bruker noen tid i løpet av dagen til å lære kolleger om hva som er resirkulerbart på kontoret og hva som ikke er det. Noen dedikerer dagen til å bygge bærekraftige strategier, andre lover å trykke tosidig på papir eller kun kjøpe resirkulert papir og skrivesaker. Bruk av naturlig sollys og ventilasjon for dagen og så videre.
Nederland er ikke fremmed den dag i dag. «Dag van de Duurzaamheid» kaller de det. Dagen er ment som et utstillingsvindu for bærekraftstiltak. Tusenvis av skoler deltar i bærekraftige kampanjer, fra leksjoner om avfallssortering til konferanser ved universiteter. Og det er ikke alt, den nederlandske Sustainable Fashion Week skulle dele bærekraftskampanjer.
Hva er de 10 reglene for bærekraft?
Det er mange måter du kan bli involvert på, og du kan gjøre dette alene eller kollektivt, du trenger ikke nødvendigvis å gjøre noe ekstraordinært eller starte et opprør. For å feire denne dagen kan du ganske enkelt tenke på noen av dine vaner og ritualer. Så enkelt som det!
Her er noen ideer:
Doner klærne dine i stedet for å kaste dem i søpla.
I dag, hvorfor ikke sykle i stedet for bilen (hvorfor ikke hver dag!).
Vær oppmerksom på vannforbruket ditt
Resirkuler, gjenbruk, gjenbruk klær (eh, ikke bare klær).
Bruk en gjenbrukbar vannflaske, eller gjenbrukbare sugerør noen?
Støtt og se på merker som er bærekraftige
Hvis du handler på nett i dag, bestill lokalt.
Hvorfor ikke prøve å kjøpe bruktklær?
Prøv veganske støvler og vesker
Og til slutt, kjøp mindre og kjøp bedre!
Cretan Garden-såper er bærekraftige
Cretan Garden-såper er bærekraftige. Ideen til Cretan Garden-nettbutikken er født ut av ønsket om å resirkulere olivenolje og urter i kjelleren før de ville ha gått ut på dato, og derfor gått tapt. Cretan Garden-såper har ingen utløpsdato fordi de er helt veganske, og urtene ble fullstendig tørket før bruk. Alle råvarer er perfekt resirkulert, reddet fra avfall, og fordi sluttproduktet, såpen, ikke har en utløpsdato, er såpen garantert bærekraftig. Innpakningen har blitt miljøsikkert trykket. Papiret kan resirkuleres igjen.
Did you know we celebrate Sustainability day every year in October? Never heard of it? No worries, in fact sustainability day means: a day dedicated to being sustainable and rethinking our rituals and habits. The term sustainable contradicts the word waste, the throw-away society. Reuse, recycling, reduce are characteristics of sustainability.
Sustainability Day on 27th October 2021
This year this day would fall on 27th October 2021, although it might be different depending on the country. The Netherlands celebrated it on October 8th, 2021. The main goal should be to celebrate it every single day! On this day, the organizers raise awareness towards the importance of Sustainability, and also share insights with one another with the common goal of building a well-educated, responsible community.
Why is there a sustainability day?
In the current day and age, sustainability is not something we hear once in a blue moon anymore. Even though it started out as somewhat of a trend, it has proved to everyone that it is here to stay. Still, having a sustainability day – like we have Earth Day and other celebrations – is a moment to remind us of this.
Thankfully, designers and brands are not only adopting the principles of sustainability, but they have started to incorporate sustainability in every phase of creating clothing, from eco-materials to eco-packaging, as well as how they treat their workers.
Sustainability is still a subject that many have yet to digest and completely understand, which is why (among many other reasons), we celebrate Sustainability Day every year on the 4th Wednesday of October.
“Sustainable” translates to “to be maintained for a very long time”, which is exactly the goal, to be able to take care of the planet forever. In order to reach this goal, some spend time during their day teaching colleagues about what is recyclable in their office and what is not. Some dedicate the day to build sustainable strategies, others pledge to double-sided print on paper or buying only recycled paper and stationery. Using natural sunlight and ventilation for the day and so on
The Netherlands is no stranger to this day. ”Dag van de Duurzaamheid” they call it. The day is intended as a showcase for sustainability initiatives. Thousands of schools participate in sustainable campaigns, starting from lessons about waste separation to conferences at universities. And that’s not all, the Dutch Sustainable Fashion Week, was to part sustainability campaigns.
What are the 10 rules of sustainability?
There are many ways you can get involved, and you can do this alone or collectively, you don’t have to necessarily do something extraordinary or start a riot. To celebrate this day you could simply re-think some of your habits and rituals. As easy as that!
Here are some ideas:
Donate your clothes instead of throwing them in the bin.
Today, why not ride the bike instead of the car (why not every day!).
Be mindful of your water consumption
Recycle, reuse, repurpose clothes (eh, not just clothes).
Use a reusable water bottle, or reusable straws anybody?
Support and look into brands that are sustainable
If you are shopping online today, order locally.
Why not try to buy second-hand clothes?
Give it a go to vegan boots and bags
And finally, buy less and buy better!
Cretan Garden soaps are sustainable
Cretan Garden soaps are sustainable. The idea of the Cretan Garden webshop is born out of the wish to recycle the olive oil and herbs in the basement before they would have become expired, and therefore lost. Cretan Garden soaps do not have an expiring date because they are absolutely vegan, and the herbs were fully dried before using. All raw materials are perfectly recycled, saved from waste, and because the end-product, the soap, does not have an expiring date the soap is guaranteed sustainable. The wrapper has been environmentally-safe printed. The paper can be recycled again.
The first time I saw and smelled a real lavender plant, was in the year 1986. The plant was growing against the outside wall of the gîte rural, where I stayed for some weeks together with my family. It was the only plant there. The gîte was located in the surroundings of the (then) small village with the name La Roche-de-Glun in the department Drôme in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of southeastern France.
The small shrub, where I found the name of later, was bathing the entire day in the heat of the sun, and despite that it never looked as if it was in a need for water. Used to the wealthy-leaved shrubs in Dutch gardens I was touched by the heat-resistant leaves of this one, and their colour: greyish green. The unique, fresh, strong, uplifting, relaxing, wonderful, charming smell has since then become my most favourite one. The colour of the lavender flowers is light purple, violet.
Since I am working with herbs from Crete, I searched for Cretan lavender, and found on the website «Wild Herbs of Crete», a blogpost about it. According to this blogpost there are two different kinds of lavender: the Lavandula Stoechas, which seems to smell more sweet, and the Lavandula Vera. I assume that Lavandula Vera [«vera», which is Italian for «true»] is the same as Lavandula Angustifolia, also known as Lavandula Officinalis. For my Cretan-Garden.shop I use Greek lavender, the Greek Lavandula Angustifolia.
The colour of natural lavender soap
When one googles on images with «lavender soap», one is overwhelmed with the colour violet, or purple, not only because of the purple wrappers or boxes, but also because the soaps are purple, violet. When I started to make lavender soap, with infusing 12 litres organic olive oil with 720 gram dried lavender flowers, I was curious how the colour of the olive oil would become after three months infusing, pulverizing the filtered infused lavender and adding the result back into the infused oil. The colour is black. Not purple. The liquid soap is as all herbal soaps this colour, and dried it has a beige / khaki colour. Not purple.
When the infused oil becomes soap during the saponification process the almost black colour turns into orange/brown, sometimes, that depends on the herb, it is red/brown. The colour of the lavender soap becomes even lighter than the colour of the other herbal soaps. The smell however is not lesser strong. On the contrary. Important to know is that the skin-nourishing ingredients of extra virgin olive oil, organic herbs, and essential oils are not affected in the saponification process.
Whenever you would like to have a violet coloured bar of lavender soap, and you find one, be aware that the colour is not natural, but synthetic. Often even perfumes, which contain synthetic fragrances, or pure synthetic fragrances have been added to mislead you even more.
Handcrafted lavender soap smells the same as the lavender plant. How does lavender smell? The scent of the lavender plant is strong, charismatic, and intensely botanical. Underlying its floral sweetness are green and spicy notes, and a woody accent. When a herbal soap comes in a contact with water the smells of the ingredients become more active. After washing, showering or bathing the smell slowly disappears: natural smells evaporate quickly when they are exposed to the air. Only when you would use your own body-oil, in this case your own lavender body-oil —see Cretan Garden info, §7— the smell of the lavender essential oil will accompany you for a longer time, in a modest way, and will not -like perfumes and fragrances- take over the personal airspace of others. Be aware of what kind of smell you «wear» when you are going to spend time in nature. Perfumes and fragrances do not fit there.
The toxic truth about perfumes and fragrances
«The toxic truth about perfumes and fragrances» is the title of a blog post, written by Karen Kingston. Since I agree with every word and sentence, I would like to recommend this blog post. You can click here to read the post.
The most discussed and criticized part of the soap making process is the so-called lye. Lye is the chemical substance that transforms vegetable oil into soap. There are two kinds of lye: the lye from wood ash —potassium hydroxide— and store-bought lye —sodium hydroxide—. The lye from wood ash is lesser caustic and should therefore be preferable. But it is not. I explain this in the following paragraphs.
The goods of trees
The wood ashes that are suitable for soap making are from trees like the oak, walnut, beech, elm, holly, and fifteen more. The olive tree is also on the list, but named ash tree, the English name for the Fraxinus family, whereto also the olive tree belongs. These twenty trees produce hardwood.
Trees are multitaskers: their wood is for instance used for furniture, houses, fences, doors, plates, boats, masts, boxes, and sculptures. Their leaves are creating wonderful colours in the surrounding landscapes. The blossoms of several of these trees are used in the Bach flowers remedies, like oak, walnut, holly, beech, willow, cherry, elm, and olive.
Last but not least: trees extract CO2 from the air and convert it into oxygen and biomass (such as wood, leaves, and roots). They release the oxygen into the air. Trees mainly store extra CO2 when they grow. Trees play therefore an essential role in the climate change, and there even exist so-called compensation-forests, created to compensate the CO2 emissions from the industry.
Trees, wildfires, deforestation, economic fascism, eco-terrorism and the climate change
Worldwide, during almost three centuries, a by economic fascism created violence against nature took place. It has increased extremely fast after WWII. Humans plundered nature, exploited nature. This has resulted in the man-made climate change. The 2021 report about the climate change makes clear that the natural balance of nature is irreversible destroyed. We experience an increase in extreme weather: droughts and floods. Extreme droughts create wildfires. The devastating effects of the wildfires of 2021 have created a catastrophic loss of CO2 converters. There is another worrying factor: tropical forests are losing their ability to absorb carbon. Wildfires create carbon. Recent evidence indicates that as much as ten per cent of wildfire produced carbon remains in the atmosphere, contributing to global warming.
Not only wildfires create deforestation: because of the mining of coltan, enormous areas of the rainforests in Congo have been deforested. Coltan is used by the telecom industry, to create batteries for cellphones, but coltan is also used to create batteries for electric cars.
There can also be other reasons that trees are hacked down: criminality and ecoterrorism.
A form of economic fascism is the extreme violence against nature for economic profit: the hacking down of trees for the rollout of 5G. Where 5G is going up, all around the world where 5G is going up, trees are coming down. The reason is: trees inhibit the progress of 5G.[16, lecture Barrie Trower, part 2, at 06:03]. Trees suffer anyhow from the radiation of cell towers. Every time you use a wireless device, you attack the trees between your device and the cell tower. Finally, parts of the tree die, or the tree dies completely.
Because this kind of economic fascism takes place on behalf of democratic governments and even unions like the EU, and USA, it is not recognized as economic fascism, but essentially it is economic fascism. It is blind naïveness that makes one believe that WWII brought fascism to an end. Is the urge for 5G making the cutting down of trees a responsible choice? No. We absolutely do not need 5G. Industrialists are masters in brainwashing minds in order to sell their unnecessary products. This has to stop. We cannot endlessly continue exploiting nature for the economic growth of the rich countries. On the long term—but not that long—there is nothing left. We stare into the abyss[20, PDF, page 36, conclusion].
When we add all these facts up, we can only conclude that making natural soap with wood ashes is not environmental friendly, notsustainable. Trees become endangered, worldwide. Soaps, made with wood ash, are therefore not environmentally friendly soaps. When the soap manufacturer uses the wood of a tree that died naturally, the use of wood ash is ethically correct. The price of each bar of soup should be adapted accordingly. The profit of each single bar of soap made with wood ash should be donated to rainforest protection groups, or scientists who research the dramatic effects of wireless radiation on trees.
The following article is a machine-translation of «Η οικογενειακή επιχείρηση του Οδυσσέα Ελύτη που έφτιαχνε σαπούνια», «The family business of Odysseas Elytis who made soaps», published in News on July 21, 2017. Odysseas Elytis (1911-1996), was a Greek poet, essayist and translator.. His real name is Odysseas Alepoudelis. The name Alepoudelis[Αλεπουδέλης] is also the name of the soap factory in Heraklion, Crete.
Odysseas Alepoudelis was born on November 2, 1911 in Heraklion, Crete and was the son of Panagiotis Alepoudelis, a businessman from Lesbos, who had one of the largest and most famous soap factories in Greece.
The Alepoudelis soap factory was founded in Heraklion, Crete, in 1895. In the time of World War I, Elytis’s father, Panagiotis, moved his soap factory to Athens, to the area of Piraeus. The Alepoudelis family, and of course Benjamin Odysseas, also moves to Athens. However, the origin of Elytis’ father, Lesvos, was determining the choice for a soap factory.
What we all know today is that a traditional soap, made from olive oil (a product that – remarkably – abroad is considered particularly valuable and a kind of luxury), comes, according to Greek mythology, from Lesbos. A legend tells that the women of ancient Lesbos washed their clothes in the river (as all women did at that time). So they noticed that the animal remains, along with the fats from the animals that were burned as sacrifices in the ancient sanctuaries near the river, swept away the ashes and formed a pale yellow stream that ended up in the river. On the days when the yellow stream flowed into the river, the clothes were washed better. And the soap was made! According to the ancient Greek legend, the soap got its name from the famous poet of Lesbos, Sappho.
[The word soap is related with the Latin word «sapo», the French «savon», the Italian sapone, and the Spanish «jabon». Those who have studied medicinal herbs and their active ingredients know about the so-called saponins, which have indeed characteristics of what we name soap. The word soap, and the term saponification are therefore without any doubt only related with the term saponin. Admin]
Until the time of the industrial revolution, all over the (known) world, soaps were produced in exactly the same way as the women of ancient Lesbos invented it. There have been soap factories on the island all these centuries. After the revolution of 1821, until the destruction of Izmir (1922), soap making was a very lucrative Greek productive activity, with Lesvos soaps being exported from Constantinople to Alexandria and New York.
It should be noted that shortly before the Asia Minor catastrophe, over 50% of Greek soap exports were from Lesbos. It was also the sttlement of 1 or 2 soap factories in the country.
One of the most famous soap factories (originating from Lesbos, based in Crete and then Piraeus, as mentioned above) was the company «Alepoudelis», owned by the family of the poet Odysseas Elytis. «Alepoudelis» soaps were known all over the world, thanks to the pure olive oil they contained and the softness they offered. The «Alepoudeli» factory was one of the most modern at that time (of the first decades of 1900), and at the same time it was a huge export company since most of the production was exported to Egypt, Turkey, England and the USA. When Elytis’ father died in 1925, the business passed into the hands of Pangiotis’s younger brother and co-founder of the soap factory, Thrasyvoulos Alepoudelis, Elytis’s uncle, had the business idea to establish a separate department in the company, for the production of soaps that used only excellent olive oil and coconut oil, something that then put them at the top of European quality standards.
The company «Alepoudelis and Co.» also had branches in Crete, Corfu, Thessaloniki and – of course – Mytilene (Lesbos). The production of the soap factory continued unabated, surviving the enormous obstacle of World War II. Despite the huge business and commercial success of the company that bore his ancestral name, however, Odysseas did not want to deal with it. In fact, according to the information regarding his biography, the main reason that he changed his name to «Elytis» was precisely to separate his position and his … fate from the family business. The rest is history of course for the Greek poet … As for the family business: Alepoudelis soaps are produced until today. If you take a closer look at the well-known green soaps that are sold in many tourist shops throughout Greece, you will see the brand «Alepoudelis» in them.
The family soap-business lost Odysseas, but Art welcomed him.
Shampoos are just another kind of soap, a liquid soap, and with as many chemicals as the most of the industrial soaps and detergents. Even the neutral shampoos can contain chemicals. Read therefore the information on the box or container before buying a soap or shampoo. Soap is per definition alkaline. Shampoos therefore as well. To make a shampoo more neutral, by lowering the alkalinity, the industry uses mostly chemicals, acidic chemicals. To make a shampoo lather the industry adds special chemicals, named sulfates. An informational article about it: The facts about shampoo lather. Lather is not a guarantee that your hair and scalp become clean though.
Shampoos, all sorts of shampoos, the many brands, all are claiming to be the best for your hair, offering for every hair type another shampoo, another conditioner, another hair mask. I have used for as long as they exist pH nautral shampoos, hair conditioners, masks, but my hair was, despite the neutral pH of the shampoos, and the beautiful natural conditoners, and masks, never really okay. My hair is thick, curly, dry, fluffy, and now I am becoming grey it is even dryer. I have tried everything. Because of the mentioned characteristics of my hair it is impossible to have it long. Not even half long.
Herbal olive oil soap as a shampoo bar
I have started lately to use my own herbal olive soap for hair washing, to see what happens. It looks better and better. . The most significant difference is that I do not need to wash my hair more than once per week. My hair looks and feels normal, is so much easier to be dressed. I was wondering why.
Though pH neutral shampoos can be used every day, the question is if washing your hair every day is really okay for hair and scalp. My thoughts go far back in time when hair was washed just once per week. That had a reason: the skin of the scalp is not the same skin as on the rest of your body. Every single hair is growing out of the scalp-skin and it is the skin that keeps the hair in a good condition. We need indeed hair conditioners and hair masks when we wash the hair daily. But if we offer the skin of the scalp the time to do their work in their own natural way, and if we do not immediately destroy their work, by daily taking away what the skin itself produces, namely sebum, we do not need hair conditioners as we do now. Daily washing the hair is maybe okay according to shampoo manufacturers, but it is a matter of logic thinking that the natural resistance of the skin and the hair will decrease because of exhaustion, or will become overactive at the very beginning, when the daily shampoo attacks start, even when the shampoo is pH neutral. Using a neutral shampoo once per week was for me not the solution. Reason to use it more. And that did not work either.
A natural conditioner: argan oil
My own experiences with my oily cold process herbal olive soaps are that washing my hair with it once per week is really enough. After making my hair towell dry I use a teaspoon pure argan oil and spread it over and through the towel-dry hair and massage it into the scalp and hair. I let the hair dry naturally. My fluffy, dry hair is gone, but I expect that hte condition of my hair will improve more. In a few weeks I will add an update here.
To make it more personal I have added about 20 drops of rosemary essential oil to the 50 ml bottle, and stirred it very good. Argan oil and essential oils can be bought at House of Deli, Crete:
Hairloss due to electromagnetic radiation from overuse of cellphone – ResearchGate
My personal experiences with EMF and hair loss: during the time that I was not aware of the impact of EMF on my health, not informed about symptoms of overradiation, I was indeed losing so much hair that I was wondering what was going on. I have written about this in my blog Multerland, in several posts[Archives 2017-2018]. It was the start of a private study about EMF. The consultation of an osteopath was helpful to stop my bad physical condition: she worked on my scalp, neck, and it felt as if a layer of glass broke and my scalp was back to normal again. After several treatments my hair was growing again. The new hair looked like baby hair, but after some months it was back to normal. The only way to get rid of the effects if wireless radiation is to live in an EMF free environment. I bought the Acousticom2. This calibrated device is able to measure EMF. In this way I could find the rooms where the radiation is almost zero, or at least the less, where to put the bed, where the desk with computer. Of course all wireless is turned off, the smart meter is turned off, the Wi-Fi is turned off, also in the computer and printer. All is cabled, I do not have internet on my cellphone and mostly the cellphone is on flymodus.
The benefits of the herb rosemary, or rosmarinus officinalis, were already hailed in the Minoan Civilization. Rosemary is a kitchen herb, but a medicinal herb as well. Medicinal herbs are available as tinctures, tablets, pills, teas and essential oils. These are for internal use, oral use. Essential oils however are also used externally. The term medicinal is an indication that nobody should use these without consulting a well-trained professional therapist, or a medical doctor who also studied these herbs and/or its oils, how to use these, when, for which health problems, and what the dosage should be.
Rosemary is known for its benefits for the skin. It is present in almost all skin products like shampoos, creams, massage oils, and body oils. Four out of seven Cretan Garden soaps are made out of rosemary-infused olive oil. The other three soaps are made out of lavender-infused oil, oregano-infused oil and sage-infused oil.
Your home-made body oil and body scrub
Body oils are expensive. You can make your own body oil. Your skin will love it, and your wallet as well. Follow the next steps and enjoy the result.
500 ml organic extra virgin olive oil
30 gram dried organic rosemary leaves
Put the dried rosemary in a casserole that is big enough for the half liter olive oil plus the 30 gram rosemary leaves. Warm the oil up to 38 – 60 degrees Celsius and keep the casserole in this temperature for about 48 -72 hours. During this time all the goods are extracted from the leaves into the oil. This process is named infusing. Another method: add the olive oil and herbs in a bowl, or casserole and keep it for some weeks on a warm sunlit spot in the house. Stir the oil-rosemary mix during the infusing time every day. I infuse olive oil as well, for making soap, but I offer the oil more time to infuse. At least three months.
When the oil is infused you can filter the herbs out, by using a sieve. If you want to make rosemary pulp you can add the oily herbs in the kitchen machine and pulverize these.
Take an empty bowl or casserole, and put a cheesecloth in the sieve.
Put the rosemary-olive-oil pulp from the kitchen machine cup into the cheesecloth, and let it leak out for a while, till all oil has disappeared.
Make this process more efficient by pouring the filtered oil for the second time over the pulp. At the end you can take the rest of the oil from the pulp when you take the four points of the cheescloth together and press the oil out. Your hands will become very oily but you can remove this with kitchenpaper.
Fill an empty, well cleaned and dried fluid soap dispenser and add about 20 drops rosemary essential oil, or an essential oil of your own choice.
The rest of the infused oil can be stored on a cold place, for instance in the refrigerator. Put a lid on it.
The left-overs of the rosemary pulp in the sieve can be used as a body scrub. You can store it for instance in an empty, clean, glass glass jar in the refrigerator. Before using a body scrub to exfoliate your skin, read my blog post: Exfoliating the skin.
How to use the body oil
The best moment to use a body oil is after a shower or bath, before drying your body with a towel. Pump some body oil from the dispenser into the palm of one of your hands and devide the oil over both hands. Apply the oil on the entire body. Massage the oil into the warm and wet skin. In this way you do not need so much oil, the oil is easier to spread, and because the skin is warm the oil is easy to be absorbed. Then pat the skin dry. You will discover that the skin is not oily, and after drying the skin shines and looks younger, healthier. In case your skin is really dry it will take some weeks before your skin is back to normal again. You can use the body-oil every day.
Instead you could massage the entire body from head and hair, to toes according to the Indian abhyanga massage before taking a shower. Read more about this massage in my blog post «The skin». The used oil is also a with herbs infused body oil.
Other uses: after a day at the beach, in the sunlight, in the hot dry wind, the salty seawater, or in winter when being outside in the cold, or 24/7 in a warm dry room. You can use the rosemary body oil also as a hair mask.
Attention: the rosemary aroma is uplifting, stimulating, energizing, and therefore best not to be used before sleeping. In case you would like to create a body oil for a good night rest, use lavender instead of rosemary.
Benefits of rosemary-infused body oil
Protects the skin
Can be used in cases of eczema and acne
The aroma of rosemary uplifts the psyche
The aroma creates beneficial effect on the central nervous system
The aroma stimulates the 3rd chakra, balances the 5th chakra
In September 2015 I was for a week on Crete and visited Knossos, and the Minoan Palace, the largest Bronze Age archaeological site. I had already seen many pictures of the palace on the web, but when there I was touched by the atmosphere in a surprising way. Because thousands of tourists visit this site day after day, and so many tourist buses and cars fill the parking places, I expected that it would become a noisy, stressy experience, but the visitors were silent, calm, and did not even talk with each other. The atmosphere was so intense peaceful that it is justified to comparethe site with a holy place. I remember what I once read about powerful energy spots on earth, in the magnetic field of the earth, in the soils, and all the layers beneath the surface.
Monasteries were also built on these special spots. Stonehenge is another example. The Minoans who lived in the palace of Knossos were highly civilized, not only rationally, but also spiritually. Priestesses were also living in the palace of Knossos, an enormous complexity of buildings with even four storeys. The Minoan Lady, also named La Parisienne, was a priestess. Continue reading below the picture.
When I decided to start a web shop to sell the seven soaps, made out of Cretan olive oil, herbs and essential oils, and searching for the picture that could be used for the logo, the icon in the media and blog, my thoughts went almost immediately to that one picture that I made in the Archaeological Museum in Heraklion, in 2015. It was an intuitive choice. For me the Minoan Lady was and is what I would like to represent in my products: ethics, values, respect, dignity, esthetics, beauty.
It is a pity that I lost the article that I once read about Minoan priestesses in Knossos and their role in the herb garden: only priestesses were allowed to pick the herb salvia fruticosa, or Greek sage. For that sage ritual they had to wear a white dress, because that herb was holy. When I smelled dried Greek sage some years ago -for the first time in my life- I understood. Because of that intense smell I also understand why it is used in rituals to clean the atmosphere in rooms, in buildings with negative energies, graveyards, in a diversity of cultures, world wide.
The use of soap in the Minoan Civilization
It is not certain if the Minoan Lady has used soap herself. There is nothing written about the use of soap in the palace of Knossos, though the first soaps seem to have been made in Greece, during the Minoan time. Here are some articles with information that explain for instance the use of salt in bathing rituals:
«Before modern medicine, salt water treated patients as a healing remedy. Before modern spa day, firm believers of its healing created a concept of therapeutic bathing. In order to cleanse the body, they infused salt with herbal blends, lavender and bay laurel leaves that extracted daily toxins. Another contribution salt progressed into was basic soap making. Dated around 2800 BC, the Greeks were one of the first soap makers who created mixtures of alkaline salts with local vegetable oils, animal fats and wood ashes to form soaps and detergents. By contrast, today an individual uses soap for bathing or personal hygiene, in ancient times, it was produced for cleaning cooking utensils, goods and medicinal purposes.»
«The oldest archaeological findings in Europe related to bathing habits date from the Bronze Age (2,400–800 BC). In the palaces of Knossos and Phaistos in Crete, the population of the Aegean Minoan civilization has left traces of special chambers devoted to bathing. Alabaster bathtubs excavated in Akrotiri (in Santorini Island), as well as wash basins and feet baths, showed how people from the Minoan civilization maintained their personal hygiene.»
«Lustral Basins were first identified by Arthur Evans at Knossos and consist of a sunken rectangular room reached by an L-shaped or dog-legged stairway. There is often a balustrade running alongside the stairway, normally ending with a pilaster supporting a column. All of the examples at Knossos, like the one at Mallia (above) were lined with gypsum and so Evans thought they were used for bathing—a clay tub was even found in one of them. However, a few of them were found in areas of the palace, the Throne Room for example, where relaxing in the tub seems unlikely. In those cases Evans believed they were used for ritual purification through lustration—hence the name»
Sources and additional information
Minoan woman or goddess from the palace of Knossos (“La Parisienne”) – Khan Academy
Exfoliating can improve the appearance of the skin, but if not done properly, it could do more harm than good. Best is to chose the safe materials.
I experience the dry brush -a bath brush which has the right strength for skin- as a very excellent daily help to really improve the condition of my own older skin. In this figure below you can see the difference between younger and older skin. One of the differences is the blood vessel: in the older skin it is darker red, which means that there is lesser oxygen. When brushing the skin the blood circulation in the skin improves. Photo 2: Click to enlarge.
Read more about skin types, details of the different types of exfoliation, aging of the skin in:
What Does It Mean to Exfoliate? Why You Should and How to Start – Healthline
When writing this post it is July 2021. We, humans all over the world, have an experience with skin and pH(power of Hydrogen) values, while knowing maybe not anything about pH and if not being aware of the fact, why the skin of the dorsal of their hands looks so incredible bad since the last year. Most probably this is caused by the antiseptic sprays (high percentage alcohol) at the entrance of all shops. Not one doctor, dermatologist, talks about it. However, when one uses a soap to wash hands it has to be skin neutral. They say.
The pH value of the skin is on all places of the body different. Therefore one uses an average pH value, which is about 5 or lesser. What exactly is causing the pH value of the skin? First one needs to know what exactly is «skin». Skin is an organ which covers and protects all what is beneath the skin, and outside the skin. The skin is nourished by the food we eat. If we never eat a balanced food, concerning pH levels, acidic and alkaline, the skin will not be able to have a healthy pH level. The influence of too much acidic food, which is the most popular among humans in the «civilized» countries, influences of course the constitution of the skin, and its pH values.
Also influences from outside the skin, like air pollution, artificial electromagnetic radiation, burning sun rays, extreme temperature, contribute to the condition of the skin, and its pH. On health websites one claims that only soaps with a pH value that is similar with the skin pH are healthy for keeping a healthy skin. This would mean that swimming in the salty sea pH 8,2), or ocean (pH 8,2), even bathing in tap-water (pH value between 6,5 and 8,5) or taking a shower should be avoided.
The neutral pH level soaps are a mix of the normal alkalinity of soaps, and mostly several chemicals to achieve a lower pH level. These chemicals are more skin damaging than a normal soap ever can. With other words: a lot of industrial propaganda for their so-called neutral pH products should be suspected.
The term alkaline is a sort of curse in the ears of many, because of the industrial propaganda for their self created myths that a soap must have a neutral pH value. How can they explain the alkalinity of for instance breast milk(pH of 6,35-7,35), the alkalinity of the skin of new-borns(pH value 7), the alkalinity of the amniotic fluid(pH value 7,1-7,3) in which the foetus swims before it is born? The foetus is extremely sensitive: imagine the damage that could be created in its development of organs, brains, eyes, blood vessels, nervous system, bones, skin…. Nature however found it better to let it swim in alkaline fluid, not in neutral fluid, neither in acidic fluid. The pH value of blood ranges between 7,35 and 7,45. It is the blood that nourishes the skin from inside, and the lymphatic fluid in the skin pours out the acidic waste to the surface of the skin. If the food habits of the human being are not healthy, unbalanced, too acidic, of course the blood will be more acidic and the skin as well. How high was the pH level of the skin of our ancestors? They washed with alkaline soap, without any problem. Skin problems occur because of an unhealthy life style, bad hygiene, the poisonous environment we live in, and the poisonous food people eat.
Healthy lymph have a pH that ranges between 7 and 10. The lymphatic system, part of the immune system, is a network of ducts that carry the lymphatic fluid (LF). LF also contains white blood cells called lymphocytes, fats, and proteins.. The lymphatic system, made up of lymphatic fluid, tiny vessels, nodes and organs, is responsible for removing excess fluid, infections and acidic waste.
Viruses, Corona and pH
There are several publications about viruses and how they react to low or high pH values. The most of the publications contradict each other. Some write: Viruses thrive, like bacteria, in an acidic environment. Viruses infect body cells by binding to the proteins in the cells and then multiplying. Scientific research shows that this process mainly takes place at a low pH value or in an acidic environment. An acidic environment has a pH of 0 to 7. As the pH becomes more basic, the activity of viruses decreases sharply. Scientists have established this in various studies in numerous viruses in both humans and animals. The relationship between pH value and infection-increasing activities has been demonstrated in, among others, influenza1, corona2, hepatitis C3, foot-and-mouth disease4 and other viruses in animals. By increasing the alkaline buffer in your body, which improves the pH value of your body cells, the sensitivity to viruses in the body could decrease More: 
Since scientists are not unanimously concluding that alkalinity of food, or body care products, create a not virus-friendly environment it is necessary to wait for more research.
The use of aromatic plants and trees, goes far back in history, to the time of the Egyptians and Babylonians, 3000 – 4000 before Christ. It is told however that the oldest knowledge of essential oils.is to be found in China.
The Egyptians used the essential oils from plants and resins to mummify the dead, because of the cleansing and anti-sceptic properties. Cleopatra used essential oils to enhance her attraction. Also in the bible essential oils are mentioned, like myrrh, incense, cloves, sandalwood, rose, and cedar.
Those who worked as perfumers during the Black Death plague epidemic were not contaminated by the plague: they inhaled the aerosols which were mixed with the anti-sceptic aerosols from the plants while working with it, and also the anti-sceptic properties of the plants entered the body via the skin.[Additional: The Forgotten Pollution: Dr. Schnabel’s Hepa Filter]
Essential Oils are the highly concentrated, volatile, aromatic essences of plants. Essential oils are derived from the leaves, flowers, wood, seeds, roots, bark and resins of trees and plants.. Essential oils are composed out of diverse aromatic volatile liquids, which are distracted from the plant parts via steam distillation. To create one litre essential oil one needs many kilos aromatic plants. To create one litre of for instance rosemary oil one needs 50 kilos rosemary leaves, and about 5000 kilos for a rose and jasmine oil.
Essential oils and the chakras
There is hardly any information about essential oils in the combination with the term «chakras«. There seem to be essential oils however that could be helpful in the healing of blocked or disbalanced chakras. I have just one but excellent advice: the smell you are searching for on that moment, and absolutely your favourite, fits for all chakras. If you want to read more about it then this article could be helpful.
Hydrosols, also known as «flower waters,» or «herbal waters», are the water condensates from the steam distilling process of essential oils. Hydrosols have similar properties and scents to essential oils, but these aromatic waters are much less concentrated. Hydrosols are especially suited for children, because they can hardly create irritations. One or two soup spoons in a baby bath are helpful in cases of inflammations, or eczema. Consult a certified aroma therapist for the right information before experimenting with it. The pH values of hydrosol varies from 4,4 to 7. This means that it could neutralize a too alkaline skin or a too acidic skin, into a natural skin condition. Read more about the pH value in Scientific Research, scroll down to pH values.
The use of essential oils is rather safe when using these in an aroma lamp diffuser, or in massage oils and body-oils, if one is following up the advice about the total of drops on a certain total of water for a bath, footbath, or aroma lamp. Also when using essential oils in a carrier oil, like olive oil, to create a body-oil or a massage-oil, or to dilute it for just a small spot on the skin, one must be well informed about the total of drops essential oil on how much carrier oil. Internal use of essential oils is dangerous, unless one follows up the advice of a well-trained and certified aroma therapist.
There are many different brands on the market with all several different essential oils, and all smelling different from another brand with the same oil-name, and not smelling so nice at all. It can be related with the own nose, of course, and preferences, but it can happen that not only you dislike a certain smell: it can also depend on the brand, and the country, the climate, the height of the area, the hours of sunshine, the soil, the pH of the soil, even the entire community of plants and trees, animals, the so-called biotope where the plants grow where the essential oil is extracted from, are creating the chemotype, the ct, and the scent. It is impossible to smell an essential oil when one orders it from the web. It is therefore wise, if possible, to buy an essential oil in a good health shop.
Steam distillation is a delicate process. It needs professional experience and a constant control. The essential oil must be for hundred percent natural and may not be denaturised by half-synthetic molecules and not be mixed with essential oils with the same scent, but less expensive and of a lesser or even inferior quality..
P. Franchomme & D. Penoël – Book: L’aroma therapie exactement. In the year 1975 P. Franchommé discovered that the chemical compound of essential oils changes according to the place where the plant grows or is cultivated. This is noted with chemotype or ct. One needs to take this in consideration for optimal medical results.
What Are Essential Oils, and Do They Work? – Healthline
An Overview of the Biological Effects of Some Mediterranean Essential Oils on Human Health – PubMed
Oregano essential oil as an antimicrobial additive to detergent for hand washing and food contact surface cleaning – ResearchGate
Antiviral efficacy and mechanisms of action of oregano essential oil and its primary component carvacrol against murine norovirus – PubMed
Antibacterial activity of oregano (Origanum vulgare Linn.) against gram positive bacteria – PubMed
Essential Oils of Oregano: Biological Activity beyond Their Antimicrobial Properties – PubMed
Carvacrol, a Plant Metabolite Targeting Viral Protease (Mpro) and ACE2 in Host Cells Can Be a Possible Candidate for COVID-19 – Frontiers in Plant Science [[oregano’s principle component is carvacrol, admin]]
Oregano Oil and Its Principal Component, Carvacrol, Inhibit HIV-1 Fusion into Target Cells – PubMed
Why aromatherapy is showing up in hospital surgical units – Mayo Clinic
The popularity of cosmetics derived from natural sources is increasing. Such products are ecologically «ethical» and are effective and safe to use.
Vitamin E is the main lipophilic antioxidant that inhibits peroxidation, especially if associated with «natural» moisturizers such as the lipids in olive oil and olive extract. Vegetable oils containing EFAs have proven to be of great use in the production of cosmetics as either active incipient or raw materials for the synthesis of novel compounds. EFAs are easily integrated into the skin’s hydro-lipid film and are nourishing, moisturizing, and protective.
Some of these substances have been used for centuries yet can still meet the needs of today’s consumers. Apart from their moisturizing and soothing effects, and anti-inflammatory and immune-modulatory function, these products reduce aging of the skin with their antioxidant, stabilizing action on the cellular membranes. Treatment with olive oil has no side effects. Olive oil does not burn or traumatize the skin.
More scientific research:
Virgin olive oil as a fundamental nutritional component and skin protector – ReasearchGate
Despite all care, by practising good advice, using natural and safe products, living a healthy life-style, it is possible that you keep suffering from skin-rash. It is important to contact an officially registered therapist, who works with for instance medicinal plants, acupuncture, reflex-zone therapy, aroma therapy, Bach flower therapy, or homeopathy. If these do not offer you any insight and progress, it is necessary to consult your general practitioner.
Industrial electricity and EMF disturb natural electricity
There is a phenomenon however, that cannot be healed, by not anyone: being allergic for artificial (which means man-made) electro magnetic fields/radiation. This phenomenon is ignored/rejected by industry, governments, and the with governments/industry related health care practitioners, which means: the most of them. They believe that your problem is psychological, imagination. Well, it is not. Birds, bees, amphibians, mammals, water, trees, plants, insects, the ionosphere, atmosphere,. all life and life-phenomenons suffers from it. This has been researched in science already for many decades, by for instance. Dr. Alfonso Balmori, Dr. Daniel Favre, Dr. Andrew Goldsworthy, Dr. Lennart Hardell, Dr. Joel Moskowitz, Dr. Devra Davis, Dr. Louis Slesin, Dr. Robert O. Becker, Dr. Martin Blank, Dr. Martin L. Pall.[Sources in the additional information in this post.] The so-called world-wide applied safety guidelines created by ICNIRP, are based on thermal effects from EMF, while they should be based on the biological effects as well. The biological effects are ignored by all governments in the entire world. Reason for sounding the alarm. There are several appeals from medical scientists, doctors, natural healthcare practitioners, acupuncturists, etc., even to the secretary of the United Nations Antonio Guterres. Without any result. The WHO does not help you. They have applied the ICNIRP guidelines. There are on the moment several ongoing investigations and lawsuits against ICNIRP and the FCC.
Natural electricity is life energy
All life works electrically. Natural electricity is a normal and unmissable energy. Man-made electricity however affects natural electricity: natural electricity goes one direction, is named direct current, DC ~ man-made electricity, goes two directions, forth and back. This is named alternating current, AC. Alternating current disturbs natural current.
Man-made electricity, industrial electricity and EMF, create symptoms. In animals, plants, trees. One of the symptoms experienced by humans is skin rash. The only way to get rid of it is to protect yourself against man-made radiation, by using your cellphone only when necessary and keeping it in fly mode during the rest of the time. Also: by using ethernet, by cabling your laptop and turning off WIFI, also in the computer, and turning off smart-meters.
You can help your body, nerve system, organs, heart, skin and eyes by being in nature, away from EMF, as often as possible. The power and density of man-made electro magnetic fields is increasing very fast. Today, 24/7 all life on earth is bathing in man-made electro-magnetic radiation. Telecom ignores the medical research, while telecom itself has not invested one dollar in researching the biological health effects of wireless. They know however that it is dangerous. EMF is the new tobacco.
Huden er et ekstremt følsomt organ som holdes sunt på grunn av et konstant regenererende, genialt sirkulasjonssystem av vann, lymfe, blod og fett. På grunn av kompleksiteten til huden, for å forstå hvordan huden er bygget opp, hvordan dette organet fungerer, er det nyttig å se en eller flere pedagogiske videoer om det. Jeg har samlet disse i en videoliste.
Hvordan opprettholde en sunn hud?
Siden næringen av huden foregår i selve huden via kroppens systemer og ikke på overflaten, er det viktig å spise sunn mat og drikke nok vann (1-2 liter per dag) ved siden av andre væsker som kaffe, te, suppe, juice, etc.. Kaffe og svart te dehydrerer kroppen. Å puste inn frisk luft, samtidig være fysisk aktiv, bidrar til en optimal fordøyelse og dermed også for en sunn hud. Dagslys er også en del av den naturlige hudpleien. Dagslys skaper et naturlig vitamin D som tas opp og transporteres av huden inn i kroppen. Vedlikehold av huden utenfra er en del av den daglige hygienen for å holde vond lukt, bakterier, virus og sopp unna, for å unngå sykdommer. Hudvennlige kroppsoljer fukter huden, og sammen med eksfoliering og massasje er den en måte å holde den vital, elastisk og skinnende.
Det er forbløffende at såpeprodusenter av for eksempel den så populære Aleppo-såpen Savon de Marseille og Castilla-såpen ikke gir informasjon om pH-verdien. pH-verdien på alle natursåper er 9. Cretan Garden-såpene er natursåper, sammenlignbare med Aleppo-såpene, og har også en pH-verdi på 9. Dette pH-nivået er relatert til formelen for håndlagde naturlige såper i henhold til gamle tradisjoner. Det finnes produsenter av de såkalte nøytrale såpene, eller såkalte økologisk nedbrytbare såper som heller ikke gir noe informasjon om det. Det finnes natursåpeprodusenter som tilsetter naturlige sure stoffer av for eksempel aloe vera for å senke pH-nivået. For meg har det vært et bevisst valg å følge opp de gamle tradisjonelle metodene og formlene. Selv om Cretan Garden olivensåpen er alkalisk, trenger huden bare 15 minutter på å komme tilbake til sin egen pH. Fordelene med olivenolje, urter og essensielle oljer i såpen er fortsatt tilstede i den tynne filmen som forblir på huden, nærer, beskytter og holder huden elastisk.
*Råd. I tilfelle såpen brukes til hodebunn og hårvask: bruk rosmarin såpe, og arganolje etter vask, på håndkletørt hår hvis du har tørt og/eller krøllete hår. Grått hår kan også være veldig tørt. Arganolje brukes også i den såkalte marokkanske oljen, men arganolje er ren olje, inneholder ikke parfyme eller andre kjemikalier. For å gjøre arganoljen mer din kan du blande en dråpe eterisk olje med arganoljen i håndflaten før du sprer den over håret, og gni den inn i håret og hodebunnen i omtrent ett minutt.
*Råd for bruk av såpe på huden i ansiktet: Ikke bruk såpe for ofte. Bruk lunkent vann og tørk ansiktshuden.
2. En hudvennlig kroppsolje
Lag din egen hudbalsam: Kjøp økologisk olivenolje, og den eteriske oljen som brukes i såpen. Tilsett 200 ml olivenolje / 20 dråper eterisk olje [kun for ekstern bruk!] i en tom og godt rengjort flytende såpeflaske med pumpe. Tilsett bare en liten håndfull av den hjemmelagde kroppsoljen umiddelbart etter vask til den våte og varme kroppen fra ansikt til tær, fordel den over hele huden. Tørk deg deretter med et håndkle. En veldig tynn lag er igjen. Den gir en matt effekt på huden, uten å veie den, uten å etterlate fete spor. Det forbedrer hudens elastisitet samtidig som det forhindrer fuktighetstap som kan bidra til aldringsprosessen. Den holder huden glatt og myk, samtidig som den etterlater en naturlig sunn glød, et yngre resultat og den fantastiske duften av den eteriske oljen. Du kan kjøpe eteriske oljer på BioAroma, Kreta, Hellas.
OBS: den anbefalte summen av dråper eterisk olje på 200 ml olivenolje, for en kroppsolje er en sikker total. På nettstedet til Aroma Therapy Foundation står det skrevet at totalen avhenger av kraften til hver enkelt eterisk olje: de er alle forskjellige i vekt, noe som betyr at en dråpe lavendel er lettere enn en dråpe oregano, for eksempel. De anbefaler for en kroppsolje 20 – 40 dråper på 100 ml olivenolje. Jeg anbefaler maksimalt 20 dråper på 200 ml olivenolje, for bruk på kropp og ansikt. Huden din kan reagere på det uansett. Råd: prøv din hjemmelagde kroppsolje på en liten flekk på armen, og vent å se hvordan huden reagerer før du bruker den på hele kroppen. Ikke bruk kroppsoljen som sololje. Du kan bruke den som en ettersolbehandling. Beskytt huden din mot solen med en krem med høy beskyttelsesfaktor. Den beste beskyttelsen er imidlertid å unngå direkte sollys, ved å bruke solhatt eller å sitte i skyggen.
3. Eksfoliering av huden
Eksfoliering er prosessen med å fjerne døde hudceller fra det ytre laget av huden din. Hvis du gjør dette bra, på den måten som passer med din hudtype, skaper dette en lys, sunn hud fordi sirkulasjonen i huden har blitt bedre. Den riktige måten å eksfoliere på gir bedre absorpsjon av kroppsoljer og kremer. Se også Cretan Garden-blogginnlegget: Eksfoliering av huden.
*Råd: huden i ansiktet ditt må ikke eksfolieres på samme måte som kroppens hud. Fordi ansiktets hud er konstant avdekket, håndterer variasjoner i temperaturer, luftforurensning, overdose av aggressivt sollys, tørr luft inne i huset om vinteren, airco om sommeren og vinteren, trenger ansiktets hud et mildt vedlikehold Ikke noen form av eksfoliering er mild, med mindre man bruker en vaskeklut forsiktig.
4. Terapeutiske massasjer
Siden Wikipedia tilbyr en veldig utmerket artikkel om massasje, typer massasje, massasje i historien og terapier med massasje, vil jeg bare legge til noen merknader.
Massasje stimulerer muskler, blodsirkulasjon, organer, metabolisme i cellene, balanserer kroppssystemene, fjerner blokkering av chakraer, skaper en bro mellom sinnet og kroppen din, og aktiverer huden også, fordi huden er mediet mellom hendene. av terapeuten og kroppen under huden. For å venne seg til en terapeutisk massasje kan man begynne med fotmassasje. Videoer: spilleliste 1, spilleliste 2
Den profesjonelle og terapeutiske thaimassasjen er et mulig neste trinn: du har på deg komfortable klær. Videoer: spilleliste.
Huden er vår naturlige grense mellom vår indre fysiske kropp, vår indre verden, vårt selv og omverdenen. Den menneskelige utviklingen, knyttet til den såkalte sivilisasjonen, førte til endringer i vaner, også i klær. Våre forfedre hadde ikke på seg klær, de brukte huden og pelsen til dyrene de drepte til mat, for å beskytte mot kulde. De bodde ikke i lukkede hus, men i huler, hytter eller telt. Frisk luft var en konstant faktor. Luften var ikke forurenset på den tiden. Huden kunne bade dag og natt i ren luft. Frisk luft, oksygen, er nødvendig for å holde huden i god stand. Å åpne vinduer, minst en time eller to per dag, er et must for å holde lufthygienen optimal. Om sommeren gjør jeg dette hver morgen, etter å ha våknet rundt klokken seks, og lukker vinduene etter en time eller to. Om vinteren gjør jeg dette to ganger om dagen, i bare fem minutter: det er ekstremt kaldt i de norske fjellene.
Å gå en daglig tur, også om vinteren, i et miljøvennlig område, skaper en sunn blodsirkulasjon. Blodet anrikes ved å puste inn rent oksygen. Blodsystemet transporterer oksygenet til også huden.
Vi er avkom av menneskene som levde i friluft, med overflod av dagslys. Vi må innse at huden vår ikke endret seg så mye under evolusjonen som våre vaner i klær og liv. Vi bor nesten konstant i et lukket hus, kontor, arbeidsplass, bil eller enhver form for offentlig transport, med kunstig lys. Naturlig lys, dagslys, er avgjørende for vårt velvære, og for å opprettholde en sunn hud. Merk: dagslys skapes av solen, men å være i full varme fra en brennende sol er ikke sunt. Skyggen gir også naturlig dagslys.
7. Vann og sunn mat
Hva du spiser og drikker kan påvirke hudens helse betydelig. Drikk minst en liter vann per dag, ved siden av alle andre væsker som kaffe, te, juice eller suppe. Healthline tilbyr utmerket informasjon om god mat for en sunn hud.
The skin is an utterly sensitive organ that is kept healthy because of a constantly regenerating, ingenious circulation system of water, lymph, blood, and fats. Because of the complexity of the skin, to understand how the skin is built, how this organ functions, it is helpful to watch one or more educational videos about it. I collected these in a playlist.
How to maintain a healthy skin?
Since the nourishment of the skin takes place in the skin itself via the body systems and not on the surface, it is essential to eat healthy food and drink enough water (1-2 litres per day) next to other liquids like coffee, tea, soup, juiceses, etc.. Coffee and black teas de-hydrate the body. Breathing fresh air, being also physical active, contribute to an optimal digestion and therefore for a healthy skin as well. Daylight is also part of the natural skin care. Daylight creates a natural vitamin D that is adopted and transported by the skin into the body. The maintenance of the skin from the outside is part of the daily hygiene to keep bad smells, bacteria, viruses and fungi away, to avoid illnesses. Skin-friendly body oils moisturize the skin, and together with exfoliating the skin and massages a way to keep it vital, elastic, and shining.
It is astonishing that soap manufacturers of for instance the so popular Aleppo soap, Savon de Marseille, and Castile soap do not offer information about the pH value. The pH value of all natural soaps is 9. The Cretan Garden soaps are natural soaps, comparable with the Aleppo soaps, and have a pH value of 9 as well. This pH level is related with the formula for handcrafted natural soaps according to old traditions. There are manufacturers of the so-called neutral soaps, or so-called ecological degradable soaps who do not offer any information about that either. There are natural soap manufacturers who add natural acidic substances of for instance aloe vera to lower the pH level. For me its has been a conscious choice to follow up the old traditional methods and formulas. Though the Cretan Garden olive soap is alkalic, the skin needs just 15 minutes to come back to its own pH. The benefits of the olive oil, herbs and essential oils in the soap are all still present in the thin film that remains on the skin, nourish, protect and keep the skin elastic.
*Advice. In case the soap is used for scalp and hair washing: use argan oil after washing, on the towel-dry hair if you have dry and/or curly hair. Grey hair can be very dry as well. Argan oil is also used in the so-called Moroccan oil, but argan oil is pure oil, does not contain perfumes, or any other kind of chemicals. To make the argan oil more yours you can mix one drop essential oil with the argan oil in the palm of your hand before spreading it over the hair, and rub it in the hair and the scalp for about a minute.
*Advice for the use of soap on the skin of the face: Do not use soap too often. Use luke warm water and pat the skin of the face dry.
2. A skin-friendly body-oil
Make your own skin conditioner: Buy organic olive oil, and the essential oil used in the soap. Add 200 ml olive oil / 20 drops essential oil [for external use only!] in an empty and well cleaned fluid soap bottle with pump. Add just a little hand full of the homemade body oil immediately after washing to the wet and warm body from face to toes, spread it all over the skin. Then dry yourself with a towel. A very thin film is left. It offers a matt effect to skin, without weighing it, without leaving oily traces. It improves skin elasticity while preventing moisture loss that can contribute to the aging process. It keeps the skin smooth and soft, while leaving a natural healthy glow, younger looking result, and the wonderful scent of the essential oil. You can buy essential oils at BioAroma, Crete.
Attention: the advised total of drops essential oil on 200 ml olive oil, for a body oil is a safe total. On the website of the Aroma Therapy Foundation is written that the total depends on the power of each single essential oil: they are all different in weight, which means that one drop of lavender is lighter than one drop of oregano, for instance. They recommend for a body oil 20 – 40 drops on 100 ml olive oil. I recommend the maximum of 20 drops on 200 ml olive oil, to be used on body and face. Your skin could react on it anyway. Advice: try your home made body oil on a small spot on your arm, and wait to see how the skin reacts, before using it on the entire body. Do not use the body oil as a sun-oil. You can use it as an after-sun treatment. Protect your skin against the sun with a high protection factor cream. The best protection however is to avoid direct sunlight, by wearing a sun-hat, or to sit in the shadow.
3. Exfoliating the skin
Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the outer layer of your skin. If you do this well, in the way that fits with your skin type, this creates a bright, healthy looking skin because the circulation in the skin has improved. The right way of exfoliating allows a better absorption of body oils and creams. See also the Cretan Garden blog post: Exfoliating the skin.
*Advice: the skin of your face may not be exfoliated in the same way as the skin of the body. Because the skin of the face is constantly uncovered, dealing with variations in temperatures, air pollution, overdose of aggressive sunlight, dry air inside the house in winter, airco in summer and winter, the skin of the face needs a mild maintenance Not any kind of exfoliating is mild, unless one uses a wash cloth carefully.
Because Wikipedia offers a very excellent article about massage, types of massages, massages in history, and therapies with massages, I only would like to add some notes.
Massages stimulate the muscles, blood circulation, organs, metabolism in the cells, are balancing the body systems, unblock chakras, create a bridge between your mind and your body, and activate the skin as well, because the skin is the medium between the hands of the therapist and the body beneath the skin. To get used to a therapeutical massage one could start with foot massages. Videos: playlist 1, playlist 2 The Thai yoga massage is a possible next step: you wear comfortable clothes. Videos: playlist.
The skin is our natural border between our inner physical body, our inner world, our self, and the outside world, The human eveolution, related with the so-called civilization, brought changes in habits, also in clothing. Our ancestors did not wear clothes, they used the skin and fur of the animals they killed for food, to protect against cold. They did not live in closed houses but in caves, huts or tents. Fresh air was a constant factor. The air was not polluted in that time. The skin could bath day and night in clean air. Fresh air, oxygen, is necessary to keep the skin in a good condition. Opening windows, at least for an hour or two per day, is a must to keep the air-hygiene optimal. In summer I do this every morning, after waking up at about six o’clock, and close the windows after an hour or two. During winter I do this twice per day, for just five minutes: it is extreme cold in the Norwegian mountains.
Taking a daily walk, also in winter, in an environmentally healthy area, creates a healthy blood circulation. The blood is enriched by breathing in pure oxygen. The blood system transports the oxigen to also the skin.
We are the offspring of the humans who were living in the open air, with abundancies of daylight. We must realize that our skin did not change so much during evolution as our habits in clothing and living. We live almost constantly in a closed house, office, working place, car or any kind of public transport, with artificial light. Natural light, daylight, is essential for our well-being, and to keep a healthy skin. Note: daylight is created by the sun, but being in the full heat of a burning sun is not healthy. Also the shadow offers natural daylight
7. Water and healthy food
What you eat and drink can significantly affect your skin health. Drink at least a liter water per day, next to all other liquids like coffee, tea, juices or soup. Healthline offers excellent information about good food for a healthy skin.
Hygiene er en rekke rutiner som utføres for å bevare helsen. I følge Verdens helseorganisasjon (WHO), «Hygiene refererer til forhold og praksis som bidrar til å opprettholde helse og forhindre spredning av sykdommer.» Personlig hygiene refererer til å opprettholde kroppens renslighet. Hygieneaktiviteter kan grupperes i følgende: hjemme- og hverdagshygiene, personlig hygiene, medisinsk hygiene, søvnhygiene og mathygiene. Hjemme- og hverdagshygiene inkluderer håndvask, åndedrettshygiene, mathygiene hjemme, hygiene på kjøkkenet, hygiene på badet, vaskehygiene og medisinsk hygiene hjemme.
Mange setter likhetstegn mellom hygiene og «renslighet», men hygiene er et vidt begrep. Det inkluderer slike personlige vanevalg som hvor ofte du skal dusje eller bade, vaske hender, klippe negler og vaske klær. Det inkluderer også oppmerksomhet på å holde overflater i hjemmet og på arbeidsplassen rene, inkludert baderomsfasiliteter. Noen vanlige hygienepraksiser kan anses som gode vaner av samfunnet, mens forsømmelse av hygiene kan anses som ekkelt, respektløst eller truende. [Kilde]
Norge, Cretan Gardens residens
Cretan Gardens nettside, blogg og nettbutikk ligger i Norge og følger derfor opp reglene til Norsk Handelskammer, og det såkalte Matttilsynet, Mattilsynet. Kosmetikk, som også såpe hører til, er en avdeling av denne myndigheten. Hygiene er et nøkkelord. Følgende tekster er en oversettelse av begrepet «hygiene» i Big Norwegian Medicinal Encyclopaedia. Når det var relevant la jeg til informasjon om hygiene i forbindelse med å lage, herde, oppbevare, pakke og sende håndlaget såpe. Disse tilleggene er merket med «Cretan Gardens tilleggsinformasjon». «I dagligtalen handler ordet hygiene om det som er rent, friskt og fremmer det som er sunt, i motsetning til det som er usunt og fører til sykdom. I tradisjonelt legespråk er hygiene ofte en samlebetegnelse for helsefremmende arbeid og forebyggende medisin. Det legges ofte særlig vekt på tiltak fra det offentlige for å sikre folkehelsen. I universitetsundervisningen av medisinstudenter er hygienebegrepet erstattet med forebyggende medisin eller samfunnsmedisin.» Kilde
«Håndhygiene er håndvask med såpe og vann eller hånddesinfeksjon med alkoholbasert desinfeksjonsmiddel. Vask og desinfeksjon fjerner store deler av den midlertidige, overfladiske bakteriefloraen på hendene, som består av hvite stafylokokker og difteroider.
Vann og såpe sammen med mekaniske bevegelser av hender og fingre løser opp bakterier og smuss, og rennende vann skyller det vekk. Tørk av hendene med et papirhåndkle og skru på kranen igjen med det brukte papirhåndkleet. Riktig håndvask er den enkleste, billigste og mest effektive måten å hindre spredning av infeksjoner på. Å unngå nysing eller hosting for hånd og i stedet bruke enten et papirhåndkle eller albuekrok er også viktig for å redusere mengden bakterier eller virus på hendene til enhver tid. Kilde
«Mathygiene omfatter tiltak for å sikre at vann og mat er egnet til konsum, og ikke gjør mennesker eller dyr syke. Tilsynet med dette er lagt til Mattilsynet. Tiltakene er i stor grad basert på felles europeiske regler.» Kilde
Cretan Gardens tilleggsinformasjon: For å få lov til å selge håndlaget såpe i Norge må man være registrert i Brønnøysundregistrene, en organisasjon med strenge regler for hygiene i kategorien «kosmetikk» hvor også hjemmelaget såpe hører hjemme. Reglene om hygiene er laget av Mattilsynet.
Jeg følger strengt opp deres regler, ikke bare om hygiene, men også om informasjonen som må skrives i informasjonen til nettbutikken, og emballasjen til såpen. Hver Cretan Garden-såpe er pakket inn i en papirinnpakning: informasjonen er trykt på innsiden av omslaget.
«Gjennom Verdens helseorganisasjon (WHO) er det etablert internasjonale avtaler om hygieneregler for personer som reiser mellom ulike land og i internasjonal godstransport. Se internasjonale helseforskrifter.» Kilde
«I praksis er det ofte en nær sammenheng mellom tiltak for å sikre hygiene og det som er gjort av estetiske årsaker. Dette gjelder for eksempel arbeidsplasser og i offentlige bygg hvor rot og manglende renhold er de første tegnene på at tilstanden kan bli uhygienisk Godt teknisk vedlikehold, for eksempel av ventilasjonsanlegg, er også avgjørende for å opprettholde et hygienisk forsvarlig innemiljø Det er viktig at tiltak iverksettes i tråd med faglige vurderinger Det kan forebygge overdrevne tiltak som i seg selv kan være skadelige. miljøriktig helsehjelp i kommunene står begrepet hygienisk skjønn sentralt Dette er skjønnsmessige vurderinger av hvilken risiko tekniske og miljømessige forhold kan være for redusert helse og sykdomsutvikling Vurderinger av estetiske forhold, som rot og manglende renhold. , er sentrale i dette arbeidet, som nevnt ovenfor.» Kilde
Cretan Gardens tilleggsinformasjon: Cretan Garden-såper lages i et hygienisk og godt ventilert rom. I et spesialoppsett for dette formålet støvfritt og tørt, middels varmt rom, kan såpene tørke, oppbevares hygienisk når de er herdet, og pakkes hygienisk ved bestilling.
What is «hygiene»?
Hygiene is a series of practices performed to preserve health. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), «Hygiene refers to conditions and practices that help to maintain health and prevent the spread of diseases.» Personal hygiene refers to maintaining the body’s cleanliness. Hygiene activities can be grouped into the following: home and everyday hygiene, personal hygiene, medical hygiene, sleep hygiene and food hygiene. Home and every day hygiene includes hand washing, respiratory hygiene, food hygiene at home, hygiene in the kitchen, hygiene in the bathroom, laundry hygiene and medical hygiene at home.
Many people equate hygiene with ‘cleanliness,’ but hygiene is a broad term. It includes such personal habit choices as how frequently to take a shower or bath, wash hands, trim fingernails, and wash clothes. It also includes attention to keeping surfaces in the home and workplace clean, including bathroom facilities. Some regular hygiene practices may be considered good habits by the society, while the neglect of hygiene can be considered disgusting, disrespectful, or threatening.- [Source]
Norway, Cretan Garden’s residence
The Cretan Garden website, blog and webshop are located in Norway and therefore following up the rules of the Norwegian Chamber of Commerce, and the so-called Matttilsynet, the Norwegian Food and Safety Authority. Cosmetics, whereto soap also belongs, are a department of this authority. Hygiene is a keyword.
The following texts are a translation of the term «hygiene» in the Big Norwegian Medicinal Encyclopaedia. When relevant I added information about hygiene within the context of making, curing, storing, packing and sending handcrafted soap. These extras are marked with «Cretan Garden’s additional information».
«In everyday speech the word hygiene is about what is clean, fresh and promotes what is healthy, opposing to what is unhealthy and leads to disease. In traditional medical language, hygiene is often a collective term for health-promoting work and preventive medicine. Special emphasis is often placed on measures from the public sector to ensure public health. In the university teaching of medical students, the concept of hygiene has been replaced by preventive medicine or community medicine.» Source
«Hand hygiene is hand washing with soap and water or hand disinfection with alcohol-based disinfectant. Washing and disinfection remove large parts of the temporary, superficial bacterial flora on the hands, which consist of white staphylococci and diphtheroids.
Water and soap together with mechanical movements dissolve bacteria and dirt, and running water flushes it away. Wipe your hands with a paper towel and screw the tap back on with the used paper towel. Proper hand washing is the easiest, cheapest and most effective way to prevent the spread of infections. Avoiding sneezing or coughing by hand and instead using either a paper towel or elbow hook is also important to reduce the amount of bacteria or viruses on your hands at all times.» Source
«Food hygiene includes measures to ensure that water and food are suitable for consumption, and do not make people or animals sick. The supervision of this has been added to the Norwegian Food Safety Authority. The measures are largely based on common European rules.» Source
Handcrafted soap hygiene
Cretan Garden’s additional information: To be allowed to sell handcrafted soap in Norway one must be registered in the Norwegian «Brønnøysundregistrene«, an organization with strict rules about hygiene in the category «cosmetics» whereto also home made soap belongs. The rules about hygiene are created by the Norwegian Food Safety Authority, Mattilsynet.
I strictly follow up their rules, not only about hygiene, but also about the information that has to be written in the information of the web-shop, and the packaging of the soap. Each Cretan Garden soap will be wrapped in a paper wrapper: the information is printed on the inside of the the wrapper.
«Through the World Health Organization (WHO), international agreements have been established on hygiene rules for persons traveling between different countries and in international goods transport. See international health regulations.» Source
General hygiene measures
«In practice, there is often a close connection between measures to ensure hygiene and what has been done for aesthetic reasons. This applies, for example, to workplaces and in public buildings where clutter and lack of cleanliness are the first signs that the condition can become unhygienic. Good technical maintenance, for example of ventilation systems, is also crucial for maintaining a hygienically sound indoor environment. It is important that measures are implemented in line with professional assessments. It can prevent excessive measures which in themselves can be harmful. In environmentally sound health care in the municipalities, the concept of hygienic judgment is central. These are discretionary assessments of what risk technical and environmental conditions may be for reduced health and the development of disease. Assessments of aesthetic conditions, such as clutter and lack of cleanliness, are central to this work, as mentioned above.» Source
Cretan Garden’s additional information: Cretan Garden soaps are created in a hygienic and well ventilated room. In a special for this purpose set up dust-free and dry, medium-warm room, the soaps can dry, to be stored hygienically when cured, and to be packed hygienically when ordered.
«Olivia» er navnet på kroppsoljen som jeg brukte da jeg var gravid, i år for femti år siden (jeg er fra 1948). Denne oljen forhindrer de såkalte striae eller strekkmerker i huden på magen, forårsaket av vekst av babyen inne i livmoren. Navnet «Olivia» er selvfølgelig relatert til oljen: det er olivenolje.
Dette var første gang jeg ble kjent med olivenolje.
Olivenolje ble på den tiden (begynnelsen av syttitallet) kun brukt som kjøkkenolje, men kjøkkenolje ble heller ikke brukt så ofte, ikke så hyppig som noen år senere, da det kom mer og mer interesse for sunt kosthold med sunt fett. Sunt fett skaper et godt kolesterol (HDL). Jeg husker at da jeg begynte å bruke Olivia, føltes det litt rart å massere huden på magen med olivenolje. Men det luktet nydelig mildt, ikke fet, og huden ble faktisk mer elastisk.
Den andre gangen jeg ble kjent med olivenolje, annet enn å bruke den som kjøkkenolje, skjedde da jeg ble interessert i terapeutisk massasje, på begynnelsen av nittitallet. Massasjeoljer er en blanding av en bærerolje (som olivenolje, mandelolje, kokosolje, etc.) og en fantastisk luktende eterisk olje. Da jeg begynte med terapeutisk massasje fant jeg de fantastiske Weleda-oljene å jobbe med. Jeg var (og er) veldig entusiastisk over produktet. Da jeg leste informasjonen på esken, oppdaget jeg at hoveddelen består av olivenolje. Jeg bestemte meg for å prøve å lage min egen massasjeolje. Det så ut til å være veldig enkelt. En liten flaske økologisk ekstra virgin olivenolje kan kjøpes i alle supermarkeder. De eteriske oljene finnes i alle slags og dufter tilgjengelig i gode helsebutikker. Den hjemmelagde massasjeoljen lukter nøyaktig det samme som en massasjeolje av det utmerkede merket, men koster mye mindre og har samme kvalitet.
Jeg bruker fortsatt olivenolje: på kjøkkenet, men også på badet, overalt hvor jeg vasker hendene mine, som hjemmelaget kropps-, hånd- og fotolje, og i såperommet, hvor jeg lager olivensåper.
Hvordan lage en hjemmelaget kroppsolje
Formel: 200 ml olivenolje / 20 dråper eterisk olje [kun for ekstern bruk!] Legg dette i en tom såpeflaske med ren væske med pumpe. Tilsett litt i håndflaten og fordel oljen etter vask over den våte og varme kroppen fra ansikt til tær, og tørk deretter med et håndkle. En veldig tynn film er igjen. Den gir en matt effekt på huden, uten å veie den, uten å etterlate fete spor. Det forbedrer hudens elastisitet samtidig som det forhindrer fuktighetstap som kan bidra til aldringsprosessen. Den holder huden glatt og myk, samtidig som den etterlater en naturlig sunn glød og et yngre utseende. Mer om hudens struktur: her
«Olivia» is the name of the body oil that I used when I was pregnant, this year fifty years ago (I am from 1948). This oil prevents the so-called striae or stretch marks in the skin of the belly, caused by the growth of the baby inside the womb. The name «Olivia» is of course related with the oil: it is olive oil.
This was the first time that I got acquainted with olive oil.
Olive oil was in that time (early seventies) only used as a kitchen oil, but kitchen oils were not so often used either, not as frequent as some years later, when there came more and more interest in healthy diets with healthy fats. Healthy fats create a good cholesterol(HDL). I remember that, when I started to use Olivia, it felt a bit strange to massage the skin of the belly with olive oil. But it smelled beautifully mild, not oily, and the skin became indeed more elastic.
The second time that I got acquainted with olive oil, other than using it as a kitchen oil, happened when I became interested in therapeutic massages, in the beginning of the nineties. Massage oils are a mix of a carrier oil(like olive oil, almond oil, coconut oil, etc.) and a wonderful smelling essential oil. When I started myself with therapeutic massages I found the wonderful Weleda oils to work with. I was (and am) really enthusiastic about the product. When I read the information on the box, I discovered that the main part exists of olive oil. I decided to try to make my own massage oil. It seemed to be very easy. A small bottle of organic extra virgin olive oil can be bought in every supermarket. The essential oils are in all sorts and scents available in good health shops. The home made massage oil smells exactly the same as a massage oil of the excellent brand, costs much lesser though, and has the same quality.
I still use olive oil: in the kitchen, but also in the bathroom, everywhere where I wash my hands, as a home made body-, hand- and foot oil, and in the soap room, where I make olive soaps.
How to make a home-made body oil
Formula: 200 ml olive oil / 20 drops essential oil [for external use only!] Put this in an empty clean fluid soap bottle with pump. Add a little bit in the palm of your hands and spread the oil after washing over the wet and warm body from face to toes, then dry with a towel. A very thin film is left. It offers a matt effect to skin, without weighing it, without leaving oily traces. It improves skin elasticity while preventing moisture loss that can contribute to the aging process. It keeps the skin smooth and soft, while leaving a natural healthy glow and younger looking result.