May 15, 2009

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is called “a disease of our epoch”. For the last 50 years its incidence has been drastically increasing. Statistics shows that currently every one of four Americans suffers from this health problem. Hypertension affects thousands of people throughout the world regardless of their age, gender and general health condition. High blood pressure is usually associated with narrowing of the arteries, fastened heartbeat or greater volumes of blood. These conditions are among the most common causes of hypertension, along with such factors as overweight and obesity, sedentary life style, poor diet, stresses, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

February 26, 2009

BlossomHave you ever enjoyed amazing fragrance of Hawthorn blossom in the middle of May? Those beautiful white blossoms with mesmerizing glorious scent…

Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) is a mystic and miraculous tree, which is also known as the May-tree. It has special and sometimes absolutely controversial meanings in many cultures of the world. For some nations it symbolizes hope, and for other nations it symbolizes evil. For example, in Ancient Rome, Hawthorn blossom was a wedding flower and was used for decorative garlands. In ancient Greece, the blossom was a symbol of virginity and chastity. Christians take Hawthorn as a sacred plant which decorated Jesus Christ’s crown of thorns. However, in British folklore, there is a taboo on bringing Hawthorn blossom into the house since it was believed to bring sicknesses and death. Read the rest of this entry »