Ancient Egyptian Perfumes: Opopanax, Frankincense, and Myrhh

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It is a common knowledge that for many centuries, perfumes and fragrances have been used to communicate with the Gods, to attract someone, to display someone’s wealth and political status, and to satisfy one’s pleasure.

Perfumes originated in Ancient Egypt, and has been a part of the Early Egyptians religious rituals such as cleansing ceremonies. Have you heard of their Sun God named “Ra” (sometimes called Re)? Early Egyptians in the 25th and 24th centuries (BC) believed that perfumes are sweat from their Sun God. According to ancient Egyptian stories, when the Sun God “Ra” was suffering because of old age, the God of perfume which was also called the God of healing, Nefertum, offered help by healing the Sun God by using some sacred lotus. Some considered Nefertum as the world’s very first aromatherapist.

Ancient Egyptians used opopanax (also known as opobalsam), frankincense (sometimes referred to as olibanum), and myrhh (from the genus Commiphora) in creating perfumes. Below are some quick facts about the three:

Opopanax

Resembling the looks of a parsnip, Opopanax has a warm and spicy aroma. Just like myrhh, it is also from Commiphora genus but unlike myrhh, Opopanax scent is sweeter, softer, its aroma lasts longer. Others call Opopanax as the Sweet Myrrh. Aside from Ancient Egypt, Ancient Chinese also used Opopanax in medicines.

Frankincense

Today, most of the frankincense available in the market are from Oman. Aside from perfume-making, Frankincense is now used in many other products including toothpaste, deodorant, and food/drink flavoring. In the field of medicine, Frankincense is used as an antiseptic, astringent, sedative, expectorant, and more. If you have a clogged nose, just put a small amount of Frankincense in your handkerchief. Smell it and it will bring relief to your blocked nasal passages. Its fragrance is balsamic and subtly lemony.

Myrhh

Many of us did not know that Myrhh is botanically related to frankincense; both of them are resins. Resins are sticky, flammable substances exuded by some trees and plants. Resins are brownish (sometimes yellowish) in color. Aside from being the main substance of Ancient Egyptian perfumes, Myrhh is also used as an incense and medicine (as an antiseptic to clean and heal open wounds, or as a paste to stop wounds from bleeding). Others say that when you mixed myrhh with some kinds of wine, it can be ingested.

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A Landlord’s Checklist: Things to Do After Tenants Move Out

Posted by admin on March 2, 2017 in Cleaning Services with Comments closed |

Contracts end. That one-year lease term has a termination date, and unless your tenant wants to renew the contract, it’s time for them to move out and for you to find new tenants to move in, to keep a continuous source of income. Between the moving out of old tenants and moving in of new tenants, however, is the preparation of the unit. You want your apartment unit to be ready for its new occupants. You want it to be in the best state possible, completely erasing all traces of the previous residents.

Here are three things that should be on your checklist:

Deep Cleaning

No matter how orderly the unit was left by the old tenants, it’s your responsibility to hire deep cleaning services in Dubai, just to make sure everything’s in good working order. Those kitchen counters and bathroom tiles may have accumulated some stubborn dirt. Get rid of those before you even consider renting out the unit again. No possible tenant will settle for a unit that hasn’t been taken care of. After all, tenants these days want move-in ready apartments.

 

Repairing Broken Furniture

Cleaning companies in Dubai aren’t the only service providers you need to contact to prepare your unit for a new tenant. You also need to contact a furniture supplier for a replacement bed or cabinetry, in case repairs are not enough. When renting out an apartment, you want it to offer the best features, and a broken closet door simply will not attract tenants.

Paying Overdue Bills

The previous tenants might have left some bills unpaid, or have some delinquent accounts that may cause problems for the new tenant. Settle these before having the new tenants move in, so that they will know you are a responsible landlord. You want to avoid causing trouble for them in the form of solicitors knocking on their doorstep asking for the old tenants. That may also reflect poorly on your property, so always check that the unit’s accounts are updated and paid on time.

Renting out your property is a source of income, but it’s one that comes with some responsibilities attached to it. As with any investment, you need to shell out some money for maintenance and services that ensure the environment is livable. Don’t waste money or time by trying to do all the maintenance yourself. Let professionals handle the specialized tasks, and concentrate on what you do best: managing your units.

Did You Know That You Need an Average of 1.69 Years to Learn Arabic?

Posted by admin on February 28, 2017 in Business Services with Comments closed |

With approximately 300 million speakers around the world, the Arabic language is one of the six official languages of the United Nations and the official language of 24 African countries – Algeria, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, and Tanzania. In Asia, it is spoken in Bahrain, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates.

Origin of the Arabic Language

Arabic is at least 1,500 years old and the history of its literature goes back 16 centuries ago. The oldest form of Arabic literature, which actually began in the Arabian Peninsula, is poetry. In the family tree of language, Arabic originated from the Afroasiatic family and is by far the most widely spoken Afroasiatic language. Comprising more or less 300 living languages and dialects and spoken by more than 350 million native speakers, the Afroasiatic language has six branches: Berber, Chadic, Cushitic, Egyptian, Omotic and Semitic.

Two Versions of the Arabic Language

Modern Arabic and Classical Arabic are the two versions of the 5th most common language in the world. Quran, which is the central religious text of Islam, uses the Classical Arabic version. Learning the language is considered as a requirement for Islam practitioners. (Islam is currently one of the fastest growing religions with a 1.6 billion population worldwide.) Language experts say that if you want to learn Arabic, you must learn it the classical way. The classical version is mostly used in written context (e.g. books, newspapers, and academic researches). On the other hand, Modern Arabic is used in the daily spoken contexts.

The Arabic Alphabet

Just like any other languages, the first step to learn the Arabic language is to be familiar with its alphabet. Unlike English, Arabic words are written in the cursive way from right to left. Arabic Alphabet has 28 letters; each Arabic letter consists of two parts: a shape and a number of dots. Basically, dots (which can only be above or below the shape) are used to differentiate a letter from another. If you added a single dot by mistake, you may give an Arabic word a completely different meaning.

A research in 2014 conducted by the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. Department of State shows that Arabic is one of the most difficult languages to learn for native English speakers. They say that a person who wants to learn the language needs an average of 1.69 years or 88 weeks.

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ORGANIC CLEANING FOR HEALTHY CLEANING!

Posted by admin on February 16, 2017 in Uncategorized with Comments closed |

Studies show that long term exposure to chemicals can trigger the onset of various diseases and disorders. For the past 50 years, more than 80,000 chemicals have been developed and used in the production of various products. Unfortunately, the majority of these chemicals have not been tested for possible toxic effects on the health of both humans and animals. Most alarmingly, some of these chemicals are commonly present in the air, food, water and even in the products that we use every day.

THE NEED FOR ORGANIC

Cleaning products are some of the most common examples of highly concentrated chemicals used every day by most households. Effective cleaning products found in most grocery stores contain strong chemicals that may potentially have a harmful effect on your health in the long run. Contents such as ammonia and bleach are just some of the chemicals that make cleaning products so effective yet risky. Ammonia causes burns, while bleach is known to cause irritation to the skin, eyes and the respiratory tract. Chemicals would either have an opposing, synergistic and even additive effect depending on other external agents. For example, exposure to asbestos while smoking tobacco tremendously increases by 25 fold the potential for developing lung cancer compared to other individuals.

Especially when nursing moms and children are present at home, the content of the products you choose for your home could be a matter of life and death for your whole family. In this case, adopting the healthy green living method is now more important than you could ever imagine.  But these chemicals not only pose a threat to our health, but also to the environment. The evaporation of volatile components and the residues contribute to the pollution of our air and water.

There is a need to reduce exposure to toxins in every way possible and one great way to start is by opting for cleaning materials made from organic ingredients or better yet, making your very own cleaning materials yourself.

THE ORGANIC WAY

Fortunately, nature has a way of providing itself with its own remedy and that solution is to go back to the natural way. Making your own organic cleaning solutions is an eco-friendly and natural alternative to these harmful commercialized cleaning products sold in supermarkets. You’ll be surprised how these solutions can be made from the natural ingredients you already have in your kitchen.

LEMON.

This citrus fruit is the perfect natural household cleaning agent, the natural bleaching component and deodorizing properties of lemon makes it the perfect cleaning solution that removes grease, stains and eliminates mold and mildew.

TIPS:

  • Dip your old toothbrush in pure lemon juice to help clean grout, add salt and use the mix to  clean your grills and help polish chrome
  • Add water to your lemon juice mix to remove cutting board stains
  • Dilute lemon juice with water, soak all your greasy plastic containers overnight to remove the smell
  • Spray lemon juice all over your kitchen to serve as a natural deodorizer

OLIVE OIL.

  • Use olive oil to remove scratches from leather by rubbing it in
  • Add some salt to this oil and use as a scrub for your pots and pans
  • Mix olive oil with lemon juice or vinegar as an excellent wood polisher
  • Use olive oil on cloth to give stainless steel and brass a beautiful shine

VINEGAR

  • Vinegar contains natural antifungal and antibacterial properties. It is a great grease remover and eliminator for soap scum.
  • Make a 50/50 solution of vinegar and olive oil to help remove water rings from your wood table tops.
  • Mix 1 cup of white vinegar with a gallon of water to help restore and revive the luster your carpet and rugs.

BAKING SODA. This ingredient is a great natural deodorizer that also removes grease and grime easily. It has a great antiviral property that makes it a perfect partner for every cleaning problem.

 

SALT.  They say, never pour salt on a fresh wound, but pour it into vinegar and you have the perfect deodorizing solution for your kitchen.

  • Add salt and club soda to help deodorize your refrigerator.
  • Pour some salt into your lemon juice mix to help remove mildew and rust stains
  • Brighten up your colored curtains and fiber rugs by washing them in a saltwater solution.

These powerful natural cleaning ingredients are the perfect eco-friendly solution to all your cleaning concerns. Use these ingredients and help reduce your family’s exposure to harmful chemicals one step at a time.

Reducing your family’s exposure to toxins is a step by step process that needs your commitment. By limiting every source of exposure to toxins, you are one step ahead in protecting your family from possible diseases. Find all the inexpensive cleaning solutions to your problems – the natural way!

Selling Food Online

Posted by admin on February 16, 2017 in Ecommerce with Comments closed |

Turning an offline store into an online one seems easy. After all, you don’t have to maintain a physical store and pay bills. Well, even if you have the passion for cooking or baking, you are not the only one who have thought of the same thing. Ecommerce is a diverse and competitive world. Before anything else, you need a good ecommerce website, an efficient packaging, and a reliable shipper. You must also think about your compliance with the regulations of your local health department. Apart from these, here are some tips to consider in selling food online:

  1. Make checkouts simple.  You need to make sure that the checkout process is simple. If not, the potential buyer usually leaves without buying anything. You are then left with email follow ups about the cancelled purchase.
  2. Take great photos. An online bakery cannot present aroma and texture to its potential clients. The key to attracting potential buyers is to post clear, beautiful photos of your products. Visually convey your products’ deliciousness to your audience. They should be well-lit, clear, and in focus. Each shot should be appealing to anyone who visits your website. You can hire a professional who can take the photos for fifty dollars or less for every image. You can also ask a friend or a relative and barter your products for their photography skills. Better yet, you can invest in a photo editing software and a digital camera. This way, you can take the photos yourself.
  3. Let everyone know. Spread the word about your food. It’s cost effective to do so via Twitter and Facebook. You can also use Foursquare if you have a physical store. Emailing newsletters to your customers is also one way to announce your new products or freshest concoctions. It always helps to include clear, vibrant pictures in your emails and social media posts.  Also, take time to reach non-profit organizations and offer your goods for free during fund-raising activities. This is an ideal means to let people sample your products.
  4. Price properly. If you have an offline store and your product costs 30 USD, you should not price it the same way in your online store. You must consider the overhead, packaging, labor, and the costs of shipping. After all that, mark it up so that you can profit without making your customer feel bad about the purchase. It is always tempting to tell your customers that you can ship for free. If you want your business to last long, you need to charge the customer for all the costs.
  5. Package and ship well. It is vital that your products be shipped in a day or two days at most. Even shelf-stable, pre-packaged food items should be delivered properly and promptly. Id the items are meant to be gifts, then they should have very attractive packaging. You can allow your products to go through two-day deliveries at most during the cold months. During summer, you need to opt for overnight shipping.

Ecommerce is highly competitive. You can easily become disheartened if you do not know what to do. It is always best to think your strategies over and to optimize your products before you dive into the world of ecommerce. With the right attitude, you can easily become a household name in no time.

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A Healthy Digestive System is the Start of Good Health

Posted by admin on February 16, 2017 in Health & Medical |

When our digestive systems are not working properly, our health suffers. In spite of this, we all too often take our digestive systems for granted. We expect it will handle anything we put through it but that is not always the case.

In a healthy digestive system, there is an optimal balance of bacteria and fungi. When they get out of balance, the digestive system doesn’t work the way it should. How this imbalance occurs is simple. We abuse it by eating an unhealthy diet full of processed foods high in sugars and low in fiber as well as being nutritionally poor in general.

How do we get our digestive systems working properly and keep them healthy? It starts with eating right. Instead of relying on processed food for the bulk of our diets, we should have fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and fish and dairy. Breads and pasta are fine but should contain as few additives as possible and be eaten in moderation.

This doesn’t mean being stuck with a bland diet. Far from it. Instead of all the artificial flavorings in processed foods, use natural herbs and spices for flavor. Not only do they do a better job of adding flavor, they are also good for your digestion.

Make liberal use of onions and garlic. Both are good for your entire body. Think black pepper is just for giving food a little kick? Might want to reconsider that. Black pepper (and white pepper) aid in digestion and have nutrients we all need. Pepper is just the beginning when it comes to seasonings being good for more than just flavoring. Nearly all herbs and spices have good benefits, including ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, parsley, rosemary, sage, and the list goes on.

When we have an infection, antibiotics are often prescribed. Though this helps get rid of the bacteria that cause infection, it also gets rid of the bacteria our digestive systems need for proper digestion. Without sufficient bacteria, the natural fungi in our digestive tracts overgrows. The result is an imbalance that causes us to have digestive and other problems. We can help turn the tables on this side effect of antibiotics by following a diet for a few weeks that is designed to starve the fungi to keep it from growing as much so the bacteria has time to recover. This diet involves eliminating fungi like yeast and mushrooms, sugar, products and byproducts of fermentation such as alcohol and vinegar, fruit juice and dried fruit. These foods feed the fungi in the digestive system so if they are absent, the fungi don’t grow well.

Certain dietary supplements can also be taken to help our digestive systems function properly. Among the best to take include activated charcoal, digestive enzymes that include lipase, amylase and bromelain, probiotics with at least ten different strains and green tea extract. These are all good supplements but no supplements should ever replace healthy eating habits.

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