Myth And Legend: Ancient Myths on Frog

Posted By on February 19, 2013

Frogs feature prominently in myths and folklore of many cultures since thousands of years. All of us already know that frog tends to make a lot of noise before rain storms, therefore this creature have been associated with weather in many different cultures around the world. In Japan, frogs are taken as a symbol of good fortune in life. If any species of frog appears around your house or near you, this is taken as a positive sign for the Japanese people as well.

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Herbal Knowledge: Ashitaba Health Benefits

Posted By on February 5, 2013

The ashitaba health benefits are just immense. This superfood contains more than 13 minerals and 11 vitamins. Ashitaba is also called as ‘Tomorrow’s leaf’ as for its ability to reproduce its green stem and leaf almost on a daily basis. For its scientific name, ashitaba is known as Angelica keiskei koidzumi comes from the Latin name which usually used for the name of angels or heavens. About two thousand years back in China, this herb was found among the species of the Angelica family. This longevity herb has many medicinal benefits that can help people which suffering for various types of diseases. Also, this plant is rich in compounds that aid in fast healing.

The healing properties of Ashitaba are very useful to curb with the spreading of fungal infections such as cysts and boils. The herbalists have found some compounds in this plant that help in removing toxins from blood and at the same time help to purifies it. Other than that, it is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties which can prevent joint and muscles pain. The content of chlorophyll in this herb can reduce the risk of cancer and encouraging a better health. Ashitaba also can reduce the risk of threatening diseases such as brain disorders and heart problems.1

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Natural Craft (Part 2 of 2): The Shells Of The Sea – The Process

Posted By on January 30, 2013

How do they do it?

Collecting seashells have been one of the longest past times in human history. Seashells that are left by the tides are mostly empty; either they are already dead or eaten by other predators. However, ever since the burgeoning of beach resort tourism and the yearly Spring/Summer fashion, the demand for precious seashells are increasing, thus in some cases, the beautiful seashells are collected live and the mollusk creature inside the shell die. According to experts, if one collects only the empty shells, they are often faded and not colourful or as attractive as the ones with the animal still alive inside.

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Natural Craft (Part 1 of 2): The Shells Of The Sea – History

Posted By on January 30, 2013

Brief Introduction

Welcome to the shore of AsianSecret.my Seashells. Our native beachcombers sieved through Southeast Asian coasts to search for only the best and exquisite seashells. Warm, white sandy beaches and floral dresses are incomplete without beautiful accessories to complement the joyous theme. Au naturel, simple, and elegant, let our collection entice you with different types of high quality women’s accessories and home decors

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Myth And Legend: Ancient Myths on Phoenix

Posted By on January 29, 2013

Phoenix is a unique bird that lived for five or six centuries in the Arabian Desert and surrounded by many legends and stories. Phoenix was often being called as sacred firebird in many cultures. According to a legend, this bird was believed as long-live bird as it always cyclically regenerated or reborn in time. Also be called as Bennu Bird, Phoenix was believed to be a symbol of rebirth and divinity. Phoenix was said to resemble another species of bird which is eagle with its brilliant gold and red plumage features.

 

Phoenix Bird

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Traditional Games: Congkak Traditional Board Game

Posted By on January 16, 2013

Ancient game Congkak is not only played among Malaysians, but this exciting game was very well known in the countries such as Brunei, Singapore, Thailand and some parts of Sumatera and Borneo. It was often played as an indoor activity or as a contest between two persons. Before the wooden Congkak was invented, the village’s people only used the sand besides the beach to makes some holes and used sea shells to make the game works. To those who never heard about Congkak games, Congkak is actually a board game which usually made from wood and has two rows of seven holes that usually named as “Houses” and two bigger holes which called as “Store houses”. Each of the houses is then filled with seven seeds or marbles and the store houses will be left empty.

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Arrangements To Start The Game

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Myth And Legend: Symbols of the Butterfly

Posted By on January 10, 2013

Butterfly is a type of flying insect that is so beautiful and always flies in the air freely and randomly while following the flows of the smooth breeze. This good flier started humble from an egg and transforms to be a larva and continues growing by turning to a pupa and lastly it changes to a beautiful and amazing adult butterfly. All these years, butterflies had been admired by many people because of its amazing features and characteristics that never fail to catch the eyes of the people that looking at it. Once you look at this small creature, you cannot help yourself but to just keep on looking at it flying freely in the air with its mixed colors and shapes. Butterfly is not just an ordinary insect, but it symbolizes many positive things that can increase human’s energy and zest in life.

Butterfly Life Cycle

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Myth And Legend: Owl Superstitions

Posted By on January 9, 2013

Owl is actually a species of bird that has been in a heart of myths and superstitions for thousands of years. It has special haunting sound that will calls at night time which sounded like “who” word and its unmoving rounded eyes will surely amaze anyone who looks at it. Even though owl sometimes be related with mysterious and darkness, but this little creature is actually hiding many positive stories of its existence in the long time myths.

In ancient Greeks, owl was commonly believed as a sign of victory and wisdom for an army if this bird flies over right above the army’s head. There is also a legend in Afghanistan where the owl was taken as a helpful animal for them. For Afghanistan’s people, it’s believed that owl was the creature that actually introduced humans with flints and iron so man can produces fire using those elements. In returns, man gave owls their feathers.

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Herbal Knowledge: Chrysanthemum Health Benefits

Posted By on January 4, 2013

Since thousands of years, chrysanthemum has been holding the pride as a medicinal tool for diverse of diseases that we human usually suffering of. This great herb was firstly found in the country of China and now it is widely being used in East Asia countries. There are many qualities that Chrysanthemum has which amazed many modern health specialists all over the world. With its beautiful looks as this herb is actually is one of the Daisy species flower, none of us have ever imagine the health benefits that Chrysanthemum could bring. This amazing plant is actually rich in many nutrients and also minerals like vitamin C, beta-carotene, calcium, folacin, fiber, iron, magnesium, niacin, potassium, and riboflavin which are very vital elements needed in a human body to stay healthy and energetic.

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Herbal Knowledge: Lemongrass Health Benefits

Posted By on January 3, 2013

Lemongrass has been used for hundreds of years for many purposes especially for medicinal purposes. This amazing herb not only having many curing properties, but it also has many preventing properties from bad disease. Lemongrass was actually originated from India but it also commonly found in the countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, and Philippines. This herbal medicine was scientifically proven can help patients that experience blood pressure problem and many other bad health conditions. This useful medicinal plant effectively relieves pain in a natural way and it does not give any side effects to human. Rather than sticking to the modern medicine like Aspirin, lemongrass is the better answer for us

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