The famous “Bikini Girls,” from the 4th Century AD

The scene depicts the famous “Bikini Girls,” from the 4th Century AD Villa Romana del Casale, Sicily listed on the UNESCO World Heritage sites, it is one of the most famous monuments in Sicily. These extraordinarily vivid mosaics, probably produced by North African artisans, deal with numerous subjects, ranging from Homeric escapades and mythological scenes to portrayals of daily life.

The building has more than 3500 square meters of mosaic art works. The most famous mosaic is “le ragazze in bikini” (“girls in bikinis”) showing playing ball or competing in other sports. The mosaic depicts ten girls competing in sports that include weight-lifting, discus throwing, running, and ball-games. Much attention has been given to the competitors' two-piece outfits that closely resembles modern-day aerobic apparel thus demonstrating how little changes over the centuries.

To see the mosaics, visitors walk on elevated walkways that really helps to give one a sense of scale and a feeling as if you are in the same room with these tall elegant sporting ladies from the past; shown exercising over 1600 years ago.

For more information: https://www.wondersofsicily.com/sicily-greeks.htm

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Exercise is Essential for Well-Being During COVID-19 Pandemic

The importance of physical activity during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how you can continue to exercise effectively and safely

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Staying fit in the time of COVID-19 – tips from the UN

20 May 2020 — From Olympians to Hello Kitty, influential figures are collaborating with the United Nations to help people stay active during the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerns are growing that being cooped up indoors all day due to the pandemic-induced lockdowns is creating greater risks for high blood pressure, hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and mental illness. Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) signed an agreement to promote health through sport and physical activity.

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History and Traditions of Gifting from Around the World

Gift-giving is a beautiful universal act that is ingrained in our brains and in every culture because it helps people send meaningful messages. Ever wonder when and how did the tradition of gift-giving start and evolve overtime? (Originally posted by JOI on FEBRUARY 22, 2018)

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England's loveliest lavender fields

“Take in the sights and smells of the British countryside by visiting some of the country's most beautiful lavender fields. With the fullest blooms occurring from June to August, we've compiled some of our favourite purple fields you can easily visit while you're in the UK. Don't forget to take a fragrant souvenir home with you as many of the lavender farms will also sell homemade products such as essential oils and natural cosmetics.” For the full article click on the link: https://www.visitbritain.com/us/en/englands-loveliest-lavender-fields

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Essential oils and Aromatherapy - the classic essential oil

"If you're looking to calm both the body and the mind (and let's face it—we could all benefit from a little R&R), look no further than the classic essential oil: lavender oil. While the pretty purple plant itself is a sight to see, its versatile essential oil is where the healing powers are at. From your head to your toes, lavender oil can help you de-stress, decompress, and develop your healthiest routines yet ---". For the full article check this link: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7769/13-uses-for-lavender-oil-the-only-essential-oil-youll-need.html 

 

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Lavender is one of the best scents to repel pests.

It is well know that lavender oil nourishes the skin and has a calming effect that induces sleep.  However, it is a not so well-known that flies hate lavender. They are repelled by the scent of lavender, which is even better than Deet, as an insect repellent. Lavender is one of the best pest repellent plants as the strong floral scent will keep away flies, moths, even mosquitoes, ants and spiders. As a practical tip, fill a small bottle with a spray add tap or bottled water and a few drops of lavender essential oil and spray your skin. Also, add dry lavender grains around the house and cabinets.

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Essential oils could be a cheap and effective alternative to antibiotics

Essential oils could be a cheap and effective alternative to antibiotics and potentially used to combat drug-resistant hospital superbugs, according to research presented at the Society for General Microbiology's spring meeting in Edinburgh in 2010. Professor Yiannis Samaras and Dr Effimia Eriotou, from the Technological Educational Institute of Ionian Islands, in Greece led the research.

Essential oils have been recognised for hundreds of years for their therapeutic properties. Australian aborigines used Tea tree oil to treat colds, sore throats, skin infections and insect bites and the remedy was sold commercially as a medicinal antiseptic from the early 20th century. Various scientific studies have demonstrated that essential oils are not only well tolerated, but are effective against a range of bacterial and fungal species. Their therapeutic value has been shown for the treatment of a variety of conditions, including acne, dandruff, head lice and oral infections. The Greek team believes essential oils could have diverse medical and industrial applications.

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Research report on the antifungal effect of lavender oil - skin and nail fungal infections.

Lavender oil is extremely popular for many reasons, its floral and refreshing scent, it is a safe oil to use and because of its therapeutic qualities such as sedative action helping to relax and ensure a good night's sleep. However, in addition, a study published about 5 years ago in the Journal of Medical Microbiology the Portuguese researchers reportedly proved the potent antifungal effect of lavender oil against common skin and nail fungal infections. If you would like to read more about this study, please go to: http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-02-lavender-oil-potent-antifungal-effect.html

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Lavender - Some interesting history and fokelore

Lavender's qualities for both fragrance and healing properties have been recognised almost since the beginning of recorded civilisation. The plant's name is derived from the Latin word lavandum which translates to Lavender in English. When Tutankhamen's tomb was opened in 1922, 3,000 years after it was sealed, traces of lavender were reportedly found to retain a very slight scent, an amazing discovery. Ancient Egyptian culture held body-care and cleanliness to such importance that it transcended economic status. Records show that almost all citizens applied body oil daily as a form of moisturising and skin protection. The Ancient Greeks used lavender to fight insomnia, backaches, and recognised its antiseptic healing qualities, apart from the high-quality aromas. The Romans also loved lavender for its perfume and used it extensively in their elaborate bathing rituals. It was also used extensively for cooking and early medicines. Legend has it that lavender was first brought to Britain by the Romans, with reports that their soldiers carried their own first aid kits of herbs. And wherever the armies settled, they would grow lavender, rosemary, parsley, sage, thyme, fennel, and many others herbs. Lavender has been used throughout history for its culinary and seductive qualities. Cleopatra famously used the lavender scent to seduce Julius Cesar and Mark Antony. The Romans were also aware of the healing, soothing and insect repellent properties of lavender. When they retreated from Britain, lavender continued to be grown extensively by monks as part of their physic gardens along with a whole range of other herbal remedies. After that, lavender spread throughout Europe and the rest of the world.

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