Body odours, then and now

Body OudorOdours provide a richness to our perception of the world, the reason why a mere exposure to a stimulus can trigger strong memories of the past.  Body odours have strong genetic bases both in animals and humans, which can be influenced by disease and psychological conditions. In many human cultures, these odours were considered unpleasant. Take for example prehistoric cavemen, who literally stank so horribly which might have helped to keep them from being consumed by predators who recoiled in horror from such odours!


Throughout time, man has been aware of and attempted to reduce bad body odours sometimes in the most bizarre ways.
Egyptian women [yes we are back to that civilization!] would place blobs of scented wax on their heads which would melt in the heat and trickle downwards. Apparently this was effective but very messy.

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An Approach to halting animal cruelty


Throughout the civilized world, great thinkers have put forward ideas and theories,  many of which have been revised, criticized, accepted or been downright rejected. One must bear in mind that the great philosophers like Plato, Aristotle and many others lived in the 1800’s.


Much time has passed since then and as life is not static, rather ever evolving, our relationships with nature and all living creatures will hopefully be advantageous to creating a better and more comassionate world.


A current philosopher by the name of Peter Singer focuses on what might be mans arrogance and  I quote “all the arguments to prove man’s superiority cannot shatter the hard fact that animals suffer as much as humans and many of the more advanced species enjoy pleasure as much as do we”.


However, discrimination exists and always will be common place in society. For example, we discriminate between adults and children,  the mentally able or those disadvantaged and the list goes on and on … but why should humans discriminate to such a degree between other species?

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The Colour Spectrum

colourIn viewing a rainbow, one is exposed to the wonders of the colour spectrum revealed to the eye as red, orange, yellow, green,  blue, indigo and violet. 


May one then ask where white and black feature? White is in fact a reflection of all colours,  black on the other hand being the absorption of all colours. Whether having biblical connotations or not, a rainbow is a sight to behold and many other varying velocities of light contain all the splendours of the universe.


Colour becomes apparent due to different frequencies of light from an untold number of objects.

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All about Oxygen

Covering HeadIt is perhaps relevant to begin this week’s article by mentioning that the American President, Donald Trump has just withdrawn from the Paris treaty on climate change, the signatories being those in countries who are fighting for less pollution and cleaner air, being a major consideration.


3.5 billion years ago there was no oxygen in the air, yet the first life began to evolve on our planet. Our species later became much smarter due to a rush of blood to the head, this liquid tissue containing oxygen. Should this be halted, one would pass out in seconds.


The air that we breathe in changes from day to day ` even hour to hour, especially in highly urbanized and industrial areas. According to research, the deadliest pollutants are mobile sources like trains, planes and automobiles with factories not far behind.


Ozone is worth a mention being a type of oxygen, a deep layer of which encircles the earth and shields the planet from harmful ultra violet rays.


Much discussion has been around of late regarding holes in the planet’s ozone layer.


Readers have no doubt heard of ions in the air which are relative to the stability of oxygen, being of a positive or negative nature.


These are all around us and even impact on our health and the way we feel.


Positive ions, strangely are detrimental and can affect the lungs and respiratory tract. When these are excessive we may lack energy, feel tense, irritable and out of sorts. They are dominant when using hair dryers,  illumination from fluorescent lights, radiation from televisions and other electrical gadgets.


On the other hand, negative ions have a more wholesome affect. These have the ability to attract dust, moulds and certain allergens thereby acting as purifiers. For the best inhalation, one may ask where are these dominant?  Well near to the ocean, waterfalls and mountainous areas where negative ions exist.  One can also experience negative ions on the palate after a thunderstorm !


A home device called an Ionizer uses electricity to clear toxins by releasing negatively charged particles that attach to airborne impurities.


However, there are apparently negative effects of which to be aware.


Ever wondered in which part of South Africa one would hope to find the purest air?


Well, take a deep breath because the most polluted air which comes as quite a shock is found in Hartebeespoort, probably due to proximity to large cities like Pretoria and Johannesburg! Think about this when next planning a “healthy” day out of doors !!


One cannot choose the air one breathes, but a regular visit to a wellness centre or spa can induce relaxation, better breathing and elimination of toxins within the body.


Or why don’t you choose a selection of your favourite Matsimela products through one of our stores or online and experience your own home spa !


Father's Day

Fathers DayThere are various theories as to the origins of Father’s Day, but the most poignant refers to the year 1910 in the USA when a woman was greatly concerned regarding the loss of about 360 men due to an explosion in a coal mine. She argued that the children who had lost their dads should honour them with a day of remembrance. We understand that this could have been the birth of Father’s day.


In terms of different eras, there are “old” dads and “new” dads ' so let us get an overall picture of dads during the 1950’s.
In these times Moms were very much stay-at-home parents, wholly responsible for keeping the home fires burning, as it were.


A common sight would have been dad heading for his job all professionally decked out in suit and hat!
When at home, he was a proud home-maker and spent much time with his offspring over weekends which enriched his life.


Fast forward to the 1970’s with enormous change both culturally and politically! This was the birth of the “hippy culture” the “flower children”, dominated by peace, love and anti-war symbolism.


Dads now wore colourful clothing, had hair down to the shoulders and insulated themselves from the realities of the world, with a perception that poor in materialism but rich in spirit was advantageous to a better world. The children’s upbringing was however of a rather permissive style!


But that is all in the past for we are now well and truly in the 21st century, some say a turning point in fatherhood. Seldom nowadays do we encounter the image of the distant dad, whose value to his children lay in the size of his pay package.


Despite the pressures of today’s living, many dads have managed to balance technology with pleasure having greater involvement with their children’s activities, neither do gifts of a technological nature need to dominate.


Dads still love toiletries like aftershave & manly fragranced soaps. Matsimela has an amazing Father’s day offering available.