2012 Food for Thought: On Rising Up~

 

Can you be real if you can’t keep it real with yourself? Can you truly love another until you understand what love is? How many times have you experienced or been the victim of someone telling you lies? How did you feel afterwards? No matter what you can heal from anything if you choose to.

In this world someone has to stand up and be an example of just what love is. If its not you then who will do it. Why should you do it? Because we need you so the rest of the planet will heal. As you and i look around there is danger, hate, ignorance, disrespect, toxins everywhere. But amiss all that, we still live. Its amazing that we still grow and love one another even more by the day. There is nothing to be afraid of in the world. What you attract are your own fears. You can be the best yet this very year if you want to you most certainly can and will do it this very lifetime too. I know someone has hurt you before, by telling you lies, ignoring you and feeding you bullish..but there’s always a bright side to life. Feel the natural magic inside you. You are that indescribable beauty that you see in all the great people that have ever walked the earth. Go forth today and shine brighter than  you ever thought you could. Life is here for you to be an example for someone out there. Make it good! Don’t fall back to the past. You can make this a great life no matter what. If our world is to get better over all. Someone has to make a change. If not you then who will? Bliss to you this glorious 2012.

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Amen-Ra Papyrus: The Art of Love and Science of Loving – Return of the Goddess Pt.1

 

The Quest to Life, Love and Law

The mystical gift of Life and Love was presented to All to be fully enjoyed in any harmonious manner ever possible and imaginable. The powerful and magnetic force that binds All and

everything together is Love. The fullness of Love and Loving is hidden far beyond the veils of Life and Living. Yet, Love and Life, Loving and Living are inconceivable intertwined by Laws of Divine Nature. Thus Living the Life we Love can be fully realised by surrendering one’s Being deeper into the mysteries of Trusting and Loving the Laws of the Nature of Love.

The Laws of Nature are fully complete, immutable, yet constantly changing the cause of Life and Love because they are Life and Love Divine. Beloved! Life is Love and Love is an unshakable Law of the Divine Supreme, the One, the All, the Source, the Force…including You! Visualise and comprehend this Truth.

I, You and Many have a quest and continue to request for answers to their unending and unanswered questions: What is Love and why does It hurts so much? Who’s got the Love I really need and how best can I Love without getting hurt? Why does It feel like it is too good to be true to be in Love [actually we say Fall in Love]? What will happen if I loose my object of Love and will I cope with Life without It?

All these are very simple questions, yet mind boggling to those ill-prepared to fully embrace Nature’s Law, Love and Life [3L’s]. The hurt, loneliness and disappointments are our wake-up calls.

Mystical Journey of Self-Discovery

Now let us first reveal some of the Truths while exposing the lie we tell ourselves and at times believe. At this point, You, however need to be prepared to take a long, a very Long Journey. It is the Journey to be lived with courage, fearlessness and freedom to choose wisely, as Our Ancient Afrikan Love Priestesses and Pure Pleasure Goddesses lived, experienced and taught the Secrets of the Journey to Us.

In choosing to accept these natural principles, one need to be holistically [Body, Mind, Soul] prepared, to live even Beyond the Timeless Secrets of Divine and Conscious Relating. We should be prepared to dwell in Spirit and shed the darkness and opinions of the uninformed minds and our immature sensual perceptions. A pure mind and pristine feeling should complement our intuitive Self, and that takes some time, but does worth the patience. That which is Divine and Fulfilling surely cannot be attained overnight. The Secrets of Fulfillment and Living Live to the Full takes practice, failure, hot tears, heartaches, learning, endurance, joy, peace and perfection.

The Jewel is not at the end of the tunnel, but engraved on the Path itself. The Journey is paved with precious stones. The question is: Are You ready to walk the Higher Path of Fulfillment as Courageous Warrioress, a Conscious Divine Feminine focused on reclaiming Her Fullness? Deeper in the mysteries of this journey we find peace beyond pain and hurting. Meditate and ponder on the above issues for and while and see.

 

© Ǻ Aunkh Khem S-Maã – 12/12/2008

HetHeru Full-Moon

Aspartic acid : The amino acid that increases stamina, good for fatigue and depression, and plays a vital role in metabolism.

Aspartic acid was first isolated in 1868 from legumin in plant seed.  Aspartic acid, also called asparaginic acid, is one of the nonessential amino acids. “Nonessential” means that our bodies produce it even if we don’t get this amino acid from the food we eat.

Aspartic acid is one of two amino acids (the other is glutamic acid) that has a negatively charged carboxylate group on the side chain. This gives aspartic acid an overall negative charge at physiological hydrogen ion concentrations (approximately pH 7.3).  Although aspartic acid is considered a non-essential amino acid, it plays a paramount role in metabolism during construction of other amino acids and biochemicals in the citric acid cycle. Among the biochemicals that are synthesized from aspartic acid are asparagine, arginine, lysine, methionine, threonine, isoleucine, and several nucleotides.

Function and Benefits of Aspartic Acid

  • Combines with other amino acids to form compounds that absorb and remove toxins from the bloodstream.
  • It has also found to play an important role in the neuroendocrine system for example in anterior pituitary it stimulates the following hormonal secretions of prolactin, growth hormone and luteinizing hormone
  • Because aspartic acid increases stamina, it is good for fatigue and depression, and plays a vital role in metabolism. Chronic fatigue may result from low levels of aspartic acid, because this leads to lowered cellular energy.
  •  It is good for athletes and helps to protect the liver by aiding in the removal of excess ammonia.
  • It helps to move certain minerals across the intestinal lining and into the blood and cells, aids cell function, and aids the function of RNA and DNA, which are the carriers of genetic wormation.
  • It enhances the production of immunoglobulins and antibodies (immune system proteins). Plant protein, especially that found in sprouting seeds, contains an abundance of aspartic acid.
  • It also aids in the detoxification of liver from various drugs and chemicals.

Deficiency Symptoms of Aspartic Acid

Deficiency symptoms of Aspartic Acid may include fatigue and depression.

Rich Food Sources of Aspartic Acid
  • Animal source: Aspartic acid is present in different types of meat like luncheon or sausage meat.
  • Plant sources: Aspartic acid is found in sugar cane, avocado, asparagus,  sugar beets, oat flakes, molasses, sprouting seeds etc
  • Supplements of asparatic acid are also selling in the market in the form of magnesium aspartate and in the sweeteners.

Malachite : The ‘mirror of the soul’, malachite is a healing stone that reaches the inner emotions of the person.

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Malachite is a copper carbonate mineral, with the formula Cu2CO3(OH)2. This green-colored mineral crystallizes in the monoclinic crystal system, and most often forms botryoidal, fibrous, or stalagmitic masses. The stone’s name derives (via Latin: molochītis, Middle French: melochite, and Middle English melochites) from Greek Μολοχίτης λίθος molochitis lithos, “mallow-green stone”, from μολόχη molōchē, variant of μαλάχη malāchē, “mallow”. The mineral was given this name due to its resemblance to the leaves of the Mallow plant.

Malachite was used as a mineral  pigment in green paints from antiquity until about 1800. The pigment is moderately lightfast, very sensitive to acids and varying in color. The natural form was being replaced by its synthetic form, verditer amongst other synthetic greens. It is also used for decorative purposes, such as in the Malachite Room in the Hermitage, which features a large malachite vase. “The Tazza“, one of the largest pieces of malachite in North America and a gift from Tsar Nicholas II, stands as the focal point in the center of the room of Linda Hall Library.

Archeological evidence indicates that the mineral has been mined and smelted at Timna valley in Israel for over 3,000 years.

Malachite often results from weathering of copper ores and is often found together with azurite (Cu3(CO3)2(OH)2), goethite, and calcite. Except for its vibrant green color, the properties of malachite are similar to those of azurite and aggregates of the two minerals occur frequently. Malachite is more common than azurite and is typically associated with copper deposits around limestones, the source of the carbonate.
Large quantities of malachite have been mined in the Urals, Russia. It is found worldwide including in the Democratic Republic of Congo; Gabon; Zambia; Tsumeb, Namibia; Mexico; Broken Hill, New South Wales; Lyon, France; Timna valley, Israel, and in the Southwestern United States notably in Arizona.

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Malachite personifies the deep healing green of nature and represents the innate beauty of flowers, trees, roots and plants. It manifests a deep Devic green which rules the material plane. It is a Stone of Transformation, assisting one in changing situations and providing for spiritual growth. It heals on physical and emotional levels, drawing out impurities and stimulating the Life Force throughout the aura and body.  Well known to ancient Egyptians, Malachite mines were in use between the Suez and Sinai as early as 4000 B.C.  It was also popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans, for jewelry, ornaments, and in powdered form, for eye shadow. In the Middle Ages, Malachite was believed to protect against the “Evil Eye” and to cure various stomach ailments.  The stone was one of the prime gemstones used for power by the upper class in Egypt, the headdresses of pharaohs were often lined with malachite, as this was said to raiser the ruler’s vibrations to a higher level and open him to wise council.

Malachite is an effective remedy for female problems, especially regulating the menstrual cycle and cramps, and for easing labor. It has been called the Midwife Stone. It resonates with the female sexual organs, and treats sexual dis-ease, especially when caused by traumatic past experiences.

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The use and healing properties of malachite

  • Malachite can be used to identify the step-by-step way to get to a goal. It also helps one to accept responsibility for one’s actions and situation, helping the wearer to be more pro-active.
  • Malachite has been used to aid success in business and protect against undesirable business associations. It is a stone of balance in relationships.
  •  Meditate with  malachite and allow it to show you where dis-harmonies are within your mind, body and soul and allow it to show you how to improve them. Our bodies can tell us what we need, what we are missing and what we need to do to correct the problem, but often it is hard to be able to listen to what our bodies are saying.
  • As a healing gemstone, use a malachite stone to cleanse and balance the energies of the heart, lungs and other organs. This can be accomplished by wearing a stone on a chain so it hangs near the heart and between the lungs or take a few moments to lay down, placing the gemstones over the heart area then relaxing while it does it work.
  • If  you normally awake each morning with stiff and sore muscles and joints? Sleep with malachite to ease the morning stiffness.
  • Used since ancient times to attract money. Makes a great amulet to obtain the wealth you need and makes the perfect stone to put into Mojo bags for this very purpose.
  • Can be used to clear and activate all the chakras and is the perfect stone for the heart chakras when working with color chakra therapy.
  • Having cramps ? Use a small bandage to tape a malachite stone to your belly, just below the navel to help relieve these symptoms.
  • Soak one or more malachite stones in a quart of pure water for at least 24 hours, then pour the water into a tub full of nice hot water. Step in, sit down and relax and allow the gemstone elixir to detoxify and purify all your organs and body.
  • Wear a string of malachite beads around your neck. As your blood flows through the ring of stones, it clears impurities from the blood keeping the arteries and veins clear.
  • Everyone knows the forumla for losing weight is nothing more than eating fewer calories than you burn, but that does not make it easy to make the right choices when we are constantly bombarded with food in television, magazines and even at the office party. A malachite stone makes a great gift for anyone trying to lose weight because malachite helps you make good food choices to increase weight loss.
  • Whether you are the CEO of a multi-billion dollar corporation or the sole proprietor of a home business you can benefit from the power of this money colored stone. Place a gem in your cash register or display a specimen in a place of honor near your desk to bring success to businesses.
  • Malachite was considered to be a talisman for children. If a piece of the stone were attached to an infant’s cradle, all evil spirits were held aloof and the child slept soundly and peacefully. In some parts of Germany, Malachite shared with Turquoise the repute of protecting the wearer from danger in falling, and also gave warning of approaching disaster by breaking into pieces

Malachite must be handled with caution!
Malachite is toxic and should be used only in its polished form. Avoid breathing its dust.

Petrified Wood: The Gemstone of Transformation

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What is Petrified Wood? Metaphysically speaking it’s a symbol of man’s infinite connection with nature. 

The process of petrification begins with three raw ingredients: wood, water and mud. A material formed by the silicification of wood, generally in the form of opal or chalcedony, in such a manner as to preserve the original form and structure of the wood. Also known as agatized wood; opalized wood; petrified wood; woodstone. Petrified wood has been preserved for millions of years by the process of petrification. This process turns the wood into quartz crystal which is very brittle and shatters. Even though petrified wood is fragile, it is also harder than steel.

Petrified wood (from the Greek root petro meaning “rock” or “stone”; literally “wood turned into stone”) is the name given to a special type of fossilized remains of terrestrial vegetation. It is the result of a tree having turned completely into stone by the process of permineralization. All the organic materials have been replaced with minerals (mostly a silicate, such as quartz), while retaining the original structure of the wood. Unlike other types of fossils which are typically impressions or compressions, petrified wood is a three-dimensional representation of the original organic material. The petrifaction process occurs underground, when wood becomes buried under sediment and is initially preserved due to a lack of oxygen which inhibits aerobic decomposition. Mineral-laden water flowing through the sediment deposits minerals in the plant’s cells; as the plant’s lignin and cellulose decay, a stone mould forms in its place.

In general, wood takes less than 100 years to petrify. The organic matter needs to become petrified before it decomposes completely. A forest where the wood has petrified becomes known as a Petrified Forest.

Elements such as manganeseiron and copper in the water/mud during the petrification process give petrified wood a variety of color ranges. Pure quartz crystals are colorless, but when contaminants are added to the process the crystals take on a yellow, red, or other tint.

Following is a list of contaminating elements and related color hues:

Petrified wood can preserve the original structure of the wood in all its detail, down to the microscopic level. Structures such as tree rings and the various tissues are often observed features. 

Metaphysical facts about Petrified Wood: Used to connect to past lives, for grounding, to attract wealth, strength and courage, reminds one of nature, used to stimulate the root chakra, brings about mental calm and centers the energy body.

 

Strontium : The trace element which concentrates in the skeletal system and supports the function of osteoblasts, the cells that form new bone.

Strontium, which was discovered in 1808 and was named after the Scottish town of Strontian, is element number 38 of the periodic table of elements.It is in the same group of elements as calcium and magnesium. When most people hear about strontium they likely think about strontium-90, a highly dangerous, radioactive component of nuclear fallout. However, stable non-radioactive strontium is non toxic even when administered in large doses. As numerous studies for over half a century have demonstrated, this often overlooked mineral also appears to be one of the most effective substances yet found for treatment of osteoporosis and other bone-related conditions.Strontium is a non-essential trace mineral that is found in minute amounts in the body.  Clinically, it performs functions like calcium because of in vivo relevancy with calcium. It causes calcium to be retained in the body. Because strontium can increase the retention of calcium by the body, it is sometimes used to help prevent bone loss due to osteoporosis. It is known to contribute to the health of bones and teeth.

Health Benefits and Functions of Strontium

  • Strontium is helpful in reducing loss of bone minerals in osteoporosis.
  • It has been found important in reducing fractures and it is possible if it is used in the normal range.
  • These days strontium supplements are available in the market which is quite beneficial to our body if taken within normal range.
  • In a Mayo Clinic study, 85% of the patients suffering from osteoporosis who were treated with strontium supplements reported significant reductions of pain.
  • In another study, 353 women who had at least one fractured vertebra due to osteoporosis took either a placebo or a supplement containing strontium. The group taking strontium showed an increase of bone density of over 3% per year, and at the end of two years had significantly fewer recurring vertebral fractures.

Symptoms of Strontium Deficiency:

Its extreme of deficiency can lead to poor bone mineralization. Because strontium is not an essential mineral, there is no defined level of deficiency.

Foods Containing Strontium

Strontium is present in many foods especially grown in strontium rich soil along with some drinking water. The level of strontium in the plants is quite related to the strontium level in the soil in where it is grown. It is available in a various different forms such as strontium chloride, strontium carbonate, strontium gluconate strontium sulfate, and strontium citrate. It is easily absorbed from the body. It is found in various root vegetables including  spices, whole grains, brazil nuts, leafy green vegetables such as celery, lettuce, spinach and kale.  and root vegetables like radishes, turnips,carrots and parsnips, potatoes and legumes like beans, lentils and peas.


Source : http://www.drhoffman.com/447http://www.naturalnews.com/022238_strontium_bone_health.html

Herbs for Women’s Health

Herbs for Women’s Health

Herbs for Women
There are many herbal allies for women’s health. This month’s column will focus on the childbearing year, including pre-conception, pregnancy, and the post-partum months. There are many herbal allies for regulating menstruation, promoting fertility, healthy pregnancies, and supporting post-partum health.

 

Menstrual CycleEmmenagogues are herbs that bring on menstrual flow. Some good emmenagogues are Ginger Root, Blue and Black Cohosh root infusion or tincture. Other herbs to bring on menstruation include Balm, Basil, Catnip, Mugwort and Chamomile. Herbs used to ease menstrual cramping include those containing high amounts of calcium, such as Oatsraw, Red Raspberry, Comfrey Leaf, Nettle, Dandelion Leaf, Horsetail, and Chickweed. These herbs should be used as tonics, used regularly to tone the body and increase calcium levels. You may choose one of the herbs and drink an infusion one or two times per week, or choose several herbs and rotate their use as infusions. Other herbs that help to ease cramping associated with menstruation are Cramp Bark or Black Haw, Valerian Root, Chaste Tree Berry, Motherwort and Ginger Root. These herbs can be used as a “rescue remedy” in tea or tincture form. Wild Yam Root is a multipurpose herb for women’s cycles. It is known for it’s progesterone increasing properties and steroidal saponins that regulate hormones and act as a contraceptive—Wild Yam Root was formerly the source of diosgenin used in production of birth control pills. Wild Yam Root is also used to regulate a woman’s cycle, to prepare for conception and to ease morning sickness. Licorice Root is estrogenic and has other steroidal properties that make it useful as a hormone and cycle regulator. The glycyrrhizin found in Licorice Root aids in addressing infertility due to hormonal imbalance. A potential side effect of Licorice Root use is high blood pressure, as the glycyrrhizin acid in the root increases water retention which may trigger high blood pressure.

There are several herbs used to regularize the menstrual cycle. Dong Quai Root (Angelica sinensis) has been found to help make women’s cycles regular and to stimulate ovulation by virtue of regulating the cycle. For those using Dong Quai to stimulate ovulation, this herb should be used from the beginning of menstrual flow until ovulation and then ceased until the next cycle. Most healthcare providers advise using this herb for several months before attempting to conceive and then ceasing use when you try to conceive. Similarly, False Unicorn Root is believed to help regulate the menstrual cycle by toning the uterus and stimulating a normal cycle, including ovulation.

Fertility: Herbs to promote fertility include Red Clover flower (infusion only), Nettle, and Red Raspberry. These are very gentle herbs that can be used daily in infusion form. Other herbs useful in promoting fertility are Lemon Balm, Skullcap, Lady’s Mantle, Licorice Root, and Watercress. Please see your healthcare provider if you are trying to conceive or believe you have conceived.

Pregnancy: The most renowned supportive herb during pregnancy is Red Raspberry. It is a uterine tonic that prepares the uterus for child birth, and is also used to ease morning sickness. Red raspberry brings vital nutrients to the body, including calcium. Nettle is another important herb to use in pregnancy as it provides nourishment, eases muscle spasm, prevents varicose veins and hemorrhage and reduces hemorrhoids. Seaweeds (kelp, bladderwrack) supplies necessary calcium in pregnancy. Peach leaf may also help ease morning sickness, as may the Mints, Ginger Root, and Wild Yam Root.

Strawberry Leaf is nutritive and may help to prevent abortion. Other anti-abortives include Wild Yam Root, and Lobelia. Use only under a healthcare providers care. For hemorrhoids, use a Plantain or Plantain/Yarrow ointment. A Comfrey poultice will ease bleeding, swelling and pain. To prevent constipation, eat plenty of fresh Lamb’s Quarter’s and Violet Leaves. Slippery Elm Bark and Mints are good remedies for heartburn.

For headache or insomnia, Hops, Skullcap and Catnip tea is safe and effective.

Late in pregnancy, Squaw Vine Leaf tea and Blue/Black Cohosh Root tea or tincture help prepare the uterus for contractions and birth.

Birth: Frozen chips of Red Raspberry infusion will keep the uterus toned and working smoothly through your birth. For nourishment, try warm milk with honey or miso broth. To help expel the afterbirth, Dong Quai tincture or Blue Cohosh works quickly. To prevent hemorrhage, use Nettle or Alfalfa leaf infusion throughoutyour pregnancy. Motherwort tincture after the child is born will help prevent hemorrhage. Shepard’s Purse also helps to coagulate the blood taken via tincture. Birthroot tea (Trillium) will help to contract the uterus after birth. Please note that Trillium is an endangered woodland herb and should be collected ethically or bought from a source that wildcrafts ethically.

Post-Partum: Preparing Comfrey and Plantain poultices prior to giving birth will give you relief from the pain of perineal tears and help speed healing. A sitz bath of Comfrey Leaf infusion will prevent infection and aid healing. Try also Yarrow, Rosemary, Golden Seal, and Witch hazel in a sitz bath. Motherwort tincture will help with after pains. Mild depression may be eased with Motherwort, Lemon Balm or St. John’s Wort. Please speak to your care provider immediately if you experience post-partum depression or anxiety.

Galactagogues, or herbs that increase milk supply, include Borage, Fennel Seed, Fenugreek Seed, Blessed Thistle Leaves and Hops Flowers. For painful breasts, try poultice of cold raw potato or cabbage leaf, and hot compress of Comfrey Leaf or Parsley. Comfrey or Plantain ointment will relieve caked nipples.

We hope this information is helpful to you and gives you ideas about how many ways there are to naturally support women’s health, fertility and pregnancies.

*This column does not constitute medical advise. Seek medical advise from your healthcare professional.

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