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Make your own natural tooth polish in 5 mins!

toothpolishLately I have been making my own toothpaste and it has been really helping my mouth. I decided to share the recipe and let others in on it because it has really been great. I struggle with a lot of gum and teeth issues so I am always looking for new tools to avoid future problems. This of course is a suggestion and it may not work for everyone. However, enjoy and let me know what you think!

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons- Coconut Oil
  • 1 tablespoon- Baking Soda
  • 1 tablespoon- Diatomaceus Earth
  • 1 teaspoon- Bamboo Activated Charcoal (food grade)
  • 1 teaspoon- Bentonite Clay (food grade)
  • 25 drops- Peppermint Essential oil

Blend together all ingredients in a glass bowl and put into a small jar or glass container. Use as needed to brighten up your smile!

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Transformational Creatures: The Sacred Snake

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Snakes are very interesting and sacred beings. Snakes can represent healing, transformation, primal energy, and spiritual guidance. They shed their skin and come into the new so they are often seen as symbols of transformation. The snake is a power animal and it can show up at a time when increased energy is manifesting. The snake moves and travels with its body very close to the earth. It is connected with the Earth’s energy and life force. The snake is a symbol of healing so it should be taken into consideration how you are using your energy to heal yourself or others. Your energy should be cultivated through nature and its resources. In ancient tales and traditions, snakes are seen as healers.

In Greek mythology, Asclepius is known as the god of medicine. He is a distinguished healer that is known to be featured with two snakes climbing up a rod. This symbol today is known as Caduceus.It is said that a snake licked the ears of Asclepius to return his kindness and filled him with knowledge of ancient healing wisdom.  It was believed that his snake companions would slither across the bodies of those who were sick and lick them back to good health while they were sleeping. Greek mythology held that people could gain second sight or hearing when licked by the snake.

caduceus_1924-svgWhile snakes can be seen as medicine and healers, they also have the ability to poison. They are similar to fungi in a sense that they contain chemicals that can heal, kill, or expand consciousness, possibly containing the elixir of life. Snakes are seen as the wisest when it comes to herbal knowledge.

Snakes are also seen as a dual expression of good and evil. The Hopi people are known to have a snake dance to ensure that rain will fall on their crops and ensure a good season. It is known to incorporate the Snake Youth (which is the sky spirit) and the Snake Girl (the underworld spirit) to renew fertility in nature. Live snakes were used in the dance and then were thrown into the fields for a good growing season. It is a prayer to the spirits of the sky for rainfall, thunder and lightning. In Hinduism, Kundalini is the power of pure desire and mother energy, it is a coiled serpent.

Just like snakes themselves, there is endless knowledge of the sacred meaning of the snake. If you happen to come across one, think about where you are in your life and what you are putting your energy into. The snake is full of wisdom and we can definitely learn a thing or two from these spiritual creatures.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Snakes_in_mythology

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serpent_(symbolism)

Snake Spirit Animal

AMMO

5 Health Benefits of Kombucha : The Immortal Health Elixir

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There is a reason Kombucha is known as the “Immortal Health Elixir”. It contains vitamins, minerals, and enzymes that are beneficial to the body. It originated in the Far East around 2,000 years ago and it’s health benefits are endless.

So what exactly is Kombucha?

Kombucha is a raw, fermented, Probiotic and naturally carbonated tea. It contains black tea, sweetener  (cane sugar, fruit, or honey) and SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria and Yeast) which aids the fermentation process. It then becomes naturally carbonated after it ferments.

5 Health Benefits of Kombucha:

 

       1.  Detoxification

The liver is a main organ, and it is constantly working to filter the blood coming from the digestive system to the rest of the body. Kombucha helps to protect the liver from toxins, despite being exposed to them. Kombucha contains Glucaric acid which benefits the liver and aids in detoxification.

  1.  Immunity Boost

Kombucha controls free radicals and keeps them from damaging the body. It is naturally high in antioxidants and it contains D-saccharic acid- 1,4- lactone (DSL) which has very strong antioxidant properties. Kombucha is also beneficial for cell detox and contains Vitamin C.

  1.  Digestion

Kombucha contains probiotics, enzymes, and beneficial acids. Gut balance is able to be maintained by introducing good bacteria into the body.

  1.  Energy

This drink invigorates people due to the Iron that is released during fermentation. It also contains very small amounts of caffeine and B -vitamins that contribute to the energy boost.

  1.  Cancer Fighter/ Preventer

A study published in Cancer Letters showed that Kombucha contains Glucaric acid which reduces the risk of cancer in humans.

DID YOU KNOW?

It has been rumoured that President Ronald Reagan drank Kombucha daily to battle stomach cancer!

SOURCES

https://draxe.com/7-reasons-drink-kombucha-everyday/

AMMO

http://wellnessmama.com/23994/kombucha-benefits/

Handful Of Recipes: Headache Balm

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Headache Balm Recipe

In our lives we experience a lot of stress and tension. Sometimes we need an extra boost to help us get through those uncomfortable feelings. Rosemary is known as the “herb of remembrance” because it stimulates cognitive function. Essential oils such as eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint help to relax your mind and help release some of the tension.

Here is a topical balm I created for those tense moments in life. It can be applied to your temples by lightly massaging them.

What you need!

  • Rosemary infused olive oil(I use organic unrefined Bragg’s olive oil for the best results): 1 cup
  • Beeswax: 2 tbsp
  • Ginger root: 1 tbsp
  • Rosemary: a sprinkle
  • Eucalyptus essential oil: 30 drops
  • Lavender essential oil: 30 drops
  • Peppermint essential oil: 10 drops
  • 2 different sized pots
  • Grater

Let’s get to it!

  1. Fill a big pot up with water and bring it to a light boil
  2. Insert a smaller pot inside the larger pot filled with water to create a double boiler
  3. Pour in the herbal infused olive oil and let it get warm, but do not bring it to a boil
  4. Grate in the beeswax and let it dissolve
  5. Grate the ginger root
  6. Add in your essential oils
    1. You can add these according to your own liking. I added in over 30 drops of each because I like the strong aroma
  7. Let the mixture sit for a short period of time and turn off the flame. Do a consistency test by pouring a small amount into a shot glass and sticking it in the freezer. Wait a few minutes to see if the consistency is right, if it is too loose add more beeswax
  8. When the texture is right for you, pour the rest of the mixture into a glass jar
  9. Sprinkle some rosemary on top of the balm for extra kick
  10. Let the jar sit in the fridge for a couple of hours after letting it cool for about 10 minutes.

Take it out when the mixture is solid. Apply it to your temples or your third eye when you are experiencing tension. It is also good for an extra boost if you need to focus or concentrate.

AMMO

 

 

Let’s Get Lucid: Dreaming Herbs & More- Herbalisting

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Plants are spiritual tools that speak a language of their own. Once we tap into the power of the plant we can use it to enhance our energy, spirit and wisdom. Dreams are a way in which we can get in touch with our inner realm and spiritual being. When we are conscious and aware of what we are dreaming, we have the ability to control what we do in our dreams. The concept of this type of control and awareness while sleeping is known as, lucid dreaming.

There are ways in which we can enhance our lucid dreaming experience by using herbs, flower essences and stones. Not only do these aid our dreaming experience, they also help in setting intention for our dreams. Mugwort, is known for protection and it’s involvement in lucid dreaming experiences. It is a cooling herb that is connected to the moon. Mugwort is very prominent in cities and suburbs, being known as a traveler’s herb, it protects those in transit. It’s scientific name “Artemisia vulgaris” shows connection to Artemis, the moon goddess. Whether the herb is enjoyed as a tea, tincture, or just simply under your pillow at night, Mugwort can really bring out the lucid dreaming experience.

Now let’s talk about Skullcap. Skullcap repairs and restores nerves so it is good for conditions like anxiety and depression. It can bring you into a deep sleep and promote positive and vivid dreams.

Blue Lotus is a sacred symbol as well as a sedative herb. It is known to put you in deep connection with your intuition as well as your 3rd eye and crown chakra. It is receptive to creativity and should be used in moderation and with intention.

St. John’s Wort flower essence is known for grounding and bringing in light. Flower essences are good for those who may have interactions with plants due to medical reasons, because the essence is the vibrational energy of the plant. They bring about emotional balance, and St. John’s Wort flower essence is also a good nightmare remedy.

Crystal and gem energies are powerful as well. Amethyst, is a known protector and dreaming stone. It purifies space and is great for receiving spiritual messages. This stone is known to hold a lot of energy so cleansing it with sage, mugwort or water should be taken into consideration.

Labradorite, is a great stone for pulling out energy and mystical wonder. It is a protector stone as well as one for the inner eye and adventure. It brings in positive light and is a great stone for traveling and exploring. The glimmer of a rainbow the stone has, is a great example of the magic it possesses.

While all these plants and stones are mere guides/ suggestions for lucid dreaming, it should be taken into consideration that some of these may not be the right fit for you. It is important to understand that like people, all of these natural tools have personalities in them. Your personality may not gel with theirs so it is important to know if these are the right fit for you. Use your best judgement and ask a professional before you decide to try anything you are unsure of.

AMMO

Powerful Plant Personalities : Mighty, Mighty, Ginger Root

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Qualities that are warming, fiery, passionate and hardworking. The personality of a plant can really say a lot, and ginger deserves to be known as a “power root”. She draws in adventures and new experiences while boosting sensuality, sexuality and confidence. Ginger is known bring about abundance and it should be consumed in that manner as well.

So what is it about Ginger that makes it so powerful? It has been used in cultures around the globe for a multitude of reasons. Traditional Chinese pharmacopeias suggest that long term use can put a person in contact with spiritual advantages. When it comes to the ancient Ayurvedic health system in India, ginger is known as “universal medicine”. Ginger, also known as Zingiber Officinale, can be used to treat a number of ailments and symptoms. Some treatments include: headaches, digestive issues, nausea, morning sickness, motion sickness, cancer and tumor growth, loss of appetite, cramps, toothaches, cough, cold, chills, the flu, poor circulation, inflammation, high blood pressure, and cholic.

Gingerol, or [6]-gingerol, is the main active ingredient in fresh ginger. Gingerol is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory as well as, a cancer fighting compound. Research has shown ginger can stop the growth of tumors and balance the effects of chemotherapy on the body.

Ginger inhibits inflammatory feedback in the brain which could improve brain function and protect against Alzheimer’s. Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress can make the aging process worse, so ginger helps to decrease both of those and promote healthy aging.

Ginger is also known as an aphrodisiac and reproductive tonic. Due to the fact that ginger increases blood flow, it is a warming and stimulating root. It brings about an immediate and warming sensation to the body which increases sexual stimulation and arousal.

There’s good reason to be passionate about Ginger. Just remember, like people, plants have varying personalities. Some are stronger than others and some may not gel with your personality. So before you make any commitments, find out if ginger is the right fit for you. Not everyone can handle her fire and strength.

AMMO

 

The Power of the Medicine Bag

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Always keep your medicine close to your heart. The medicine bag is a traditional necklace pouch that originated from the Native American people. It is mostly to maintain personal harmony with oneself and the physical, spiritual and supernatural world. The pouch, made usually of leather, contains a small sentiment from the plant, animal, mineral and man-made world. Each of these sentiments are of personal value.

I was recently gifted my very own medicine bag. As of right now I have found it to be a very spiritual piece that I wear and carry with me everywhere I go. I hold my medicine very close to me because it is of great importance in my life. It is an aspect of me that I hold dear. I feel very in touch with my own personal healing journey. We are all healers and I find it is my job to encourage people to heal themselves. My favorite medium is plant and herbal healing. I will carry this pouch with me everywhere I go because it symbolizes my personal journey that I am currently on with herbal medicine.

AMMO

 

Handful of Recipes: Fiyah Cidah

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Handful of Fiyah Cidah

Ingredients:

  • 2 bottles of Bragg’s organic, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 cup of peeled and grated organic ginger root
  • 1/2 an organic onion
  • 7 cloves of chopped organic garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of grated organic turmeric root
  • Raw local honey
  • 1/2 a chili pepper finely chopped
  • A squeeze of lemon juice

You will also need:

  • A large mason jar ( 1 quart)- two part seal lid
  • Grater
  • Peeler
  • Knife
  • Waxed paper
  • Cheese cloth

Directions:

  1. Finely chop garlic, onion and red chili pepper, peel and grate ginger and turmeric root *place all prepared ingredients into a large mason jar*
  2. Pour in Apple Cider Vinegar *preferred organic with “The Mother”*
  3. Place a square of waxed paper ontop of the jar *this is so your lid will avoid rusting* Screw a tight seal lid ontop of the waxed paper *a two-part lid for proper seal is best*
  4. Let your Cidah sit in a warm dark place for one month.
  5. Pop open the jar and use a cheese cloth to strain/ squeeze out the pulp ingredients.
  6. Discard pulp, add honey and a squeeze of lemon to your strained product
  7. Enjoy this boost of warmth and comfort. Your body will feel the difference!

AMMO