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Healing Benefits of “Holy Wood”- Palo Santo

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Palo Santo, wow! Talk about clearing out the negative energies, Palo Santo is powerful! This light and woody aroma is not only a pleasant enhancement to your space, but it actually works. It is known for its cleansing and healing properties that also keep the energies grounded and clear. It is great for overwhelming moments or high times of stress to help you get back to your center. It is known to uplift the vibrations in the space and bring about connection with our source of creation and creativity. Palo Santo corresponds to the “3rd Eye Chakra” as well as the “Crown Chakra”. So light up some Palo Santo and reach new levels in your meditation!

AMMO

5 Benefits of Yoga!- Body, Mind and Spirit

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We all need to take the time to slow down, breathe and do something good for ourselves. Yoga has been around for a long time and we all need to really start to reap the benefits of this powerful practice, myself included! I know it’s hard to find the time, but really even ten minutes of your time spent on a daily practice, can really go a long way. So why not give it a shot, your body, mind and spirit will thank you, and here’s why!

  1. Yoga Improves Balance!

That’s right, you will find that it is getting much easier to stay balanced throughout your daily life. Of course your physical balance will come with daily practice, but mental balance as well can be achieved. Always coming back to the breath when trying to juggle so many different things throughout your daily life, can be a very useful tool in navigating your way through life.

  1.   Builds Strength

Yoga builds up your core strength and shapes and tones muscles. A lot of poses are done that can really help build your overall physical strength. For example, forearm stands, standing on one leg, and downward facing dog, create shapes and strength in your muscles. By the way! You can expect to feel a little mentally stronger as well, a daily practice of taking time for yourself can do that!

  1.  Improves Flexibility

All of this moving and stretching in different ways can bring new flexibility and shapes to your body. A little stretching every day can go a long way, and you’ll feel good about it too!

  1.  Teaches Better Breathing

Inhales and exhales bring us into alignment with our body, mind and spirit. In yoga these breathing exercises are known as pranayama. This breathing can help us to clear nasal passages and calm the nervous system.

  1.   Feel More Self Confidence!

This is always a huge one for me. Yoga allows us to be more confident with our bodies and who we are as individuals. Everyone has their own personal journey throughout  their yoga practice. Progress is truly rewarding, especially with something as simple as just touching your toes!

 

Do yoga, practice everyday and FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF!

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/

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