Intro to Permaculture – Solutionary Musings

Peace and Blessings Global Family,

I’m exhausted but caught up on a 4 week course with OSU (Oregon State University); Intro to Permaculture was an amazingly, rich content course. I was able to complete this afternoon and present my final Permaculture design project. It’s a discipline that incorporates organic gardening,  botany, horticulture, innovative technologies, ecology, water management and irrigation systems, climate, geology, and topographical data,  energy systems management, wildlife and plant life habitat, agroforestry, environmental sustainability, paired with landscape and architectural design and development.

What I love most about permaculture is it’s truly a solutionary-based system integrating and honoring the Self, the Community, and the all encompassing Earth systems at the forefront of its analysis, technologies and methodologies.

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Completed Course and OSU Badge (May 21, 2019)

What I love most about permaculture is it’s truly a solutionary-based system integrating and honoring the Self, the Community, and the all encompassing Earth systems at the forefront of its analysis, technologies and methodologies. Permaculture solves problems and provides a better future for living space, and human-ecological harmony on the planet.  It’s broad range of integrated disciplines allows you to ‘think’ and create solutions to complex problems like water management on farms, small or large spaces. If there is a drought or desert, Permaculture can fix that problem; clean up erosion, stop the symptoms of wildfires, drought and even famine and provide balance to man and environment.

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Of course, I’m still overwhelmed by the scope and the knowledge needed to be absorbed to be even basically functional in this type of ecological lifestyle design. As an Anthropology student with a concentration in Environmental Sustainability, Permaculture answers many of the questions we often overlook in this modern society. It’s very core is a return to the natural state of being one with the earth and her elements and producing sustainable yields that exceed lifetimes.

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Permaculture was created by both Bill Mollison and David Holmgren in the late 1970s meaning “permanent agriculture” or “permanent culture.”  The 12 principles of permaculture most commonly referred to are first described by David Holmgren in his book Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2002).

They include:

  • Observe and Interact,
  • Catch and Store Energy,
  • Obtain a Yield,
  • Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedback,
  • Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services,
  • Produce No Waste,
  • Design From Patterns to Details,
  • Integrate Rather Than Segregate,
  • Use Small and Slow Solutions,
  • Use and Value Diversity, Use Edges and Value the Marginal, and
  • Creatively Use and Respond to Change.

(source: Wikipedia.)

OSU’s  Intro to Permaculture online MOOC course (April – May 2019)  included people from all over the world earning to transform their land into smart livable spaces that ooze with sustainability and abundance. The institution offers a PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) with extensive and in-depth training, analysis, and feedback of design ideas. The courses professor, Andrew Millison, provides an excellent YouTube lecture series, a well written eBook along with a chockfull of resources of permaculture’s founders, history, technologies, and the movers and shakers of today’s permaculture global world.  He also has a podcast on SoundCloud worth listening to Earth Repair Radio  with fascinating topics and speakers who provide their expert knowledge base and global projects.

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I truly injoyed the class and look forward to hands-on projects and certification training opportunities!

Hugs, Love and Empowerment Family!

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I was asked yesterday by a really cute guy with the dreads what I like about Portland. His brown face was in disbelief knowing I come from the East Coast.  Originally I replied,  “the food trucks,” when he asked which food trucks and I said “I mean juice trucks!”

I had the feeling he didn’t believe my answers and I was taken a bit off guard. Since I had an audience of eyes on me in wonderment my shyness kicked in and the introvert in me withdrew from the conversation with smiles and thanks. Heading back to my computer to finish my paperwork. But the were many reasons my like for Portland was increasing.

I woke up this morning to another semi cloudy cool morning! I had planned on working in my garden, but the weather and my tasks were too cumbersome and timely. So here I am at 6am with a few hours sleep from homework the night before on a little mission. Lo and behold I spied a Lime eScooter on the curb while on my path! Whoa, looks like I gotta get a bike helmet!

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Voila! There on my walking path was a Lime electric scooter to assist on my travels! Lime electric scooter is a bike share micro-mobility company. eScooters as they are called in Portland, are pay-per-minute scooters located throughout the city on street corners and bike stations. The maximum speed are 15 mph and start at $1 per hour to unlock and 15 cents per minute. The eScooter is so easy to rent with a simple download of the app via Apple Store marketplace and linked bank accounts anyone can ride.  You can scan the eScooter bar code via your phone camera and unlock your ride, zoom to your destination and park in required location which is simply parking upright using the kickstand and uploading a snapshot.

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There are ride rules which I think I pretty much violated by lack of awareness but not that I know, I’m on the search for a bike helmet and better ride planning.

eScooter Rules and Laws

  1. Wear a helmet – Oregon law will fine you $25 if you don’t!
  2. Don’t ride on the sidewalk
  3. Yield to pedestrians
  4. Park on the curb
  5. Single person rides only!
  6. Don’t ride intoxicated or under any influence – drug free riding!
  7. No eScooters allows in public parks
  8. No eScooters on public transportation systems – bus, trains, railways, streetcars!

 

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So I can add this to my list of “Why” I like Portland!  Portland transportation is infused with Bike and Cycling programs and stores throughout the city to encourage a more healthy and sustainable transportation system. Portland is known among other names as “Bike City”  with over a dozen bike shops, organizations, and programs to teach bike maintenance, provide ride share, and rental opportunities. I’ve been looking for various types of bike options for the summer months ahead. Looking forward to getting a new bike standard or electric to join in the “Bike City” enthusiasm and get my exercise on.

Peace, Love & Empowerment!

 

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Catching up: New Projects, classes, data..

Greetings Family!

Catching up on posts and studies:

I’m just 24 hours· after “completing” my Mississippi Mound builder archeology project and I use· that word· loosely these days , because I am always finding (discovering) new information that expands my perspectiveknowledge, and understanding of our human past· and familial lineage . What turned out to be· only 12 pages turned into a whooping 50 pages leaving my Lyft driver to question· if i was in a graduate degree· program· or undergrad program· . What happened is the more I ‘dug’ , the more I found , and had to add· to the project· ! (And I wanted to add MORE ! ! but time· and technology wouldn’t permit· me to do· so ! )

I am so thankful I went through the ups and downs in this class· . As I reached the end· , my Mac gained incredible supernatural-paranormal powers which seemed to interfere· with even editing these PowerPoint and Word documents . (I recorded it because who would believe me!? haha)


Mississippi Mound Builders test animation

My recent test with animating the Mississippi Mound Builders project found an app that so far is working pretty well. Writing a script and adding sound hopefully in the same app or iMovie or Premiere. Be right back…


Final Project Grades

In the end, however , I got a whooping B+ (only because I turned it in late· with all the issues I had).  Not my usual A+ but, nevertheless , like my first and second anthropology· courses have enriched my life  in such a way that I no longer see  our world, history, or our story the same ! I plan· to share· more… will keep you posted !

Garden-to-table simple organic recipes: 33rd NE Community Farm 

I’ve been obsessed with organic foods since high school finding my way through local Georgetown (DC) grocery stores tasting tofu and raw veggies! Not much has changed accept my longing to find the most fresh, organic natural forms of fruits and veggies, the answer — farm to table or rather garden to table foods.

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The home of Oregon Food Bank is also residence to both the NE 33rd Community Farm (learning garden) and MudBone Grown LLC, a local African American managed teaching farm.  I was so impressed by the story of MudBone Grown’s owners seeking land, pursuing farming certification, and chasing their dreams in a city that has a historical past of resisting African American expansion.  Although many of their learning programs were closed due to earlier deadlines prior to my arrival to the area, I was able to volunteer on site with local OSU Master Gardeners and volunteer gardeners.

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Last week, we planted seedlings and harvested winter crops. A Washington High School visited the site to also partake in the early gardening activities under the overcast of Spring showers. It was a delight to meet everyone, get in the green house, and harvest some kale, collards, and chard.

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When I got back home, I cleaned the greens and prepared a few dishes to compliment the veggies. It had been sometime since I made old fashioned collard greens and eventually made a huge pot of collards that lasted a few days. This was especially a treat that I savored with great southern or rather southeast coastal comfort.  But my first meal was purely vegan and mostly raw consisting of all organic ingredients; Ethiopian bulgar tabouli, collard wraps, raw organic cucumber tomato salad, avocado and blood orange fruit salad, and cumin hummus.

 

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Will post recipes when I get back from the garden 😉

Until then, Peace Love and Empowerment Family!

daria_gold_bee

Ria

a few weeks in portland…

It’s monday night, I’m in a dark room lit by a candle re-reading Credo Mutwa and feeling as though I’ve surfed a wave of emotions at long last needing release. A “night mix” playlist is echoing, “33 bowls of rain” that’s crystal bowls along with the classic “jala, yoga flow mix” and “dolphin and whale sounds.”  I’m feeling the after effects of this last quarter scorpio moon entering sagittarius.

Only a few days ago, I was speaking to a new yogi about Yogananda (Autobiography of a Yogi), kundalini, tantra philosophy, jesus christ and christ consciousness only to hear some of the same words in a YouTube video with the late Sunyata Saraswati. I was amazed and astonished at this Ancestor’s life story. Powerful to say the least, this day has been fruitful with abundance; a shaman class, a woman’s permaculture class, a class i thought was about botany or gardening that turned out to be about facilitating the healing or support of children with trauma (thank you, oregon state university)!

i sent this yogi a few must reads:

  • autobiography of a yogi,
  • sri ramakrishna,
  • the science of breathe,
  • the mahabarata
  • and oops forgot — siddharta — another classic!

I knew I came to this region for healing I just didn’t imagine it would be this powerful. Even the beads on my wrists smell like ethiopian frankincense and myrrh! Maybe it’s the sacredness of the mountains or the proximity to the ocean or simple ‘timing’ thrusting me into the darkness of myself. or the lessons of witnessing the harvest and rebirth of seeds make their full bloom as I learn to grow microgreens. the way the darkness of soil like the mothers womb brings forth new life. their is something deeply sacred about the land, the mysteries of nature, and our kinnectedness to spirituality that is profound. i am a student. observing while acting in this sacred dance remaining in awe and deep appreciation.

in this way the days go by. i am re-learning to breathe.

“why do you move so fast?” was one reminder that i had to rid myself of my high-strung “survival mode” southeast lifestyle. that my shift in consciousness is more about fully embracing my authentic self. even my tiny locs seem to grow as to kiss the sun and spiral to the stars like shoots from mother earth herself. they are my teachers. i look at my kinks sticking straight up in wonder at the simplicity and complexity of my indigenous alchemy and this conductive fire that largely remain a hidden metaphysical quantum science. and i re-teach myself to accept this sacred way of growth i witness from my person. a reminder teaching me to resist any form of negative self talk. to promote a crystaline self-acceptance through re-opening the heart space.

i am adjusting my sight. re-membering to see the all in everyone and myself. the love in all things.

everything feels like radical growth that i want to keep private and sacred. much i’d like to share and still so much more i am silent to. and i’m greatful to be here at this time unraveling and rooting in this sacred frequency…

inLove,

daria_gold_bee

Ria

 

Visiting the West Coast!

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Rosemary Bush (Rosemarinus)  – (the largest I’ve seen ever in Oregon). Rosemary bushes are on so many lawns and parks! There are at least close to a dozen species in Portland.)

The last time I was on the West Coast was during Katrina in August of 2005. I visited Arizona on a few dreams I had following a young Native girl and my Aunt Tiye who would climb Red Earth mesas and fly to the next while I would climb in arms reach before their next leap. At that time, I was discovering the Sun and her children, the tribes of the Sun scattered from the Yucatan into old Mexican Arizona. At that time I had no idea the inclusive history of indigenous and native peoples on this planet.

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Frontier Airlines, Winter 2019, East Coast (Ronald Reagan National Airport) to Denver Airport

I was also heavily writing, dancing, performing spoken word and dabbling in teaching to elementary children about indigenous culture and our environment. Still a practicing vegetarian, I was getting extreme downloads from the Earth (cosmos) from the Divine Feminine realm. In fact, I had journals filled with messages from The Goddess and as I sat in the lotus position or in pigeon pose I began to see the beauty of Tantra everywhere and in everything. This was the East coast, the hemisphere of my birthplace on this planet and yet I still had this weird connection to the West coast! At least in Arizona where I felt more at home than almost anywhere I’d been (apart from Guadeloupe).

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Between flights (starving). Airport breather: food (Asian salmon salad), beer, a little writing 😉

 

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Mount Hood at Rocky Butte Natural Park at the top of Joseph Wood Hill Park where you can see Cascade Mountain Range, Mount Hood (pictured above), Mt. Helen’s, and the Columbia River gorge and Washington State’s Vancouver

 

 

But here I am on the West Coast, discovering none other than Oregon. Back home on the East coast the words “Portland” and “Oregon” made my black coworkers pause with side-eyed glares and ask almost offensively, “Why Portland?” As if my black card would be revoked by our imaginary world-wide black card institute.

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Their conjectures almost had me convinced until walking through the neighborhood and seeing others with my skin tone assuring me “there’s ‘naga’s’  here!” with a sigh of relief. Still I get the unusual looks or loud “Hi, how you doing?” It’s definitely a mixed bag. But beyond the looks — and maybe its my wild unruly “braid locs,” turquoise, and shoulder length feathers in my ears, I know there’s something super “magical” about this region I am only beginning to discover.

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Clary Sage Herbarium: organic dried herbs, teas, herbal extracts, therapeutic organic & food grade essential oils, flower essences, magical intention candles, smudging herbs and woods, cleansing sprays, crystals, natural incense, artisanal natural soaps & body care and more.

The trees alone have much to tell – and I’ve never been anywhere where trees and shrubs are as diverse as they are here in Portland. Gigantic mature Rosemary bushes are aligned with rose bushes, sage, and pine yards away from bamboo, ferns, and pacific mandrones (one of the prettiest unusual trees I’ve seen). There are palm varieties with algae, lichen and moss grown on the trunks and trees of pine and oak (noted to have over 700 varieties of moss in Portland!) I’ve even seen cacti and succulents! Why? Portland is a rain forest! The only American rain forest in the North America and Oregon is one of the states (including California, and Washington State) of the Pacific Northwest to house its unique temperate climate and home to the colossal red woods which are still part of ancient Mayan lore to date. But these tree varieties sometimes leave me feeling as if Ive walked into some far away faerie gnome village with the later I’m still trying to figure out and define. Still, I admit Portland is by far a very mystical forest region Ive only begun to discover! 🙂

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Many people in Portland look as if they are ready to climb mountains, win the iron man (or gender-neutral equivalent), homestead (Macgyver style), and Natarajasana  (yoga cosmic dancer pose) without missing a heart beat. There is a true love for nature in these parts! So much so that my first trip to the local grocery store, the cashier hesitated packing my items thinking i’d walk out in hand or had a personal recycled (preferably hemp) bag in my pocket! He gave me a side-eyed stare when i insisted on a paper bag and my paper receipt which is probably recycled on the spot. The truth is the ONLY plastic bag I gathered in my few weeks here was the one I brought with me from Virginia!!! Recycling here is not some feel good chat, it’s a religion and way of life that shocked even myself.

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The grocery stores have some amazing local markets fresh produce that I was equally amazed to see and taste! The Alberta Coop was one of the first stores I walked in and was happy to see such gorgeous veggies, mushroom, fruits, roots, and greens! Plus the cashier informed me I could ‘purchase’ or own part of the coop which really got my attention, but more on that in the Spring! For now, I will say there is a huge vegetarian and vegan health conscious population residing here.  And i cant wait to explore the food agriculture here both personally and academically.

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For now I will end with thankfulness and anticipation of new journeys, awakenings, and empowerment of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding!

 

Always Love!

daria_gold_bee

Ria


Resources: 

https://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Documents/AboutODF/NativeTreesPlants.pdf

majestic place of mountains (poem)

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It’s so peaceful right now out here!! I’m loving it … ♥️

this majestic place of mountains

(Sage and Nag Champa burning 💨)

to Native flutes and Nature Forest sounds…

 

i am adorned in feathers and crystal blue liner

lapis lazuli dipped around my neck  and brassy copper at my wrists

It’s a semi slow and soft rainy day over 45 degrees …warm.

i walk in an ocean navy rain jacket stopping to peer in tiny cafe windows

a red beard with hands in dough peering back at me

a cat like grin from the customer behind me

while a total of $7.11 is exchanged for

organic goodies i anticipate with my senses

i like this place where everyone meets at its corners

lawns draped with signs of make america peace again and black lives matter

while the new moons darkness feel embedded in my dark obsidian nails

and a skrying silver ring he called magick ….it feels like this place of mountains

brings a bird of majesty… sacred Tz’ikin

i climb and perch before flying asking you for favor

and embody your most giving spirit…

Mountains, natural hair and peace

on the Pacific Coast ♥️♥️♥️

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13:28 Frequency, Planetary Alignments, and Then & Now Challenge

Peace Family!

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2012 (Then) 2019 (Now)

 

Astrological Alignments and Observing the 13:28 Time Frequency

So it’s a special astronomical celestial occurence that has all the planets in alignment and its my baby girls birthday on Red Resonant Serpent (Galactic Activation Portal) day in the Dreamspell Mayan time 13:28 frequency! Don’t forget to plug into your inner self and meet the cosmos therein. It’s a powerful time to quiet, intend, soul search, get out or create your vision dream board ( i did mine the last new moon) and really get centered on your goals and desires.  Make this time your best time!

Shout out and special soft wishes to my baby girl Nefertari who’s birthday falls on this very special Resonant Serpent GAP Moon Friday!

Happy Birthday to my Baby Girl Nefertari


More about the 13:20 (13:28) Time Frequency

The 13:20 time frequency is an alternative to the 12:60 time frequency which dictates time is money over time is art. 13:20 observes synchronicity, spirituality and dreams as powerful information and communication with the higher self, god, the elements, and source. 13:20 provides natural time with earth and the cosmos whereas 12:60 time frequency is manmade and imposed (by the Vatican at the start of modern slavery in 1583 with the imposition of the Gregorian calendar) which is unnatural. 13:20 provides a more natural flow and observance of the moon, divine feminine energy. It is in line with the more ancient calendar systems of the Middle East (Egypt and India)  and the Mayan. Coincidently, I started my studies and practices into the Natural Time or the Law of Time back in 2009! The 13:20 time frequency acts as a bridge between the earth and the cosmos in our observation of creating a life that is sacred and in tune with nature and all there is. There are 13 moons, and a 28 day – or moon cycle or 28 day lunar cycle. “A perfect orbital measure of 13 moons of 28 days, totaling 364 days, or 52 perfect weeks of 7 days each. Because the 365th day is no day of the moon or week at all, it is known as the day out of time” – a day to celebrate peace through culture and time is art !” (Law of Time, 2017).


Back in School & 10 Year Facebook Challenge

I just started this new semester with a new anthropology course and got my first few A’s this week (yeah!). My professor actually lives in the state I am moving to and I cant wait to chat or meet up with him to investigate the Anthropology and Environmental scene!  So much is happening in our world and in my personal life I cant begin to tell all. So many people (friends) on Facebook are doing the 10 Year Challenge that I thought I’d add a few of my pics from 2008 to date (2018/19)!

I have so many more pics to add but I just got a call that my car part came in and I’m off before work! More kisses, xo and hugs and always empowerment!

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~ Ria (Daria) 

 


Now

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2019 Gym Pics

 

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October 2018 Gym Pics

 

Then

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Augusta, GA 2013

 

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Oak Canyon, VA 2011

 

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2008 Virginia

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Virginia 2009 Meditation

Rosemary – Healing & Magical Gifts

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Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis, beautiful bluish purple flowers and piney aromatic leaves

Rosemary Oil in latin is called the “Dew of the Sea” also called “Rose of Mary”and associated with the Goddesses Isis (Hathor/Het Heru) and Aphrodite. It’s affiliation is so powerfully linked to ancient goddesses of the Mediterranean such as the indigenous roman goddess of the Etruscan era called Menrva equivalent to Athena (Greece) meminisse, meaning “to remember.”

Goddess Folklore

Its folklore is linked to Mary, Mnemosyne (memory) mother of the 9 muses (literature, science, and arts),  and other goddess archetypes of love, remembrance, memory, mother goddess, divinity, sacred feminine, fertility, protectress, scholarship, wisdom, and royalty. It’s used magically to repel negativity, bad omens and bad dreams, hair loss, worry, anxiety, increasing love, centeredness, music, the muses, the arts, motivation, increased intention, healing, medicine, warrioress, commerce, embodiment of the divine trinity, the mysteries of water and prescience, weddings, attraction of faeries, source of knowledge, poetry, myth, song,  and visions.

 

Menrva (also spelled Menerva) was an Etruscan goddess of war, art, wisdom

Menrva (also spelled Menerva) was an Etruscan goddess Goddess of war, art, strategy, wisdom, and health Associations: Athena (Greece) Mnemosyne (Greece) goddess of memory, remembrance Meneswā ( Etruscans) “She who measures” Menerwā (derived from Meneswa) to Menrva Name variations: (above), includes Minerva

Its pine-shaped, silvery leaves are full of the sun’s light energy.   Rosmarinus officinalis is one of my favorite oils that “feels” more eclectic and ancient than a popular choice in modern times. It’s omnipotent scent is a boost of strong woodsy pine aroma with hints of astringent-camphor that awaken the senses. Although many find this too strong to wear, I adorn my bath and body with this goddess-gifted essential oil. It’s as if my body, cells, organs, and auric field know just how invaluable this oil is to the body, mind and spirit!

rosemary_healing_NSG.pngRosemary is powerful stimulator inciting circulation. It’s also a cleanser detoxing the mind, awakening the heart and calming the liver as an all around well-being oil. It acts as an astringent, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, energy booster. It aids immunity function, relieves headaches, muscle pain and joint soreness, congestion and coughs, anxiety and depression. Rosemary stimulates hair growth and beauty, provides gum and teeth health, and improves digestion.

Coming from a Creole background, rosemary is one of my staple herbes-de-provence along with organic thyme and sage, I add to my culinary healing cabinet and a staple I can’t live without!  This sun-loving, perennial shrub is native to the Mediterranean, and sacred to ancient Egypt, Greece, and Mexico used in funerary embalming, memory, and spiritual purification rites.

 

Magical Rites and Properties

  • Protection, purification, and passion
  • Rosemary tied with orange, cloves, holly and mistletoe for New Years offering
  • Rosemary burnt with juniper to purify air
  • Women rule where Rosemary dwells!
  • Male energy of Leo (the Sun/Sol) – Fire element
  • Feminine energy of the Moon (Lunar) – use to increase dreams and memory of dreams
  • Psychic development, psychic protection
  • Increases wisdom and sacred memory
  • Attracts friendships and love
  • Repels negativity, psychic attack, chaos, confusion
  • Repels witches and lower level entities
  • Scholars and students to increase memory, academic excellence
  • Offering to the dead, ancestors, ancient embalming rites
  • Increases meditation and higher vibrations
  • Attracts high frequency beings like faeries, elfs, air elementals
  • Correspondences:
    Chakra: Solar Plexus, “I Do” mantra, characteristics: emotions, memory, discernment, clarity, strength, purpose, will, vitality, right to act, self-control. Tone: E, Planets: Mars, Venus, Mercury, Sense: Sight
  • Floor wash: add rosemary oil, lavender, or rosemary and frankincense oil
  • Burn: sage and rosemary,  juniper to raise spiritual energy vibration
  • Twigs: Carry in pocket for success, attract good luck, opportunity, commerce
  • Bathe: cleansing negative energy, blessings, & purification

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Health Benefits

  • anti cancer, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal
  • improved digestive system
  • circulatory system – hair growth, varicose veins,  and skin ailments
  • aids respiratory systems coughs, asthma, congestion
  • reduces pain, inflammation, muscle soreness
  • adaptogen (adrenal gland function)  – spray as immunity booster and preventative measures for colds
  • detoxes, purifies, and cleans air as air freshener
  • reduces stress lowering cortisol hormones
  • brings calm, stabilizing emotions and fights depression

 

 


 

Community Gardens Series: Cottage City Garden

organic-logoIt’s important to know the community gardens, natural farmers, organic markets in your area! I feel as though I’ve lost touch with stores like Wegmans, Whole Foods, Trader Joes and others within a short drive away. Yet local farmers and local gardens are a vital part of community and should be on your phone list and knowledge base. So here I start, the search for local farmers, community gardeners, and markets run by us for us – of the organic, natural lifestyle persuasion.  Organic sauce 😉 + Love ❤


The Cottage City Community Garden – Maryland

via About the Garden

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©2015Cottage City Community Garden

The Cottage City Community Garden was the first community garden to be established in the Port Towns  area. Since 2010, the Cottage City Community Garden has served as a gathering place providing good, local, organic food for the community and a friendly place where we gather to learn the art of gardening from one another. Not only have we maintained and expanded the Cottage City Community Garden, but in March of 2013, many Cottage City Gardeners helped to construct raised garden beds in the establishment of the Colmar Manor Community Garden. Volunteers from both towns worked to build the Colmar Manor Community Garden in just one day.

 


Recipes We Love: Grilled Plums with Frozen Yogurt & Agave

Late Summer is the perfect season for getting more fruit into your meal – and when you’re already outside cooking, it doesn’t get much easier than adding some to the grill.
Stone fruits are great for grilling because their thicker skin and flesh can hold up to heat well.

 

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©2015. Seventh Generation. BDrake Ford. Cottage City Community Gardens. 

 

For a quick summer dessert try grilled plums with vanilla frozen yogurt (or ice cream) and a drizzle of agave syrup.
Can also use peaches, nectarines or apricots for the plums.

*Fresh plums, 1 per person
*Canola or vegetable oil, for grilling
*Pint of frozen yogurt – we went with vanilla bean or ice cream
*Drizzle of agave syrup

Heat your grill, keeping the temperature at a medium-high level. Brush grill grate and plums with oil. Cook face down until warm throughout and flesh has grill marks, about 3-5 minutes.

Add to a bowl with 1-2 scoops of frozen yogurt or ice cream.
Drizzle agave syrup over plums and ice cream, and garnish with fresh mint.

Provided by Seventh Generation.

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