Dr. Sebi Interview – Biochemistry of the human body and the healing journey

This is an amazing interview with Dr. Sebi about the biochemistry of the body, his healing journey, and the ways to heal the body from any dis-ease! It’s very insightful as Dr. Sebi breaks down the healing of disease using chemistry,  electric herbs and abstinence from starch, milk and meat…  🙂 InJoy! ~ Ria (Daria)

 

 


Citation:

RockNewmanShow. (2015, October 23). Dr. Sebi on The Rock Newman Show. Retrieved from YouTube: https://youtu.be/Qx6_073GDkQ

 

The Journey Begins (out of Africa)

Note: This is a repost from a blog called My Face in History Project since there was no “sharing” features on this blog I reposted by copying and pasting! Injoy! 😉 ~ Ria (Daria)

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Library of Congress, Washington, DC, USA, Research Shelf © Daria Danielle Smith Giraud. 2018.

 

 


The Journey Begins (out of Africa)

Africa is our root:  The root of all civilization of the world, the “light of the world”  (Massey, 1907),  the “mother of civilization” (Henrik Clarke, ).

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One statement that is common through my short lived studies of the autochthonic aboriginal in our global history is they repeat “We always been here! We were here since the beginning!” So how is this possible? And why was this never taught to us in school? Even at the university level to mention “black” origin other than the Lucy bones or some bones of an ancient African or “negroid” woman somewhere around the globe is permitted, the words “African”autochthonic is taboo, shunned and even banned from modern academia even when evidence prove otherwise.  In my own studies in anthropology I had the same disturbing gut feeling that I had when I was in my 5th grade social studies class and yelling out “this is a lie!” Some 30 years later, little has changed in the way of tearing down the walls of racism steeped in theory that was never proven openly but concealed and hidden privately by mainstream academics. The truth is their is more than enough evidence that prove “we were here!” long before Columbus set sail for the New World.

The journey begins out of Africa to new worlds.  We construct our boats made of reeds and papyrus and navigate with great precision and knowledge of the stars (astronomy) and mathematics, traverse across the Ethiopian Sea (the Atlantic) and the Pacific Oceans, to visit the Americas, South America, Asia, the islands of the Pacific. We set foot on the continents of Asia, in China, and Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, India and Australia. We inhabit those lands. We inhabit Europe, even Russia. We are everywhere on this planet earth. We build temples, pyramids, and mounds to our sacred gods. We are brothers and sisters of many nations with a common ancestor.  We build the richest ports of trade and commerce. We bring plants and seeds known to only Africa (Guinea) and plant in the new world Americas, on the Yucatan Peninsula, in Guatemala, Panama, Honduras, El Salvador, Peru, Venezuela, Brazil.

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The “Black”, the “Copper Colored”, the “Red Man” in the Americas

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Photo Credit (coming soon)

The word “Ethiopian” was used in context, does not refer to people from Ethiopia. It springs from “aethiops” which means “burnt skin.” People of sun-burnt skin (that is blacks) were sometimes referred to, at that point in time, in this broad and general way. Lopez de Gomara also describes the black Europeans sighted for the first time in Panama. “The people are identical with the Negroes we have in Guinea.” De Bourbourg also reports that there were two indigenous to Panama (Central and South America) – the Mandinga (black skin) and the Tule (red skin). Africans were not strangers to the Spanish and Portuguese. Black Africans and Arabs had invaded  Southern European in 711 AD and had established dynasties that profoundly affected Spain, Portugal and Sicily until the year 1492, the year of the African general Boabdi of the Almohade dynasty surrendered the very year Columbus set sail for the New World . (From the Mandingo Voyages) (Sertima, 1998, p.5)

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Africa is our root:  The root of all civilization of the world, the “light of the world”  (Massey, 1907) the “mother of civilization (Henrik Clarke, ) .” Africa is the root of the great Tree of Knowledge. The great Tree of Life. The world civilizations are the branches, the fruit, the seeds, and flowers of cultures and kingdoms, the Klans and tribes of the world, everywhere. Africa sprouted and birthed the great nations of this world from a cosmic source. We are indeed “celestial and terrestrial” (Churchward, 1910) as we have been since the beginning. As we traversed from land to land from nomadic to becoming agricultural communities we remained the autochthonic aboriginal indigenous inhabitants of the land on the planet. This was truth, memory, legend, and fact even evidenced up until the Columbus voyages to the Americas.

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Oglagla Sioux Tribal Nation (photo credit unknown, 1800s/1900s)

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Tribal meeting of original Narragansett & Wampanoag Native Americans in 1925, the Narragansett Tribe have been in the Rhode Island/New York area

Taking Your Land & Birthright

These “Europeans” after expelling the Mauriscos (Moriscos) or Moors from Spain in 1492  with the Alhambra Decree, also known as the Edict of Expulsion; Decreto de la Alhambra  Edicto de Granada (Spanish), immediately sent Christopher Columbus (also known as Cristòffa Cómbo (Ligurian), Cristoforo Colombo (Italian), and Cristóbal Colón (Spanish) to search for new lands in the Americas. These ‘new lands’ were believed to be the ports and cities connected to the once ruling Moors of Spain. Please note there was a second expulsion in 1609 by King Philip III called the Expulsion of the Moriscos, Expulsió dels moriscos which further sent the descendants of much of the royal moors previously in Spain out of Europe for good. European monarchs and the church wanted no trace of the Moors and their children (black, brown or mulatto admixtures) in any part of the Europe.

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The Papal Bull “Inter Caetera,” issued by Pope Alexander VI on May 4, 1493, played a central role in the Spanish conquest of the New World. Furthermore, The Discovery doctrine (in the Name of Christ) is a concept of public international law expounded by the United States Supreme Court in a series of decisions, most notably Johnson v. M’Intosh in 1823. The doctrine was cited in other cases as well. With Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, it supported the concept that tribes were not independent states but “domestic dependent nations”(Source: Wikipedia)

Chief Justice Marshall noted the 1455 papal bull Romanus Pontifex approved Portugal‘s claims to lands discovered along the coast of West Africa, and the 1493 Inter Caetera had ratified Spain‘s right to conquer newly found lands, after Christopher Columbus had already begun doing so,[7] but stated: “Spain did not rest her title solely on the grant of the Pope. Her discussions respecting boundary, with France, with Great Britain, and with the United States, all show that she placed it on the rights given by discovery. Portugal sustained her claim to the Brazils by the same title.

This is when most of their histories were banned and hidden from the history books and why you may not have heard of their existence in school or in movies to date. Further evidence prove that in the Doctrine of Discovery yet another catholic mandate further used a form of legal religious decree (man made instrument) to suppress, oppress and annihilate autochthonic aborigines and their indigenous descendants not only from history books, but from memory, land, resources and spirituality. The result of this legacy is the oppressive political policy we now call White Supremacy (WS) and has been part of a larger global phenomena throughout the old world and new world.

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Origins, the study

Before beginning our survey of rejected and accepted paleoanthropological evidence, we shall outline a few epistemological rules that we have tried to follow. Epistemology is defined by Webster’s New World Dictionary, as “the study of theory of the origin, nature, methods, and limits of knowledge.” When engaged in the study of scientific evidence, it is important to keep the nature, methods, and limits of knowledge in mind; otherwise one is prone to fall into illusion.” (Cremo, 1993, p. 7)

When we speak of beginnings there are a plethora of myths (mythologies) that speak to the origin and creation stories of man from around the world. Each religion, each spiritual system, each tribe has its own creation myth and human origin mythology. One common theme seen throughout many of these stories is the duality between earthly man and the god or celestial man. This dual nature in man is also illustrated heavily in the works of Churchward’s, “Signs and Symbols of Primordial Man“. In this book he goes into great detail and breath to compare ancient Mexico (Mayan and Aztec) spirituality, temples, artifacts, and symbols to those of ancient Egypt, in fact, he superimposes that these cultures are one and the same.  It is suggested and documented through evidence that the pygmy African ‘negroid’ phenotype is the oldest human on the planet. Yet in Cremo’s discoveries there exists many discoveries of ‘modern human’ skeletons (bones, skulls, femurs, etc) found as early as the 1800s.

Castenedolo Skull

This anatomically modern human skull (Sergi 1884, plate 1) was found in 1880 at Castenedolo, Italy. The stratum from which it was taken is assigned to the Astian stage of the Pliocene (Oakley 1980, p. 46). According to modern authorities (Harland et al, 1982, p. 110), the Astian belongs to the Middle Pliocene, wihch would give the skull an age of 3-4 million years. [p. 424, Forbidden Archeology]

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‘This twofold creation will account for the two Adams, the man of earth and the man from heaven, or man the mortal and the man the manes. In mythology the first Atum was solar. In the eschatology, the second Atum is the spiritual. The garden was made for the manes to cultivate, and the manes represents the second Adam, who as Egyptian is Nefer – Atum in spirit — otherwise man the manes in the garden of Amenta.” (Massey, 1907, p.425)

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Citations: 

Churchward, Albert. (1910). The signs and symbols of primordial man. New York: E. P. Dutton & co. Retrieved from 10.5479/sil.212089.39088000141432

Clarke, J. H. (1993). African people in world history. Baltimore, MD: Black Classic Press.

Cremo, M. A., & Thompson, R. L. (1993). Forbidden Archeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race. Los Angeles: Bhaktivedanta book.

Massey, G. (1907). Ancient Egypt. The Light of the World: A work of reclamation and restitution in twelve books. S.l.: Old Book Publishing.

Pope VI A. (n.d.). The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Retrieved from https://www.gilderlehrman.org/content/doctrine-discovery-1493. The Doctrine of Discovery , 1493, A Spotlight on a Primary Source by Pope Alexander VI.

Sertima, I. V. (1998). Early America revisited. New Brunswick: Transaction.

Sertima, I. V. (2003). They came before Columbus: The African presence in ancient America. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks.


Reposted with permission by © 2018. Daria Danielle Smith Giraud. All Rights Reserved.

Travel – Mini Vaca in Mayan Mexico

Cancun, Mexico

Ancient Mesoamerican Culture & Dreams 

Surprisingly this trip was rather impromptu unlike my attempt to visit Costa Rica a few months before.  The night before my flight,  I had found an AirbnB in Quintana Roo, Cancun, Southeast Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.  Honestly, I didn’t plan very well for this mini vacation which I wrote an article about my first night on what ‘not’ to do when traveling  (I still have to publish). But first, I had to give humility and thanks for this very sacred and spiritual ‘pilgrimage’. I had dreamed of Mexico almost all my adult life with small dreams (visions) that linked Mexico to many states in the Americas (like Arizona (Sedona), Montezuma’s Castle (Sinagua Indian tribes) where I wrote “home” in a red journal and marveled at the turquoise and copper artifacts the ancient “Anasazi” dwelled much like the ancient Malian Dogon in Africa).

There were anomalies, mysteries, and hidden puzzles to our history that seemed to fill my memories, dreams, and obsessions toward visiting these regions beyond merely dreaming of them. Like the sacred land of Arizona with the mysterious monuments and ‘temples’ I captured with my eyes and senses, the immense feeling of ancient Africa and ancient Asian still living and thriving in those vortices, I was convinced they were all linked to a common ancestor and had been not only traveled but inhabited by ancient African people. Mexico had similar mysterious otherworldly familiarity. I knew my ancestors had been ‘there’ not only brining civilization to these regions but leaving a legacy that still permeates Central (South America) and many regions within the United States.  There was this unspoken link to be traversed and reconnected within my soul.  Many tribes of various shades of cream, cinnamon, copper, and even black existed also within me and this last dream showed me Tulum and Coba pyramids!

I had no plan to climb a pyramid with its 120 steps nor swim in a 130 feet deep cenote (sinkhole) deep into the earth. But I did and even conquered some fears! I know longer have ANY fear of planes and find pleasure in sitting at the window watching “serpent clouds” and other images I wrote about in my journals.

 

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© 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

Mexico is mysteriously not considered either North American nor Central American but quite honestly both because of its controversial history that predates the arrival of the Spanish and Christopher Columbus including the later American Spanish Wars and many other caste wars which both annihilated and erased the African face out of Paleo-Indian conversation. I believe this territorial confusion to remain a hot debate. However, refutable evidence prove that the African Nubian presence in the Americas included the Mayan, Aztec, Inca (Ynca) and other existing and thriving merchant kingdoms of Honduras, Guatemala, Panama, Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Nicaragua as tribal royal and merchant territories of the Ancient Mayan Americas which expanded into North America, Southeast United States;  California, Arizona, Colorado, the Mississippi River, Ohio, Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Florida, and Canada, to name a few.

 

Where I Visited

My first travels to Mexico was on 27-September 2018 and included a very short tour through the temples of the Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo, Mexico (Coordinates:20°29′41″N 87°44′10″W) of the ancient Mayan temples of  Kukulcan in Tulum, the tallest pyramid temple in Coba (Nohoch Mul, is the ancient name of this group of tallest pyramids; Ixmoja (also known as  Nohoch Mul and the Spanish word variant Coba)  and Calakmul  or  Kalakmul “the Snake Kingdom”  (k’uhul kaanal ajaw, Divine Lords of the Snake)  located in Campeche, Mexico), Ceynote or Cenote (Multum Ha one of three) and Playa Del Carmen.

*note: searching for meaning of Ixmoja which sounds very much like Yemoja (“Our Lady of Navigator”)! Also searching for Nohoch Mul true Mayan meaning.

 

Tulum

Tulum, Tulu’um, the Temple of the Wind is a Mayan city which served as a major port for trade, ritual and astronomical observation of the ancient Mayan navigators. This port was central and vital to the Ancient Olmec Mayans as it overlooked the Caribbean Sea and was a point of the natural African South American winds used to sail to the Americas. Tulum was a port city for the Mexican State of Quintana Roo along the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico with coordinates 20°12′53″N 87°25′44″W. One of the largest cities constructed by the Ancient Olmec Maya, also known as the Zama City of the Dawn was a major trading hub its temples made of Limestone which keeps cool under the hot sun. Tulum is a fortified site housing three structures, El Castillo, the Temple of the Frescoes, and the Temple of the Descending God which dominated the coastal trade and land routes through Central America and the Americas.

Tulum is a very popular tourist sites in close proximity to Cancun and the Maya Rivera.  The third most viewed ancient ruin sites after Teotihuacan and Chichen Itza. Tulum is considered a tropical savana climate. And is part of the Sian Ka’an (biosphere reserve), archeological center, hotelera zone, and pueblo town.

It is home of cenotes (sink holes) Maya Blue, Naharon, Temple of Doom, Tortuga, Vacaha, Grand Cenote, Abejas, Nohoch Kiin and Carwash cenotes and cave systems and the Tulum site houses a sacred lizard sanctuary while the beach houses nested turtles.

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Tulum, Kukulkan facing East, on the Caribbean Sea of the Yucatan Peninsula. © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

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Naturalselfgoddess Travel 2018 Tulum Quintana Roo , Kukulkan September 29 2018 Olmec Temples Mexico Mayan. © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

 

I had dreamed of lizards two distinct types both I saw at Tulum. The green grey ones all over the temples and temple grounds and the iguana orange striped one at the very entrance of the Tulum grounds was about 2 feet clinging to an indigenous Mayan descendant. I didn’t take a picture because I wanted to respect his space! I couldn’t believe how these lizards seem to be ‘guarding’ the temples and seeming to point toward sacred directions toward the see or parts of the temples. I was very humbled and thankful.

Lizards everywhere on the temples and temple grounds!

 

 

Coba,  Ixmoja

Coba Ixmoja is located as part of the Ancient Olmec Mayan sites in the Yucatan Peninsula, Quintana Roo, Mexico off the Caribbean Sea at the coordinates20°29′41″N 87°44′10″W. Located around two lagoons, Lake Coba and Lake Macanxoc, known as sacred waters that guarded the sites and elevated roads called sacbe or white road. The tallest temple pyramids in the Coba region are Nohoch Mul and  Ixmoja. Imoja  is 138 feet high and 120 steps descending and ascending and the tallest temple pyramid in the Olmec Mayan pantheon temple sites of the Yucatan Peninusula.

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Coba, Mexico. © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

 

Xaibe

Xaibe meaning “crossroads” part of the Coba Mayan city settlement and temple pyramids is also a city located in Belize. The Belize city was made up ancient Mayan settlers.  The Belize city was occupied by the indigenous Mayans after the Yucatan Peninsula caste war with the Europeans and known to celebrate the Day of the Dead as food for the souls as Hanal Pixan  a Mayan tradition. Xaibe in Coba is a watchtower made of limestone as an illuminated path for travelers in the night.

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Coba, Mexico. © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

Ixmoja

Ixmoja (Ximoja or Xaimoja) was an intense climb for a person like me afraid of heights! At an impressive 138 feet tall, and 120 ascending and descending steps, this pyramid is taller than the famous, Temple of the Sun, Chichen Itza.  Of course, I forgot to wear the correct shoes and had on swimming footwear but my adrenaline was on overdrive and with the rest of the tour group I couldn’t back down. Even half way up the pyramid I got cold feet, paralyzed for about 4 minutes to catch my breath, but I was cheered on and couldn’t turn back so I kept going!

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Coba, Temple of Ixmoja. © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

By the time i got to the top I was huffing and puffing and dripping in sweat, mostly out of managed fear and disbelief! My virgo moon about to spin out of control questioning how I’d get back down without falling to my death, but to manage the fear of overlooking the tallest tree, I didn’t take a picture or think more than 15 seconds, I just started to descend slowly with a 10 to 15 lb backpack keeping me as steady as I could plant my footing.

 

Top of Ixmoja (Ximoja/ Xaimoja or Coba Pyramid) — Over Coming My Fears 1 Adventure at a Time 

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Top of Ixmoja ( or Xaimoja /Coba) pyramid in utter fear of heights and wondering for a second how I was going to get back down! But I did descend as fast I could; adrenaline in full throttle limiting my thinking or rather managing my fear! What a triumph! © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

Riding through the Mayan Jungle

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After descending 120 slippery steps from the Coba (Xaimoja, Ximoja pyramid) I jumped back on my little turquoise bicycle. I hadn’t rode a bike in 20 years. Me and my 15lb backpack was flying through the jungle. © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

 

Such an amazing adrenaline rush produced such a harmonious healing experience for me coming from the states from so much racial turmoil into re-centering of my mind, body and spirit!

 

 

 

Ceynote MultumHa 

Cenote Multum – Ha is an underground sinkhole located in the Xian Ka’an  (Sian Ka’an) Mayan for “Origin of the Sky”region of Tulum. This is under the ground descending some 84 winding stairs to the cave made of dolomite and limestone as well as other cave rock. Such organic materials increase pH levels and add calcium and magnesium to purify the water.  I can admit I have NEVER felt water like this. It is soft and strong (potent) and completely alive, so clear you can see the 130 foot bottom of this basin.  I am not the best swimmer but again I didn’t let this stop me from experiencing the magnificence and majestic beauty. I rented a tiny life jacket and threw it over my Speedo and waistbeads and swam out to grab the rock with my tiny fingers.  Backstroked, floated and butterfly swam back and forth kept a smile on my face! Yet another fear I over came this day! Victory!

Many years ago, I had dreamed of what I learned were called ‘Cenotes’ or Sinkholes. In my dream the lakes would come alive in the night appearing to glitter under the moon. In one dream there was a home in a cave, that lead to a door where one could swim from one side to the larger lake it was healing medicine for the people of the community and had many powers. I didn’t realize until I arrived to Mexico that these cenotes were in my dreams! There are many cenotes in Mexico

 

 

Playa Del Carmen

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Playa Del Carmen shopping district and free Mexican Tequila Shots! © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

 

Hip Hop is Universal! Mexican Bboys in Playa del Carmen

I was amazed to find this Hip Hop Bboy show in Mexico. I was smiling from ear to ear listening to this African American music and witnessing these dancers for theirs in this arena as the crowd cheered and watched. For a second I felt like I was blasted onto a New York street corner in the 80s. It was fun, exhilarating, and made me giggle knowing that hip hop is truly an art loved and respected throughout the world bringing many tribes and races together under the umbrella of the music, dance, art, and culture.

 

We also had free tequila shots! I had coconut tequila, Mexican chocolate tequila, traditional tequila with lemon and salt, they were all amazing! Our group had a great time laughing, cheering each other on and chatting about our day and next travel plans.

 

Back in Cancun (KanKun) “Land of the Gold Snakes”

I spent a few days in Cancun and finally realized I was in walking distance to everything, major stores, shops, restaurants, bus stations that would take you to Chichen Itza, Mexico City, or Merida, banks, and supermarkets. The weather was amazingly perfect. On my last day it rained while the sun still shown above and cleared up as quickly as it started.  I also realized I was close to the Cancun hotel strip and party district!

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Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

 

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Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

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Coconut Trees are everywhere in Cancun! They are so plentiful no one pays them attention. I was blown away and wanted to climb the trees!! Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

 

Travel – My Fears and Dreams

My Fears overcome and  my Dreams realized…

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First time on a hammock, Cancun, Mexico.  © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

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Selfie in Mexico © 2018. Daria Danielle Giraud 

A few notes on my mini vaca to Mexico…

 

My travel to Mexico was a long awaited pilgrimage where I have had so many dreams and visions for many years. I really did not know back then that it was Mexico that I should visit or why, but it was a truly healing and magical experience.

 


 

The Heart of Transformation – My Fitness Journey in Progress

I don’t allow society or the ‘norm’ whatever that is to dictate my health, mind, or body – “She” belongs to me! ~ Ria

 

Seeing Your Hard Work Take Shape

So I woke up this morning no alarm slightly sore but glowing! Last night was an emotional day. I was releasing some unacknowledged pain and sadness I thought I’d already released during this New Moon, Full Moon, Moon Eclipse, Equinoxes, Blood Moons (- smirking- ) these past few months have been eye-opening and full of personal truth and resolution. Spiritual transformations and physical transformation!  I was feeling a bit sorry for myself, when I decided to pick up my bags (literal and metaphorical) and head for a swim.  Surely that water would help clear my head and aid my spirit.  I looked at my app and realized I had another work out before my Rest Day.  Yesterday being Leg Day, I was still slightly sore but in need of some transformation. Day 9, Chest and Triceps!

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Expanded Facility

This facility I hadn’t been to in months (maybe a year aside from the pool) had expanded. I was so surprised and excited once I discovered they had added new equipment even though tiny in room size, this gym was equipped with everything and more. Kettlebells, dumbbells, free weights, olympic bars, curl bars, tricep bars, hex bars, smith machines, mats, medicine balls, Bosu balls, exercise balls, weighted balls, massage balls! :‑O
It was an athletic dream aside from the Marine base gym I visited last year. This gym for the local public was dope! And I’m thinking how to make this a permanent gym while in the area because Planet Fitness is “ehhh!”

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September 4, 2018, Chest, Triceps, (added Abs, Calves and a Swim!)

I’m so amazed at how this transformation is taking shape- literally! ~ Ria

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Knowing What You Need and Listening to Your Body

In addition to the workout above, I added an abdominal routine! That left me sweating before my swim and jacuzzi session.  I will do this routine at least 4-5 times a week because it made my total routine complete. My abs are the hardest for me to loose and I realize that if I don’t focus on their development “it aint gonna happen!” After twin boys and a daughter and several C sections my abdominal wall split from its natural anatomy and unfortunately my pregnancies left me with extra skin that never stretched back to shape. Something like a Kate and 8 the mother (Kate Gosselin) who had the 8 babies and had to have an abdominoplasty to return her stomach to its original size, look, and aesthetic.

My Secret Body Shaming 

I was told by plastic surgeons I have a 6 pack under my extra skin! “Yuk,” “Yikes” and “Wow!” all at the same time. I was blown away at their comments “We had another very young women your age who did quite well! You have a fit body type.” This was at my 150lb body-weight at my initial consultation. I’ve pretty much been in a secret self body shaming cycle for the past ‘few’ years since taking on fitness and gave up a few times because my abdominal section just wouldn’t budge beyond the rock hard underneath the childbearing scaring.

I kept this in dire secret never telling a soul and its affected so much of my life including my sexuality and intimacy! I’ve since decided to say “Fuck it! I‘m gonna keep going no matter what and see what happens to the rest of my body!”  I have to see how far I can go. No, I have no interest in competing professionally or turning into a professional body builder! I just want to be REALLY FIT for my body type and my ideal look and feel, sorta like a  Jada’s-mom-fit, Angela-Bassett-fit aesthetic look! I have to defy my “age” and the societal norms that say being over 40 is old, and being ‘old’ means out of shape and struggling with dis-ease. (Especially in the Black community!) I say “NO” to the mental programming. I am choosing a lifestyle that is serving my highest good and the rest will follow and fall into place. This is for no one else but me – I owe myself this opportunity to shine!

 

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Ab Workout Routine: 2-3 Reps to Failure. Russian Twists (Weighted), Alternate Heel Touchers, Bottoms Up, Plank, Cocoons, Air Bikes, Side Planks, Elbow to Knee, Repeat, Repeat! This should leave you feeling an ‘ouch’ on your tummy – now you know you’ve got it in! (smile)

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September 4, 2018

 

Finding the Right Facility for Your Goals

I usually try to cover up during my workouts, I wear hoodies and zip up to my neck! While at Planet Fitness this week around 11pm (after work) I was surrounded by group of young Arab men who continuously commented on my physical “attributes.” Their comments made me so uncomfortable I gathered my water bottle and exited the gym. This new facility, however, was safe and well equipped for the novel fitness person as well as for the school athlete or military veteran all of whom were present yesterday evening.  It’s important to find the right facility for your goals and comfort level- not all are created equal so be objective, envision, and plan for your workout sessions accordingly.

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Friday,  August 31, 2018 – 122.7 lbs

I say “NO” to the mental programming. I am choosing a lifestyle that is serving my highest good and the rest will follow and fall into place. This is for no one else but me – I owe myself this opportunity to shine!  ~ Ria 

The Heart of Transformation

When I woke up and looked in the mirror my arms looked like well-sculpted parts of someone else’s body!!! I was blown away at how I had changed since January being closer to 150 lbs at 5 foot 0 inches. I don’t have a morning pic but a photo from last week I will share (pictured above). I’m so amazed at how this transformation is taking shape- literally! I am determined to be 50 and fabulous (in just a few short years ahead!) I really didn’t mind my 150 lbs body to be honest, “thick” is trendy and desirable these days so women at almost any size feel appreciated, loved, and happy with their body type and weight. For me, however, I wanted to simply ‘see’ what transformation looks like on me. I am proving to myself that I can go all the way to make significant gains on my own terms and in my own “time.” Plus I have a goal (image) in my head that wont disappear no matter how lazy or non motivated I get from time to time. I get back up and get back in and keep it moving. I keep hearing the voice “You can do better! You’re more than this!” And its this voice that keeps me on this focus of self-transformation and consistency.

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January 2018 at 150lbs

 

I really didn’t mind my 150 lbs body to be honest, “thick” is trendy and desirable these days so women at almost any size feel appreciated, loved, and happy with their body type and weight. ~ Ria

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January 2018 Collage as the Thick Ria

 

Fit in Progress Pics

I can actually see the difference in my body shape taking form. I was afraid my arms would get too muscular and have me looking like a little man woman but they are actually looking good, still feminine, but slightly defined and toned. I love ♡  it! A few more tweaks and it’s all maintenance from here!

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From Thick Girl to Fit Girl – Progress Pic- August 2018

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122.7 lbs – Slowly but surely, hard work taking shape! 08-31-18 as the Fit Ria

If I can inspire just one person to eat healthy, exercise, and continue to learn (mentally and spiritually) then I’m doing my job here on this planet Earth!

Be Happy, Be Abundant, Be Empowered! 

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Ria

Wisdom of the Elders – recognizing and making sacred kinnections on your journey

making sacred kinnections on your journey

Neuroplasticity speaks to the ability to rewire the brain through forming new connections via stimuli (expanded environment) activating synapses to strengthen cortical organization systems, synaptic (neuro) connections, and even cortical remapping.

Today,I choose to embody the now!

 

“Pushing our self past our boundaries of limitation and extreme, sometimes to something that knocks off our comfort zone, it creates new neuro pathways with our brain, we become smarter, wiser, more clarity, our life becomes more fulfilling. Only because we have a totally new experience. We get a new brain with that. Neuroplasticity” ― Angie Karan


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As  I was walking from The Mall (Washington, DC) to the metro, I was approached by an older woman with a mix of glowing goddess, mother wisdom, and dingy crone. Ironically, she looked eerily like an older sister (or cousin) to Jada Pinkett Smith so much so that I not only asked if they were related, but insisted that they being from Baltimore had to be secretly related! Her mannerisms, her voice, eye color, facial features, finger pointing, head rolls, foot stomps, and satirical laughter all told my spirit this was a far off cousin to sister Jada (and it spooked me when she said they had no family ties). I still don’t believe it! I will call her Jada’s Twin and Tridevi (interchangeably throughout this story).

She looked like she had walked a few miles covered in body sweat and with a shirt unusually dirty for just a walk or jog around The Mall. Initially, I mistook her for a homeless woman, but what she afforded me was one of the most priceless spiritual encounters I’ve had to date!  When you begin to elevate your life in such a way that you start living on a higher vibration those encounters with people take on a whole new meaning; impressions, experiences, and the people you meet speak to you very differently than the norm. Messages are strongly felt. You wonder how in the hell she knew exactly what you were going through or where you are in life. You can’t believe this person is offering you the best advice and wisdom you’ve ever received for right now in the now. And you realize it’s not only coming from her, but through her from a higher source. That you are indeed experiencing a magical moment in time.

Jada’s twin soul  spoke to me the way a mother speaks to a child with respect, nurture, and strength! When I revealed my age, she laughed, “Girl imma have to get your ID, on that one? You remind me of my younger days with the hot pants and the head-wraps of the 70s! You looking like you stepped right out the 70s!” Her stories were examples of what a woman must live up to (at any age), the power we posses, how it our duty to give back to our community creatively – to reach and teach the young, to connect with the generations after us to fill the void that social media and fake news has programmed and socialized human behavior.

She spoke of our unique struggle in America from her days in the 60s of the Civil Rights Movement to what is happening to our collective psychology and women’s self esteem, identity, and distorted perception of self.  She reinserted the need for our activism in the beautiful struggle we are born into while residing in America and as global citizens around the world, the responsibility and accountability we must continually be winning no matter what challenges we face. We are to get back up, strategize, and play our part with love in our hearts, carrying our deep sense of knowing within us, stand on our square, and speak for our Ancestors and Children’s children.

In our short time together we spoke of grace and she reminded me that walking with humility and empowerment is also surrender to god, the higher force within us all. How to listen and obey god and the art of surrender was necessary to balance our spiritual and emotional well-being, physical health, and maintain success.

What was so remarkable to me was her way of speaking and teaching through a story of example. She never said “this is what you should do” or asked” what role are you playing Sis?” She only referenced her personal history, her daughter’s struggle in the corporate fashion world and how (because of her mother’s and grandmothers strong beliefs and teachings) she continues to stand firm on her square to be a voice for those who don’t either have a voice or the consciousness to understand.

As we walked from the gold sandy dirt off the National Mall grounds, she led me South West to the edge of a beautiful outdoor garden I had never seen or known to reside. It was unlike the other gardens I had been that week, this one was not only appealing to the eyes, but allured with the most inviting aromas which I wanted to taste as I did as a child when I’d pick flowers to eat while in the woods alone. This Tridevi had afforded me with a luxury of wisdom to chew on as I made my way to the metro and driving back home; i ate and pondered, ate and agreed, ate and released, ate while reconciling, ate and gave thanks that this magical meeting occurred at just the right time, on just the right day, at just the right moment in my life. I am forever grateful and realize the power of making sacred kinnections (connections) while on your journey. And look forward to when I can be of service and pay it forward to a younger sister in need of Tridevi ageless goddess wisdom. 😉

In Love! 

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Ria (Daria) 

Travel – Smithsonian Gems Exhibit – Ancestor Montage

 

Ria Sweetraw | NaturalSelfGoddess ™♥ Blog travels to Washington, DC to visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Annenberg Hall of Geology, Gems, & Minerals. In awe of the massive gemstones and minerals from around the globe, particularly the amount of stones from Brazil (Brasil), Mexico and South America, this montage pays hommage to those Ancestors. The autochthonous tribes of the Ancient MesoAmerican Indigenous cultures and ancient Mayan Inca Aztec tribes in Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Panama whose origins and bones are buried deep within the land of those regions. Feeling compelled to not only remember but to share their memories with everyone. I am another You! xo ~ Ria ( Daria)

Herbal Healing Hacks – Thyroid Support Herbs, Everlasting Life, and SunGazing Immunity

Vegan Soul Food at Everlasting Life

Who doesn’t love vegan soul food? The tasty indulgence of childhood Southern favorites with the shedded guilt of pulling heavy meat industry resources from the planet. Ahh, biting into a buffalo-sauced, meat-free wing is as close to extravagance. Although hard-core vegans would argue “why fake a meat dish at all?” I get it and lived that life as well. Today, I’ve embraced the middle road. Less inclined to be dogmatic about my diet but strict enough to stay within the imaginary lines of remaining consistent on the organic, natural path.

“Excuse me Sis, but you need to teach a tutorial on how to stay fit.” – 30 something guy in white suit, Everlasting Life Restaurant, Maryland  

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” A tutorial?” I laughed questioning in amusement exhausted emotionally by the turn of events in my personal life. “Yes, a tutorial on how you keep yourself so fit!” I was shocked at his comment. For one, he had come off to me as — lets say someone I thought uninterested in women, secondly, he was hella young (lol, oh Stella!), thirdly, I hadn’t been to the gym (seriously) in a few weeks and felt super guilty for my lack of motivation and allowing my personal life events to dictate my schedule and energy.

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August 25, 2018 – Ria Sweetraw aka Daria, me at 122.7 lbs (shocked face)

Everlasting Life Food Review

The food was pretty good, although I personally would have incorporated more various green foods – light green, dark green, blue-black, and purple foods with more “alive” energy that activated and nourished the melanin of its predominate customers. Everlasting foods were more mock soul food items that appealed to its demographic community. What struck me, further, was the amount of black people who were in those lines, some looked like your traditional ‘woke’ brothers or sisters while others did not. That struck me as how things have really changed where more blacks had embraced a more healthy lifestyle and seeking being vegan and vegetarian as a very real way of life. This awakening was transparent in the lines and popularity this store has in the community.

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For my years of being vegan and vegetarian, however, I enjoy many different types of eclectic foods from many geographical origins of the world that are vegetarian and vegan based. I prefer raw veggies, greens, bitters and sweet fruits, and cooked beans with fresh, spicy or herbal dense tasting flavors. Overall, I loved the buffalo meatless wings and the cabbage was slamming. I’d frequent this vegan soul food spot in a heart beat!

Restaurant Rating Review

Everlasting Life,  9185 Central Ave, Capitol Heights, MD 20743, (301) 324-6900
Menu: 
Veteran vegan cafe/coffee shop providing cooked & raw soul-food dishes in a casual space.
Rating: ♡♡♡♡ (4 out of 5 hearts) 


Ripley’s Garden, Washington DC – Sun Gazing Copper Immunity Boost 

Ripleys Garden (Mary Livingston Ripley Garden, located  is located at the Smithsonian Museum grounds, Outdoors, between Arts & Industries Building & Hirshhorn Museum, has more than 200 plants, hanging plants, borders, raised beds, seasonal annuals and exotics.

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Garden Rating Review

Ripley Garden,  Smithsonian Museum Grounds Outdoor Garden, between Arts & Industries Building & Hirshhorn Museum
Attraction: 
Seasonal Annuals, Raised Flower Beds, Exotics, Herbals, Hanging Plants, Bees/Butterflies
Rating: ♡♡♡♡♡(5 out of 5 hearts) 


I truly needed some healing sun! My weeks had been difficult emotionally and spiritually and the pentacle came Sunday morning when I had to cancel my flight to Costa Rica where I had planned on an Ethnobotany conference at Hidden Garden Sanctuary. I felt defeated by the forces and felt burnt out emotionally, physically and even spiritually. I found myself finding free parking near the Smithsonian and walking into a garden.

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In my own personal experiences with Sun Gazing, Agnihotra (AM and PM Sun Rituals), Surya Namaskara Yoga practice, Sun Bathing and Sun Meditations, there is a powerful alchemy that takes place during the sun interfacing with the skin (integumentary system)  receptors and our cellular molecular chemistry which boost immunity, organ health and functionality,  and longevity.  ~ Ria Sweetraw

The sun was beating down igniting and warming my skin and I embraced this kind of healing I was desperate for it. I roamed through the beautiful garden finding rosemary, varieties of sage, edible flowers, exotic shrubs,  and their sheer beauty adorned and visited by bees and butterflies. I melted into this green space absorbed in the world of plants, water fountain sounds, and beauty looking at all the names and shapes of the trees, shrubs and perennials from around the country and world.

 

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As the sun kissed my caramel skin it soon roasted my flesh into a reddish dark copper complexion which made me feel a natural high (probably from mere mental exhaustion) and lack of sleep. Nevertheless, the sun penetration did its job by the middle of my video I was feeling happiness fill my being and some rejuvenation. I  was reading Jeff T Bowles,The Miraculous Results Of Extremely High Doses Of The Sunshine Hormone Vitamin D3...” and in my own personal experiences with Sun Gazing, Agnihotra (AM and PM Sun Rituals), Surya Namaskara Yoga practice, Sun Bathing and Sun Meditations. I can assure you the Sun energy is one to be studied with reverence and an open eye and heart. Sun gazing, Sun bathing and Sun meditations have enormous benefits especially for people of darker hues aka melanin. There is a powerful alchemy that takes place during the sun interfacing with the skin (integumentary system)  receptors and our cellular molecular chemistry which boost immunity, organ health and functionality,  and longevity. Perhaps I will share more on this in a later post. 😉 In any case, I was rejuvenated both physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually!

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Herbal Healing Hacks w Ria Sweetraw | NaturalSelfGoddess™ Blog♥


Quick Herbal Remedies Hack

I was approached a week ago by a coworker who insisted I give her remedies for her thyroid problem. I was shocked because I didn’t remember telling anyone about my years of herbal medicine practice. But for years I studied herbs and healed my children (and myself) with herbal remedies I got from books and healers in the community. I still wouldn’t call myself an herbal healer. I’ve listened to cutting edge researchers who are up on melanin, chemistry, ethno botanical herbs and foods and use scientific terms with skill and expertise. I am a fan of these teachers in the field of natural health, botany, chemistry, and melanin studies.  I’m still learning and expanding to include in my own personal practice. I smile though when I share basic healing remedies I’ve personally used on my self or my children (who are long gone from home).  What I gave her were some rather basic remedies and lifestyle changes (I stressed lifestyle changes) because dis-ease does not happen by chance or over night. Disease or imbalance is really maintained by poor habits; ignorant eating choices, poor exercise habits or lack thereof,  and negative, self-limiting emotions.

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Sample Meals for Meat eater or Transitional Meals 

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Thyroid Support 

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Turmeric, Ginger, Ashwaganda, Gotu Kola, Ginseng, Licorice, Echnacia, Bladderwrack (Seaweeds), Selenium, Vitamin B12

Liver Flush Juice for Liver and Kidneys

Raw Juices, follow eating a healthy diet heavy in green raw vegetables and leaves, avoid caffeine, alcohol, Replace Coffee with Green Teas such as Matcha Tea, Yerba Mate, Sencha Green Tea 

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Im not a fan of carrots as they are a hybrid vegetable so I will omit that from raw juicing but you can add if that is your taste.

I am fond of Beets and use them to also cleanse the kidneys and liver as a raw juice.

Ingredients: //apples, beets, ginger *optional dandelion leaves

  • 1 beet, rinsed, lightly peeled and quartered
  • 1 apple, peeled, cored and quartered
  • 1 Tbsp size piece of fresh ginger (skin removed)
  • can add dandelion leaves

Blend and strain.

Kidney Flush 

Ingredients: //celery, cucumber, parsley, limes

  • 1 celery 
  • 3 cucumbers
  • 1/2 bunch of celery
  • 3 limes (or lemons)
  • 1-2 cups of water

 

Water Tonic

Ingredients: //lemons, ginger, turmeric water

 

Fresh Water and Coconut Water (Electrolytes) 

Hydrate your body! Your body (organs, cells, etc) need water and are made up of over 65% water so keep the circulation of water recycling in a healthy way, your kidneys will thank you!

Exercise

3-5 days per week devote to some form of exercise such as yoga, stretching to increase flexibility, weight training such as lifting iron weights in repetitions to increase muscle strength, walking (if choosing this as the ONLY form of exercise is valuable to reduce heart disease, lower cholesterol, and body fat), swimming known to work the whole body (whole-body workout for all sizes and ages, great for people with injuries and asthma), dance

Sleep, Rest, Relaxation from Stress 

Breathing practices, intentional breathing helps to regulate, relax and strengthen the Spirit, practice Pranayama (science of breath) techniques, Sleep (8 hours deep sleep) preferably in a dark room with no electronics such as phones, wifi, tvs or computers to reduce EMFs (Wifi/Radiation) that effect and interfere with brainwaves, nervous system, and depress immunity,  melanin, hormonal health, Meditate – practice mindfulness 10-30 minutes a day, take some time to go into Nature to get grounded, breathe, go bare foot on the earth

Sun Gazing meditation and other meditations for Love (open hear chakra), Healing & Relaxation

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Aromatherapy

Essential Oils used for thyroid (hypothyroidism)
** note: please research carefully to choose the right essential oil for your condition

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  • cloves
  • myrrh
  • cedarwood
  • lavendar
  • sandalwood
  • spearmint
  • lemongrass
  • peppermint
  • frankincense
  • rose geranium
  • pine

Hope this helps! and I hope you injoy my video. It took me all  day as a learning curve getting around Adobe Premiere and working around certain obstacles in the application along with YouTube but my first video! It will only get better!

Peace, Love, Wealth, Wellness and Empowerment!

Ria

 

Forms of Gratitude & Love!

Peace Global Family!

Happy August! That Blood Moon ( Full Moon Eclipse) has provided some powerful shifts and I’m so thankful for this growth, wisdom, sight, and the myriad of opportunities! So much has been happening since my last post (so much I don’t post). I am working on creating a blog post schedule to keep up with my daily life, what I’m doing, eating, writing, studying, etc. Everything brand new! (Wink) I’ve been beading making new waistbeads with greater gratitude and intention, beaded anklets, men’s bracelets (from some requests), and getting back on my fitness routine for the ending of summer into the autumn time.

I know I’m late to the party, but I just discovered the delicious Oyster Mushroom (Fake Fried Chicken) dish! Oh heaven (haha!) I also have fallen in love with Sunwarrior plant based protein adding this to my green drinks! Chlorella is my best friend (the supplement of choice). I’m crazy over Wolfberries aka Goji Berries as a snack! I’ve been studying vibrational medicine and the vibration of Essential Oils in healing through my Aromatherapy Practitioner certification course! Im also retaking some earlier alternative healing courses like Herbalism and Wild Harvesting, Crystal Healing, Nutrition and Vegan, Plant-based courses, Yoga, as well as, new courses like REBT Life Coach certification, Reiki 1, 2, and Master Certification, and others,  to explore, discover, and retouch upon knowledge and recertification.

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Oyster Mushroom (Fake Fried Chicken), Sweet Plantains, and Salad! (notice my aromatherapy addiction; Clove Bud, Myrrh, Tea Tree, Orange – not shown but worn almost daily!! High vibration energy oils! )

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Ahh the BEST Green Drink ever! Just when I was craving Green Matcha Tea, I used the Pukka as a Smoothie Base, added a table spoon of Raw Honey and Whoa! Sooo delicious! xo

 

I will be able to offer some of these services and create classes for community as a way of giving back (Karma Yoga). What other form of gratitude could one have but to give gifts of healing, love, and creative abundance!

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Summer 2018 – 48 years young!

 

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Always Love, Empowerment and Freedom!

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Ria (daria)

NaturalSelfGoddess

lavender essential oil – diy mosquito repellent

So I was playing in the woods yesterday! Getting some rest, meditation, and rejuvenation when something didn’t quite feel ‘right.’ I rushed out of the woods only to look on my arm and brush away a mosquito that was fully engaged in my skin. To my surprise I had in a very short time over 6 bites. Just a few days prior, I laughed at my son for escaping getting bitten while he had fallen prey to mosquitos in Washington, DC during dinner.  I had run out of lavender oil the week before and was too lazy to get fresh bottles.  I’m a natural advocate knowing that everything in nature is here for humanity to heal and prosper. I’m also in the midst of getting certified in Aromatherapy for healing (and its magical properties)!  You can make your own natural bug repellents and keep mosquitos, ticks, fleas, and other pesty creatures at bay.  Here’s why and how:

 

 

Lavender Essential Oil 

Lavender ( Lavandula angustifolia) oil is a carminative, mild sedative, anti-stress, depressant, antibacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory. Not only does it relieve anxiety, and soothe nerves but it heals wounds, burns, cuts, pimples, eczema, even as a hair tonic for hair growth and to relieve sore muscles.

Lavender keeps the bugs (mosquitos) away acting as a natural, safe bug repellent. It also soothes insect bites acting as insecticidal and antiseptic reducing inflammation and itching. Apply the essential oil in a spritzer or drop some in hand to apply to skin prior to entering nature.  You can apply to skin undiluted.

Natural Repellent Oils

Some natural repellent oils include Citronella, Rosemary, Lemon Balm, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Basil, Catnip, Garlic, Tea Tree, Lemongrass, Cedarwood, Pennyroyal. I’ve chosen to combine some of these oils with Lavender essential oil. For decades, I was a Cedarwood (and Frankincense and Jasmine) wearing gal until I realized that it just wasnt strong enough alone for mosquitos and wearing Lavender oil (for me and my chemistry) really worked better. I saw and felt better results! Here are a few DIY (Do It Yourself) recipes.

Essential Oil Spritzer Spray

Supplies: 2 oz  spray bottle, a carrier oil (avocado/almond/rosehip seed/olive oil/evening primrose oil), 10-20 drops of Essential Oils, distilled water, organic witch hazel

EOs (Essential Oils)

8 drops Geranium

5 drops Rosemary

5 drops Lavender

Add 1/2 tbspn (table spoon) distilled water, 1 tsp (teaspoon) carrier oil, 1 tsp witch hazel, 15-20 drops essential oils (blend). Shake well.

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Bug Be Gone Cream

  • 8 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 8 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 8 drops of lemongrass essential oil
  • 6 drops of citronella essential oil
  • 6 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
  • 4 ounces of (liquid/fractionated) coconut oil

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Bath Water 

5 drops Lavender Oil

More Oils to Blend DIY Recipes

Other oils include; Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Citronella, Basil, Lemonbalm, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Spearmint, Peppermint, Thyme, Cloves, Geranium

Cautions: some oils not advised for pregnant women

 

 

Seeking Fitness in Nature – Fitness Vlog June 2018

How about Fitness in Nature?

Going for a lake swim preceded by yoga in the park? Sounds amazing right, that’s what I thought. I got dressed headed to Fredericksburg VA to a park I had visited last Indian Summer where everyone was either tubing, swimming or fishing in the Rappahannock River. I was excited with yoga mat packed and Speedo-goggles ready! When I got there however I was met with a half closed park gate, complete empty park, and what looked like an overflowing muddy river. I was heart broken and frustrated that perhaps I was in the wrong state or country. Then I thought about Sweden.

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When you are in Sweden you have the right to walk, cycle, ride, ski and camp on any land with the exception of private gardens, near a dwelling house or land under cultivation. We call it the Freedom to Roam.

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I recently completed an International Business course and was blown away at my findings. First let me share, I’m a kind of bohemian indigenous artistic geek, I’m a Sagittarius who loves just about everything I can sink my teeth into physically and mentally,  i love research and learning. It doesn’t feel right if I cant research something, try it, then report about it.

I’d love to be able to go to a local park with speedo and googles and jump into a lake but living in America the thought of lake swimming in my location is damn near impossible for many reasons.

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Not only do Swedes have a “Right to Roam” with passports that open doors to them across countries and freely visit other nations without scrutiny, they have what is called “Right to Public Access” or ‘Allemansrätt’ (Outdoor Access Rights) which is a right to national parks and nature that would otherwise be forbidden or heavily limited. That’s right, Swedes can swim in public lakes, park lakes and rivers, roam mountains, and coastlines,  andarchipelagos! Learn more about Swedish EPA Right to Roam policies.

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What a huge contrast to the policies and laws here in the United States, especially where I currently reside in Northern Virginia, but then I’m thinking I probably just need to travel. See what other American’s are doing, roam the parks, country sides, coastal regions, get a passport and hop across the country into jungles, hike foreign trails, seek refuge in sacred temples. Okay, Im dreaming and intending! (smile) Here’s to your adventures, fitness and fun! 

Stay Fit, stay Love, stay Empowered! 

xo 

Ria (Daria)

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Fitness Vlog | June 27 2018

 

 


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