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

 

 


 

The Tree of Life – Discovering the Baobab Fruit

The African Longevity Tree

Adansonia digitata (materia medica),  the Lion King fruit tree, is also known by many names such as “Queens of the Forest, Tree of Life, Roots of the Sky, The Source of Water (Life), is the baobab tree grown throughout Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, colonial Caribbean, Australia, and Asia (Malaysia). It’s known for its life giving positive properties and a powerhouse of healing benefits.

The international demand for the baobab fruit has risen to an all time high from Europe, Japan and the United States allowing baobab farmers from Eastern and Southern African regions to “supply over 700,000 metric tonnes of Baobab fruits annually” according to Bizna.

“Commercialization of the Baobab could provide rural communities in Eastern and Coastal regions with a financial incentive to protect woodland forests,” says John Mlamba, the chief executive officer of Management of Arid Zones Initiatives and Development Options (MAZIDO) International. ” 

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The Lion King’s Rafiki (Wisdom Keeper) under the Baobab Tree eating “The Fruit of Knowledge” ie the Tree of Life. ©1994. Disney. The Lion King.

The baobab tree, the “Longevity Tree” have been carbon dated to be as old as 2000 years old, some say 5000 and 6000 years old! It trunk holds over 120,000 litres or 32,000 US gallons of water for the arid, dry often drought regions it inhabits.

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The Spirit of the Baobab Tree

The tree is known for sparking words like ‘longevity,’ ‘healing,’  and ‘positivity’, but this is something I researched via Youtube and web articles. I have yet to travel to a region where these massive trees  grow and feel the energy firsthand. Trust me, its on my travel list! I always feel like a scientist trying out new products and information on myself, taking notes of feelings, energy, emotions, body and physiology that occurs due to my new discovery and evaluating if something is worth time, money, resources, energy, etc. I don’t take anything at face value or word of mouth. I can’t wait to explore this tree and be at the foot of its roots and its people.

When I stumbled into the aisle with this product I asked an older black woman her thoughts on the Baobab Tree fruit and if it was worth my money. She hurriedly scattered along with an “I don’t know, I never used it before.” I thought it was odd since  she not only worked in the store, but could benefit from the variety of healing products, as well as, assist others in their search and knowledge of products. Nevertheless, something told me to buy it anyway at a whooping $20 for the powder and $14.99 for the oil I felt I had to have it and use it immediately.  (Wegmans store prices, 2018).

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Elements of the fruit pulp of Adansonia digitata: (clockwise from top right) whole fruit pulp chunks, fibers, seeds, powder from the pulp. Photo Credit: © 2015. Creative Commons CC BY-SA 4.0.  T.K. Naliaka. 


My Personal Findings – Skin and Hair

When I make a little porridge or bath, the baobab fruit brings  immense calm and grounding elemental energy to my body, mind, and spirit! I have a sense of ease and knowingness that overcomes me. When I make the paste I can still taste it long after I’ve eaten other foods or drinks — it lingers it’s tarty flavor on my tongue.  I’ve also purchased the baobab oil from Aura Cacia brand and have been using it on my skin and hair during this dry fall season in Virginia. My genetics are really made for the South and the Caribbean and traveling and living in these regions have proved that my skin and hair health do much better in hot, wet, tropical temperatures such as Savannah, Georgia (USA), the Mexican Peninsula (Central America) and Guadeloupe, FWI (Caribbean) climates. In these countries (regions), I don’t have to consistently moisture my skin and my hair is not dry or dull but contains its natural moisture, health and shine! When in an American colder climate, I have to constantly keep my skin oiled, and hydrated with essential oils, she butters, coconut oil, etc and there seems that nothing I do prevents my skin and hair from drying.

Lighter Menses Due to High Iron-High Vitamin C Nutrient Rich Vitamins, Fats, and Minerals

So far I’ve found that the Baobab Oil is a great moisturizer for my skin, although I seem to also require Shea Butter (Free Trade) for my hair and skin, in addition to the baobab oil. I’ve been drinking my baobab powder daily and experiencing a much lighter menstrual cycle. My energy and emotional health is increased where I am able to still workout at the gym and not feel fatigue or lethargy!  KT the Arch Degree does a wonderful alchemical breakdown on the baobab tree and its effect on the African American women’s menstrual cycle, anemia-iron deficiency, and the baobab fruit (powder) synergistic chemistry and physiology for easier menses and hormonal balance! It’s worth a watch, he’s a wonderful scientist and teacher! Ironically, I found his video on YouTube after I had made the purchase and started using the product and its been a great benefit and worth the investment!

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Photo Credit: © 2018. Daria Smith Giraud for NaturalSelfGoddess Blog.


Healing Benefits of the Baobab Fruit and Oil

The leaves of the baobab tree can be eaten as vegetables while the fruit (seed) is the only seed that naturally dehydrates while still on the tree. The dried yellow fruit the size of a coconut contains a whooping 12% water and has a strong citrus lemonade mango-like flavor. The fruity powder contains the highest concentration of the synergistic chemistry compounds of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol).

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Adansonia digitata (leaves). Location: Oahu, Ala Moana Beach Park. Photo Credit: 2008. Creative Commons. Forest & Kim Starr. Permission (Reusing this file) http://www.starrenvironmental.com/imageusepolicy/

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Baobab Fruit Seeds. © 2018. Bizna Kenya.

The baobab tree seeds produce a yellow oil that is rich in a variety of known and unknown fatty acids including Omega 3, 6, and 9, and is a natural skin moisturizer and protector producing high amounts of collagen and is a natural nail and hair growth and strengthener.

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Village Guardians – Za Baobab ( Adansonia za) – Madagascar © 2008 TreeGirl Studios. URL: https://www.treegirl.org/za-baobab.html

The Healing Benefits of Baobab Fruit

Not only does the fruit provide a satiety effect leaving you feel full and satisfied, the baobab fruit contains the highest amount of bioflavanoids and antioxidants, Vitamin C, dietary fibre and polyphenols, carbohydrates, potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, calcium, magnesium, iron, phytosterols, proteins, fats and more.  Healing benefits include treating fever (Malaria), gastrointestinal, Vitamin C deficiency, and prebiotic – gut health (microbiomes). It boosts energy, builds immunity, cleanses the liver (detoxifies), improves heart and varicose vein health, improves sleep, and supports weight loss. It’s a powerful workout drink (smoothies) and juice.

The powder has a high source of:

  • Vitamin C (6x more vitamin C than 100 oranges to 1 tablespoon powder)
  • Antioxidants (21 x stronger than Goji berries, 20x more potent than Acai)
  • Potassium (6x richer than bananas)
  • Calcium (2x potent than milk)
  • Magnesium (30 milligrams)
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B6
  • Calcium
  • Iron (1.2 milligrams)
  • Potassium
  • 50 % dietary fiber
  • Starch free, sugar free

Powerful healing benefits:

  • Eases and strengthens the Nervous system
  • Immune system defenses
  • Metabolic energy 
  • Improves Psychological health
  • Protect cells from oxidative stress
  • Anemia and iron deficiency
  • Biomes and gut-health

The Healing Benefits of the Baobab Oil

The oil has nutritive fatty acids (Omega 3, 6, 9) including dihydrosterculic acid, malvalic acid, arachidic acid, linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, and stearic acid. Essential minerals and vitamins including antioxidants, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, iron (Fe), potassium (Vitamin K), magnesium (Mg), manganese (Mn), phosphorus (P), fiber, calcium (Ca), and protein. It’s a natural collagen producer for the skin and hair acting as a cleanser, moisturizer, hydration for skin pathologies like eczema, psoriasis, inflammatory diseases and redness, gum health and maintenance and more.


Sustainable Baobab Powder and Oil Companies


Sources and Citations:

Adansonia. (2018, October 07). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adansonia

Bizna Team. (2018, July 10). Why Baobab farming is Kenyas new goldmine. Retrieved from https://biznakenya.com/why-baobab-farming-is-kenyas-new-goldmine/

Baobab Fruit Powder, Natural Vitamin C Rich Superfood Prebiotic. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://superfoodpowders.net/baobab-fruit

McClees, H. (2015, February 04). This Superfood is Twice as High in Calcium Than Milk With More Antioxidants Than Açaí and Goji! Retrieved from https://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/baobab-south-african-superfood/

Muthai, K. U., Karori, M. S., Muchugi, A., Indieka, A. S., Dembele, C., Mng’omba, S., & Jamnadass, R. (2017, August 27). Nutritional variation in baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) fruit pulp and seeds based on Africa geographical regions. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29188039

Sherr, J. (2016). Adansonia digitata (African baobab). Retrieved from http://homeopathyforhealthinafrica.org/product/adansonia-digitata/

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)

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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

 

 

Bellyfat Gold – Lemon Ginger Turmeric Secret!

Natural Weight Loss Recipe Secrets

Sure you’ve heard lemons are good for you, they are a powerful liver cleanser, but did you know another powerful weight loss secret is as simple as drinking water?  Instead of your normal water intake add squeezed lemons, ginger, and turmeric powder to the mix prior to your exercise routine, daily walk, or hectic work day.  Both turmeric and ginger aid in relieving sore muscles and act as anti-inflammatory agents which are key when working out and balancing recovery from strenuous physical activities. While lemons provide a spark of electrical energy to the liver aiding in its powerful cleansing effects on the liver and organs.

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Lemon Turmeric Ginger Water Ritual

Hindu religion and mythology prizes Turmeric as the Gold of herbal remedies. Turmeric powder (derived from Curcuma longa, is a gold-colored spice) has far reaching healing effects on the body, organs, and emotional spirit. On a metaphysical level it holds ‘sun’ energy from its vibrant, powerful yellow hue. It’s used in Indian rituals, as well as, cosmetics as a beautifying agent including flavoring, and dye.  Also known as Curcumin the antioxidant chemical compound’s medicinal value, however, makes this rhizome variety a priceless commodity for healing many ailments of the body including preventing diabetes, lowering cholesterol, fighting cancers, boosting immunity, anti-aging, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and more. Turmeric is rich in vitamin B6, fiber, iron, magnesium, and potassium. 

 

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Adding Ginger

Ginger related to turmeric (as a Zingiberaceae) Rhinzome)  is native to China acts a digestive aid (indigestion), fights against flu (colds), arthritis, Alzheimers, heart disease, muscle soreness and fatigue. Its a wonderful herbal remedy for your exercise routine and overall health wellness.

Ginger, Turmeric, Lemon Water Ritual

Healing Benefits of Lemon, Ginger Turmeric Water Ritual

Why Lemon Water?

A toxic liver can not burn fat effectively; lemon helps detoxify your liver.  Lemons are high in vitamin C, prevents kidney stones, increases elimination thus aiding the digestive system, improves hair and skin health, cools the body, lowers blood pressure, acts as an anti-inflammatory, a powerful blood purifier and reduces inflammation (muscle swelling and soreness).  Lemons are high in Vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, B6, zinc, iron, phosphorus, copper, folate, potassium, magnesium and more.