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/

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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

 

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  

08-26-18_Everlasting_Life_MD_Store.jpgI have to admit the last time I’ve been to Everlasting Life was probably shortly after their opening on Georgia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC almost two decades ago! The DC restaurant was since bought by Woodland Vegan Bistro in 2013. It was the first time after Queen Afua’s class (2000) near Howard University where Pyramid bookstore was housed so many moons ago, I had the sensual pleasure of tasting (for the first time) mock tuna, mock egg salad and seaweed salad that bursted with so many flavors my taste buds still anticipated its memorable suggestion.  So after hitting BWI Airport and the gym out in Laurel I was famished and in need of some nutritional healing. I remember hearing Brother Red Pill and Professor Griff speak so highly of Everlasting Life this past August during their lecture circuit and since I was within driving distance I had to check them out. The line was long enough for to me figure out what I was going to sample by the time my turn came and I chose cabbage, mock mac and cheese, and various buffalo and barbecue meat-free wings. I admit I was searching for more dark green raw veggies (as I follow a half raw food to cooked food ratio in almost all of my meals). I almost picked up the seaweed salad but thought I haven’t had ‘soul food’ in so long I’d give it a try. After all, I am always eating raw greens and salads so why not?  As I strolled to my car to tear open the container,  before I was approached by a 30-something year old man in a white suit who had been on his phone talking real estate money moves and appointments, “Excuse me Sis, but you need to teach a tutorial?”

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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