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

 

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.

Lemon Turmeric Ginger Water

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.

 

 

 

Watercress – ♥ The Anti-Aging Intracellular Super Food that Loves You Back!

Watercress the SuperFood that Loves You Back!♥

 

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Healing Benefits of Watercress

I LOVE WATERCRESS! I started eating this mineral-rich green leafy veggie in the 90s in New York City and have been hooked ever since. Why? It’s extremely bitter,  a bit difficult to get used to the tart flavor, but it’s extremely healthy and something about watercress lets you know it’s working for your wellness! Watercress is a green that loves you back! 

Watercress is a  cruciferous,  aquatic plant found near watery springs and streams that has been used for centuries as a medicinal plant since the age of antiquity. It was noted since the age of Hippocrates for successfully healing sick patients.  If you are looking for a high Vitamin K source, watercress is the answer with a whooping 85.0 mg in 1cup (INRtracker) and great for brain, blood clotting and bone health.  Looking for a high Vitamin C superfood, watercress is high in phytonutrients including antioxidants, and  immune boosting protection up to 48%  of Vitamin C daily allowance (2 cups of raw watercress).  How about Vitamin A? Watercress gives 44% of the daily recommended allowance.

Watercress contains more vitamin C than an orange, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach and more folate than bananas (Horticulture Week). Watercress is a powerful antioxidant, nutritive to add to salads, greens and juices. Watercress can be eaten raw and steamed in many varied recipes as sides, main dishes and added to wraps and sandwiches.

Excellent Blood cleansing Phytonutrient Nutrient Rich Superfood 

An excellent free radical DNA blood cell cleanser and builder. Watercress is low in calories, cholesterol and saturated fat. It’s a great source of Protein, Iron, Copper, Folate, Panthothenic acid,  Vitamins A, C, D, K, E, B6, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Maganese, Selenium and Potassium.  Watercress is an excellent source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Omega-6 Fatty Acids. Watercress increases Lutein and Betacarotene.

What’s Watercress Good For? 

  • Clear Glowing Skin
  • Strengthen Eyesight Health (cataract development)
  • Heart Disease and Cardiovascular Health
  • Reduces Risk of Cancer
  • Fights Inflammation
  • Increases Energy
  • Cleans Blood and Repairs Oxidative Red Blood Cell Damage
  • Helps Reduce Belly Fat and Weight Loss
  • Decreases Risks of Diabetes
  • Bitter Bite equals Cancer Fighting Nutrients
  • Fights Flus and Common Cold Symptoms
  • Preventative Nutrient against Asthma and Respiratory Infection
  • Great for Strong Thyroid Health

 

 


Recipes

Watercress can be added to almost ANY food or recipe. Add to your favorite salad, throw sprigs into your smoothie or juicer and add fruit,  add to your sandwich or wrap, place into pasta or omelet, add into a raw or cooked soup, or saute watercress as a favorite side dish to your meal. 

Watercress Apple Juice: Water or Coco Water, Watercress, Spinach, Apples!

Watercress Apple Juice: Water or Coco Water, Watercress, Spinach, Apples!


Watercress Juice for Iodine, Detoxing the Liver and Inflammation 

1 bunch of Watercress

2 green or red organic Apples

1 Lime

Directions: Wash produce. Soak Watercress 1-2 hours  in 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide to properly cleanse any parasites, or impurities. Rinse a few times. Peel lime.  Juice and InJoy!


 

Vegan Friendly Recipe

Vegan Friendly Recipes

Watercress + Avocado Simple-Salad Recipe

3-6 cups of fresh raw Watercress 

1 ripe Avocado 

1 tablespoon thinly sliced Red Onion 

3 tablespoons Cold Pressed Olive Oil 

4 teaspoons of Braggs Amino Acid 

1/4 cup of sliced Organic Red Apple

 

Directions: Place ingredients in bowl add olive oil and Braggs, stir and serve.

 


Steamed Watercress 

2-3 bunches  fresh Watercress

3-4 cloves Garlic

1/4 cup of Vegetable Broth

Salt or Braggs Amino Acid

2 tablespoons Olive Oil

Directions: Wash thoroughly. Steam or place in iron skillet or wok on medium heat. Add oil, then garlic until warm and browned. Add watercress and Braggs or salt. Steam and cook until leaves and stems are tender. Serve and InJoy!

#gratitude183 – Blue Bird Medicine Song

I AM
Thankful to the Creator for  bringing me back into Alignment,
back to my full Senses and Sanity,
for allowing me to Communicate and know Truth,
to be closer to Nature,
for this Creative Abundance
Within Me and Supporting Me,
to be Alive and InLove
Naturally!

I give thanks!

Day 183


600px-US_77.svgOn my walk today I feel a bit under the weather. Being “natural” is transforming in ways I’ve never felt before in one all encompassing experience. There are (many) days I don’t feel very sexy, I feel rough or not my usual self. With long hair, its so easy to feel sexy. Short hair, short natural hair is a badge of self confidence in the making. If I hardly wore makeup prior to my BC (big chop), I’m wearing even less now in this ‘natural’ vegan,”working-on-being” sustainable space. Gotta wake up earlier, I promise myself. I feel off center.
A moving truck pulls up and the most beautiful brown skinned man asks me if I know where “Route 77” is? Instantly,  I’m mesmerized by his soothing eyes, deep dark chocolate skin, and perfectly pinned back dark brown locs and respond “no” apologetically.” There is a pause. I had no idea route 77 existed. I  smirk then continue up the hill on the journey.

In spite of my double-double Watercress Apple green juice, I feel exhausted up those hills. I feel small, lighter.  I’ve felt that way when I was vegan many years ago which is why I included more cooked foods and then eggs. But then I didnt have ‘breakfast’ so I will do it the  right way tomorrow. On my walk/run the Sun is  hiding by a white blanket of blue grey. I find myself easily distracted by the birds and different mushrooms I photograph; the pine cones still hanging in trees in formation, the different trees I wondered their names. If their bark showed healthiness or sickness and I wondered about those who could read these signs of Nature. I longed for their wisdom and presence. Most of all I longed to know how to truly live with Nature.

IMG_9262_2beeonclover-riasweetrawI remembered when I was a child and how lost I’d find myself in the woods and play for hours upon hours. Lying on my back in a field somewhere on a hill, eating clovers and honeysuckle, playing guess with the clouds above. Right now, apart of me feels child-like wanting to go deep into the forest and explore! My hair is unwrapped and  free. I am wearing only blue eyeliner on my lower eye, no lipstick, no makeup! I feel naked and honestly a bit awkward in this new skin. Almost no hair, no makeup, no flashy clothes, just me getting Sun, working out my fitness, absorbing the Nature around me. It’s almost frightening yet freeing with a lot of feeling new and raw.

The hills are trying and I noticed my panting and uneasiness followed by a soothing calm that seemed to last ‘forever.’ This feeling is infinite and I hold on to it and let it wash over me. It cleanses me and feels amazing. I then wished I had started this NaturalSelfGoddess 20 years ago, how beneficial and how healing this all would have been- wishing my accumulated wisdom would have magically carried me back into the future of my past. How empowered I would be then and now, I thought!

On the close of my walk there is a long stretch of ‘grass’ I love to cross avoiding the sidewalk. I imagine cattle grazing upon the clover, the birds following behind. I imagine myself on a small farm of my own. There is a small blue bird perching upon a tree nearby not a blue jay- the other kind with the brownish, orange chest, tiny in stature but fast. As I get closer it moves from tree to tree just beyond my reach when i think I’m good for a photo. I do my best to capture it on film, but it seems to lead me to a small circular grass area with lots of clover. I look down and there is a Bee. I smile! And thank this beautiful blue creature for allowing me a glimpse of this divine Bee. I give thanks as I approach the store all smiles outside and inside.

When I get inside the store to get my ‘gotta have it’ coconut. I am followed by a community of eyes meeting me at each aisle. In my ignorance, I think how can wearing no makeup, no lipstick be beautiful or attractive? Maybe the double-double shots of  Watercress Apple  juice is working after all, I finally give in. This must be what beauty from the inside out truly means.  Ase’ Oshun –  I am learning!

When I read the meaning of the bluebird I laughed soo hard. Because Yes, I did wander about like my inner child! The longing to be in a space of  more happiness and more balance of spirit, body, soul! Nature is ALWAYS communicating with us, to us, at us! May I be “More” aware to know, see, feel, all that She has to express. (big kitty smile) (july 2, 2015)

In Nurturing Patience,

Ria

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Native American Totem of the Blue Bird (Medicine)

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Bluebird is about your happiness within and without. He signifies a contentment and fulfillment that is happening or is about to happen. Bluebird shows how to find those joyful gems in everyday life with an appreciation anew. He teaches a balance of work and play and reminds us to reinstate the fun back into life. Listen to the song of Bluebird in order to sing your own of joy with an awakened confidence and internal peace. It is time to look for chances to touch joy in your life. Dance and sing with every step, Bluebird will show you the way. (source. starstuffs.com)

Bluebird is a reminder that you are born to happiness and fulfillment,
but you can sometimes get so wrapped up in everyday things,
that happiness seems rare.
Bluebird reminds you to take time to enjoy yourself.

Bluebird is associated with the throat chakra and creative expression.

Bluebird is symbolic of the need to work hard and play hard.
Be careful of shouldering too much responsibility.

Bluebirds, and their totem people, are gentle and unaggressive.
They do not push or bully, but they are very scrappy if threatened.

A Bluebird person should have their front door facing south,
the door for awakening their inner child.

(source: Linsdomain.com)


BlueBird Songs and Art

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Radmilla Cody, a former Miss Navajo Nation and a Grammy-nominated singer.

I found a picture  while searching for Blue Bird songs and Art of this singer and Navajo woman just now in a google search. I was amazed because she looks like many people in my family! My Aunt Tiye a singer, musician, playwright and recent graduate from Columbia University (NYC). She locked her long brown hair  but the eyes are the same! She looks like my half sister whose father is mixed with Cherokee from the Carolinas. She looks like my daughter Kaya in the eyes, hair and complexion.  Then there are my great aunts from the island of Guadeloupe, Terre de Bass. I have great aunts who look like me,  petite kinky short hair with reddish brown skin, and those who look like this woman,  ‘Hawaiian’ complexion with  long, black, curly and thick straight hair. When my daughter was born, I had a vision of my great, great grandmother whom I had never met whos hair was long past her waist near the floor who stood by a thin bronze-skinned brown man in a room filled with Ancestors. When I mentioned her to my mother she said that was what our family in the islands had said Great Great Grandmother Emily looked like and she had a brother she was very close to growing up. There were rumors that I haven’t investigated yet, that she was not originally from the island but Brasil other rumors said she was from Africa and of course a princess in captivity. Our family is said to have strong native Indian blood but I haven’t done enough research to find out the who and where!  I’ve only had dreams and visions. It would be nice to finally know.

I’ve never heard of Radmilla Cody so this is a treat and she is such a beauty. I cant wait to hear her music!

Watercress Apple Juice – Quick K + Vitamins C, E, B’s!

Watercress is truly one of my FAVORITE super super foods! My first time being vegan some 20 years ago, I ate watercress like it was candy, back then with garlic, olive oil, sliced onions, and raw apple cider vinegar marinade. Today, I eat it mostly raw with a dabble of salt, organic cold pressed olive oil, or nothing at all. The juicing is what somewhat close to a wheatgrass shot. Holy Cow nasty, but ohh so good for the cells and spirit!

Today, I almost worship Watercress for the many healing properties and nutrients.

Here’s a very quick green juice that is packed with vitamins, aminos and minerals!

Quick Watercress Benefits 

  • Vitamins – A, C, E, K,  Bs(B thiamine, B2 riboflain, B3 niacin, B5 pantothenic acid, B6 pyridoxine, B7 biotin, B9 folic)
  • Amino Acids: alanine, cystien, histidine, glycine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, serine, tyrosine, valine
  • Minerals: Calcium, Copper, Phosphorus, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Sodium, Iodine, Zinc

 

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1 cup water or coconut milk

1 small organic green apple

1 cup fresh watercress

Blend and strain!

InJoy!

 

Ria

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Vegan Smoothies: Berry♥ Nice Avocado Smoothie

berynice_2avocado_smoothie1 cup Coconut Water or fresh made Almond milk
1 dash of Coconut Oil
1/4 cup Fresh Blueberries
1/4 Frozen Berries Organic
1/2 Avocado
1 cup Water
Ice Cubes

 

Blend and injoy!

InLove, 

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Benefits of Completing My First 30 Day ((PURE)) Vegan Challenge

Benefits of Completing My First  30 Day Vegan Challenge

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My 30 Day Vegan Challenge actually helped prepare me for this next phase in my overall fitness, nutrition and wellness journey. While training (bodybuilding and weight training in Georgia, I truly fell off the wagon and drank the Kool Aide (well I haven’t had kool aide since childhood) but I bought into the lie that I couldn’t sustain my heavy training on a Vegan Vegetarian diet! Although, I ate mostly free range, organic. non antibiotic, non GMO foods and chicken and meats many of my friends since high school and college were shocked I was eating the meats and demanded that I explain myself! lol I was for over 20 years a die hard health freak advocate and practitioner. I’m not saying that eating healthy meat, fish, or poultry is unhealthy, there are just as many health and scientific claims that the organic, grass fed varieties are healthy for nutrition. I am saying that is  a PERSONAL CHOICE that should compliment and align your beliefs and lifestyle- spiritually, intellectually, physically, mentally, etc. (That is All!)  What works for some does not work for all. We are beautiful, unique individuals.

A plant-based, whole food nutritional program is beneficial in bringing balance, wholeness and overall wellness. The vegan challenge helped to become more sensitive to energy on a spiritual level and opened me up to my ‘astral’  intuitive side (Divine Feminine) using  visualizations, intentional awareness, grounding, releasing and goal setting as tools to my spiritual development and overall re-establishing my personal empowerment.  I can’t say it was an easy 30 days. I lost 10 lbs from the 30 Day Vegan Challenge! My body seemed to release so much I felt as if I had experienced a healing crisis. Perhaps I will write more about that in another article. For now, I’d rather focus on the benefits of using both the Vegan Challenge which focuses on clearing up and strengthening nutrition habits and goals, with the 30 Day Fitness Challenge focusing on exercise and fitness goals. Combining both is an excellent mix for success! (June 14, 2015, 7:44 pm Est)

 

PERSONAL JOURNAL NOTES: 3o Day Vegan Challenge and 30 Day Fitness Challenge

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You can get in good exercise where ever you are as long as you have a good plan and road map that will get you the results you’re after. No access to the gym, no worries! There a hundreds of workouts, apps, plans, books, tools and gurus you can follow along with to meet your daily, weekly, monthly and annual goals. Remember it starts with a simple step and each workout is like a building block toward your overall success in fitness and wellness. “We” can do this! Personally I just want to maintain my “girlish” figure and tighten everything up. Why? Because I CAN!

As a former ‘recovering-people pleaser’ it’s empowering to set this goal for myself  as a way to strengthen my willpower and personal radiance!

 

The Journey continues…

Dr. Sebi’s Electric Food List

“One must consume life
to maintain and sustain itself
-not Death.”
Dr. Sebi


Download a Free Copy  of The Dr. Sebi Alkaline Nutritional Guide or scroll below to see the Dr. Sebi’s Approved Nutritional Food Guide List with new updates (May 2018)

Who is Dr. Sebi – The Man who “Cures All Disease”

American Rapper and Actor, Common paying tribute to Dr. Sebi.

American Rapper and Actor, Common paying tribute to Dr. Sebi.

If you’re truly into “Natural,” “Organic” nutrition and lifestyle you’ve probably  pretty much read and studied over a dozen healers, modalities, theories, philosophies, schools of thought that pertain to your health. This lifestyle is an ongoing search and adjustment to what works best for you  and how you can maximize the benefits of your lifestyle choices. I started out over two decades ago with Back to Eden (Kloss) and Michael Tierra, Dr. Lliala Africa, Queen Afua, Dr. Gabriel Cousens, Dr. Royal Rife, and Dr. Gerson, and David Wolfe, to name a few. I studied with many of these healers and their modalites.

One healer that seemed to miss my health radar until just a few months ago is Dr. Sebi. This man is known for curing many forms of Cancer, AIDS, Paralysis, Diabetes, Blindness, Sickle Cell,  and so much more. He is also known to have won a very powerful yet mostly unheard of New York court case where he was indicted  by the  Attorney General of New York  for claiming to “cure all diseases.” October 1, 1988 this Guru Healer once called a “pseudoscience, quack” healer was found not guilty for his claims of “curing all diseases.” Although he practiced medicine without a state license, and sold herbal remedies not approved by the FDA, Dr. Sebi, won one of the most important health related court cases in American medical history.

 

 


What is Bio Mineral Nutrition?

Songwriter Erykah Badu and Dr. Sebi

Songwriter Erykah Badu and Dr. Sebi

Dr. Sebi, also known as Alfredo Bowman, a non-educated man  of Honduras, started his healing journey by curing himself of asthma, diabetes, near blindness, and impotence with the help of a traditional herbalist in Mexico. He has since moved his practice from the United States to open and operate in Honduras.  The URSHA Research Institute in Honduras is humble village complete with acres of fresh, live and organic fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and grains including cannabis. The institute even has highly charged water that increases PH levels and can cure chronic skin diseases via the Integumentary system.

 

 

Discern your choices of Vegetable, Fruits, Grains, Herbs and Spices.

Discern your choices of Vegetable, Fruits, Grains, Herbs and Spices.

What makes Dr. Sebi’s methods set apart from allopathic medicine, traditional Chinese medicine and other healers? The way he sees nutrition! According to Dr. Sebi most foods we have eaten have been artificaily introduced into our nutrition program. Let us suppose that most of us are already aware that a typical American diet is SAD, let us further agree that  so called culturally based African American diet is riddled with toxins, saturated fats, excess salts, and sugars that cause diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension, glaucoma, cancers, and more. What if according to the methods of Dr. Sebi these foods were not even a natural part of the “natural” food pyramid because hybrid food are not genetically compatible to our  DNA and cellular body system. Dr. Sebi’s states that in order for the body to be free of all disease we must consume non-hybrid foods that contain” bio mineral” “intracellular” alkaline foods .

fruits-and-vegetablesHe further states that all diseases are really only one disease causes by excess mucus in the body; if one has glaucoma or poor eyesight then there is a excess mucous in the eyes, if one has fibroid cysts there is excess mucus in the reproductive system, and so on. Seeing dis-ease in  this way not only simplifies pathology, but empowers the healing process.  One would fast, release the body of excess mucus and feed the cells whole bio mineral foods and thus cure any and all disease.

 

USHA Herbal Research Institute, Honduras

USHA Herbal Research Institute, Honduras

“This brief, but concise illustration will reveal our premise and methodology to be consistent. According to Western medical research, diseases are a result of the host being infected with a “germ”, “virus”, or “bacteria”. In their approach in treating these “infestations”, inorganic, carcinogenic chemicals are employed.

Our research immediately uncovers flaws in their premise through basic deductive reasoning. By consistently utilizing the same premise and methods, they have consistently yielded ineffective results. In essence, in the 400-year tradition of the European philosophy of medicine, their approach in treating disease has yet to produce any cures.

In contrast, as we examine the African approach to disease, it diametrically opposes the present Western approach. Specifically, the African Bio-mineral Balance refutes the germ/virus/bacteria premise. Our research reveals that all manifestation of disease finds it genesis when and where the mucous membrane has been compromised. For example, if there is excess mucous in the bronchial tubes, the disease is Bronchitis; if it is in the lungs, the disease is Pneumonia; in the pancreatic duct, it is Diabetes; in the joints Arthritis. All of the African Bio-mineral Balance compounds are comprised of natural plants; which means its constitution is of an alkaline nature.

This is important- and instrumental in our success in reversing pathologies- because disease can only exist in an environment that is acid; thus it is inconsistent to utilize inorganic substances when treating disease because they are of an acid base. Only consistent use of natural botanical remedies will effectively cleanse and detoxify a diseased body, reversing it to its intended alkaline state.

Lisa Left - Eye Lopez, prior to accidental death, she stated she was going to tell the world about Dr. Sebi's Healing.

Lisa Left – Eye Lopez, prior to accidental death, she stated she was going to tell the world about Dr. Sebi’s Healing.

Our system of nutrition goes even further. In addition to removing the accumulation of years of toxins, the African Bio-mineral Balance replaces depleted minerals and rejuvenates damaged cell tissue eroded by the acid, diseased state. The primary organs of elimination are the skin, liver, gall bladder, lymph glands, kidneys and the colon. If all toxins are eliminated from the above mentioned organs they will be recycled throughout the entire body, manifesting disease. Eventually the body breaks down in the weakest organs due to its inability to dispel the influence of toxins. The colon is the most important organ and must be cleansed by detoxifying before any disease can be reversed. If only the colon is cleansed and detoxified the other major organs with be left toxic and you will still have disease in the body.

It is with Dr. Sebi’s intra-cellular dextoxifying cleanse that each cell in the body will be purified. The body will then rebuild and rejuvenation will take place. Dr. Sebi offers the Bio-Mineral Therapy which is a natural vegetation cell food. A living substance which nourishes the body and detoxifies at the cellular level.” 


Dr. Sebi’s Approved Alkaline Nutritional Food Guide

“The State of New York Supreme Court classified our products as “natural vegetation cell food” in 1988. As a result, when you take them you will have fed your cells and will not have much of an appetite.”

[note: updated may 18, 2018] 

Vegetables

Dr. Sebi says, “Avoid using a microwave. It will kill your food.”

  • Amaranth greens – same as Callaloo, a variety of Spinach
  • Avocado
  • Bell Peppers
  • Chayote (Mexican Squash)
  • Cucumber
  • Dandelion greens
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Green banana – [Removed]
  • Izote – cactus flower/ cactus leaf – grows naturally in California
  • Kale
  • Lettuce (all, except Iceberg)
  • Mushrooms (all, except Shitake)
  • Nopales – Mexican Cactus
  • Okra  [Added back]
  • Olives
  • Onions
  • Poke salad – greens
  • Sea Vegetables (wakame/dulse/arame/hijiki/nori)
  • Spinach  [Removed]
  • String Beans  [Removed]
  • Squash
  • Tomato – cherry and plum only
  • Tomatillo
  • Turnip greens
  • Zucchini
  • Watercress
  • Purslane (Verdolaga)

Fruits

Dr. Sebi says, “No canned or seedless fruits.”

  • Apples
  • Bananas – the smallest one or the Burro/mid-size (original banana)
  • Berries – all varieties- Elderberries in any form – no cranberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Currants
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Grapes- seeded
  • Limes (key limes preferred with seeds)
  • Mango
  • Melons- seeded
  • Orange (Seville or sour preferred, difficult to find)
  • Papayas
  • Peaches
  • Pear
  • Plums
  • Prickly Pear (Cactus Fruit)
  • Prunes
  • Raisins –seeded
  • Soft Jelly Coconuts
  • Soursops – (Latin or West Indian markets)
  • Tamarind –  [Added]

Grains

  • Amaranth
  • Fonio
  • Kamut
  • Quinoa
  • Rye
  • Spelt
  • Teff
  • Wild Rice
  • Black Rice [Removed]

Natural Herbal Teas

  • Allspice [Removed]
  • Anise [Removed]
  • Burdock
  • Chamomile
  • Elderberry
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Lemongrass  [Removed]
  • Red Raspberry
  • Tila

Spices and Seasonings

Mild Flavors

  • Basil (Sweet Basil)
  • Bay leaf
  • Cloves
  • Dill
  • Marjoram [Added]
  • Oregano
  • Parsley [Removed]
  • Savory
  • Tarragon

Pungent and Spicy Flavors

  • Achiote
  • Cayenne/ African Bird Pepper
  • Coriander [Removed]
  • Cilantro [Removed]
  • Cumin [Removed]
  • Onion Powder
  • Habanero
  • Sage
  • Thyme

Salty Flavors

  • Pure Sea Salt
  • Powdered Granulated Seaweed (Kelp/Dulce/Nori – has “sea taste”)

Sweet Flavors

  • 100% Pure Agave Syrup – (from cactus)
  • Date Sugar
  • 100% Pure Maple Syrup – Grade B [Removed]
  • Maple “Sugar” – from dried maple syrup [Removed]

Nuts and Seeds – (includes Nut and Seed Butters)

  • Hemp Seed [Added]
  • Raw Sesame Seeds
  • Raw Sesame Tahini Butter
  • Walnuts
  • Brazil Nuts [Added]
  • Hazelnuts [Removed]
  • Pine Nuts [Removed]
  • Raw Almonds + Almond Butter [Removed] 

Oils

  • Olive Oil (Do not cook)
  • Coconut Oil (Do not cook)
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Hempseed Oil
  • Avocado Oil

 

Additional Notes:

  • Drink 1 Gallon of Natural Spring Water Daily
  • No Animal Products, No Fish, No Hybrid Foods, No Alcohol
  • Avoid using Microwave as it will “Kill your food”
  • “No Canned  or Seedless Fruits”

Resources and full notes visit:

https://drsebiscellfood.com

 

Note to my Beloved Human Family:
This food list is from the Dr. Sebi Nutritional Food List per his website and not fabricated or made up by me or any member of my Team! With Love and Healing to the Human Family and Highest Respects  and Love to the late Great Ancestor Healer Dr. Sebi (We Love You!)

One Love! Health, Wellness and Empowerment,

Ria

 

 

Why Frequency Matters – How to Raise Your Vibration Fast!

Frequency Matters

Raising higher frequencies creates a life that is filled with synchronicity, magic, blessings, abundance and wellness. It is a natural high that is completely organic, non toxic, and empowering for all. As you receive unconditional love and consciously channel that frequency others come to you for healing and subsequently reciprocate love, kindness, joy, optimism, healing, creative abundance right back to you. It is a cyclical, spiral-type of relationship constantly exchanging through give and take, ebb and flow, rhythmic energetic dances.

We are Love!

black-couple-laughing1Attract relationships that Honor your Highest Good and your Highest Self, be fearless in walking away from ‘anything’ that does not feel ‘right’ or resonate with your highest good or higher self. Pay attention to signs, signals, and communication from reactions to events, thoughts, words-if there is hesitation confront that emotion until it reveals its source. If you are unsure continue and wait for the answer. Believe it or not you will see what you are meant to see, at the right time, just pay attention so you properly receive the information or confirmation clearly. If something feels good, its good; if it feels bad, or questionable, its bad for you. What maybe good for someone else may not be good for you and vise versa, so be crystal clear, patient, and confident. Be thankful and give gratitude and love in all directions. What is meant for you will come to you at the right time. Be open to receive Higher vibration, unconditional love, reciprocity, kindness, balance wellness, abundance, all that you affirm into your life.  Know that nurturing your inner relationship to Self brings clarity and empowerment and the eye to receive inner guidance. Remember you are a magnet consistently attracting and repelling. The Universe always lets you know.The Universe always supports you.


How to Raise Your Vibration – Easy Steps!

  • drumacts of kindness
  • singing
  • dancing
  • drumming
  • eating high alkaline foods
  • forgiveness
  • smiling
  • meditation
  • pranayama (breath work)
  • acts of kindness and gratitude
  • cuddling
  •  laughter
  • living (your) truth
  • honoring self
  • doing what you love
  • animal care and companionship
  • self+love affirmations
  • watching a comedy
  • community work
  • sharing gifts
  • giving things away
  • meditation-575nurturing self (candle baths)
  • soft, sweet, clarifying essential oils
  • living a spiritual based life
  • cultivating compassion
  • saying “I LOVE YOU”
  • planting trees
  • smudging and cleaning
  • listening to classical music or classical jazz
  • releasing dogma and judgement
  • letting go of the past
  • growing an organic garden
  • living in the now
  • being thankful
  • following your intuition
  • hugging (your children, family, friends)
  • speaking your truth
  • being natural and organic
  • quality sex
  • using words to heal and empower
  • Sun gazing
  • giving back


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