Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the meat of mature coconuts. It was widely used in the 1950s as a standard oil, but health organizations claimed it to be bad for overall health and switched everyone over to typical vegetable oil.
As far as health concerns go, it is one of the better-saturated fats for you to consume, if you’re going to consume it anyways. However, keep in mind that coconut oil itself is still a very concentrated form of saturated fat – which does raise LDL cholesterol. Therefore, keeping the ingestion of coconut oil to a minimum along with any and all other oils is highly recommended.
Regardless of the saturated fat content, coconut oil has become very popular recently in the conscious health movement for its an overwhelming number of health benefits, even beyond that in the culinary sense. Many people absolutely love and support the use of this oil over almost every other type of oil, and today it is still regarded as one of the healthiest...
The days of the week are each governed by a celestial body. It’s not always easy to spot the ruler of the day by its name, but you can see the relationship quite clearly by observing the names in different languages!
Monday, or Lunes in Spanish, is governed by the Moon. The Moon is called Luna in Latin. This is a great day for reflection, getting in touch with your feelings, and cleaning up your environment.
Tuesday, or Martes in Spanish, is governed by Mars. This is a day of energy, stamina, aggression, and achievement. It’s a great day for expressing your passion, getting exercise, and releasing pent up frustration and energy.
Wednesday, or Mercredi in french, is governed by Mercury. This is a day for study, wisdom, travel, and meditation. Mercury moves very quickly and is the essence of consciousness represented by Hermes/Thoth, himself.
Thursday, related by the Norse God of Thunder, Thor, is the day governed by our largest planetary body: Jupiter. Jupiter in roman...
Dreams are one of the most common yet surreal experiences of life. Dreams are an unwinding of our unconscious thoughts. They help us understand our fears, inspirations and what lays hidden in our subconscious mind.
It is believed almost everyone dreams every night, but many are not remembered upon waking.
The cycle of sleeping happens in 4 stages.
Stage 1: Your eyes are closed, but it’s easy to wake up. This phase may last for 5 to 10 minutes.
Stage 2: You are in light sleep. Your heart rate slows and your body temperature drops.
Stages 3: The deep sleep stage. During this stage, the body repairs and regrows tissues builds bone and muscle and strengthens the immune system.
Stage 4: REM or rapid eye movement happens 90 minutes after you fall asleep. This is when you can have intense dreams because your brain is much more active in this phase.
Many people practice lucid dreaming as a way to dive into the infinite universe of mental thought. This is the process of becoming...
Epsom Salts named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom, Surrey, England, is not actually a salt but a naturally occurring Magnesium Sulfate.
Most of us are deficient in Magnesium due to dietary and agricultural changes over the last century, and thus, Epsom Salts are a powerful way of revitalizing the Magnesium levels in the body. Bathing in Epsom Salts is the most common way in which the benefits of the Salt is received.
There is a long list of benefits from Epsom Salts, here are some to name a few:
Aromatic herbs and oils, especially essential oils, have been an integral part of spiritual practices and cultures throughout history. Any Herb or Flower prepared in the form of oil will have strong emotional effects on the user. Rub the oils into pulse points on the body for muscle relaxation.
There are so many kinds of essential oils out there, each of which has its own healing properties and uses. Tea tree oil is great for soothing skin, acne and even helping with yeast infections in women. Clove and peppermint oil can greatly soothe irritated skin or bug bites. Eucalyptus is great for clearing sinuses and opening up our airways. Calmer scents like lavender are perfect for calming stressful situations.
Essential Oils are best but sometimes difficult to obtain. Oil can be used on its own or combined with other oils to layer magical results. You can also drop Essential Oils into a Cool Mist Humidifier to anoint your entire room with a delicious fragrance that calms the mind and...
Eye of Newt became a popular ingredient in witches' spells from the Shakespearean play “Macbeth.”
There are only a few different theories on these Shakespearean ingredients. Only a small number of people are convinced it represents a real eye of a salamander or small fish, most people today believe that it is, in fact, an herb. In fact, most of these items in the incantation are herbs.
Most Herbalists believe that Eye of Newt actually refers to a Mustard Seed. This is the most common understanding of Shakespeare’s words. However, there are those who believe it is actually the red berries of the belladonna plant. It is a plant in the same Solanaceae family as tomatoes and has a long history of being both a poisonous narcotic and very useful medication.
But what about the rest of them? The rest of the incantation is as follows.
“Eye of Newt, Toe of Frog
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting,
Lizard’s leg, and...
Fasting is the purposeful skipping of meals and starving of your body for short (or long) periods of time. Even though it is often seen as taboo to many people, the scientific evidence of it’s healing properties are amazing. When you don’t eat food, your body has more energy to spend on healing itself, rather than digesting the food and pushing it through your intestines.
When you spend this time resting and healing your body, incredible things can happen. People have been cured of their cancer from going on extended fasts. There is also a deeper level of fasting called a dry fast, which is no water entering the system. Eventually, this sends your body into a state of ketosis which is essentially a state of rapid healing. However, it’s very important to be careful when doing this, do your research first and listen to your body. It knows when to keep the fast going, and when to stop.
If you are feeling exceptionally weak and low on energy for extended periods of...
For thousands of years, Native Americans have used feathers in their smudging rituals and ceremonies. Smudging is a ritual to cleanse or clear a person, place, or object of negative energies, spirits, or influences. They are the tool you use to move the smoke around with ease and used to honor the mental element of Air.
Carry any feather for swift communications. Turkey’s feather is common and said to bring luck and protection. Most shamans keep a feather or two for healing and ceremonial work. There are many different feathers on birds that hold various functions for flight. Some are much thicker and shaped in a way that easily pushes air around. Others are smaller and softer, usually used for something like down pillows.
Be wary, feathers from wild birds often get eaten by mites with time. Simply passing them through the smoke of a sage smudge stick will kill off mites and preserve the feathers. There is also cedar smoke, lavender, palo santo and different types of sage...
Flax, also known as linseed, is an extremely versatile plant. The earliest evidence of humans using flax was as a textile comes from spun, dyed, and knotted flax fibers found in Paleolithic caves, 30,000 years ago.
This plant holds a wide variety of uses – from textiles to oil, and a large number of health benefits.
Flax seeds are packed with Omega-3’s – healthy fatty acids that boost your brain functions, mood and heart health. They also contain high levels of mucilage gum, which keeps food in your stomach longer and helps you absorb more nutrients.
Flax seeds are the richest known source of lignans, a group of chemical compounds found in plant-based foods. Lignans are known to have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as the possible benefit of reducing the risk of heart disease and lowering cholesterol levels. These are also vital for helping with bowel movements and unclogging our digestive tract. If you are feeling constipated, flax seeds are...
Ginger is a member of the Zingiberaceae plant family and is closely related to Turmeric, Cardamom, and Galangal. It can grow up to 3 feet high and produce 2-5 individual “sections” which can be harvested at any time of year. It is the roots of the plant which is commonly used as a spice.
This plant has a very long history of use in various forms both as traditional, and alternative medicine alike, in fact, it is one of the oldest medicinal foods.
Ancient Chinese and Indian healers have made ginger a part of their healing toolkit for thousands of years. Ayurvedic texts credit it as a “Universal great medicine”, old Indian proverbs say that “everything good is found in Ginger” and traditional Chinese medicine holds that it “restores devastated yang energy”.
This isn’t just ancient superstition though. Modern Western Science has confirmed its usefulness for treating a wide variety of conditions.
Ginger can treat Nausea, especially...