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Everyday Magical Things ~ Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar is a unique type of vinegar made from apples. The first recorded use of vinegar dates back to around 5000 BC, when the Babylonians used date palms to make wine and vinegar as food preservers or pickling agents. Since then, we have used vinegar for a variety of things, from salad dressings to a chemical-free house cleaner!

It is incredibly acidic, its main ingredient is Acetic acid, but what’s so magical about this liquid is that it alkalizes your body upon consumption, even though it’s very acidic, to begin with. When your body digests ACV, it gets oxidized and turns alkaline. This can help your body shift from being acid-based to alkaline-based, which is very useful for those switching to a more plant-based diet.

Apple Cider Vinegar has become extremely popular over the past few years, especially in the health-conscious communities. Many studies show its alkalizing nature can greatly help our bodies, especially if our PH balance is too acidic.

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Everyday Magical Things ~ Arrowroot

Arrowroot is not technically a plant, but actually a starch that can be readily obtained from the roots of numerous different plants.

This nutrient-dense starch has been very valuable to a number of indigenous cultures dating back more than 7000 years, and today still remains an important and effective remedy for many health conditions.

One of its most common uses is being a food thickener and is an excellent ingredient in baby formula, rather than other less nutritious forms of starch.

Arrowroot contains significant levels of copper and iron. Together, these minerals make arrowroot very good for preventing anemia, which is characterized by weakness, fatigue, and cognitive disorders. If you find yourself to be a bit underweight or get dizzy easily when you stand up, definitely consider looking into some arrowroot!

Furthermore, by increasing circulation, you encourage oxygenation of your body’s organ systems and extremities, which can boost energy levels. High concentrations...

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Everyday Magical Things ~ Avocado

Avocados may appear to be a vegetable, however, they are actually a fruit – more specifically, a single-seeded berry. This magical fruit has tons of amazing properties, both when applied inside the body, and on the outside too!

In fact, many facial and anti-aging treatments contain avocado, which is a powerful beauty enhancer. Avocado softens and relaxes your skin when spreading it on as a paste. It also can be rubbed into your hair to repair damaged hair, and even be used to treat sunburns!

Some other fun things you can do with Avocados include: Drying the skin and crushing it into a fine powder for adding to incense formulas. You can grow an avocado tree from a pit to increase your sense of connection with nature. You may eat it for supporting your health and relaxation simultaneously, and serve it to others to calm them down and promote inner peace. You can also take mashed avocados and swap them in a baked good recipe for butter. It works better than well!

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Everyday Magical Things - Cannabis

Cannabis or Marijuana use and cultivation dates back to 2737 BC, though it is said to have been used long before then.

The Ancient Chinese, Hindus, Scythians, Thracians, and many others smoked ganja and hashish, as well as ate the seeds for their hallucinatory effects. It is even a common idea today that Christ used Cannabis Oil in his work. Even George Washington grew it in his backyard.

Hemp, the non-psychoactive component of the plant, was and is still used to make clothing, medicine, ink, and fuel.

Study after study has found that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and tobacco, and in fact, has many herbal and healing benefits when used responsibly. Cannabis contains within it many kinds of cannabinoids, molecules with specific effects on the body. The main 2 that most people are concerned with are called THC and CBD. THC is what gives marijuana a psychoactive effect, and CBD causes pain relief and supports healing in the body. It is the CBD oil that has been known to help...

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Everyday Magical Things ~ Coconut Oil

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...

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Everyday Magical Things ~ Flax

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...

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Everyday Magical Things ~ Ginger

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...

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Everyday Magical Things ~ Henna

Henna, also known as the mignonette tree, is a flowering plant that is the sole species of the Lawsonia genus. Originally stemming from Persia, it comes from the Arabic word henna, which is the name for a small, thorny tree.

Henna refers to the dye that is created from the plant and the art of skin staining. This practice has been used to decorate women’s bodies for celebrations since the late Bronze Age, in the eastern Mediterranean. Ancient wall paintings discovered at Akrotiri, Greece show women with henna markings on their nails, palms, and soles.

It is now used commercially as a temporary skin stain and natural hair dye.

It is created by mashing whole leaves from the plant into a paste. This releases the lawsone molecules which are responsible for the staining of the skin. The powder is mixed with different liquids, including water, lemon juice, and strong tea.

Let it sit for an hour or two, and you’re good to go! The longer you leave it on, the darker it will get...

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Everyday Magical Things ~ Kratom

Kratom is a tree native to southeast Asia. Its botanical name is Mitragyna Speciosa. The leaves of this tree have been used as an herbal drug through history by the people residing where it grew naturally. It is used in folk medicine as a stimulant at low doses, and a sedative at high doses. It is also used as a recreational drug, a pain killer, medicine for diarrhea, and treatment for opiate addiction.

Many people also report that it is also an effective treatment for arthritis and fibromyalgia.

In the native region, kratom leaves are often chewed fresh. Dried leaves can also be chewed, but most people prefer to crush them up or powder them to be swallowed. The most popular form to take it in the US is powdered, mixed with Chocolate Milk.

One of the biggest positives for this medicine is to overcome opiate (such as heroin) addiction. Many people have reported that Kratom is very effective for this purpose. This is because Kratom contains alkaloids that act as opiate receptor...

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Everyday Magical Things ~ Lotus

The Lotus flower is regarded as a holy plant used only for the highest of spiritual purposes, a symbol of purity in Buddhist and Hindu traditions.

You can place a flower or its roots around a statue of Buddha as a spiritual symbol, and in support of enlightenment. It also represents a communion with the heavens, and thus if you feel you have offended them through the poor treatment of yourself, others, or the environment, you can offer a lotus as a form of acknowledgment to your higher self, and of your actions and karma.

Lotus oil, the essential oil, is also said to decrease carnal urges. A candle anointed with this oil was also believed to help the deceased elevate their souls.

In modern science, this flower has been discovered to Soothe your Stomach, Stop Diarrhea, Lower blood sugar and cholesterol, Relieve Inflammation, Get rid of Acne, Ease your period, Relieve coughing and even helps stop lung cancer cells from multiplying!

You can Boil lotus roots for 10 minutes and eat them...

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