Traditional Healing Herbs

Traditional Healing Herbs

Beautiful artistic chart gives brief description of Herbs and their Healing Powers. Frame-worthy IMHO. (I do not own the rights to this artwork.)

3 Celebrities who use their Stardom for Conscious Awakening!

3 Celebrities who use their Stardom for Conscious Awakening!.

http://thespiritscience.net/2014/09/28/3-celebrities-who-use-their-stardom-for-conscious-awakening/

These guys have something to say.

Question is, do you agree with them at all?

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What are your views on the subject?

Please Share Your Thoughts

Conjuring the Elements

This is wonderful. In Wicca, as in other Traditions, the Words sometimes get in the way. Evoking oneness without them, without symbols or chantings or other disguises of the consciousness….THIS is perfect. Please read this selection shared from Kaos Butterfly. It may change the way you see things from here.

Kaos Butterfly

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This is an approach to the traditional Wiccan calling of the elements, sans all causal forms—that is, it uses no words, no symbols, no forms or anything of that nature. It relies entirely on one’s fluency with energy, how well developed the astral senses are, and an empathy with the elements and with Nature—nothing that can be obtained from a book or some religion. This is just the basic outline, and it assume one will have the skill to know what to do with it all.

Enter a deep trance.

Facing east – Imagine yourself weightless, floating in the sky. Breathe in the air element for 4 breaths.

Facing south – Imagine yourself on fire, feeling the heat of the flames all over. Breathe in the fire element for 4 breaths.

Facing west – Imagine yourself underwater, feeling the coldness of the water. Breathe in the water element for 4…

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Do You Live an Esoteric Life?

Do you live an Esoteric Life?
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Have you considered that inside of you, are bits and pieces of information that can only be understood by you, and perhaps a select few other beings on the face of this earth?  That you are truly unique. That in you lies the basis for the Akashic Record of the Universe?

Now you may say, esoterics, that doesn’t apply to me. I’m just a regular person living a regular life. Mundane. Run of the mill. Nothing special. Just like everyone else. I hold no secrets. I have no revelations to tell. Well, I would say, you should think on that some more.

Now I hold no belief that I, by any means understand a tiny fraction of what there is to know or understand.  But what I do understand is that we all have something profound to say and do. Each of us. You know something that I don’t know, and may never understand. I may know something that you don’t know. Together, we hold the combined knowledge of the universe right here on earth.
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YOU are important. YOU have something to contribute. YOU are a part of the Universe, and without you it could not be complete. Each of us has a reason for being. It’s not something we might think of every day over our morning coffee, but I believe it to be so. And the mystery of it all is that neither you nor I may ever “know” or comprehend what it is that we give to the rest of the world…but there’s something. It’s there. In each of us.

The thoughts we think, the words we say, the knowledge we hold, our feelings, our intuitions, our fears and doubts, all contribute to the sense of reality that is our universe. A sense that is at the very best of times incomprehensible. Real, yet unreal. At our fingertips, yet unattainable.

The Akashic Record holds that everything that ever has been, is now, or ever will be, can be known.  It is knowable. All of it. If we only have the means to grasp it. Problem is, who knows what those means are? How can things that have never happened be knowable?  How can the mysteries of the eons past be decipherable?  Consider that the answers lie within each of us. A database made of billions of sentient beings. Each of us holding a key to the lock on some small iota of information that we, and only we alone, can know.  If we impart these thoughts to others, a greater understanding is gained.

Something as simple as a knowing glance, an agreement, a debate, a kindness or a word spoken in passing, can spark knowledge inside another that theretofore had not been at the forefront of their minds. A revelation of sorts. It’s happened to you, right? That moment, any moment, just like any other moment of any other day.  You’re going about your business and suddenly something that someone says in passing suddenly opens up a deep and profound understanding within you.  And you think to yourself, “Wow! I never thought of it that way before!”  But now, you do. And you delve into that.  You think on it. Consider it. Maybe even figure it out.  A collective thought process has made that one small revelation come to life inside you.

Consider that each of us has a multifaceted affect upon the other. The way I respond to you today may affect the way you ultimately react in similar situations for the rest of your life. A small kindness to another person can truly change their perception of existence.  The thoughts that you have, while reading this, right now, have an effect on the way you perceive yourself, the way you perceive me, the way you look at the world that surrounds you.  Everything that we say, do and feel, means something.  We’ll all striving for what that something is. Meaning.

The meaning of life. The meaning of existence. Why are we here? What is the purpose of my life? That’s what we all want to know is it not? We don’t wake up every morning and wonder aloud, “what am I doing here?”  But the quest is always present.  After all, its innately human to want to know, learn, gain, understand.

So, I say to you, the next time you find yourself in a difficult situation, take a deep breath, smile, and just know …  everything..and I mean everything…happens for a reason.

And someone, somewhere, understands what that reason is.

Life is a puzzle. We each hold a piece. Come Together.

 

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Traditional Healing Herbs

Traditional Healing Herbs

Beautiful artistic chart gives brief description of Herbs and their Healing Powers. Frame-worthy IMHO.

Amongst the Waves – New Digital Drawing

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Haven’t tried this in a while. It was lots of fun.

Fascinating what you can create out of geometric shapes, isn’t it?

Using Open Office Draw.

Maybe need to open it up in my photo editor and soften some of the lines. Otherwise, I’m pretty happy with it, especially when confined to geometric shapes.

Thanks for looking,

Peace,

Jo

 

The Anasazi, Ancient Alien Theorists & Common Sense

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I’m as open-minded as the next guy (or gal) when it comes to the unexplained/paranormal/supernatural. But geez, man, even I don’t think that the Anasazi built their homes in the cliff sides to escape from UFO abductions. Yes, I’m talking to you, Ancient Alien Theorists.  (P.S. I love your shows, very interesting and entertaining…however…. )

It seems fairly obvious to me that there are a myriad of other reasons why the Anasazi may have chosen to move into the cliff sides.  Perhaps the canyons flooded from time to time, and after so many tragedies, you learn to move to higher ground.  Perhaps famine and drought saw dwindling livestock and crops, as the land went arid the hungry and greedy alike strove to save themselves at the expense of others.  A dwelling high above the canyon provided safety for the herd and sentry above the land.  I could come up with dozens of theories to explain the movement from canyon floor to cliff sides.  As much as I like to believe, even I do not come up with the explaination that they Anasazi would move high above the canyon floor in order to escape flying saucers carrying little green men, also high above the canyon floor, that were out to get them.  Just doesn’t make sense.  And I’d venture a guess that the ancient people had a tad more common sense than we, the so-called technologically advanced society of today. Seems the more technology we develop, the less common sense we retain.

Even the most avid believer has to have some common sense once in a while.

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MORE:

On the Anasazi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Pueblo_Peoples

http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/bae51/sec6.htm

http://www.thefurtrapper.com/mesa_verde.htm

http://cpluhna.nau.edu/People/anasazi.htm

http://www.greenbutter.de/anasazi/pueblo/

On Ancient Astronaut Theorists

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IABsBprJJPo

http://www.history.com/shows/ancient-aliens/articles/ancient-alien-theory

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New Species Alert!

New Species Alert!

See, I told you so, we never know what’s out there. Could be new, could be old, could be dinosaurs still roaming the rain forests for all we know. And what’s at the bottom of the sea? We STILL don’t have a handle on that. Maybe we should spend a little bit of time exploring our own planet before we get so outta this world sometimes. BUT, I hope we leave this little guy alone.

See the Original Photo and More Info at Animal Planet via The Smithsonian. Meet the Olinguito, a forest-dwelling animal hailing from the same family as the raccoon. And boy is it cute to boot! Head over to our Bites blog for more pictures and info.

How To Make an Herbal Oil Infusion

New Tutorial

Herbal Oil Infusion – The Fast Track

This is Easy and its Fun, but it takes some time to finish properly. I recommend reading through the entire Tutorial before getting started. There are a couple of important points that you’ll want to consider before you get going. Above all, Enjoy and Have Fun!

Normally when making Herbal Oil Infusions I would leave the herbs or flowers in the oil on a sunny windowsill for a couple of weeks, even a month, stirring occasionally, pressing the old herbs and adding new. That’s the best way to do it.

BUT, I needed a fast-track way to have some lovely herbal infused oil..well, actually, floral-infused oil by Sunday morning and it was Thursday! Uh Oh!

The cure?  I mixed my flower tops in the oil just as I would for a long-term infusion, but decided to slowly and gently heat them in a heat-proof glass container atop a double boiler.  The glass container is not touching the water, so that only the steam reaches the herbal mix.  I am keeping the water at the lowest simmer that will make a small amount of steam.

I let this infuse all day then cool, press the floral mix, add new flower heads, cover again with the strained and pressed oil, and steam all the following day. On Saturday I strained and pressed the oils.


On Sunday I will use my newly created Infused Oil to make a lovely sugar scrub for a party that afternoon.

I will let you all know how I like the results, or better yet, how the ladies like the results when they use their scrubs at home after the party.

 This is a 2-Day Project. It’s very easy but allow yourself enough time to enjoy the process.

Here’s How

Make Your Own

HERBAL OIL INFUSION

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FAST TRACK

 In this Recipe I am making a Lavender, Red Rose and Chamomile Infusion. You may substitute the flowers and/or herbs of your choice.

INGREDIENTS

2 cups dried herbs or flower heads

2 cups organic extra virgin coconut oil (76 or 96 degree)

(substitute almond, grapeseed or olive oil if coconut oil is not available, do not use blended vegetable oils such as cooking oil)

Water

 What You’ll Need

SUPPLIES

Heat-Proof Glass Container (I am using a large 3 qt measuring cup)

Medium to Large Pot (should be large enough to hold glass container high enough to avoid the water and snug enough so that the container will not slip during the process)

Wooden Mixing Utensil

Funnel or Large Bowl

Sieve

Cheesecloth or Unbleached Muslin (unbleached cotton if that’s what you have)

Clean DRY Glass Container with Lid (mason jar, clean dry mayo jar, etc.)

Large Rubber Band

RECIPE 

DAY 1

Fill your pot half way with cool water, turn on high heat and bring to boil.

Turn heat to medium low, and adjust to just a low simmer.

In your large heat-proof glass container, add 1 CUP ONLY of your herbs/flowers and pour all of the coconut oil over top

(coconut oil may not all come out of container, if that’s the case, invert the container atop the mixture while its steaming. very shortly the oil will melt and you’ll be able to get it out)

Stir to blend.

Carefully place glass container in the top of the pot full of simmering water, being sure that the top of the water does not touch the bottom of the glass container.

Allow the mixture to steam over SLOWLY simmering water for 6 hours, replacing water as it evaporates.

Allow to cool off enough to work with by hand.

Place a single layer of unbleached cheesecloth, muslin or cotton over the container

Secure with a rubber band

Carefully turn the glass container upside down over the large bowl

Use a funnel to work with a smaller bowl

Allow the container to remain upside down, covered with the cloth, until all the oil drains into the second bowl

When all the oil has seeped into the second bowl, its time to Press

To Press the herbs, wrap the strained mixture of herbs/flowers in a large piece of muslin, cheesecloth or unbleached cotton, OR use a large unbleached reusable tea bag or cloth sack and fill with the flower mixture.  Tie securely with cotton string or hemp cord.

Place the wrapped mixture in your sieve over the bowl or use another clean DRY bowl if you like.

Press the wrapped mixture down against the sieve with your wooden utensil, a mallet, or (and this is what I do)  place a heavy object such as a stone mortar/pestle or a second smaller but heavy bowl atop the wrapping and weight it with crystals or other heavy objects.

BE SURE that the object or utensil that you use is CLEAN and BONE DRY! You don’t want to get any water into your infusion, this can end up causing you mold problems and ruining all your work. 

Allow all the remaining oils that you can squeeze from the herbs/flowers to drain into the bowl.

Now get ready to start all over again…..

If you are going to wait until tomorrow, then cover your container and place in a cool dry place, but NOT the refrigerator. 

DAY 2

In your makeshift double boiler bottom pot, again, heat 1/2 pot water to boiling. Reduce heat to a slow simmer.

Place your saved, strained and pressed oil, in your heat-proof glass container, over the water, but not touching.

Add 1 CUP of the herb/flower mixture

Stir to blend.

Allow to steam another 6 hours, replacing water in the pot when needed.

Stir occasionally.

After 6 hours:

Remove from heat,

Cool to touch

Strain and Press same as on Day 1

Transfer to a CLEAN and BONE DRY glass container

Cover with a clean and BONE DRY lid, secure.

Now you are ready to use your New Herbal Oil Infusion in your soaps, homemade skin care creams, or even in cooking!

Pat yourself on the back…you’ve done a great job!

AND you’ve made an all natural, good for you, good for the Earth, product that you can be truly proud of!

Please…let me know how your Infusion turned out.

Experiment with different oils, herbs, flowers, etc.

Hope You Had Fun!

IMPORTANT TIPS

Never use a metal container.

Never boil or overheat your mixture.

Make sure to keep checking your pot to be sure there’s enough water to produce steam.

KEEP WATER OUT OF YOUR MIXTURE AT ALL TIMES

Shelf Stable for Approximately 6 Months.

Energy in unexpected places

This is a really nice article on Crystal and Personal Energy that I found on Akneadedescape’s Blog. Sure to Enjoy 🙂
When you are reading, be sure to try out the “hands” test that she describes. It could just change the direction of your life.
Peace,
Jo

Akneadedescape's Weblog

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One of the perks of being a Soloprenuer is being able to shift gears and priorities on a dime.  What was deemed super important at the start of the day can be moved to anywhere else on the list of to do items when need be.  Interestingly enough, it has taken me quite some time to be able to: 1. realize this as a perk  2. start to be comfortable with open spaces in the “work” schedule.  3.  realize that the open spaces can provide the “down time” that was wished for and coveted while engaged in a traditional 9-5.   4. provide an opening for creative juice aka energy to show up and allowed to flow freely.

Free flowing energy is also a concept that plays an important part during coaching sessions, bodywork sessions, meditations, aroma therapy, writing, energy sessions (are we starting to see a pattern yet?) 🙂   Energy…

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How To Cleanse and Charge Crystals

Cleansing and Charging Your Crystals

There are many and varied methods for cleansing and charging crystals, some are simple and some very elaborate.

The method described here is relatively simple and very effective.

Relax and Enjoy.

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Crystal energy  can be used for emotional, physical, and spiritual healing by balancing and stimulating positive energy in the mind/body.  Crystals  pull positive energies to you, and the more you use them, the more of a bond you form.  Oddly, this same frequent use of your crystals can weaken their energy and effectiveness. To prevent this from happening,  charge your crystals regularly.  The process is an easy one, but I suggest you wait for the Full Moon and for a time when you can be  calm and relaxed to more easily direct your most positive energies.

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When you take your crystals home its time to do your part.  First, make sure the crystals remain clean and free of earth and dirt.  Should they be soiled, simply rub them down with a soft organic cloth.  As a last resort you may use a soft bristle brush, as you want to disturb them as little as possible.   Once this is done, you are ready to cleanse your crystals.  Cleansing is the first step in readying  your crystals to accept your best energies and intentions. 

Choose the crystals that you want to work with based on the outcome that you are looking for.   Clear Quartz Crystal absorbs negativity and allows you to instill a most positive and energetic atmosphere in yourself and your sacred space.  Clear Quartz Crystals can take the place of other crystals that are unavailable to you at any given time.  Clear Quartz and Rose Quartz Crystal are among the easiest to start out with.  Rose Quartz is excellent for enhancing your intentions and filling your space with love and positivity. Amethyst also easily accepts positive energy and will ease stress and instill calmness in yourself and all around you. 

On the evening of the Full Moon, cleanse each crystal by running cool water over it as you hold it in your hand.  Place them in an earthen or glass bowl and cover with well water or purified water.  Gently mix in a small amount of natural sea salt.  Now place the bowl of water and crystals on the ground under the moonlight, preferably a Full Moon.  Let it remain there for at least 24 hours, and even better, from one Full Moon to the next .   Take care to either end the cleansing at this Full Moon or in the Waxing-to-Full Moon phase of the next.  I do not advise ending cleansing in any other moon phase other than the Waxing or Full Moon.  When your crystals have absorbed the Full Moon energy,  rinse them under cool running water, being sure to gently handle them as you do.  When a connection is made, you will “feel” that  the cleansing process has been completed.   When you have reached that stage, allow your crystals to air dry.

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After cleansing, you may want to charge your crystal with a specific power.  Charging crystals is an essential part of working with them as tools.   Again, crystals are charged with your personal energy during the Full Moon.  Before charging your crystal, carry it around in your pocket or wear it around your neck for a few days, being sure not to carry it with metallic or magnetic objects, such as your keys or phone.  Keeping the crystal close to you helps strengthen the bond between your crystal and your own personal energy. 

Charging your crystals during the Waxing or Full Moon will ready them to aid you in a fresh start and in seeking out your desires .  Charging your crystal under the waxing moon aids in positivity and in the intention of gaining something that you want or need.  Working in the waning or new moon is a bit more tricky,  as some may use this in a negative manner.  But as you gain more experience, charging under a waning or new moon could help you to achieve a lessening effect on something, such as debts or illness.   Until you gain more knowledge, it is best to work in the Waxing to Full Moon with all of your crystals.

 As important as cleansing is imparting them with your intent for their work, using the elements of air, fire, water, and earth.   Charging your crystals with a specific energy is a moving and  powerful experience.  Find a  place of peace and quiet within your home and space.  Sit still and relax,  concentrating on your intent and focusing your energies.   Decide what you wish to impart to your crystals. 

Unwanted feelings may surface when working with crystals.  That’s OK.  You may choose to protect yourself with meditation or a prayer of your choosing.  Ask for guidance, allowing all your  feelings to flow, acknowledging them and creating an aura of pure love.

Picking up a single stone in your dominant hand as you visualize your intent and what you would like to gain from your crystals.  Relax.  Direct these energies into the stone that you are holding.   Try to actually visualize  the energy going out from your body and into the stone.  You might try seeing it as a line of light flowing from you  to the stone.  As you charge the crystal, visualize it glowing with the light of your energy.   When the stone has received your energy and intent, you will feel it within the crystal, and as with the cleansing, and you will then know that the process has been completed.   When you have finished charging the stones, wrap them individually in a soft, unbleached organic cloth such as a natural cotton or silk.  Thank the spirits for the guidance they have provided you. 

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Some may choose to perform a more elaborate charging ritual.  The basics are the same, the feelings are the same, only the tools are different.  To do this you will need an incense stick,  natural essential oil such as sandalwood, amber, lavender or frankincense,  a red candle,  well-or-purified water, a small earthen bowl or other natural receptacle,  and a small plot of soil such as in a flower pot.   Light a stick of incense and  the red candle to represent the elements, air and fire.  Pass the crystal through the smoke to charge with the energies of  air.  Pass the crystal through the candle flame to charge with fire energy.  Sprinkle purified water from the bowl onto the stone, charging it with the energy of water.  Place the crystal in the soil and visualize the earth’s energy charging your crystal.  Finally, rub the essential oil over the stone to charge it with your very own energy.  Give thanks to the elements and to Mother Earth for aiding you in  your endeavor.  Again, wrap your crystal in a small piece of organic silk or cotton.

Keep your crystals clean by polishing gently with a soft cloth,  and keep the energy pure by wrapping them or keeping them in a soft organic cotton or silk bag.  This will keep impurities from changing or weakening the energy and  intentions you have placed within your crystal.  Keep it with you, in your pocket, wear it around your neck, or simply hold it in your hand to guide you clearly and purely in all your endeavors.  You may choose to gently rub essential oil of lavender onto your crystal to aid in calming and soothing.  Have fun and experiment with essential oils for their metaphysical and healing properties.

Thanks for stopping by,

Peace,

Jo

The Healing Witch

The Healing Witch

Artist, Alchemist, Apothecary, Wise Woman, Soothsayer, Witch

Call it what you will. It’s all good.

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If you find sickness, heal.

If you find despair,  hope.

If you find a broken heart, mend it.

If you find silence, lend an ear.    

If you cannot imagine, dream.

If you cannot speak, just sing.