Archive for November 30, 2015

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Health Benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil

Its medicinal properties include the following health benefits. Antidepressant: This oil works great for people suffering from depression. It helps them to get over the feelings of sadness or loss and fills them with new hope. That is why patchouli essential oil is so frequently used in aromatherapy. It uplifts mood, drives away disappointment, and relaxes tension in the majority of people, even if they are being treated for something else. This is due to the impact that inhaling patchouli essential oil...

preapproving your children

A friend of mine posted something that got me thinking. She said “be to your children, what you needed as a child. “. I had to ask myself, what did I need that I didn’t get? The only thing I could think of was approval. I’m sure my parents approved of me, but what I did was never enough. If I got a b+, my father would say ” why didn’t you get an A”.  This followed me into adulthood....

Hannukah 

When in doubt we turn the holidays into homeschool lesson plans. We celebrate just about every holiday around here, so it makes my life easy to let the holidays guide the way! Next holiday up? Hanukkah What is Hanukkah? Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday also called the Festival of Lights, honoring the struggle of ancient Jews to restore the Temple of Jerusalem. Lasting for eight days, Hanukkah revolves around the menorah that holds nine candles. Hanukkah is the Hebrew term for...

How to avoid the cold/flu this winter

Most of these steps can also get you out of being sick but it’s better to avoid getting sick then have to heal from being sick, so try your best to incorporate these steps now! 1. Wash your hands: I know this one is kind of common sense but it makes the difference. This is why toddlers get sick & get others sick so much, they don’t wash their hands and they touch everything. So wash your hands & make...

The Guru Mantra

My teacher said he has healed the sick with this  Mantra. I feel the power and have had groups that don’t regularly meditate chant this, thanking me later for the experience. The Guru Mantra: Guru Guru Wahe Guru, Guru Ram Das Guru This is a mantra of self-healing, humility, relaxation, protective grace, and emotional relief. It calls on the spirit of humility and grace of Guru Ram Das. The Guru Mantra is an “ashtang mantra”. Ashtang mantras have eight parts...

Vetiver essential oil 

What Is Vetiver Oil? Chrysopogon zizanioides, commonly known as vetiver, is a perennial grass that belongs to the Poaceae family, which is native to India.1 Western and Northern India know this plant as khus. Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides), derived from a Tamil word that means “hatcheted up,” can grow up to 1.5 meters, and have tall stems and long, thin, and rigid leaves. Its flowers are brownish-purple. Vetiver hails from India but is widely cultivated in the world’s tropical regions. Vetiver...

Grieving loss

Struggles Are Catalysts For Awakening~”Be aware of the need to be grateful for the suffering and struggles that are part of the fabric of your life. Sometimes it’s easy to simply be angry at your suffering rather than to know that it is the catalyst for your searching and awakening. Your ability to know the power of kindness and love most likely grew out of some darkness and pain in your past. Without those experiences you would still be stuck....

Visiting my past

Visiting my home town feels like visiting the ghost of the past me. I haven’t even arrived yet, but I feel my heart beating faster. It’s visiting the scars that made me a tiger. It’s paying dues to the people that witnessed my metamorphosis. I remember my girlfriends talking about me at my mother funeral service as if I didn’t hear them. “She’s so strong” they said ….  I was left guardian of my five younger sisters & brothers but...

A new inspiration: growing cotton

In South Carolina I picked cotton and was lured in by this crop. The history, the beauty of fresh cotton and the feel in your hands… The possibilities of all the uses. I found myself picking cotton & humming thinking about the slaves that picked cotton day in and day out. They were farmers just like me. The slaves were the real farmers in the plantation. According to the audio tour I took, they would sometimes sneak off and hunt...

Persimmon, pomegranate and pumpkin seed salad

This is my go to fall salad. Its healthy & tasty! What more could a mama ask for? Ingredients: 2 Fuji Persimmons sliced 1/2 cup Pomegranate seeds 2 Blood orange in segments  Citrus vinegarette to taste 1/4 cup Pumpkin seed garnish Goat cheese (optional) to taste 2 heads of Butter lettuce Method: Rinse butter lettuce and break apart into pieces. Toss in vinegettte. Top with persimmon slices, blood orange segments, pomegranate seeds & pumpkin seeds. Citrus vinegettte : add a...