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Vasilissa The Beautiful

My birthday was a few weeks ago.  For my birthday I treated myself to a mortar and pestle to grind some spices.  I usually use my food processor to grind them but was feeling like I wanted the experience of using a mortar and pestle.  As I was grinding away, the sweet scent of cassia, that’s Cinnamon, wafting through the air, I was reminded of the fairytale Vasilissa the Beautiful.  In the story there is an old witch called the Baba Yaga who rides in a mortar and pestle.  The whole thing made me giggle and glow with a knowing smile as a warm comforting nostalgic connection to the many beings who all across the world throughout history have had the experience and joy of grinding spice.   Continue reading Vasilissa The Beautiful

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Vegetarianism. A Moral Obligation?

Thirteen or so odd years ago I participated in a post graduate studies program that was designed to prepare college graduates for graduate level study.  One of the requirements for participation was to write a thesis style research paper on a topic of interest.  I think also the paper was to be published.  I also might be confusing that with another paper that I wrote.  Thirteen years is long time to remember back and much has transpired since then.  I was mid step between transitioning from an undergraduate degree in philosophy and a graduate program in Nutrition so i chose a topic that would allow me to explore nutrition from a philosophical perspective.   Vegetarianism. A moral Obligation? I felt like it was a great topic I could tell the program directors felt baffled by the idea.   You would expect more open mindedness at an institute of Continue reading Vegetarianism. A Moral Obligation?

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Kloss Liniment

My mother played a very instrumental role in my early herbal education.  She was always focused on nutrition and health as a form of preventative medicine.  In fact, she practiced preventative medicine before that term became more mainstream.  She herself became interested in natural health after receiving help from a Chinese natural doctor to combat a urinary tract infection.  Later when she became a member of the Nation of Islam she learned more about healthy eating through their how to eat to live teachings.  Then later she became interested in yoga and meditation.  I remember her once when she was in her 50’s Continue reading Kloss Liniment

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Papa Ghede’s Original Cider Tonic

Herbal formulas made with vinegar, herbs, and honey are as old as Hippocrates.  Hippocrates the Father of Modern Medicine created oxymels.  Oxymels are composed of honey and herbs.  A popular and historic vinegar formulae called 4 Thieves Vinegar is said to have been created in the middle ages by four thieves to protect themselves from the plague.  In the 50’s Dr. Jarvis an old Vermont doctor created and made herbal tonics made of apple cider vinegar (ACV), maple syrup or honey, and cayenne peppers. Continue reading Papa Ghede’s Original Cider Tonic

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Sugar, Yeast, and The Yellow Brick Road!

My Candida cleanse began with a post on Facebook. It said “Why can’t I eat brownies everyday”? I am so envious of others who can eat a donut and coffee in the morning and not feel like they fell off a cliff.  I wrote that post and then people started posting their comments and feelings about how they liked sugar too. They posted how sugar made them feel. Some comments were funny and we all laughed. And some comments expressed how sugar wreaked havoc to their digestive systems and their emotions. Emotions ranging from guilt to the common sugar crash from indulging in their sugar intake.  Continue reading Sugar, Yeast, and The Yellow Brick Road!

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The Ancestors

I find my self posting this not having premeditated it in any way as we approach Dia De Los Muertos.  So I know I am right in tune with the spirit of the Ancestors.  I have always loved Dia De Los Muertos even when it wasn’t so popular.  I remember 15 years ago I would visit the cemetery in Mississippi where I was in college in honor of those who had passed. Sometimes I would spend the day in silence to honor them.  I would talk to my family about how important it was to remember the dead with some sort of ceremony.  Celebrating the dead with ritual at the time  was weird.  I remember my brother saying “we just don’t do that”. It was like this with a lot of my interests and it felt like a really lonely place to be.  In my research I saw that honoring the dead was common among other nations of people. Continue reading The Ancestors

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La Sirene

La SireneIs the queen of the Ocean. Her husband is Met Agwe.  They are the rulers of the Ocean and own all the treasures therein.  La Sirene is a mermaid and a Siren.  She is also named La Balen, the whale.   As the queen of Illusions she is known to make or break illusions.  La Sirene has also been known to take people under the water.  She is given a mirror and a comb as gifts as she is vain and loves to look at herself in the mirror.  She likes melons, champagne, desserts, cakes with blue icing, duck, gin, and white rum. Her colors are light blue and white.