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Marijuana Boosters?

Eating fresh mangos or even drinking a fresh mango smoothie one hour prior to smoking will dramatically increase the euphoric feelings felt by marijuana and help medical marijuana patients to ease their pain even more so. But why?

This is because a chemical compound known as myrcene terpenes, which is most often used for fragrances, can be found within cannabis and marijuana as well as many other various plants such as lemon grass, hops, and of course mangos. This is why these types of plants of such rare and unique types of odors and aromas.

Once ingested the chemical compound, or myrcene terpenes, assists the psychoactive substance THC by allowing it to pass through the Blood Brain Barrier (BBB) at much faster speeds with much more efficiency. The time it takes for the THC to have an effect on the brain after inhalation is roughly seven seconds however, by eating a mango up to one hour prior to smoking the time it takes for THC to reach the brain and have an effect could be cut in half. As well as the length of the high and its time duration could be up to twice as long.

As mentioned above, many plants contain myrcene, sometimes in very large amounts

 

  • Cannabis
  • Hops
  • Houttuynia
  • Lemon grass
  • Mangoes
  • Myrcia
  • Thyme
  • Verbena
  • West Indian Bay Tree

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Medicinal Properties of The Rose

Unlike Western medicine, all indigenous cultures believe that there is no separation between the physical and the mental or spiritual being, and both must be assessed before healing occurs. The same belief has long been held true regarding the rose and is seen in this saying, “Roses are good for the skin and the soul”

he botanical name of the Wild Rose is reflected in its use by the Romans. R. canina species was used for rabid dog bites.

Roses continued as official medicine until well into the 1930s (British Pharmacopoeia) when the tincture of the Apothocary’s Rose was prescribed for sore throats. Roses were also widely used as mild astringents and to flavor other medicines.

There were dozens of varieties of roses in North America. The Native Americans learned how to use whatever grew in their region, as a medicine and, in cases of emergency, as a food. The leaves, petals, hips, and roots were widely used for a variety of conditions, including colds, fevers, diarrhea, influenza, and stomach troubles.

The Omahas steeped the hips or roots to make a wash to treat eye inflammations.

In the Great Lakes region, the Chippewas made a tea from the wild rose and used the berries for food and for diseases of the eye. They used the inner bark of the roots to treat cataracts.

The Pawnees collected the insect galls from the lower parts of the stems, and charred and crushed them for use in dressings for burns. The insect or disease-produced galls were found in the archaeological remains of the Hill Site, near present-day Guide Rock, Nebraska, which was occupied by the Pawnees in the early 1800s.

The Flathead and Cheyenne tribes treated snow blindness with an eyewash made by boiling the petals, stem bark, or root bark. The Cheyenne also boiled the inner bark to make a tea valued for treating diarrhea and stomach trouble.

Many other tribes used all parts of the plant for various remedies. The Crows boiled the crushed roots and used them in hot compresses to reduce swellings. They also sniffed vapor to stop bleedings from the nose or mouth.

The Arapahos used the seeds to produce a drawing effect for muscular pain.

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Crystal Select: Fluorite

I was given a peace of Fluorite to hold while photographing a Sacred Woman Ceremony yesterday and it caught my interest.  It was dark purple and had a mystical allure to it. So i did a search and I plan on picking some up once I hit my favorite crystal shop.

Fluorite promotes spiritual and psychic wholeness and development, truth, protection, and brings peace. It protects psychically and in the physical realm. It helps one meditate and learn to go past the “chatter” that our minds tend to generate when first learning to meditate Fluorite is a great stone to calm and relieve anxiety and stress. It can help get rid of mental blocks and similar mental issues. flo6Physically it is used in crystal healing for , pain, general health throughout the body’s main skeletal and muscular systems. All colors are also good for auric cleansing. Mixed colors bring enhanced protection in the areas enhanced by all combined types. Clear fluorite guards against psychic attack and strengthens consciousness. Blue fluorite has the quality of protecting the emotions and restoring emotional balance. Purple fluorite strengthens mystical insight, psychic awareness, and can open the third eye. Green fluorite is an excellent all purpose healing stone that promotes healing on all levels. It also promotes self-love.

Metaphysical Properties of Crystals

The Need to know on Alkaline Water

What is the difference between naturally and artificially alkaline water?

When measured in drinking water, an alkaline pH can be a result of either natural or unnatural conditions in the water. Thus when comparing two waters, each with a pH of 9.5, one can be healthful while the other causes side effects.

Water ionizers split apart water molecules with electricity to artificially create alkaline water. Why is this artificial? All water found in nature has a pH that perfectly corresponds to the minerals in the water. When you drink alkaline water, the body assumes it is receiving alkaline minerals, like calcium and magnesium. The problem with ionized water is that the body thinks it is receiving more alkaline minerals than what are actually present in the water.

What are some side effects that result from drinking ionized water?

Artificially alkaline water only neutralizes acidity where it has direct contact, like the stomach and upper bowel. When consumed daily, the upper bowel in particular becomes overly alkaline and side effects begin to appear. Most common are erratic heart behavior, hypertension, nervousness/anxiety, urinary tract and bladder infections, and stabbing side pains.

A natural ceramic filtration process breaks down water molecules into micro-clusters allowing rapid delivery to cell walls for a superior hydrating effect at a cellular level.  During the filtration process, valuable Minerals that might have been lost during the purification process (distillation, reverse osmosis) are added to the “dead/acidic water”.  Micro-clustered water delivers nutrients to the cells more efficiently.  Among several other benefits including proper hydration, detoxification, and balance in your body’s pH levels, drinking alkaline water can ultimately contribute to weight loss and anti-aging.

For excellent health, it is important to drink naturally alkaline water daily. Doing so supplies the body with the alkaline minerals it needs to buffer acid. While all of these minerals are not nutritionally available, they do buffer acid. To learn more about the benefits of alkaline water, please read Alkaline Water Benefits

The Effects Of Balancing pH In The Body Are Numerous

  • Alkaline water has been shown to neutralize the acidity of the body that might be brought on by everyday stress, our unhealthy diets and most bottled waters.
  • As our filter system creates Alkaline Water it also transforms the water into “Antioxidant Water” as well.  Antioxidants reduce cellular and DNA damage caused by free radicals.
  • Alkaline water tastes great!  You’ll find yourself drinking more, and more of something good is always a plus.
  • A higher pH in the body can reduce the need for fat and cholesterol to protect the body from damaging acids, which helps lead to fat loss and proper cholesterol management.
  • Using water with a higher pH level improves the taste of beverages and food.

74 Alkaline Foods

Almonds & Almond Milk

Almonds consistently rank on the list of healthiest foods to eat, so it’s no wonder that they’re also an alkaline food. They’ve also been linked to increased muscle gain, a lowering of cholesterol levels, and are able to assist with fat loss. You don’t have to eat a lot of almonds in order to enjoy their benefits, but they do make a great snack that you can take anywhere and can help you between meals.

Top stats (per 100g):
Calcium – 27%
Iron – 25%
Protein – 44%

 Avocado & Avocado Oil

It’s no surprise that avocado is on our list of alkaline foods. It’s managed to make it onto our list of superfoods as well, so you know it’s packing a nutritional punch. Avocados are high in potassium as well as healthy fat, so in addition to helping you be more alkaline, you’re getting other perks as well. You can also use avocado oil in favor of other oils that don’t provide any alkaline benefit, or worse are acid-forming in the body.

Top stats (per 100g):
Vitamin C – 17%
Vitamin A – 3%
Fiber – 27%

Basil

You might not have thought that the herbs and spices you use on your food have an effect on how alkaline or acidic your pH levels are. But as it turns out there are good spices and bad spices. Basil happens to be one of the ones that helps keep you alkaline, and it also has plenty of other things going for it, such as the flavonoids it contains. These help the body to heal and basil in general can help with several different areas of the body.

Top stats (per 100g):
Vitamin A – 175%
Vitamin K – 345%
Calcium – 18%

These are just the three I favor for my taste buds!

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10 Raw Foods That Are Good for Your Skin

Many people are hopping on the raw food diet trend to lose weight, but it can also can improve your skin. Certain foods can help clear your complexion, diminish wrinkles, and brighten your overall appearance. We chatted with Carly de Castro, one of the founders of Pressed Juiceryand the author of the JUICE: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing & Living Well (coming out July 22nd) about the foods that should be on your raw menu.

Kale contains carotenoids, which are rich in antioxidants. Juicing with dark leafy greens helps fight inflammation and detoxifies the liver, which in turn detoxes the skin. Good digestion is linked to clearer skin.

Walnuts are chock-full of vitamins B and E, which help fight off free radicals that can cause stress and wrinkles. Plus, they contain omega-3 fatty acids that help strengthen the skin membrane, keeping it moisturized and looking subtle.

The vitamin C in citrus fruit (tropical fruits as well) can help with collagen production.

If you love sashimi or ceviche you are in luck. Salmon and tuna are full of those omega-3 fatty acids that will provide your skin with a natural moisturizer.

Carrots are rich in vitamin A and biotin, which provide the building blocks for the development of new skin cells. They are also packed with antioxidants that support collagen health and fight inflammation.

Spinach is full of anti-aging antioxidants and minerals like vitamin A, C, and K. It also helps skin stay hydrated.

Berries are jam-packed with antioxidants, which protect skin cells from signs of aging.

Beets are a potent cleanser that can clear your blood of impurities. Skin reflects the health of your blood, so the cleaner your blood, the more beautiful the skin.

Apples contain polyphenols, which can act as a natural sunscreen.

Almond and other nut milks are rich in copper, a mineral required to manufacture collagen, the structural protein that keeps skin wrinkle-free. It’s also high in manganese, a mineral that not only protects the skin from UV damage, but has also been shown to prevent red and itchy skin.

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Yoga House Houston / Project

Yesterday was Hot yoga day @ The Yoga House of Houston. I went in with the intentions of shooting only… being I am making a few adjustments to my eating habits (raw only) I wasnt sure if I was prepared to join in on the session.  YH-2The video shoot went amazing as always and I happened to jump into a few postures when I could… You have to blend in when you shoot photo/video, makes it seem like your not even there!  I enjoyed myself and will definitely be back to capture and practice with Jill owner/instructor of Yoga House Houston!  If you are in Texas and practice, We are working on a Project Highlighting Yogis and Helping more people get into Yoga. Contact me if you are interested!  Peace

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Meet Jill, The awesome owner and instructor at Yoga House Houston

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Fields of Lavender

Lavender is a plant rich in history and myth.  With its roots with the ancient herbalists, lavenders properties as a disinfectant and antiseptic grew through the centuries, even gaining the reputation of warding off the plague.  Screen Shot 2014-07-25 at 7.40.07 AMLavenders popularity with the English royalty gave it a birth in the ranks of a cosmetic herb, and was with Queen Victoria that lavender was recognized as a tonic for nerves.

With its history of healing properties, glorious colors and enchanting scent, lavender has remained the Swiss Army Knife of herbs.  Lavender has stepped out of its attachment to old fashioned use and has found a modern status in aromatherapy.  Screen Shot 2014-07-25 at 7.40.23 AMWith scientific research verifying its ancient uses, lavender is an essential component of any household first aid box.  The essential oil is used on burns,insect bites and blemishes.

The name ‘Lavender’ is a derivative of the Latin word ‘lavare’, meaning ‘to wash’, and was a bathing ritual herb in Roman times.  

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A Few Facts

Lavender is cultivated all over the world: Bulgaria, England, United States and France are historically know for producing the essential oil.  Harvesting the lavender for oil must be done at the peak of the day’s heat.  Essential oil is extracted by steam distillation from the fresh flowering tops.

Common Uses

Ideal for physical and emotional support.  Lavender as a whole is an ‘adaptogenic’ essence with a relationship to all body systems.  It is nicknamed the ultimate “first aid in a bottle’ oil.  Lavender produces an anti-allergic essential oil.  It is also an astringent as well as a skin moisturizer.  It alleviates aches, pains, and swelling from arthritis, injuries and headaches.  Lavender also alleviates motion sickness.
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5 ways Yoga can change your Life

Increases flexibility, balance and strength: Yoga will make you strong, flexible, and balanced—not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well. The mind, body and emotions are intimately connected with one another. What effects one effects the other two. When we practice yoga we work with our muscles and tissues. This makes us stronger and more flexible, but we are also becoming more stable and open in our way of thinking which helps us feel more balanced and at ease.

Releases Stress and Calms the Mind: The practice of yoga teaches us how to breathe mindfully, helping us release stress and calm the brain. When we concentrate on our breath, our bodies automatically begin to relax, the muscles soften and the mind starts to calm down. Fewer thoughts are produced at slower rates, helping us clear the excess noise. Having a clear mind helps us to make better decisions, feel centered and calm.

Mind/Body Connection: Yoga increases body awareness, reconnecting you with your body. The practice of yoga will help you strengthen your sense of intuition and inner power. This mind and body connection helps you realize that what effects your body effects your mind and emotions, and vice versa.

Yoga Teaches You to “Let Go”: Yoga can teach you how to let go of tension, limiting beliefs, self-imposed barriers, etc. At the physical level you learn how to release tension while holding the poses by using your breath. At the energetic/emotional level you will learn to let go of what you have been holding on that does not longer serves you.

Cultivate Inner Peace, Self-Love and Positive Thinking: The more we practice yoga the more we begin to cultivate a sense of inner peace and serenity. We begin to see ourselves in a loving way. It cultivates positive thinking and increases our positive vibration.

Are you ready to live to your fullest potential? Give the practice of yoga a try. There are so many great styles and teachers that can guide you through this process. The key is to get started and find the right style that works for you!

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Ankhing Sexual Energy

Sex, and specifically the orgasm, is more that just something that feels good and allows procreation. There are many other functions, such as the release of dysfunctional energy within the body, which can help to keep one from becoming diseased. There is the function that opens the higher chakras, and under the right conditions allows a person to begin the process of enlightenment. And further, if two people, lovers, practice sacred sex, the entire experience can lead them together into higher consciousness and into worlds beyond this plane

And so, adapted for our readers from The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life, Volume II, I offer this insight to assist two lovers — or even yourself, alone — to begin to find the higher path. This practice will not directly show you the true path. But it will increase your life-force energy, making you stronger, more alive, and more conscious. And perhaps — if you believe the Ancient Egyptians — it may lead you into eternal life.

Egyptian Sexual Energy and the Orgasm

It was believed in ancient Egypt that the orgasm was the key to eternal life, and that it was intimately connected with the chakra system. A chakra is an energy vortex connected to the entire human energy field, and the Universal Heart Chakra is the fifth of thirteen chakras. (There is also a system of eight chakras; in that system, the heart chakra is number four.) The Egyptian system held that the orgasm was intimately connected to this fifth, or Universal Heart Chakra.

First, we will explain the connection to eternal life.

Most people in the world are ignorant about what happens to their sexual energy after they have an orgasm. Usually, the energy moves up the spine and out the top of the head directly into the eighth or thirteenth chakra (same chakra, different system). In a few rare cases, the sexual energy is released down the spine into the hidden center below the feet, the point opposite the one above the head. In either case, the sexual energy — the concentrated life-force energy called prana in Hinduism — is dissipated and lost. It is similar to discharging a battery into a ground wire. It is no longer in the battery and so it is gone forever. This is what all the world’s Tantric systems that I am aware of believe, that orgasm brings one a little closer to death because a person loses his or her life-force energy in the orgasm and is made weaker. But the Egyptians found long ago that it does not have to be this way.

It is for this reason that the Hindu and Tibetan Tantra systems ask the male to avoid ejaculating. Instead, they speak of these tiny invisible tubes where, when a student learns to control the orgasm and the flow of their sexual energy, the sperm migrates up to the higher centers.

Both of these systems, and also the Chinese Taoist Tantra system, are all primarily concerned with the sexual energy flow, sometimes referred to as ”sexual currents.” They are primarily concerned with what happens as the sexual energy is movedbefore the orgasm, but they all have entirely different views of this energy compared to the Egyptians.

The Egyptians believed that orgasm is healthy and necessary, including the release of sperm in males, but that the sexual energy currents must be controlled in a deeply esoteric procedure that is unlike any other system. They believed that if this energy is controlled, the human orgasm becomes a source of infinite pranic energy that is not lost. They believe that the entire Mer-Ka-Ba or lightbody (the field of energy surrounding and interpenetrating the body) benefits from this sexual release. They even believe that under the right conditions the orgasm will directly lead to eternal life, and that the ankh is the key.

Egyptian ankhWhat is the ankh, and what has the ankh to do with sexual energy? It is complicated to explain, but we will simplify. First the ankh itself is a shape that looks like the figure at right.

In order to see and understand what took thousands of years for the Egyptians to grasp, we will begin with the fifth, Universal Heart Chakra. This lower heart chakra, the chakra of Unconditional Universal Love, is the first place where the energy completes itself. Each chakra has a ”direction” associated with it, as the life-force energy rotates its way up the body in a pattern similar to the DNA molecule. In the lower heart chakra, the fifth place of a thirteen chakra system, the energy is facing the same direction as it began, and thus the circle is complete.

Energy Flow Diagrams
In the three views above, you can see how the rotation of energy either around the body, as in (a), around a circle, as in (b), or in a sine wave, as in (c), all complete themselves in five steps.

Ankh ViewsThe fifth or heart chakra is the first chakra that completes itself and has the energies of both front-to-back and left-to-right. If you could see these energies — and the Egyptians could — from above the head, as in (a), at left, they would appear as this symbol. It needs to be understood that these are actual energy lines around the body coming from the fifth chakra.

If you were to see these energies from the front view of a human, they would appear as in (b) at left. In the center of the cross there is a hidden energy line coming straight off the page and also moving in the opposite direction away from the reader.

Notice that both of the above examples are Christian symbols that come from the heart chakra. However, if you could see the same energies from the side of a human being, they would appear different than you would expect. There is another energy-flow ”tube” there (in Chinese medicine it’s called a ”meridian”) that the Egyptians discovered long ago. It looks like (c).

I find it very interesting that the Christians must have understood what we are talking about here, for on the robes of many Christian priests, at certain times of the year that are usually associated with resurrection, you will see the following symbol.

This symbol (d) shows all three views — the top, front, and side simultaneously. I believe the Christians omitted the complete loop of the ankh so that they would not directly show a connection with the old Egyptian religion, since they were breaking away from that tradition. But it is obvious that they knew.

Now that you know that this ankh energy conduit is located in the human energy field and where, you will be able to understand the reason for the Egyptians’ sexual conduct, which we are about to explain.

First let me explain something about the ankh before I speak about its relationship to sexual energy. When I toured the museums in Egypt, I personally observed over 200 Egyptian rods.

Egyptian rodThese rods (pictured at right) were mostly made of wood, although other materials were sometimes used. They had a tuning fork on the bottom end, and the top end had four different types of devices that could be attached. One of these devices was in the shape of the ankh. What we found is that if you put the ankh on the top of the rod, which is like the human spine, the vibration from the tuning fork lasts a great deal longer. The energy seems to wrap around back into the rod along the curve of the ankh, moving downward as it returns, thereby sustaining the energy.

I was in Holland a couple of years ago, and there some people had made some rods out of copper with a high-quality tuning fork at the bottom and a threaded end at the top, so that different end pieces could be screwed on. I experimented with this rod. Using it without a top piece, I struck the tuning fork and timed how long it would vibrate. Then I screwed on the ankh and struck the tuning fork again. With the ankh on top, the rod vibrated almost three times longer. If you apply this idea to the human spine, you can see why the energy of the orgasm enhances the entire human system and the energy wraps itself back around and back into the human meridians.

This is the key to why the Egyptians performed the particular sexual practices we are about to explain. They found that if they had an orgasm and let it go out the top or bottom of the spine, the sexual energy was lost. But if the sexual energy was guided by consciousness to move into the ankh conduit, it would come back into the spine and continue to resonate and vibrate. The life-force energy was not lost. In actual experience, it seems to increase the energy. One does not feel depleted after sex, but rather recharged.

You can talk about it all day, but if you try it one time, you will understand. However, it is not easy to do in one test. For the first few times, the sexual energy will often shoot past the point of the fifth chakra and continue on up and out of the body. So it takes practice. Once it is learned, I doubt seriously if you would ever have an orgasm any other way. It’s too powerful and feels too good. Once your body remembers this experience, it is not likely to revert back to the old way.

Instructions for the Egyptian Orgasm

Here is exactly how to achiever the ankhing associated with the human orgasm. Whatever you do sexually before the orgasm is completely up to you. I am not here to judge you — and definitely the Egyptians would not, since they believe in knowing all sixty-four sexual modes before you enter the King’s Chamber to ascend to the next level of consciousness. This is their idea, but it is important to know that it is not necessary. You can reach the next level of consciousness without knowing this information. However, from their point of view, the idea of ankhing is of paramount importance in achieving eternal life. You will have to decide for yourself if it is something you wish to practice.

  1. The moment you feel the sexual energy about to rise up your spine, take a very deep breath, filling your lungs about 9/10th full, then hold your breath.
  2. Allow the sexual energy of the orgasm to come up your spine. But at the moment it reaches the fifth chakra (located just a couple of finger-widths above the sternum), with your willpower you must turn the flow of sexual energy 90 degrees out the back of the body. It will then automatically continue inside the ankh tube. It will slowly turn until it passes exactly through the eighth (or thirteenth) chakra, one hand-length above the head at 90 degrees to the vertical. It will then continue to curve around until it returns to the fifth chakra, where it began, only this time in the front of the body.Even if you don’t understand what was just said, it will happen automatically if you get it started out the back of the body at the fifth chakra, and it will automatically come back around to the front of the body and reconnect at the fifth chakra. You just have to make it turn 90 degrees so that it begins.
  3. It will often slow down as it approaches its point of origin, the fifth chakra. If you can see the energy, it comes to a sharp point. When it approaches the fifth chakra from the front of the body, there is sometimes a tremendous jolt as it reconnects with this chakra again. All this takes place while you are holding your first breath.
  4. The instant the sexual energy reconnects with its source, the fifth chakra, take in the full breath. You had filled your lungs only 9/10th full, so now you fill your lungs as completely as you can.
  5. Now exhale very, very slowly. The sexual energy will continue on around the ankh channel as long as you are exhaling. When you reach the bottom of this breath, you will continue to breathe very deeply, but a change happens here.
  6. It is here that, if you know the Lightbody work of the Mer-Ka-Ba, you would begin to breathe from the two poles using Mer-Ka-Ba breathing. But if you are like most people and don’t know this work, then continue to breathe deeply until you feel the relaxation begin to spread throughout your body. Then relax your breath to your normal rate. Feel every cell becoming rejuvenated by this life-force energy. Let this energy reach down into the deepest physical levels of your body structure even past the cellular level. Feel how this beautiful energy surrounds your very being and brings health to your body, mind and heart.
  7. Once the relaxation begins, slow your breath down to a normal shallow breathing.
  8. If possible, allow yourself to completely relax or even sleep for a while afterward.

If you practice this for even one week, I believe you will more than understand. If you practice it continually, it will begin to give health and strength to your mental, emotional, and physical bodies. It will give great strength and power to your Lightbody, as well.

If for any reason this practice does not feel right, stop and return to normal. It just is not time.

It was this discovery of the secret tube that fostered the Ancient Egyptians’ belief that eternal life was intimately connected to this particular energy-flow. It is this ankhing of their sexual energy through this tube, in an extremely deliberate procedure, that I have been taught to emulate.

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