How to make Kombucha Tea

What Is Kombucha Tea?

Kombucha starts out as a sugary tea, which is then fermented with the help of ascoby. “SCOBY” is actually an acronym for “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast.” It’s very close cousins to the mother used to make vinegar.

The scoby bacteria and yeast eat most of the sugar in the tea, transforming the tea into a refreshingly fizzy, slightly sour fermented (but mostly non-alcoholic) beverage that is relatively low in calories and sugar.Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 1.49.50 AM

The SCOBY

Let’s talk about that scoby. It’s weird, right?! It floats, it’s rubbery and slightly spongy, brown stringy bits hang from it, and it transforms sugary tea into something fizzy and sour. It’s totally weird. But if you take a step back, it’s also pretty awesome.

There are a lot of theories about why the bacteria and yeast form this jelly-like layer of cellulose at the top of the kombucha. The most plausible that I’ve found is that it protects the fermenting tea from the air and helps maintain a very specific environment inside the jar that is shielded from outsiders, aka unfriendly bacteria.Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 1.49.58 AM

Probiotics?

Which brings us to the next question: what’s actually in kombucha? Kombucha is indisputably full of probiotics and other happy things that our intestines love and that help boost our overall health. Claims that kombucha cures things like arthritis, depression, and heart burn have less of a proven track record, but hey, our bodies are all different and I say go for it if it works for you.

Interested in making your own ….

Check out How to make Kombucha Tea  at Thekitchn

Soaking Almonds 101

Almonds are an uber-healthful, filling snack, jammed packed with real protein, fiber, and omega-3 and -6 fatty acids. Lots of raw food enthusiast always tell others how important almonds are to a balanced diet, but it is harder to get them to expound on why soaking almonds can unlock more health benefits, making them easier to digest. Soaking all tree nuts — especially almonds, since they aren’t botanically a tree nut but a seed — keeps you healthy by elevating the vitamins and nutrients your body absorbs from the food, creating a straightforward and efficient process to unlock the treasures inside this healthy seed.

Digestion

Raw almonds have tannic acid and an enzyme inhibitor in their brown skin that protects the nut until the proper levels of sunlight and moisture allow it to germinate. Since the nut does not release its enzymes until those conditions have been reached, eating almonds without removing the inhibitor limits the nutrients your body can absorb and makes the almond difficult to digest. By soaking almonds, you provide the moisture that makes the almond shed its skin and release its enzymes. The process works with most nuts and seeds.

Texture

Soaking almonds also changes the texture of the nut and makes it easier to chew. As the almond absorbs water, it becomes softer and less stiff. This is of particular benefit to young children and seniors who should avoid hard, difficult-to-chew foods. Softer almonds are easier to digest, which increases the amount of nutrients your body can absorb from the nut. If you use almonds in recipes such as raw pies, cookies, or meat, soaking almonds provides a way of maintaining the integrity of your raw creations and tasting flavorful and divine.

Soaking Instructions

To soak almonds, place your raw almonds in a glass or BPA-free bowl and add purified water. Purchase raw, organic almonds if possible. After placing the almonds in a large bowl, cover them with 2 cups of water per 1/2 cup of almonds. Soak the almonds overnight, then drain and store them in the refrigerator using plastic bags or jars. Almonds will remain fresh for up to a week after soaking with proper storage.

The Importance of  Sprouting

The benefits of almonds can be unlocked further by taking soaking to the next level and actually sprouting your nuts. Sprouted almonds are softer, moister, and sweeter as well as being easier to digest. Sprouting almonds is also the only way to release lipase, an enzyme which digests fat.Screen Shot 2014-07-10 at 1.39.44 AM

Almonds are good sources of monounsaturated fatty acids. The heart-healthy monounsaturated fat are very satiating, resulting in a feeling of fullness and thus preventing individuals from overeating.

To sprout almonds, soak your almonds overnight for 10 to 12 hours, rinse, and place them in glass jar with a lid in the refrigerator. It generally takes between one and three days for the almonds to sprout and you can expect a 1/8-inch sprout to grow.

Berry Coconut Milk Ice Pops

Looking for a way to cool off during the summer heat? Well I have come across an awesome recipe to create delicious Coconut Berry Ice pops.

Ingredients 

  • ⅔ cup thinly sliced ripe strawberries
  • ⅔ cup ripe blueberries
  • ⅔ cup ripe blackberries
  • ⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon natural cane sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 (13.5-ounce) can full-fat coconut milk

-Combine the strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries with the sugar and cardamom in a small saucepan.

-Cook over low heat, stirring regularly, for 5 to 7 minutes, until the berries are soft but not falling apart—they should be a little jammy.

-Remove from the heat and stir in the coconut milk. ipopopopo

-Carefully pour the warm berry mixture into a pitcher.

-Pour the mix into 3-ounce molds, helping some of the berries along with a spoon so that they’re evenly distributed.

-Freeze for at least 4 hours. The ice pops will last a month in the freezer.

Tools of Meditation: Mala

We are going to make a series of videos dedicated to the tools of meditation. Sometimes we can use a little assistance in getting to the mental space we want to reach. To start it off we are going to briefly cover the mala! Simplicity works best so I kept it short and sweet! Grab a mala and meditate they are one of the foundation of my meditation.

My Experiences: 

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Seeing this photo brings back memories and moments in meditation that I can not forget!

I began using a Mala as a tool to keep me awake during meditation. Its almost  like there is a small window/stage in between  awake and sleep.  The more you practice meditation the longer you can stand on the stage or look out that window. This stage can be used to visualize and feel the subtle energies that lay dormant within.  Explore your mind and beyond. The first mala I picked up in china town Ny was wood. I customized it by adding my first stone Lapis Lazuli to it. Once I made a full circle I would pause and hold the Lapis and ask a question to myself and wait for the answer. If you have ever meditated with Lapis then you know can relate to the blunt truths/wisdom that will be revealed from within if you dare to know.

Covellite

Covellite stimulates the Third Eye energies, intiating/opening the intuition. Covellite helps to access the metaphysical abilities that are within. covellite33804b It is also a wonderful stone to use during the dream state, as it enhances dreams and helps to remember the details upon waking.

Covellite is a stone of harmony and unconditional love. It helps to access and understand the Divine Source within each of us. Use Covellite to enhances communication skills and stimulate a positive outlook. It will relieve and heal emotional wounds.covellite32866a

Physically, Covellite assists in eliminating toxins and removing dense/stagnant energies. As such, it is an excellent assistant in the treatment of Cancer and other ailments where toxicity and cell invaders are present.

Find healing within 5 senses

The eyes, differentiates, compares, analyses and ultimately makes mistakes in measurement, hence the term optical illusions.

‘The eye takes a person into the world, the ear brings the world into the human being’. Lorenz Oken.

We see only in three dimensions yet we hear in multi dimensional layers of symphonies. We receive sound vibrations that visit us from distances known and unknown. The ear keeps us balanced and allows us to walk the straight line the path.

The ear is an area of sensitivity not only because of its three distinct divisions Inner, Middle and External ear also it is an erogenous zone that excites even in the absence of visual stimulation both in sound of a sultry voice and touch. The Ear is the receptive feminine quality of our senses, obtaining outward messages that are accurate to the T.

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The eye is masculine utilizing powers of perception and persuasion, it hunts. No wonder in a Retina-occipital society governed by patriarchy we are surrounded by the noise of aggression and the aggression of noise. In the city the decibel rises, to escape is almost futile, noise not sound surrounds immediately and vastly. In a Retina-occipital culture we will find misconceptions, misperceptions of what is. Even in our sleep the refrigerator drones on.

Indigenous peoples have an auditory-acoustic culture it is porous full of understanding, receptive, patient, more inclined to nurturing, a willingness to serve (without domination) Hu-manity. In the yogic system of Tamare Ancient Afrika, *HU acknowledged as the principle of sound and the creative force of thought vibrations the divine utterance of all things and the Neter of the senses. The Ancient Afrikan scientist silently received information of the stars and planets and patiently mapped them out in the blackness of space, birthing the zodiac, astrology and astronomy this had to be in balanced with the ear as well as the eyes. They understood the vibratory quality of HU in chromatics, harmonics and physics through and with a reverence to the ear.

My favorite places growing up where the libraries the denizen temples of urban civilizations not only because of playing the game of finding truth mangled in the lies buried there but because of the insistence of silence. The ear unites bringing waves of light in the form of sound to our awareness with mathematical accuracy. The sense of hearing is the last to disappear when a person goes into the state of unconsciousness, sleep or death and it is the first sense to be activated when one returns from sleep or becomes conscious.

Shhhhh. LISTEN DEEPLY

I often ask talkative children Do you learn by talking or by listening?’

Practice silence for 1-2 hours a day and let the purest of sound come from within you allow it to unite with sound outside of you. Embrace the purest of sound that emanates from the earth at 8 mega hertz, tuning our being. Practice the art of listening that minimizes error in judgment primarily of your self and secondarily of others. Listening provides a pause in noise. Silence is enhanced potency of sound that enriches our existence. In silence we hear our inner-being divine in nature and the hum of natural life around us. We hear HU within and out of us and meet HU connecting the HU in man, HU-man. Silence is a means of tapping into the deeper constructs of our being and affecting our atmosphere with power.

Listen. Silently love and see the world change right before your eyes.

Nine (9) Tools for Sound Healing

1. Tones of the vocal chords with nasal

2. Tuning Forks

3. Gongs

4. Singing Bowls

5. Natural Instruments

6. Drums

7. Hikau

8. Inner Sounds

9. Colours

Resources:

The Power of Silence by Carlos Castaneda

Egyptian Rhythm by Moustafa Gadalla

Metu Neter Vol. 1 by Ra Un Nefer Amen

The Third Ear by Joachim Ernst Berendt

Links

Lorenz Oken

Spirit Rap The Legendary Invocation

Hu The sound of all sounds

Hu Sound Healing

Jonathan Goldman’s Healing Sounds

Glossary

*Hu divine utterance creative force of will is activated in the movements of HUDU Afrikan Yoga (intention through breath and sound/vibration). Kemetic words that hold the mantra/Hu. TeHUti -wisdom SHU -air KHU mental SaHU heavenly/spiritual state

Source:  AfrikanYoga  

Is a post workout massage beneficial?

Post-workout pain is something we can all relate to. You lunged, you lifted, you sprinted, and now, all you really want is to find relief from the aches that inevitably ensue.

While your initial instinct may be to head straight for the medicine cabinet, Zeel Experts urge you to try a massage instead.

What exactly can a good rubdown do for you? Here, massage therapists from across the country describe four ways massage therapy can enhance your next workout.

Lactic acid removal

“A properly performed sports massage can speed recovery by increasing the flow of blood into and (most importantly) out of the area,” says Zeel massage therapist Daniel Cook.

“This allows the reduction of the lactic acid build-up that leads to muscle soreness and brings fresh blood into the muscles, permitting faster healing.”

Release compression

An advanced therapeutic massage therapist, Steve Leary knows that calculated pressure can accelerate muscle recovery.

“Pressing on a muscle can cause what’s known as an ischemic compression,” he explains.

“This means that you’re inhibiting the flow of blood to the specific region of the muscle. Once you’ve released the compression, blood can flow more freely through the muscle. This can aid in the recovery process.”

Delay muscle soreness

New York City-based licensed massage therapist Prisila Jacobs says that post-workout massages that draw upon focused techniques relax the muscles.

“I specialize in a technique call myofascial release,” she says.

“Basically, sustained pressure is applied, forcing the fascia to relax. This technique is similar to Chinese acupuncture, but I use my hands instead of needles to achieve the same result.”

Trigger point relief

Sore spots can often be blamed on what are known as trigger points.

By pressing on these trigger points, massage can bring about a ton of relief. Massage also soothes the fibers that are temporarily broken down by hard exercise while simultaneously alleviating pain caused by inflamed muscles.

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Dolphins & Conscious Breathing

Dolphins are conscious breathers not involuntary breathers; because of this, dolphins do not ever fully fall asleep, not the way that humans do. If the animals did fully fall asleep, they would drown. The dolphins shut down half the brain at a time and keep one eye open to look for predators while also staying alert enough to take a breath when needed. Given that dolphins are mammals, it seems to be characteristic that mammalian brains develop in layers, and that the more intelligent species have more elaborate development of the outer layer.

The layers are:

  • the brain stem (medulla and cerebellum)
  • the midbrain (thalamus and the hypothalamus)
  • the forebrain (containing the cerebrum and the cortex)

In mammals (and even in lower species from reptiles on up) the medulla of the brain stem controls automatic processes like breathing, heartbeat, and digestion). Thus even people with sever injury to the outer layers of the brain and in a coma still have the brain stem working to ensure that they breath and their heart beats.

So since dolphin brains follow this same pattern, the medulla of their brain stem would control breathing automatically, so they should not have to ‘think about each breath’. Living in the sea, they would be able to override this automatic breathing so they could hold their breath while underwater.

Cetaceans are divided into three suborders: Archaeoceti (extinct whales), Odontoceti (toothed whales), and Mysticeti (baleen whales).

Archaeological evidence supports the theory that whales and dolphins evolved from terrestrial animals living over 50 million years ago.

The species have changed much over the centuries and have remained reasonably unchanged over the last 11 million years.

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