A couple of years ago, completely hidden in dark thicket of trees, I discovered a beautiful gnarled Crabapple – gleaming with clusters of hundreds & hundreds of rosy, autumn fruits. I was thrilled! I love crisp truly tart apples (which are getting harder to find) so the Crabapple fits the bill perfectly. Crabapples are the…
The Bacopa monniera herb, also known as Brahmi, has been used as a traditional Ayurvedic treatment for mental issues, epilepsy, and asthma. In fact, its documented medicinal uses can be traced back to the 6th century A.D.
A classic brain and nerve tonic, Bacopa is a medicinal herb that has been used effectively for several thousand years as a brain and nervous system restorer. The herb is known to increase mental clarity and promote improved memory and intelligence. It also assists in heightening mental acuity and supports the physiological processes involved in relaxation. In other words, it can keep you feeling relaxed while also boosting mental clarity, your focus, and mood. In fact, Bacopa is thought to help nourish neurons as it restores depleted synaptic activity.
Bacopa Monniera for Improved Memory
A 2006 double-blind, randomized study published in the Indian Journal of Psychiatry showed that the control group taking 125…
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What is your default mode? What are your core beliefs? What defines you? The default mode for most people was set when they were young kids. Our experiences with parents and teachers is usually what sets our default mode. They are our core beliefs and assumptions we have put into our subconscious our entire life. This post is going to go deep and will get you took look deep into your underworld. Most will find out that they are living the same life as their parents because their default mode was set when they were very young by them. Your default mode is in your subconscious and that is what runs your life. Magic is about changing the default mode to a mode that suits you as an individual.
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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain Dreaming – Happy First Full Moon of Autumn in this season of change. The Autumn Equinox begins on Saturday, September 22 and the First Full Moon is Monday, September 24, 2018. I hope that your Autumn Equinox rituals, however you celebrate them, are peaceful, protecting and sacred.
We do our annual circle of protection around each year on the Autumn Equinox before I begin to work on our Marzanna and put her in the field on the Winter Solstice. For those who are new here, please click: Directions of the Lunar work-study.
The magic begins with Autumn’s first night
as Green turns to gold and trees reflect
red’s colors of fire. The sacred prepares us
to listen quietly to the return of the whispering
winds called the Spirits of the North.
Let your path be filled with nature’s harmony,
for she shows us now about the…
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Here we are approaching the weekend of the equinox and I have really slowed down and taken time to enjoying the changing seasons.
I have been working on my Autumn ritual doll for a couple weeks now and this weekend she will become part of me and live on my altar until the spring equinox.
These dolls can be made of any material that feels right for you and represents you the best as you head into the last chapter. She is meant to give you comfort and be with you during a time when naturally we start to look inwards and prepare to be more still and take solace in the quiet time.
Think about what the doll means for you? Are you looking to gain something, shed something or maybe you are not sure yet? That is absolutely okay, you can start constructing your doll and add to…
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I’d like to tell you about wild mushrooms that ooze latex.
Known as “milk cap mushrooms,” these fungi may not seem worthy of anyone’s appetite, though they are certainly a group worth learning!
Milk cap mushrooms form important associations with various trees, and the value of these mushrooms to wildlife (specifically to animals and insects) is high. Additionally, many milk cap mushrooms have been shown to be sources of naturally occurring rubber.
Perhaps the most exciting feature of milk cap mushrooms (at least from the mycophagist’s perspective) is that some of them are edible… and quite delicious! Featured in this new video is a milk cap mushroom that perhaps you’ve been overlooking all these years. If you’re interested in adding a new species to your list, check it out!
Thanks for reading and watching, and as always, thank you for your support!
Annatto, Bixa Orellana
• An orange-red dye or colorant, flavoring for food and healing agent derived from the seeds of
the achiote tree, an evergreen native to tropic and subtropic zones of the Americas
• Spiny red fruits contain the seeds and the reddish pericarp that surround the seed contains
the annatto or color
• Foods colored with the annatto pigment range from yellow to deep orange and include
chorizo sausage, cheese (like cheddar and American), smoked fish, popcorn, oil, butter,
margarine, rice as well as processed products like snacks and breakfast cereals
• Historically used to create a face or body paint by rainforest tribes and natives of the
Caribbean; Applying the paint lips dubbed achiote tree the lipstick tree; annatto paint was
also used as a sunscreen, bug repellent, food, and medicine
• Aztecs enhanced the color of hot chocolate with annatto
• Commonly used in Mexican cooking…
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