Herb Guide: Oregano

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Origanum vulgare

Also, Known As:

  • Common Marjoram
  • Oregano
  • True Oregano
  • Turkish Oregano
  • Wild Marjoram
  • Winter Marjoram

The famous European herb called the oregano or the pot marjoram is a very familiar spice, botanical name Origanum vulgare. It is a common herb, and the European oregano is known to be a very hardy and perennial herb characterized by the presence of an erect, and somewhat hairy and well-branched stem, the leaves of the herb are also hairy. When fully grown, the plant can cross two feet in height, and is characterized by a very acrid and pungent odor, the fragrance of the plant is very strong, and has a sage-like an aroma, it also smells somewhat like another spice, the thyme – also used in a lot of European cuisines.

The oregano also refers to the pleasant and mint smelling European herb, the marjoram, or the wild marjoram as it is…

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The blockbuster movie called Reality

Outside the Reality Machine

The blockbuster movie called Reality

by Jon Rappoport

There is always a certain amount of whining and remorse as one enters the theater to see the movie called Reality, after buying the ticket.

“Is this a good idea?”  “Why did I do it?”

But you can already feel a merging sensation.  The electromagnetic fields humming in the theater, even before the movie starts, are drawing you into the space.

Your perception of x dimensions is narrowing down to three.

You take your seat.  You look at the note you’ve written to yourself, and you read it again:

“Don’t forget where you came from.  Don’t forget this is just a movie.  Don’t fall asleep.  The serial time in the movie is an artifact.  The binding feeling of sentimental sympathy is a trance-induction.  It’s the glue that holds the movie fixed in your mind.”

“The movie will induce nostalgia for a past…

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Crystals are Not for Everybody

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain –Although beautiful and very pretty, not everyone should have Crystals around them nor work with them or work on others with them. Crystals are detrimental for 1.  Empaths 2. Dreamers, 3. Emotional Sensitives (emos) and 4. the Soul Body (astral body) and mental astral body traveler types. If you’re sensitive to large crowds and too much energy that these places cause, then crystals are not for you. Crystals tend to be good (or doesn’t bother their energy bodies) for very grounded people, those who are the less emotional or not the dreamer types. If you can go to a rock concert after 30 years old or spend a weekend in Las Vegas and not be completely drained, then you are the type that can probably handle crystals just fine.

For the “sensitive” types of the three listed, I suggest letting go of your crystals…

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Third New Moon of Spring

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By Phoenix of Elder Mountain – Greetings Dreamers, Moon People, Artists and Healers, we begin our last New & Full Moon of Spring on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Spring is ruled by the Maiden and the first Season of the year so according to the natural or natures year, we all get our new beginning. Our last month’s intention and experiences, if you were paying attention, will set the foundation for this month’s new moon. The last moon cycle of each of the four Seasons brings a solution and resolve to what you have been working on in your healing journey for three months. If you are new, please read the directions for the moon work.

Some of us are in ending phases, which can take about eight years to complete, and during this time we may set our sights on our new beginning and find road blocks along our way. For others, you…

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Crystals and Breast Health

By Sonia Acone

When I was first asked to write this article, I had balked at the idea. After all, it is a subject that hit a little too close to home for me. I had been through what I like to call the “BCS” or “Breast Cancer Scare” when I was just 38. Although I was spared the “Big C” this time around, I did need to have a lumpectomy done on my right breast (I’m now missing a third of that breast). So, yes, I remember finding the lump, getting the mammogram, going in for surgery, etc. Looking back on that time now, I also remember, prior to that “nightmare,” that I had been under a lot of stress at the time, which may have played a part in the lump forming in the first place. And we all know by now that stress is often a precursor to illness.

But this is not going to be an article about breast cancer per se. See the links at the end of this article for more information concerning crystals that deal with that specifically. This article is going to address the crystals that may help to keep our breasts healthy in the first place, so that you or someone you love may not have to deal with the “BCS.”  We’re going to look at crystals that can help with most every aspect of breast health; from pain and inflammation (that often occurs during the monthly cycles, during pre-and-post-menopause), breastfeeding and lactation, and healthy breasts in general.

Now for some biology (stay with me, you’ll thank me at the end!). Our breasts are composed of fatty tissue, glandular tissue that is divided into lobes, and connective tissue that ties it all together. The glandular tissue is comprised of lymph glands/nodes which are located along lymph vessels back to your armpit as well as up towards your collarbone. The lymphatic system is a major part of one’s immune system. When we get sick, our lymph glands often become inflamed. In addition to the armpits, we have lymph glands in the neck (which is why doctors often palpate these when we become ill), chest, and groin. The lymphatic cells form antibodies that fight infection. The lymphatic system is responsible for removing toxins in the body. Organs associated with the lymphatic system include the tonsils, adenoids, thymus, and spleen. (See this diagram to the lymphatic system in the breast: http://www.mariekeating.ie/cancer-information/breast-cancer/the-breasts-and-lymphatic-system/) In order to keep our breasts healthy, it stands to reason that the immune system and the lymphatic system in particular, need to be healthy. (Note: all crystals listed are in alphabetical order.)

Crystals for a Healthy Lymphatic System:

Agate
Amber

Aquamarine

Bloodstone

Lapis Lazuli

Larimar

Moss Agate

Prehnite

Sodalite

Metaphysically speaking, the breasts are located smack dab in the center of the Heart chakra, which is responsible for feelings of love, compassion, empathy and healing (especially with our hands, arms, as well as healing with herbs/nature). Parts of the body influenced by this chakra are the breasts, heart, lungs, arms, hands, upper back, skin, circulatory system, rib cage, and the lymph glands. When a blockage occurs in this chakra, we become more susceptible to illnesses in these parts of the body. Emotionally, a blockage can result in panic attacks, allergies, jealousy, possessiveness, and over-emotional outbursts. Crystals ruled by the Heart chakra are those that are usually green or pink, such as Amazonite and Rose Quartz. See this page for a complete list of crystals for the Heart chakra: https://www.healingcrystals.com/products-by-heart-ailment.html?tab=2

Crystals for Keeping Breasts Healthy (and may also help with breast disorders):

Amazonite
Mangano (Pink) Calcite

Moonstone

Peridot

Rainbow Moonstone

Snow (Milky) Quartz

Crystals for Inflammation:

Blue Lace Agate
Kunzite

Larimar

Malachite

Crystals for Pain:

Amber
Amethyst

Clear Quartz

Fluorite
 
Hematite

Lapis Lazuli

Magnetite (Lodestone) 
Malachite

Rose Quartz

Smokey Quartz
 
Sugilite
 
Turquoise

Crystals for Breastfeeding/Lactation:

Blue/Pink/White Chalcedony
Chiastolite

Fluorite
 (Clear)
Howlite
 (White)
Snow (Milky Quartz)

Moonstone

Okenite
Selenite

Crystals for Scars/Scar Tissue:

Amber
Citrine

Fluorite
 (Green)
Rhodonite

Rose Quartz

Tourmalated Quartz

For information on crystals that may help with Breast Cancer and support during and after treatment, see the following articles:

“Crystals for Breast Cancer” article/recommendation: https://www.healingcrystals.com/Crystals_For_Breast_Cancer_Articles_675.html

“Crystals for Cancer Support” article: https://www.healingcrystals.com/February_2011_Newsletter_-_Crystals_for_Cancer_Support_Articles_4133.html

When you’ve chosen the crystal(s) you wish to work with, you can meditate while holding one or more in your hands; you can place them near your bedside with the intention that they keep you well and improve healing; you can carry or wear them as jewelry (some folks even keep one or two in their bra), or you could make a medicine bag to carry your crystals in a pocket or purse. Whatever you choose, make sure to cleanse your crystals before and often during use.

I sincerely hope that this article can help you find the answers you seek and that in some small way, I was able to alleviate some fear, confusion, or uncertainty for you and/or someone you love. I wish you blessings and good health.

*Disclaimer – Crystals are not a medical treatment and should not be used as a replacement for medical care. Please consult your healthcare specialist for your particular needs.

Photo: Amazonite Mandala by Robin Hollinger

Decorating with Crystals for Memorial Day

By Tara Mideaker

In the late 1800’s, “Decoration Day” was established to commemorate those soldiers who had given their lives during the Civil War.  The name derives from flowers and other decorative items that were placed on the gravesites.  As we moved into the 20th Century, May 30th was set aside to memorialize all service men and women who had died while in the armed forces and Memorial Day was adopted as a National Holiday.  This day has continued to evolve and today it serves as a remembrance of all those loved ones who have passed on.  Celebrated on the last Monday of May, it also serves as the unofficial start of the summer season and is best known for parades, fireworks and, of course, barbecues.

There are many religions and cultures who believe that when we pass on from this life we move into the “Summerland”, a place of endless beauty and peace. It is interesting that, perhaps subconsciously, we have adopted a day where we remember those we have lost while at the same time welcoming the summer season.  Throughout its many evolutions, Memorial Day has always been a time to enjoy food and activities with our family and friends.  Maybe the intent of this day was always about finding the joy in each of our lives – even while we mourn our losses.

Here are a few suggestions on how to use crystals to honor someone with your own “Decoration Day” tradition.  Decoration means “to beautify or embellish” and crystals are one of nature’s most beautiful decorations.  The perfect crystal will remind you of the happy times while at the same time helping to you heal from your loss.

ALTAR:  Creating an altar is a traditional and practical way to remember your loved one.  Be sure to find a quiet place and insure that the focus of the space will be respected.   Include items that remind you of your loved one – photos, flowers, statues or knick-knacks, candles, and even jewelry.  Just be sure that the items you choose remind you of joyful times and how that person lived their life.  You want this altar to celebrate their life more than a reminder that they are gone.   Amber has a very strong life-affirming energy that will be a very positive addition to your memorial.  It is a powerful healer and will enable you to manifest the happiest of thoughts and memories.  Snowflake Obsidian is a very calming & supportive crystal that is particularly helpful when you are grieving.  Its very appearance of black and white reminds us that there is a balance to life and that while it is okay to feel sad, it is just as important to remember how to be happy.

CEMETERY:  While visiting a cemetery or final resting place of your loved one, a Rhodochrosite will offer comfort and compassion and remind you of the love that you shared.  It will help to release any old, damaging emotions and enable you to move on in a positive light. Aqua Aura is a natural attractor for positive energy and promotes communications at all levels.  You might want to leave a small Aqua Aura by the site to add beauty and enhance the energy of the area.

TAKE A TRIP:  This is my favorite way to remember a loved one.  My Mom passed away several years ago and recently we remembered her by going to one of her favorite places.  It not only reminded me of the love and fun that we shared but also helped me to share the kind of person that she was with my son.  It was a positive, life-affirming activity that left me smiling at the end of the day.  I think that is how all of us really want to be remembered.  So go out and have some fun!  Go to the beach or the park or wherever you will have the best possible memories of the times that you shared with those that have passed.  Carnelian is a powerful stone for really feeling the life that is all around you.  It increases your personal power and physical energy while reminding you it’s great to be alive.  Amethyst will enhance your spirituality and help you to see the higher beauty and purpose in all things.

Reversing Evil Eye Spell

Mirrors hanging reflective side out on windows and doors are also a way to reflect evil eye, bad intentions, etc., from your house. It’s a big help when you live along a major thoroughfare with people driving by in all kinds of moods with all sorts of thoughts.

The Witch & Walnut

reversing evil eye spellEvil Eye has a way of toying with your fears, emotions and even day to day life.  In some cases its like a revolving door, one shuts and another one opens. The belief in the Evil Eye lays far and wide, the name may vary in different parts of the world, but with its roots steeped superstition, folklore and cursing its a common belief that many of us share and can agree on.

Evil Eye is something that can be so simple that people are not even aware that they are projecting it onto others. Jealousy plays a huge part here, anger in the heat of the moment and then there is the down right on-purpose-nasty glare.

Often symptoms are mild to medium and appear as slight disturbances, irritations, annoyance, onset of general clumsiness, forgetfulness. Keep in mind when they do appear, it is out of the ordinary for you…

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Happy Mother’s Day

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First, I would like to take the time to say Happy Mother’s Day to my readers.  I hope that today will be a day that you find how much power you really have.  If it wasn’t for our mothers, there really would be no human race.  So take time to give your mom a hug today and thank her for all she has done.  Most think Mother’s day is a United States invention.  Well the capitalist version you see today is, but Mother’s day was held in many ancient societies and goes all the way back to….you guessed it, Ancient Egypt.

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Walking the Path of the Ovate: Building Localized Ecological Knowledge

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Rocky Maine Shore at Sunrise Rocky Maine Shore at Sunrise

Everything changes in this wild place. The ebb and flow of the tides drives the ecology on this rocky shore. The landscape abruptly changes its appearance based on proximity to the sea and elevation. Firs and spruces dominate along with a groundcover of laurel and blueberry. Even old friends, like birch, maple, and beech, take on new skin. The mountain peaks offer a desert-like climate where air and fire dominate. I am in this wild place, letting it seep into my bones, into my breath, into my spirit. Desipte the books on ecology I’ve purchased, I really have no idea what I’m seeing, no real knowledge of the deeper mystery of this land and shore. Books cannot teach that kind of wisdom, only time and experience can. My eyes physically see, but I am seeing without any real understanding of what it is that is…

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Taurus New Moon Crystals ~ What Would You Build in Your Dream House?

By Krista Mitchell

Taurus New Moon Tuesday May 15th at 7:48am ET

Have you ever had that dream where you’re in a house that’s yours, but it’s much bigger than the one in your waking life? It has more floors and extra rooms, and each room is a pleasant discovery.

In dream analysis, the house is considered to be symbolic of your own self, of parts of you that are yet to be discovered, developed, expanded. Hidden aspects of your own psyche.

When I wake up I try to cling to the memory of that house, but its blueprint slowly fades as the reality of my waking life, waking self, and waking home sets in.

But what if that dream house could become a reality for you? What inner part of you could you pleasantly explore? What renovations or extensions could you build into your life?

And if we’re being literal, what would your dream house look like? What would be in it?

And do you believe achieving it is possible?

This Taurus new moon, happening Tuesday May 15th at 7:48am ET, is considered a positive one because it’s ushering in a chance for us to build our homes based on a foundation that’s been set by our true, authentic, soul-level values and desires.

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