There’s nothing more relaxing to me than sipping on a cup of warm tea throughout the day especially during these upcoming chilly Fall/Winter nights that are soon approaching. Although I love to drink tea to relax, I drink tea primarily for regular digestion and weight control. Tea is my best kept secret to keep stomach bloating under control especially if I’ve been having greasy fried foods.
After being diagnosed in late 2014 with not only one but TWO autoimmune diseases, (Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis) I’ve taken a hard look at my lifestyle. An auto immune disease is when your immune system attacks itself and if systematic, can also affect other organs throughout the body.
This Summer I got caught up with a very bad “flare up” and decided to work on preventing another flare up for the rest of my life. With an autoimmune disease, flare ups are sporadic and quite common and also very painful. With Lupus, RA and other known immune disorders, flares can be triggered from anything, be it the environment (sun exposure, cold, etc.), emotional, or diet. Diet is by far the most predominant cause for my flare ups, second to emotion, (stress).
Nonetheless, this painful journey has led me to many realizations about the poisons that exist all around us in the foods we consume, our environment and the state of our emotional and mental health. These factors have a lot to do with how I manage any “flares” I may experience, especially if I don’t keep my diet and mental health in balance.
Read more to learn about Fish Oils and how Fish Oils help with my autoimmune symptoms.
What are fish Oils and what are the health benefits?
First, lets’ take a brief look at some of the generally known benefits of adding fish oil to your health regimen.
- Manages ADHD; known as the “brain food”
- Alzheimer’s; Dementia; Memory loss
- Cardiovascular Disease; High Blood Pressure
- Improves Eye Sight
- Treats Inflammation
- Boosts Immune System
- Gorgeous Skin, Hair & Nail growth
- Weight Loss
- Brain Function
Sulfur sounds like something a chemist would use in a lab and definitely not an ingredient you’d consider for your skin or health. However, Sulfur is a natural mineral that is essential for the human body to function and it’s by far the most interesting ingredient I’ve added to my skincare routine along with other uses I’ve recently discovered.
So what is Sulfur & how can it be incorporated for health?
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If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (HellNotes) you will frequently see me talking about Rose Water and showing you the many bottles I have stashed as back ups. I use Rose Water daily for many purposes. It’s a must have in my daily skin care routine, I use it for magical rituals and have experimented with it in my water and diet too.
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Legend has it that Roses originated in China, others claim throughout Persia. Regardless of its origination, Roses have been used throughout cultures and mythologies for beauty, ritual and culinary purposes. And yes, I use Rose Water for all those purposes, check out below to learn how.
Modern age was killing me! Between working a full time job (50-80) hour work weeks, building a spiritual foundation, blogging, establishing my brand, working out and among other personal obligations, there’s no telling how stress can wreak havoc on your mind, body and spirit.
I first came across Sarsaparilla when I was dealing with joint pain related to Rheumatism in late 2015 and throughout the year 2016. I was also experiencing skin problems as a result of an auto immune disorder I suddenly developed.
Let’s cut to the chase here, I was not sleeping enough hours, eating junk food, sugar overload, stressing and worrying and neglecting meditation. I was on a roller coaster of self destruction unknowingly. This is why I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. I literally ran down my immune system and as a result my body was completely out of balance.
I didn’t realize how burning the candle at both ends could nearly destroy me and after doing much research decided to take Sarsaparilla to calm my nervous system and detoxify my blood.
Before going into details about Sarsaparilla, I want to stress (no pun intended) how important it is to reevaluate your sleeping habits, eating habits and frame of thoughts. They play an important role to overall well being and maintaining optimal health. Herbal supplements are just that, supplements to an already existing strong personal health regimen. They are not a cure all to any health imbalance you may be experiencing.
So, I added Sarsaparilla for two reasons.
Hemp has got to be the most demonized and misunderstood plant on the planet. You would never think that with the strong ban against this plant that the United States at some point thrived economically, due to Hemp aka Marijuana production.
Hemp was grown throughout the United States for industrial purposes from fabric, food, bio fuel and many more essential uses.
It is also said that the Declaration of Independence was drafted on hemp paper and farmers were encouraged to cultivate and grow hemp due to its varied uses and durability from ropes and building structures among many medicinal uses as well. It also got the U.S. through WWII.
So why the aggressive ban on such a self sufficient & fruitful plant?
Social, political and monetary reasons, contributed to the worldwide ban of cultivating this plant which led the misinformation about not just hemp as a drug, but other medicinal plants as well.
Today, a lot of information is resurfacing about hemp and how we can use it in virtually everyday products you can imagine from the foods we eat, beauty products we use and even the clothes we wear can all be derived from this one plant.
What is Hemp Protein & will I get High!?
Herb to Know: Rhodiola
Scientific Name: Rhodiola Rosea
Other Known Names: Golden Root, Arctic Root
Plant Uses: Roots & Flowers
Origins: Siberian Mountains
You already know…yes another adaptogen.
No need to explain again what adaptogens are. If you’ve been following me for some time you know Adaptogens are my jam!
For those not too familiar here’s the gist.
AHHH, to be woman. Such a novelty and refreshing, yet complex perspective.
So, as you can see, a few changes here at the blog. A new layout, new format and new content coming your way.
I initially was going to keep all my old blog posts archived, but decided to just start fresh with this post. It’s funny because 7 years ago around this time is when I first started this blog and in a eerie feeling feel like I’m making full circle.
I’ve been blogging and somewhat documenting my life since 2010. I first started blogging to document my “Hair Growth Journey” as well as find a platform for spiritual self expression. My mind is constantly on the go, I have a lot of ideas and forms of expression and find writing to be my greatest escape and true love.
I’m many things to the outside world. I’m a “witch”, I’m a healer, a writer, a lover, combatant, and so many darkness and light in between. To define me is a joke and a waste, as I’m many things at once and for all.
It is a time for rituals, mythology, metaphysics and occult knowledge.
I’ve never really cared about people’s opinions about my spirituality, but it seems to be so taboo to talk about death, spirits and even the devil and find my blog to be a space free of judgement in addressing those topics. If you’ve been following me for sometime, you know that I’ve touched base on those topics with no filter. No filter about the blackness and darkness that surrounds who I am. Who I’ve become.
God, its been so beautiful.
Dedicated to shedding light on hidden knowledge with basis, information and a lot of research and personal experience.
Herbal Scientific Names: Angelica Root; Don Quai aka Asian Angelica (Angelica Sinensis); Angelique; Garden Angelica; Holy Ghost; Angelica Archangelica; European Angelica; Norwegian Angelica; Chanda
Ritual & Magical Uses:
- Angelic & Fairy Realm
Magical Mythology of Angelica Root
Angelica root is put to use in ritual to communicate with other realms especially the fairy and angelic dimension, most commonly with the Archangel Micheal.
Folk stories has it that Archangel Micheal (sometimes Gabriel is named too) came to a monk in a dream and brought this herb to human knowledge to use for healing purposes. At which time humanity was dealing with a plague and eventually Angelica became well known to prevent and treat deadly plagues.
When used in baths, Angelica root strengthens the aura, purifies and clears the aura of low vibrating entities that may attach themselves to you. When low vibrating energies magnetize themselves to your energy field, you may feel depression, deal with negative thoughts, feel confused and attract negative situations wherever you go.
Angelica Root is notable for magical purposes, especially to remove curses, hexes or evil energy that may have been projected toward your or your home. Angelica Roots promotes peace, harmony and healing so this can be an ideal herb to use and also burn in spaces where there may be a lot of discord, sorrow or illness.
Angelica Root opens portals to higher communication with self and your personal thoughts. It enhances mental powers, removes creative blockages and allows you clear communication with your intuition. It is also my favorite herb to place under my pillow in a sachet baggy to remember my dreams.
How to Use Angelica Root:
Essential Oil: Angelica Root oil can be used in oil warmers for its aromatherapy qualities. If you’re dealing with stress, anxiety or exhaustion, Angelica Root may be the herb for you to use in your oil warmer to disperse its aroma throughout any space to promote tranquility and peace.
Angelica Root essential oil can also be used to dress your candles to enhance its magical properties. Depending on the purpose of your ritual and intent, such as protection or during meditation to open your third eye, Angelica Root oil helps raise stagnant spiritual vibrations.
Incense: Burning Angelica as incense can bless your home or any space you wish to cleanse and purify and ground the energy fields of your space. Brings harmony and clarity especially if you’re unable to concentrate or feel uncomfortable in your space. Banishes evil forces and is very protective, defending against the evil eye and hexes people may try to work against you, your home or work environment.
Check out our post on how to Smudge using herbs and resins as incense here.
Aura Baths: Another great way to incorporate Angelica Root to your spiritual rituals is via Aura baths. Many times we may interact with people or visit places where our energy fields can be invaded by low vibrations. These type of people or places can feed off of you and drain you significantly.
Protecting your energy field by means of aura baths is a great way to create barriers and fortify your energy against these type of debilitating environments.
To do an aura bath is fairly simple and your intent should be clear as to the purpose of your ritual.
Here’s are some quick steps you can take to create a effective Aura Bath.
- Fill a bowl with water
- Add herbs to water
- Add charged water or perfume/cologne/essential oil (optional)
- Light candle and meditate for a few minutes and program the bath
- Take bath or pour over you after shower
You can also sprinkle Angelica Root in the corners of your home or any space to create a shield of protection. You can also add the herb to a sachet or mojo bag for protection and luck.