2019 Herb of the Month; August, Galanga

Crooked Bear Creek Organic Herbs

Galangal, Alpinia spp.

● Galangal is a member of the Zingiberaceae or ginger family and is native to Southeast Asia.
Alpinia galanga is referred to as greater galangal while Alpinia officinarum is referred to as lesser
● Historically, galangal has both culinary and medicinal uses.
● Galangal is a staple in Thai cooking and is sometimes called Thai or Siamese ginger. It is also used
widely in cooking in Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia. It is popular in curries and soups and on
meats and fish.
● The most commonly used part is the rhizome, which resembles ginger root. However, the flavor of
galangal does not resemble ginger.
● The flavor of galangal has been described as sharp, peppery, citrusy and earthy or woodsy.
● The skin of the rhizome should be removed, then it is typically grated or minced before adding to
dishes. Slices can also be added and…

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Energy Update | August 28, 2019

If you knew right now 100% that everything is being aligned, connected, and drawn to you, would you even be worried or even for a second overthinking it? No, you would just trust, believe, and be in an expecting state. You would know that the order you put in with the universe or what you intended is already yours. You would feel like it’s complete. You would be smiling. This is a powerful state to be in. An expectancy state. A trusting state. A state of real strong faith that it’s is already done. Look at your vision as a something being packaged and made its way to you. All the pieces you ordered is all being together. We must start transcending from feeling smallness to owning greatness. You must be assertive with your vision. You must claim it. You manifest because you have already convinced yourself that you deserve greatness. This sense that you are worthy makes it even more fun because it’s an energy state that “you have finally claimed what’s rightfully yours!” So be more confident today knowing that within you, you have eased up, relaxed, and trusted that your wildest dreams is currently being packaged and making its way to you. This will shift how you feel through out the day. This will ignite a familiar power within you that lets you know everything is okay, that you can keep going forward confidently. It’s all about how you trust. It’s all about owning the completion, arrival, and success of your vision now. You are greatness right now. You are successful right now. You are a blessing and a miracle right now. You are complete right now. You are loved and loving right now. It’s already done!
– Idil Ahmed

Daily Words of the Buddha for August 28, 2019

Pāli Word a Day for August 28, 2019 — kataññu-katavedita — acknowledging the debt owed to others and paying it back with gratitude

Sukhā virāgatā loke,
Kāmānaṃ samatikkamo;
Asmimānassa yo vinayo —
etaṃ ve paramaṃ sukhaṃ.

Blissful is passionlessness in the world,
The overcoming of sensual desires;
But the abolition of the conceit I am —
That is truly the supreme bliss.

Udāna 2.11
The Udāna and the Itivuttaka, trans. John D. Ireland

Foodstyles | Bacon Fried Rice

Cook Plant Meditate

What do you make for dinner when you have a few random vegetables and a few strips of uncooked bacon? Bacon fried rice, of course! EASY!

You can use whatever random vegetables you have on hand, but I do suggest starting with an onion.

You will need:
2-3 cups cooked rice
2-3 strips thick cut bacon, diced
1/2 small onion, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
1 ear of corn, kernels cut off
1 small tomato, diced
2 cloves garlic
Salt & pepper

In a large pan over medium-high heat, cook diced bacon. Remove bacon from pan and set aside, but keep the grease in the pan.

Sautee onion and bell pepper in bacon grease until they begin to soften.

Add in corn, tomato and garlic. Cook a few minutes, or until garlic is very fragrant.

Add in rice a little bit at a time, then finish with cooked bacon.


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Daily Words of the Buddha for August 27, 2019

Pāli Word a Day for August 27, 2019 — mattaññū — one of moderation

Bahumpi ce saṃhita bhāsamāno,
na takkaro hoti naro pamatto,
gopova gāvo gaṇayaṃ paresaṃ,
na bhāgavā sāmaññassa hoti.

Much though one recites the sacred texts,
but acts not accordingly,
that heedless one is like a cowherd
who only counts the cows of others —
one does not partake of the blessings of the holy life.

Dhammapada 1.19
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita

Daily Words of the Buddha for August 26, 2019

Pāli Word a Day for August 26, 2019 — pariharaṇa — protection, care

Idha modati pecca modati;
katapuñño ubhayattha modati.
So modati so pamodati,
disvā kammavisuddhimattano.

The doer of good rejoices here and hereafter;
one rejoices in both the worlds.
One rejoices and exults,
recollecting one’s own pure deeds.

Dhammapada 1.16
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita

REIKI | Learn Usui Teate Reiki Today!

SURPRISE!  We’re teaching Usui Teate Reiki to get folks prepped for the Autumnal Equinox!
If you ever wanted to learn original knowledge Japanese Reiki, Usui Teate is it! And, it’s such a natural approach to working with energy that you will pick up your healing skills with ease and power! I will attune you and teach you the Reiki skills you need to begin your healing path today … and we will be issuing Master Level certification to every student who completes this week’s training.
Video class for Level 1 begins TOMORROW, August 26, at 3:30 PM PDST. See you there … ALOHA!

La’au Lapa’au | Why that CBD oil you bought is probably useless … Educate Yourself With Facts 

Given CBD products tend to be on the pricey side, here’s a handy guide to aid in finding those products that can deliver the benefits found in CBD oil and other products applied topically to the skin.

Source: Why that CBD oil you bought is probably useless


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Virgo Love time

Tara Greene,Tarot Reader, Astrology Psychic

As Venus and Mars meet August 24 at 4+ degrees Virgo it’s time to celebrate Virgos

For all their service, nitpicky perfection, trouble shooting, sound criticism, hygienic ways, order, accountability, elephantine memories, attention to the deets, worrying, health consciousness, discipline, humility, decluttering, reliability, cost cutting,and quietly taking care of business,grounding the polar opposite Pisces energies. The bookkeepers of the universe. We love you!

Virgos are the virgin Queens. Sacred harvesters and organizers of the Zodiac.

If you have any Virgo planets in the first 8 degrees you get the Clean love hit from Venus and Mars.

All mutable signs- Gemini Sagittarius and Pisces benefit.

Check out where 0-8 degrees Virgo is in your natal chart.

VIRGO is the HERMIT in the Tarot #9 

Virgo rules work, community health finances and pets.

A good time to get a new pet, reorganize your diet health lifestyle work too.

Get your shit together…

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Daily Words of the Buddha for August 25, 2019

Pāli Word a Day for August 25, 2019 — dullabho — rare, difficult attainment

Tato adinnaṃ parivajjayeyya
kiñci kvaci sāvako bujjhamāno.
Na hāraye harataṃ nānujaññā.
Sabbaṃ adinnaṃ parivajjayeyya.

A disciple should avoid taking
anything from anywhere knowing it (to belong to another).
One should not steal nor incite another to steal.
One should completely avoid theft.

Sutta Nipāta 2.397
The Discourse Collection: Selected Texts from the Sutta Nipāta, translated by John D. Ireland

Daily Words of the Buddha for August 23, 2019

Pāli Word a Day for August 23, 2019 — parāyaṇa — the destination, final end, support, rest, relief

Idha socati pecca socati;
pāpakārī ubhayattha socati.
So socati so vihaññati,
disvā kammakiliṭṭhamattano.

The evil-doer grieves here and hereafter;
one grieves in both the worlds.
One laments and is afflicted,
recollecting one’s own impure deeds.

Dhammapada 1.15
The Dhammapada: The Buddha’s Path of Wisdom, translated from Pāli by Acharya Buddharakkhita