Meditation | Pranayama: Learning the Art of Balanced Breathing

… Balance is the naked truth of nature and this quote holds true especially in case of breath. As the great yogis say, we are the breath we inhale & exhale, the fine line between how much to hold in and how much to let go, creates the necessary ‘equilibrium’. […]

Read article here: https://fractalenlightenment.com/32433/spirituality/pranayama-learning-the-art-of-balanced-breathing

Hawaiian Culture | Who Owns Aloha? Hawaii Considers Protections For Native Culture

(AP) — Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name “Aloha Poke” and wrote to cubed fish shops around the country demanding that they stop using the Hawaiian language moniker for their own eateries. The cease-and-desist letters targeted a downtown Honolulu restaurant and a Native Hawaiian-operated restaurant in Anchorage, among others. […]

Read article here: https://www.civilbeat.org/2019/04/who-owns-aloha-hawaii-considers-protections-for-native-culture/

A Shamans View of Mental Illness

A West African shaman by the name of Dr. Malidoma Patrice Somé has a different view of mental illness compared to that of people in the western world, where we focus on pathology and the idea that the behavior exhibited by those diagnosed with the condition is something that needs to stop. Dr. Somé proposes […]

Source: A Shamans View of Mental Illness – Forever Conscious

Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | Clinical Efficacy of Fennel Cream for Improved Sexual Function in Postmenopausal Women

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Sexual dysfunction is a common complication of menopause. Estrogen therapy, administered orally or vaginally, can reduce symptoms of vaginal atrophy and improve sexual function in postmenopausal women. However, estrogen therapy can be associated with serious side effects and may not be appropriate for some women. Effective alternative non-hormonal options are needed for postmenopausal women with sexual dysfunction. Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare, Apiaceae) seeds have been used medicinally for centuries and reported to have estrogenic effects. The purpose of this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was to evaluate the effects of fennel vaginal cream on sexual function in postmenopausal women.

Postmenopausal women (n = 60, aged 45-65 years) were enrolled at Ahvaz Jundishapur University of Medical Sciences in Ahvaz, Iran. Included patients had confirmed menopause, lived with their husbands, were sexually active, and had sexual dysfunction (scoring < 26 on the Female Sexual Function Index [FSFI]). Excluded patients had vaginal bleeding…

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Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | CARVACROL IMPROVES RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS AND PULMONARY FUNCTION IN PATIENTS WITH ASTHMA

Asthma, a common chronic inflammatory disease of the airways, causes wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. Carvacrol is the main phenol of the essential oil of plants including oregano (Origanum vulgare, Lamiaceae) and thyme (Thymus vulgaris, Lamiaceae), and has been shown to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. T[…]

Read arēticle here: https://crookedbearcreekorganicherbs.com/2019/04/17/carvacrol-improves-respiratory-symptoms-and-pulmonary-function-in-patients-with-asthma/

Lāʻau Lāpaʻau | The Tradition of Working With Sacred Oils, by Anaiya Sophia

A long, long time ago, there was an ancient tradition of women who worked with sacred oils for the highest good of All. These women were called Myrrhophores, also known as myrrh-bearers or mistresses of the oils. They were priestesses of an even older order whose time has returned and is with us once again.

The work of these women was to anoint those approaching death and to prepare the way for the soul to soar. The sacred oil would realign people with their true soul essence, and carry them to ‘other side’. The Myrrhophore would hold a vigil (usually three days) whilst praying and uttering the intonation of the oil. The combination of softly spoken voice and perfume healed the wounds in the soul caused by events not only in this life but also in the past.

This myrrh-bearing tradition has its earthly roots in the ancient temples of Egypt and is still kept alive by a few practitioners today. However, the oil itself is the High Priestess and gateway to the inner temple. Mary Magdalene was a Myrrhophore. Isis was a Myrrhophore. Cleopatra, Hatshepsut…, the names are many, and the tradition is one.

The myrrhophore not only works with dis “ease” in the spirit and soul but also the disharmony within the environment. She tunes in to the subtle discordance and acknowledges its unrest. Turning to the oils, and its pure expression of the Divine, she offers herself as a bridge bringing the gift of wholeness and healing.

In the Eastern Orthodox and Greek Catholic churches, the Third Sunday of Pascha (i.e. the second Sunday after Easter) is called the ‘Sunday of the Myrrhbearers’. It is clear that during the time of Christ being a Myrrhophore was a very esteemed and honourable position to hold. So much so, that it was the most famous Myrrhophore, Mary Magdalene that got to see and speak with the resurrected Christ.

I first realised I was a Myrrhophore when I inhaled Spikenard. I became initiated right there and then on the spot. I was instantly catapulted into a dark cave, warmed by ritual and intense prayer. The pungent fragrance opened a secret chamber in my heart as it stripped me bare to the memory of holding this medicine and decanting it to others, and the land. My love and adoration for Christ revealed its immensity as I keeled over and wept.

I had remembered what lay hidden in my soul, and now I am here to remind you.

La’au Lapa’au | Equol Supplementation Improves Bone and Cardiovascular Health in Middle-aged Women

Equol is a metabolite produced by the action of intestinal bacteria on the soy (Glycine max, Fabaceae) isoflavone daidzein. It has some effects similar to those of the hormone estrogen. Some eviden […]

Source: Equol Supplementation Improves Bone and Cardiovascular Health in Middle-aged Women

Shamans Believe Mental Illness Is Something Else Entirely

A West African shaman by the name of Dr. Malidoma Patrice Somé has a different view of mental illness compared to that of people in the western world, where we focus on pathology and the idea that the behavior exhibited by those diagnosed with the condition is something that needs to stop. Dr. Somé proposes  […]

Source: Shamans Believe Mental Illness Is Something Else Entirely

Magic | Are you Cursed? Check with These 30 Crystals for Black Magic and Protection from Curses

Considered aggressive magic, curses can be lifted by crystals that absorb the trapped spirit hexed on you and revert it to the perpetrator! Explore how to remove black magic, prevent evil curses and protect yourself against dark powers in 30 Ways!

Source: Are you Cursed? Check with These 30 Crystals for Black Magic and Protection from Curses

La’au Lapa’au | 30 DIY Ideas With Dried Herbs

No other way to put it, I just love herbs! If you ask my friends and neighbors, they can assure you this is true. Pretty sure last summer, at the peak of the season, you could small my herb garden at least 3 blocks away. What a harvest we had, and all those recipes with fresh herbs, m-m-m-m. I made  […]

Source: 30 DIY Ideas With Dried Herbs

Health | Lack of Sleep Increases Risk of Death, May Cause Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke Say Doctors 

Sleep deprivation can be the underlying cause of numerous health issues, including weight gain, heart disease, high blood pressure, and mood swings.  The lack of sleep makes us prone to sickness and increases our risk of serious health problems, including premature death. Most people need between 7 or 8 hours of sleep each night, and chronic […]

Source: Lack of Sleep Increases Risk of Death, May Cause Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke Say Doctors – Healthy Food House

La’au Lapa’au | Blackcurrant Increases Cyclic Glycine-proline in Cerebrospinal Fluid and Has Potential to Treat Parkinson’s Disease

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Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) is a neurotrophic factor, which is involved in neuronal survival and brain function. However, in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), there is an increase in circulating IGF-1 and impaired IGF-1 function. This impaired function is thought to contribute to disease progression. Changes in plasma IGF-1 may predict prognosis and treatment responses in PD. However, most of the measurable plasma IGF-1 is inactive because it is bound to IGF binding protein (IGFBP), in particular, IGFBP-3. Therefore, plasma IGF-1 concentration does not represent the function of IGF-1. Cyclic glycine-proline (cGP) is a metabolite of free (i.e., not bound to IGFBP) bioactive IGF-1. cGP can also bind to IGFBP-3. When cGP binds to IGFBP-3, there is freer, bioactive IGF-1. Thus, cGP levels are a marker for free bioactive IGF-1. In vivo studies indicate that blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum, Grossulariaceae) anthocyanins (BCA) may alter the IGF-1 pathway. Further, the…

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How to Make Amazing Non-Toxic, Long-Lasting, Organic Deodorant 

Most of the commercial antiperspirants and deodorants we use are loaded with synthetic chemicals that enter the skin fast and might lead to irritations and hormonal imbalances. Julie Gabriel, The Green Beauty Guide, claims that many antiperspirants contain aluminum, added to dry out sweat by injecting aluminum ions in the cells that line the sweat […]

Source: How to Make Amazing Non-Toxic, Long-Lasting, Organic Deodorant – Healthy Food House

If the Mosquitos Always go Straight for You, Here’s What You Need to Know 

We all love the summer and the warm weather and everything that goes with it.. beach, light clothes, cocktails, barbecue in the yard, splash pads..well not everything, as I bet we all hate mosquito bites! These insects are good in ruining a great day at the beach or by the pool, but apparently, we do […]

Source: If the Mosquitos Always go Straight for You, Here’s What You Need to Know – Healthy Food House

Womens History Month || Smithsonian Shines Light on Hawaiian Queens for Women’s History Month

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s Learning Together program announced in an emailed statement last week that, as part of Women’s History Month, it will share teaching materials on two women who were critical to the history of the Hawaiian Kingdom.

The Center’s Learning Lab, an online resource for educators, includes a wide range of content focusing on Queen Kapi‘olani (1834-1899) and Queen Liliʻuokalani (1838-1917)—two of the most important leaders in a rich native culture that existed long before the establishment of the United States.

Read article here: https://www.colorlines.com/articles/smithsonian-shines-light-hawaiian-queens-womens-history-month

On Consciousness …

There is only one consciousness, and it permeates the fabric of the Universe and is within all things. Check out Mind Over Matter – Consciousness and the Nature of Reality to explore this idea more deeply. We are all individuated threads of universal consciousness — that’s why it is sometimes referred to as SOURCE consciousness.

This one consciousness created multiple focal points of awareness within itself birthing many selves. These many selves are all part of and within the One Self and one of them is YOU — that makes the One Self is your highest self!

You are WITHIN Source, and paradoxically Source is within you.

Lāʻau Lāpaʻau || Could Prescription Vegetables be the Future of Healthcare?

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The authors of a new study conclude that healthful food prescriptions in Medicare and Medicaid would be more cost-effective after 5 years than preventive drug treatments.
Father and daughter shopping

As the cost of healthcare rises, could prescription vegetables save money?

Medicare and Medicaid are the two largest healthcare programs in the United States.

Approximately 57 million people received coverage from Medicare plans in 2016, while Medicaid had about 66 million enrollees in 2018.

Medicare is the federal health insurance program that supports certain groups of people, including those who are 65 years or older, those with permanent kidney failure, and some younger people with disabilities.

Medicaid is a federal and state program that helps people who have limited income and resources.

Medicare accounted for 15 percent of the federal budget in 2017. As the population ages and healthcare costs rise, experts estimate that healthcare spending will continue to grow. According to projections, Medicare spending will reach 18 percent by 2028.

Encouraging people to eat better

A team of researchers…

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Musings …

All of us struggle with our identity. Maybe, we date someone we shouldn’t … maybe, we’re related to someone we wish we weren’t. Maybe, we need rules … maybe, we shun them. Maybe, we need to shake who we always thought we were and try on something new. Maybe, we should loosen up … maybe, we should take a leap … because when we do, maybe we just might surprise ourselves.

Cannabinoids for Chemotherapy-induced Nausea and Vomiting: Overview of Systematic Reviews

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Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV), one of the most distressing chemotherapy-related adverse events (AEs), affects about 75% of patients undergoing chemotherapy. Antiemetic drugs are considered first-line treatments, while cannabinoids are considered an option to be used if other antiemetics fail. The cannabinoids used for CINV include tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and analogs of THC. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first synthetic cannabinoid as a prescription drug for the treatment of CINV in 1986. [Note: Dronabinol, synthetic THC (Marinol) was approved in 1986, not 1985 as the text states, as a schedule II drug. In 1999, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) transferred it from schedule II to schedule III. Non-synthetic THC (i.e., the kind in the plant) remains a DEA schedule I drug (no medical use).] In this overview, the authors summarize evidence from and critique the quality of published systematic reviews (SRs) of cannabinoids in CINV.

CINAHL, Cochrane Database…

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What to Forage in Spring: 20 Edible and Medicinal Plants and Fungi

Spring is the season of new beginnings and new growth. As the temperature starts to warm up and everything begins to thaw from the winter, spring foraging options increase! This is the time of year for fresh salad greens, tasty spring flowers and shoots, medicinal plants, and a few edible mushrooms. This list of what to forage in spring will help you get started on your spring foraging adventure! Before we get started with this spring foraging list I want to let you know about my ebook! Wildcrafting Weeds: 20 Easy to Forage Edible and Medicinal Plants (that might be  […]

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