Know that all of Nature is but a magic theater

That the great Mother is the master magician

And that this whole world is peopled by her many parts.

- Upanishads

Cooking Guide for Whole Grains

25 minutes cooking time.
1 cup dry grain to 2 cups water. (Some use 3 cups water to 1 cup grain.)
Yields 3 – 3 1/2 cups.

15-20 minutes cooking time.
1 cup dry grain to 2 cups water.
Yields 3 – 3 1/2 cups.

Brown Rice(long-grain)
40-45 minutes cooking time.
1 cup dry grain to 2 cups water.
Yields 3 cups.

Brown Rice(short/medium grain)
45-50 minutes cooking time.
1 cup dry grain to 2 cups water.
Yields 3 cups.

Brown Basmati Rice
30-45 minutes cooking time.
1 cup dry grain to 2 cups water.
Yields 3 1/2 cups.

Wild Rice
40 minutes cooking time.
1 cup dry grain to 2 1/2 cups water.
Yields 3 cups.

Cous-Cous (whole wheat)

Approx. 15 minutes cooking time.
1 cup dry grain to 1 cup water.
Boil water, add cous-cous, simmer for a few minutes then shut off heat. Let stand for several minutes with the lid on, then fluff with a fork. Cover again for another five minutes.

Kasha (buckwheat groats)
20 minutes cooking time.
1 cup dry grain to 2 cups water.
Yields 2 cups.

20-25 minutes cooking time.
1 cup dry grain to 2 1/2 – 3 cups water.
Yields 3 cups.
Has a slightly nutty flavor and a soft, sticky consistency when cooked. Gluten-free.

Pearled Barley
50-60 minutes cooking time.
1 cup dry grain to 2 1/2 cups water.
Yields 3 1/2 cups of cooked grain.
A hearty grain good for soups, stews and cold salads.

100+ minutes cooking time.
1 cup dry grain to 3 cups water.
Yields 3 cups.

Bulgur Wheat
Can be reconstituted in boiling water.
1 cup dry grain to 2 cups water.
Yields 2 1/2 – 3 cups.
Cover bowl and let sit for 60 minutes or until water is completely absorbed by grain. Used to make Tabouli.

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Everything you choose to put your body through has a direct impact on your health, appearance, and mental function.

- Tracey Anderson

20 Houseplants to Clear Toxins From Your Home

1. Golden pothos (Scindapsus aures): Clears formaldehyde and other VOCs.

2. Ficus alii (Ficus maeleilandii alii): Good general air purifier.

3. Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum): Clears benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide and xylene.

4. Lady Palm (Rhapis Excelsa): Good general air purifier.

5. Snake plant (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’): Clears formaldehyde.

6. Aloe: Clears formaldehyde and benzene.

7. Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis): Clears formaldehyde.

8. Dwarf/Pygmy Date Palm (Phoenix roebelenii): Clears formaldehyde and xylene.

9. Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema Crispum ‘Deborah’): Clears air pollutants and toxins.

10. Chrysanthemum (Chrysantheium morifolium): Clears benzene.

11. Gerber daisy (Gerbera jamesonii): Clears trichloroethylene and benzene.

12. Red-edged dracaena (Dracaena marginata): Clears xylene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.

13. Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina): Clears formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene

14. English ivy (Hedera helix): Clears airborne fecal-matter particles.

15. Azalea (Rhododendron simsii): Clears formaldehyde.

16. Heart leaf philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium): Clears formaldehyde and many other air pollutants.

17. Warneck dracaena (Dracaena deremensis ‘Warneckii’): Clears pollutants such as those associated with varnishes and oils.

18. Boston Fern (Nephrolepis exaltata Bostoniensis): Clears formaldehyde.

19. Bamboo palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii): Clears benzene, trichloroethylene and formaldehyde.

20. Peace lily (Spathiphyllum): Clears formaldehyde, benzene, trichloroethylene, toluene and xylene.

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Got this beautiful amethyst today.

thinking about wire wrapping this and making it into a pendant??





Got this beautiful amethyst today.

thinking about wire wrapping this and making it into a pendant??


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10 Cruel Things Done to Farm Animals That No Sane Person Would Do to a Cat or Dog:

1. Cutting Their Tails Off
In order to prevent tails being mutilated or bitten off due to overcrowding in pens, tails are cut off shortly after birth, without anesthesia or pain killers.

2. Ripping Their Teeth Out
Piglets also have their teeth ripped out at the same time as they have their tails docked to prevent them from causing harm to each other when they’re confined in their tiny pens.

3. Locking Them in Cages Where They Cannot Turn Around
Factory farmed animals are often kept in cages where there is not even enough room to turn around, stretch their wings fully, or extend their legs.

4. Taking Away Their Babies Immediately After Birth
It’s standard practice to take calves away from their mothers within a day of birth, a process which causes immense emotional stress and deprives the newborn of its mother’s milk.

5. Forcing a Tube Down Their Throat
Geese in the foie gras industry are force fed huge volumes of corn slop through long metal tubes, giving them no choice but to consume it.

6. Stealing Their Milk
Cows produce milk to feed their own babies, yet in the dairy industry, they are hooked up to machines which steal the milk for human consumption instead.

7. Filling Them Full of Drugs to Make Them Grow Faster
Almost all farm animals on intensive farms are routinely fed drugs and antibiotics in order to make them grow much faster than nature intended. Chickens are forced to grow so big that many suffer from broken legs and joint troubles.

8. Branding or Tagging Them for Identification
One method of identifying cows and pigs is by branding them with a hot iron which causes considerable pain and discomfort. Another way of doing it, for sheep, goats, and sometimes cows, is by punching a tag through the ear, which is also very painful and can become infected.

9. Depriving Them of Sunlight
Locking animals away in darkness and depriving them of ever seeing the sunlight is an industry norm for many industrialized farms.

10. Slaughtering Them at a Young Age and Eating Their Dead Bodies
Farm animal lives are cut extremely short because as soon as they reach the desired size, or they become less productive milk producers or egg layers, they are sent to the slaughter for people to eat.

Even though society deems it acceptable to do every single one of these things on a regular basis to certain animals, if someone were to do them to a dog or a cat, they’d probably be arrested for animal cruelty.

The thought of cutting a dog’s tail off, ripping her teeth out, branding her instead of giving her a name, shoving her in a tiny cage for her entire life, making her have puppies and then taking them away, and continuing to milk her so that you can drink the milk, before finally killing her and making dinner with her carcass sounds pretty psychotic. Yet this is what happens to billions of farm animals every single year.

If the thought of doing this to a cat or dog makes you feel disgusted, then you should ask yourself — do you believe this is an acceptable way to treat any animal?


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DIY Honey Shampoo Recipe

• Use only raw honey. Regular honey is processed with damaging levels of heat and is actually cut with corn syrup.  I recommend making it on a “single serving” basis, so just mix up a little bowl of the shampoo before you plan to use it. Here’s the basic ratio, but you can adjust it as desired: 1 Tbs.  raw honey and 3 Tbs. filtered water. If necessary, slightly heat the mixture over very low heat to help dissolve the honey. Yes, this is really watery… that is how it is supposed to be. 

• If desired, add a few drops of essential oil. To the mixture above, I add about 2 drops of lavender essential oil, 2 drops of rosemary oil, and 2 drops of carrot seed oil. The essential oils add a light fragrance and also help with any flaky scalp issues. The carrot seed oil, especially, is very nourishing to the hair.

• Wet hair, then massage a few tablespoons of the honey shampoo on the scalp. Massage well to distribute over the scalp. Don’t worry about getting the mixture on the ends of the hair, just the scalp area. Rinse well. No need to follow with any conditioner.

• If desired, you can follow with a DIY apple cider vinegar rise.

Why Wash Hair with Honey Shampoo?

• The pH of the scalp is between 4 and 7, and the pH of honey is about 4. The slightly acidic nature of the honey balances the scalp and fights dandruff.

• Raw honey is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, so honey washing can help treat a bacterial/fungal issues on the scalp.

• Honey won’t strip the scalp and hair of the protective oils. As a result, hair will be less oily over time because the scalp will stop over-comensating with oil production (which happens when shampoos strip the scalp of all oils).

• Honey moisturizes the hair, and, since it doesn’t strip the hair of natural oils, hair will be softer with less frizz.

• You will be able to go longer and longer between washings as your scalps oil production normalizes. 

• Honey washing is easy and fast!

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