Kidney Stones: Natural Remedies

Nearly one in 11 Americans will develop a kidney stone during their lifetime, according to the American Urological Association, and for at least half of those afflicted, it isn’t just a one-time occurrence. Since the experience can be very painful, it’s important to know that there are steps you can take to prevent another attack. […]

via Natural Remedies for Kidney Stones — Cooking with Kathy Man

Denial At All Costs?

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It’s cruel they say that thin line between love and hate.

If lovers can’t relate then denial is their fate. Temptation looms in desperation for an appealing alternative.

As callous intentions fuse drastic measures falter making their beds tragically into a cradle of lies. They Kiss.

Whispers in the dark erect like a rose-waving in the winds with breaths of deception casting its shadows in the light of the sun.

The innocents cry out for justice and declare themselves as wounded.

Yet, justice is for those who wait patiently until fairness blooms in their favor.

And what of the dove, the blind, and the perfectly indifferent muses?

It is love until winter comes and the vibrant lust once shared dims into a clueless obsession.

Denial vs. Reality

Sometimes denial allows the opportunity for us to suppress our inner knowing in order to protect our heart from pain. In some cases, it can seem easier to practice denial than to accept the truth so that we don’t have to confront a potentially cruel and harsh reality.

Yet, denial in its duality can also serve us as a defense against false allegations. In such cases, denial is our most faithful companion as we proclaim our truth in the midst of our judgment.

However, often denial can be our go to suppressor of our inner voice of truth. This occurs as painful circumstances seem too overwhelming to accept making denial seem more preferable. So often then denial is used to cover the truth.

Despite the best of efforts though the truth always remains even if it is masked under the wings of denial. Eventually, a moment arises where the light of the truth is blatantly exposed yet, denial is always there to send the light’s penetrating rays into the darkness of non-existence by offering us, blindfolds.

It can be challenging to take our blindfolds off the ones used to keep your heart from screaming in pain.

That inner voice is very tempting to embrace it whispers, “This is not happening…” Which soothes our fears and offers a delay to our untreated inevitable outcomes. However, if we decide to take our blindfolds of denial off we can reach the truth and heal whether internal or external factors that are involved in our life experience.

Recovery can occur by confronting the truth hidden within ourselves or our unpleasant hurtful situations. This immersive confrontation is beneficial to our life journey and offers opportunities for us to learn and grow.

person-451713_640Pain is worth confronting even if it means it will bruise our hearts. Avoiding being hurt or not wanting to hurt someone with the truth can only last for so long.The truth is there always lingering in the shadows until it’s acknowledged.

Pain is worth confronting even if it means it will hurt. By practicing denial to avoid being hurt or not wanting to hurt someone with the truth can only last for so long.The truth is always there lingering in the shadows until it’s recognized or exposed.

By confronting pain in these instances where denial is being used to avoid being hurt healing can begin much sooner rather than later if we so choose. Acknowledgment and eventually release of our pain or hurt feelings allows a way for us to recover in a healthy productive way.

Source: Denial

How To Make Rice Pudding

Who says rice can’t also be a key ingredient for a delicious dessert? Not those who are familiar with the wonders of a well-known dessert commonly known as,  Rice Pudding.  Many cultures create this delightful treat in a variety of ways but the center ingredient is rice which explodes its bountiful taste when mixed with other ingredients making this a very convenient and fairly easy dessert to make.Below is a great Rice Pudding recipe to try.

  • 1 Cup of Uncooked long grained Rice
  • 2 1/2 Cups of Milk
  • 1/4 Tsp. of Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp. Cinnamon or to taste
  • 1/4 Nutmeg
  • 1/2 Cup of white Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup of raisins (optional)
  • 3 Eggs, Slightly Beaten
  • 1/2 Tsp.Vanilla

In a saucepan combine rice, 2 cups of milk, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, and raisins.

Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; boil slowly about 10 minutes stirring occasionally.

Mix eggs with remaining 1/2 cup of milk. Slowly add to hot mixture, stir continuously.

Cook over medium heat until thickened add vanilla. Let it cool 10 minutes.

When pudding has cooled to room temperature, remove plastic wrap and sprinkle the surface of pudding with cinnamon or even stream of honey to taste on top of servings (Optional). Cover tightly (with fresh wrap) and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight before serving.

Makes about 4 super yummy servings.

Enjoy! 

A visual learner? Below is a great video that demonstrates the process of making Rice Pudding DYI style.

All Natural Slimming Supplements

It’s a  New Year and if you also desire a new and improved body this list may help you reach that courageous goal of slimming down those pounds. With all the quick and easy gimmicks it’s easy to get desperate for instant results. Yet, with adding a balanced diet, moderate exercise, and the use of natural substances your final goal of a slimmer you can be that much more attainable. Below is a list of Natural Slimming substance you can make a part of your daily journey towards better health.

Ashwagandha Root: This is a traditional Indian herb that is believed to reduce the stress hormone cortisol. Commonly a naturopathy doctor will recommend 500-1,000 milligrams (mg) of this beneficial root twice a day.

Chromium: This is a mineral that supports insulin reduction. There are numerous studies by the U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers and others that detail that ingesting chromium supplements can stabilize blood sugar.

L-carnitine: Helps the body use fat for fuel or energy in a balanced way boosting energy before cardio strength training. Recommend levels  500-1,000 mg daily.

Omega-3 fatty acids: major and potent anti-inflammatory agents, the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA are associated with weight loss.

Prebiotics: Undigested fibers support good gut bacteria to stabilize the digestive system.

Probiotics: believed to promote and assist in healthy gut bacteria which enable food to metabolize food more efficacy.

Black seed Oil: This is a powerful ancient oil that helps reduce stubborn belly fat as well as a source of other natural benefits for improving digestion and asthma symptoms.

 

10 Health Benefits of Black Seed Oil

The benefits of black seed oil is massive and it’s also one of the best kept hidden natural medical secrets largely unknown to the West. Currently, despite Black Seed Oil’s obscurity in the West, it is gradually increasing in pristine notoriety.

As the health benefits of Black Seed Oil also begin to arouse massive positive reviews, awareness of this natural herbal remedy supplement continues to generate further inquiry into its usage.

Despite often suppression of beneficial holistic effects natural herbal remedies are making a comeback into observance by western medicine. People seem to be more willing now more than ever before to research the benefits of natural holistic alternatives in contrast to the use of heavy chemically induced FDA approved drugs.

It’s a known fact that natural herbal remedies over the years have been demonized as inferior or mythical approaches to treatment. However, studies continue to show when conducted, in the case of Black seed Oil in particular, the tremendous amount of beneficial health effects this nature substance can release into the Human Body. As a result, some people are opting to try herbal alternatives some of which have recorded usage dating back thousands of years.

 

 

Nigella Sativa  commonly called, Black seed Oil is an oil derived by pressing the seeds of the Nigella Sativa plant. The seeds are also referred to as black cumin. The nutrient-rich oil of black seed has been used for hundreds of years in the Middle East and South Asia as a natural remedy for a variety of ailments. Studies have shown that black seed oil is an effective anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory remedy.

 

Historical accounts of Black Seed use date back as far as the times of King Tut in Ancient Egypt. Cleopatra reportedly used black cumin seed oil for beautiful hair and skin and Hippocrates was fond of using it for digestive troubles.

There are now over 800 studies showing the effects of black cumin seed oil and there is promising research on the use of black cumin seed oil for dealing with autoimmune disease

The recommended daily dosage is one teaspoon of black seed oil per day. The oil can be mixed in warm or cold drinks, or it can be added on top of many foods right before consuming. It can also be used topically as a chest rub for respiratory problems.

Here is list of proposed known health benefits of Black Seed Oil.

1. Allergies

Black seed helps reduce the common symptoms of allergies such as watery eyes, and sneezing.

2. Asthma Relief

The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of Black Seed Oil help reduce the symptoms of acute asthma and coughs by relaxing bronchial muscles.

3. Weight Loss

The Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders published a study systematically reviewing the literature for plants that have anti-obesity properties and discovered that black seed oil was amongst the most effective natural remedies on the planet. (1)

Black seed Oil also works as an anti-inflammatory agent that is known to help people to lose weight especially stubborn belly fat. Specifically, by decreasing these weight gain triggers, black seed oil has helped millions shed excess weight (2)

4. Skin

Protects the Skin from Damage. Heals skin cells and offers a rejuvenating fresh youthful skin appearance with its continual application.

5. Hair

Black seed oil has an incredible ability to help restore hair loss. It’s uncertain how Black seed oil aides in hair growth but its ability to restore hair health can be contributed to the powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial properties could felicitate the strengthening of hair follicles.

6. Digestion

Nigella Sativa aid in digestion and may decrease gas, bloating and stomach pain. Black seed oil is often sometimes used in remedies for intestinal parasites. In preliminary studies, it was also shown to inhibit the growth of colon cancer cells with no negative side effects.

7. Cancer

Being rich in both chemicals, black seed is unique in that it can help prevent and treat cancer through a variety of mechanisms (3).

8. High Blood Pressure

The active ingredients within Black seed oil is effective in reducing high blood pressure.

9. Diabetes

Nigella sativa is one of the few substances on the planet that is suggested to help prevent both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Black seed “improves glucose tolerance as efficiently as metformin; yet it has not shown significant adverse effects and has very low toxicity”(4).

10. Liver Health

Every toxin gets processed through the liver, and the bile from the liver is the key to digesting fats and keeping your mind and body healthy.

In a recent study scientists discovered that black seed oil benefits the function of the liver and helps prevent both damage and disease (5).


Black Seed Oil is a phenomenal natural substance that has been used for thousands of years for its ability to support health. It is also considered safe for culinary use and a very potent natural oil.

It is recommended to use Black seed oil in moderation. Consult with a doctor before use if you have a previous medical condition or are pregnant/nursing.

Black seed oil is available at most health food stores, as well as through online shops. Recommended brand to use Amazing Herbs Black Seed Oil liquid form also available on amazon.com.

Ever heard of or used black seed oil? How do you like it? Feel free to comment and Share below!

Meditation and Healing

If you are carrying worries, unresolved issues, anger, hatred or other negative, low vibrational emotions, the result can lead to the development of a state of stress.

Stress biologically creates chemicals in your body that are actually useful to respond to stressful situations in a natural environment. During stress the immune system is turned off momentarily to allow more blood flow to muscles and other parts of the body needed to run or defend ourselves.

In our modern day lifestyle, this is not always a desirable response and many people do not respond well to the chemicals released during stress. The result is that the stress keeps on lingering, eventually turning into discomfort and disease.

Guided meditation is designed to release the stress and create feelings of higher vibrating emotions such as appreciation, relaxation, gratitude and love.

The subconscious mind is unable to discern between reality and imagination, this is a specialty of the conscious mind. Therefore as we meditate into a relaxed state our subconscious mind perceives these continual positive feelings as real and this will assist you to change your mood to a happy and relaxed mindset.

Hence, by remaining in a state of happiness and relaxation can result in improved inner peace and enhance an optimally functioning immune system and therefore enhance our body’s healing ability.

Click to start playing the meditationBreathing Anchor Meditation

On the Go:Quick Meditation Steps

Time is a precious gift and managing it can be a challenge for many people.Many may want to relieve stress and embrace positive thinking, but finding the time to do so may seem unattainable.Sometimes it is those increasing demands of the day that can prevent you from entering a meditative state to achieve those aspirations.

However, even though setting aside some time for longer meditation is preferable there is a way to meditate anytime anywhere and successfully enter into a relaxed meditative state. If you follow these techniques and simple steps you will be ready to embrace the day more comfortably and confidently.If you can set aside at least five to seven minutes to refocus your mindset you will be ready to quickly mediate and maintain positive energy throughout the day.Below is a list of steps to enter a positive meditative state on the go.

Step 1: (1 min.) Find a comfortable place to sit. If sitting is not possible standing or lying down is fine too.The main focus of this step is to discover a location where you can be comfortable. Lastly, try to discover a location free from possible distraction or interruption.

Step 2: (1 min.) Now Close your eyes. Breath in and out with slow deep breaths.

Step 3: (2-3 min.)Visualization

With your eyes closed envision yourself or the essence of who you are as a bright ball of light in the center of your chest.

Now slowly allow this ball of light to travel down from the center of your chest down to the bottom of your feet slowly extending out of your body then, quickly back up through your body to the center of your chest.Keep your breathing slow and steady.

Swiftly raise this ball of light back up to the top of your head and out.

You may experience a thrusting force when you attempt to visualize raising this bright ball of light through the top of your head. However, try to not to break mediation at this point.Continue to keep eyes closed and just embrace the rushing experience.

As the bright ball of light travels out the top of you head allow this ball of light to continue to rise higher from the top of your head out to the sky. As you envision traveling the sky continue to rise higher above the sky over the earth, look down at the planet earth, and continue to extend out into the vast universe of space.

Once you envision yourself as this ball of light surrounded by the vast universe begin to travel back down to the center of your chest. Travel back to the planet to the sky all the way down to the center of your being. Allow the bright ball of light scan slowly up and down your body and allow it to spread throughout your being.

Step 4: (1-2 min.)Recite Positive Affirmations

Key tip: BELIEVE these affirmations are happening to you now. Believing these statements as absolute truth is the key component to unlocking what you desire to see manifest into your reality.

At this time, you should be at a calm meditative state. Now  you can begin to recite into your mindset what you would like to see transcend or manifest into your life. Take a minute to take slow steady breaths. These desires must be alignment with positive energy for the most effective positive results.

Slowly repeat your affirmations: Speaking them silently is the most effective, as the vibration tones have a powerful effect in extending out to the universe. Yet, repeating affirmations internally is okay.Include your own affirmative statements you would like to see manifested in your life. Since this is a limited time meditation, you can pick five to ten affirmations that you might want to repeat to yourself at this time. A list below shows you the range of affirmations you can recite during meditation and throughout the day to keep positive energy flowing towards you…

List of positive affirmations: (Examples)

I am Gorgeous

I have a beautiful Smile

You radiate powerful love energy

You are beautiful or handsome

I have a gorgeous figure

You have a beautiful face.

People enjoy talking to you.

People want to hear your ideas.

You radiate powerful love magnetism wherever you go.

I can learn anything I want

I love learning

I control my thinking

I always turn negative thoughts to positive thoughts

I reject negative thoughts

Everything is fine

People love you

My voice projects confidence

My voice projects compassion

My voice projects leadership

I Love my Mind, Body, and Spirit

Using “I am” statements are very effective to use.They affirm your acceptance of what you will like see manifested in your life. These are most powerful it enables the universe sourced by a power much greater than we are to quickly respond to our desires.Therefore, with this consistent belief we then can connect and attract into our lives what we desire to see manifest.

I am successful

I am a money magnet

I am an A student

I am promoted on my job

I am a healthy weight

I am open to receiving money in abundance

I have a deep powerful voice

People love to obey my voice

People love to listen to your voice

My voice creates love

I have an unlimited supply of money

Money comes to me effortlessly

I am wealthy

I am rich

Money comes to me

I give myself permission to have money

Money finds me

I attract Money

I always find good jobs

People hire me for many reasons

I can work anywhere I want

etc.

In conclusion to this step, it is most important that you believe in what you are saying to be true or envision that these affirmations have already happened. Without believing these statements, you will be missing a key fundamental element to allowing your desires  to manifest into your reality. Hence, these statements must maintain intrinsic truth to you.

Helpful Tip: Separate what you feel to be true about yourself or circumstance to what you envision yourself or what will positively occur in circumstances.

Step 5: (1-3 min.) Brief Affirmation Visualization:

Visualize yourself achieving all that you desire or believe yourself to be. See yourself receiving that promotion. Feel yourself in the room receiving an applause after your presentation. Envision your book being sold around the world.etc. See yourself at the moment with all your senses intact enjoying whatever it is you want to see manifested in your reality.

Step 6: Repeat to yourself: “ I can, I will. Love is filling my being.”

Step 7: Now Take in a deep breath, exhale, and slowly open your eyes.

These seven steps if followed should give you a much-needed boost in your day and time anywhere. This medication again should take only but a few minutes once you understand how the progression of steps occurs.

This will help you maintain a positive lifestyle and, see what you desire manifest into your reality. You will be amazed at the results of just remaining positive and speaking life not death in your experiences. Turn those can’t statements into can statements and watch your life transform.

This quick time mediation is also ideal in the morning when first waking up or especially, before bed for the best possible results.

Written By: Naomi Burrell