Baking Soda; the miracle.

Baking soda or Sodium Bicarbonate is derived from the natural mineral called Natron.

Humans produce acid with almost all bodily functions. Acid helps in many of the processes our bodies under go to keep us alive and healthy. The thing we often do not realize is the over abundance of Acid that is detrimental to our over all well being.

This over abundance of acid can cause many different problems from heart burn to longer term negative health effects such as osteoporosis. Also, feelings of inflammation and gas are irritated by acid and actually cause a lot of the fatigue and headaches we as humans tend to experience on a day to day basis.

That is where the alkaline chemistry and all of its divinity come into relieve our pain caused by an extreme imbalance in our pH levels.

The opposite end of this acid-alkaline spectrum can be found in baking soda, a cheap, inexpensive, easily accessible mineral derivative. A small amount mixed in with water can reduce the un-ease and rawness of high acidic levels.

There are other benefits of ingesting a small amount of baking soda from reducing and eliminating acne, to calming an upset stomach. Also, of course the use of baking soda as a cleaning ingredient. Eliminating stains from teeth and also as a gentle exfoliant for the skin. Because of its anti-septic properties baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate is a miracle that we often overlook.

Being more aware of our pH levels on the acid-alkaline scale is a huge asset to further our health and overall life. Of course to much of this mineral derivative can also have poor effects as with any other induction to our living bodies. The key here is balance, how every scale should be placed.

Herbs and Plants: Chamomile

Chamomile is a very popular and good choice for those suffering from ailments. The amount of benefits one can receive from Chamomile is tremendous.

Benefits:

  • Promotes Sleep, Treats Insomnia
  • Helps Immune System
  • Reduces Stress
  • Reduces Stomach and Menstrual Pain
  • Induces Relaxation
  • Antioxidants
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Relieves Skin Irritation
  • Minimizes Wrinkles and Breakouts
  • Treats Diabetes and Symptoms

A cup of Chamomile tea before bed, puts the mind and body at rest. This can help with people who suffer from insomnia. Lack of sleep can have so many worsening effects on the mind and body, so improving sleep patterns is a great benefit of Chamomile.

Stress is a killer, chamomile helps reduce stress making aspects of life much more enjoyable. When we stress to much we can be left irritated, frustrated and annoyed. Chamomile will help relieve those symptoms and prevent them from happening to you in the first place!

The anti-inflammatories and antioxidants work wonders for the skin. Wrinkles and blemishes are deminished with the help of Chamomile and these benefits prevent further worsening of the skin, leaving your skins texture smooth and supple.

The boost Chamomile gives to the immune system is great for colds and flu like symptoms. Helping your body fight off sicknesses faster and with less work on your body.

Strawberries with Chamomile Cream Recipe[1]

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chilled heavy cream, divided
  • 2 best-quality chamomile tea bags or 2 teaspoons dried chamomile flowers
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, hulled, quartered
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

Make

  1. Heat 1/2 cup cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until bubbles form around edges of pan. Remove pan from heat; add chamomile. Let steep 20 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. Cover; chill until cold, about 2 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, toss strawberries with 2 tablespoons sugar in a medium bowl to coat. Set aside to allow juices to form.
  3. Strain chamomile cream through a fine-mesh sieve into a medium bowl. Add remaining 1/2 cup cream and remaining 1 tablespoon sugar. Using an electric mixer, beat chamomile cream until soft peaks form.
  4. Divide berries among bowls. Spoon chamomile whipped cream over berries.

[1]https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/strawberries-with-chamomile-cream-395452

The Power of Sobriety

Looking at life through a filtered lense is sometimes the easiest way to navigate.

What if I told you there is a filter you are missing that not only minimizes hard lights and blemishes but completely restores and heals all it touches?

This is the power of sobriety.

When we face hard times in life, finding our guiding light is very difficult. Seeking solace through drugs, alcohol and bad relationships and environments can become second nature.

Putting up a wall of intoxication and poisons is a learned mechanism we have created to block out negative feelings and hold on to any happiness we do have.

In doing this we not only create worse feelings, we destroy the happiness we tried to hold on to.

Picture the glass of alcohol or wine or the line of drugs as the last stitch of happiness that you have. That happiness can be a 2 min high a 2 hour buzz or it can be the light that turns you away from the negative wall you have placed in front of you.

That light can guide you into a place where the beauty isn’t found through material things like drugs and alchohol but instead you will find your new highs and laughter through following your light into unknown territory.

This unknown territory is all the places you are afraid to visit.

These territories are full of hurdles. Boundaries, frustrastions. The exact feelings you are running from, and avoiding. These are the places you (believe it or not) miss.

These places are crying out to you, saying PLEASE! Heal me. I need your help.

Our innocence lies in waiting asking for our pain, hoping it gets the chance to teach us all it has learned.

Simple stress and little battles feel like mountains when you are consstantly looking for an escape. Traffic feels like a nightmare, commercials on the radio sound like hell, and all you can do is plan your next drink or pill.

Imagine a world where traffic makes you laugh, the commercials are interesting and you find happiness in every aspect of your life.

That is found through the miracle lens of recovery. Because it is not a lens, it is healing.

If we picture the child we were when we first started using and see that child lifting their hand up to us trying to pull themselves out of where they were left, that child is still inside you needing your help.

They know how hard it is for you, because they are right there with you.

They want to fight the hard times with you and have figured out bigger and better ways to deal with the problems of life.

You are here to teach each other the new way of life, for you both.

This will take work, tears and pain.

The other side of it will quickly catch up to you. Faster then you know, but there will still be days you want to escape.

Just remember the best escape is on the other side of the negative feeling, it is not by chasing that feeling into another bad night, another sick morning.

It is by going THROUGH that pain. Finding yourself on the other side of that pain is the highest feeling you will get. The longer you go the higher you will get.

The stronger you will be.

Sobriety is waiting for YOU!

Join in.

How to Stay Sober

Astral.BarHow to Stay SoberSober Living September 24, 2019

Staying sober is the best path you can choose in life. Mental clarity and health become abundant when we forfeit dark pleasures for abundance of true happiness. The simple act of staying sober is not always so simple.

Below is a list of activities to do when you get the urge to drink or use:

  • Go for a Walk
  • Listen to Music
  • Exercise
  • Clean Your Space
  • Make a Goal List
  • Call Friends or Family
  • Find New Hobbies
  • Cook a Wholesome Meal
  • Journal
  • Paint, Draw or Create
  • Hike
  • Watch an Interesting Film or Show

When we have urges to use they can sometimes feel like the only thing that matters. Getting the next fix is the only way we have figured out how to deal with our issues. We can be functioning or at rock bottom and still have the deepest need to look else where for happiness rather than in a dark place.

Other Activities:

  • Scrapbook
  • Re-Vamp Space
  • Create Chore Chart
  • Create Budget Plan
  • Crafts
  • Read a Book
  • Work Towards BIG Goals
  • Take a Bath
  • Buy Yourself Something Nice
  • Write a Letter to Someone You Care About
  • Meditation

Try these the next time you want to use and see how these simple activities can impact your life in a positive way, creating better brain function, healthier thoughts, and instant joy.

Sometimes staying sober can take more than simple fixes, seeing a Chemical Dependency Professional and/or joining an AA or NA program can do wonders, while also introducing you to new people.

Working through harder aspects of your life will free you from so many tortures.. you may wonder why you ever used in the first place.

This is a great wonder to obtain in your possession.

Meditation for Energy

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Sit down, relax and transcend into the energy vortex. This meditation will help you find your inner galactic goddess.

Closing the eyes and open the mind and slowly breath in and out of your nose. Then in and out of your mouth, repeat this, from nose to mouth throughout this exercise.

When you are thinking about yourself, visualize you.. with a glow around you.

Everything that you must deal with in this life is like a subtle change and bounces right off of your eternal light that you emit so freely and so steadily.

This yellow glow and light is your energy. This energy is ever flowing, ever freeing. Smooth frequency and high vibrancy, this light does not flicker nor fade.

Where ever you go this light follows you and remains with you through life’s battles.

You picture this light surrounding your feet as you walk, it springs you from one step to the next.

You picture this light around your legs, it moves you forward and keeps every stride of your walk meaningful and exuberant.

The light surrounds your hips and guides you from harm and helps with your joy in movement.

The light encompasses your abdomen and chest. The warmth keeps you strong and firm, glowing with ethereal gleam.

The vibrancy flows through your neck and head while lifting darkness and empowering growth and change through love and spirit.

You wear this light on your head and in your hands. Pure positive radiance is with you and is you. These guiding glistening flows are your amazing ethereal energy.

You are amazing ethereal energy. You are powerful, shining and graceful. You are energy. Beautiful ever changing, ever glowing energy.

Moon in Leo

These lunar signs have a neccesity to harness attention. Through glamour and sophisticated emotion we find this luna sign in awe of life. Cordial and inviting, while going through lunar phases. This sign leads by the power vested in fire. Fire emotions, and blending water with flame, we see the heat rise up through their rain and somber.

Lune

Deeper feelings and necessity is present from the Moon. Lune attains unconscious thoughts and emotions. Reflections of ourselves are found in this enlightened planet. Conception of immortality are found through the Moon.

colour: white

metal: silver

crystal: moonstone

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Leo

The Leo is confident, charming, and full of life. Leader of the Zodiac, Leo pounces onto the scene commanding attention. Always showing devotion, loyalty is very important to lions. They do not shy away from devouring, and fight for what they desire. Usually very attractive, and know when it is appropriate to be tame or savage. Navigating through trouble, Leo always finds new ways to make life electric.

element: fire

planet: sun

quality: fixed

Herbs and Plants: Ginseng

The best remedies can be found in the grocery isle of your local shop. The wide array of herbs, plants and vegetables are the simplest way to produce energy and vitality through out your life.

Ginseng

Benefits[1]

  • Boosts Energy, Fights Fatigue
  • Supports Brain Function
  • Quickens Immune System
  • Antioxidant
  • Lower Blood Sugar

The benefits of consuming ginseng are very abundant. Antioxidants protect the body’s cells from free radicals.

Free radicals speed up aging processes and slow down the body’s immune system. Any way to fight free radicals is going to boost your body’s health 10 fold. Ginseng is a great way to do that.

Boosting energy Ginseng can give you that extra pep in your step when you are feeling a bit under the weather.

A quick cup of Ginseng tea in the morning will provide you the alertness and better brain function throughout your entire day. Also, the lowering of blood sugar can put your body in a calm and happy space for you to better focus on other tasks.

With Ginsengs ability to quicken the immune system, it is a great remedy for the common cold or flu like symptoms.

The proven effects of Ginseng are surely to create a positive stream of good health for you in your life.

This bitter root can be eaten raw or steamed to soften. You can even make a tea out of ginseng, add some lemon peel and honey for taste.

The bitter taste of ginseng alone is sometimes liked by consumers or can be masked by adding in other botanicals and herbs.

Ginseng Tea Recipe[2]

Ingredients

  • 8 slices ginseng root
  • Honey (to taste)
  • 5 cups water

Make

  • Peel the ginseng root and make 7 or 8 thin slices.
  • Coat the ginseng with a generous amount of honey and let sit for 15 minutes.
  • Pour very hot (but not boiling) water over the ginseng and honey and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Scoop or strain out the ginseng slices.
  • Serve and enjoy!

[1]https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/11-proven-health-benefits-of-garlic[2]https://www.thespruceeats.com/homemade-korean-ginseng-tea-insam-cha-recipe-2118533

Moon in Gemini

This flighty and insouciante feeling energy is Lune in Gemini. She is quick witted and intelligent. Also, she finds new and unique ways to express how she se sent. Always analytical she doesn’t let emotions stand in her way of her knowledge. Her inquisitive nature finds her in a lot of curious situations. Finding airy ways to develop, she is always dancing with her heart.

Moon

Deeper feelings and necessity is present from the Moon. Lune attains unconcious thoughts and emotions. Reflections of our vraie même are found in this enlightened planet. La concrétisation of immortality are found through the Moon.

colour: white

metal: silver

crystal: moonstone

☽

Gemini

The clever and spiritual Gemini is an air sign. Communication is this signs strong suit. They are always able to make a unique point and work hard to get along with others. Gemini is rapid and witty making them many friends. Social gatherings make Gemini come alive. They are able to keep a conversation going.. no matter what!

element: air

planet: mercury

quality: mutable

Moon in Cancer

Emotions run deep for this moon sign. Feeling things out before jumping in; this moon sign is sensitive. Moon in Cancer uses prudent precision when entering into anything new. Relationships and love fill the mind and heart of this moon sign, taking deliberate steps towards profound connections with their loved ones. A very powerful place for the moon to revel.

Deeper feelings and de toute nécessité is present from the Moon. Lune attains unconcious thoughts and emotions. Reflections of our vraie même are found in this enlightened planet. La concrétisation of immortality are found through the Moon.

colour: white

metal: silver

crystal: moonstone

☽

Cancer

Mother and Goddess, Cancer is ruled by the moon. She is the all knowing emotions and nurturer. Depth of Cancer soul is endless, like that of the Oceans. Calming and compassionate, Cancer is always rescuing someone. Taking care of people and nursing them back to health. She is tender, alluring and sensitive.

element: water

planet: Moon

quality: cardinal

Protection Spells

Protection spells are good for when you may be having a psychic attack. When you feel like you are losing control of your mind or body and want to regain your reign, a protection spell can empower your mind and soul to regain center clarity.

White Room

Picture yourself sitting in a white room with two doors in the room, one on either side of you. As one thought enters your mind, it comes in through a door and immediately leaves through the other door. Leaving no remnants of its presence with or near you. The thoughts or emotions may enter in to this room with you, but are forced out by you. You control this space and your soul and mind.

Purple Pentacle

You are sitting on the floor in a pentacle/pentagram, you are in the middle of the pentacle and a purple sphere is surrounding you. This bright purple sphere is your new center. You are safe in the sphere and center in your mind. Nothing outside may enter into your mind or spirit. Only healing and protecting purple energy is being absorb by you.

Cut the String

Every thought you are having is connected by a string to your mind. If you are being bothered by a thought; you cut the string, and the string then detaches from your mind and spirit. This protects you from negative energy of that thought, person, or place. These strings are you and you are the strings. You are one, you choose what you want to be attached to.