Can u believe there are plants that are illegal
Can you believe there is love that is illegal
— Antonio Gramsci
These bracelets serve as talismans that ward off any bad luck, evil sprits, and misfortunes.
A nazar (the Turkish eye) is an eye-shaped amulet that protects against the evil eye. The evil eye is a malevolent look that causes injury or misfortune for the person at whom it is directed for reasons of envy or dislike. You may not notice it, but envious looks do have a tangible effect in your life and wellbeing. They may get in your way of unlocking your full potential in each aspect of your life.
The red silk string protects from the jealous looks of others, eliminates your own envy and rids you of the evil eye you may throw others.
Even though the bracelet, in any hue, serves the same purpose (to protect the wearer and repel negative vibrations), each colour has its own special meaning.
Blue = Good Karma
Aqua = Protection
Green = Hope
Yellow = Health
Red = Strength
Purple = Friendship
Herbalism is a form of plant based medicine practiced by mankind dating back to the very beginning of our existence. Only until recently have we placed a greater focus in pharmaceuticals and their chemical constituents.
The 21st century has seen a remarkable dichotomy of health and healthcare with its incredible medical advancement in technology and science. It is even more remarkable that Western civilization is suffering from countless chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiac illness.
Where Western medicine fails, Western herbalism prevails!
Holistic medicine, especially herbalism, places a focus on re-balancing the body and its systems. There is no ‘quick fix’ and no ‘heroic action’ is taken. Generally the treatment is slower acting, but it is always longer lasting.
I am an herbalist and holistic nutritionist living in the Southwest USA.
Please feel free to send me any questions you may have!
One day my co-worker and I were taking the 5-hour trek to Mwanza Tanzania. We passed by a long stretch of roads being paved; the usual infrastructure projects popping up across the back roads of Africa. What was hysterical to see were the Chinese men along the route, decked out in floppy hats, gloves, and long sleeved shirts, burning up in the heat, screaming orders to their Tanzanian workers through a loud speaker. I laughed because they looked damn ridiculous, but my coworker nodded his head in approval saying, “The Chinese are doing good work! They will lead Tanzania into a good future. No more need for white people!” Now, what is sadder about this? The fact that he defines innovation and development solely based upon infrastructure projects, or the fact that this thinking will leave one to believe that groups like the Chinese are leading innovation on our continent? For me, a [self-proclaimed] gender and development professional, innovation is not always linked to infrastructure projects or grandiose architectural displays of “Westernization.” Innovation is far beyond Middle Easterners and Asians controlling our cities’ landscapes with their version of architecture and what is good and “creative.” For me innovation must be young Africans using our insight to solve crucial social problems; issues like poor health services, debilitating political corruption, or lackluster institutions of higher learning, must be attacked in our generation.
Innovation can be taking a social problem within the context of our respective countries and looking for sustainable solutions. Therefore innovation can be realizing that there are no medical evacuation mechanisms in all of West Africa, and that people die everyday in this region because they cannot reach proper medical facilities in time. Innovation is what 25-year-old Dr. Ola Orekunrin displayed when she started Flying Doctors Nigeria. After her 11 year old sister fell ill in Nigeria and her family realized that the nearest air ambulance facility was located in South Africa, Dr. Orekunrin worked and fought to break down bureaucratic doors and naysayers to develop West Africa’s first and only air ambulance service. She has shone light on the fact that quality emergency care services are few and far between on our continent and we can be the ones to address that discrepancy. Innovation can also be finding ways to tackle corruption and lack of transparency in our countries. Take Ory Okolloh, a Kenyan-born Harvard educated lawyer, who created the blog Mzalendo. It is a website which provides an unprecedented look at the work of Kenya’s parliament, attempting to make accessible to the public information on the voting patterns and governmental activity of their parliamentary leaders. This is information that was previously unavailable to Kenyan citizens but is now online and accessible to citizens. Now, is this the answer for Kenya or other countries? Maybe not, but it’s getting people talking, it’s spotlighting the fact that we actually may not know what our “elected” officials are up to, and it’s making officials accountable for funds raised and used, and activities approved.
I create (A’bra) what (ca) I speak (dab’ra)
I create what I speak
"The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper."
— W.B. Yeats, Irish Magus of Poetry 1865-1939
Flower Geometry….. Sacred geometry is an ancient science, a sacred language, and a key to understanding the way the Universe is designed. It is the study of shape and form, wave and vibration, and moving beyond third dimensional reality. It is the language of creation, which exists as the foundation of all matter, and it is the vehicle for spirit. It has been called the “blueprint for all creation,” the “harmonic configuration of the Soul,” the “divine rhythm which results in manifest experience.”
We are remembering that our full spectrum of self goes beyond visible light - our own body fractally mirrors the energies of the universe.