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Himalayan Pink Salt

Himalayan-Pink-Salt-creative-commonsTouted as some of the oldest and purest salt in the world, Himalayan Pink Salt contains numerous trace minerals and elements that do our bodies tremendous good.

So trusted is it that some ranchers have blocks of Himalayan Pink Salt in their stables for horses to lick for nourishment, especially in the winter months when frost and snow-logged grounds prevent them from grazing.

Common table salt is basically just sodium chloride after processing, not the best thing to be taking in everyday.  Himalayan Pink Salt, hand-mined from the Khewra salt mine in Pakistan- the second largest mine in the world- has sodium chloride plus many more elements.

I’m also using it a few days a week as a morning flush in  a brine solutions sometimes called ‘solé water’.

Solé (meaning sun) water is a solution of Himalayan Pink Salt and water that is extremely salty. It takes a lot of getting used to to drink the entire glass and it reminds me of accidentally downing a great gulp of seawater at the beach in St Thomas, Jamaica (I swear I get the feeling of being out there when I drink this :)) and feeling it burn, even in your nose. It’s no surprise because our bodies are essentially made of salt and water, in a very similar concentration as sea water.

When you make the solution there should be so much salt in the water that some of it cannot dissolve and settles on the bottom of the container. Some of the pinkish matter also separates from the rocks.

coarse_himalayan_crystal_saltHere’s the information and directions for the salt water flush listed on the packet of Nature’s Choice Coarse Himalayan Crystal Salt that you can get in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Himalayan Crystal Salt contains about 84 mineral elements that the body needs. Some of these elements are needed in trace amounts.

Directions for use: Can be used to replace normal table salt.

Alternative directions: Fill a glass with about 1/3 salt crystals and fill up with water. After 1 hour you will receive a saturated saline solution of 26% salt, called brine. Take 1 teaspoon of this solution in a large glass of water and drink it first thing in the morning every day.


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I Wayne Mix by Supanova

When I-Wayne came onto the reggae music scene many people were shaken to the core. Impartial and razor-sharp, he was seen as the return to real reflexive thinking of Rastafari youths within the industry.

My favorite artist from bout 2004. Here Supanova returns to the turntables after establishing himself on the Kingston, Jamaica videography scene as one to watch.

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Homeschooling a preschooler

A 20-something Jamaican mom now living in Atlanta, U.S decides to withdraw her child from school and educate him at home.

Ital Mama asked her why, she responds:

“I had [my son] in preschool but I felt that most of what he was learning he got from me. I figured ‘he’s going [to preschool] just to be babysat, I might as well do all I can do at home.’ So this year I withdrew him.

At schools they limit kids with [the] curriculum and I would like my five year old to absorb as much as possible from early.”

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Beans growing in our garden

I’m so excited, we now have beans growing in our garden.

I planted a few ‘red speckled beans’ in the garden not really expecting much from them, so imagine my delight and gratitude when earlier this week I realized that there were pods growing right along with the plant even though I hadn’t paid it much attention.

The ‘red speckled bean’ is a type of kidney bean and family to what we call ‘red peas’ in Jamaica even though the legume is a bean and NOT a pea. This is the bean we use to cook our Sunday rice  and peas here since we haven’t come across the familiar ‘red peas’ in Johannesburg.  These ‘speckled red peas’ taste similar to ‘red peas.’


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Gold in Eucalyptus Trees?

There are hundreds of Eucalyptus trees growing all over the Johannesburg. When I first came to the city I realized how many different type of Eucalyptus or (blue)gum there are. I spent many of my first days here exploring the Johannesburg Botanic Gardens which has at least 3 different types of Eucalypti.

Gold was discovered in Johannesburg in 1886 and since then South Africa has endured a long mining history for gold and other precious metals and stones. In fact, Johannesburg, which became the biggest city in South Africa only came to being at the start of this gold rush when people flocked to the Witwatersrand reef with the prospects of striking it rich.  Today, the South African currency is called the ‘rand’ from Witwatersrand

So this article sparked my attention seeing that Johannesburg is also known as ‘The City of Gold’ and also filled  with Eucalypti, though research shows that they were brought in from Asia and are now invasive.

Pree this article from National Geographic News


There’s gold in them thar trees. Eucalyptus trees, that is. Australian researchers have found that microscopic gold particles from underground ore deposits are present in tree leaves.

Eucalyptus tree roots can delve more than 130 feet (40 meters) deep underground in a thirsty search for water.

The Nature Communications journal results, reported by a team led by Melvyn Lintern of Australia’s CSIRO Earth Science and Resource Evaluation science agency, settle a long-running dispute. Researchers had disagreed over whether gold particles seen in eucalyptus leaves were merely wind-blown or truly represented ore traces transported by roots.

Why It Matters

With gold costing more than $1,300 an ounce, miners might want to look hard at these eucalyptus tree findings, the team suggests. Gold discoveries have declined roughly 45 percent over the last decade. (Related: “Will Deep-sea Mining Yield an Underwater Gold Rush?”)

“Despite the decline in discoveries, falling ore grades and increasing demand for (gold), new exploration technologies for (gold) deposits, incorporating the deep penetrating ability of certain trees, have been seldom reported,” the study says.

What They Did

The researchers compared eucalyptus tree leaves at gold prospecting sites in Western Australia with leaves from trees 2,625 feet (800 meters) away. They also grew eucalyptus trees in greenhouses with potting soil dosed with gold particles, as well as in normal potting soil without gold.

What They Found

Leaves preferentially stored microscopic gold particles about eight micrometers wide on average. Study authors speculate the particles came from underground, seemingly taken up by the root system of the trees. About 20 leaves needed to be sampled to statistically reveal the presence of gold underneath the trees.

“Gold is probably toxic to plants and is moved to its extremities (such as leaves) or in preferential zones within cells in order to reduce deleterious biochemical reaction,” the authors conclude.

Don’t start stuffing eucalyptus leaves in your wallet, however. The average concentration of gold in the leaves was only about 46 parts per billion, less than 0.000005 percent of each leaf by weight.

For would-be gold miners, however, eucalyptus trees might offer cheaper, and better, clues to gold deposits, especially smaller ones that wide-area drilling tests might overlook. “Mineral exploration will benefit by embracing and understanding” how leaves might reveal secrets hidden underground, the study authors conclude. (Related: “Gold ‘Mining’ Termites Found, May Lead Humans to Riches.”)

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From National Geographic News