Jamaican/Rastafari word for VITAL, ORGANIC, NATURAL, WHOLESOME… real roots

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Reggae Sundays: Stephen Marley ft Black Thought of the Roots

Didn’t you know that the higher you go, the more you’ll expose if you’re a thorn or a rose. 

Nothing to hide, no pretense, nothing more than what you are. No matter how much of an image or character you try to create for yourself what is real will eventually shine through and trump what you pretend to be. Tread carefully, you might be misled by someone else’s master camouflaging of the things about them that will have a negative effect on your life. They might not even know that they are taking away from you, but their outlook on life is like oil to your water. Respect them, accept them. Does not mean mingle with them, for in the grand scheme of things it takes conscious, reflexive work to be a better person every day and the ones who cannot respect and accept this are often unintentionally parasitic.

Or at least that’s what I’ve learned this past few years.

Humility is strength.  The proof is in the works not in the talk or ‘image’.

Stay woke.




Attitude of Gratitude

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Dr. Gladys

Life Lesson 5,975,253: Have an Attitude of Gratitude
Today was remarkable! It all started out in a usual rush for a jam packed many hour long day in the life of Janessa. Woke up at 6 so I could go to a cleaning job before class, then attend the most amazing lecture given by the mother of all mothers Dr. Gladys McGarey, then go to a babysitting job until who knows when. As I was making coffee something went “wrong” and I saw myself going into the negative spiraling pattern of oh no I’m tired, it’s gonna be a long day, and all that can go wrong will go wrong! Right then is when I stopped and asked my angels, guides, ascended masters, archangels, and beings of white light to help me find gratitude today. The very next moment I was thinking “I’m so thankful for this coffee, my house, health, love of all those who got my back, etc” from there it spread to my drive, to my jobs, class, and most of all the lecture. Dr. Gladys shared soooooo much amazingly astonishing stories and wisdom all of which were rooted in love, life, and gratitude. Dr. Gladys is my new hero she is a 93 yr old magical soul who has been changing medicine worldwide for 67 years. She is still board certified and practicing Holistic and Integrated Medicine among her many other innumerable accomplishments! My world is forever changed and I am forever grateful!

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Vegan White sauce

We eat some form of pasta about once a week and a few weeks ago I was craving a white sauce instead of the typical tomato red that we would do. This is not a real Béchamel sauce because it isn’t made with a roux which is made by adding flour to butter to make a paste. I made it by just adding flour to warm milk.

Here’s how I made this one:

vegan-bechemel-white-sauce1 cup Oat Milk (I made it perfectly with rice milk that I mixed out thicker than usual from the powder)
2 tbs salt
3-5 tbs flour
1 tsp white or black pepper

Heat milk on a low heat. When it is warm, but before boiling start sifting flour into pot in small portions and whisk as you go along.  It should thicken as you gradually work in the flour. Add salt and pepper and whisk in well.

I sauteed some garlic and chives in a little olive oil before adding the milk for some more tastiness.
Simple as that 🙂 

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How Shea Butter is made

shea-butter-productionshea-nutHere are a few videos on Shea Butter production from Ghana and Mali in West Africa. Shea Butter is one of the staples of people choosing natural livity worldwide. In some western countries getting shea butter is like getting your hands on gold because it is imported at high prices.

After watching these videos and seeing the back breaking work that goes into making the butter I’m much more convinced it is gold and can’t stop wondering “who’s the person that realized it took all those tedious steps to make such a lovely product?” Much respect for shea butter producers.

Coming from the Karite or Shea Nut Tree, Shea Butter is full of fatty acids. So respected is shea that it is often called “The Tree of Life”.

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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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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

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Safe food

If yuh can go country and raise two common fowl or buy organic meat at a farmers market etc DO SO! The closer you are to the source the better, they doing so much with the ‘food’ nowadays before it reach yuh plate. Eliminate the one bagga middle man between you and your food. The other day I saw babyfood-yogurt- with FISH GELATIN in it. Why is that necessary in some simple yogurt? Its so it can sit on a shelf for up to 2 years before you buy it.

“Be conscious of what you put inna yuh mout, stop and read the label/Cancer is lurking about, so watch what yuh puttin on yuh dinner table” – Khalilah Rose

Vegetarians be careful with how gelatin seems to be in everything. READ THE LABELS! Gelatin is made of animal collagen- pork, beef, fish etc. It is in many things that are gummy or jelly (hence “jella-tin”)- marshmallows, gummy bears, dessert jello, starburst and skittles (i’m told they’re vegan in the UK), some ice creams and gelatos.