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


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Need Fresh Juice Now!

I needed fresh juice the other day, I just was not going to survive if I didnt have it. So as Jamaicans say, I went all out with “tun yuh han mek fashan.”

My blender stopped working and we haven’t replaced it yet and after going to the green grocers and buying up a whole heap of fruit, I found a tool that could help me extract the juice.

A French press used to brew coffee.

In went paw paw, mango and pineapple.

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I pressed and pressed with water until it wouldn’t press anymore. Then I threw  the pupl it in a pot and further used clean hands to squeeze more juice out of it through a strainer. In the end I got the fruit punch I wanted after a little lemon juice and grated ginger to the mix.

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Earth a run red: Venezuela

Check out this report from Andreina Nash on Youtube, a Venezuelan in America, giving her account of what’s happening in her country. Last week I heard that twitter pictures were being blocked in the South American country to prevent protesters and media from sharing images of the resistance and state reaction.

Can you imagine being in Jamaica and Portia saying “Nope, no twitter or facebook or instagram as long as yuh on Jamaican soil”? That is what’s happening in the country. Tens of thousand of people have been coming out to protest President Nicholas Maduro while his government scramble to keep it out of the international news.

At least ten people, some college students, have been reported dead.


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Rap legend KRS-ONE chats culture, upliftment, timeline of hip hop, original people

“Its other things – emotions, philosophy, your spiritually – that leads you to music. In fact, music is the fragrance of culture. You dont get music without culture, culture operates first and what it gives off is music, art, colour, history. But the culture gotta be moving first”


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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.