BLACK SEED OIL

Traditionally, Black seed oil has been used to bolster vitality, aid digestion, respiratory, kidney, liver, inflammatory and circulatory support.

Native to the Mediterranean and grown throughout the Middle East and parts of Asia, Nigella sativa is cultivated for its seeds, which are known as the “seeds of blessing.” For the Arabs, black seed is not only a food but also a valued traditional remedy. It has served as an important health and beauty aid for thousands of years.

Black Seed is grown in various countries and therefore known by many names such as Black Cumin (Egypt), Black Caraway (Turkey), Kalonji (India/Pakistan), Habbatul Baraka or the Blessed Seed (Middle East), among others. Ever since its introduction to the United States in the late 1980’s, it has been commonly referred to as ‘Black Seed’ or ‘Black Cumin’ and often used as a spice in traditional Indian, Pakistani, Middle Eastern and Persian cuisines.

According to tradition, the Prophet Muhammad described black seed as a healing for every disease except death. The great physician Ibn Sina (980–1037), better known as Avicenna, stated that black seed works as an expectorant, stimulates the body’s energy and helps overcome fatigue and dispiritedness.

Remarkably, Black Seed contains over 100 components, of which only sixty-nine of which have been identified. Research has shown that this complex interaction of over 100 components gives Black Seed tremendous power to support the immune system and strengthen the body’s constitution.

This means that Black Seed is useful against a vast array of complaints from those caused by bacteria or viruses, to common allergies.

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Black Seed’s chemical composition is very rich and diverse. It contains:

  • thymoquinone
  • phytochemicals
  • crystalline nigellone
  • anti-oxidant
  • amino acids
  • proteins
  • carbohydrates
  • fixed oils (EFA’s 3/6/9)
  • volatile oils
  • alkaloids
  • saponin
  • fiber
  • minerals:
  • calcium
  • iron
  • sodium
  • potassium

There are still many components in Black Seed that haven’t been identified and research is going on around the world to help shed more light into this remarkable little seed.

Black Seed’s medicinal use has a very rich traditional history that goes beyond ancient Eygptian and Biblical times. Some sources suggest that a bottle containing Black Seed was found in Tutankhamen’s tomb and a biblical reference to it is noted in the Old Testament (Isaiah 28: 25, 27). Another important ancient reference to Black Seed’s use is from Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam (PBUH)(Sahih Bukhari 71:592).

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Highly aromatic and spicy, this tiny seed and its fixed oil is used for a variety of supportive health benefits—help restore the natural balance of the body’s vital organs and strengthen its natural defenses.


Supportive Health Benefits

·      Asthma & Allergies

·      Eczema and Psoriasis

·      Reducing Rheumatoid Arthritis Symptoms

·      Digestion

·      Candida and Fungus

·      Cancers

·      Heart Health

·      MRSA and Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)

·      Immune Health

·      Skin and Hair

·      Fighting Bacterial Infections

·      Reducing Scars

·      Improving Memory

·      Enhancing Weight Loss

·      Relieving Breast Pain  

 

Find Quality Black Seed Oil

Black cumin seed oil is a food product, so make sure that whatever brand you use is high quality and free from harmful additives.

Do your research, there are hundreds of scientific studies.

 Look for brands that are preferably:

  • organic
  • pure-pressed without chemical extraction
  • have no additives or diluting oils
  • protected from rancidity by high-quality light and air-protective glass

Black cumin seed oil is an amazing food that has been used for thousands of years for its ability to support health naturally.

Always, use common sense. Black seed oil is a food, but a nutritionally potent one.

My experience with Black seed oil

I have been doing my research and started talking 2 soft gels a day for a week now. In this short amount of time I’ve noticed a few things that are different:

Less soreness or no pain in knees & back after hill walking=Less inflammation

Digestion better

Skin more vibrant, already had soft vibrant skin, but this intensified

Dreams more vivid

Wake feeling rested

I plan to continue with Black seed oil daily and will write another post in the coming months on my experience with long term use and will continue to research. I’ve also begun using it at Studio Joi as a treatment. I’ve combined it with Earth Tonics Herbal Hair Tea and I am thrilled with the results. Aswell I will monitor the use of Black seed oil with my clients.

Credit to W.Goreja @Amazing Herbs  http://www.amazingherbs.com/

I also use Mountain Rose https://www.mountainroseherbs.com/search?page=1&q=Black+seed+oil+&utf8=%E2%9C%93

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Chia Seeds For Life

Chia seeds are part of the plant Salvia hispanica. The name ‘chia’ is thought to mean ‘strength’. Chia seeds were a staple food of the Aztecs and the Mayans dating back to 3500 BC. Because the health benefits of chia seeds were so valuable, they played a key role in the daily diets of these ancient people.

These seeds are a whole grain food containing four grams of protein, nine grams of healthy fats, and eleven grams of fiber per one ounce serving.

At just 139 calories per serving, that’s a lot of nutritional punch for such a tiny seed. They also contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. We know the critical role that these substances play in our bodies. So far, chia seeds seem a likely candidate for a super healthy food we should definitely add to our diets.

28 grams of chia seeds manages to pack into them;

  • Fiber
  • Protein
  • Omega-3s
  • Calcium
  • Manganese
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
  • Vitamin B2

As if that wasn’t good enough, chia seeds are considered a whole grain food, yet they are gluten free. Plus they’re usually grown organically and are non GMO.

Today, thanks to their wide-spread availability, they’re a powerhouse addition to anybody’s diet! Rich in nutrients and so easy to use, they can be eaten raw, soaked in juice, added to oatmeal, puddings, and baked goods, and even included into your smoothies, breakfasts, yogurt, salads, quinoa and veggie dishes.

They also have an amazing ability to absorb water and fat, so they can be used to thicken sauces or as a vegan egg substitute in recipes too!

 Health Benefits of Chia Seeds

Omega 3 fatty acids

Chia seeds have a lipid profile that’s 60 percent omega 3 fatty acids, making them the richest plant-based source of this healthy fat. Omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation in the body, enhance brain function, and reduce cholesterol.

Fiber

Chia seeds have tons of fiber, which also reduces inflammation while regulating bowel function. Fiber also keeps the body satiated for longer periods of time. Just 2 tablespoons of chia seeds have 10 grams of fiber.

Antioxidants

One of the most important health benefits of chia seeds is a high level of antioxidants, which protect the body from the free radicals that cause heart disease and cancer. Adding chia seeds to your water provides tons of extra antioxidants while keeping you hydrated–two things that are essential for great skin.

Loaded with protein

One ounce of chia seeds adds 4.7 grams of protein to your diet. Not only is the protein from chia plant-based, it’s also complete protein (or whole protein)! Complete protein contains the desired proportion of all nine essential amino acids believed to be necessary for the dietary needs of humans!

Natural energy

Chia seeds give you natural energy without the crash of caffeine. Add them to your water before you head out on a run and you might find yourself adding an extra mile! Mix them into to your morning smoothie and you won’t need that cappuccino after all.

They’re Good For Your Digestive System

The fiber in chia seeds also help to support your digestive system. Feeding the bacteria in the intestine, which helps them to thrive and nourish your body with essential compounds for immunity and overall health. 

Chia Seeds Support Healthy Bones

Gram for gram, chia seeds have more calcium than most dairy products providing 18% of the Recommended Dietary Allowance for adults in a single ounce! As well as being high in several nutrients important for bone health, including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and protein. 

They’re A Natural Beauty Food! 

The blend of nutrients in chia seeds such as healthy fats, protein and minerals including zinc help promote healthy skin, hair and nails. 

They Help To Detoxify The Body

As the highest combined plant source of omega-3, fibre and protein, chia seeds are a great addition to your detoxification efforts. They help support your body’s natural detoxification pathways, repair your cells, reduce inflammation and support a healthy digestive system. 


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Solfeggio Frequencies Keys To The Universe

Solfeggio frequencies make up the ancient 6-tone scale thought to have been used in sacred music, including the beautiful and well known Gregorian Chants. The chants and their special tones were believed to impart spiritual blessings when sung in harmony. Each Solfeggio tone is comprised of a frequency required to balance your energy and keep your body, mind and spirit in perfect harmony.

The main six Solfeggio frequencies are:

396 Hz – Liberating Guilt and Fear

417 Hz – Undoing Situations and Facilitating Change

528 Hz – Transformation and Miracles (DNA Repair)

639 Hz – Connecting/Relationships

741 Hz – Expression/Solutions

852 Hz – Returning to Spiritual Order

 

Tune yourself back to the perfect vibrations

Nikola Tesla, the great genius and father of electromagnetic engineering, had once said, “If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would hold a key to the universe”. The 3, 6, and 9 are the fundamental root vibrations of the Solfeggio frequencies.

Albert Einstein stated: “Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.” All matter beings vibrate at specific rates and everything has its own melody. The musical nature of nuclear matter from atoms to galaxies is now finally being recognized by science.

That is why these frequencies are so powerful. They can literally bring you back to the original tones of the heavenly spheres and put your body into a balanced resonance. Solfeggio music is the key to the Universe. You can either throw it away or you can use it to find healing and harmony, health and well-being. Just play the music!

 

 

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SWIMMING For A Better Quality Of Life

 

Heart Helper
Swimming provides unparalleled cardiovascular conditioning, provided you practice consistently and with good technique. While other forms of exercise may be more effective at elite levels (such as running or cycling), incorporating swimming into a cross-training routine and pushing yourself in practice will result in overall improved fitness.

 

It’s Great for Your Lungs

When your face is under water, oxygen is at a premium. In turn, your body adapts to use oxygen more efficiently. Plus, it learns to take in more fresh air with every breath, and expel more carbon dioxide with every exhalation. A study in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology even found that swimmers had better tidal volume (the amount of air that moves in and out of the lungs during relaxed breathing) compared to runners. This results in lower resting heart rates and lower blood pressure.

 

Balance Your Build
Swimming builds longer, leaner muscles that complement the shorter denser muscles that develop from weight training. These “swimmer’s muscles” also help boost metabolism to keep calories burning longer.

 

Strengthen Your Core
Swimming develops core body strength because it utilizes all the body’s muscles simultaneously. Although 70 percent of a swimmer’s effort comes from the upper body, kickboard and fin workouts can provide an excellent leg workout.

 

Endurance
Swimmers are able to swim longer than they can what they could sustain doing other activities. With the right technique, a swimmer will be able to train for longer periods of time than if he/she were running and, as a result, more calories are burned.

 

Full body workout 

Swimming uses all the muscles in the body so whether you swim a gentle breaststroke or hammer butterfly, you will get a full body workout. Plus, exercising in water makes your body work harder so 30 minutes in a pool is worth 45 minutes of the same activity on land.

 

Swimming Counts as Both Cardio and Strength Training

In swimming, if you aren’t moving constantly, you’re sinking. (Forced cardio!) Plus, water is about 800 times denser than air, so your muscles are under constant resistance. It has the power to give your muscles a makeover, transform you into a cardio king, turn back the clock, and calm you quicker than a secluded beach in the Bahamas.

 

Swimming Uses Otherwise Underworked Muscles

When you’re in the pool, your arms are all over the place, meaning you need to work your often-neglected lats, deltoids, and traps. And we know you aren’t targeting those when you’re on a bike or pounding the pavement. Plus, since so much of swimming is about staying balanced and level in the water (while both your arms and legs are moving, mind you), swimming helps you develop the deep stabilizing muscles in your core and lower back that women often miss.

 

Increased Flexibility
A heated pool relaxes muscles, increasing flexibility and enabling important stretching. Also, after intense lactic-acid-building endurance workouts (running, cycling, weights), an easy swim helps flush out toxins preventing muscle tightness and soreness the following day.

 

Cross-training
Swimming not only boosts cardiovascular capacity while increasing muscle strength, but it also gives your body a break from higher-impact activities like basketball, running, and weightlifting. By creating a balanced workout routine, athletes avoid injury by allowing their body time to heal, while not forgoing daily training sessions.

 

Great for general wellbeing

Just 30 minutes of swimming three times a week alongside a balanced, healthy diet and lifestyle is one of the best ways to stay fit and healthy and maintain a positive mental outlook.

 

Weight Loss
People who consistently swim strenuously enough to be out of breath when they finish and elevate their heart rate do burn calories and lose weight. The key is to push yourself a bit.

 

No matter what your fitness level, the general benefits of swimming are yours to go out and grab and make your own.

 

Burns calories

Swimming is one of the most effective ways to burn calories. A gentle swim can burn over 200 calories in just half an hour, more than double that of walking. And a faster swim would see that indulgent chocolate bar gone quicker than if you went running or cycling.

 

  

De-stresses and relaxes

Swimming regularly can lower stress levels, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve your sleep patterns. Feeling the mental benefits of swimming takes just a light swim. No lane pounding needed.

Lowers the risk of diseases.

As well as being a great form of cardiovascular exercise, swimming just 30 minutes a week can help to guard against heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.

 

It’s Easy on the Impact

The low impact means swimming is a great workout for injured athletes, who need to take it easy on their joints. But it may also mean more results: You can swim at higher intensities on a regular basis without feeling wear and tear on your body.

 

Anyone Can Do It

Whether you’re recovering from an injury, pregnant (Walton has trained women in the pool on their due dates), a new mom, or an Ironman competitor, swimming can give you a great workout (um, as long as you—you know—know how to swim). You control the pace, intensity, and what you get out of every session, he says.

 

Swimming Turns Back the Clock

Regular swimmers are biologically 20 years younger than their driver’s licenses say they are, according to research from Indiana University. Scientists say that, even up until your 70th birthday, swimming affects blood pressure, cholesterol levels, cardiovascular performance, central nervous system health, cognitive functioning, muscle mass, and blood chemistry to be much more similar to that of your younger self. Who needs night cream?

 

 Swimming Makes You Smarter

Blood flow to the brain increased by up to 14 percent when men submerged themselves in water up to their hearts, according to a Journal of Physiology study. Researchers believe water’s pressure on the chest cavity may have something to do with it, and they are now studying whether water-based workouts improve blood flow to the brain better than do land-based ones. Stay tuned.

 

Adventure
Swimming has branched out from the darkened, indoor community pools of yesteryear. Many new health club chains offer clean lap pools, and local communities are finding renewed interest in outdoor facilities during the summer months. Seek out available natatoriums in your area and if you are able, locate a natural body of water (lake, ocean, pond, or quarry) and explore the joys of open-water swimming.

 

Swim!❤️

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How Chess Awakens Your Brain

 

Chess Builds Problem Solving Abilities

“Chess is an exercise of infinite possibilities for the mind, one which develops mental abilities used throughout life: concentration, critical thinking, abstract reasoning, problem solving, pattern recognition, strategic planning, creativity, analysis, synthesis, and evaluation, to name a few.” –Edutech Chess

 

Chess Improves Emotional Intelligence

 

Chess Improves Critical Thinking Skills

Chess improves the ability to think critically. Players are required to think fast and solve problems as they play. This type of play leads to analytical thinking and develops the ability to anticipate and evaluate future scenarios. In some instances, the development of critical thinking skills led to better performance on standardized tests.

 

Chess Preserves Mental Acuity

To get the most benefit from a physical workout, you need to exercise both the left and right sides of your body. Studies show that in order to play chess well, a player must develop and utilize his or her brain’s left hemisphere, which deals with object recognition, as well as right hemisphere, which deals with pattern recognition. Over time, thanks to the rules and technique involved in the game, playing chess will effectively exercise and develop not one but both sides of your brain.

 

 

Chess Improves Mathematical Skills

Math is about pattern-recognition, logic, and the ability to play around with variables in your head, all of which chess is known to improve.

 

Chess Builds Greater Creativity

Because chess requires extensive use of the brain’s right hemisphere, the game enhances creativity. A longitudinal study indicated that chess playing fosters various types of creativity, including originality.

 

Chess Teaches Logic and Efficiency

Chess teaches logic because you have the constraints of the board and pieces, and efficiency because you’re playing competitively against an opponent with the same resources and same goal. This fosters thinking directly about the problem at hand and using the simplest solution to solve a complex problem.

 

Chess Teaches The Importance of Planning (And Consequences)

Every move in chess should lead to your goal, but it is rare that your goal will be reached without planning ahead and heeding the consequences of each action.

 

Chess Eases anxiety

Chess requires concentration. Players often find that this concentration facilitates centeredness and calmness. Playing daily helps to manage anxiety and other turbulent emotions.

 

 

Chess Teaches Patience and Perseverance

Building and executing a strategy some times requires one to be still and wait for the right moment.

 

Chess Teaches Increases Broader Perspective

 

Learn To Play Chess!❤️

 

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Your Challenges Carry Gifts

May your wounds give you wings, may your depths give you heights, may all be an opportunity for your life to take flight.

Know that whatever challenges you have experienced in life carry gifts that can ultimately serve your life path for the better.

 

Find the gifts hidden in the difficult times and experiences you’ve encountered. Reflect on what you may have learned from these experiences, and how that can now benefit your life, and the lives of others too possibly.

 

Forgive yourself for ‘bad experiences’ if you judge any. Know you are stronger and wiser.

 

Know also that you NEVER need to struggle or suffer to grow.

 

Let go of any limiting beliefs and stories may be connected to your wounds and set yourself free to soar.

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There are many things to question in life, your worth isn’t one of them


Know your worth!

It only ever needs owning, not proving. Your worth is a given, period, and has nothing to do with anything outside of you. It is the most solid ground you can stand on. Unearth your worth and let it solidify your sense of deserving, strengthen your trust and confidence, and open you to receive. You are worthy of all good things and all your heart desires just as you are right now.

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CHESS Sparks Creativity

 

Promotes brain growth:

Games like chess that challenge the brain actually stimulate the growth of dendrites, the bodies that send out signals from the brain’s neuron cells. With more dendrites, neural communication within the brain improves and becomes faster. Think of your brain like a computer processor. The tree-like branches of dendrites fire signals that communicate to other neurons, which makes that computer processor operate at a fast, optimal state. Interaction with people in challenging activities also fuels dendrite growth, and chess is a perfect example.

It exercises both sides of the brain: 

A German study indicated that when chess players were asked to identify chess positions and geometric shapes, both the left and right hemispheres of the brain became highly active. Their reaction times to the simple shapes were the same, but the experts were using both sides of their brains to more quickly respond to the chess position questions.

Sparks your creativity: 

Playing chess helps unleash your originality, since it activates the right side of the brain, the side responsible for creativity. One four-year study had students from grades 7 to 9 play chess, use computers, or do other activities once a week for 32 weeks to see which activity fostered the most growth in creative thinking. The chess group scored higher in all measures of creativity, with originality being their biggest area of gain.

Raises your IQ: 

Do smart people play chess, or does chess make people smart? At least one scientific study has shown that playing the game can actually raise a person’s IQ. A study of 4,000 Venezuelan students produced significant rises in the IQ scores of both boys and girls after four months of chess instruction. So grab a chess board and improve your IQ!

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Are You Open?

Do you have a tendency to keep yourself or your thoughts and feelings closed to people or the world?

Do you fear vulnerability?

Or Do you shut down or shut yourself off from opportunities, possibilities, ideas, love, intimacy, or certain situations?

On a scale of 1-10, how open are you to others, with your thoughts, feelings, in your relationships, career, etc.

Are you more open to giving than receiving, or vice versa?

Letting people into your life requires a certain level of openness and vulnerability.

Do you want to let people get to know you, get close, and allow deeper relationship.

People aren’t mind readers. If you don’t let them know what’s going on inside in your heart and mind, communication suffers, they can’t get to know you, and you block intimacy and authentic relationship.

There are reasons you may feel guarded about being open, perhaps due to past experiences, hurts, a fear of judgment, rejection, betrayal, etc.

It takes courage to be vulnerable, yet the rewards are rich and beautiful and so worth it.

The more you trust and value yourself, the easier this will become

Love wants to be given to you in every moment if you are open and willing to receive.

It may come in many forms, through friends and loved ones, successes and serendipities, people you meet, opportunities that come your way, and the wonder, beauty and joy of life itself.

There can be blocks around receiving, of course. We can resist receiving just as we resist love, or perhaps feel we don’t deserve it, or fear the intimacy that may come with it, etc.

Allow openness at a level and a pace that is manageable for you and not overwhelming. You might start with small steps, opening the door bit by bit. Be courageous, and intend on that which is for your highest. Trust in the love that wants to be given to you, in the blessings that want to come your way, and open to receive. And share more of who you are, for that is why you are here. You have so much to give, just in being you!

Open to giving and receiving at a new level.

Written by Aine Belton

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