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You eat clean, do you clean green?

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Dorak, the MagnificentAh, it is so nice for a change to look out the window and see the ground wet.  This is Florida’s  Dry Season, so every rain drop is highly appreciated.

As much I enjoy the freshness the rain brings it does cause a little bit extra work within my home.  I am the pet parent of three active dogs and days like this means I am mopping the floors several times a day.

This brought me onto the idea of writing a bit about how to reclaim the sacredness of the kitchen.  I will write specifically about the kitchen being the heart of any home at a later time, now I would like to focus on the cleaning.

I understand that cleaning “green” has led to a new awareness on the products we use, which is great, however I have noticed that many of the products claiming to be “all natural” are still abrasive and aggressive.  Earth-friendly  products sold in Health Food Stores are fine, but I still don’t buy them, I make my own.  My household products of choice have never been inspired by the “Go Green” Trend but by my spiritual convictions.  As a practicing witch, I’ve always respected Mother Earth and over the decades, it has become second nature. Today’s newly drive to feel connected with our inner self and with the planet we  share allows me to offer you a new perspective on a chore many wish to get done with as quickly as possible.  There is magic in the simplest task.

Nothing discourages rooting and being grounded as toxic and carcinogenic chemicals used in your home and a kitchen smelling like the local pool.  Mixing up Baking Soda with  fresh lemon to scouring the sink doesn’t cost a lot of time or money and it leaves you with the feeling of living in a healthy home.

Actually, I don’t use much more than White Vinegar, Salt and a dash of dish liquid.  I do add various ingredients, depending on what I wish to accomplish – after all I am not just cleaning but I am weaving a purpose into my action as well.

Sometimes I make a strong herbal infusion and add that to my cleaning water.  The aroma and good energy will go a long way towards making my kitchen and home feel connected to Mother Earth.  I just throw a handful herbs into some boiling water, let it steep, then strain right into the bucket.  The herbs correspond to various wishes and desires and here I will list only a few:

Cinnamon: The primal home-and-hearth spice and corresponds with a happy home, healing and protection.  Please only use the sticks, the powder will make a mess.

Basil:  Associated with wealth and fidelity.  Also has the luscious summery scent of yummy pesto.

Angelica:  As name states, it corresponds with the Angelic Realm and invites them into your home.  Also brings purification and blessings.

Lemon Peel: No matter if you go with fresh or dried.  Very uplifting and cleanses away negativity (one of my favorites).

Rosemary:  Also clears out negativity and encourages clear thinking

Salt:  Another favorite of mine and a staple for any witch.  Purification and protection.  If I have no time to prepare an herbal tea for the cleaning water, salt is always in my cleaning water.  I will however,  add  a dash of Florida Water for the fresh aroma and for the magical properties.

Once my home is physically clean I don’t forget to clear the atmosphere and let the smoke of a sage braid waft into every corner of the home, room and into the cupboards as well.  I usually enjoy a rush of serenity and well-being after my tasks are done and I welcome the spirits which I had asked to come.

Mother Earth Knows Best

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Keep Lemons in your Medicine Cabinet!

This image shows a whole and a cut lemon. It i...

This image shows a whole and a cut lemon. It is an edit of Image:Lemon.jpg to reduce blown highlights and slightly darken image. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We all know of the virtues of lemons – we use it in hot water and sip it to get over a cold, as a refreshing drink on a beautiful summer day; I know it is a great immune system booster and I add it to my daily skin care regiment as mentioned in  previous blogs called Facial Pampering and Skin Care.  I also use lemons to clean my house and as a room freshener.  Lemons are great but this news from an acquaintance in Europe  really caught my attention and I find it important to pass it on to all who want to take on true responsiblity for their own health and avoid industrial and commercial junk we have bombarded with for so long .

Before I go on with the unexpected powerful health benefits of lemons, I would like to start by giving you some tips used in  many european restaurants.  Once I heard about this, I immediately pulled my lemons from the crisper drawer and placed them in the freezer…..

They put their (of course washed) lemons into the freezer before using them.  Once frozen solid, they grate the entire lemon, peel and all, leaving them with no mess and juice splatter to clean up  and nothing to discard – no waste!  You can conveniently sprinkle the frozen lemon over salads, soups, ice cream, juices, fish, reis, sushi – gosh – the list is endless!  Every dish you create will gain a delightful taste effortlessly.  Goes without saying, I use lemons in my daily juice, depending on the recipe I am using for the day.

By doing this you will not only use the entire fruit nor give meals and drinks that nice twist, but the greatest advantage by doing this is that you will increase your Vitamin C intake 5-10 times since the highest concentration of the Vitamin is in the peel – which we usually throw away.  By using this process you will not only obviously absorb more of the Vitamin but you also receive an added benefit -tata! – the peel also breaks down toxic elements in your body.

Now to the news which surprised me two-folds.

Lemons are 10.000 stronger than Chemotherapy.  This statement comes from one of the largest pharmaceutical producers of the world, after conducting more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970.  They state, a lemon extract therapy destroyed cancerous cells in 12 types of cancer, including Breast, Prostate and Lung cancer.  I am stunned that these results were made public, the pharmaceutical industry isn’t known for being forthcoming with such inexpensive ways of keeping cancer at bay, it doesn’t feed their ultra expensive agendas.  Does anyone remember what happened when it was documented that Bitter Almonds are the ultimate butt-kickers in the cancer field?  Bitter Almonds have now have to be pasteurized before being sold and it is illegal to plant a Bitter Almond tree in your back yard –  all  for our own benefit of course…..so yes, this information  did stun me.  The article states, that the lemon is proven 10.000 more effective than a medicine by the name of Adriamycin which is used world-wide to slow the growth of cancer cells.  It also says, that the lemon extract therapy does not attack any of the healthy cells, only the cancerous ones.  Lemons also fights bacterial infections, various fungus and parasites.  It also has other qualities, it regulates high blood pressure, is an anti-depressant and eases stress.

The Lemon – a magical key to living longer and healthier, would you have known???