Folk Art Nettle Fiber

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Nettle, Hemp, Flex and Willow Fibers

NettleIn spring some stalks of grasses and nettle are broken by the wind or too dry in summer, some places have to exfoliate the top layers of the cortex, which contains the fiber. Their flexibility and strength is long appreciated by the birds for example, the crossbill or wren are always looking for it, for their winter nests. Sparrow fill the cracks in their previous nest that hangs over the water on a the branches of willow. The natural grass fibers are so strong that it is not destroyed for several years. I am sure these birds crafted and advised humans in ancient times to use the stronger elastic fibers like flax, hemp and nettle – the oldest fiber plants, which we have learned to handle.

nettleFrom long and strong fibers produced yarn for fabric on tailoring, sails and sacks.

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Easy Homemade Shampoo

Shampoo is one of those “necessary evils” in life. No one wants to go around with a greasy mop, but the products designed to clean said mop are usually full of unhealthy ingredients that can pollute your scalp and your local ecosystem. The solution? Homemade shampoos. And before you write off the idea of homemade … Continue reading Easy Homemade Shampoo

The Antioxidants – Free-Radical Fighters

Antioxidants are basically a specific type of molecules that protect our body from the damages caused by the detrimental free radicals. Precisely speaking, antioxidants work as defenses against the disparaging actions of free radicals produced by our body during different processes. In this article we shall concentrate on the four major antioxidant nutrients - vitamin … Continue reading The Antioxidants – Free-Radical Fighters

Garlic {Allium sativum}

ALSO, KNOWN AS: Clove Garlic Da Suan Garlic Poor-man’s-treacle Rashona Rustic’s Treacle Stinking Rose Tricolor Garlic The common kitchen herb, the garlic – Allium Sativum to botanists – is a familiar herb and culinary spice. This perennial herb is known for its white colored bulb that is composed of small white cloves that have a … Continue reading Garlic {Allium sativum}

Onion {Allium cepa}

ALSO, KNOWN AS: Common Onion Onion The onion – botanically called Allium cepa – is one of the most common culinary herbs around, and is used worldwide in many culinary preparations. The ancient Greek historian Herodotus writes of nine tons of gold being spent to purchase enough onions to feed the builders of the pyramids … Continue reading Onion {Allium cepa}

Tomato {Solanum lycopersicum}

The tomato plant (botanical name Solanum Lycopersicum) is a member of the nightshade family. Usually, plants of this species grow to a height of anything between one and three meters (3 to 10 feet) and have the very delicate stem that generally spread out over the ground as well as climbs like vines on other … Continue reading Tomato {Solanum lycopersicum}

Zucchini {Cucurbita pepo}

Zucchini is basically a type of squash available during summer. In effect, zucchini is a robust squash that grows with good grace in an assortment of environs and has a wide range of uses - ranging from sweet zucchini bread to raw ‘pasta' prepared with zucchini strips. Zucchini is available in several markets during summer … Continue reading Zucchini {Cucurbita pepo}

Cucumber {Cucumis sativus}

The cucumber, botanically known as the Cucumis sativus, is an extensively cultivated plant in the gourd family Cucurbitaceae that includes squash and also muskmelon. Though it is technically a fruit, cucumbers are widely considered vegetables. Cucumber is a vegetable which is a member of the family that also includes different squashes, pumpkins, and zucchinis. The … Continue reading Cucumber {Cucumis sativus}

Shamanism and Quantum Possibilities

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Each of us can be said to be living in our own universe of observation and story.  It has also been theorized that all possible permutations of reality exist simultaneously. When a shaman works with spirit to enact change in his or her universe, he or she must understand that the very realm of possibility is being tapped into in order to make that change. The actions taken by the shaman in the spiritual world have very real consequences in the physical world.

Those universes which are yet resting in quantum possibility are indeed the spirit realms.

The quantum realm of possibility is one of infinite potential, to which we have a direct link through our power of imagination. In this way, imagination is a direct sense of the spirit world, like our sense of sight or smell. We tend to be wary of our imagination, as if it is…

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In honor of World Ocean Day on June 8, a beautiful video visualization of ocean currents around the world.

https://youtu.be/CCmTY0PKGDs This visualization from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – called Perpetual Ocean – shows ocean surface currents around the world during the period from June 2005 through December 2007. The visualization doesn’t include a narration or annotations. NASA said: … the goal was to use ocean flow data to create a simple, visceral experience. … Continue reading In honor of World Ocean Day on June 8, a beautiful video visualization of ocean currents around the world.