I suddenly realize that of all the rituals I know of in the world, I do not know one for friends to celebrate each other. Why is that? There are rituals for many things and contracts for all sorts of personal relationships (prenups, working relationships, sorority or organizational rituals, etc.). Sadly most people’s focus goes into romantic relationships. That, in fact, can leave us really exposed. It becomes harder to spot toxic relationships when you don’t have any others for comparison.
Dedication between people in a non-romantic context non-existent as far as I know…except for Facebook reminding us we have been friends for another year. A little sterile but there you have it. A friendship that is long term has a definite impact on your life. We may pick people up as need, but we put them down when they no longer serve our purpose. As we move on the casual relationship we had going on with another soul does not endure. It is sad because it shows we were never that invested in them anyway.
When is it the right time to make a declaration of friendship? Seem pretty odd? Well, there is, in fact, an absence of any kind of supporting etiquette! It will likely feel weird or overpowering to the person/s on the receiving end. This is because it’s not what routinely occurs.
It is much more difficult to function socially and emotionally when you don’t have multiple people in your life for support. Friendship is such an intensely rewarding gift, and people who are looking for romance only, miss out on so much. One can feel incredibly alone when addicted to romantic relationships. But think about it, if we make our romantic relationship our only goal, we put an intense amount of pressure on our partners. If we only dedicate to this relationship, we require our partners to be all things in all ways for us. Some would say even… too needy. That is usually too demanding and difficult to live up to for anyone.
I have been blessed with so many light-workers for friends, that I often feel selfish with such an array of brilliant, creative, loving, supportive divas and superheroes in one little life. I honor them and love them with all my heart…and you know who you are!
I highly recommend that you broaden your circle of elite light-workers and superheroes yourself. They can be found in all ages and cultures. Your soul will thank you, your heart will thank you, your health will thank you, the Universe will reward you and that’s that.
Namaste the Queen Cronista
Searching for what’s lost.
So many of my friends are African-American, Latino, gays or foreigners from many wonderful cultures. What I love most about them is that they respect their ancestors and their cultures. They celebrate ancestors who have given them strength to be the wonderful people that they are…. strong, brilliant, creative, human beings who strive to make the world better place. They choose this, rather than making the world dark and abused.
I celebrate my many blessings for knowing each of them. Why have we lost our way to celebrate good people? We are being forced, without our permission, to celebrate bullies, terrorists, and the moral sludge of the world. They bring only darkness and decay.
Whoever takes offense at this question…then I say “Me think thou doth protest too much “!
I challenge us to go back to our roots…all races, cultures and creeds…, and celebrate goodness once more.
Namaste, The Queen Cronista
You may have noticed that we are on our spring health kick this week. A healthy diva is a happy diva.
CCF Tea : Cumin + Coriander + Fennel
Cumin, coriander and fennel (CCF) are excellent to keep you warm throughout the day. They are used together in Ayurveda as one of the simplest and most famous formulas for detoxification, weight loss, constipation, and bloating. The CCF mix can also be used, in grain form or milled, to spice up your dishes for delicious results.
During preparation of the tea, you may drop grains directly in the boiling water, or if you have a tea pouch, you could even mill the spices into it.
Add to 1 litre of boiling water:
• 1/2 tsp. cumin
• 1/2 tsp. coriander
• 1/2 tsp. fennel
1. In a teapot or soup pot, boil all ingredients for 5 to 10 minutes according to personal taste.
2. Strain out the seeds, or even better, place in a tea thermos with built-in filter.
Drink with little sips throughout your day, 2 to 3 times per week.
Please Note: since CCF tea is diuretic, refrain from drinking before bedtime because it will encourage urination. Always consult your doctor or nurse practitioner if you are unsure.
Namaste, the Queen Cronista
Anyone who knows me knows I’m always looking for the next hot tip from the mountain grandmothers on how to utilize what God gave us for perfect health. Of curse you may want to consult a doctor who will likely poo-poo this stuff. However, as for me and many of my friends, we are living healthier lives because we use these tips. Your personal discernment is tantamount in choosing any lifestyle changes. I’ve found this website full of insightful tips for me to do further research.
8 Strange Uses for Cinnamon
By Susan Patterson
Cinnamon has a sweet and spicy aroma that conjures up a distinct mixture of exoticness and familiarity, perhaps because it comes from the Far East. It also has a fabulous flavor and often brings pleasant memories of apple pies and holiday fun. The Bible even mentions it as a “choice spice,” while the Egyptians recorded their extensive use of it in Ebers Papyrus, a medical text dating to around 1550 BC.
Cinnamon is not only great for baking and adding a wonderful scent to candles and the like, but it’s long been used in Ayurvedic medicine as an antimicrobial substance, for treating a wide range of conditions, including diabetes, headaches, malaria, menopausal problems, digestive issues, sinus congestion, intestinal infections and gynecological disorders and more.
This wonderful spice also has quite a few rather interesting uses you probably aren’t familiar with.
If you want to highlight those fabulous cheekbones without spending an arm and a leg on a pricey cosmetic, you can use cinnamon to make a great homemade bronzer. There are no measurements, as you’ll need to customize the amounts according to your particular skin and the color that best suits you. Use more cornstarch for a lighter shade, and more cocoa powder for a darker shade. Combine cinnamon, cocoa powder, and cornstarch, and then add plain, unscented lotion. Mix well and store in a lidded jar.
Fight Off Bacteria
Researchers from Kansas City University demonstrated that cinnamon is effective for fighting bacteria, including salmonella and campylobacter after experts performed tests on unpasteurized apple juice. They discovered that just a teaspoon of the space added to the juice managed to kill 99.5 percent of the bacteria within three days. When adding spices to raw ground beef and sausage, they found that cinnamon, along with cloves and garlic were the most potent when it came to killing off E.coli.
As these bacteria are known to cause intestinal infections, you can use cinnamon to fight them off. Add cinnamon to all sorts of foods and beverages, including your morning coffee and in smoothies, and drink cinnamon tea as well. To make a tea, boil eight ounces water and then add one teaspoon of ground cinnamon. Allow it to continue to boil for one minute and then remove the mixture from the heat and allow it to sit for 8 to 10 minutes before drinking.
Stimulate Hair Growth
Cinnamon can even make your hair grow faster when combined with honey. It stimulates the scalp as well as increasing hair growth. It’s believed to work as the cinnamon helps to improve blood circulation in the scalp which in turn improves the flow of nutrient-rich blood to the hair follicles.
To use cinnamon for this purpose, combine a tablespoon each of cinnamon and raw, organic honey. Once the ingredients are thoroughly combined, add about one cup extra-virgin olive oil to form a paste-like consistency. Use a comb so that you can move your hair out of the way and apply a generous layer of the mixture onto your scalp. Allow it to sit for about 15 minutes and then shampoo and condition as you normally would.
Halt a Cough and Ease Congestion
Cinnamon is considered a warming expectorant and is highly effective for reducing congestion and phlegm in the lungs, which can help to halt a cough in its tracks. Combined with other ingredients, including other spices, raw honey, and apple cider vinegar, creates an especially powerful elixir that may be even more potent than a commercial cough medicine.
Here’s how to make this outstanding natural cough elixir.
1 tbsp raw, organic and unfiltered, apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp filtered water
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp fresh grated ginger
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1 garlic clove, grated
1 tbsp raw, organic honey
A small glass jar with a lid
Melt the honey by placing it in a small glass bowl. Put the bowl into a larger container filled with hot water. Don’t melt it on the stovetop or in the microwave.
In the small glass jar, add the apple cider vinegar and water, and then the cayenne pepper, ginger, cinnamon, and garlic. Place the lid on the jar and shake vigorously until well-combined.
Add the melted honey to the jar and shake again to combine.
When you’re ready to use it, take one to two tablespoons. If it’s used within three days, there’s no need for refrigeration.
Get Rid of Ants
Instead of using toxic, chemical-filled sprays or other chemical repellents to fight off an ant problem, you can use cinnamon. All you have to do is sprinkle it across and around areas you notice them invading, including in cracks, crevices, and windowsills. When they run into it, they turn around and head the other way. Plus, it makes your home smell great all day. Another option is to dip cotton balls into cinnamon essential oil and then strategically place them around your house. Either option is believed to disrupt the pheromone trail that the insects rely on to navigate.
Take a Cinnamon Detox Bath
If you’ve recently been ill or are dealing with an illness now, soaking in a cinnamon bath can help warm the body, relieve congestion and act as a detox. A cinnamon bath is something that’s been used for centuries as a part of spiritual purification in many cultural traditions for eliminating toxins in the body, helping to cleanse, invigorate and even lift one’s mood. On a cold day, it’s a fabulous way to help fight the chill.
You can use either ground cinnamon or cinnamon sticks. Place three cinnamon sticks into a running bath, or use about one-quarter of ground cinnamon placed into a cheesecloth and then drop it into the warm water.
Eliminate Scratches and Scuffs
While it may seem impossible to get rid of scratches and scuffs on wood furniture, cinnamon can help. Just rub a pinch of ground cinnamon onto the affected area, and watch it disappear.
Make Learning Easier
The smell of cinnamon can even be used to help boost your memory and cognitive function. When you’re learning a new language or another skill or studying for a test, sip cinnamon tea by following the recipe noted earlier, or keep a little bottle of cinnamon essential with you and occasionally take a good whiff.
Namaste, The Queen Cronista