Diva Musing: Current Mood…

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Just for Shits and Giggles
OK, so I’m on a salty diva rampage today.  Some moron parked so close to my vehicle I couldn’t get in.  I waited awhile and got all schpilkes, so I had to crawl from the back of my SUV to the drives seat.  Then I had to decide weather I should wait and attack the manner-less troll or leave and key the car before I drove off.  Since I didn’t have bail money I went on.
Ever have one of those days where you wake up all cheery and swear to the Universe you will be a better version of yourself today and boom, something like this happens right out of the shoot? I hate when that happens.  I was once told to cancel my evil thoughts by saying cancel or escape and then think of a positive thought.  Who the hell came up with that one?  I need to vent a little to get rid of my disdain for “stupid people”!  Only then can I resolve within myself by meditating and breathing.  
I always encourage the peaceful way through most things.  However, since…”you can’t fix stupid with duct tape” (don’t know who said it; but I love them) sometime you just have to pitch a hissy fit.  Do you find these days it’s happening more and more or is it just me? 
Anyway, I feel an occasional venting, for a legitimate reason,…”stupidity” is good for the soul. Have your hissy fit, my darlings, and move on.  Don’t guilt yourself …it was someone else’s stupidity, after all that triggered it all.  Go have a quiet moment or even better a hot fudge sundae and bask in the glory of setting a  boundary and the treat you most certainly earned.  Namaste, The Queen Cronista

 

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Diva Musing: CELEBRATING FRIENDSHIP…..

CELEBRATING FRIENDSHIP

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

Diva Musing: Searching for what’s lost…

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

Diva Musing: CCF Tea : Cumin + Coriander + Fennel…

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

Diva Musing: 10 Weird Ways to Use Onions…

Spring is here and once again I begin to focus on healthy lifestyle gifts from mother nature as the Universe intended we should.  Use your discernment as you should.  Nothing here is that is life threatening unless you take meds or have allergies to Onions.  Ms. Patterson’s website offers many more tips for your holistic research. 
10 Weird Ways To Use Onions By Susan Patterson

Onions aren’t just an easy way to add flavor to soup, a crunchy topping for your next sandwich or a great source of antioxidants with inflammation-reducing capabilities. These potent root vegetables actually have many strange uses that you’ve probably never heard of. From removing splinters to cleaning your grill, it’s time to take these eye-watering onions for a trip outside the kitchen.

Repel insects and pests

Though no one wants to walk around smelling like an onion, you can actually rub one on your arms and legs to help keep away flies and annoying mosquitoes when you go outside. Plus, if you forgot to apply adequate protection before braving the insect swarms of the great outdoors, rub a raw onion on the affected bite areas to instantly relieve pain and itching.

Splinter removal

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, that irritating splinter just won’t budge. Instead of resorting to extreme measures to get it out, simply cut an onion in half and use heavy duty tape to secure it over the affected area. Wait about an hour and a half and the splinter should have been pulled out into the onion or be loose enough to remove.

Burn relief

When you burn your finger or hand on yet another hot pot or pan during dinner preparations, rub a piece of onion on the burn for instant relief. Plus, onions have antibacterial properties which can help clean the burn and prevent it from becoming infected.

Remove paint odor

There is nothing like a fresh coat of paint to brighten a room and make it feel like a new space. However, those heavy fumes can often be overwhelming and unhealthy, causing headaches and other ailments. Slice an onion and place it in a bowl of water in the newly painted room, leave it for about a day and you will notice a distinct decrease in the odor.

Clean your grill

It is easy to forgo cleaning your grill due to the hassle and effort it takes. Instead of ignoring it and letting rust build up on the grates of your grill, simply use a grill fork to stab a large onion and scrub away. You’ll be surprised at how well this works!

Keep avocados fresh

It can often be difficult to time the purchase of your avocados so that they are perfectly ripe when you want to use them. Don’t wait around and watch your expensive avocados turn brown. Stick them in an airtight container along with a slice of onion to keep them fresh.

Polishing metal

Over time, metal objects can lose their original shine. Things such as utensils, serving trays, or certain antique decor can be restored to a beautiful state with a little bit of onion polish. Chop up an onion and place the pieces in a bowl of water, then let it sit for a while and simply wet a cloth in the onion water and polish away. This trick can remove rust, wear, and even stains from metal. If you have a particularly stubborn metal object, let it soak in the bowl for a few minutes and wipe clean.

Frost prevention

Rubbing half an onion on your windshield before a cold night can help prevent frost from forming and make it easier to get to work in the morning without having to wait for your windshield to defrost.

Soothe a sore throat

Though it is not the most desirable drink, a glass of onion tea can do wonders for an uncomfortable sore throat. Using the papery skin of about four onions, and a cup of water, combine these ingredients on the stove and bring to a boil. Keep cooking until the water is tinged the color of the onion skin. Strain out the skins and drink your onion tea. The results will be well worth it!

Remove burned rice taste

Cooking rice properly is an art form, and we’ve all been guilty of burning the bottom of the pot. Unfortunately, this leaves a terrible burnt rice taste throughout the whole batch. Try cutting an onion in half and placing the cut side down on top of the rice. After a few minutes, you can enjoy your rice again without any burnt flavor.

https://www.tropicalhealth.com/weird-ways-use-onions/?utm_source=internal&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=TH190214

Diva Musing: 8 Uses of Cinnamon…

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.

Homemade Bronzer

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.

Ingredients:

  • 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

Instructions:

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Add the melted honey to the jar and shake again to combine.

  4. 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.

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Namaste, The Queen Cronista

Diva Musing: Being from The South…

Being from the South we ten to use sayings that the rest of the world must ponder.  I’m attempting to translate some of those “isms”.  Here are Something a Southern Mom Might Say…

Southern mamas don’t mess around when it comes to manners. From birth, our mothers have been telling us how to act with some of the most colorful phrases ever uttered.

Who has been told that we weren’t raised in a barn? Or not to look a gift horse in the mouth?

The answer is every single one of us. And not just by our own mothers. Mamas we’ve never met before have used these mom-isms on us. Because there ain’t no off-switch on being a mama.

When it comes to the South, manners are taught from birth.

That’s why there are so many Southern phrases about being polite and minding your manners, most of which we can still hear our mamas saying in that tone of all-knowing authority. After all, were you even raised in the South if your mama didn’t yell “were you raised in a barn?” at least once every weekend?

With that in mind, we thought we’d take a look at some of the phrases Southern mamas live by when it comes to manners.

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

Meaning: Don’t assume something is going to happen before it does.

An empty wagon makes a lot of noise.

Meaning: people who don’t know what they’re talking abut tend to say the most.

Mind your P’sand Q’s

Meaning be on our best behavior

Buzzards and chickens come home to roost.

Meaning: What you do and say will catch up to you.

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

Meaning: Don’t assume something’s going to happen before it does.

You’ll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

Meaning: You get better results when you are polite.

Don’t get too big for your britches.

Meaning: Don’t be conceited.

Pretty is as pretty does.

Meaning: How you treat people is more important than how you look

Never look a gift horse in the mouth.

Meaning: Don t’ question the value of a gift.

Hold your Horses.

Meaning: Be Patient.

Were you raised in a barn?

Meaning: Close the door behind you.

Don’t let our mouth overload your tail.

Meaning: Don’t say anything you can’t back up.

Be like the old lady who fell out of the wagon.

Meaning: Mind your own business.

Don’t sit there like a bump on a log

Meaning: Don just sit there not doing anything.