Crones Laugh at Coronus…
The Crones are waxing nostalgic today. As an elderly person in the USA who has lived the social distant lifestyle for 8 years, I have learned to enjoy the special time to connect with the Universe and all the joys of our modern techno lifestyles. If it is meant to be the Coronus will get me. If not there is no one but the plan of the Divine Universal Source that can get you or keep you.
Read some more. I’ve been Miss Marple-ing and listening to more meditation music. My dogs get an extra massage each day and love it! I’m business as usual. I haven’t hoarded one thing. I always keep an extra case of toilet paper due to my experience with the paper shortage of 1973 in Florida. As a southerner I always have dried beans, potatoes, cornmeal, and I’m still able to get greens and ham hock. Appalachians are very …“little house on the prairie” all the time. And the spoiled pussies who aren’t …Oh well.
I’m now learning the merits of Kudzu as a viable plant source. It is, not only medicinal, but edible. Every part but the vines. You can make baskets, paper, and soap as well as many other practical items from it. I’m threatening to hit the hilltops here and crochet myself a little house from it. LOL!!! It’s everywhere in the south and you can’t kill it. I just got a bottle of Kudzu Extract and tea for blood sugar, and other medicinal uses. Amazon has great Kudzu books with recipes.
I me, seriously, people, find ways. I’m 70 and I refuse to give up. I was MacGuiver before there was a MacGuiver (google him), one of my favorite old TV shows. Now is the time to meet him. Anyway, I’ll pontificate no more today. Buck it up walk it off … as I use to tell my children. Love and Survival Vibes to all. Namaste, The Queen Cronista
I live in the south where Kudzu is everywhere. I’ve owned a Chinese book of Kudzu for 30 years and yet I’ve never explored the wonders is gives for food, weaving baskets, making soap, paper, tea, many medicinal uses and soil erosion preventative. Yet, in this country is goes unused. I, personally, want to start a Kudzu plantation for a product that virtually can’t be destroyed. A Kudzu Boutique of extraordinary gifts and medicinal. I’m Koo-Koo for Kudzu. This article shows the famous Sloan Kettering Cancer Center looking into it as well. Heavy reading but worthwhile. Namaste, The Queen Cronista…
SLOAN KETTERING CANCER CENTER…. KUDZU RESEARCH INFO
How It Works
Kudzu is an herb used in Chinese medicine to treat alcoholism, heart disease, menopausal symptoms, diabetes, fever, the common cold, and neck or eye pain. It is sometimes used in combination with other herbs. Lab studies suggest that kudzu has anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties. Compounds called isoflavones are thought to be responsible for its potential effects.
Studies of kudzu in humans are limited and have mostly focused on whether it can reduce alcohol intake or menopausal symptoms. However, all of these studies enrolled small numbers of patients, and systematic reviews have determined that the evidence of benefit for any condition is unclear.
Because animal and human studies suggest some estrogenic effects, individuals with hormone-sensitive cancers and those taking tamoxifen should avoid kudzu.
- Menopausal symptoms
Small clinical studies suggest that kudzu is a phytoestrogen that may help reduce menopausal symptoms, but a systematic review did not find benefit.
- Alcohol abuse
Kudzu may reduce alcohol intake and withdrawal, but these studies enrolled only a small number of patients, and a systematic review did not find benefit.
Kudzu is used in traditional medicine to treat diabetes, but evidence is lacking.
- Fever or common cold
Kudzu is used in traditional medicine for these purposes, but human studies are lacking.
- Neck or eye pain
Kudzu is used in traditional medicine for these purposes. Although animal studies suggest kudzu may reduce inflammation and pain in combination with other herbs, human studies are lacking.
Do Not Take If
- You have hypersensitivity to kudzu.
- You have hormone-sensitive cancer: Kudzu has estrogenic activity.
- You are taking tamoxifen: Isoflavones in kudzu may interfere with the effects of tamoxifen which is used for estrogen-dependent breast cancer.
- You are taking methotrexate: In animal studies, taking kudzu at the same time reduced elimination of the drug methotrexate, causing increased levels of the drug. Clinical relevance has yet to be determined.
- You are taking antidiabetic medication: Animal studies suggest a key component in kudzu may increase the activity of these medications. Clinical relevance has yet to be determined.
Kidney problems: In a middle-aged woman who consumed kudzu root juice to promote health and well-being for 10 days, and without evidence of any other causes. Symptoms of appetite loss, nausea, vomiting, and upper abdomen discomfort improved within several days after juice discontinuation and treatment.
Liver injury: In a 55-year-old man previously in good health who was hospitalized with mild fever, brown urine, and elevated liver enzymes. Mistletoe and kudzu extracts which he took to promote general health were suspected, although it is uncertain whether either, both, or an interaction between the two caused these adverse effects.
Kudzu is a botanical used in traditional medicine to treat alcoholism, cardiovascular disease, menopausal symptoms, diabetes, fever, the common cold, and neck or eye pain. There are several species of kudzu and both the flowers and root extract are used for their medicinal properties. Isoflavones, the major components of kudzu, are thought to be responsible for its potential effects.
In vitro, kudzu has demonstrated antiproliferative (1), anti-inflammatory (3), and neuroprotective (16) (18) properties. In animal studies, feeding with kudzu root suppressed alcohol intake and withdrawal symptoms (4).
Studies of kudzu in humans are limited and have mostly focused on its effects on alcohol consumption or climacteric symptoms. In heavy drinkers, data suggest kudzu may be a useful adjunct to reduce alcohol intake (9) (19) (23). In moderate drinkers, it was shown to not disturb sleep wake/cycles, as can occur during withdrawal or with other medications that treat dependence (20). In another small study, a single dose of kudzu extract reduced alcohol consumption (25).
Other preliminary studies suggest kudzu may improve symptoms such as hot flushes and night sweats in perimenopausal women (5) (10) (21), and cognitive function in postmenopausal women (6). Although a topical P. mirifica gel improved vaginal symptoms in postmenopausal women, a conjugated estrogen cream was found to be more effective (26). A recent systematic review of P. mirifica regarding efficacy for menopausal symptoms is inconclusive (27). In addition, another systematic review determined that evidence on benefits for any condition with various species of kudzu are limited and unclear (28).
Mechanism of Action
Anti-inflammatory properties are attributed to decreased prostaglandin E2 and tumor necrosis factor-alpha release, both of which are involved in inflammatory processes (3). The isoflavone tectorigenin demonstrated antiproliferative activity via cell differentiation and reduced expression of Bcl-2, an antiapoptotic protein (1). In animal studies, peurarin may alleviate chronic alcoholic liver injury via inhibition of endotoxin gut-leakage, activation of Kupffer cells, and expression of lipopolysaccharide receptors (22).
In humans, benefits from kudzu on hot flashes, night sweats, and cognitive function are also attributed to isoflavones (5) (6). Puerarin particularly has been credited with influencing alcohol consumption patterns, although the mechanism by which this might occur is unknown (19).
Acute interstitial nephritis: In a middle-aged woman who consumed kudzu root juice to promote health and well-being for 10 days, and without evidence of any other causes (29). Symptoms of appetite loss, nausea, vomiting, and epigastric discomfort, improved within several days after discontinuation and conservative treatment.
Liver injury: In a 55-year-old man previously in good health who was hospitalized with mild fever, brown urine, and elevated AST/ALT levels. These adverse effects were attributed to the ingestion of mistletoe and kudzu extracts which he took to promote general health, although it is uncertain whether either, both, or an interaction between the two caused these adverse effects (30).
- Tamoxifen: Human and animal studies suggest that kudzu has some estrogenic activity (5) (10) (11). Therefore, it may antagonize the effects of tamoxifen, although clinical relevance has yet to be determined.
- Methotrexate: In animal models, coadministration of a root decoction of kudzu reduced the elimination of methotrexate, resulting in increased methotrexate levels (17).
- Antidiabetic drugs: Animal models suggest puerarin also has antihyperglycemic effects (14). Clinical relevance has yet to be determined.
- Cytochrome P450 2D6: In vitro, puerarin inhibited activity of CYP2D6 and can alter the metabolism of drugs that are substrates of this enzyme (15). Clinical relevance has yet to be determined.
- Cytochrome P450 1A2: In vitro, puerarin induced CYP1A2 and may affect the metabolism of some drugs that are substrates of this enzyme (15). Clinical relevance has yet to be determined.
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2020 Mercury Retrograde
A good friend of mine and I have an ongoing laugh about Mercury Retrograde. I am a total believer; he a skeptic of all things woo-woo. Years ago me and my, then skeptic mind, ran a huge training facility in New Jersey. We had a little plant lady who cared for our hundreds of live plants on the premises, was a total woo-woo nut. One day she told us if we were having a class next week we needed to get the manuals run and schedules finished before Mercury Retrograde. Since I am the Queen of Inqiry I asked what that meant. Here response went something like this…. A time where it is traditionally associated with confusions, delay, and frustration. Think email blunders and frazzled travel plans huge computer and communication issues. However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past. I smiled and went my merry way. Later I was having coffee at the Center with some world war I pilots and mentioned the astronomical event. They agreed that they never flew a plane in Retrograde Mercury, as they referred to it, because their analogue flight panels went Fakakta. They swore that air to ground control was useless and orders often went the way of the fairies. I was stunned. One of the scientists minds on my staff clocked it for the next 2 cycles. She politely informed me that her data collected was not just woo-woo, but fact about the astronomical cycle, and she began to warn us of the upcoming event a month in advance. Namaste the Queen Cronista
What is “mercury retrograde”?
Due to the way our planet’s orbit interacts with the orbits of the other planets, they might sometimes appear to be traveling backward through the night sky with respect to the zodiac. This is, in fact, an illusion, which we call apparent retrograde motion.
Three times a year, it appears as if mercury is traveling backwards. We refer to these periods as times when mercury is in retrograde motion, or simply “mercury retrograde.” These times in particular were traditionally associated with confusions, delay, and frustration. Think email blunders and frazzled travel plans.
However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past. It’s said that intuition is high during these periods, and coincidences can be extraordinary.
When is mercury in retrograde in 2020?
In 2020, mercury will be in apparent retrograde motion during the following ranges of dates:
February 17 to March 10
June 18 to July 12
October 14 to November 3
What to do when mercury is retrograde
The planet mercury rules communication, travel, contracts, automobiles, and such.
So, when mercury is retrograde, remain flexible, allow extra time for travel, and avoid signing contracts. Double check your email responses, check in with reservations before you take that trip.
Review projects and plans at these times, but wait until mercury is direct again to make any final decisions. You can’t stop your life, but plan ahead, have back-up plans, and be prepared for angrier people and miscommunication.
Some people blame mercury retrograde for “bad” things that happen in their lives. Instead, this is a good time to sit back and review where you put your energy in your life. For example, if family and faith are important to you, are you putting your energies there or just overextended in other areas?
Take a moment to reflect. Mercury retrograde can be an excellent time to take a step back and reanalyze who you are and what you are doing—but do refrain from making any drastic changes until after retrograde has ended.
Mercury and you
The type of influence you feel depends on which of the 12 zodiac signs earth is in when mercury goes retrograde.
Learn more about zodiac sign profiles in general and check out our monthly horoscopes. Make sure that your gardening does not go awry when mercury is in retrograde by reading your zodiac profile for gardening.
The old farmer’s almanac
As you probably noticed we serve cornbread with everything with cornbread here in the South. Most Southern ladies use their cast iron skillets to make it a real treat. I use my 10 inch skillet almost always except for muffins. We often have it for dessert with country butter and maple syrup or honey. Yup!!! Give it a try.
1/2 Cup Butter
1 Cup Buttermilk OR Sour Cream
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 1/2 Cups Cornmeal White Corn Meal
1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch square pan.
Melt butter in large skillet. Remove from heat. Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended. Combine buttermilk or sour cream with baking soda and stir into mixture in pan. Stir in cornmeal, flour, and salt until well blended and few lumps remain. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
We all have these days when we think no one else in the world can relate to what we are going through. One of my blogs I follow had this to say today. While I am older and more honed in the river of life I can still feel his pain. Here is a day to offer good vibes to someone in need.
When I am Gone
“It seems to me that if you or I must choose between two courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world.” ― John Steinbeck, East of Eden
I’m some eleven months through my 29th year on this Earth.
I feel fine. I workout every day. I drink plenty of water. I try to get my eight hours of sleep. I try to eat healthy. I take some supplements, multivitamins and stuff. But I am feeling a bit older than I did when I first started this blog. I feel tired after less hours of writing than I used to.
It’s not being dead, but getting closer to death that scares us, right?
I am also a bit heartbroken, as artists are supposed to be from time to time.
It’s been years since I found my ideal reader. That’s my definition of a soulmate, and the closest thing to falling in love with another human being. Someone who understands my words, who wants to read them, who underlines them in the books I give her. Someone who encourages me to reply less to e-mails, and to write more fiction. Someone who reminds me I was, am, and always will be a writer.
I have lost that person. Maybe irredeemably. I don’t know. It feels like that. Like the kind of goodbyes that never feel like goodbyes until you are sitting all by yourself at your desk and you try to write and no words come out. And you want to tell them that, and you can’t.
It’s not distance that breaks people’s hearts. No. She lives rather close. Distance is not the issue. Misunderstanding is. When you try to tell someone how they make you feel, and all they hear are words.
Something like that.
This means that I haven’t been feeling like myself lately. Right now, I feel like there’s a part of me missing. A few days ago, it was even worse. It felt like dying and being forced to keep on living.
And, yes, I recover fast from heartbreaks. I have had quite a few experiences. Soulmates never die, but they leave, find some other soulmate, or just turn out to be someone different than who I thought them to be.
All this made me think of death. In the sense of running out of time.
Do you ever feel like that? Like running out of time? Do you ever fear when that moment will come? The bitter end? Its unpredictability?
I guess I am just tired, and I want to write my feelings down. Quite selfish of me. But I am… tired. Trying to live a life you’re proud of is the most exhausting thing one can do. Trying to be good, to be competent, to love, to…
In moments of heartbreak we wonder if we’ll ever get the ending we want. If we’ll ever be happy. Loved. Fulfilled. If we’ll ever find someone who genuinely appreciates our presence, who loathes our absence, who supports our dreams, who is willing to fight for us day in and day out.
Someone to miss us when we’re gone.
Whenever you lose someone you feel you could spend a lifetime with, it feels like… it feels like death, actually. It feels like the life you live is this strange terror. Part comedy, part tragedy. One eye laughs, the other cries.
I reckon that this line of thinking is not in tune with the realities of the world, but artists like to dream a lot. We’re idealists.
In an ideal world I’d have my ideal reader, and we’d have fun editing stories, and I’d tell her all my ideas, and I could decide on which one to work by the way her face would light up. Something like that.
Like I said, I am not feeling like myself.
For this, I apologize.