Black Seed Oil Benefits

What is Black Seed Oil?

Black Seed Oil

Old Egyptian kings deemed it a gem. King Tut was even buried with a bottle of this oil, wishing that he’d take it along to the afterlife.

Despite its astounding reputation, some people might still inquire: what is black seed oil? It refers to the oil extracted from the seeds of Nigella Sativa Plant. Black seeds are also referred by a myriad of names such as:

Black Seed Oil to Treat Cancer

The benefits of black seed oil are simply inexhaustible. Several scientists in Croatia conducted tests to examine the anti-tumor properties of two phytochemicals, thymohydroquinone and thymoquinone, in rodents.

The tumor cells decreased by a whopping 52%! Black seed oil is quite rich in these two chemicals and was found to prevent as well as treat cancer via an assortment of mechanisms such as anti-metastasis, anti-proliferation, cell cycle arrest and apoptosis induction.

Black Seed Oil to Rejuvenates Unhealthy Liver

The liver is a crucial organ in the human body. It’s paramount that you keep it healthy and toxin-free by avoiding an overindulgence of alcohol and illegal drugs.

However, if you’ve experienced a deteriorating liver function due to issues such as disease, alcohol binging or medication, consuming black seed oil will help nurse your liver to full health. Black seed oil has some curative properties which include:

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-coagulant
  • Anti-histamine
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-viral

Therefore, make it a habit to take black seed oil as it helps prevent liver damage and disease.

Black Seed Oil helps in Weight Loss

Yet another awe-inspiring property of black seed oil. Weight loss is usually a hard nut to crack among some people, especially today when fast food is the rage.

However, the Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders Journal reviewed the composition of plants that helped in weight loss and listed black seed oil among the best natural anti-obesity plants in the world. Black seeds aid in keeping your blood glucose levels stable. They also aid in liver gluconeogenesis as well as the absorption of glucose in your intestines. Take advantage of these black seed oil weight loss properties that will transform your life.

Prevent Hair Loss with Black Seed Oil

One unique property of black seed oil is its exciting ability to restore your hair.

Scientists are still boggled by how this works, but one thing’s for sure: black seed oil has holistic curative and restorative properties. Perhaps the most outstanding traits of the nigella sativa plant that could help unravel its hair restorative powers are the strong antimicrobial and antioxidant compounds it contains. Black seed oil consolidates your hair follicles and strengthens your hair roots, helping to treat cases of dry or thinning hair. It also reverses premature graying of hair. Therefore, if you notice your hairline receding or your hair turning gray, trust black seed oil for hair restoration.

Black Seed Oil for a Healthy, Glowing Skin

Black seed oil contains a healthy blend of vitamins, fatty acids, amino

READ MORE HERE:  https://www.digitalwelt.org/en/lifestyle/herbs/black-seed-oil-benefits

Interview with a real-life vampire: why drinking blood isn’t like in Hollywood by: Kim Wall

vampires

 Vampires: ‘We do not identify with fictional characters, supernatural powers, or immortality, nor do we have any difficulty distinguishing between fantasy and reality.’ Illustration: Celine Loup for the Guardian

People who claim to be vampires are in the thousands, with demographics transcending class, race and gender. But there’s a reason they stay in the shadows

 Vampires: ‘We do not identify with fictional characters, supernatural powers, or immortality, nor do we have any difficulty distinguishing between fantasy and reality.’ Illustration: Celine Loup for the Guardian

Drinking blood isn’t what Hollywood makes it out to be, according to real-life vampires.

First of all, there’s no biting – that’s neither safe nor sanitary – and with too many vital arteries, the neck isn’t the favored spot. Transactions aren’t carnages leaving the victim lifeless behind in a dark alley, and nor do vampires sleep in coffins or burn in daylight. They’re generally cool with garlic. Most of them don’t even have fangs.

Instead, modern vampires get their sustenance from inch-long incisions made by a sterilized scalpel on a fleshy part of the body that doesn’t scar. Though the vampire may suck it up directly from the source, medically trained personnel usually perform the procedure. There’s paperwork too: “donors” don’t just have to consent, but also provide health certificates proving the absence of blood-borne diseases. Still, feeding is a sensual and sacred ritual.

“We’re people you pass on the street and likely socialize with on a daily basis,” says Merticus, the 37-year-old founding member of Atlanta’s Vampire Alliance. “We often keep this aspect of our life secret for fear we’ll be misunderstood and to safeguard against reprisals from what society deems taboo.”

Merticus has identified as a real vampire since 1997, and speaks eloquently and passionately about what vampirism is and what it is not. (“Not a cult, a religion, a dangerous practice, a paraphilia, an offshoot of the BDSM community, a community of disillusioned teenagers and definitely not what’s depicted in fictional books, movies or television.”) 

An antique dealer by profession, married with two dogs, he’s one of exceptionally few vampires to be open about his identity (“I hide in plain sight,” he explains). For almost a decade, he has personally worked with academics, social scientists, psychologists, lawyers, law enforcement agencies and others on how to best approach, research and understand the vampire subculture.

An Atlanta native, he is known as Merticus both legally and personally – even on his Starbucks card. And while he mostly dresses head-to-toe in black, he doesn’t don colored lenses or fang prosthetics. In fact, he is keen to say he isn’t into it because vampirism is “cool”. Real vampires don’t care much for pop culture buzz, and most don’t look the stereotype (only some 35% of real vampires are into goth, he claims). Some even sneer at the “lifestylers” (also known as “fashion vampires” and “posers”).

READ MORE HERE: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/15/real-life-vampires-interview

 

 

 

 

9 Things You Never Knew About Real-Life American Witches by ALEX MAR

Witches do celebrate during Halloween season, but, for them, it’s a very different holiday.

Witches are among us, and far more of them than you think. Today, when people talk about “witches” in this country, they are often talking about members of the “Pagan” movement, a group of perhaps as many as 1 million Americans whose practices draw from a combination of pre-Christian European religions, Western occult and Masonic societies, and forms of witchcraft. I spent much of the last five years immersed in the American Pagan community — first at arm’s length, as a journalist; then as someone personally curious about the rituals I’d observed; and finally, for a couple of years, as an active student and participant. The result is Witches of America, both a snapshot of present-day witchcraft across the United States and a memoir of my own searching and questioning. Now that we’re in the thick of Halloween season, here are some facts about witches that may surprise you.

1. Witches are often invisible. Not literally, of course. But the women and men who consider themselves witches or Pagans don’t always announce themselves in goth gear, tattoos, and piercings. Many are just as likely to dress in utterly innocuous ways — in the daily uniforms of, say, a single mother driving her kid to track practice, a grade-school teacher, a tech entrepreneur, or a cashier at Trader Joe’s. Morpheus, the Pagan priestess who served as my personal entrée into the witchcraft community in the Bay Area, was actually working for an environmental protection group when I first met her. She’d drive to work in a pickup, dressed in khakis and a hoodie, her hair in a long red braid. The local ranchers she consulted with had no idea that she regularly hosted rituals under the moonlight out on her property, just a few miles away.

Some witches choose to remain “in the broom closet,” as they call it — because they work for the government or with children, live in a conservative community, or are simply afraid that the word “witchcraft” still carries too much baggage. At the same time, since the ’80s, Pagans have been gathering in outdoor festivals and indoor hotel conferences all around the country, sometimes in groups of a few thousand. And with the rise of the Internet in the ’90s, vast networks have also spread online, making it that much easier for someone Craft-curious, in an area without a visible Pagan presence, to connect with a mentor in a chat room.

2. While Hollywood horror films have (unfairly) made witchcraft out to be the work of the Devil, they’ve gotten plenty of details right. Pagans are not interested in worshipping the Devil — many would say that the Satan of Christianity is a god they don’t even believe in — so that’s a major strike against the Hollywood horror-movie depiction of witchcraft. On the other hand, there is a certain amount of drama and flair to ritual magic that the movies have come close to getting right. Witches do gather in a circle to perform rituals, sometimes outdoors, under the moon. They use wands and ritual daggers (or athames) to guide magical energy in the right direction; they chant, sometimes in ancient languages. Depending on the specific tradition a person trained in, they may also practice magic while “skyclad,” or in the nude. This isn’t an invitation to sex but instead a way of letting go of the mundane, material world and entering a heightened state that allows for more powerful magic.

3. Most witches follow a strict moral code. Returning to the sinister Devil-worship thing: The horror-movie assumption that anyone who labels herself a “witch” is out to harm others is false and unfair. This community follows an ethical standard that’s similar to a concept of karma: The Threefold Law warns that any action you take will come back at you three times over. Or, for witches of the Wiccan tradition, there’s the Wiccan Rede: “An’ it harm none, do what thou wilt” — follow your own lead, as long as you don’t cause harm to anyone else.

Yes, some witches perform “hexes,” and a personal or coven rivalry might, in a rare situation, escalate into a “witch war.” But this kind of behavior is frowned on. The goal, as with many religious practices, is to bring yourself closer to spiritual enlightenment and balance — which is that much harder to achieve if you’re busy creating chaos.

4. Witches often do practice in “covens.” A witchcraft tradition can spawn many “lines” (or splinter sects) founded by the disciples of

READ MORE HERE:  https://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/a47749/real-life-american-witches/

 

 

 

 

 

Water intoxication – when you drink too much water by Arlene Semeco

This has been known to be fatal in some cases.

Water intoxication

Eight bottles of water

 

Also known as water poisoning, water intoxication is the disruption of brain function due to drinking too much water (1).

Drinking a lot of water increases the amount of water in your blood.

This water can dilute the electrolytes in your blood, especially sodium. When sodium levels fall below 135 mmol/L, it is called hyponatremia.

Sodium helps balance fluids between the inside and outside of cells.

When sodium levels drop due to excess water consumption, fluids shifts from the outside to the inside of cells, causing them to swell (2).

When this happens to brain cells, it can produce

READ MORE HERE:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318619.php

The Complete Guide To The 7 Chakras – For Beginners

Seven Chakras Illustration

The entire universe is made of energy, and your body is no exception. The 7 chakras play an important role in the balance and health of our bodies.

Long before modern technology and science, ancient cultures knew that all living things carried a life force with them. They called the centers of energy that moved inside of us the 7 chakras.

So, what are the 7 chakras?

Chakra is an old Sanskrit word that literally means wheel.

This is because the life force, or prana, that moves inside of you is spinning and rotating. This spinning energy has 7 centers in your body, starting at the base of your spine and moving all the way up to the top of your head.

In a healthy, balanced person, the 7 chakras provide the right balance of energy to every part of your body, mind, and spirit.

But, if one of your chakras spins too quickly, is blocked, or moves slowly, your health will suffer.

By learning about the 7 chakras, you can become more in tune with the natural energy cycles of your body.

You can use this information to connect physical, emotional and spiritual imbalances with the chakras that empower them. And with those discoveries, you can begin to balance your chakras and live a healthy and harmonious life.

The 7 Chakras For Beginners


Before diving into the 7 chakras, let’s take a moment to tune into the body and feel the chakras at work.

For beginners, these chakra exercises may seem odd. But just go with the flow and soon, you’ll be a chakra pro.

You may sense the prana energy centers very lightly, very intensely, or not at all.

Just remember that whatever happens, is okay.

Introductory chakra meditation

  1. First, start by making sure you’re in a quiet space. Sit quietly for a moment and take a few deep breaths. Let tension and stress slide away for a moment. Just be in the moment, with your body.
  2. Now, bring your attention to the base of your spine, your tailbone, and imagine a bright spinning red light. Feel it pulsing and rotating with your breath. Sit with that for a moment. 
  3. Next, move your attention up your spine to the area a couple of inches below your belly button. Feel the warmth of a bright, orange spinning light. Again, notice how it moves with your breath.
  4. Now, guide your attention to a couple inches above your belly button. You’re probably familiar with this area because when you feel strong emotions like love or fear, you likely feel it here. Notice how you can sense the intense yellow light rotating in that spot.
  5. Bring your attention further up to the center of your chest where your heart is. This area harnesses a bright green light. When you’re touched or moved, you might instinctively place your hand over this spot. Connect with that area now.
  6. Then, bring your attention to your throat, the dip in between your collar bones. Imagine a bright blue light spinning in that area. You may feel the urge to swallow or clear your throat.
  7. Next, move your attention up to the space between your eyebrows, your third eye. This area holds a deep indigo light. Imagine it spinning and becoming brighter.
  8. Finally, shift your attention to the very top of your head. Imagine a vibrant, spinning violet light that shines right out of the top of your body. This light connects you to the universe. Feel the peace that comes with noticing this light.

The 7 Chakras: Meaning and Symbols


Now that you’ve been introduced to your chakras, let’s talk about the role that each plays in your life.

We’re going to discuss the location and purpose of each chakra, and we’ll also talk about the symptoms you might experience when they are balanced or imbalanced. Of course, each discussion will conclude with how to heal and empower each chakra.

What do the 7 chakras mean?

  1. The Root Chakra

READ MORE HERE:  https://blog.mindvalley.com/7-chakras/

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