Until now, Love of Lotus Apothecary’s items have only been available online or at the occasional trade show or craft fair. We just added another way to get your hands on our products. We’re grateful for the invite to add our items in this unique, well maintained store full of talent and beauty. You’ll find lots to see here, there’s a little something for everyone. This & That in Genesee Depot, WI is the amazing store I’m talking about!!
I invite you to visit often as new items are added weekly. I will be there every Wednesday morning, at 10am to add new items, replenish the stock of old items and keep our display clean, tidy and easy to shop. Don’t be shy, say hello if you’re in the store. I’m open to suggestions, comments, criticisms and to answer any questions you may have. If you can’t make it Wednesday morning, please feel free to e mail me or keep an eye out for the shows we will have a booth in and come chat with us in person.
We just got set up this week, today you can find our teas, bath salts, incense, culinary spices and candle sets. Tomorrow we’re adding our capsules. Next week we’re adding our wax melts, more herbs – culinary, medicinal and magickal, as well as a few more candle sets. What else will we add? Hmmm…there’s so many choices!!
Besides Love of Lotus Apothecary’s booth, there’s many other booths. You’ll really love this store. The talent, variety of booths full of so many items, how can you not love it? It’s a great feeling to be around such creative energy. Check out their website https://www.thisnthatcraftmill.com/
When going off grid, water is one of the first and most important natural resources we need to make sure we have. As we’re putting together our rain system and learning along the way, we’re also experiencing some pretty amazing health and healing benefits. Anything straight from Gaia is the best, highest quality form available. When a garden is grown, the difference in the quality of plants watered with rain water and plants water with water treated with man made chemicals can’t be missed. Much like plants, people and animals do better when watered with Gaia’s water. You can’t get better or higher quality or cleaner than straight from Gaia.
We’ve been drinking rain water for over a week now and I must say the benefits are plenty. We’re not completely off grid yet so here I’m only referring to drinking and cooking with rain water. In the future, when we’re completely off grid, I’ll blog about our bathing experiences. For now, we’re only drinking and cooking, watering our garden and giving it to our 2 dogs. One thing I can say is the taste is amazing. Clear, clean, natural. It’s definitely better than any filtered tap water or bottled water we’re tried and some of the alkaline bottled waters are pretty darn delicious.
The first thing I noticed after the taste was the calming effects. I’ve always been a pretty anxious being, many years ago I was diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and given anti-anxiety drugs and Xanax. The best these drugs can do was give me temporary relief at the expense of my health, keep me addicted to man made drugs and actually made the problem worse over time. I eventually needed a stronger does and was losing my natural ability to cope with stress and my own anxiety. This was not living, this was existing in a zombie like state, turning off all feeling and connection and destroying my own mind and body in the process. I’ve grown out of this and, with greater success and no harm to my body, started using the medicine best for humans…what Mother Nature offers.
The success of Gaia’s medicine’s as well as much needed lifestyle and belief system choices and developing the proper mindset has eliminated the perceived “need” for man made drugs. Although Gaia’s medicine blew away man’s drugs as far as results and not harming my body, I still had minor, and I mean very minor, symptoms. I would catch myself in thinking patterns that didn’t serve me and would be able to redirect my focus. I’m having to do that a lot less. My mind is calmer, clearer and I’m able to keep myself together when upset and think through dilemmas and make choices that yield better results. I’m learning at a much better rate, it doesn’t matter if I’m reading leisurely, learning a new song or preparing for an exam, my mind has been operating super efficiently and what few anxiety symptoms I’ve had are gone. Clean, natural water brings a clean, natural mind.
Good digestion is necessary for good health. Digestion is something I’ve struggled with most of my life, mostly due to my own ignorance of how the human body really works. The gut is the second brain and where many process take place that are often mistakenly credited to the brain in our skull. You simply can’t have great health with not so great digestion. After drinking rain water, it has calmed down the gut. I get bloated and uncomfortable a lot less. My stomach is flatter which I don’t mind at all. I’m able to eat more foods and use less of Gaia’s medicine. I love the way it make my gut feel calmer and function more efficiently and naturally. I’ve spend so much money on this issue and all I needed was clean, fresh, pure rain water.
It’s so easy to find someone being a witness to the benefits of rain water as far as beauty goes. True beauty is health and balance, when our bodies are healthy and balanced, our skin is clear, even life-long blemishes disappear and our hair is thicker, stronger, shinier and bouncier. I use a lot less lotion simply because I don’t have dry skin. MY eyes are bright and clear with thick eyelashes and vibrant color. I’ve always had thin, brittle hair. I used to spend so much hard earned money on my hair, buying product after product to combat the abuse I’ve put it through. At the time I would tell you my hair is naturally thin and brittle. Here’s the thing, no person’s hair is naturally like that, it’s not natural. It’s the result of our unhealthy choices. When my choices got better, I looked better because my body got healthier. When my hair was thin and brittle, it was the result of my choice to abuse it and not live closer to Gaia.
My energy level has greatly increase and my caffeine consumption has greatly decreased. When you give your body what it needs it will run more efficiently. My diet is pretty good and I only use Gaia’s medicines so I was already enjoying a pretty high level of health. After incorporating rain water into my life, I realized my level of health wasn’t as high as I thought it was. The improvement in not only my energy levels but my quality of energy was something I didn’t expect but was pleasantly surprised.
It’s only been a little over a week and I’m already seeing amazing results. I’m excited to see what long term rain water drinking can do. I have seen many people online talk about the benefits of bathing in rain water or washing their hair and face in rain water. We’re still on the grid so our showers are filtered tap water in which I feel a difference. One thing I’m looking forward to is bathing and washing my hair in rain water. Because it’s so pure, less soap is needed. I noticed this in the cleaners I use rain water for as well. It works with your body so it’s not drying and is naturally alkaline.
That’s my first experiences with drinking rain water. I see no reason to stop drinking it; in fact, I’m looking for a plastic free, earth friendly reusable water bottle to bring the rain water on the go. Until then, when I have no access to bottled water, I choose a bottle of alkaline water. Water bottles are horrible for the environment and not enough of them get properly recycled so I like to avoid them as much as possible. We cut the amount of recycling we create by switching to rain water, the water jugs and bottles were just too much to keep up with and we can only re purpose and recycle so many.
As a side note, do need to mention not to drink rain water until you’ve processed it. There are many filter and cleaning systems out there. Do your research to find the right one for you. Although rain water is the purest water known to man, it picks up particles as it moves through the atmosphere. Never drink collected rain water until it’s properly processed.
What are your experiences with rain water? How has it improved your health, your mind or your life? Comment below, I’d love to hear about your experiences.
I’ve included a few resources if you would like to learn a bit more about rain water:
Kava Kava, or often just called Kava, is a tropical shrub with large, heart-shaped leaves from the Pacific Islands whose roots are used medicinally and socially. It’s often used as a recreational and social drink the same way we use alcohol. It’s also used in sacred ceremonies. It even has medicinal uses, I can be a witness to the medicinal effects as I used Kava myself for anxiety and to get through stressful times. It has a long list of medicinal uses; This amazing plant is such a gift to humanity. Other medicinal uses include migraines, ADHD, it has anti cancer properties and chemo preventive properties. It’s been used for respiratory infections, tuberculosis, UTI, sexual arousal, PMS and a plethora of other varied medicinal and healing uses.
Traditionally Kava is prepared as a very bitter and earthy tasting tea or the roots are chewed. It can leave a numbing feeling similar to a dentist visit and has been used as a topical numbing agent in surgeries and other medical procedures. Tinctures are also made with kava, from my experience they are very potent should be used with the highest level of respect. Today we have available to us kava in capsules, candies and other forms.
The active ingredient in Kava are kavalactones, they are responsible for many medicinal uses. Among many herbal actions, its a sedative, anesthetic, anxiolytic and entheogenic. Kava gives a calm, relaxing feeling to the body and mind without making you tired or feel groggy. It induces states of euphoria, alertness and contentment. Due to it’s ability to calm the mind and body, it has been effectively used for anxiety, depression, insomnia, ADHD and psychosis.
Kava has shown to prevent and help heal cancer. It’s both chemopeventive, helps to prevent cancer by blocking tumor growth and chemotherapudic, helps to heal cancer. In prostate cancer patients who use Kava as a medicine, tumors shrunk significantly and the health of their prostate improved. Kava works with your immune system to help prevent cancer by enhancing your anti-tumor immunity to block tumor growth. Kava prevents inflammation in a cancer-prone micro enviroment.
Kava works on the brain and central nervous system influencing GABA receptors and stimulating dopamine receptors. It gives a calm, relaxing, euphoric feeling which can aid in focus, ability to learn and think through problems and help heal anxiety, depression, headaches, menopause symptoms, muscle spasms, sleep problems, stress, restlessness, ADHD, migraines and can increase sexual arousal.I’ve used Kava to help with focus and brain fog, it was very healing.
Wait…there’s more!! Like with all the herbs I blog about, there’s no way to list all the benefits of any one plant in one blog post. I do feel there are some honorable mentions. Kava has been successfully used in healing epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, colds and flu, respiratory tract infections, tuberculosis, uterus pain and swelling and UTI. Kava prevents premature aging, curbs cigarette cravings when quitting smoking and even helps in weight loss. It’s an amazing immune booster helping to keep the body balanced and dis ease free. Topically kava is used for leprosy, aid in would healing and eye related pain and health issues. it also make a wonderfully healing mouthwash.
Kava has it’s place in magick, it’s energies are feminine and the corresponding planet is Saturn. Dieties Kanaloa, Kane and Lono are all associated with Kava. It’s no surprise that Hawaiian Gods are associated with Kava as Kava is traditional and still popular today. Kava is one of my favorites to help me get into an altered state of mind before magickal workings. It’s used in spells for endings, exorcisms, longevity, protect the home and keep unwanted visitors away.It can be hung at your door for good luck. It’s great for scrying as it helps you see visions and messages clearer.
As amazing as Kava is, it does come with some warning. The potential for abuse is something to be aware of either as an herbalist giving it to clients or using it myself. Although it can help heal depression, it can also make it worse. Because of it’s effects on the central nervous system, use should be stopped 2 weeks before anesthesia, kava can increase the effects. Kava should never be mixed with alcohol, sedatives and perscription drugs. Avoid if you’re breastfeeding or pregnant. There is some concern about the negative effects on the liver. What isn’t clear is if it’s the kava or additves some manufacturers use or the pesticides used in growing the Kava. As an herbalist I would avoid giving kava to anyone with liver issues, on pharma drugs or drinks alcohol escessively. Organic or wildrafted should only be used, medicines should always be pure as Gaia intended.
Kava is one of my favorite medicinal medicines. When I give it to somen who isn’t at hign risk for the negative effects, the results are amazing. It’s a powerful medicne we should only use with the highest respect and for the right reasons. What are your experiences with Kava? Share below.
As off girdders-in-training, one of the simplest things to learn and use while still on the grid is harvesting rain water. This is one of my favorite subjects, it includes 2 of my strongest beliefs…no man made chemicals and self sufficiency. Water straight from Gaia, untouched by man is one of the healthiest, most beneficial things we can put in our bodies, in our gardens and give to our pets. Of course, we want to filter it and treat it in natural ways to remove any microorganisms that may have found a home in it. I’ll have future blog posts on our particular water system complete with pictures as well as properly and naturally treating rain water in the near future. In this post, I want to focus on the benefits of harvesting rain water.
Being a Sagittarius, an independent and free spirit, the self sufficiency and control rain water harvesting gives us are the 2 main reasons to harvest water however, their not the only reasons. Harvesting water makes us independent of someone else’s control over the water…how much we pay for it, what chemicals are added to it, where and how it’s stored, is it dead and acidic or alive and alkaline?
Having no water bill is a given when you’re off grid. No one should pay for what Gaia gives us as it belongs to all of us. She has given no man authority over her or her gifts. When I pay our on grid water bill, I feel I’m paying for fluoride, chlorine and other toxins, not so much for the water. With rain water, you can treat it naturally and not have poisons forced on you. You decide what, if anything, goes into your water. You know how it’s stored, how alkaline or acidic it is and how its treated. You have full control over what goes into your and your family’s bodies, in your garden, what’s used to clean your home and vehicle, what you shower in and what you give your farm animals and pets. You have full control and don’t have to pay money for it.
If you’ve grown plants with and without rain water, you noticed the plants respond to rain water much better. It’s naturally healthy for them the same way it is for us. They look healthier, livelier, bigger and some have better tasting, larger fruit and higher yields. Simply put, man can’t compete with Gaia nor can man improve what she does. Plants do best with what Gaia gives them, so do humans.
The health and healing benefits are numerous, it’s the purest water on the planet, naturally alkaline and due to it not yet hitting the ground, no minerals. The best part is there are no man made chemicals, no fluoride, nochlorine, nuthin’. We’ve all heard of acid rain; if you like in an area that’s known for acid rain, you shouldn’t collect rain water. Humans have been using rain water since ancient times and still today in some parts of the planet.
Rain water has the same PH as reverse osmosis water but naturally. It promotes detoxification of the body and supports a healthy digestive system. Rain water also neutralizes the blood PH,making the whole body work well as a system. It’s antioxidant properties also make it anti-cancer. Rain water has been prescribed in quite a few ancient medicines for cancer. According to Ayurveda Medicine, 2 to 4 tablespoons of rain water in the morning on and empty stomach neutralizes the stomach acids and soothes mucosa.
Health brings on natural beauty. Rain water is a great for anyone’s beauty regimen. It’s alkaline which makes it mild to the hair and skin, encourages hair growth and strengthens the hair. It helps keeps the PH balanced in the skin helping it retain moisture and elasticity. When used on a regular basis, the skin glows with a younger, more radiant, glowing, healthy look. It’s great at effectively cleansing the skin.
When using any soap, shampoo, body wash, laundry soap, etc, you need to use less with rain water. It works super well. You’ll see less fading in your laundry. Tap water minerals can react with detergents making clothes look faded and dull. A nice little side effect is it makes your soaps last longer, saving a little money and time making them or going to the store to buy them.
I do need to include a side note here about soaps. When living off grid, you’re responsible for the land you’re living on. Anything you put on or in that land can come back to bite you if it’s not Gaia friendly. There are plenty of safe soaps on the market, just do your research and familiarize yourself the ingredients of anything you buy to be sure it’s not going to harm the plants, sentient beings, you or Gaia. Some homesteaders use their grey water for their chicken feed plants or for projects that don’t including ingesting it. Whatever you do with it, this water is getting returned to Gaia. She knows what to do with rain water however, she doesn’t like chemicals too much. Who can blame her?
It’s no secret that plants love rain water. You’ll see a difference in your indoor plants using rain water as well. I just collect and use it. I’ve never had a problem not filtering it. I just make sure it’s stored in mason jar with a tight lid. Rain water is natural for any plant. You’ll see it in the brighter color of their leaves and flowers, the blossoms coming in faster and healthier or the fresher, healthier, cleaner over all look. Your precious plants, in and out doors, will thank you in many ways.
We can’t leave our pets and farm animals out. Just as it’s good for health, it’s amazing for your pets as well. Wild animals have been seen playing in the rain, it’s medicine as well as fun. Your animals get the same benefits. You’ll see it in their fur, their eyes, their over health and energy level. Give filtered rain water to them to drink, bathe them in it or let them play in the rain and build their immune system.
Although rain water is nothing less than a precious gift from Gaia, it does come with its own cautions. Rain water lacks important minerals so you want to make sure you’re getting them from another source. I use Himalayan sea salt on my food, it has 84 trace minerals and won’t harm your health like regular table salt does. You want to make sure you’re using a filter meant for the purpose of rain water and that it’s in good working order. It’s very important to keep up with your filters. Pregnant women need to make sure they either have a high quality filter or the water is boiled before consuming.
Rain water, being one of the five elements, is a useful tool in magick. The first rainfall of the month is considered sacred. When using in magick, you need to consider the energy of the rainfall or storm. Storm water is symbolic of the powerful energy nature processes. It’s good for strong results. It gives more power to your spells. The energy is raw and chaotic so you need to be sure to never break your focus. Water from a calm storm is good for magick that requires a calming energy. Easing emotional issues, peaceful sleep, settling down after being upset are all spell subjects that could benefit from calm storm energy. A thunderstorm possesses a neutral energy and can be used with a wide variety of spells you wish to add a bit more power to. Protection and love spells both are examples of spell that could benefit. Water from a hurricane or tornado is best used in spells of revenge,manipulation, control and confusion.
Water is something be respected, be grateful for and help to improve life in general. It’s necessary for the existence of life on earth. Living solely off rain water is something I’m looking forward to. What are your rain water experiences? I’d love to hear about them. Share you knowledge 🙂
This article is not intended diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any illness and has not been evaluated by the FDA.
Avocados are one of our favorite super foods, their a powerhouse of nutrients and dis ease fighting compounds and a staple in our home. We use them in a lot of dishes; tacos, sandwiches, salads, egg salad, their so delicious. In our quest to be less wasteful and to help Gaia’s healing, we’re always looking for new ways to throw less away. When it comes to avocados we’ve managed to do just that. We use the oh so yummy and very good for you green fleshy part, who doesn’t?? We also use the peel and seeds. In this article I would like to share how we use the seeds, we will discuss the peels in another article. It feels good to buy a fruit and not throw any of it away. Zero waste!
Avocado seed powder isn’t something that’s common these days which is a shame, there’s so many uses for it. It was and still is used in culinary dishes and for medicine in Africa for a plethora of ailments. It’s helpful in managing diabetes, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, protects liver and kidney tissues and can cure fungal infections. When made into a paste, it makes a great sun screen. Africans have even used it for snake bites. The Aztecs, Mayans and Indigenous people of South America all had their medicinal, culinary and magickal uses.
Avocado seeds are still used today. They fight blood cancer by encouraging apoptosis in cells affected by leukemia an have been considered an alternate leukemia treatment. The monounsaturated fatty acids keep cholesterol in check. In Nigeria they use the seeds to lower blood pressure. Their anti-diabetic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anit-cancer. They can reverse UV damage and keep the UV rays from causing DNA damage. When made into a paste, avocado seed powder makes a local anesthetic which can reduce inflammation and increase blood circulation.
In addition to all the healing uses, avocado seeds are full of vitamins,mineral and nutrients including alkaloids, calcium, saponins, protein, magnesium, iron, tannins, falvonoids, phosphorus, potassium sodium, zinc, folate, niacin and vitamins A, B6, C, E and K.
Avocado seeds also have quite a few uses in magick. They make wonderful handmade runes. They make a beautiful dye in shades of pinks and reds. Just like they benefit the health of our skin, they also are useful in beauty spells. The powder is also powerful in ritual soaps, salts and teas.
When we eat an avocado, I rinse off the peel right away and put it in the dehydrator. I then wash and dice up the seed and put it in the dehydrator.Every dehydrator is different, I set mine for 10 hours for the seeds, 5 for the peels. After the dehydrator is done working it’s magick, it’s time to make the powder. You don’t need a fancy-schmancy herb grinder although there’s nothing wrong with using one. I use a good quality coffee grinder, it cost me about $$20. I do recommend you have one for coffee and one for seeds, peels and herbs, unless you like the taste of coffee in everything you grind. Grind the seed into a find powder and store it in an air tight container such as a canning jar with a tight lid.
Living off grid requires us to be at our best physically, mentally and spiritually. Little acts such as adding a bit of avocado seed powder to a dish or smoothie is an easy and affordable way to stay healthy. Have you see the cost of cancer or diabetes or any other dis ease lately? It’s time we took control of our own well being. It doesn’t have to cost much as this powder costs us whatever we paid for the avocados. Growing your own avocados makes this powder even more affordable and you have complete control over what goes into your food.
Do you use avocado seeds for anything? Share you thoughts on this. Let’s work to keep each other informed and healthy.
Resources: curejoy.com/content/avocado-seed-benefits/ The Encyclopedia of Magickal Ingredients – Lexa Rosean moodymoons.com/2019/02/25/9-ways-to-use-avocados-in-wichcraft organicfacts.net/avocado-seeds.html
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any dis ease.
It doesn’t matter if you’re off grid, on the grid or some where in between, there’s no escape from being personally responsible for yourself. I do find off gridders to be amazing responsible for themselves, that’s something I respect and strive for myself. It’s an unshakable independence and freedom. I also feel personal responsibility is missing in our main stream society today and it’s lack is at the root of society’s issues. It doesn’t matter what is done to you, what someone says or what the government is doing, I am responsible for my state of being regardless of what is going on around me. To allow the state of the government, what others say or think or not research what I’m told is to choose to conform which, in my opinion, is lazy and irresponsible. Those things don’t pair well with the off grid lifestyle. Freedom and independence never come out of conformity.
One of the ways I take personal responsibility for myself is to be in control of my state of being physically, spiritually and mentally. Let’s take physical for example. There is a bug going around right now, I’m not going to get into the political nonsense that surrounds it because it doesn’t deserve my attention. I can’t control what is going on however, I can control myself and how or IF I allow it to effect my state of being. I can do research and inform myself in ways the Main Stream News isn’t allowed to and find the hidden, censored and suppressed information. I see the most responsible thing I can do for me and my loved ones is to take excellent care of myself and improve my immune system. I haven’t had a cold or flu since 2014 and I’m not about to get this one. Keeping my mind, body and spirit in a state at which dis ease can’t live is vital to my own survival and the survival of my loved ones. I don’t want my loved ones to have to see me suffer from a dis ease or see me dwindle into my death.
I have full control over what goes on and in my body. I avoid mad made toxins as much as possible, sticking to what Gaia provides. The availability of organic food these days is something I gratefully take full advantage of. Removing toxins from your life will do more for your health than anything man can possible make. Nature isn’t based on toxins and neither are you or me. Toxins are responsible for a large portion of dis eases, physical and mental. Modern societies have high levels of dis ease because of toxins not only in food but also in man made medicine, vaccines, our water, air, bath and body products, cleaning products, their everywhere. It’s a disrespect to not only ourselves but to Gaia herself. The products that contain toxins also hurt Mother Nature, our, our planet, our home.
To live off grid, we need our health. We need our minds sharp and our bodies strong and healthy enough to do our daily chores, build a building, wild craft, get things done and continually learn and grow. This starts in our minds, what we think we become. If we see ourselves as victims of dis ease, we will be. I haven’t had a cold or flu since 2014 partly because I made choices to get healthier and respect my state of being and partly because I made the choice not to live a lifestyle that can support dis ease. I studied modern science and ancient wisdom, both illegal to teach in our schools to doctors, to our kids, to anyone in the United States. It blew my mind and opened my eyes. When I learned that genes can’t possibly make you sick unless you provide the right unhealthy environment, bacteria and viruses can’t cause dis ease unless your body is unhealthy enough to support them and illness and dis ease is a message that something is our of balance, my health, my state of being and my mindset all changed for the better. I became more empowered and I applied it. My health is amazing. I strongly suggest anyone that wants to get healthier study Dr. Bruce Lipton’s and Dr. Joe Dispenza’s work to start their journey into amazing health.
The easiest thing for me to start with is food. We just started making better choices. As we ran out of things we replaced them with organics. I was pretty good at shopping for conventional foods…looking for sales, using coupons, etc. I had to learn to apply those skills to organics and non-GMOs. It’s not as expensive as I thought once I acquired the knowledge to shop economically. Growing our own food saves a ton of money as well as going to farmer’s markets. Making things from scratch makes your food dollars go much further. Food is our fuel, it’s what keeps every aspect of our bodies going. Get to know your body, learn basic nutrition and don’t be afraid to try new things. The best thing about this is there is so much to choose from so it’s not necessary to choke down foods you don’t like. You don’t have to eat perfect, I do 80/20, 80% good, healthy organic food and 20% not so healthy food. It’s not about limiting yourself, it’s about growing yourself.
Everything is mental. Everything we see was once just a though in someone’s mind. Our minds are powerful, more powerful than the life in the Matrix allows you to know. Science and ancient wisdom is suppressed to keep you from knowing your powers. This wouldn’t be the case if your mind wasn’t powerful. What you focus on grows, what you believe you will get. I never tell myself I’m sick or have a dis ease or fear getting sick or a dis ease. I see myself as strong, healthy and young. I see my immune system as strong and unfuckwithable. That’s what I manifest, that’s what I support when I eat, exercise, read or work on a new project, meditate. I make better choices because I want to maintain and grow more into health. What your believe you will achieve.
Of course exercise is vitally important, off grid requires physical work and having a well maintained body just feels great. It’s needed for the mind-body-spirit connection. Find exercises you enjoy. You’ll be more motivated to do it and you’ll bring more happiness into your life doing what you enjoy. For me I like the feeling of a strong and flexible body so I do a nice combination of strength building and flexibility yoga as well as walk in nature. Rick and I often take hiking trips, getting out in nature, breathing in the good ass prana and walking a few miles. I always sleep well after a day of hiking.
The mind, our consciousness, is where our power begins. I’m not talking about religion here although that could certainly be apart of someone’s path. Taking care of the mind helps us deal with stress and keeps us emotionally, physically and mentally balanced. What this looks like for each person will be different as practicing personal responsibility is doing what is right for you. There is no one right, true or only way to do this. There is the only the right way for you. For one person that could mean regularly going out into nature and connecting, for others it could be going to church every Sunday, for others it could mean a solitary practice at home, others may join in on a local drum circle with their local spiritual community. It doesn’t matter as long as you’re doing what’s right for you. For me, I meditate, practice magick, research and study, have mentors, read, research, go into nature and feel the energies all around me and conduct myself in ways that are in line with my spirit.
This is just a general overview, I can’t possibly stress how important our minds, bodies and spirit are to our off grid survival. Scientific studies on telomeres shows us that humans are genetically programed to live up to 120 years, our lifestyle choices greatly lowers that. Taking our power back and living independently means taking responsibility for every aspect of ourselves and keeping ourselves in a state of being that can support the lifestyle we want. We all have the power to have the life we want and the health to achieve and support it. Never stop learning, researching and growing then share you info!! What are you ways to stay healthy? What are your reasons? How do you do it? Share below, I’d love to hear all about it!
Yellowdock is a medicinal perennial that grows 1 to 5 feet tall. It has curly basal leaves and greenish hermaphroditic flowers. We get this plant from Europe and it was a common Native American herb. Medicine is made from the roots and leaves.Medicinally yellowdock has a long history, appearing in our US pharmacopeia from 1863 – 1905 and still used by herbalists and homeopaths today.
Yellowdock has some powerful medicinal uses and, as with all the herbs I’ve posted about thus far. I can’t possibly put all it’s medicinal uses in one blog post. Yellow dock clears toxins from the bowel by moving stagnant bile flow and inhibits the growth of e.coli and staph. It releases iron from the liver to be used in the rest of the body. A few of the ailments it’s been used to heal are acne, indigestion, arthritis, boils, appetite loss, jaundice, liver congestion, leprosy, indigestion, glandular rumors, eczema, cancer, dermatitis, constipation, syphilis, scrofula, psoriasis, enlarged lymph nodes, I can go on and on!
Yellowdock isn’t only good internally but has some pretty amazing external uses. As a poultice it can help heal wounds, ulcers, eczema, itchy skin, hives, stings from stinging nettle, boils, ringworm, scabies, skin infections, swelling, and so many other skin conditions. When ground into a powder it is used to help gingivitis and is gargled for laryngitis. For vaginitis it is made into a douche. It’s no wonder that this herb can do so many things, it’s full of good stuff. Some of the good stuff are calcium, iron, magnesium, sulfur, anthraquinone, glycosides, quercitrin, mucilage, tannins, resins and oxlates.
Due to Yellowdock’s ability to free iron in the liver, it’s used for anemia. It’s blood purifying power helps heal skin disorders and the liver. It’s a mild laxatives due to it’s ability to stimulate the flow of bile. It reduces heat and irritation in digestive tract healing a variety of digestive issues. It’s even used to heal geographic tongue. A few of the herbal actions are: alterative, aperient, cholagogue, and hepatic. Even animals benefit medicinally from Yellowdock, making it into a poultice treats saddle sores on horses and mange on dogs.
Yellowdock is generally safe. It’s cooling and slightly drying. It has high levels of oxalate which can impair calcium absorption. It can aggravate kidney stones, arthritis, gout and hyperactivity. Large amounts may cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Check with your herbal professional if you’re unsure of how much you should take.
Yellowdock has a history of culinary uses. The leaves and stem are nutritive. Young greens taste the best. They can be cooked or eaten raw. The flavor is similar to rhubarb, it’s great in a pie or pastry. The seeds are grounded and roasted as a coffee substitute and can be ground into flour.
Yellowdock has a bit of folklore in it’s history. It’s used in fertility spells. The seeds have been worn on the left arm to encourage fertility. It’s also used for prosperity and ritual magick. Washing your place of business with Yellowdock or sprinkling it around your place of business is said to bring prosperity and success. It’s used to attract a lover, cut bindings, clear any energy holding us back, put in mojo bags and draws money.
Yellowdock has been a blessing to humanity going far back into our history. As with any plant medicine, you want to do your research for any interactions with anything else you take, the food you eat and any conditions your body may have. What else do you know about Yellowdock? Share your info and resources below. Let’s spread the word we all forgot…herbs are medicine from the divine.
When you’re off grid, you’re dependent on those who are off grid with you. It’s important that you have strong, stable relationships and everyone has the same mindset. You can’t be productive and do what is needed to sustain you if you’re not getting along with your peeps or they simply aren’t interested in the whole lifestyle. Although for us, going off grid is where the Universe is leading us, it’s natural, the right thing to do, others may not want that lifestyle or have the proper mindset for it. Before going off grid, you need to have the same goals, proper mindset and willingness to get work done. It won’t work if one person is doing what needs to be done and the other person isn’t involved. It’s not a lifestyle for those who want to be taken care of by their spouse, family or government. You’re dependent on each other.
Choosing to live away from society and off grid puts you in a situation where most of your time is spend with your life partner or family. Humans are social creatures and depend on each other for so much…love, respect, lift us up when we’re down, connection, safety, etc. We’re all one and all connected. How we live and our emotions and mood have an effect on the collective consciousness. I see my relationships as foundational to not only our own well being but the well being of my fellow humans. Everything we think, say and do puts energy out into the Universe. I ask myself often “What kind of energy am I putting out into the Universe? What kind of world am I helping to manifest? Am I thinking and/or action from a place of love or fear?” Sometimes I just want to be mad, upset, or whatever mood I allow to bring down my vibration. I don’t want to ask myself those questions because they all require personal responsibility and an honest, no bullshit look at myself. It requires me to let go of my own BS. I don’t want to be personally responsible for my state of being in that moment. Then I settle down, feel silly for choosing all that and get my head back in the right place. We’re all human. Very often my blog posts will be things I need to be reminded of myself.
I want a peaceful, loving home where no one feels unwanted or unloved and all in it do their part. I’ve been used and worked my ass off for people who would never do the same for me. They saw my work ethic and ability to make a good living as something to take advantage of and abused me when I couldn’t pay their way. It was entitlement on steroids! Not one of these people have ever been there for me nor will they ever. I’ve removed them out of my life a while ago and refuse to ever have another toxic relationship. They lost me and the thing they miss the most is my ability (they have it too but won’t use it) to work, make money and make shit happen. These people are nothing but lessons and I’m grateful for those experiences. They are the shit that fertilized my growth. It gives me the knowledge today to make sure I’m going off grid with the right person, having only healthy relationships and regularly taking the toxic garbage out. The quality of any relationship we have starts with us.
Family is important, the ones off the grid with you and the ones on the grid. When I say family, I don’t mean tolerating, having toxic relationships with and taking abuse from someone simply because the share DNA with you. That’s not family and them sharing the same DNA with you doesn’t protect your from the damage of their toxicity. Very often, the toxic take advantage of people with what we’re taught are family values. For me, family values are reserved for those who act like family. More than half of my family isn’t blood related and it doesn’t matter. We are all one. I have a soul family, one I chose because it’s best for me and they make me want to be at my best for them. Regardless of who you family is, every member who is going off grid with you needs to be on board. You can’t bring someone whose toxic and expect things to go well. It’s not a place to fix people. Going off grid isn’t easy as it is, you don’t need someone holding you back.
The most important relationship you need to keep healthy is the relationship with yourself. You can’t escape you. You’re always with you, off grid or not. You need to practice self love, self care and do things that set your passion on fire. You are responsible for you, no one else. If you’re not happy with you that means there’s work to do. How can you expect your partner to feel comfortable going off grid with you if you aren’t confident in yourself and can’t love and care for yourself? The whole notion of sacrificing for someone else isn’t a noble or holy one and it’s certainly not healthy. Your family deserves you at your best. You’ll be more fun to be around, better able to help and love them with a clear mind and not out of obligation. You’ll be healthier mentally, spiritually and physically and the best of you is what your peeps deserve. Do you want them to see you suffer with dis ease, unhappiness, depression, lack of knowledge etc? No one wants to see a loved one suffer or transition back into the nonphysical early. How we live our lives effects so many people, I can’t bring myself to stop working on myself, loving myself and growing. My peeps deserve the best of me so working on becoming the best version of myself seems like the right and natural thing to do.
I’m not saying we need perfect relationships, that doesn’t exist. Skills we need to make sure we have are communication skills, compassion, love, respect. Someone who is easily angered or gives up too easy is not very likely to contribute to our off gird survival. We need to communicate with love, respect and no separation. Trust is very important. If there is jealously, insecurity, disrespect of any kind, lack of support, etc, it’s not a good idea to go off grid until you fix those things. Someone who sees it as normal behavior to be jealous over an ex, snoop through phones, wallets, etc, control who your partner speaks to, hides money, bashes your partner with friends, blames your partner, etc, the ability to have the solid foundation to go off grid isn’t there. In fact, you have no foundation. You and your partner deserve better and need to either become people who can give better to yourself and your other half or realize you both deserve better and let each other go with love. Off grid requires what nature is based on…a symbiotic relationship with everything else and that includes your partner.
Your relationship with yourself is number one, that needs to be the first relationship you need to foster, grow and make sure is strong and healthy. After that, your life partner and your family. You need to manage people in your life just like you manage your finances. Both can contribute to your growth if your growth if their managed well, both can destroy you if their not managed at all. This includes the relationship with yourself.
Life is what we make it and there are so many factors that go into making it great. Healthy, trustworthy relationships are only one of them and a big one. What are some of the things you do to keep your relationship healthy and in the right mindset for the life you want?
When going off grid, you need skills and lots of them. This is the reason we’re going partly off grid in our current house on 1 acre. It won’t serve us to buy some land and then figure it out. We’re studying, experimenting, learning and growing into our place as off gridders. One of the most important skills anyone can have…off grid or not…is growing, storing and cooking your own food.
Commercially grown and processed conventional food is full of toxins which keep the medical system busy giving us even more toxins to deal with the dis ease our toxic food causes. It’s a sick cycle fueled by suppressed science and money that we need to break as a society. It’s literally killing us. I’m a strong believer in personal responsibility and our ability to govern ourselves, which I live by. A big f*** you to the ones profiting on the dis ease causing toxins is taking control of your own health, you food, you life. A doctor is a drug and surgery expert, they get little to no nutritional training, which can actually cure. Their not bad people, they are people who devoted many years of their lives to learning their craft and their not even respected with modern science or the fact that there is a natural cure for everything. They are better than what their taught and certainly deserve better, we all do. They are not health experts. They are drug and surgery experts. When was the last time a doctor prescribed herbs, yoga, sunlight or organic veggies? Their not taught about those things so we can’t expect them to treat us with them. Some of the best herbalists are former doctors and nurses or those who saw through the Matrix and left medical and nursing school to enter the wonderful world of herbs. The people are wonderful, the systems are broken.
When you grow your own food, you have all the power. You decide what goes into it and can choose to use only what nature gave us. Your food will be cleaner and healthier. It will look better, smell better and that taste. Oh the taste! How do you describe the taste of home grown tomatoes, cucumbers or herbs? Their much more delicious, much more nutrient dense and it’s so rewarding to eat something you didn’t depend on someone else for. You don’t have to take someone else’s word for the quality and cleanliness of your food, you’re not dependent on the man made systems to provide you with food. You won’t go broke as growing your own food isn’t expensive. A garden is beneficial to those who like organic and non-GMO food but may not have the funds.
When living off grid, and on the grid, some of the food grown can be a source of income. Farmers Markets and restaurants, stores and online are great places to sell your produce. People are waking up to the issues around our commercial conventional foods and seeking cleaner, healthier foods as Gaia intended. We do this on a small level right now and will expand when we buy our land. Most of my food grown for sale or to make medicine in my apothecary are dried herbs so I can sell them in my online shop. I’ve also seen people sell them on Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist and other local outlets. You don’t need a farm to do this. You can grow a lot of food in a small space. I plan on selling fresh fruit and vegetables to my community. I organically grow everything and want to help those who can’t always afford the expensive organic produce in the stores.
I love the connection to Gaia when gardening. I feel the energy of the plant, and the plant feels mine. Quantum physics has proven that we’re all connected, the plants know this as well. All is one in the Universe. The studies on this are amazing. Plants let out different energies depending on what their experiencing, they communicate with each other, respond to their environment and some dance to music. They are directly connected to the divine essence of the Universe. Herbs grown myself tend to be more powerful magickly as I created a connection with them. The energies are a bit different than herbs I buy. They help keep me grounded and focused. Growing these powerful beings is a blessing that I, my mind, spirit and body, are deeply grateful for. They are magnificent gifts of medicine, wellness and connection, they bring independence, amazing health and healing and a connection that is that simply can’t be properly described in words.
Growing you own food can also be described as growing your own medicine. An herbal medicine garden can keep the doctor away and give you even more control over your state of being and your life in general. Gaining knowledge will make you less dependent on the medical system which is more freedom and less medical bills. You’ll be able to treat many ailments yourself from colds and flues to wounds to UTI’s and even pet ailments. This saves so much money. Basic herbalism is easy to learn and can be found on the internet on reputable websites or in thousands of beginner herb books. One of my favorites is Rosemary’s Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs – A Beginner’s Guide is a great place to start. She does a real good job going over safety, what to look for, how to make medicine and her personality comes through. She’s one of my favorite herbalists and I consider her a mentor. I really enjoyed this book.
On the flip side, you want to waste as little as possible. Part of living off grid is handling your own waste. A compost pile or drum for kitchen scraps is great for this and your garden will love it. Compost is fertilizer so you won’t have to buy it or won’t have to buy as much. Saving more money!!! Compost drums can be used at home if you don’t have the land for a pile.
Another way to not wast is to grow your kitchen scraps. I typed that right, GROW your kitchen scraps. This can be done with organic store bought food. If yoy cut the bottom, where the roots were, off celery or a lettuce head and put it in water, it will grow more celery and lettuce. Plant the bulbs of green onions and they will regrow their green stalks. If you plant carrot tops you won’t get carrots, you’ll get greens that are delicious. Many herbs can be propagated easily. There are lots of plants you can buy and regrow. The book “NO-Waste Kitchen Gardening” by Katie Elzer-Peters was what got me started on all this regrowing. It’s good for small and big spaces and can save lots of money.
Good quality, clean food is important to every living being, plant or animal. We’re not educated about what good, clean food is, that knowledge needs to be acquired on your own. Once you get the basics down, you’ll find yourself making better food choices AND saving money because you know better. Not because a doctor said to, not because some government owned scientist on the MSN said to and not because you’re on some diet. You’ll do it because knowledge applied is wisdom and you’re much wiser. As far as that diet…when you’re eating right, truly eating right, weight isn’t an issue.
Growing food is a family affair as the entire family benefits. Get the kids and spouse involved. Hell, get the in-laws and your drunk uncle in the garden with you. You’ll be passing along knowledge with that good, healthy food. You can have family time that costs very little and has so much quality. If you garden is your escape from you crazy family, make it a sanctuary for you, a place to meditate, read, do yoga, doodle, do a bit of magick or whatever you like to do. Being surrounded by the prana, the magick, the plants you helped to breathe life into, is calming to the mind, body and soul. Everything in nature has a symbiotic relationship with everything else in nature. Nature is based on cooperation, becoming one with her again in our garden sanctuary raises the vibration of the planet which benefits humanity and Gaia. There is so much power in plants.
I’d love to hear about your gardening experiences, ideas and please, share your resources 🙂
When it comes to our journey to living off the grid, there is so much to learn, so much to research, study and master. We need to gain so much knowledge for such a radically alternative lifestyle to what we’re supposed to see as normal or socially acceptable. While improving our knowledge and thus improving our skills and chances of success is necessary to become a successful off gridder, letting go of what no longer serves us is just as important. Other people’s opinions, limiting beliefs and programming and bad habits and lifestyle all need to go. If it doesn’t serve you, contribute to your success, health or happiness or if it holds you back in any way, you need to let it go. I don’t believe anyone can be a successful off gridder with the typical mindset society expects us to have.
I can’t speak for Rick however, for me, I had change my mind from one of dependency to one of independence and adopt a “can do” attitude. This isn’t a personality or lack of confidence issue, it’s a culturally programmed one. A very limiting belief. I was dependent on people outside to hire me for money then in turn became dependent on that person/job for the money and had no other streams of income. I believed one good job was all I needed without considering WHO I’m depending on for that job. The current events today are a lesson in who and what we’re depending on when we adopt the “Get a good job as a sole source of income” attitude. Many people aren’t working right now because the man made structures that their jobs and themselves were dependent on aren’t in operation. This is not a sustainable or safe way to live these day.
A job isn’t a bad thing to have, we all need to pay our bills and provide for ourselves and our loved ones. We just don’t want to have our entire livelihoods dependent on one job, their simply not stable. What you do with that income and how dependent you allow yourself to become on one income can make or break you. What else are you capable of? Do you garden? Is it possible to grow a little extra to sell? Are you crafty, a wood worker, small engine repair, musician that can teach, tutor, make house hold items, offer advice? What are your talents? The internet makes it easy to create multiple streams of income and it never shuts down. It’s always there waiting for you to make your move. It’s a choice. It’s important to be in a position that if one source of income dries up, you’ll be OK. There’s no limit to how many streams of income you can have, just make sure you’re not overwhelming yourself and throwing your life balance off.
Another limiting belief I had to get rid of is buying everything. That limiting belief is what is one of the things destroying our planet. More stuff means more garbage in the land fill. Gaia isn’t equipped for that and neither are we. Financially, it’s a very expensive way to live and exposes you to more dis ease causing toxins. Learning to make things yourself will not only save you a ton of money but will not harm your health most commercial products will. You know what’s in it which is a big deal if you like to stay healthy and dis ease free. The internet is a wealth of information and there are limitless books on the market.
Start with one item at a time. I started with dish soap. When finances allow, I buy my ingredients in bulk, it’s just that much cheaper. There are times when bulk isn’t financially possible so I buy the biggest package possible. It’s still a heck of a lot cheaper, you get so much more soap for your money. You also want to keep in mind the packaging your products come in. Can you up-cycle them? Are they recyclable? What about the shipping box and materials? The idea is to avoid putting things in a land fill and cut back on the mass manufacturing that’s destroying our environment by lowering the demand. For our home, we put our finished dish soap in up-cycled ketchup bottles with labels made with colorful construction paper and packing tape. We recycle the bottles when they become unusable which isn’t very often.
When it comes to packaging my ingredients come in, I get pretty creative. Boxes are used for origination and shipping. I simply use colorful construction paper and packing tape to label them. They work great, keep my items organized and dust free and are light weight. I get a variety of sizes and shapes since I order almost everything online. The boxes we don’t find a use for we take to the recycling center in our town, give them to others in need or burn them as a last resort. Putting up an ad for free boxes on your local classified site or social media can help you get rid of the boxes and help someone else with what they need too.
As far as the inside packaging, the bubble wrap, peanuts, air pockets, etc, I reuse them. I have a ton of packing peanuts that a supplier of mine likes to use. There are horrible for the environment and not something I would purchase myself. I do find it better to use them than to throw them away since their not recyclable or biodegradable. I reuse them in my packaging and encourage others to do the same or find another use for them. I’ve heard of people using them for crafts, storage of their own delicate items, using them to mail fragile items and even as insulation for an animal’s space. I also reuse the plastic air pockets and bubble wrap. As long as they hold air, their good.
Going off grid requires an independent spirit and an attitude of possibility and creativity. Running to the store for every little thing isn’t freedom or independence and we nickle and dime ourselves doing so. Our mindsets can make or break us. A mindset of recycle, reuse and respect for Gaia is one I see in many independent off gridders. We’re all dependent on this plant which makes us all responsible for it. We don’t need to give up the things we need or want, we just need to acquire them in a way that’s respectful to the planet. Don’t focused on being perfect, focus on where you’re at right now. What can you do to live more balanced life in harmony with Gaia?What do you do to protect her, save money and still meet your needs? Share in the comments below, we’re always open to new ideas!!!