Today, I met some very friendly Jamaican goup of friends , and they cooked,, they cooked some delicious Dumplings with a delicious Cabbage Salad, I heard it is almost the national Dish of Jamaica, well, it was delicious. My friends were very proud of it and shared with all of us. I recommend you preparing the Boiled version and here is the recipe:
Cat's claw (U. tomentosa) is a large, woody vine that derives its name from hook-like thorns that grow along the vine and resemble the claws of a cat. Two closely related species of Uncaria are used almost interchangeably in the rainforests: U. tomentosa and U. guianensis. Both species can reach over 30 m high into the canopy. U. tomentosa has small, yellowish-white flowers, whereas U. guianensis has reddish-orange flowers and thorns that are more curved. Cat's claw is indigenous to the Amazon rainforest and other tropical areas of South and Central America, including Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Trinidad, Venezuela, Suriname, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Panama.
There are other species of plants with a common name of cat's claw (or u鎙 de gato) in Mexico and Latin America; however, they are entirely different plants, not belonging to the Uncaria genus, or even the Rubiaceae family. Several of the Mexican u鎙 de gato varieties have toxic properties.
TRIBAL AND HERBAL MEDICINE USES
Both South American Uncaria species are used by the indigenous peoples of the Amazon rainforest in very similar ways and have long histories of use. Cat's claw (U. tomentosa) has been used medicinally by the Aguaruna, Ash嫕inka, Cashibo, Conibo, and Shipibo tribes of Peru for at least 2,000 years. The Ash嫕inka Indian tribe in central Peru has the longest recorded history of use of the plant. They are also the largest commercial source of cat's claw from Peru today. The Ash嫕inka use cat's claw to treat asthma, inflammations of the urinary tract, arthritis, rheumatism, and bone pain; to recover from childbirth; as a kidney cleanser; to cure deep wounds; to control inflammation and gastric ulcers; and for cancer. Indigenous tribes in Piura use cat's claw to treat tumors, inflammations, rheumatism, and gastric ulcers. Other Peruvian indigenous tribes use cat's claw to treat diabetes, urinary tract cancer in women, hemorrhages, menstrual irregularity, cirrhosis, fevers, abscesses, gastritis, rheumatism, tumors, and inflammations as well as for internal cleansing and to "normalize the body." Reportedly, cat's claw has also been used as a contraceptive by several different tribes of Peru (but only in very large dosages). Dr. Fernando Cabieses, M.D., a noted authority on Peruvian medicinal plants, explains that the Ash嫕inka boil 5 to 6 kg (about 12 pounds) of the root in water until it is reduced to little more than 1 cup. This decoction is then taken 1 cup daily during the period of menstruation for three consecutive months; this supposedly causes sterility for three to four years.
Cat's claw has been used in Peru and Europe since the early 1990s as an adjunctive treatment for cancer and AIDS as well as for other diseases that target the immune system. In herbal medicine today, cat's claw is employed around the world for many different conditions, including immune disorders, gastritis, ulcers, cancer, arthritis, rheumatism, rheumatic disorders, neuralgias, chronic inflammation of all kinds, and such viral diseases as herpes zoster (shingles). Dr. Brent Davis, D.C. has written several articles on cat's claw and refers to it as the "opener of the way" for its ability to cleanse the entire intestinal tract and its effectiveness in treating stomach and bowel disorders (such as Crohn's disease, leaky bowel syndrome, ulcers, gastritis, diverticulitis, and other inflammatory conditions of the bowel, stomach, and intestines). Dr. Julian Whitaker, M.D. reports using cat's claw for its immune-stimulating effects, for cancer, to help prevent strokes and heart attacks, to reduce blood clots, and for diverticulitis and irritable bowel syndrome..... Read More....
So, we went to Playas, on the coast of Ecuador, and we were blessed by many dolphins coming around the boat and playing. These are paid tours, where they bring you on a boat to where the dolphins live. It is very, very close to the shore, you can see many different exotic birds too as well as these playful and Loving Dolphins. Here, I leave you with some information related to the Health Benefits you get for just being around dolphins......
How Dolphins Help Us
Aquatic therapy has long understood that being in the water has a therapeutic effect on people with varying types of disabilities (McKinney, A; Wolf, R.; 2001). Being in the water allows people that are in wheelchairs, freedom in movement otherwise not experienced. To this benefit include dolphins. Dolphins have been cited as having special capabilities that enhance healing potential in people with disabilities (Johnson, L.; Bourne, R.).
So today, we watched a nice FUTBOL game between these two excellent teams, so what happenned? Colombia, beautiful and very well deserving to win , as well as England. Wow! Super nice match, then we come to the Penalty Kicks , haha...
I really thought that Colombia would win the Penalty Kick Round because of the proven smartness and cleverness of the Colombian People. But, I think the nervousity that was generated in the team after the first missed penalty, was enough to un sync the great sinergy that was keeping the colombian team in a better position than the English Team.
So the first Penalty Kick was misssed, then the Colombian team started going down in fear and insecurity , that plus not being used to massive pressure, which the english players are used to,, made the Colombia Team fall.
Then what is the lesson to learn from this match.... For me is to RE confirm again that if we are enough CALM and Relaxed in our minds and hearts we can be successfull in anything we want in this life and other lifes. So even if you are a good player into something, the one who has more experience and therefore mind and emotional balance, will do it better than you.. Just because the experienced one has already dealt with the same situation many more times than you, so this person can take it more calmed and therefore be ahead of you..
So my recommendation to anyone that wants it is, if you like a lot something in your life and you want to become good at it.. You need = PRACTICE, DISCIPLINE and COMMITMENT. These 3 things and a lot of LOVE will take you to the place you want either with a sport or with you life... Experience this life, have emotional experiences, have spiritual experiences, mental and physical as well so you can deal with many new things, new things that appear all the time in our live,, the best thing is to be prepared based on our confidence built with our practice, discipline and commitment.
Pure Infinite Love. Full Amor Puro Infinito.
PD. Excuse me for my English but Im from Southamerica :)
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I’ll be honest: I’ve probably initiated sex seven times in my entire life, and at least three of those times, it wasn’t really me. It was the tequila.
Maybe I just run with a conservative group of women, but I’m not the only one who finds herself opening a corporeal invite more often than she sends it.
The Mayan civilization was one of the great civilizations of our human past. Mayans occupied the area of Mexico and central America from the period of around 1800 BC – 250 AD. Lands such as modern-day Yucatan, Tabasco and Chiapas in Mexico and even stretching through Guatemala, Belize and El Salvador.
DMT is a chemical compound found throughout nature in plants, animals and even as a component in certain frog venom. This peculiar substance is a powerful psychedelic that has extraordinary results when consumed, subjective experience varies from person to person but many parallels can be seen in certain accounts between different people. The experience itself lasts for about 15minutes in real time, but from the accounts of the people experiencing it this 15 minutes can feel like a much longer time. Some studies have been conducted on the chemical substance, mainly the trials done by Doctor Rick Strassman from the University of New Mexico in America.
The law of attraction and the philosophy of immortality, a symbiotic relationship to living a healthy happy and sustainable life.
So, what truly is the law of attraction? We hear about it a lot, number one sellers such as 'The Secret' giving us the simple notion we reap what we sew through our thoughts, but is it so simple?
Does the universe truly give what we imagine just by sending out the energy through our thoughts and intentions?
I was on my way to the restaurant, a few days ago, last week, and I saw these little babies possums that were still in their mother's poche, but the mother possum was dead. I think she might have been hit by a car or something. But the babies were alive and I was thinking that I wanted to take care of them but I didn't do anything about it at first, and then when I came back that same night, I talked to Line, a friend, about it, and she wanted to take care of them too but she had a lot of things going on, and she helped me to find a box, so I decided to take them all home. At first, I thought they were only three, but it was 7 of them, cause there were all hidden in their mother's pouch. So I took them all from the cold body of their dead mother. I never thought I could do that!
I came to South America with the intention of learning about Shamans and the mystery behind the plant medicines, throughout my stay in Ecuador I have participated in various ceremonies and have recorded my experiences. In this article I will list a few of the experiences I have had in ceremonies throughout my stay in a Plant medicine healing retreat just outside the city Cuenca in Ecuador. The way these ceremonies were conducted was in the setting of a Maloka, in the middle was a fire that was kept by two people under the command of the Shaman and around the fire sat 30 guests that were consuming the medicine facilitated by 2 Shamans who would conduct the prayers sing the Icarus songs and serve the medicine.
The Amazon rain forest spans out between an area of more the two million square miles and can be accessed throughout South America in countries like Guyana, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, Brazil Colombia and Peru. The Amazon river is one of the most grand rivers in the world and during the wet season can reach over 190kms in width. The Amazon is home to more than a third of the worlds species which is mostly plants and insects, but also rare species such as the pink river dolphin. This magical forest of wonder, mystery
The benefits of a raw food diet are healing the world. More and more people are discovering this new phenomenon of consuming raw fresh food in its purest and natural state. Especially in a world where most people are suffering from some disease or another, feeling bogged down and lacking the flow of prana/lifeforce energy that is supposed to naturally flow through our being, more and more beings are discovering how a raw food diet can return us to our natural state of being which is health.
After two weeks volunteering in Montanita, working in the Amor Infinito vegan restaurant, I get to take on a morning shift. This is when the magic happens, when all the nutritious veggies and fruits are turned into delicious meals. I am excited to finally be a part of this.
It is 8:30 when I get to the restaurant. Our chef Xavier is already there, having a quick breakfast and planning out the meal for the day. Together with him and Murillo, a volunteer from Brazil, I go to the store to buy the ingredients for the day.
There are many small stores in Montanita, all full of vegetables and fruits. Most of the fruits I know from back home but some of them here are so exotic. I have never seen a passion fruit in real, only on the images on juice boxes. They have such a thick skin under which hides the edible part of the fruit. It is a bit slimy but so delicious,
It has been a dream of mine since I can remember to go to the jungle. Something about the mysterious depths of green, full of all these amazing animals has always been fascinating to me. So when my friend and I decided to travel to Peru it was clear that we would have to go to the Amazon rainforest at one point.
But where? And how?
Luckily, another friend told me about Lagunas, a remote village right next to the jungle from where you can venture into the Pacaya-Samiria reserve. Even though we were a bit scared we decided to just try it out.
How would you like to be woken up by the first, soft sun light and the songs of the birds? How would you like to then turn over and sleep a bit more because there is no rush to get up? How would you like to meet loads of happy, loving, fascinating people over breakfast?
This is what mornings in Montanita are like. The volunteers of the Amor Infinito Vegan Restaurant all live together in a happy house not far from the beach. There are a bunch of tents on the rooftop terrace.