Benefits of Organic Virgin Coconut Oil

We have all seen coconut oil or have come across it in our daily lives. It could have been while you were grocery shopping, online cruising, or you just might know someone that uses it. Regardless, the wide ranging benefits are wonderful and I would highly recommend it. There is evidence that suggests the fatty acids in coconut oil kill harmful bacteria, pathogens, viruses, and fungi. It can even potentially help to prevent certain infections.

So what should you look for in the stores or when you are shopping online? What does virgin in organic even mean? Is there even a difference between virgin organic coconut oil vs coconut oil? To start with, virgin is labeled as such when heat is not applied in the extraction process of its creation. The appearance, taste, and composition help to make the “virgin” coconut oil higher in quality. Heat being used in most processes break down a lot of benefits in products. Personally, I use virgin organic coconut oil in all products needing it for Earths Curious Goods. I also choose unrefined because the process keeps the coconut oil “true” to its original form with all its benefits. Plus, I feel like the fermenting process adds moisture to the final process and think rancidity has a higher chance of happening. Daniel Regan, a father of one, says “I use coconut oil on my daughter from birth and only use the organic version since it has many beneficial properties. It has helped a lot.”

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is not only good for the skin but can benefit hair as well. Michel Rosa, a local Charleston resident, says “I use coconut oil daily on my beard. It helps to maintain it.” 

In summary, try to choose organic coconut oil. As a bonus, pick unrefined and virgin to get a higher quality. See if coconut oil can help improve your hair and skin. Also, as you are shopping for products, check the ingredient labels and see if you can choose the ones with it in it. I know I have already switched to it and even create products such as soap with one of the main ingredients being Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (unrefined).  🙂 

 

 

 

 

A Magickal Garden & The Busy                              Entrepreneur

One of the definitions of a entrepreneur is a risk taker, dream chaser, and very busy person. Speaking as one, this holds very true in its definition and so I sought out someone who was also on this journey, like me. I met Gina Cordoba, owner of Gina’s Venue and Charleston Caribbean Creole Food Truck, a woman who works really hard on her businesses and has a busy life. So, we partnered together to see if we could make a magickal garden.

We set out and gathered all the necessary materials to create this project. Most of the materials were obtained from our local Home Depot. Before we began, I casted a spell to bless the garden and to produce fertile plants. Using quartz crystals to amplify the spell and eggs marked with spells to produce fertility in the soil. Keep in mind, even as we were doing the garden, Gina was multi-tasking answering calls and trouble-shooting with her businesses. We completed the garden and it looked amazing! 


“Magick is the natural flow of energy in nature that surrounds us all.”

 

Magick garden

So, to end it off, never think that a garden is out of reach. Whether you are a busy entrepreneur, stay-at-home mom, or hustling dad. Just a little bit of magick and low maintenance can create a green paradise filled with herbs, fruit, vegetables, or whatever you like. Happy Gardening! 

“Gardening is not hard. It just takes a little low maintenance.”

Gina Cordoba

-Entrepreneur

 

 

 

 

 

earthing

The term “earthing” stems from the notion that walking barefoot on the surface of the earth helps improve your well-being. I’m not sure whether or not this works but I will say that “grounding” in the magickal world does work. I feel like this is a really close concept of this. As a practicing witch, I always recommend grounding your energy on a daily basis, before spellwork, or after spellwork. Our ancestors walked around barefoot for centuries and the workings of reflexology recommend walking barefoot on smooth stones to activate pressure points. All-in-all, there is a common theme of benefits of going barefoot.

I say, if “earthing” relaxes you by walking barefoot and feeling closer to the Earth, the better it is for anyone’s well-being.  Relaxation alone has been reported to improve your state-of-mind, blood pressure, and in some cases eliminates stress all together. For those of you that would like to start “grounding”, here is a simple way to do this: 

  1. Get comfortable whether sitting down with your legs crossed or sitting upright in a chair.
  2. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breathing. How fast is your heart rate? Slow it down? breath in and breath out
  3. Begin to visualize yourself like a tree with roots extending down. See some of the roots transferring darker light out of you and into the Earth while the other roots transferring bright light from the Earth back into you. Allow the darker light to release with it all that troubles you, your worries, your fears, your heartaches, anything that hinders you. Now, feel the bright light that is flowing into you. How warm and loving it feels, how bright it is, you feel energetic and refreshed. Allow yourself to feel connected to all things.
  4. Take three, big deep breaths in and out. Now slowly open your eyes.
  5. You are now grounded 🙂

 

 

 

 

Easy Composting In Small Spaces

If you have ever wanted to compost but don’t have the time nor space to do so; this is the blog topic for you! There are a lot of different options to explore but I would like to share the system I am using with great success. Although, I urge you to try out what best works for your lifestyle and living conditions, and make it your own which is what I have done. The system I chose to create is using the vermicomposting method. I created my own system for my apartment living conditions and busy lifestyle while making it space friendly and affordable.

So what is vermicomposting?  It is the breaking down of organic material using nature and its gardeners: different species of worms. The end result is worm castings which gardens and plants absolutely love. The little gardeners will literally create this “black gold” for you by giving them your leftover organic material such as old lettuce, banana peels, old newspapers, paper bags, eggshells, spoiled rice, etc. In doing so, you are feeding them and leaving less of a carbon footprint on the Earth and helping to reduce our landfills.

So lets get started!! You will need a container to house our little gardeners and compost. The container can be as big or as little as you would like but I encourage you to choose as big as your space will allow. Customize it to the space you are using: under the sink, in the closet, or even in the pantry. I chose a medium Styrofoam cooler with lid from my local store. You will also need to buy a tray to go under the container you choose; this will serve to catch any leachate or liquid that passes through the matter in the container. I chose to buy a second Styrofoam cooler and stack them in each other so that the second one will act as the leachate catcher. 

Next, lets get the gardeners. You can purchase worms online and at your local stores that sell bait and fishing supplies. I would highly recommend getting red wiggler worms as they tend to do well in this type of system and is what I decided to use as well. DO NOT use earthworms as they will not do well in this system. If you can get your hands on at least 100 worms the better but if not that’s okay too. I started with 30 worms but ended up buying 30 more worms two weeks later in order to help speed up the composting time. You will need to also get a small bag of compost to start the system off, if not at least get some old newspapers for beginning bedding for our friends. I used a combination of soil and newspaper as the beginning bedding since I didn’t have access to compost at the time. 

Now, you will need to punch holes or drill holes in the lid of your containers to allow air circulation as well as the bottom and top sides. This is another reason why I chose a Styrofoam cooler since it is easy to customize and make holes in, but choose what works best for you. I also went an extra step and bought screen door screening and cut and hot glued the pieces to over the holes. It helps keep pests out like flies and other bugs that may disturb our little friends and the eco-system, as well as keeping the population of fruit flies down. 

For the next step, cover the bottom of the container with soil or compost if you have some, if not, shred the newspaper and place that on the bottom. You want the soil/compost damp and the newspaper wet as well but not soaking wet. You want it to be the consistency of a well rung-out sponge. Now on top of this you want to add your food scraps and place more newspaper/soil/compost. You want a wet and then dry balance. Next, add the worms to the container and cover them with soil/newspaper/compost. Put the lid on your container and you’re done! Always keep in mind that our friends like the dark and a moist environment. I like to mix my container every two weeks just to check in on them, get air circulation, and to mist it with distilled water to keep the environment moist. 

 

Tips and Tricks I’ve Learned Along The Way: 

  • I like to keep my scraps in the freezer then take them out to thaw when I’m about to put it in the bin. Cuts down on the smell and helps it break down faster,
  • I cut up and make my scraps into smaller pieces so the worms can eat them better and faster
  • Keep a spray bottle handy or container filled with rain water/distilled water to mist the bin.
  • If the container starts to smell your balance is wrong and may need to add more dry materials like leaves, newspaper, etc. It should always smell like a fresh forest floor or rich dirt.
  • To keep fruit fly population down, cover food scraps with soil/compost after placing in bin
  • Watch how much your worms consume and adjust accordingly on the amount you place in the bin
  • NEVER put meat or dairy in the bin. Think of your worms as vegan. When in doubt, don’t place it in the bin. It will save you a lot of stress later.
  • You may want to have a second system going in case your current one gets full or need more compost soon. 
  • Pay attention to your worms behavior. If they are trying to get out or staying out of the bedding. Your balance is off and they are very unhappy. you may need to add water or dry material. They may also just be hungry and you may need to add more food then normal.

Composting is so rewarding and my garden is blossoming because of the wormcastings I place in it now; not to mention my trash waste is less and I feel good knowing that I’m doing my part in helping the Earth. HAVE FUN COMPOSTING!! 

 

 

Knot Magick

Knot Magick is a great skill to add to any witches knowledge. The witches of old would use this technique as a way of manifesting their will to control the winds, find a lover, or even to contain a spell till needed. Give it a try!

Practice: Find a 13-inch piece of cord. It can be a vine, string, yarn, etc. I would recommend using yarn made with natural material. If you can find one with a particular color that helps you associate it with your desire, all the better. (Ex: White for purity/cleansing, red for passion/love, etc.) 

 

Close your eyes with your cord in your hands. Visualize what you would like to accomplish. Feel it: what does it feel like to have it come true? See it: What does it look like when it happened? 

Now hold that image and sensation in your mind. See it going into your hands and into the cord. Make a knot. See the knot capturing your desire. Is the knot glowing? Is it pulsating? Imagine and visualize these things happening with the knot. Open your eyes and say: So mote it be! Repeat process and make as many knots as you have desires. Bury the cord in the earth when finished. 


“Magick knots and sacred words. Hear my thought  & change my world” 

 

 

 

 

Spring DIY: Indoor Herb Gardening

 

Have you ever wanted your very own herb garden? Well, now that Spring is approaching, it might be a good time to get one started. Here are a few tips to get you growing: 

LIGHTING: Before you even begin, you’ll want to choose a nice sunny location for your herbs new home. The area should be able to receive between 6-8 hours of light. A good East or West facing window is ideal. If the area that you live in is mostly cloudy, rainy, or you don’t have a window with good lighting. Its time to invest in a clamp light with a grow bulb or grow lights suited for indoor plants. I can’t stress how important it is to make sure to have sufficient lighting for our herbal friends. You don’t want our friends to become the living dead!! QUARANTINE!!! 

CONTAINER: Next, decide on the containers we want to put them in. I would recommend a terra cotta pot because of the excellent air flow it provides to the root system of plants. Just make sure that the matching saucer you choose is glazed over on the inside so the water doesn’t seep out onto any surfaces you place it on. However, any pot from recycled cans, plastic pots, milk jugs, etc., can make a great container as long as there are sufficient drainage holes. DO NOT LET YOUR HERBS SIT IN WATER. You will assassinate them!!  In fact, I even recommend putting gravel or pebbles in the saucer that you place your container on to help with air flow and drainage.

PLANTS: Now, lets go adopt our new friends! I would recommend starting with a grown plant rather than from seed. It will help speed up growing times by months and your more than likely starting off with a very healthy plant. Just make sure that when you adopt your new friends, they have healthy green foliage and are free from pests. You don’t want to invite aliens back to your home to multiply! Choose plants that you will want to use in your everyday life and even cooking. Not sure what to choose, don’t worry, at the end of this article, I will provide a list from easy to hard based on my own experience at growing.  

WATERING: Here is a step I notice a lot of people will skip over or don’t really place any emphasize on. Well, don’t drown your new friends!! Overwatering is a sure way to re-enact the titanic! DON’T DO IT! The best way to tell if they are thirsty is to stick the tip of your finger into the soil and if it feels dry…water it. If you just hate getting your hands dirty, I would invest in a soil water meter from your local garden center or online store. A warning sign is if your friends foliage turns a puke yellow, they are getting too much water. If their foliage turns limp as a noodle, they are stressed and not getting enough water. However, you never want to reach to any of those stages where it takes plant therapy to make them happy again!

SOIL: Okay! Lets put some new clothes on our new friends! When choosing soil, make sure to choose potting soil and not top soil or soil from the outside yard. Soil from outside can contain pests and may not be in good condition, not to mention, it is really thick so it can suffocate or strangle our new friends and you don’t want that. Geez! We just adopted them for goodness sake! If you are unsure about the soil, don’t chance it and just invest in buying soil specifically geared toward herb growing from your local garden center. 

FOOD: Lastly, I want to go over fertilizer. Make sure to provide food for your friends. If not, you will end up with friends that are nothing but skin and bones!! Being in a pot, your herbs will consume a lot of the nutrients in the soil and some of it will wash out between water sessions. I recommend using an organic fertilizer at least once a month. When you choose a fertilizer, make sure to choose one that promotes foliage growth and NOT bloom growth. If you can get your hands on fish emulsion or compost tea, all the better. Who knows, they may have allergies to some things, so the more natural and organic your fertilizer is…the happier your herbs will be.

HAPPY GROWING!!!

   

~List of Herbs~

Easy: Basil, Mints, Bay, Dill, Rosemary, Thyme, Green Onion

Medium: Cilantro, Chives, Parsley, Lemon Grass

Hard: Sage, Lavender, Tarragon, Stevia

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

Hot Cocoa 

 

Hot Cocoa is a perfect drink on a cold, chilly day/night. A delightful companion to curl up with on the corner of a couch and escape with your thoughts. If your like me and love hot cocoa, and you’re looking to put a little twist on this traditional drink; here are a few simple ways:

  1. Peppermint– 2 tablespoons milk, 1 peppermint candy, 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  2. Peanut Butter– 2 tablespoons peanut butter, 1 tablespoon heavy cream, and 2 Hershey kisses.
  3. Cinnamon Cookie– 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 1 tablespoon nutmeg, and 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  4. Caramel– 3 tablespoons caramel syrup or 2 caramel candies, and 1 tablespoon milk
  5. Ice Cream– 1 scoop of your favorite ice cream
  6. Coffee– 1 tablespoon of espresso or 2 tablespoons of your favorite coffee
  7. Alcohol (Drink Responsibly)– 2 tablespoons of Baileys Almande Horchata or Baileys la French Toast, 1 tsp of sugar, 1 tsp nutmeg, and top with whip cream

 

 

I hope these simple additions will spruce up your cup of hot cocoa and ward off any winter woes! Blessed Be! 

 

 

 

Thankful Magick

Here is a simple spell to use when you have been blessed with many things and want to show gratitude. Maybe its just one of those moments when you want to express your many thanks or just use this spell as a reminder of why your life is a grateful one. 

Supplies needed: 4 strips of paper-one green, one yellow, one red, and one blue. One white candle. A fireproof dish (cauldron recommended) 

Take the four strips of paper and write one things on them you are thankful for. Light the white candle. Make sure to anoint the candle before using it with the proper anointing oil of your choosing. Using the fireproof dish/cauldron, burn each strip of paper from the candles flame, drop it into the dish/cauldron and chant each time:

“Thankful I am of this day/night, grateful for all that I do and say. Blessings of love divine, let my luck and true love shine”

Allow the candle to burn out. Make sure it is in a safe place. We don’t need the element of fire consuming the area 🙂 Blessed Be!

 

 

 

5 Ways To Be Thankful

Thanksgiving is a word that should give you a new start and be grateful. Could your life use a little more love and gratitude?

Here are five ways to be thankful: 

  1. Notice the little things in life. You might find that the little things you might have missed turn out to be the most important things.
  2. See things from another’s perspective. What’s it like to walk in their shoes?
  3. Realize that time is precious. Re-align your priorities and remember that time is free but its priceless. Its the one thing we all run out of and its up to you to be the navigator of your life. Set aside time regularly to be quiet and reflect.
  4. Send a thank you from the heart. That’s right! Take a moment to tell someone thank you. Show how much you appreciate them and all they do. Write a thank you letter, send a text, or create an e-mail. Be creative. Studies show that people feel 100% happier after doing so and people who delivered their thanks in person, found a greater level of optimism and fewer negative thoughts.
  5. Give Back. Volunteer some of your time at a local charity. Help out a friend/loved one in need. See if you can work at a food bank or local shelter. Be generous toward those with less and not envious of those with more than you. 

 

Be kind, Be loving, Be thankful!!