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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Starting Your New Year Off Right.

Well dear readers it has been far too long since I have posted. A wasted blog is an unhappy blog, so this year I must step up my game as a writer and honor myself and my readers more. I will be reworking Miss Oya's Herbal World and revamping but until then I wanted to share with you some things. I was reading another awesome blog Sex, Magick & the City by a writer who frequents the same online haunts as I do and it seems our Grandmothers taught us the same thing 'How you sit on New's Day (meaning what you do that day) is how you will sit the rest of the year.' So here I sit writing to you all.

I hope everyone had a great New Year's eve, cleansed your house, body and soul. If not don't despair it isn't too late. Take a few smudge sticks of either sage or cedar or incense, have no sage or cedar you can use sandalwood, frankincense, myrrh or any blessing and purifying blend and smudge your house from back to the front door sweeping out all the negativity from the old year. Sprinkle down your steps with a mixture of cinnamon and sugar, yes cinnamon and sugar, to bring prosperity to your door. Then take a shower with your favorite cleansing herbal baths. Save a cup of that water from the shower or bath and throw it out to the east. That is just a basic cleansing but you don't want to do to much cleaning than that if you haven't done any before New Year's Day. Why? Because you don't want to be cleaning all year now do you?

Once all that is done, set you day doing what you want to be doing all year. Superstitious, yes it is but so is 'a kiss at midnight from your loved one', fireworks at midnight use to be used to scare away the evil spirits and who of us haven't heard the first person who visits you on New Years is bringing you good or bad luck? Or go back a holiday to Christmas and mistletoe, got to kiss that person standing under it right? Our lives are riddled with superstitions we don't even think about. But there fun.

New Year's resolutions, ah now there is another one people wouldn't even call a superstition . But it is if you think about it. Every year we greet each other with 'Happy New Year's, so what is your New Year's resolution?' So what is your New Year's resolution? If you haven't thought about it think on it now. What do you want to accomplish this year. My New Year's resolution was to set myself up for success. I didn't make a resolution I made a list, mentally. Tomorrow I will write it all out because I don't want to be plotting my year all year!

Some thing to keep in mind is keep it simple, keep it realistic. Don't set yourself up for failure. Who doesn't want to lose a 100 pounds this year, get more healthy, write 100 books or even read 100 books, run a marathon even? But really if we could do that we wouldn't be making the same tired old resolutions year after year. So break it down in to what you can realistically do, but still push yourself towards your goal. Then as Nike use to say, just do it.

Remember what I said about what my grandmother use to say, 'What you do on New Years is what you will be doing all year.' You now have a goal so today is the day to start, not tomorrow or next week or after the holiday is over. Today. If you want to workout run that marathon, lose some weight start today. Take some you time out today even if it is just 15 to 30 minutes and jump on it, then spend the rest of the day doing what you want to fill the rest of your year with. Now that you have your goal set, your realistic resolution, what else do you want to fill your year with?

Want to spend more time with the family, break out the board games, play with the kids. Go visit mom and dad. Want to surround yourself with friends, call up a few hung over friends and see if they want to hang out. No need to spend your day running around like a nut trying to do a bunch of stuff you can just relax with them, share some laughs. Want to have more romance in 2012, call up or email that person you have had your eye on for sometime and wish them a Happy New Year, invite them for coffee or just to hang out. If they say no, don't feel rejected move on to the next thing you want. You tried. See, if you have the courage to do it on this day you will have the courage to do it some other time this year and hopefully sooner than later.

New Year's is about new possibilities, a whole fresh clean slate to do what you want to do, out with the old in with the new. That is why we have yet another superstition baby New Year, rebirth. So the final thought of today is Spend Your day Doing what you want to do for the rest of 2012, even if it is just to relax. Don't waste a precious new year a rebirth doing the same tired old things. Start enjoying life today, like me, I call myself a writer, so today I took a half hour out of my day, just a small chunk of the 24 hours to sit and write. Now I am off to finish the rest of my list of what I want to accomplish this year. See it really is as simple as that.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Story That Sicken's Me To My Heart, Not Herbal or Hoodoo related

This article appeared on the Indian Country Today Media Network. I have spoken with the author and gotten her permission to reprint this article and spread the word. What saddens me is finding that I have Native American descent and that this is a family that is already struggling, the wife has medical issues, to which I can relate. What sickens me is these so called men are U.S Army soldiers, being a Army spouse I Know this is Not How We teach our Boys to Act! There are many people emailing and writing the local politicians in that area, I will enclose those links below as well. Please get the word out this hatred needs to stop!

By Valerie Taliman June 27, 2011
 
Johnny and Lisa Bonta, a Native family from the Reno Sparks Indian Colony, became the latest victims of a hate crime on May 24 when they were attacked at a gas station along I-80 in Fernley, Nevada, a border town between the Fallon and Pyramid Lake Indian reservations.
“I was pumping gas at Quick Stop on our way to Reno to look for another job when these skinheads in a blue car drove by real slow and checked us out.  The driver jumped out with a baseball bat, and I asked them ‘why you holding a bat?” said Bonta. “He said ‘let’s do this’ and tried to pick a fight. I don’t know how to explain what happened—we didn’t do anything to them.”
Bonta, a Paiute member of the Reno Sparks Indian Colony, tried to avoid the confrontation by telling them he didn’t want to fight. He got back in the car, with his son-in-law Shane Murray at the wheel, and they quickly drove away with the carload of skinheads in close pursuit.
As they approached the freeway ramp, they were cut off as the blue car swerved in front of them, then slammed on the brakes, causing Murray to crash into it.  Murray said he recognized one of the attackers as Jacob Cassell, a former classmate and son of retired Lyon County Sheriff officer Jim Cassell.
“They all jumped out of the car with baseball bats, knives and a crowbar, and we knew they were going to hurt us,” said Lisa Bonta, in an interview from Washoe Medical Center, where she was in treatment for seizures she suffers.
The fight broke out on the highway after 1 p.m. and while traffic was passing by, no one would stop to help them. Lisa and her daughter, Alyssa, were terrified watching the brutal and bloody fight as her unarmed husband and son-in-law tried to fight off the three young men in their 20s.
“I saw one of them hit my husband in the head with a bat, and the other one was trying to cut off his braid with a knife.  Johnny was covered in blood and they just kept hitting him with a crow bar.  They even tried to slit his throat,” she added.
“Jacob Cassell had my son-in-law on the ground in a chokehold and Shane was turning blue. My daughter was sobbing ‘they’re killing him’ and somehow she found the strength to hit Jacob in self-defense so he would release Shane.”
It was then, Lisa said, that Cassell turned his anger on her and her daughter, jumping on the hood of their car while swinging a baseball bat and cursing at them.
“I’m a 46 year-old woman with serious health problems, and I tried to defend myself, but he hit me across the lower back with his bat, calling us ‘niggers and river monsters,” said Lisa, who is Anglo. “He pointed at Alyssa and said he would rape her the next time he saw her in Fernley, where she lives.”
Meanwhile, Johnny Bonta was knocked unconscious with a bat, his nose and sinus cavities broken and bleeding, with stab wounds on his neck.
Lisa said Jacob Cassell taunted the family as the sirens approached, telling them, “You hear those cops coming? They’re not going to help you. My daddy is a cop in this town, and nothing is going to happen to me. You fucking niggers are going to jail.”
When Lyon County Sheriff’s officers arrived, they took statements and began filling out police reports with Cassell and his friends, but they did not take statements from any of the victims. When Lisa asked why they were not being questioned for a statement, no one responded. “They ignored us,” she said, before she suffered a seizure and required medical attention.
Three ambulances responded to the scene and took Lisa, Alyssa and Murray away for treatment; Murray’s injuries included a crushed elbow and broken hand.
Johnny Bonta, bleeding and barely standing after being hit in the knees with a bat, was arrested on the scene and taken to jail. He said he was not allowed medical treatment for six days while he was in the county jail, all the while uncertain about what charges had been filed against him.
Assuming he was on his way to the hospital, Lisa Bonta had no idea her husband had been arrested. She finally located her husband in jail after calling other facilities repeatedly, and was very upset that he was not given medical treatment for his extensive injuries.
“I asked them to tell me what charges he was being held on and no one would say. They said they gave him the information, but he can’t read or write, so I needed to find out. At first they said there was a bench warrant for an unpaid $367 fine, and when we made arrangements to pay that, they charged him with battery with a deadly weapon, even though it was those boys who had the weapons. The booking papers say we owe $30,367.00. ”
Lisa Bonta is outraged that their attackers were all released at the scene of the crime and were not charged despite the fact they bragged about it on Facebook on May 24, the day of the attack.
Two hours after attacking the Bontas, Josh Janiszewski of Fernley wrote, “Just laid the fists and boots to some 6′ 5” tongan dude. what you got on little guys?” at 3:13 p.m. When asked if they gave them hell, Josh responded. “Oh we did. That’s for sure!” at 3:48 p.m. “Amen,” said Jacob Cassell at 4:07 p.m.
Jacob’s mother Dee Cassell also commented, “So…who has blood? You guys need to come home to mom?” at 4:48 p.m. She later added that she gave them First Aid. “Better have ur asses at home after I did 1st aid. Don’t piss off women – they r worse than men!” she wrote at 8:00 p.m.
When asked if they got “some good licks” in, Josh said, “sent em to the hospital, they got fucked up man, thats for sure.”
Meanwhile, Johnny Bonta stayed behind bars while Lisa and her family called the jail each day, asking if Johnny had been treated for his injuries. No one would tell her his condition. One morning, she says a surly guard told her “he’ll have to get his Indian doctor if he wants treatment,” then hung up on her.
Lisa appealed to the Reno Spark Indian Colony and said she was able to get two Indian Health Service doctors to agree to visit Johnny in jail, but was told by jail officials that could not be allowed. It was not until tribal police pursued Johnny’s release that he was finally released after six days and was able to see a doctor.
The family also lost their car following the attack. The Bontas could not locate their car after the Lyon County Sheriff’s office had it towed from the scene. When Lisa called to ask about their car, she was told the police had no information. She found the car two weeks later in a small towing yard, tires flattened and in need of repair. Since Johnny has not been able to work, they cannot afford to pay the impoundment fees or have it repaired. They are now walking to all of their medical appointments in Reno. The situation has created great hardship for them and their children.
“We lost everything as a result of this attack, and now we’re homeless since we can’t go back to Fernley,” said Lisa. “The FBI took our statement last week and we know they got a copy of the video from the gas station parking lot. We are asking for a full investigation into this hate crime.”
The Bontas said since this happened, at least four other Native families have told them they too were harassed and attacked by skinheads in nearby border towns. But people told her they don’t report the incidents because they don’t believe police will help them. These follow an April 2010 attack on Vincent Kee, Navajo, in Farmington, New Mexico, where three men took Kee from a McDonald’s and shaved a swastika symbol on the back of his head and branded him with the symbol using a coat hanger.
“Someone could have died that day,” said Lisa, “and the only reason this happened is because my husband and son-in-law have brown skin. We have a 10-year-old daughter, and I have to speak out about what happened for her sake. I just don’t understand why these young boys think they have the right to randomly beat others. We have to put a stop to this kind of behavior.”
Lisa also said they are hiring an attorney. “I want the police to know they can’t deny people medical treatment just because they feel like it. Johnny could have died from a head injury, and they violated his civil rights. They should be held accountable.”
Indian Country Today Media Network will continue to follow this story and is looking into any fundraising information there may be for our readers. The case has been classified as a hate crime and is under investigation by the FBI. ICTMN is currently waiting for approval for copies of the police report. Calls to the Reno office of the FBI were not returned.

What you can do:
go to 
http://www.change.org/petitions/tell-the-governor-of-nevada-brian-sandoval-to-investigate-law-enforcement-in-fernley-nv
and sign the petition.
Write a letter expressing your outrage and concern for this family to
Attorney General of Nevada Catherine Cortez Masto @
Mayor of Fernley,  LeRoy Goodman @
Governor of Nevada Brian Sandoval @
  here is a direct quote from Fernley Mayor on their town website:
  • Quality of Life: Isn't that what it is all about? The City of Fernley is one of the safest in the region. As a community, we all know that working together and character counts, and that we need to make sure that all of our neighborhoods are living up to its highest potential. Thanks to a city wide effort, whether it be Neighborhood Watch, the schools, our corporate neighbors or the many fraternal and civic organizations, we are pulling together to put Fernley’s best foot forward.

Let's see how well they live up to their words

Friday, June 10, 2011

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Friday, May 27, 2011

How To Remove A Love Hex

Spiritual cleansing baths are a common used in magic and hoodoo to remove a hex. The strongest items you could use for this purpose are either already in your kitchen pantry, farmers market or grocery store. Essential oils may be used as well though some of these particular herbs are difficult to find in oil form.


Items you will need

Dill weed
Lemon balm
Bay leaves
Eucalyptus
Mint
Aloe Vera
Basil
Mimosa
Marigold
Juniper
Ginger
Lilac
Magnolia leaves
Salt
Cheese cloth or Muslin bag
Pot of water and lid
Stove
White votive or tea light candle
Bath tub or shower
Clean white towel


Look at the list of items given for this ritual bath you may be thinking this is a complex work, it is not.. Dill weed, bay leaves and Lemon balm, items one through three, are specifically used for removing a hex The rest of the list are items used in love, hex removing and protection spells. Gather together at least nine of the herbal items. The dill, bay leaves and the lemon balm are a must to remove a love hex. Salt is also a very strong jinx remover.


Take a hand full of dill weed, lemon balm and bay leaves and six other items of your choosing on this list and tie them in a cheese cloth or muslin bag. If you are using salt do not add that to the bag, that you add directly to the tub or shower.

Place the bag of herbs into pot of water, cover and simmer on low heat for at least one hour. Do not allow to boil this will evaporate many of the good primary essential oils of the plants into the air.

Once the plants have simmered run a bath. Light your white candle. If you only have access to a shower how to use this spell will be in the next step. Pour the pot of water with the bag of herbs into the bath. If you have chosen salt as one of the ingredients this is the time to add a hand full of this. Wash your body in a downward motion to remove the negativity of the love hex.

If you only have access to a shower tie the bag of herbs to your shower head. String a rubber band anything to allow the water to flow through the herbs. Wash your body in a downward motion with the cooled water from the pot.

While washing think of how the power of the herbs are removing your love hex. Imagine it washing away from your life and down the drain. If you know the person who put the love hex on you imagine them or their efforts against you washing down the drain as well.

Cleanse thoroughly then step out of the tub and dry yourself in a clean white towel. Carry your candle to a safe place if it is still burning and allow to burn down. Depose of the candle remains at the base of a tree far from your house.


(Reference 1)
“The Voodoo Hoodoo Spellbook” 1st Edition, Denise Alvarado, 2009

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

How to Extract Your Own Essential Oils With Grain Alcohol

Just as there are many varieties of essential oils there are many various uses for them. From aromatherapy to health care, pure essential oils have become very popular. They of course can be used in spells and potions. Your own home made magical oils what could be better than that?

There are a few methods of extracting essential oils from herbs and plants one of the most potent being the use of grain alcohol. Alcohol is ideal for extracting fats, resins, waxes and most plant alkaloids. It is an excellent preservative and is quickly assimilated. 
 Have fun play with your scents and flowers, create your own signature scents and unique blends. You can use some tried and true Hoodoo recipes like "Follow me Boy" or my Favorite Cleo May Oil, which smells divine!

Items needed
blender or food processor
Wide mouth jar
grain alcohol
dried Herbs or flowers
Cheese cloth
2 cup capacity sauce pan
Electric stove or electric burner
Funnel
Dark colored bottles

Step one
Chop dried herbs or flowers in blender or food processor. Pour chopped herbs into wide mouth jar.
Cover herbs with grain alcohol until the chopped or powdered particles are either floating or completely covered. Vodka, gin or Everclear are some of the grain alcohols often used to extract essential oils. Close jar tightly, shake jar and store in a dark cool place.

Step Two
Let herb and alcohol sit for a few hours, shaking and gently inverting it every 15minutes. Strain the liquid from the solid material through a cheesecloth into the sauce pan. Twist and squeeze cheesecloth tightly to extract as much of the liquid as possible. Repeat step one and two, reusing the same plant material for dense or heavy herbs or flowers.

Step Three

Use this step only if you have an electric stove or burner. Do not use a gas stove to cook down alcohol as this can result in a fire. Place sauce pan on electric burner and turn on lowest setting. Watch the liquid closely, it should never go over a slight boil. Allow liquid to cook until slightly thickened. This step burns off the alcohol leaving the pure essential oil. Once the liquid is the consistency of heated oil remove from heat. Allow to cool then use funnel to pour finished oil into the dark colored bottle. Seal, label and date your oil.


If you do not have an electric stove or burner.

If you have no electric stove or burner stop at step two. Instead of letting the mixture sit for a few hours it will have to sit for three to four weeks. This will allow time for the alcohol to evaporate on its own. Shake mixture once a day to keep it from settling. Check liquid after three weeks to see determine if the alcohol has evaporated. Once it has evaporated use funnel to pour finished oil into the dark colored bottle.
Seal, label and date your bottles.

Next post I will share a few of my favorite oil recipes.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

How to Extract Maca Root For Tincture

Things You'll Need      * Maca root     * Distilled water     * 100 proof alcohol     * Blender     * Wide-mouth jar     * Cheese cloth     * Coffee filter     * Funnel     * Dark-colored medicine bottle with dropper     * Label     * Pen  Tips      * Vodka is generally used to make extracts.     * If you prefer not to use alcohol you can substitute vinegar; this may decrease potency.     * Use sterile equipment for best results.  Warnings      * 100 proof alcohol is extremely flammable; do not use near open flame.


Maca root is a nutritional supplement from the Peruvian Andes used for a variety of health conditions. Considered a super food in Peru, maca is used for infertility, impotence, menopause, and sexual dysfunction in men and women taking anti-depressants. Clinical trials are currently being conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital for its use for sexual dysfunction and acute anterior uveitis, a painful condition of swelling and inflammation behind the eye. Make maca root into an extract at home for personal use.

Getting Started  Step 1  Purchase whole or chopped maca root at your local Whole Foods store. The root is sold either fresh or dried. Fresh maca root must be sun-dried 10 to 15 days before it can be made into an extract for maximum potency. You can also oven dry it for four to five hours, but this will diminish the quality. Skip this step if you purchased dried maca root.

  Step 2  Weigh your dried maca root. You will need one part maca root to two parts liquid. For example, you need two ounces of maca root and four ounces of distilled water and four ounces of 100-proof alcohol. Coarsely chop the root and place in a blender or food processor. Allow blender to run until root is ground into a coarse powder. Once it is the desired consistency turn off blender. Add the four ounces of distilled water and the four ounces of alcohol. Run the blender until the root material and the liquid is mixed into a fine paste. Pour the contents into a wide mouth jar. Seal the jar, label it with the contents and the date. Allow the jar and mixture to steep in a warm spot out of direct sunlight for two weeks. Shake the jar daily to prevent settling or separation of the mixture.

Step 3  After two weeks, strain the liquid from the solid root material through a cheesecloth into a container. Twist and squeeze cheesecloth tightly to extract as much of the liquid as possible. Strain the liquid again through a coffee filter. Use funnel to pour liquid extract into a dark-colored dropper bottle. Label and date the maca root extract bottle. Tincture Extract will keep up to one year.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Adding Herbal Tinctures to Tea

Tea Time


With people becoming more health conscious the demand for herbal supplements and tinctures have grown. Tinctures are liquid extracts made from herbs. They are usually extracted in alcohol, but they can also be extracted in vegetable glycerin or apple cider vinegar. Tinctures can either be taken by simply placing a drop or two under the tongue or adding a few drops of the supplement in a cup of tea. Given the bitter nature taste of some herbs adding them to your tea is certainly a sweeter deal.


You can find tinctures in your local health food store, pharmacy or herbalist. Find the right tincture for your condition or need. Do your research, tinctures just as over the counter medications are not a one type fits all. Many tinctures are labeled with the condition making choosing easier. For example one named Cold and Flu tincture will contain herbs believed to help treat colds and flu. condition. You can get a single herb preparation or a multiple herbal formula. When in doubt do not be afraid to ask. Many employees of the health food stores and some pharmacies have either a person on staff who is familiar with the products or access to the product material.



If you do not have a favorite tea now is the best time to find one. Just as tinctures come bag in a wide variety, so do teas. From loose tea to prepackaged in their own bags the variety is endless. Have a sweet tooth, cinnamon apple or mango vanilla tea with some honey is a good choice. Want more traditional reach for the earl grey or some good green tea.


Set your water to boil. Place tea bag in cup and pour in water, allow tea to steep according to package directions. Add sweetener if desired. Allow the tea to cool for a minute before adding the tincture. Adding the tincture to the boiling water can destroy the herbs herb's enzymes. Use the medicine dropper to add the tincture to your tea. The dosage of tincture will depend on package instructions or the instructions of your physician or herbalist.

You can use your favorite tea or purchase one especially for taking the tincture. Remember to take in to consideration that other herbal teas may interact with the tincture.
Choose your herbal tea carefully as some herbs may make the tincture you add to the tea useless or even dangerous. The popular herb St. John's Wort should not be used with licorice root because it may cause your blood pressure to rise. This goes for your prescription medication as well. For example milk thistle tincture will interact with medications taken for diabetes. This is where doing your research and keeping your physician informed of your supplements becomes necessary.

In my next posting I will give instructions on making your own herbal tinctures at home.