Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Exotic Carrot Coconut Salad Recipe

This delicious carrot salad was inspired by the Sri Lankan carrot sambal recipe. It is exotic, nourishing and rather easy to make.

I used freshly shredded flesh of aged coconut, but if you cannot find coconuts  in your grocery store, use shredded coconut that has not been sweeten or roasted. 

  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 1 Tbsp minced bird pepper chili, seeds removed (you can also use habanero or jalapeno)
  • 1 Tbsp minced cilantro
  • 1/2 purple onion,diced
  • 4 Tbsp virgin coconut oil, melted 
  • 1 Tbsp coconut sugar (use raw honey if you prefer)
  • 1 tsp pink Himalaya salt
  • juice of 2 limes
  • In a small bowl mix coconut oil with honey and lime juice. Add minced chili pepper and salt. Set aside.
  • In a larger bowl combine shredded carrots, coconut, onion and cilantro. Add the dressing and mix well. 
  • Serve this delicious salad in individual bowls as a side dish or an appetizer. Enjoy it in good company!
By Dominique Allmon

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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Healing Properties of Amazonite

Amazonite is a silicate mineral from a feldspar family of minerals that share  similar crystalline structure and chemical composition. 

Amazonite forms short prismatic or tabular crystals and masses. Its color ranges from light blue, blue-green, turquoise to light green with white or grayish veins. Latest research suggests that the blue-green color derives from small quantities of lead and water in the feldspar and not from copper as was previously assumed.

It is not quite clear whether amazonite was named after the Amazon river or the mythological tribe of women warriors called Amazons. Although amazonite occurs in Brazil, no deposits were found near the Amazon river. 

Amazonite is rather rare and is usually mined in the USA, Canada, Mexico, Russia, India, Mozambique, Namibia, Brazil and even Austria.

Amazonite was known in Ancient Israel. It is believed that the green stone in the High Priest Aaron's breast plate was in fact amazonite and not emerald. 

Ancient Egyptians also used the stone to induce fertility and to attract luck and good fortune. Artifacts made of amazonite were discovered in King Tutankhamun's tomb. 

Amazonite is sometimes called the Stone of Courage or the Stone of Truth. It is believed that the stone encourages its wearer to self-discovery and the search for truth within one's heart. It reinforces self-discipline, courage and integrity, and helps one to live free from the judgement of others. It facilitates free communication and expression of feelings, and encourages empathy and a peaceful resolution of conflicts.

On the spiritual plane, amazonite balances the male and female energies. It also helps align all chakras and strengthens the heart and the throat chakra thus allowing undisturbed flow of feelings and truthful speech.

Amazonite has a great healing potential. The stone is believed to have the capacity to absorb the radiation from cell phones and the microwave ovens, and protect its wearer from electrosmog. People who spend long hours working on computers should place it near their device.

It is believed that amazonite has the potential to calm the nervous system. It harmonizes body and mind thus leading to well-being and health. Inner conflicts can be resolved and emotional balance restored. Amazonite can calm trauma and dispel fear. It reduces stress and can help induce peaceful sleep.

On the physical plane, amazonite is believed to help heal problems associated with metabolism. If used as an elixir it can help with osteoporosis, tooth decay and muscle cramps. It can help correct calcium deficit in the body.

To enhance peaceful communication this beautiful stone should be placed in places where people interact together, such as living rooms, bedrooms and offices. Placed in the workplace, the amazonite helps dispel negativity and aggression. As a stone of good luck and prosperity it may even help to grow the business since it can attract new customers.

By Dominique Allmon


*Information in this article is for educational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or cure a disease.

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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Star Wars Wisdom for the New Year

I find your lack of faith disturbing. - Darth Vader

A New Year just begun and I hope everybody is in a great spirit. Have faith in yourself and your abilities. Your New Year's resolutions will work only for as long as you trust yourself to be the right person to do the job. No one will do it for you. You are the one. 

There is no way out and no Millennium Falcon will come and save your butt. And if you falter, your lack of faith will be disturbing not only to Lord Vader, but to all those who put trust in you. 

Stay determined, work persistently, and have a great and prosperous year. Your fate is in your hands!

Dominique Allmon

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Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

I hope that in this year you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, this year, next year and forever.
By Neil Gaiman

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