CHESTNUTS

Chestnuts

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WHAT ARE CHESTNUTS?

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Chestnuts are edible nuts produced by the trees and shrubs of the Castanea genus, which are commonly found throughout the northern hemisphere. While there are a number of different species of chestnuts, most of them possess similar qualities and nutritional profiles. They should not be confused with horse chestnuts, which are quite different. There are a number of different ways in which chestnut tree is used for health benefits, although the fruit of the tree (the chestnut itself) is arguably the most popular.Chestnuts have been a valued food source in many cultures, notably those of China, Korea, Japan and the Mediterranean, and have been cultivated for more than 6,000 years in China and 3,000 years in Europe, according to Richard Litz, author of the book “Biotechnology of Fruit and Nut Crops.” Greeks deemed the chestnut superior to almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts.Chestnuts have been grown by humans…

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http://theorganicbook.com/burn-bay-leaves-house-see-happens-10-minutes/ If you’ve ever stepped inside a yoga studio or new age book shop, you may have noticed that these places sometimes have a very particular smell. This is because many of these locations regularly practice smudging (1), a Native American tradition that uses the smoke of sacred herbs to purify a room. This ritual is similar... Continue Reading →

Midsummer Symbolism — Orange County Local Council of the Covenant of the Goddess

Midsummer Symbolism

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While searching a specific topic to share for this Summer Solstice there was so much rich information it made it hard to decide. Instead, it seemed appropriate to give an overview of symbolism for this special time of year. We found the following information has been shared from Hearth and Home Witchery. Midsummer speaks to […]

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Celebrate the Summer Solstice! June 21, 2017

Summer Solstice

Cherokee Billie Spiritual Advisor

Summer Solstice BlessingsThis year, the summer solstice will take place on Wednesday, June 21, 2017.

Sol + stice derives from a combination of Latin words meaning “sun” + “to stand still.” As the days lengthen, the sun rises higher and higher until it seems to stand still in the sky.

The summer solstice is a time to celebrate the ending of the waxing year and the beginning of the waning year, in preparation for the harvest to come. Midsummer is when all may absorb the Sun’s warming rays and it is a celebration of fertility, not only for humans, but also for crops, animals and all beings.

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year and the first day of summer. While those in the Northern Hemisphere cover up with sunscreen, residents in the Southern Hemisphere will be wrapping up in their warm clothes in honor of the winter solstice…

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