If you have been following me for a while, you probably know how much I love natural products. I also love to cook and it is very important to me to know exactly what is in the food that I eat. I strongly believe we are what we eat. Whatever I put in my body affects the way I look and feel.
I’m always looking for an alternative way to get better results both physically and mentally and that is why I meditate.
In a nutshell, I strongly believe in the mind body connection.
In today’s video, I want to talk more about my personal background and also share some secrets I learned recently.
You may not know this, but I am a cultural anthropologist. And I have a master’s degree in anthropology. I have always been interested in cultures, rituals and ceremonies, especially indigenous rituals, shamanism and the wisdom of native Americans. In the past I have tried many indigenous rituals including the sweat lodge, underwater meditation, full moon meditation, eating healing herbs and more.
Both of my grandmothers were into “natural healing” and especially my maternal grandmother, she shared so many beauty secrets with me when she was alive. She used to ask me to pick wild herbs from the backyard and she would show me how to use them. One was cucumber sake for making the skin soft and another was an herb called “lizard tail.” She made tea using it. According to her the lizard tail tea makes your skin complexion clear.
There were many more but unfortunately I didn’t take notes and I don’t remember many of them.
I don’t have many regrets in my life, but this is one of them.
Speaking of herbs, I want to to talk about a documentary film I recently watched. I have always loved documentary films and the topic was so perfect for me!
More than a year ago, a friend of mine who knows my interests well shared the link to the film saying that I should watch it. I got busy and I bookmarked the film and then forgot about it.
About a year later, this film was introduced to me again by someone else.
One of my life mottos is if something is introduced to me more than twice, I need to try it; it doesn’t matter if it’s a book, restaurant, recipe or film. So I watched the film this time and I was totally blown away!
It is about the Amazon rainforest and its indigenous rituals.
Over 25% of all modern pharmaceuticals come from plants in the Amazon rainforest and the Amazon is home to over 44,000 species of plants.
And here is the mind blowing part; less than 1% of these Amazonian plants have been studied for their healing potential by scientists. Why? Because it takes too long for the researchers to research the plants and it is too expensive!
One team decided to take some action and look further into the healing potential of these Amazonian plants. Instead of spending time and money to research the plants, the team took 8 patients with different illnesses such as breast cancer, depression, Parkinson’s disease, prostate cancer and more to the Amazon rainforest for 30 days! Those patients were chosen from more than 400 applicants around the world.
I don’t want to spoil the ending but I have to say it is a mind blowing ending and if you’re like me and you’re interested in the natural healing power of plants, you don’t want to miss this film.
I also love the fact that this team is not just trying to bring this ancient healing knowledge to the modern world but honoring the indigenous communities and cultures that still hold this sacred healing wisdom.