beneficial effect

anonymous asked:

How do you think aliens would react to human nose bleeds? Or the fact that most of the time human beings dont require medical attention for them?

“Oh shit,” Officer Jones said, drawing Wermng’s attention to them. A gruesome sight met xem – Officer Jones’ face bleeding heavily. Wermng was about to call for a medic when the human next to Officer Jones – Officer Williams – spoke up.

“Oh man, that sucks,” they said conversationally, handing Officer Jones a serviette.

“Yeah, I guess my room was too dry or something,” they replied with a shrug, sounding way too calm for someone who very clearly had a head injury.

“Officer Jones, what medical treatment is necessary to save your life? While Officer Williams have taken actions to help you, I doubt tissue will save your life,” Wermng said, rising to xir full height to be able to move as quickly as possible once an answer had been given.

Officer Jones said something in response, but the words were muffled through the serviette and blood. Fortunately, Officer Williams conveyed the message. “It’s fine, honestly. It’s just a nose bleed.”

“Yes, I realise that their nose is the part that is haemorrhaging heavily, I am trying to ascertain what I can do to be of assistance.”

“No, Wermng, you don’t understand. It’s fine. They’re fine. These things just happen to humans sometimes,” Officer Williams explained, surely in an attempt to make a ‘joke’.

“What for? What beneficial effect could that possibly have?” xe asked.

“Well, none. Like I said, these things just happen sometimes. It’s annoying, but it usually passes pretty quickly,” they said with a shrug. Xe was about to call them out on their joke when xe saw Officer Jones nod – a human sign of agreement.

“And you are going to be fine, Officer Jones?” xe asked, getting another nod.

“Alright,” xe said. “If you’ll just excuse me. I need to have a conversation about updating the humanities guide,” xe explained before leaving the room, queasy by the sight of all that blood. Xe would have to check with another human before having the conversation, but it definitely needed to be included in the guide if it was true.

Xe alerted the nearest medic to their situation regardless.

8 Herbs & Oils that Promote Hair Growth
1. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is an extract of the Jojoba plant found in California, Arizona and parts of Mexico. Jojoba oil has been used for hundreds of years by American Indians to moisturize and grow hair. The molecular makeup of jojoba has similar characteristics to the natural oil the glands of the scalp produce. Jojoba oil can be purchased at herb shops and can be applied directly to your hair or you can add a few drops to your favorite conditioner to promote hair growth. Jojoba is hypoallergenic and will not harm your hair or scalp. Aloe vera is another product used by Native American Indians to promote hair growth and is also an excellent moisturizer for your hair.

2. Wheat Germ/Aloe Vera/Coconut Milk

Mix ¼ cup of wheat germ, ¼ cup of aloe vera and ¼ cup of coconut milk and use this product as a natural shampoo. Aloe vera can be purchased at drugstores and herb shops and can also be applied directly to the scalp as it will open pores on the scalp that may have previously been blocked and will allow the hair follicles to grow. The American Indians also used and continue to use several kinds of oils to promote hair growth such as emu oil, rosemary oil, and mustard oil.

3. Peppermint Oil

A few drops of any of these products can be massaged directly into the scalp to stimulate the hair follicles and promote hair growth. Peppermint oil is also a good scalp stimulator but must be diluted before application. Mix 3 drops of peppermint oilwith 3 teaspoons of water and massage into the scalp. These oils can be purchased at herb shops and all are hypoallergenic and not harmful to the hair or scalp.

4. Lavender Oil/Lavender Water

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia or Lavandula officinalis), native to the Mediterranean, is now grown in temperate climates worldwide. For centuries, lavender has been used by herbal practitioners to prevent baldness and to encourage new hair growth. Lavender contains potent anti-bacterial agents that soothe and heal scalp infections. It is useful in treating dandruff and adds volume to the hair shaft. Place a few sprigs of lavender in a glass container and cover with extra-virgin olive oil and cover tightly. Place in a cool, dark spot and allow to age for 3 to 4 weeks. Use the lavender infused oil as a daily scalp massage. Apply and leave on overnight. In the morning, wash hair with a gentle organic shampoo and style as usual.

A daily rinse of lavender water (bring water to a boil, add a few sprigs of lavender, reduce to simmer for 20 minutes, then cool) will impart a delightful fragrance and shine to hair. Apply lavender as a daily rinse after shampooing.

5. Burdock Root Oil

Burdock (Arctium Lappa) root oil, also known as Bur oil is one of the most important herbs used to restore hair. Burdock promotes healthy hair by relieving scalp irritations and improving blood circulation to the hair follicle. Burdock root oil supplies natural phytosterols and important essential fatty acids to hair roots, and has been traditionally used to reduce and reverse hair thinning. It is a key ingredient in many hair restoration treatments.

6. Saw Palmetto

Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) has been used for centuries as both a food staple and as a healing medicinal herb. The herb produces a dark red berry which is dried and then pulverized into a fine powder. Saw palmetto is available in several forms including ointments, capsules, tinctures and teas. Recent scientific studies have shown that Saw Palmetto may have beneficial effects for those suffering from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH); male pattern baldness and other conditions associated with excess DHT (male hormone) production.

7. Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle (Urtica Diocia), found growing naturalized across America, blocks the conversion of testosterone into DHT. Excessive DHT contributes to hair loss in both men and women. Stinging nettle can be purchased in either pill or capsule form and is said to be more effective when used in combination with saw palmetto. Nettle can be harvested in the wild (use gloves as the leaves are covered with tiny hairs that cause a stinging sensation upon contact with human skin). The fresh leaves can be submersed in olive oil in a glass jar. Seal and place in a cool, dark spot for 2 to 3 weeks. Apply the oil in an invigorating scalp massage. Stinging nettle essential oil is frequently an ingredient in organic shampoos and conditioners.

8. Rosemary

Used for centuries in cultures worldwide to promote hair growth and delay the onset of gray hair, Rosemary oil stimulates blood circulation of the scalp. A refreshing daily rinse of rosemary leaves simmered in water retains hair color. The rinse is most effective on dark hair. A few drops of rosemary oil can be added to olive oil and used as a scalp massage oil.

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Fun D&D Item ideas:

The Stick of Sturdidity: A totally impervious metalic 2 foot long rod. cant be damaged or transmuted in any way shape or form. No other special effects, magical or otherwise. Literally just a completely indestructible stick.

The Masked Mask: A Mysterious mask that, when worn, is impossible for other people to see. When worn, the wearer appears, instead, exactly as they were before the mask was equipped. When not equipped, the mask appears as a rather ostentatious fancy feathered and jeweled masquerade mask.

The Forget-Me-Knot: A necklace with a round stone pendant. when not directly addressing this amulet, it is immediately forgotten about. The wearer is not exempt from this effect.

The Staff of Substitution: This staff, emblazened with the sigil of Gordon the Cowardly, when activated, switches your position with a randomly selected person from literally anywhere in your current plane, the person can be anyone, from a king, to a peasant, another adventurer, an angry giant or even a child. It can be reactivated to switch the positions back, but will automatically reverse the switch after a time limit of 1 hour.

The Pen of Poor Reception: This magical pen is able to write in such a way as only yourself and one other intended recipient can read whatever is written. However, anyone else who reads from it, will instead read it as a very personal and needlessly vulgar series of mean insults, inflamitory comments and generally very unpleasant commentary.

The Timepiece of Reflection and Introspection: Appearing as a a jeweled pocket watch with mirror like polished metal, engraved with with images of hourglasses and the sun, this magical item accurately tells the time through magical means. In addition, when broken, will cause time to freeze, everywhere, for everyone, for the equivalent of 3 hours. In this time, no one can move, no one can use magic, no one can take any action, however, characters will be allowed to think during this time. After the time runs out, time starts again as per normal exactly as it was.

The Hat of Convienient Bird Purchasing: This tall flat topped hat hasthe ability to transform gold, into birds. The more gold placed into the hat, the more interesting the resulting bird will be (refer to the list below). The resulting bird will not be under the control of the buyer, will likely be startled to be pulled from a hat, and will react as a bird would in that situation.

1-9g: A small wodden chicken
10g: Sparrow
20g: Pidgeon/dove
30g: Duck/chicken
50g: Parrot
100g: A Bird of Prey (falcon, eagle, owl, etc)
200g: Flamingo/Peacock
500g: Cassowary, Emu, Ostritch
1000g: Medium or smaller dinosaur or monsterous bird.
2000g: A Large or larger dinosaur or monsterous bird.
10000g: Huitzil, Lord of all avian, Ruler of the 9 skies. The Bird King.
(Note: Specific birds can be summoned, but an appropriate amount of gold must still be given to the hat. If a bird you wish to summon is not on the list, pay an equivalent amount of gold as decided by your dm.)

Superior Boots: These tall red leather boots have no beneficial effects on the wearer, but any other creature who views the boots will know their own shoes to appear drab and boring in comparison. The individual will not necessarily be compelled to want the Superior boots, but may if they value style highly and desire your boots for themselves.

The Net of Hair: This Large (approx 20 square foot) net seems to be made of long hair from an unknown creature. when tied down to the ground, anything contained within is considered a to be in a seperate area to the world around it when regarding the area of effect on spells, auras or environmental effects. If the Net is damaged in any way, this effect dissapears in one round.

The Token of C’fung Mif: This Monolithically Magical token takes any shape it’s user desires, once a shape has been assumed, the user can regail the token with a legend, tale, story, prophecy or forboding ill omen, which the token will then create a visual representation for, to be played when it is next picked up by another individual.The Token, after sharing this vision, will then fill the new users mind with a task, a direction, or a general sense of urgency as decided by the original user. Once parameters set by the original user have been fufilled, the token will become inert until recollected. When the original user collects the token again, it resets to it’s original form.

More favourite memes:

  • *following bizarre catastrophe that couldn’t possibly have been anticipated* “Hey, you knew the risks.”
  • “Damn you, [tangentially relevant public figure]!”
  • “Well, at least [minor beneficial side effect of severe disaster].”
  • “Okay, I’m going to need [list of items with no possible relevance to the problem at hand].”
  • “Don’t worry - I have a plan.” *smash cut to even worse situation*
How To Make And Prepare Herbs

Since the effectiveness and the value of most herbs are greatest when the plants are fresh, the best preparations are usually those that you make yourself from freshly gather herbs. And what a satisfying feeling to be able to identify your remedy in the field and to extract natures healing elements and put them to use, all through your own efforts! (Some plants, however, should be used only dried or in professional preparations to avoid or minimize the detrimental effects.)

But even the best plant materials can be ruined if you use the wrong kind of process in preparing your remedies. The choice depends primarily on the identity of the plant, the plant parts being used, the elements to be extracted, the form in which the remedy will be taken or applied, and the effect to be achieved. A little experimentation will soon indicate the adjustments that need to be made to suit you or someone else’s needs.

Don’t be impatient, though, if you don’t get immediate results from the preparations. Herbs are not one-shot wonder drugs in the modern sense; rather, their effectiveness is based on gradual action to restore the natural balance of bodily functions that constitutes health. Very few plant remedies produce lasting beneficial effects after only one or two doses; most treatments involve taking the remedy daily for at least several weeks of this is also greatly helped or hindered by your overall lifestyle, especially your diet. A healthful  diet and sufficient exercise to keep your body in good condition are valuable for both preventing much illness and for helping to overcome it when it does strike.

The only prepared remedies that can be kept for any length of time are ointments and those made with alcohol. The alcohol will preserve the latter, and a little gum benzoin or tincture or benzoin(a drop per ounce of fat) will preserve selves or ornaments made with a perishable base. Make infusions, decoctions, cold extracts, juice, poultices, and fomentations fresh each time. Whenever you do store any plant preparations, sterilize the containers before putting the preparations in them.

The following types of preparations are those most commonly and conveniently used in herbal medicine. The doses given our four average adult use and must be adjusted for age and condition for children and weak or elderly people, or when using very potent plants, use 130 to 2/3 the adult dose.


An infusion is a beverage made like tea, by combining boiling water with plants, usually the green parts or the flowers, and steeping to extract their active ingredients. The relatively short exposure to heat in this method of preparation minimizes the loss of volatile elements. The usual amount is about 1/2oz to 1oz to a pint of water. Most often the water is poured over the plants, but some recipes require that the plants be added to boiling water, the pot then being immediately removed from the heat. Use an enamel, porcelain, or glass pot to steep the plants for about 10 minutes; then cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid to minimize evaporation. For drinking, strain the infusion into a cup or glass. Sometimes sugar or honey is added to improve the taste. For most purposes, take the infusion luke warm or cool; but to induce sweating and to break up a cold or a cough, take it hot. Most herbal teas are taking over a period of time in small, regular doses ranging from a teaspoon to a mouthful. The cumulative daily dose usually ranges from 1 to 4 cups, depending on the severity of the problem and the potency of the plant.


When you want to extract primarily the mineral salts and the bitter principles of plans, rather than the vitamins on volatile ingredients, decoction is your method of preparation. Hard materials such as wood, roots, bark, and seeds, also generally require boiling to extract their active ingredients. Boil about a half ounce plant parts per cup of water in it and I’m old or nonmetallic pot. Green plant parts can be added to cold water, brought to a boil,and boiled for 3 to 4 minutes; or they can be added to boiling water and then boiled for the same time. The mixture then steeps with a cover on the pot for 2 to 3 minutes. Hard materials need boiling for about 10 minutes the longer steeping to extract their ingredients. Strain of the plant parts before drinking or using the decoction. Directions for taking decoctions are the same as for infusions.


Preparation with cold water effectively preserve the most volatile ingredients and extract only minor amounts of mineral salts and bitter principles. Add about double the amount of plant material used for an infusion to cold water in and enamelled or nonmetallic pot. Let the mixture stand for 8 to 12 hours, strain, and the drink is ready. Directions for taking are the same as for infusions.  (Korach: I’ve had luck using oil and alcohol for Cold Extracts. My favorite being minced garlic in olive oil, I use it primarily for cooking)


Chop fresh plants or plant parts up into small pieces and press to squeeze out the juice. Add a  little water to the pressed material and press again to get the rest. This is a good method for extracting water-soluble constituents, especially those sensitive to heat. It is excellent for getting vitamins and miinerals from the plant; but the juice must be taken within a short time after pressing, since a vitamin content declines rapidly after fermentation sets in.(Korach: Of course we also have Juicers & Cold Presses to do this)


Grind dried plant parts with the mortar and pestle and or other implements until you have a powder. Powder can be taken with water, milk, or soup; sprinkled on food; or swallowed in gelatin capsules. A number 0 capsule holds about 10 grains; number 00 holds about 15 grains. The most common dose for powders is the amount that you can pick up on the tip of a dinner knife.


A basic syrup to which you can add medicine ingredients can be made by simply boiling 3lbs  of raw or brown sugar in a pint of water until it reaches the right consistency. Or you can boil the plant materials in honey or store-bought syrup and then strain through cheesecloth. Syrup is especially useful for administering medicines to children.


Combine 1oz to 4oz powdered herb(the amount depends on the plant’s potency) with 8 to 12 ounces of alcohol. Add water to make a 50% alcohol solution(you have to know what percent alcohol you started). Let stand for two weeks, shaking once or twice a day; then strain and pour the liquid into a bottle suitable for storage. Like other alcoholic extracts tinctures will keep for a long time. Homeopaths use very dilute tinctures as their basic medicinal preparations.


Dissolve an ounce of the herb’s essential oil in a pint of alcohol. This is a good way to preserve the volatile essential oils of many plants, which are generally not suitable in water.


Mix well one part of the remedy in powdered form with four parts hot petroleum jelly, lard, or similar substance. For purists, an old method is to boil the ingredients in water until the desired properties are extracted. Strain the liquid add the decoction to olive or other vegetable oil, and simmer until the water has completely evaporated. Add beeswax as needed to get a firm consistency. Melt the mixture by heating slowly, and stir until completely blended. I was pointed out above, a little gum benzoin or a drop of tincture of benzoin per ounce of fat(when a Percival fat is used as a base) will help to preserve the ointment.


The poultice, or cataplasm, is used to apply a remedy to a skin area with moist heat. To prepair, bruise or crush the medicinal parts of the plant to a pulp mass and heat. If using dried plants(or if needed even with fresh plants), moisten the materials by mixing with a hot, soft, adhesive substance, such as moist flour or corn meal, or a mixture of bread and milk. Apply directly to the skin. A good way is to spread the pace or pulp on a wet, hot cloth, apply, and wrap the cloth around to help retain moisture and heat. Moisten the cloth with hot water periodically as necessary. Where the irritant plants are involved(as in a Mustard “plaster”), keep the pace between the two pieces of cloth to prevent direct contact with the skin; after removing the poultice, wash the area well with water or herb tea(especially camomile or mugwort) to remove any residue that may have gotten on the skin. You can use the poultice to soothe, to irritate, or to draw impurities from the body depending on which plant or plants you use.


Sook cloth or towel in an infusion or decoction, ring out the excess, and apply as hot as possible to the affected area. A fomentation has about the same applications as a poultice but is generally less active and its effect.


Soak cloth or towel in an infusion or decoction that has been cooled, wring out the excess, and apply to the affected area. Leave on until it is warmed by body heat, usually 15 to 20 minutes. Repeat application with a fresh cool compress. Continue until relieved.


Hydrotherapy – the use of water for treatment of illness – is particularly popular in Europe, where health spas have elaborate facilities for all types of “water cures.” Often these include the use of mineral water or of mineral and herbal bath additives to enhance the natural healing power of the water or to produce particular effects on the body. But you don’t have to go to a European health resort to take healing baths: with a few simple supplies, you can enjoy the benefits right at home.

Full or partial herb baths come in all shapes and sizes, from the bathtub to the eyecup. Basically they are baths to which plant decoctions or infusions have been added. Depending on the plants used and the temperature, such baths can calm or stimulate the mind and body; open or close pores; relieve inflammation, itching, or pain; and exert various other beneficial effects.



On this day in 1992 Dr Mae Carol made history as the first African-Armerican women to travel to space. She resigned from NASA in 1993 to launch The Jemison Group “a technology design and consulting company.” According their site.  She also founded the The Dorothy Jemison Foundation for Excellence (DJF), Which “develops and implements teaching methods, curricula, materials and programs that foster educational experiences resulting in individuals fully able to participate and contribute effectively and beneficially to society.” 

Any of you ladies in this field? What advice you have for our readers send them in .


Happy Full Moon In Scorpio
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“Throughout this day I am mindful that I carry within me the energies of transformation, rebirth, passion and strength.”

Use this moon for:

  • Purging intense emotional matters  such as: guilt, lust, or obsession.

  • Keeping things secret.

  • Solving mysteries and getting to the root of the issue.

  • Concentration, and exam revision.

  • Healing the sexual organs.

Scorpio Full Moon is a time of Death and rebirth (not necessarily physical death), intensity, extremes, and heightened sensitivity. It is good for focusing, being sexual, and also doing psychic work because of the deep emotions and desires Scorpio brings. Since sensitivity is heightened, this moon is a wonderful time to deeply connect and feel the Goddess, especially the dark Crone Goddesses. During the Scorpio full moon opinions and feelings are intense and penetrating. Strong desires, especially sexual yearnings , run deep with emotions at their peak.

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Be cautious of emotional resentments, as this is a time where past feelings can surface and block your very heightened creative energy, so fight the urges to be suspicious, secretive, and moody. This is a time of regeneration, and cleaning out of emotional debris from the previous month. There is great energy to complete things and focus on certain areas that you have found yourself too scattered to deal with the previous cycle. Take the time now for sexual exploration, as well as relaxation.


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Full Moon in Scorpio (Taurus Sun) rituals are high energy and psychic. The veil is thin between the worlds, so during your Scorpio full moon rituals the Goddesses joins the circle easily. Anything that you can do in the two to three Scorpio days for the region of the sexual organs has a doubly beneficial preventative and healing effect, as Scorpio rules the sexual organs. Anything th

at puts a heavier burden on the sexual organs and urinary tract has a harmful effect during this transit than any other days. If you are able to postpone surgery or operations on the sexual organs during this time, it is best. Expectant mothers should also be cautious to stay clear of any heavy strain/exertion during this time. As  it is believed that miscarriage occurs easily during the Scorpio full moon.

  • Vaginal steams/healing baths with herbs such as: Yarrow, rose, jasmine, raspberry, holy basil can be used as a healing aid for women during this full moon. Vaginal (Yoni) steaming is effective because the soft tissues of a woman’s vagina are extremely porous and quickly absorb the vapors of the steam. The heat of the steam stimulates circulation and blood flow to the pelvic area, and combined with the medicinal benefits of the herbs, will nourish, tone, and cleanse the vaginal tissues and whole pelvic region. *Please do not use vaginal steaming if you are: pregnant, menstruating,  or if there is infection present.

  • Healing baths

  • Meditation and/or releasing ritual.

  • Healthy sexual play


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Light a deep red candle and burn incense of or oil of Myrrh. Sitting in silence, breathe in the sign of Scorpio and place it in your heart center. visualize the color scarlet surrounding you, and breathe that color into your heart, allow it to fill you with strength, courage, intensity, and passion. Honor these powerful energies and ask that they be used to assist in the journey to transform lower nature into your highest good.


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Am I willing to be born anew…again and again, and again? 


Florida Water is valued as a multipurpose cologne-turned spiritual water. Originally, it was known as unisex cologne, suitable for men and women. It was touted as “The Richest of all Perfumes” and “The most Popular Perfume in the World” by Murray & Lanman, the company that created it.

In Hoodoo, Florida Water is used in spiritual cleansing and home protection. It can be worn on the body, used as an ingredient in magical works or by itself as a cologne, put in the bath water and misted in the environment to purify it. In fact there are so many ways Florida Water can be used it is no wonder it remains a favorite conjure item among practitioners. Here are some ways Florida Water can be used to make your life more enjoyable.

1. Add to spiritual baths to enhance spiritual cleansings;
2. Wear as a cologne for a protective shield that leaves a delicate scent.
3. Mist in the environment to repel negative energy and negative spirits.
4. Mist in the environment to attract good spirits.
5. Add to floor washes for its cleansing properties.
6. Place a bottle on your altar as an offering to the Spirits;
7. Use to wash a pair of lodestones in preparation for use.
8. Add a few drops to a bowl of water and place on your ancestral altar as an offering to your ancestors.  
9. Use after showering for an exhilarating rubdown and toner.
10. Use as an astringent and skin lotion to tone the skin, leaving it with a feeling of freshness.
11. As a rubdown for the sick, Florida Water has a beneficial, stimulating effect similar to alcohol rubs but much more pleasant due to its aromatherapeutic qualities.
12. Applied to insect bites it provides some relief.
13. For high anxiety it can be applied to the forehead and used as a rubdown, providing some relief for nervous tension.
14. Use to cleanse and bless candles prior to use (be sure the candles are completely dry before lighting).*
15. Use to wipe down altars and altar items to keep free from negative energy.
16. Pour a little in a cast iron pot or cauldron and light it to aid in spirit communication through fire.
17. Pour a little in a cast iron pot or cauldron and light it, then place your hands over the flames warming them before engaging in money drawing activities like working and gambling.
18. Pray the 23rd Psalm over it and use in place of Holy Water.
19. Periodically spray a little on your altar to keep it receptive to the spirits.

*CAUTION: Florida Water is highly flammable. Use extreme caution when working with it.

Excerpt from the Hoodoo Almanac 2012

This post is a masterpost of how Mercury can impact the houses and personal areas of life they represent for each Ascendant sign.  I use the Equal House System to determine the horoscope layout; thus there is no interpretation for interceptions present in time based house systems.  These interpretations can be subject to modification and can be more powerfully felt in some horoscopes as opposed to others.   Aspects to the natal Mercury can really highlight the beneficial or harmful effect of how areas of life within each house Mercury rules rules play out.  Conjunctions effects can differ depending on the nature of the planet conjuncting Mercury.  Sextiles and trines usually bring positive results. Squares, inconjunctions and oppositions of planets to mercury in the birth chart make more apparent difficult issues come out with Mercuries retrograde.

Aries Ascendant: Mercury rules the 3rd and 6th houses

Retrograde Mercury impacts the affairs of the 3rd house of Thinking Patterns, Communication, Learning, Siblings and Short Distance Trips.  Mercuries retrograde can cause a loss of focus when it comes to thinking patterns.  The usual desire to seek out new information can be at a loss.  The usual quick and smart reactions may be subdued and slowed due to the backwards motion of the planet.  Thinking can be less active overall then normal.  The usual desire to ask questions and acquire information may be lessened then normal.  Forming thoughts may be more difficult than normal.  ADD symptoms might be apparent. The mind may wonder and be prone to drifting; even struggling to complete a full thought at points.

Sharing ideas may be more difficult than normal.  Speech style may be slower perhaps with lessened reply speed then normally being on top of things.  The need to share information may not be so much apparent for the retrograde period.  Writing may be a better way of expressing thoughts as opposed to verbally communicating them at this time. Texting or writing online tends to be preferred as a means so their minds can express thoughts clearer.

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5 Things To Enjoy In Moderation 

It’s been said that too much of anything can be bad for us, hence why it’s wise to use everything in moderation. Self-love is all about doing what makes us happy, however we must keep in mind that some of these things may have to be enjoyed in moderation.

1. Video games - playing video games can be a great way to reduce stress and has some beneficial effects for the brain, however playing for hours on end has a detrimental effect on the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). When we are controlling avatars inside a virtual world our PNS absorbs those actions of jumping, shooting & fighting but does not experience the physical outlet of these sensations. This can lead to involuntary muscle twitching and a restless mind.

2. Rest - our bodies & minds need adequate rest to function optimally, but too much inactivity can result in poor physical & mental health. If we are spending a lot of time laying down & indoors this can lead to suffering physical discomfort such as aches & pains and the lack of mental stimulation from the outside world can cause insomnia, paranoia and depression.

3. Food - indeed, eating our favourite foods is a great way to show ourselves some self-love, but if these foods are not healthy and we rely on them to elevate our moods we will soon find ourselves in ill-health. This is why it’s equally important to care for ourselves by restricting the types of foods we eat to ensure that we don’t compromise our physical or mental health.

4. Television - there are some TV shows that can make us laugh when we’re feeling at our lowest (Rick & Morty) or captivate our attention with their incredible stories (Game of Thrones), but centring our lives around what we like to watch encourages us to live through these stories rather than create our own.

5. Alone time - the time we spend with ourselves can be extremely beneficial for reflection & integrating the lessons from what we’ve experienced, however we are social creatures and denying ourselves time to interact with others can result in poor mental health due to the feeling of separation from others. Isolating ourselves from others when we feel misunderstood can be helpful in understanding ourselves, but finding a tribe we resonate with can help us to heal that which plagues the mind because we are all reflections of each other.

Indulging in moderation is a form of self-love.

Peace & positive vibes.

“First of all, all protein is made by plants. I’ll state that again for the record. All protein is initially made by plants, all of it. And it’s not necessary to eat animal tissue in order to get protein. Only plants have the ability to actually take nitrogen from the air, break these molecules apart and incorporate that nitrogen into amino acids and then make protein. Any protein you get from an animal is simply recycled plant protein. You really want to get your protein from plants because plant proteins have a much more beneficial effect on our physiology.”

Dr. Milton Mills, M.D., Critical Care Physician

things i love: positive overwatch disability content

  • sombra trying to alter reaper’s nanites to decrease his pain issues
  • soldier: 76 and the never-ending blind jokes
  • symmetra infodumping and whoever she’s talking to listening with interest and symmetra getting really happy and flappy about it
  • “hey roadie, guess what?” “what.” “i’m all right!” “…you swapped arms with symmetra.” “I SWAPPED ARMS WITH SYMMETRA!”
  • “eh i’m not much of a dancer. got two left feet.” “boss, did you swap legs with hanzo?” “YEAH!”
  • emily and winston helping tracer through dissociative episodes
  • ana doing the “i see no ships” thing with her eyepatch and someone pointing out that it doesn’t work because she has a bionic eye
  • reinhardt doing the “i see no ships” thing and nobody being able to retort, ana is dying of laughter in the background
  • hanzo trying to understand his brother’s altered body and trying to help him with issues relating to it, bc this is kind of his fault and he wants to be supportive if he can
  • there’s a “can’t sleep due to trauma nightmares so let’s get drunk and talk about our problems” club, it meets at 1am at least three times a week
  • zenyatta the magical robot therapist
  • winston, torbjorn and some others trying to work out how to get ganymede registered as an actual emotional support animal to help bastion out
  • “can someone give me a hand?” “sure thing, partner!” “jesse mccree if you throw your arm at me i swear to god i’ll - ” THWACK
  • morrison and reyes supporting each other with the less beneficial side-effects of the enhancement program
  • someone in talon suggests trying to hijack the various artificial limbs that members of overwatch have and sombra just gives them the angriest “are you fucking kidding me” look imaginable
  • everyone supporting each other through panic attacks, flashbacks, meltdowns, etc
  • the amputee characters try to one-up each other with stories of how they lost their limbs
  • “whenever i see a cute girl i feel like i stop existing for a second” “…tracer you’re chronally dissociated you don’t exist at all anyway” “EXACTLY”
  • everyone is very quiet when mccree has a migraine, they see what they can do to help, do it, and then leave him alone
  • junkrat is always 100000% prepared for when roadhog has asthma attacks and knows exactly how to help him and get him through it

This spa experience is comprised of a series of soothing treats for your eyes and ears, all specially selected by @granada-brett-crumbs​ and myself to give you the most relaxing experience in 5 steps. All content has been tested for its beneficial effects prior to publication.

Recommended for use with this treatment: a soft cream-colored robe and a timer (optional). It is recommended that you take as little or as much time as you need on each step. That said, we have laid out suggested times for each, for those who need them. Total time adds up to just over 15 minutes.

Step 1: Stare at Jeremy smiling. Focus on the mole.(Suggested time: 2 minutes.)

Step 2: Get lost in the color of his eyes to find inner peace. (Suggested time: 2 minutes or however long it takes to find inner peace.)

Step 3: Synchronize your breathing with the following gif of Jeremy touching his hair. One sweep of the hand, inhale, another sweep of the hand, exhale. Repeat. (Suggested time: 1 minute, or 20 sweeps.)

Step 4: Close your eyes and listen to this audio recording of Jeremy entertaining fans backstage (after a performance of “The Secret of Sherlock Holmes”). Let your ears be enveloped by the cadence of his voice in conversation. Time: 8 min. 19 sec.

Step 5 (the final step): Open your eyes and contemplate the magnificence of Jeremy’s eyes. Feel the healing.  (Suggested time: 2 minutes.)

Wobbly Start

Paperhat Month day’s 7 and 8 combo’d into 1 big write (overprotective and first date)

“Are you sure you want to do this, sir?”

Blackhat froze mid-step at Flug’s words sent his thoughts into a spin for the millionth time that day.

What am I doing? Can I do this? Im gonna throw up if I don’t- what am I- WhatifIcan’twhatifIscrewthisupandeverythinggoeswrongIdon’tknowhowtohandlethesehumanemotions

“Sir?” Flug had his hand on Blackhat’s shoulder out of concern. The thoughts melted away as Blackhat looked at Flug in his high waisted jeans and soft red sweater. Then he looked into his eyes and the worry he found there grounded the eldritch again.

“My apologies, doctor, I’ve just never done this before…” Blackhat mumbled off-handedly. The soft laugh that Flug let out had Blackhat on edge until the scientist followed it with,

“I’m sorry for laughing sir, I just hadn’t pinned you for the type to be so nervous for a first date. Nerves are more of my territory.”

“I’m not nervous!” Blackhat denied vehemently. “I’m just….” But he couldn’t find a good excuse to finish with, so he just went silent.

“There’s nothing wrong with a little apprehension before a date, Blackhat.” Instead of answering, Blackhat opened the front door and gestured for his date to go through. As Flug walked outside into the evening air he wished that he could do more to help his new boyfriend, but if the eldritch wasn’t ready to open up yet, he’d just have to be patient.

First, the two went and saw some new nerdy science fiction movie; Flug had insisted that it sounded good and who was Blackhat to deny him? The best part for the eldritch was the  mixed reactions of ridicule and awe that the Doctor came out of the theatre with. About some parts of the movie he ranted on about how unrealistic they were or how they could have created some of the inventions in a much simpler manner. For other parts he babbled on about how amazing some of the concepts were and how they could be brought to life by his own hands. Blackhat couldn’t help the chuckle he let out along with saying,

“Well then I can expect you to try your hands at making them, right, Flug?” The scientist gasped and then turned and squished Blackhat’s cheeks between his hands in his excitement as they stood in the middle of the parking lot.

“Do you really mean that, sir!!! You’d let me do that!!!” Blackhat reached up and grabbed Flug’s wrists and gently tugged them away from his face and then held them.

“Well why not? Have I not let you choose what to invent in the past?” The doctor looked down as their hands and watched as Blackhat’s grey clawed fingers rubbed soft circles into his knuckles.

“Well… erm… I mean technically, but I’ve always felt that there was something you wanted and so I’d usually make those things and well…” Blackhat furrowed his brows and cleared his throat to get Flug’s attention.

“I’ve always trusted you to make whatever you thought was best for the company, Flug. That’s why I’m telling you that you could make these inventions because I know you’d make them effective and beneficial.”

“You trust me?”

“Of course I do.” Despite the paper bag in the way, Blackhat could tell that his boyfriend was positively beaming.

“Well then come on, sir! I have something I want to show you then!” Then Flug let go of one hand and held tight to the other as he took off running. Blackhat was quick to follow suit.

Buildings and trees flew by as they went. The sun that was almost set, giving way to a 3/4th’s moon and a spattering of stars high above. When Flug came to sudden stop, the eldritch nearly crashed into him. After shaking away the disorientation, Blackhat took in his surrounds and felt a strange emotion flood him.

They must have been in the middle of the city park judging by their surroundings. In front of them through was a huge fountain. The center piece to it was a huge swan with his beak opened towards the sky. Around this were other smaller swans and dolphins leaping towards the stars. What was most stunning through was the lights that glanced off of the arches of water  and white marble in a myriad of colors. Even Blackhat, an eldritch being who had seen many things, was stunned into silence.

Beside him, Flug was elated to see that his boyfriend loved the fountain as much as he did, and so he hooked his arm through the eldritch’s and leaned into him.

“I didn’t know this is what the fountain looked like at night,” Blackhat finally murmured.

“I’m glad you like it, Black Hat,” Flug giggled. “I discovered it on a night I was having trouble sleeping, and so I took a walk… It’s very calming, isn’t it?”

“It is…” But with a loud bang the peaceful moment was shattered.

Blackhat cried out and was knocked forward into the water as something slammed into his shoulder and then tore through it. Flug turned around to see a figure emerging from the bushes with a malignant grin on their face.

“Hey there, Blackhat! Been a while, hasn’t it?!” The high-pitched voiced shadow stepped into the light to reveal a monstrous being. Purple skin was mostly covered by a turtleneck tank top and black athletic pants. A pair of horns curled back around long pointed ears, and yellow cat-like eyes gleamed with murder.

“Fang?” Blackhat grunted out from behind. Flug turned back around to find the eldritch bleeding dark green, and staring wide-eyed at his assailant.

“The one and only! I know you thought you’d left me for dead all those years back, but someone saved me just so I could come back and kill you someday!”

“How did you-”

“I’ve been waiting for months to get you at a vulnerable moment, Blackie! This date you’ve been having with your stupid little boytoy has let your guard down enough finally so, here I am!” Fang moved in towards Flug until they were towering over him. “You used to tell me that love was a weakness, Blackie, Best to get rid of those.” The sharp toothed smirk Fang flashed at Blackhat shot a cold fear down the eldritch spine.

“Don’t hurt him!” Blackhat cried out. Just as the words left him though Flug was flying across the grass from a punch to the face. Fury flooded Blackhat’s veins and a snarl curled his lips. Standing up in water Blackhat tried to shift his form so he could destroy his nemesis, but he found that he was numb. Fang laughed cruelly.

“It took forever but apparently my neutralizing bullets work now, huh?” Blackhat attempted to shift again, but he only felt pain from the still slowly bleeding bullet wound. Fang reach over the pool’s edge and pulled Blackhat in by the lapels of his suit coat. “How’s it feel to be powerless!”

“MAYBE YOU SHOULD TRY IT TOO!” Came Flug’s voice, then there was a flash of green, and Fang screeched. The creature let go of his prey to grasp at the open hole in it’s side. Then Fang was tacked to the ground by Flug, who punched them square in the jaw. “Take that!” Another punch. “And that, jerk!” Each word was accented by a carefully calculated fist. “Go! To! Hell! And never touch my boyfriend again!” Flug was breathing heavily, and the person beneath him bruised and bleeding. A loud splash as Blackhat collapsed back into the fountain had Flug off of Fang and immediately at the eldritch side.

“Blackhat! Sir! Are you okay!?” As green dripped down and then dissipated into the water laughter filled the night air; Blackhat was shaking with with mirth as Flug fussed over him. “Sir! What’s so funny?! You’re injured!” Blackhat grabbed the doctor’s face, and looked him in the eyes.

“I just didn’t know you were so protective of me, Flug!” The deadly smile and the flicker of a forked tongue had the scientist knowing just how much teasing he was going to get over this incident.

“S-sir- I just- I just was trying to make sure you were okay! I-I didn’t-”

“If you weren’t being overprotective then why did you feel the need to punch my assassin to the brink of death?”

“Sh-shut up!” Flug left Blackhat in the water and pulled out a sleek, red, gun looking object. “I gotta take care of this before you keep blathering on and distract me anymore.” Then he pulled a trigger and the nearly dead body of Fang disappeared in a puff of smoke and red light. “There, now they won’t be coming back to hurt you again.”

Blackhat opened his mouth to comment on his boyfriend’s behavior when suddenly a needle was being jammed into his upper arm.

“AhhHHHh aRRRGGG! That STINGS!” Flug was giving him a deadpanned look that told the eldritch he was done with the teasing.

“I just gave you a serum that should reverse the effects of the bullet, so shift your wound closed…and maybe tell me what happened back there?”

“What do you mean?” Flug offered a hand to help Blackhat out of the water tossed him a small blue disc and told him that it would dry his clothes before answering.

“I mean with you freezing up when I was threatened rather than attacking right away like I know you usually would? Were you … scared of something?”

“I…” Blackhat’s face fell, and he couldn’t look at the doctor.

“You know you can tell me anything, right?”

“I just… I’ve been on edge all night even if I haven’t been showing it and I-I-” Blackhat’s fists clenched by his sides, as he struggled to hold back the hot tears building behind his eye. “I’ve been scared that I was going to ruin this date somehow and you’d hate me, andIdon’tknowhyI’mgettingsoanxiousoverthisstuff I’m not a human, and I’m sorry!” Blackhat was trembling and he hated it. He felt weak and vulnerable but he didn’t know how to control his new emotions so he couldn’t put an end to them.

“Hey,” Flug’s voice was soft like a comforting blanket. “I’m right here, Blackhat, and you didn’t ruin the date, you can’t ruin this date, because I love you. I know you’re not human, and I know you’re tryin’ to figure out your emotions, so I’m not here to pressure you into being some kind of perfect boyfriend or something, cause that’s not what I expect from you. All I expect is for you to try, and I can see that you are.”Flug wiped away a stray tear and gently cupped his boyfriend’s cheek. “You’re doing you’re best.”

“But what about Fang and-”

“Hey, Fang’s gone now, and we should go try to do something fun to get them off our minds.”

“Do you have an idea of where to go where we might not run into people trying to kill me?” The way that Flug lit up had a a slight anxiety filling Blackhat’s head again.

“I was thinking of late night roller skating!”

“I don’t know how to-”

“Don’t worry! I’ll teach you,sir!” Grabbing the Eldritch’s hand again. “We’ll make this night good again,don’t worry!” Then they were off again as the moon rose higher. Blackhat’s worry was finally gone by the time Flug pulled him out onto the rink. He knew now that he couldn’t screw up their date, even if he was still learning how to be a good boyfriend. Flug would love him all through the ups and downs of leanring how to feel, and that’s all that mattered.

Green Tea!

This easy to make and refreshing tea has tons of health benefits and medicinal uses!

Here are the ten main ones -

1.  Green tea is loaded with bioactive compounds that can have various beneficial effects on health. It is full of antioxidants, more than even blackcurrant juice, this helps your body to destroy toxins and keep infections at bay. The toxins that Green tea keeps from forming are attributed to aging and many diseases such as even cancer.

2.  Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, but enough to produce an effect. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which can work synergistically with caffeine to improve brain function. With this, it also aids in keeping dementia from occurring and helps with those who struggle from severe mental fatigue especially when linked to depression.

3. It increases your metabolic rate. This aids in weight loss through increased fat burning, and overall body efficiency.

4. Drinking green tea as regularly as one cup a day can reduce your risk of various types of cancer significantly. In particular, breast, colorectal and prostate cancers are kept at bay by the antioxidants in the tea. Some studies showing a risk reduction of up to 55% !

5.  The bioactive compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons and may reduce the risk of both Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, the two most common neurodegenerative disorders.

6. Green tea can kill bacteria which leads to less bad breath and less infections.

7. Green tea significantly aids in the managing of type 2 diabetes. Studies show that green tea can lower blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity. In a Japanese study they found that drinking green tea regularly can reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by as much as 42%.

8. Green tea has been shown to lower total and LDL cholesterol, as well as protect the LDL particles from oxidation. Observational studies show that green tea drinkers have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. 

9. Green tea can reduce abdominal fat.

10. It will reduce your risk of dying to many chronic diseases. Reduce the speed of aging. Aid in weight loss and help you have a healthier & happier life.

sam-winchester-admiration-league  asked:

If the Js or somebody working for them actually reads spn_gossip, wouldn't you think they would have gotten rid of Misha long before now? The point being that anons there say the same thing over and over and over again so anything the Js do one day can easily appear to be in response to what's being said on spn_gossip, even though the same thing has being said over and over and over again.

Hello, sweetheart!

I totally get your point, but I don’t think the J’s and/or the PR team are scouring the site to take suggestions. Misha is an unpopular figure there, but that dislike is nothing but a convenient distraction to occupy our time instead of keeping our eyes on the J’s. His introduction to the show also created a new faction within the fandom - the Destiel shippers - and that’s also highly convenient.

I’m not saying that he was brought on merely to be used as a bearding helper, but I imagine the decision to keep him must’ve been affected by the beneficial effects he had on the fandom from the perspective of TPTB. Whatever his initial tresspasses were, he was put in his place quickly enough.

And as for the J’s following spn-gossip, I can’t help but be reminded of this one occurance that was quite a coincidence, if nothing else. So, back in the wee hours of Valentine’s day 2013, anons get to talking a bit naughty on spn-gossip… (please read it, it’s so worth it!)

And it looks like somebody handled Jared’s meat later that day and he just thought he’d share.

Mind you, some fans got to go on the set and see the J’s on that day, so they were definitely working and in Vancouver. Oh, and do you know who really like candles?

Okay, I’ll stop now.

Anyway, this is the most classic example of how the J’s probably come to see what’s discussed over at spn-gossip. I don’t believe they go there too often, seeing as how busy their lives are, but you never know. This is why it pains me that the tone over there has gotten hateful at times. What if they’re reading and feel discouraged by our endless rants and rampant dissatisfaction? Pay in mind, it wasn’t always like that! The first few years were filled with lively discussion and spinning theories - the trolling and wank used to be minute.

The PR sure as heck follows the community and tries to fix up the mistakes that people point out there. When people noted the inconsistencies in G’s baby bump, she started sharing a truckload of pregnant pictures which had been few and far in-between earlier. I wonder why… did we get too close to the truth?

I apologise for the long response, but your ask was particularly interesting. I hope I was able to respond to your question even somewhat. Thank you for dropping by, have a lovely day!

Originally posted by glass-closet


This is a present for @queenxolivier! Happy Birthday Jess!!! <3

Words: 2656

Some rated T Edwin Fluff! Enjoy!

If someone had asked the Fullmetal Alchemist where he thought he’d be at age seventeen, he certainly wouldn’t have predicted a sunflower patch. More specifically, an entire field dedicated to growing the most unusual of flowers. The entire idea of peace had been so foreign to him back when he was in the military, like trying to reach a roof with no ladder. He’d made his own path, albeit messily, but it had landed him here; a stretch of land so extraordinary he thought he’d carry the floral scent with him forever.

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