photos by jeff cremer of orange julia and sulfur yellow butterflies drinking the salty tears of a tracajá turtle in the peruvian amazon. sodium is a scarce resource in the western amazon, where there is little mineral content to rain water, so the butterflies have learned to get it where they can. luckily for the butterflies, the turtles don’t much mind, despite deriving no reciprocal benefit themselves. (see also: previous turtle posts)

Water Magic Master Post

For fertility, female reproductive health, eyesight, and beauty
Condenses each night from mist onto leaves, grass, etc.
Commonly used in beauty spells, and is said to be more powerful at dawn on Beltane

Pond or Lake Water
For peace, relaxation, and self-reflection
Use for meditation to achieve inner peace and tranquility

Creek Water
For purification, harmony, and cleansing
Good for cleansing certain crystals if not contaminated with chemicals

River Water
For cleansing, moving forward, protection
Placing an item in running water will remove magical charges

Sea Water
For health, magical power, and manifestation of goals
Good for cleansing and purification spells

Spring Water
Traditional “pure water”
For growth, cleansing, and prosperity

Some hot springs have high sulfur content, which is good for banishing spells

Well Water
For healing, wishes, and intuition
Also Depends on the mineral content of the water
For example, if copper is present, it will do well in love spells

Swamp Water
For banishing and binding
When stored in a sealed jar, it can be used to attract negativity to a designated area and away from another

Rain Water
For energy, protection, and cleansing
Use for revitalizing and growth spells

Images found here.


The Well of Petrification

This well in North Yorkshire near Knaresborough has the ability to turn anything it touches into stone. For years the locals thought the well was cursed by the devil and were afraid to touch it themselves. There is nothing supernatural about the well at all. Due to its high calcite mineral content, anything that touches the water for several months turns to stone. The petrification process is similar to what happens when stalactites or stalagmites form, but just at a much faster pace

Benefits Of Vinegar Baths

Wellness Mama writes:

There are many types of baths that can be used for detoxification and relaxation, but none that benefit the skin with a single ingredient as much as vinegar baths.

I’m not a fan of the smell of vinegar, but I’m a huge fan of vinegar baths because they leave my skin and hair looking and feeling amazing.

Why Vinegar Baths?

Apple Cider Vinegar is a versatile natural remedy and natural home product. It can be infused with herbs to be a natural cold remedy and health tonic, or sipped to relieve heartburn.

Sprayed on skin, it takes the sting out of sunburn and as a foot soak it helps alleviate athlete’s foot.

It is also a beneficial natural beauty ingredient in several ways:

For Its Vitamin and Mineral Content

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a natural source of B-vitamins, Vitamin C and trace minerals, making it nourishing to skin. Since the skin is the body’s largest organ, it is possible to obtain these nutrients from soaking and to nourish the skin. It is naturally nourishing and moisturizing and can soften skin and hair.

Beneficial Acids

Vinegar is naturally acidic so it helps restore balance to the skin’s pH which should be slightly acidic (here’s why). Though it helps restore the skin’s pH it has an alkalizing effect internally and can also help aid digestion for this reason.

Also, many people with joint problems notice improvement from soaking in apple cider vinegar baths, and these beneficial acids and vitamins may be part of the reason.

Soothes Skin Problems

ACV can help naturally kill fungus and bacteria on the skin and offers relief for many with eczema and other skin conditions. Vinegar is often recommended for skin problems like eczema, dandruff and dry skin. These same antibacterial properties and beneficial acids make vinegar effective against zits. A tiny dab of ACV can often help reverse a zit overnight.

For this reason, AVC baths are also sometimes recommended for urinary tract infections as the vinegar can help kill the yeast or fungus and create an environment where it is difficult for infection to thrive. ACV is also a potential remedy for warts and athlete’s foot for this reason.

Reduce Body Odor

Body odor occurs when bacteria mixes with sweat or moisture from the body and thrives in the warm moist environment, especially in places like the underarms. Vinegar can help kill this bacteria, reducing odor. It also creates an environment where odor is less likely to thrive.

I haven’t personally tried it, but many people who can’t tolerate deodorants containing baking soda claim that using diluted apple cider vinegar works wonderfully as a deodorant. I would think that an armpit detox would also be helpful for those with body odor or skin irritation in the underarms.

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“There are even more benefits to consuming organic food than avoidance to toxic chemicals:  organic food is actually more nutritious than conventionally grown food.

The classic symptom of the standard American diet (SAD) is being overfed but undernourished.  How does this happen?  Not only our processed foods devoid of essential vitamins and minerals due to their lack of freshness and chemical process, but even the conventionally grown fruits and vegetables lack the same mineral content as their organic counterparts.”  source

Just in case you need any more reasons to go ORGANIC!!!

Organic produce is so much more nutritious, well worth the investment and in a long run actually cheaper that eating crappy conventionally grown produce (no medical bills to pay, no sick days, ….. you get the picture :-)

And if that is not enough motivation, study shows, mothers who eat organic during a pregnancy have children with higher IQ. AWESOME! Smart kids, less help with homework :-)

Pesticide exposure in womb may hurt your child’s IQ:


Cheers to healthy body, feed it well!


DIY Herb-Infused Grapefruit Toner

The grapefruit is an excellent fruit to use on the skin due to its vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant content. It’s vitamin C protects the skin from free radicals and stimulates the production of collagen in your skin, leaving you with soft, rejuvenated-looking skin. Its potassium helps smooth wrinkles and even offers some protection against UV rays. Its amino acids to help firm the skin. Grapefruit can also help cleanse skin, even out skin tone, and act as a toner… which brings us to these two wonderful recipes for herb-infused grapefruit toner: one for dry skin and one for oily/combination skin.

Recipe here

Via Free People

Lake Mono’s Tufas

Located in Owen’s Valley, California, Lake Mono is one of North America’s oldest lakes−over 1 million years old in fact, with a salinity of about 2.5 times than the ocean. Rivers and streams that flow down from the Sierra Nevada give the lake its unusually high salt and mineral content. The lake is also well known for being very alkaline with a pH of about 9.8, due to its high concentrations of carbonates.

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Organic Vs. Non Organic

So you have probably heard me harp about the importance of consuming organic food through my articles and posts.  I am assuming that most of you do choose organic where possible as you are aware that organic foods contain higher levels of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and enzymes than conventional foods simply because the soil within which organic foods are grown has not been treated with chemicals and pesticides, not to mention the plants themselves are cared for in ways that are non-toxic. 

Nutrients such as selenium, follate, zinc etc are found in exceedingly higher quantities in organic foods and although these foods can be crazy expensive, it is definitely worth splurging on them wherever possible.

Again, I am not asking you to spend $12 on an organic cauliflower (as I was recently charged at a local market) but to make wise food choices toward organic when you are able to.

Below is the new dirty dozen list of foods that are highly contaminated, so if you are unable to purchase organic for all of your food at least try to consider picking up organic varieties of these foods:

  1. Apples
  2. Celery
  3. Strawberries
  4. Peaches
  5. Spinach
  6. Nectarines
  7. Grapes
  8. Sweet Bell Peppers
  9. Potatoes
  10. Blueberries
  11. Lettuce
  12. Kale
Organic Vs. Conventional Chart

To give you an idea of the difference between some organic and conventional foods, I have attached a chart which displays the actual mineral content of a few popular vegetables.

Pretty astounding right?

The MBTI Types As Geologists

INFJ: Glacial geologists study the physical properties and movement of glaciers and ice sheets.

INTJ: Stratigraphers investigate the time and space relationships of rocks, on a local, regional, and global scale throughout geologic time – especially the fossil and mineral content of layered rocks.

ESTP: Engineering geologists apply geological data, techniques, and principles to the study of rock and soil surficial materials and ground water; they investigate geologic factors that affect structures such as bridges, buildings, airports, and dams.

ESFP: Geomorphologists study Earth’s landforms and landscapes in relation to the geologic and climatic processes and human activities, which form them.

INFP: Mineralogists study mineral formation, composition, and properties.

INTP: Meteorologists study the atmosphere and atmospheric phenomena, including the weather.

ESFJ: Paleontologists study fossils to understand past life forms and their changes through time and to reconstruct past environments.

ESTJ: Economic geologists explore for and develop metallic and nonmetallic resources; they study mineral deposits and find environmentally safe ways to dispose of waste materials from mining activities.

ENFJ: Atmospheric scientists study weather processes; the global dynamics of climate; solar radiation and its effects; and the role of atmospheric chemistry in ozone depletion, climate change, and pollution.

ENTJ: Volcanologists investigate volcanoes and volcanic phenomena to understand these natural hazards and predict eruptions.

ISFP: Hydrogeologists study the occurrence, movement, abundance, distribution, and quality of subsurface waters and related geologic aspects of surface waters.

ISTP: Geophysicists apply the principles of physics to studies of the Earth’s interior and investigate Earth’s magnetic, electric, and gravitational fields.

ISFJ: Environmental geologists study the interaction between the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and human activities. They work to solve problems associated with pollution, waste management, urbanization, and natural hazards, such as flooding and erosion.

ISTJ: Structural geologists analyze Earth’s forces by studying deformation, fracturing, and folding of the Earth’s crust.

ENFP: Marine geologists investigate the ocean-floor and ocean-continent boundaries; they study ocean basins, continental shelves, and the coastal environments on continental borders.

ENTP: Oceanographers investigate the physical, chemical, biological, and geologic dynamics of oceans.


A stunning discovery

An unknown coral reef over a thousand kilometres long (and 9300 square km in area) has emerged from obscurity in a place where according to the textbooks it should not be, hiding beneath the large cloud of swirling sediment flowing around the delta of the globe’s largest river: the Amazon. Scientists have expressed astonishment at the anomalous find, something us hard bitten sceptics rarely allow ourselves.

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The Weekender: A Happy Week For Sadness

Welcome to PropertyOfZack: Weekender edition. Every weekend, we bring you some of biggest and most interesting pieces of the past week from our own content to stories or breaking news. If you’ve had a busy week and want to catch up with some light reading, we hope this is for you.

American Football Reunite: Playing Fall Shows

The week kicked off with “Never Meant.” American Football, on Monday, took the wraps off of their reunion plans. In addition to reissuing their only album in May, the band will also be playing at least three reunion shows in the fall. It’s unlikely that the band will be going on tour, but limiting themselves to two shows in New York City and one in Illinois is probably equally unlikely. Maybe we’ll see some Midwest and West Coast shows for the band announced in the next month or two. Tickets for the two New York City shows sold out before you could refresh the page. PS, Ticketweb - learn what a server is!

Mineral Reunite: Announce Fall Tour

American Football’s announcement was enough, but apparently Mineral wanted to drive the point home: 2014 is the year for emo fans of all sizes and ages. The band will be reuniting after 10+ years with their older lineup and going on tour. The announced dates are limited to much of the East Coast (and Fest!) for now, but a West Coast leg is also likely to be announced.

Sunny Day Real Estate Release First New Song In 14 Years

It has now been around two months since Sunny Day Real Estate’s split with Circa Survive was announced and a week since the song was released. The most perplexing thing about the release, though, is that we still have no idea how it came to be. Who reached out to who? When was this song recorded? Is Sunny Day technically alive? What’s next?

No one knows.

Saosin Announce Weekend Reunion Tour With Anthony Green

Saosin made it somewhat clear that an extended reunion with Anthony Green would be unlikely, but who said anything about a weekend tour being too much? Saosin will be playing three weekend warrior shows on the West Coast in June following their East Coast reunion at Skate And Surf. Those on the East Coast now, however, are wondering if we could see a secret show or two wrapped around Skate And Surf’s upcoming weekend.

Who Deserves Credit For Making Emo Cool Again?

The answer: it doesn’t matter. A pissing-contest over who’s liked emo longer isn’t going to do the genre any favors in popularity. But of course an argument about emo descends into “I was talking about this band way before you were”. As Cohen and Hyden (and a slew of others on Twitter) pointed out to Heisel, those who’ve hung around with the genre should be pleased with the progress it has made recently, both in terms of credibility and quality, instead of arguing, essentially, “I liked this first.” 

Pop-Punk’s Credibility Problem

If four of pop-punk’s biggest and best bands are going to do a tour together, the least they could do is come up with a cool name for it. And yet, the Wonder Years, Modern Baseball, Citizen and Fireworks have lamentably not called their tour Monsters of Pop-Punk. They have called it “The Greatest Generation Tour” instead, which sounds boastful but is really only the name of a Wonder Years album. On a Sunday night in late March, the tour (which also includes the needling, vaguely obnoxious and undeniably photogenic spite-rockers Real Friends, who will probably be bigger than everyone in a year) has stopped at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip for another sold-out show. After talking with the bands’ members for just a few minutes, it becomes clear that “Revenge of the Nerds” might also have been an appropriate nickname.

Mark, Travis Place blink-182 Album Delay On Tom

Passive aggressiveness never fit Mark well, but it’s telling. More on this soon.

Angels & Airwaves LP Features Writing From Ilan Rubin

Tom DeLonge, himself, said “I was bored of myself.” That’s just part of why Ilan Rubin’s participation in the upcoming Angels & Airwaves album has been such a joy for him.

Mark Hoppus, Chris Holmes Start Nothing And Nobody

Nothing And Nobody is Mark Hoppus and Chris Holmes’ new project that stemmed from Hoppus apparently waiting for Tom DeLonge to track the new blink-182 album. Hoppus/Holmes have over 25 songs written and are putting together an album now.

The Story So Far Announce ‘Songs Of’ Acoustic EP

Songs Of is a nice release for fans of The Story So Far that beg to hear "Clairvoyant" at every show they play, but also for the rest of us too. The EP features five song, some new and some old, including a Bob Marley cover. The release date is June 17th - right as Warped kicks off.

Say Anything Go All Out For Hebrews

Hebrews, it’s gonna be something alright. All the details for the record including a new song called “Six Six Six” were released this week. Hebrews has sixteen guests on it, ranging from Tom DeLonge to Jeremy Bolm with Andy Hull in the middle. The most shocking news of the week regarding the album, however, is that Hebrews features no guitarist on it. Synth-city for Bemis and co. Seeing them recreate these songs live will be interesting.

Why Don’t Hibernating Bears get Osteoporosis?

“Bears have the right idea. Don’t fight the cold; just shut ‘er down for six months and emerge when it’s warmer. Why didn’t we think of that? For one thing, our bones would wither. We’d all get osteoporosis, a disease in which bones become more fragile. Bears don’t get osteoporosis, even though they hibernate for more than half the year in Alaska.”

“Hibernating black and grizzly bears perform what seems like a miracle. They don’t lose bone mass during a half-year of inactivity, despite not eating, not moving much, not urinating or defecating, and, for mother bears, giving birth and nursing cubs.”

“Donahue and his colleagues have studied hibernating bears and have found that bears don’t lose bone mass during hibernation. They somehow even seem to build stronger bones. “Bears are becoming less (prone to osteoporosis) during hibernation,” Donahue said. “Their bone mineral content is maintained during hibernation.” Not only that, unlike our bones, a bear’s bones get stronger and less porous as it gets older.”

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