Monthly Archives: October 2014

The Herbal Detox

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Herbal teas have medicinal benefits, and their comforting, soothing benefits as well as variety of great-tasting flavors make them a popular drink among the health-conscious.

Herbal detox teas, in particular, can assist the liver and other detox organs of the body in flushing out toxin.

Herbal detox teas are very effective when combined with detox diet plans, but these teas can also be consumed as detox-assisting beverages even if you are not on any specific detox plan.

Herbal Detox Teas

Lemon and Ginger Tea
Ginger and lemon both help with digestion; this tea consumed in the morning gets your digestive system off to a great start. Lemon is also good for treating fever or rheumatism.

Usually, a dried ginger herb is used; boiling water is poured over the herb, left to simmer for a few minutes, and then the lemon is added.

Rosehip Tea
This drink contains antioxidants and…

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Health Benefits of Coconut Water

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Drinking coconut water has many benefits. Coconut Water is naturally

  • Low in Carbs
  • 99% Fat Free
  • Low in sugars

Coconut water contains organic compounds possessing healthy growth promoting properties that have been known to help

1.     Keep the body cool and at the proper temperature.

2.     Orally re-hydrate your body, it is an all natural isotonic beverage.

3.     Carry nutrients and oxygen to cells.

4.     Naturally replenish your body’s fluids after exercising.

5.     Raise your metabolism.

6.     Promote weight loss.

7.     Boost your immune system.

8.     Detoxify and fight viruses.

9.     Cleanse your digestive tract.

10.  Control diabetes.

11.  Aid your body in fighting viruses that cause the flu, herpes, and AIDS.

12.  Balance your PH and reduce risk of cancer.

13.  Treat kidney and urethral stones.

14.  Boost poor circulation.

Coconut Water Benefits

Coconut water is incredibly healthy and one of the best drinks to hydrate the body. Besides…

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by obibini


For a long time most of us have thought and accepted the fact that Akan day names like KWASI, KWAME, AKUA,etc are names given to male/female born on particular days of the week without actually knowing the actual meanings of these names.This is because so much of our culture,which our constitutes customs,language,foods,ceremonies,identity,etc has been lost due to westernization.
I stumbled upon a book that explains the meanings of these names and their significance which I thought I should share with all of you.Before I get to the meanings of these names let me give a brief overview of a few important points.
The Akan calendar has 7 days in a week and Sunday is considered the first day of the week.Saturday is also a day observed as the ‘Sabbath’ in traditional/typical Akan communities.It is also…

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The Corruption of Igbo Sacred Sciences

Odinani: The Sacred Arts & Sciences of the Igbo People

by Wise

Many people think that modern day Igbo sacred sciences (Odinani) is a good overall representation of the very ancient metaphysical systems. They are very incorrect. In fact, the decline of the divine Kingdom of Nri and the rise of the European controlled Atlantic slave trade corrupted Igbo civilization. British colonialism and the Nigerian Civil War practically destroyed what was left of Igbo civilization. What is left of Odinani is only a very faded shadow of how it used to be.

Although Odinani is one of the oldest science systems in the world, we will just briefly discuss the last one thousand years. Nri Kingdom (in present day Anambra State) was a major power in present day Eastern and Midwestern Nigeria from 1000 A.D. to 1600 AD.  Unlike most kingdoms, Nri did not gain their influence nor maintain it through military force. Nri’s influence came from metaphysical power…

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Revisiting Igbo Ukwu: A Lost Ancient Civilization

Odinani: The Sacred Arts & Sciences of the Igbo People

Knowledge of history and the context in which things happened is essential in order to have a more balanced view of the world. One important site to the history of Ndi Igbo (Igbo people) is Igbo Ukwu (literally, the Great Igbo), where a number of original artifacts were found beginning in 1938.

“Igbo Ukwu is an archaeological site in Igboland, in Anambra State to be exact. These artifacts are dated to approximately 900 AD, but they may be much older(in fact I’m sure of it), and indicative of a lost ancient civilization in Igboland.

Strangely there isn’t much known about these artifacts beyond what you will find in standard Google searches. What you will generally find are brief descriptions of what was uncovered at Igbo Ukwu with some picures. Mind you there are hundreds of pieces, and you will not find them all online. Also, sadly, many of the Igbo…

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Honoring your Ancestors

Odinani: The Sacred Arts & Sciences of the Igbo People

By Wise

“The Ndiichie (esteemed ancestor spirits) also held a high place in traditional Igbo society. Elders have always been revered in Igbo society, and even more so after they passed onto Be Mmuo (the land of the spirits). The Ndiichie would often be consulted to offer advice to their descendants and appeal to the Alusi on their behalf. Ndi Igbo have never worshiped their ancestors only venerated them, which is no different then what Catholics do to their saints or what every country does to its national heroes. Respect and honor for the Ndiichie was shown in one way by pouring of libations while chanting incantations. Ndi Igbo believed in the concept of reincarnation and felt that the Ndiichie often reincarnated back on Earth. In fact, all Mmadu (human beings) were believed to reincarnate seven or eight times, and that depending on your karma, one either ascends or descends…

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Prayer to Amadioha

Odinani: The Sacred Arts & Sciences of the Igbo People


Nna Amadioha, god of our forefathers and foremothers: We come before you with clear consciences, unburdened hearts and clean hands.

We pray that you help us to remember that good judgement and good character is more valuable than any amount of money or power, and that with your help, we can work to develop both.

We humbly ask that we may never turn a blind eye to injustice, for we know that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. May we work to right what has been wronged, and fix what has been spoiled.

Give us the wisdom to know the right thing to do, and the courage to actually do it. Unbind our lips so we may speak the truth in this world of illusions.

May your lightning strike fear in the hearts of those who do evil, and your thunder remind us of the collective power we…

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