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Introductions and a few things about me

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My journey began many years ago, back in 1998…

Even though I’ve lived here in Germany for over 20 years, I am still an American.  In 1998, I was living in my very own house that was on the beach in Florida.  My life was good and nothing failed, except that which most people so fervently search for –   LOVE.  It just so happened that one evening, I was on the computer that I’d just bought and set up just a few days before, and an Instant Message through AOL came up on my screen. It was a message from a man that lived in Germany.

Back then, I knew nothing about Germany, and I had no intention of learning anything about the country because I had always been totally enamored by England, and to live in that lovely country was my greatest desire.  I nicely told the gentleman from Germany to piss off, but every evening, there he was, like one of those shit-house-flies that wouldn’t go away.  He must have sat there for hours until I went online (I didn’t know it then, but nowadays, we call that stalking).  After about two weeks of trying to get rid of him (I hadn’t learned about blocking anyone on the new computer yet), I finally gave in and talked with him.  What a charmer he was. He told me that all he wanted was to practice his German speaking skills.  Well, eventually, the Instant Messages ended up turning into telephone calls…from him.  The man had a voice as smooth and rich as melted milk chocolate and his accent was more than delightful.

To make a long story short,  after thousands of ‘Deutsch-marks’ that he had spent to call me every day, brown paper packages tied up with string & filled with my favorite yummy nibbles, huge bouquets of roses and what I thought were heartfelt declarations of love, I ended up moving here and marrying the dude.  Humm.  When I moved there, I couldn’t speak German…yes, no, and thank you was about the extent of my German speaking skills. Just great! Aarrrgggh!

At that time, I was a Catholic-Christian and yes, I went to church every Sunday, read the Bible and prayed before every meal and before I went beddy-bye, it all meant a lot to me.  It seemed as though he knew my type and he also knew how to get under my skin – in the most positive way.  He very easily ended up clinching the deal of me coming to Germany and becoming his wife by telling me that he felt that we had the same religious practices.  Hmmm.  Errr, I believed him. Damn!

He took me to church and I quickly ascertained that they were speaking in a language that was totally different than what I was expecting.  I was frustrated.  He was happy.  After about two more tries of church….I finally gave up.  He was ecstatic.  His true colors were beginning to show.   I felt lost.  He felt in total control.  My heart grew heavier.  He grew colder and more distant.  My tears flowed like rivers.  He watched TV.

One week, he had to go away on business.  I was stuck in that dark, basement apartment and the loneliness began to creep in on me.  I got on the computer to try to find anyone who would talk with me because I just couldn’t take it any longer.  I didn’t find anyone who would give in to the fact they could speak English and that brought me down even further than I had ever been, but luckily, not for too long, because I ended up finding something else, something that filled me with a spark hope.

A plethora of feelings and emotions began to swirl within me.  I began to feel somewhat energized when I found a lovely website on Spiritual things, but I also felt afraid because of my Christian beliefs.  But then I began to think about how Catholicism and Christianity hadn’t helped me to avoid a situation that took away what I thought were the best years of my life.  I made a decision.

I, for once, didn’t follow the old, out-dated rules and teachings of my life in America.  Instead, I decided to follow my heart and my desires, and I took a VERY long look at the wonderful, hope-giving website that had caught my attention.  It was like I was finding out about a new world…possibly a new-found-life!  However, I was still a bit afraid that the devil that I was told I had to believe in was going to take me straight to hell, but at the same time, I was pumped because I was beginning to feel alive again.

A ray of light, a ray of hope was beginning to fill the dark, empty space that had been my lonely, depressing life in Germany.

The light in my life was getting brighter and I was beginning the journey of healing and strengthening my body, mind, and soul…

Namaste ♥

 

A short Love Spell

Hello! Smile and be happy!

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This is a simple, strawberry love spells that I created, and I want to share it with you! If you already have the love of your life (I’m so glad for you!), just change the words of the spell to enhance your loving relationship. Remember, never take the free will of another by using their specific name or seeing their face as you do the spell, if you are bringing love to you.

If you decide to try my love spell, please let me know! I know it will work for you because Magick and Witchcraft are real…and so are your feelings.

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May goodness, laughter, and peace and good health fill your lives,
The Silver Sage Witch of Witchcraftandmore.com

What You Need to Know About Epsom Salt Bath Weight Loss by Healthline

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Can Epsom salt baths help you lose weight?

Since its discovery, people have turned to Epsom salt as a folk remedy to heal all sorts of ailments. Named for the location in England where it was discovered, Epsom salt is estimated to have been in use for at least 400 years.

The effectiveness of Epsom salt baths for health benefits is open for debate. Many believe that when you bath in water with dissolved Epsom salt, the active ingredients (magnesium and sulfate) are rapidly absorbed through your skin.

Those who practice folk remedies believe these ingredients produce many health benefits, including weight loss.

2016 review of magnesium in the Journal of Nutrition and Food Services reported that there’s no scientific proof that magnesium can be absorbed well via your skin.

Researchers noted that the only study that has conclusively shown the skin’s ability to absorb magnesium was small, not peer-reviewed, and has not been replicated.

Similarly, in 2009 a small but credible studyTrusted Source also found that magnesium sulfate did not absorb through your skin.

However, in a 2017 pilot studyTrusted Source, researchers found that individuals who used a cream containing magnesium had increased levels of magnesium in their urine compared to a group that used a cream that did not contain the mineral.

Despite conflicting evidence, if you’re interested in trying Epsom salt baths for weight loss and other potential health benefits, it’s low risk and might be worth a try.

Benefits of Epsom salt

The main benefits of Epsom salt come from its active ingredients. Though Epsom salt looks like and shares a name with table salt, they’re actually different chemical compounds.

Table salt is sodium rather than magnesium and sulfate. However, the ingredients in Epsom salt are vital minerals for the body and hard to come by through diet alone. This is why many people try to absorb them through their skin during a bath.

Taking Epsom salt baths will not cause drastic lose weight, but it can support your healthy lifestyle. Combined with other weight-loss strategies, Epsom salt baths might help you reach your weight-loss goals.

Epsom salt baths might aid weight loss by:

READ MORE HERE:  https://www.healthline.com/health/epsom-salt-bath-weight-loss

Is Quinoa Gluten-Free? By Bojana Galic Reviewed by Bonnie Taub-Dix, MA, RD, CDN

Quinoa is naturally gluten-free but you’ll want to check the package nevertheless.
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If you’re looking to avoid gluten or simply want to add some variety to your plate, add quinoa to your cart. Quinoa is a naturally gluten-free seed (yes, it’s technically a seed) that’s safe for those with gluten intolerance or sensitivity, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation.

However, not all products or quinoa blends are necessarily free of gluten, so you should check for gluten-free labels on your quinoa packaging. Likewise, at a restaurant, you’ll want to verify your quinoa is prepared separately from gluten-containing ingredients such as wheat, rye or barley.

Why You Should Include Quinoa in a Gluten-Free Diet

When it comes to the many marvelous types of grains, knowing which varieties do and don’t contain gluten requires some memorization. Alongside gluten-free buckwheat (yes, buckwheat is gluten-free even though the word ‘wheat’ is within its name), quinoa is another you can add to the gluten-free list.

Quinoa is high in fiber, iron and magnesium, according to the Whole Grains Council. You’ll get about 3 grams of fiber total, which is about 12 percent of your daily recommended value, per 1/4 cup of uncooked quinoa.

Quinoa is also one of the only plant-based sources of complete protein, meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids that your body can’t produce on its own. You’ll get about 6 total grams of complete protein per serving.

Tip

If you haven’t eaten quinoa before and have a gluten intolerance or sensitivity, introduce it into your diet gradually, recommends Joanna Foley, RD. “Quinoa should be well tolerated by most people with gluten sensitivity, yet should be introduced gradually and in small portions to allow the body to become familiar,” she says. “Always pay close attention to symptoms, since it is possible to develop sensitivities to many foods.”

Verifying Your Quinoa Is Gluten-Free

In its natural form, quinoa is gluten-free. However, quinoa can be exposed to gluten-containing ingredients either during preparation or during manufacturing, according to the Celiac Disease Foundation. So, if you’re at a restaurant, you’ll want to verify that your quinoa is prepared on separate surfaces and with separate utensils.

When buying packaged quinoa, check the container to make sure it’s safe from cross-contamination. If your package is labeled gluten-free, that means it contains less than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten, making it generally safe for consumption, according to the FDA.

In some cases, your quinoa may even have a Certified Gluten-Free seal on the

READ MORE HERE:  https://www.livestrong.com/article/13725535-is-quinoa-gluten-free/

What Kind of Tea Settles Your Stomach? By Sarka-Jonae Miller

A hot cup of tea may be just what you need if you have an upset stomach. The herbs in some teas have a calming effect, but the reason behind your abdominal pain or nausea is important in selecting the right type of tea. Consult your doctor before trying herbal remedies to diagnosis the cause of your abdominal discomfort.

Ginger

Ginger tea may settle the stomach when taken for indigestion, nausea or abdominal gas. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, studies indicate that ginger can decrease the symptoms of motion sickness. Ginger does not treat motion sickness as well as medications, but it could decrease vomiting. Ginger is believed to reduce nausea and vomiting in pregnant women, and possibly the time and severity of nausea in chemotherapy patients.

Peppermint

Peppermint tea is used to settle the stomach and aid digestion, and it may help improve nausea, menstrual cramps and flatulence, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Ingesting peppermint soothes the stomach muscles and increases bile flow, allowing your body to better digest fat and pass food through the stomach quickly. The muscle relaxation also aids abdominal gas to pass out of the body. Peppermint tea is usually safe, but is contraindicated in

READ MORE HERE: https://www.livestrong.com/article/555242-what-kind-of-tea-settles-your-stomach/

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