In recent years, there has been something of a global spiritual awakening happening. All over the world, people are asking deeper questions of themselves, and of our shared existence on this earth. Perhaps following on from trends that cleanse and develop the body, like yoga and physical fitness regimes, and trends that have helped people ease and expand their minds, such as therapy and self-help, more people are now looking at ways to soothe their soul and spirit.
Western culture is often preoccupied with the more materialistic aspects of our existence, and this is displayed in everything from its architecture to its economy. When looking from a more spiritual and human perspective, we will often find ourselves drawn to the wisdoms of Eastern mythologies and teachings. An interest in yoga will often lead people to the ‘Chakras’, a set of points within the human body that when aligned, can bring inner peace and mindfulness.
Interestingly, some of these Chakra points, though at first a part of Indo-Chinese mythology found in bot Hinduism and Buddhism, have found a root in science as the ages have progressed. The ‘Third-Eye Chakra’, or ‘Anja’, is a chakra point located in the brain, that is actually the pineal gland. The pineal gland is responsible for regulating melatonin, a serotonin related hormone, and one of the most important chemicals our body produces. Melatonin helps us to sleep, and is closely associated with feelings of ease, rest and relaxation. Here are six easy to find ingredients that can help cleanse and decalcify your pineal gland, and help you boost its efficiency and responses to give you the peace and mindfulness you need to ease and expand your mind:
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
This is fast becoming a common household ingredient, with a number of different uses around the home, from a hair conditioner to a cleaning spray. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar is excellent for de-toxification and decalcification in the human body. Calcium-phosphate crystals build up in our bodies, and will often collect on glands. These crystals are formed when our body is purifying toxins from our environment and food. The pineal gland is well known for its calcification, and many of us will have completely calcified pineal glands, affecting our sleep patterns and mood.
High-Cocoa Solid Chocolate
Many ancient Southern American cultures used pure chocolate as a medicine, and as a recreational and spiritual drug. Many tribes in central and Northern America also smoked chocolate with tobacco as a part of their rituals. The purest chocolate, with 70% cocoa solids and above, has a high anti-oxidant content and is a great tasting way to cleanse and decalcify your pineal gland. Some chocolate users have even claimed transcendental experiences while consuming high quality South American chocolate. By allowing a small amount of it to slowly melt in the middle of the tongue, while breathing in through the mouth and out through the nose, it is possible for the psychoactive properties of cocoa to have an effect on the human body.
The Sananga Root has long been used by South American tribesmen for problems with all three of their eyes. Known to heighten awareness and perceptions, both physically and mentally, Sananga can be made into a tincture and used as eye drops, or brewed as a tea. It has perfect properties to cleanse and decalcify your pineal gland, and open up your mind’s eye. Sananga root has been used for centuries by students of the Chakra to help them align their Chakra points, and achieve a peaceful nirvana.
Oregano is one of our most commonly used herbs, a part of just about every Italian dish. But Oregano has been a medicinal herb for millennia; its oils and essences have been a part of ancient medicine perhaps since medicine began. Oregano oil is a natural antibiotic and has anti-oxidant properties, and is also one of the fastest growing supplements in the western world. This is perhaps the easiest ingredient on our list to find, and to add to your diet. Fresh oregano can be used in salads and smoothies too, not just pizza and pasta.
Neem extract is the Eastern world’s answer to oregano. Not suitable as a flavoring for foods, at least not to the extent oregano is, Neem extract is a natural antibiotic that can also decalcify the body and boost the body’s immune system. Neem oil can be used to treat a number of skin conditions, such as eczema or acne.
Beets are a great source of one of the planets most under used but important minerals, boron. The calcification of our glands, and the buildup in our bodies of fluoride, can be combated by adding more boron to our diet and beets full of natural boron. Beets can be juiced, and this is a fantastic way to get them into your diet. They can also be cooked or steamed, and are a naturally sweet addition to just about any meal. Pickled beets are a great accompaniment to roasted meat, stews and steaks, so if you are on a high-protein diet, they might be your new favorite side dish.
We are paying more and more attention to the health of our bodies these days, and this may be at the expense of our minds and spirits. What use is a healthy body without a rested and mindful soul operating it? The pineal gland’s importance to our body has been proven over time by the Eastern explorations of the human spirit and soul, and by the recent explorations of Western medicine into the composition and structure of the human mind.
Using supplements to cleanse our minds makes excellent sense, just as it does when we take them to cleanse our bodies. These six ingredients are easy to find and can be added to your diet – they may even be an ingredient you already use all the time. Try some of these out to cleanse your spirit as well as your body.