About Nick Polizzi

Nick Polizzi has spent his career directing and producing feature length documentaries about natural alternatives to conventional medicine. Nick's current role as director of "The Sacred Science" stems from a calling to honor, preserve, and protect the ancient knowledge and rituals of the indigenous peoples of the world.

3 Powerful Indigenous Herbs From North America

Growing up, I was fascinated by the hundreds of interesting plants that grew in the forests behind my childhood home in rural Connecticut. We would wander down old forgotten trails for hours, lost in the greenery and enchanted by the timelessness of the place. I would later come to realize that these old woods are home to one of the most extensive systems of indigenous medicine in the world. We now know that the original inhabitants of North America were extremely advanced, far beyond ... [Read more...]

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3 Ancient Medicines That Already Live In Your Home

Every week, we receive emails from folks who are eager to get ahold of the jungle medicines that were featured in the Sacred Science film. My first question to these passionate seekers is, “Have you explored the traditional herbal remedies that are available in your neck of the woods?” More often than not, the answer is no. Yes, there is something intoxicating and mysterious about paddling down a foliage-entwined river to a remote village where there is rumored to be a powerful ... [Read more...]

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How To Detox Your Body With Oil Pulling

3500 years ago, a powerful detox practice was born in the heart of India. Vedic folk healers discovered that swishing a tablespoon of oil around in your mouth would not only eliminate bad breath and make the teeth stronger, but seemed to speed up the body’s recovery from a number of major illnesses and also promote longevity. This method was referred to as “kavala graha” by Hindu mystics, but seekers in the western world now know it as as oil-pulling. In Ayurveda, one of the major schools... [Read more...]

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The Power Of Fasting

Why did our ancestors fast on a regular basis? If you think about it, the biggest spiritual superheroes of all time went for long durations of time without eating anything – on purpose. Buddha, Jesus, and Mohammed, to name a few. Was it just a way of showing reverence to the almighty or was there more to it than that? When we look beyond the religious texts, it becomes clear that this customary practice is not only good for our spirit, but is also highly beneficial for our health and ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Shamanism

The Dalai Lama’s Morning Prayer

When I read the prayer below the first time, it sent a course of energy through me from head to toe. I’m honored to be able to share it with you. It was written by Shantideva, a Buddhist monk of the Mahayana tradition that lived around 700 AD. He was a devoted practitioner who authored the Bodhicaryavatara or Bodhisattva Way of Life. It is said that His Holiness the Dalai Lama considers this text to be THE source for developing altruism in your character and the “Spirit of Awakening.” It... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Prayers & Blessings

Food Of The Gods (sacred chocolate)

Ever wondered why people exchange chocolate on romantic occasions? Like Valentines Day for example? Long before Willie Wonka came around, it was known among the ancient Maya as the “food of the gods,” because chocolate, or cacao, can act as a powerful aphrodisiac that awakens the “love hormones” in the body, such as serotonin and dopamine. It has the power to provide mental clarity, to move you from your head to your heart, and to produce a gentle euphoria. In the jungle, certain ... [Read more...]

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Loving Your Jing – Winter Medicine

Two thousand years ago, the following words of truth were spoken by one of the world’s legendary healers: “Whoever wishes to investigate medicine properly, should proceed thus… Consider the seasons of the year, and what effects each of them produces  – for they are not at all alike, but differ much from themselves in regard to their changes.” —Hippocrates, Greek physician of the Age of Pericles In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), practitioners consider each season when ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Energy Medicine

Death Of Distraction, Birth Of Awareness

A big misconception about shamanism and native medicine is that it’s a cosmic thrill ride into the spiritual realms that magically helps you overcome anything you’re struggling with. Sometimes it can be. But the journey involves a lot more than reality-altering ceremonies. In authentic Amazonian healing circles, every aspect of your existence is taken into consideration. When you show up for a shamanic retreat in these circles, you are asked to surrender just about everything you ... [Read more...]

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A Native Smoke Ritual For Renewal And Clarity

Have you ever noticed that when you walk into any place of worship or sacred ceremony, there is always one repeating theme? Yes, the symbols and prayers spoken may be different, but one thing is universally present – the use of smoke. Beyond its pleasing aromatic qualities, smoke is viewed in many traditions to be a bridge between the world we can see and the one we cannot. Not surprisingly, smoke plays a crucial role in shamanism, and often serves as a healing medicine itself in native ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Prayers & Blessings

8 Herbs That Calm Your Mind

A few months ago, I had the honor of sitting down with the godmother of American herbalism, Rosemary Gladstar, at her magical home in Vermont. We were honored to film her as part of our upcoming documentary series on Plant Medicine… Today, I’d love to share a quick video from our encounter with you. One of the questions I asked Rosemary was – what can we all do to overcome the stress and anxiety that seems to pervade our news and daily interactions these days? In other ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: The Sacred Blog

A Solstice Fire Ceremony and A Hopi Prayer

The longest night. The shortest day. Winter solstice is a sacred time to express our gratitude to the yellow dwarf star at the center of our solar system – the sun. For without it, life could not exist. It has been celebrated by our ancestors for centuries. From Scandinavian Norsemen, we gain the tradition of Yule. Egyptians celebrated the return of Ra, god of the sun, and similarly, ancient Greeks held a festival called Lenaea. The Roman Empire held Saturnalia celebrations, the Druids ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Prayers & Blessings

A Winter Shrine To The Sacred Pine

As the winter solstice approaches, there is an ancient tradition that many of us still practice. Many adults and children alike here in the States and around the world get into the holiday spirit by hauling a bushy evergreen tree into the living room, standing it up in a prominent location and decorating it with lights, miniature figurines and spiritual symbols. What we don’t often realize is that the pine, spruce and fur tree are powerful native medicines that hold many gifts for our mind, ... [Read more...]

Filed Under: Herbalism
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