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Archive for October, 2012

Squeeze That Lemon!

It is so simple it barely seem like a suggestion that bears taking note of.

Try it for your self and see what you think.

Simply start the day with a glass of lemon water.

I usually cut the organic lemon in half, squeeze one of the halves into a glass , drop the lemons in there and fill it with water.

I know it is good for me from the mere fact of how my body reacts.

A resounding ahhhh goes through my whole body.

Later I squeeze the leftover half in my now empty glass and refill it.

If you prefer you can use warm water but remember not to have it too hot as it will destroy the beneficial components in the lemon.

Also, though it is tasty and appropriate if you have a sore throat try not to ad honey or other sweetener as this will counter-act the alkalizing effect. Really after a little adjustment you may even find that the lemon actually IS kind of sweet in it self  if it is not tasted in contrast to something overly sweet like honey.

I Love it every time I remember this simple habit.

Lemon alkalizes our bodies and most ailments we find ourselves with origin in a too acidic environment in our bodies.

Doing this the first thing int the morning will have the effect of the lemon water course through our whole body and every cell and it will cleanse and alkalize our whole system . It feels physically good and it lifts the mood and gives ad boost of Vitamins, most of all vitamin c and minerals. Lemon is antibacterial and antiviral so it can help us hold of the colds and flues going around.

There are numerous links on the web about the health benefits I will not get in to them all here.

I find if I start the day of right then I am more in tune and in balance throughout the day and so I make better choices for the remainder of the day.

So squeeze that lemon.

Just please remember that organic lemons really are the BEST  and preferred choice and if you can’t get any please refrain from putting the whole lemon in the water as the skin will be jam-packed of stuff you definitely do not want add to your diet.

May you have  a bright and beautiful day.


You got to MOVE your body.

Just a short note from me today. I am posting light-hearted link reminding us that some of our habits may not be in our best interest . I admit I saw it on a friends wall on facebook and it put a smile on my face but not least  I know it to be true. I do not suggest you burn all your chairs and squatting is not easy for many of us  but we can start where we are and little by little bring more movement into our tight joints and muscles. The human body is amazing and is made for and thrives with movement. Bring on the movement. Enjoy.


Ayurvedic Hot Oil Massage

The perfect nourishing and grounding treatment on a cold day. Oil massage is endearingly known in Ayurveda as love treatment. It truly is pure luxury to experience the heated oil penetrate deep into the skin, muscles and organs even ligaments, tendons and bone as your tension, pains and aces gradually melt away and you surrender to a deep deep relaxation where healing can take place. I love Abhyanga.

The past few weeks I have been creating a variety of medicated oils. I have a passion for creating these oils of the best ingredients I can find. High quality oils, herbs from my garden, wild-crafted local medicines and the best spices I can get my hands on.  Careful tending to a few different techniques infusing the medicines in the oil and some time and I have a handful of medicated oils that are great for a wide range of conditions. The oil carry the medicines deep in too the tissues of the body and ad an umpf to the treatment both physically and mental-emotionally.
The Rosemary infused olive oil is clearing, cleansing, pain relieving, slightly warming and stimulate circulation. I have used it with GREAT success for edema. The Ginger infused oil is heating ,pain relieving, in particular for arthritic pains, stimulates digestion and is great when there is excess mucus. Plantain infused oil is relatively cooling, soothing, calming and great for skin that tend to be itchy, red and irritated. It is a good choice when heating oils are not ideal. I also made a beautiful mix of Cloves,Cardamom and Cinnamon of the best quality. I call it my Bliss Chai Mix. It is soothing, warming, pain relieving and totally luxurious. If I need soothing and cooling qualities I use coconut oil and sesame oil is the most sedating of them all working really well for anxiety and stress. We will choose an oil together based on your need and preference and I may use essential oils in place of or with the infused oils to reach desired affect.  If you would like one of these  treatments please let me know as you book your appointment and I will be ready to share the deeply nourishing experience of Ayurvedic Hot Oil massage


Heating and healing ginger- bath. Spice up your life!

A ginger bath is heating , stimulating and detoxifying.

This is for those of you who need and love heat and sweating.

It is considered a sweat therapy and is pretty intense and obviously you need to make sure that you do not over-heat. Stay in touch with how you are and get out of the bath and drink water  and get some air if you feel any discomfort. Do take care though to not get chilled as well.

Always listen to and honor your body.

 It can be a stand in for sauna if we do not have access to one.

It is a great practice on those days when  you got too cold and simply can not get warm, your muscles are tight and overworked, you have sore and achy joints or if you are just about to come down with a cold or a flu.If you do it just as it is coming on you may just be able to flush it right out of your system.  If you like it it is a good practice as a general detox.

For the full Sweat experience do this  before going to bed.

(On a night you do not intend to snuggle as you will be sweaty ; ) ).

Have a clean bed-sheet  a towel and a big glass of room temperature water by the bed ready for when you get out.

Fill the bath with as hot water as you can bear getting into.

Add 1/4 cup dried Ginger or 1-2 cups  of fresh grated ginger tied loosely in a cheese cloth.

Optionally ad 1-2 cups of Epsom salt ( to ad to muscle relaxing, detoxing effect)

Stay in the bath for  min 20 minutes for the Ginger to really take its affect.

It will be hot .

You will possibly start to sweat already in the bath.

When you feel done get out of the bath.

For maximum effect wrap up in the sheet and get  into bed and under the covers.

Here you will continue to sweat for  potentially up to an hour.

Enjoy the thought of  releasing accumulated toxins through the skin. Let it go.

Use towel to dry of excess.

Drink water as you need it.

As you cool of you will likely be all mush and soft and your muscles heavy and relaxed.

When you are done sweating get out of the sheet as you do not want to reabsorb all the toxins released.

Now rest.

Personally I love this every once in a while and in particular this time a year when I am adjusting to the cold and damp.

Enjoy the heat!


Muocus Cleansing Tea.

 

I have had the habit of drinking this mucous cleansing tea every fall for years.

This year it totally slipped my mind until today while I was getting a cupping treatment.  It is an adapted  recipe from the fantastic book Healing with Whole foods by Paul Pithford. If I was to recommend only one book for nutritional healing this book would be the one … I always return to it as a reference.

The recipe is as follows ;

pr one liter of water simmer

1 tb sp fennel seeds

 1 tb sp fennugeek seeds

1 tb sp flax seeds

1 tb sp liquorish root in pieces

for approximately 30 minutes

Then let water come off simmer and ad 2 tb sp nettle leafs and let steep,( not boiling), with a lid on for 10 min.

Drink at least  one cup daily preferable on empty stomach for 21 days.

The tea will gently clear intestines and lungs of mucus while replacing it with a healthy mucous membrane.

It is an awesome way to prevent fall-winter colds and generally strengthen our immune system( which is so closely related to the health of our digestive system) and can also be taken at other times when a cold is coming on or going around,

I usually make a bigger batch and keep it in mason jars in the fridge.

Cold the tea is a bit jelly like due to the flax seeds so I prefer to drink it while hot just take care not to boil as you heat it in order to preserve the goodness of the nettles.

It may seem like a bit of a production and it is not always easy to bring in a new habit for a longer stretch like 3 week.

Your body will thank you though and it is worth it!

I got the ingredients  today and will be brewing this up in the morning.

For tonight I am sipping a glass of wine in front of the fireplace that I lit for the first time this season .

Happy Fall.

 

I promise …it wont make you feel like the  Mad Hatter…but I do love this image.