Meet the Green Queen

Meet the Green Queen

Yes, Her Royal Highness the cardamom pod is proclaimed by the spice-meisters as the aromatic ‘Queen of Spices’!

Cardamom-flowerFor starters the aroma is sublime and you would certainly be compelled to spontaneously bow or curtsey once you got a mere whiff of it. Sweet, warm, spicy, floral, rich, and exotic. It is good Ayurvedic medicine.

Cardamom is one of the spices in my kitchen that I cannot go without. As the main ingredient that turns an ordinary tea into a rich and authentic masala chai, it is indispensible and if you want the real thing, there are no substitutes.

And it is a most generous and sensual healer.

It is extremely rich and complex, containing 25 volatile oils – the magical plant compounds that
impart fragrance. The primary volatile aromatic oil in cardamom, and the most medicinally active of these is the antioxidant cineole. This gorgeous seed pod is legendary for its digestive properties and now this potent compound cineole is also deeply researched for all its therapeutic benefits. Many scientific studies show why tummy troubles and other ills are soothed and healed by this and other compounds in cardamom.

WHAT MAKES CARDAMOM SUCH A TUMMY HELPER?

It is anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory.

These two actions are miraculous for relieving the gut suffering from muscle spasms and other digestive disorders of the stomach, intestines and colon. Try a cardamom tea-tonic when you have bloating, gas, distention of the belly, tummy-aches from overeating, tension, and general stress.

Also amazingly, the volatile oils in cardamom can slow or stop the development of aspirin-induced and alcohol-induced stomach ulcers. Ditch the pink chalky drink and sip on a cardamom tummy elixir instead. Side effects may include peace, calm, and happiness. aka a yummy tummy.

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A Shake-It-Up Ecstatic Weekend Getaway

A Shake-It-Up Ecstatic Weekend Getaway

Hello beautiful movers and shakers. When last did you really take off your constraints and let yourself move, dance, shake, groove, engage, relish, share, commune, transform, belly-laugh?

Getting into the incredible feeling of freedom in your body is something to put on your wish list. Nothing my gorgeous, makes you feel quite so alive, liberated, and rejuvenated as allowing your body, mind, and soul to moooooooooooooooove to the music.

Remember? Was it at your cousins wedding that you let yourself go fantastically wild on the dance floor? Was it the local club lounge when you shimmied tantalizingly in the corner, moving your hips in a slow, simmering fashion? Was it your kitchen floor that became your stage where you tangoed with your broom as your aromatic three-bean chili bubbled spicily on the stove? (that’d be me!)

I’m super excited to invite you to do it again. But wilder, free-er, and this time with a fantastic community of fun, frolicking, fabulous women. And it includes movement for the mind and ALL the senses.

All this moving beauty is what we like to call The Spice Life.

Pack your sassy little weekend bag, get ready for some hip-happening mojo, and blues-busting magic. You are coming with me and Mel to beautiful Victoria to the 2016 Women’s Health and Fitness Summit presented by Bellyfit®  and elate cosmetics™ and I promise it is going to be sublime!

 

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I’m personally so excited and honoured to be presenting at this incredible Summit!

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Greedy at the Banquet of Life?

Greedy at the Banquet of Life?

I openly declare that I am indisputably greedy at the banquet of life.

This is an expression that I use often. Over the years I have inhaled learning everything I can around the healing arts of Ayurveda, aromatherapy, and aromanutrition. I relish all the life-giving, health-supporting foods, herbs, spices, aromatic essences and super-foods. I have taken on multiple projects and businesses. My tendency to wanting it all, experiencing it all, expressing it all has led me to juggling too much all at once. This has often led to confusion, frustration, and overload. And that has at times derailed my deeper practices.

Can you relate? Great health, creative inspiration, financial success, transformational experiences, sublime love, spiritual enrichment, divine food, phenomenal skills, and actionable knowledge around your best practices so you can enjoy the freedom of your fulfilled desires.

CHOOSE FROM THE FEAST OF LIFE THAT WHICH SERVES YOUR BLISS

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The Divine Nut of Power

The Divine Nut of Power

I was just recently reminded while exploring one of my favourite nuts about the Bible’s ‘Book of Numbers.’

Just before the great Exodus and the liberation of the slaves in Egypt, Aaron, the brother of Moses was chosen as the prophet who would translate the words of Moses channeling the Divine word to the people. God chose Aarons staff representing the tribe of Levi, to transform into a miraculous fruit-bearing almond branch, blossoming with exquisite flowers and ripe almonds. The rod or staff was a symbol of leadership, faith and the flowering almond branch of spiritual power and transformation. This was a symbol of peace as well as demonstrating the power of the One who gives Life. 

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I adore almonds and this beautiful Biblical story confirmed how sacred and steeped in nature’s wisdom these life-giving nuts are.

Because they are currently controversial due to the droughts in California and needing so much water to flourish, I am very mindful of every single almond I use and eat.

Although many of my wise and very conscious friends have boycotted buying almonds, I decided to not give up eating almonds myself. I choose to use them as good medicine. The same way I treat all endangered plant species. With these three intentions:

1. Use with the Divine attitude or Bhav.

2. Learn, understand, respect, and integrate the healing benefits.

3. Consume mindfully.

Will this stop the drought and the fact that almonds use up a considerable amount of the precious water supply? No. But it will keep the species circulating in the inter-relationship of seed-being to human-being. It will also encourage other creative eco-solutions, both for the water as well as the intelligent growing location of almonds. I believe this and have witnessed this in the plant world.

And so, I make my own almond milk, I also enjoy almond butter on my toast and eat 7 soaked, peeled almonds in the morning for good nutrition.
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Sugar blues? Cinnamon to the rescue.

Sugar blues? Cinnamon to the rescue.

“…You touched

your belly to my hands

in the dry air and said

I am the cinnamon

peelers wife. Smell me…”

 

My favourite excerpt from Michael Ondaatje’s poem The Cinnamon Peelers Wife speaks of the lingering sensual essence of cinnamon. I love this poem, it is so full of subtle sensuality and the desire to be the one love marked by your lovers scent.

Cinnamon triggers so many scent memories.

There is no hiding from the bold sweet sensuality of this alluring smell. It is in perfumes that call to the exotic desires of our imagination. It teases us in baked goods, chai’s, and sweets with its irresistible mischief.

Cinnamon, the spice that created legends, stretched borders and moved explorers to risk their lives at sea. It is the middle note in my teenage memory from the popular perfume Cinnabar (remember that?). Estee Lauder described it as a fragrance that fulfills every woman’s yearning for the exotic and mysterious. I remember feeling that way about it entirely.

Can you conjure up this aromatic spice without awakening a delectable memory? Close your eyes. Breathe. There it is.

And not only is it good medicine for a dampened spirit and stirring fervent desires but cinnamon has been revered as an Ayurvedic remedy for the sugar blues and other ailments of body, mind, and spirit.

Cinnamon tea

CINNAMON TEA. 1 tsp cinnamon + 2 cinnamon sticks in 12 oz. hot water. No sweetener.

Here’s why you want some of that good aromatic medicine every day:

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For The Love of Roses!

For The Love of Roses!

The morning path I walk along is a fragrant half mile-long wild rose garden. This morning my walk had me in rosy raptures. As I nuzzled my nose into the heart of the flowers the petals softly fell around my face and then into my hands. The pink perfume filled my lungs with a fragrant life-force.

Have you ever stopped and inhaled slowly into a rose, visualizing the aromatic magic filling your entire being with a certain color of knowing? This is medicine for opening the heart to love and filling the mind with optimistic energy. You go try be grumpy around such beauty. Roses will adore you with their softness so you cannot even think of anything but love.

Inspired I decided to take my gathered rose petals and create a rose water infusion. Simple yet sublime. 

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