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    “There is no life without a seed and there is no seed without a life”

    Venerable Bhante Buddharakkhita

    Category Archives: Spices

    Cloves of Love and the Full March Moon

    Full Moon Ode to Clove known as “the strong-scented” Katukaphalah or Lavanga Your Sanskrit names vibrate with sensual power and good Kapha medicine, and aromatic stories well-travelled. From Maluku Islands within the Banda Sea, you have come. Clove Bud you numb my pain, making me forget, with your sweet spicy botanica yet uniquely pungent. The dried flower bud,…

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    Cacao Spice Chai

    Cacao: Real, Raw & Spiced

    You know those things you love and are attached to and have a hard time letting go of? Maybe because, well addiction or nostalgia or you just can’t imagine your life without it. Well I’m like that with chocolate. Every sworn abstinence just leads me back even stronger, pulls me closer like a crazy lover…

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    Spice Lounge and Grinding Out the Dark

    Hello Beautiful Soul! The last couple of months have been a mandala of madness. A stunning trip to Iceland, the launch of the first Spice Lounge, and my teaching schedule starting up again, along with some surfacing of stuff I imagined already resolved. And then there is the enduring thread of empathy with the suffering…

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    Secrets of the Lipstick Tree. Annatto Revealed

    DO YOU KNOW ANNATTO? Cheeky earth-red seeds ripen into becoming. Bird-beaked in form, colour dangerous. Why discover you now? With so much prickly pain outside this primal pod. Are you ready to share your secrets? This Summer I became obsessed with Annatto seeds as I recalled a certain soup. Late Summer corn. Recipe by my best friend Myra Kornfeld in her first cookbook, “The Voluptuous…

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    #foodporn to nourish the Goddess within

    I have been bursting to share this GORGEOUS three and a half page spread in VISTA Magazine’s Summer Issue. I almost passed out with pleasure when it came out. My good friends Katharine Herringer (Editor) and Iván Álvarez de Lorenzano (Art Director) have turned this magazine into a feast for the eyes. These recipes were part…

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    Swooning Birds of Paradise

    Happy Valentines Day my love. Yes, indeed this Day of Love was created and is ritualized worldwide. Even though I believe every day to be a day of LOVE how can we not engage as lovers and beloveds everywhere ceremoniously declare their love on this day. You may not be surprised that the spices come…

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    Scent-Free Aromatherapy

    Without any scent at all you can experience the benefits of aromatherapy. I have been teaching aromatherapy for several years at the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage (VSBM). In each first class, we spend time calling up scent memories before we even smell a thing. I have the students share their favourite scent. What happens every…

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    Announcing the first Spice Deck!

    Hello beautiful friends. How exciting to make this creative vision a reality to share with you. This Spice Deck of wisdom offers easy access and aromatic insights from the beautiful spice world. There is no end to the magnificent, aromatic, and abundant variety of spice treasures to explore so keep a lookout twice a month in your in-box or subscribe…

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    Spice Boost Your Juice

    In Ayurvedic food wisdom, spices are the desirable rasa. The irresistible fragrant jewels which bring the mouth-watering, ecstacy-provoking, digestive-juice activating taste to your food and less commonly but very certainly to your beverages as well. Summertime and you’ll be lightening up with more juices, smoothies, and salads which makes good sense being the Pitta time of year. You need the cooling, easygoing fare of Summer…

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