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.
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.
Seven was the amount prescribed to me by an Ayurvedic vaidya but you only need eat up to ten almonds a day to receive the amazing and sustainable benefits.
I understand that almonds are sacred and I enjoy knowing they are a protein-packed nut providing essential minerals like Zinc, magnesium, copper, niacin, calcium, as well as vitamins such as Vitamin E and B2. This means we are getting the nutrients we need daily in a simple and delicious way. (soaking almonds makes them easier to digest)
I use my almond milk in small amounts: to add to chai, turmeric elixirs, smoothies, and my beddy-bye drink with nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric and a drop of honey.
And it is SO EASY! All you need is a good ‘nut-bag’ (here’s a great one I use from Me and You re-usable mesh bags made in Canada. You get 3 in a pack and they last for ages! I also use mine to make veggie juice!
ALMOND MILK RECIPE
1 CUP washed and soaked almonds (soak for at least 10 hours)
3 cups filtered water
Discard soaking water. Rinse soaked almonds. Blend the soaked almonds in a blender with the water (my Vitamix works like a dream!) until completely liquid (there will of course be some pulp).
Pour through mesh bag into a bowl. Milk the bag (squeeze it) until all of the liquid is squeezed out.
Add 1/2 tsp real vanilla essence if desired (this makes it super-yummy!) Pour into a mason jar and keep in fridge.
SAVE THE PULP
I use mine for gentle weekly face scrubs with rosehip oil, geranium essential oil, witch-hazel, and warm water to make a paste. I absolutely love this super-gorgeous skin cleanser.
I also add the pulp to my bliss balls for a sweet afternoon protein-snack.
I have also dried it in the oven and used as a baking ingredient to partially integrate with other flours.
I include almonds in Your AromaDosha Blueprint as a daily nutritious food for protecting the brain, as an antioxidant, and a mineral rich, immune boosting food-as-medicine. Try seven soaked almonds a day, incorporating these sacred biblical nuts – approved by the Divine, into your self-care routine.
Oh and also not to forget, in the cooler dryer months of the year, sweet almond oil is an excellent revitalizing and emollient nutritious carrier oil to massage into the skin.
Every morning when you eat your almonds, think about what Spiritual power and transformation means in your life and in your body. Perhaps it is the catalyst you need to flourish and transform, just like Aaron’s staff, into your most vibrant and beautiful you.
Let us know in the comments below (because we really care plus we are so curious) how almonds and other nuts play a role in your daily nutrition.
Peace and Power.
With Fragrant Blessings,
Glynn and Mel