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

    Venerable Bhante Buddharakkhita

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    Once-in-a-Blue-Moon Chai

    Hello beautiful soul The celestial bodies are blessing us with an auspicious occasion in the early part of the year. This morning, Wednesday January 31,  2018  the first Super Blue Blood Moon and full Lunar eclipse since 1844 graced the sky. You may, like me find yourself in a heightened state of creative euphoria –…

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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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    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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    Ayurveda & Peace in the Middle East

    Hello Beautiful Soul. I was absolutely over the moon to receive in the mail today this most cherished bottle of Middle East Peace perfume as a gift from The 7 Virtues Perfume Company . This grand delivery of aromatic peace came about through a synchronistic connection on Instagram noting how the three main ingredients are a beautiful Tridoshic blend…

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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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    Meet the Green Queen

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

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    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…

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    Don’t Give Up on Your Beauty

    It is so painful to lament lost beauty and feel like there is nothing to be done. Beauty is individual and personal and has nothing to do with societal preferences or cultural impositions. It has to do with you. It is how you feel and how you feel about yourself that reflects your beauty. Beauty…

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    Medicine Buddha and the Three Poisons

    This week while teaching Aromatherapy at The Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage (VSBM), we had the opportunity to listen during an aromatic compress treatment to the Medicine Buddha Chant. A student commented how profoundly healing and soothing that felt while receiving her treatment (we were working with a blend of ginger, fennel, lemon, and…

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    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…

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