A Tiny but Mighty Medicine

A Tiny but Mighty Medicine

A teeny tiny bit of faith is plenty.

The mustard seed, this tiny power packed spice is known as the seed of faith. What makes it so? The great sages and saints knew about the power in the mustard seed, and what becomes of it, the flower, the spice, the medicine. It has been used as a symbol for potentiality, held within something so small as to be almost invisible. 

Many sacred texts and spiritual parables across religions of the world, note the mustard seed as a powerful healing medicine and a symbol of faith.

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a grain of mustard seed, which indeed is smaller than all seeds but when it is grown, it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in its branches…. if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can move mountains. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

When I am in the kitchen with mustard seeds popping enthusiastically in my skillet, and then grinding them into a spicy, enlivening masala or paste and the pungent aroma tickles my nose, I believe

It only takes a small act of faith to live in the realm of infinite possibility. Try it. Work with this potent spice seed throughout the Spring and watch as your body responds with increased circulation, improved lung capacity, and a feeling of lightness as you detox sticky gunk from your body, purge dull thoughts from your mind and lift heavy emotions in your heart. Focus on having faith, and moving those mountains. 

MAKE YOUR OWN SWEET AND SPICY MUSTARD AT HOME

  • 3/4 cup yellow mustard seeds (or mix it up half yellow/half black)
  • 1and 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder or paprika for a slightly less spicy version.
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder or 1 whole clove of very finely minced garlic 
  • 1/4 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 TBSP honey (Optional). 
  • Powder the seeds in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle to a fine powder or make it ‘chunky style’ and leave some seeds cracked but not ground. .Chunky or smooth – your choice!
  • Blend with the rest of the spices. 
  • In a small medium pot, add the water and spice blend. If using fresh garlic, add and stir in.
  • Cook over very low heat for about 30 minutes, until it gently starts bubbling. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
  • Add the vinegar, stir in well and let it simmer for another 5-10 minutes. 
  • Pour in a glass jar and cool before closing with airtight lid. Refrigerate..
  • Leave in fridge to settle for at least 24 hours. to mellow out, this decreases bitterness,. 
  • Use within two to three months. 

    Spoon over veggies, add to salad dressings, soups, stir fries, beans, rice, sandwiches,
    etc.

    Mustard Spice Blend

Learn more about MUSTARD SEED and take a peek at the Spice Deck Card and discover the Mustard Oracle to bring wisdom for this Season. 

Spice Deck card back

Let me know how your mustard adventures go my spice friends, and join me for the 2021 Ayurvedic Home Spring Cleanse where we will certainly be moving mountains!

Fragrant Blessings,
Glynnis xo

Your Equinox Spice Oracle has spoken.

Your Equinox Spice Oracle has spoken.

Fall Greetings Beautiful Soul.

 

At 6.30am this morning, I pulled a Spice Oracle Card with a prayer for all beings everywhere. This was the exact time (Pacific Time) of the 2020 Autumnal Equinox. Magic happens at such an hour on such a Celestial occasion and so I suppose, although enchanted,  I was not very surprised when I pulled the Sesame card.

 

SESAME SEED IS YOUR MEDICINE

Ground yourself in meditation.
This is your message and your medicine.
Plant the seeds of deep understanding
by connecting to the cosmic energy,
the giver of all life.

Here you will find true nourishment.

 

Sesame spice-medicine has a very aligned message and some serious magic for us at this auspicious time in our human evolution, and also in the seasonal shift we are experiencing now in the Northern Hemisphere. You see, Autumn or Fall, however you name this season, is when the Vata elements of Air and Ether are presiding and in order to remain grounded, stable, and sane, we need Sesame. And other Vata-pacifying food and lifestyle practices.

 

If you understand the effects of Vata and the Doshas, you will already be noticing the elevated qualities of this ethereal, mobile, light, quick, dry, cold, erratic force of nature. Vata is VAYU which means Wind. The Sanskrit word Vata literally means ‘blown’ and Vayu, ‘blower.’ So we have the blown and the blower, and this is what can knock us off our course, derange our thoughts, unsettle our hearts, and make us feel as if we are flying wildly and without direction, in an uncontrollable vaccuum of fear, anxiety, exhaustion, and confusion, especially during the Fall season.

 

So Sesame Medicine is true nourishment.  The kind that comes from the deep and consistent practice of meditation. What a perfect Spice Oracle for this day, this season, this human life. Rather than being blown about by the winds of change, we can find ever-present, unchangeable peace and serenity by tuning in every day to the Giver of all life through a daily meditation practice. 

 

Sesame tells us to chew our life experiences well, to grind our seeds of practice into a nourishing life habit. When you chew well on the seeds, you can properly absorb the myriad vitamins and minerals it provides. When you patiently grind sesame seeds, you make tahini, a creamy paste that is easy to digest, tastes delicious, and feels nourishing. We also produce a sublime substance with similar qualities, through our meditation practice, it is called SOMA, the nectar of bliss-awakening.

 

Ah, I am on a path of sharing profound wisdom this morning, bestowed on me by my aromatic spice companions. I also realized that pulling the Sesame Oracle Card, was synchronistic with the just-launched Autumn issue of Maple Magazine. My Ayurvedic article in there for the season was all about, ya you guessed it, Sesame!

In the article I talk about how tila or sesame seeds are named in the Vedas, as seeds of immortality. In Ayurveda, this refers to the rich and fortifying nutrition, and life-giving qualities of the food and oil that comes from the seed. They boost our ojas or immunity, and bless us with longevity. They are a rasayana, a sacred restorative food.

Through external oiling of the body with sesame oil, and internal nutrition of the seed as a spice, we gain double-benefits for our healthy state of being, body, mind and soul.

Sesame is loaded with calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and a high level of plant protein. How do you include this in your daily diet? Gently toast and blend the seeds with other spices and sprinkle lavishly on warming grains, soups, stews, and kitchari. Spread the paste on earthy whole-grain bread or make a dressing/sauce for your sweet roasted root veggies.

Thank you Sesame for blessing us all with your message today, and with your grounding nourishment every day. My lovely friends, I wish you the true Nourishment of the season, and steadfast mojo for your Fall meditations.

Fragrant Blessings,
Your Spice Mistress, Glynnis xo

 

Full Moon. Manifesting from the dark seed.

Full Moon. Manifesting from the dark seed.

Dark Seed Full Moon Masala

This full moon. Promising to pull from the depths our everything
A spice blend, committed and complex, imbued with the black gold of Nigella Sativa.
Do you know this spice? It excavates to the depths anything holding back the treasure of good health.

And with the colour of a moonless night it works in the shadows to heal.

Intriguing with the common name of black cumin.
There is nothing common about this aromatic spice medicine.

Illuminated by the power of the full flower moon, it shines along with the others.
Cardamom, sesame, cayenne and paprika. Turmeric, walnuts, hemp nut, white pepper and salt.

A masala to celebrate the Scorpio May Moon.
To adorn and empower your food with lunar magic
elevating the vibration of your creative expression.

Sprinkle lavishly. You will see.


FULL FLOWER MOON MASALA RECIPEFull Moon Masala Avocado toast.

1 cup Sesame seeds
1/2 cup ground Nigella Sativa seeds (or 3/4 cup whole seeds)
1 TBSP Cardamom seeds (not the pods)
1 tsp ground Paprika
1 tsp ground Turmeric
1 tsp whole White Pepper
1/2 tsp ground Cayenne
1/4 cup Hemp nuts/seeds
1/4 cup walnut pieces
1 tsp Himalayan salt

Toast the sesame seeds and ‘crack’ them in a mortar and pestle to maintain the texture. Do not grind to a powder or paste. I like ’em chunky style! Toast the other whole seeds, walnuts and hemp seeds individually being careful not to burn them. You will know they are ready when the aromatic molecules have been released (you will smell it!). Grind spices and nuts and add to the sesame seeds. Add the powdered spices and salt. Meld together and keep in an airtight glass jar or tin. Sprinkle lavishly until the next full moon.

Delicious over roasted veggies, salads, sandwiches and of course the ever-popular avocado toast with a splash of olive oil and balsamic. YUM!

NIGELLA SATIVA BLACK SEED BENEFITS: (from published bio-research)

  • Analgesic (Pain-Killing)
  • Anti-Bacterial
  • Anti-Inflammatory
  • Anti-Ulcer
  • Anti-Fungal
  • Ant-Hypertensive
  • Antioxidant
  • Antispasmodic
  • Antiviral
  • Bronchodilator
  • Anti-Diabetic
  • Liver Protection

And these are just to name a few. Try this peppery rich spice and let me know what you create!

May your Full Moon creativity blossom and manifest from the full deep dark, your wildest dreams.
With Love and Fragrant Blessings,
Glynnis.
The Spice Mistress
xox

ps. In my AromaDosha Blueprint online learning experience you will learn about these spice medicines and how to bring them and the aromatic plant essences into your daily nourishment. You get to customize your own Ayurvedic Blueprint and understand your relationship to these healing treasures for a transformative self-care practice you will love. (Body, Mind, Heart and Spirit. ALL IN!)