HAPPY SPICY NEW YEAR GORGEOUS SOUL!
A most auspicious sprinkling of sweet blessings in this 2017 year!
I could not resist sharing this particular Spice Deck Card on day one of the new year. I suspect you may have a Sankalpa (sacred intention) to further raise your consciousness around what you put into your amazing body temple this year.
CINNAMON!Definitely cinnamon. Not only do I put this enchanting spice in most of my warm beverages but the other day the lid of my cinnamon shaker plopped off into my Chai along with about 4 heaping TBSP’s of cinnamon. Whoops. Oh don’t think I did not skim off the top and proceed to enjoy an intensely cinnamon-laden chai. Usually I wouldn’t have so much at one time but it was DELICIOUS and I had not even added any honey yet. Sweet enough!
I call Cinnamon the SWEET STABILIZER because it has clinical data to show this healing spice as a stabilizer of blood sugar. In a 2003 article published in the journal Diabetes Care, a 40 day study shows improvement in Type 2 Diabetes subjects fasting blood sugar levels, as well as their lipid (blood fat) levels with up to 6g cassia daily (4g is about 1 tsp). In other studies authors concluded that cinnamon is effective at improving glucose control. There is as always controversy in scientific circles around the nature of these studies regarding the type of cinnamon used and the dosage.
From an Ayurvedic perspective though it seems clear.
Cinnamon is often used in ayurvedic herbal preparations to enhance the bio-availability of other herbs. With sweet, pungent and astringent tastes it pacifies Kapha, clearing congestion from the lungs and channels of the body. For Vata it is warming and sweet, assisting digestion and boosting the immune system. Cinnamon is also used in Ayurveda to regulate blood sugar. A daily dose of 1 tsp along with other conscious eating routines contributes to the overall health of the 7 tissue layers of the body producing a vibrant OJAS or immunity.
In the incredible deck of aromatic spices we bring you the Queen!
Cardamom has been called the Queen of Spices as it elegantly and powerfully rules relief in the digestive system. It is an aromatic jewel in the crown of spices due to its warming sweet fragrance which not only dispels bad breath but also works as one of the safest, most effective digestive stimulants. Cardamom has the qualities and energetics to stimulate blood flow and remove sticky Kapha congestion from the digestive and respiratory tract. This pungent spice works to relieve bloating, gas, distention, and to calm the gut.
I call this royal spice ‘Smooth Operator’for its ease and gentleness when dealing with unpleasant gastro-intestinal discomfort. It also claims that name as an exotic and very sensual aphrodisiac with an allure so great that it is mentioned several times in the legendary tales of 1001 Arabian Nights. These are the tales that saved the life of Shahrazad, whose husband, the king, executed each of his wives after a single night of marriage. Beginning an enchanting story each evening, Shahrazad always withheld the ending: A thousand and one nights later, her life was spared forever and she became queen. Perhaps the magical cardamom, just like the titillating never-ending stories of the royal wife, can offer longevity and pleasure to yours.
Being an avid fan of this glorious spice I have it daily in my chai. I will add a few pods into my rice while cooking. I crush the little black seeds into my soups, beans, chutneys, and warm almond milk with turmeric and also sip as a super effective digestive tea/tonic.
Enjoy your Ayurvedic Spice Wisdom Cardamom Card from the Spice Deck and be inspired to invite this enticing spice into your kitchen apothecary… you might even take out 1001 Nights from the library and luxuriate in the mystical tales whilst sipping on a cardamom-imbued chai.
With aromatic love and fragrant blessings,
Glynn and Mel
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 time is that the scent is accompanied by a story of a pleasurable emotional trigger memory. This conjures up feelings of love or joy, or connection to family, home, or to meaningful places and people. They are all scents that have had some kind of positive emotional impact.
The mood in the class becomes relaxed, playful, and open and encourages a welcoming atmosphere for the powerful modality of aromatherapy.
I realized how powerful these scent-memories are. I understood how they could be used to quickly elevate us to a positive state without the actual presence of any physical essential oils. To call upon a scent-memory for uplifting, energizing, and connecting us at any time in any scent-free environment, could be so transformative. All we need to take us there is the breath and our mind.
The Limbic system is a portal for emotional memory.
This primal part of the brain is directly connected to smells. Scent-memories are stored here as a survival mechanism for our protection or connection. These are linked to people, places, and events that have made an impact on our emotions. They can be called upon with focus at any time by just saying the name or describing the smell. Memories can even be provoked by looking at images.
Sometimes it can be very difficult to pull ourselves out of a bad mood or depressed state. If we can distract our mind for just a few seconds from the triggers that are evoking our anxiety, fear, sadness, anger, depression, then we can imbue the dark places with fragrant intelligence and light. Of course it is also very powerful to actually use essential oils for aromatic healing practices. The beauty of the ‘scent-free’ meditation technique is that we don’t need those oils with us all the time to create a powerful healing experience.
Hit play. Close your eyes. Breathe.
Enjoy this uplifting scent-free aromatic meditation I created for you to stabilize Vata by relieving anxiety, soothe Pitta by relieving stress, and energize Kapha by removing stagnation.
With Fragrant Blessings,
Glynn (Spice Mistress) and Mel (Cinnamon Girl)
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 to our bi-monthly newsletter.
The sensual, fragrant world of the spices is nature’s mirror so we can reflect on the qualities in our own souls that bring us joy, delight, pleasure and bliss. Every time we release the volatile aromatic oils and partake of their good medicine we are freed up from the monotony, entrapment, and discontent of our thoughts. We are set free to explore such beauty.
These are the small and irreplaceable moments of awareness that connect us to the glory and generosity of the Universe.
Enjoy these insights. And perhaps every time you find a spice card from the deck in your in-box you can pop out and purchase that spice.
Use it, get to know it and allow it to become your friend. Cook, anoint, grind and sprinkle, discover, sniff, share and love. The spices will teach you all that and so much more.
And now for the SAFFRON….
With Fragrant Blessings of love,
Glynn (The Spice Mistress) and Mel (The Cinnamon Girl)
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 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.