Enjoy the benefits of flax seeds every day. The fibers help with regularity, keep cholesterol at healthy levels and promote normal cardiovascular function. In the morning, sprinkle the ground flax seeds on yogurt or include it in a protein shake. In the afternoon, toss the grounded seeds over a salad. In the evening, blend the grounded seeds with wasabi and a little mayonnaise. Use this as a sauce for steamed or grilled wild salmon. You can blend the grounded seeds with your salad dressing; the seeds create a thick creamy dressing. BON APPETIT!
When brewing tea, different plant parts required different brewing time. Black, green and oolong are leaves from the same plant. (Camellia Sinenis). Bring the water to a boil and then cool for a few minutes. You can steep a tea bag or a teaspoon of loose leaves into an infuser. Steep green or oolong for 1-3 minutes. When steeping black tea, use water that comes to a rolling boil. Steep black tea 3-5 minutes. Your tea will become bitter from the tannins if you steep it too long.
When making herbal tea, use a rounded teaspoon of dried leaves or flowers. Depending on how strong you want your brew, you can steep the herbs from 5-10 minutes. If you are using the bark, root, fruit and or stem of plant, we will have to use a stronger method of extraction; what we call a decoction. Here, instead of steeping, you simmer the bark, root or stem for 30 minutes. When using tea medicinally, you simmer the solution and reduce the liquid to 25%. Stop and take time for a delicious, comforting cup of tea!!!
Yesterday I harvested horseradish root from my garden. It has been growing in my garden for 2 years. It died last winter, but it grew back to twice its original size. It is best used when grated. This is the first time that I will be using fresh horseradish for a tonic that I make with apple cider vinegar. I learned about this tonic from Dr. Gwen Scott a few years ago. I am never without this. This tonic mixed with a little honey is a spicy salad dressing. Take a few tablespoons a few times a day when you feel a cold coming on.
Horseradish increases circulation and metabolism, clears the sinuses, warms the body, and clears excessive mucus. The accumulated mucus is a breeding ground for bacteria and infection. Keeping nasal passages clear of mucus helps prevent sinus infections.
Horseradish root is very pungent and mustard like when first grated. The taste is acrid, sharp and hot. The leaves taste like a cross between arugula and kale. You can use the leaves in a stir-fry or cut fine without the stem for a salad.
Horseradish is high in vitamin C, vitamin A and rich in iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium. It is in the same family as broccoli and has the same compound that has broccoli classified as a cancer fighting food.
To make this HOT SPICY VINEGAR TONIC:
One medium onion chopped
2 tablespoons grated horseradish (can use organic store bought horseradish)
6-8 cloves of garlic minced
1/8 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1 quart of apple cider vinegar
Combine in a glass jar, let steep in apple cider vinegar for 1 month, and then decant. I add honey as needed. Once decanted, I always have this tonic in my refrigerator. To your health!
Parsley is more than just a plate garnish. There are so many uses for this common plant. Did you know that it is used as an after dinner breathe freshener? Chlorophyll, abundant in fresh parsley absorbs odors. It is a nutrient dense herb, high in vitamin A, C, potassium, magnesium and flavonoids.
Parsley is anti-inflammatory. It inhibits the histamines reaction, making it a good tea to drink when you have allergies. It is a gentle diuretic to help detoxify and reduce water retention.
You can use both curly and flat-leaf parsley interchangeably. I prefer the flat leaf because it has a stronger flavor. Chop finely and add to grains, beans, pasta and salads.
There is so much parsley growing in my yard that I added parsley to my green juice in the morning. In the evening, I enjoy making a pesto using mostly parsley. It is a simple, delicious and easy to make using a food processor like a Vita mix or a personal blender.
Basic Parsley Pesto Recipe
1/2 Cup walnuts
1-2 cloves of garlic.
1/2 Cup olive oil
1/2 to 2/3 Cup parmesan cheese (substitute miso for vegan)
Dash of salt
Combine the ingredients in the food processor and blend until smooth. The result is a delightfully creamy green and tasty pesto to be used with pasta, a dip, a spread or to flavor your broiled fish and chicken dishes. Add lemon juice and water to thin and use as a salad dressing.
The base greens for pesto can also include basil, arugula, cilantro, spinach, or lettuce greens. I like mixing different greens together with some stronger tasting greens giving it a bit of zing!
Most pesto recipes call for pine nuts. My friend Peri made a pesto for me using sprouted pumpkin seeds. So Delicious! I love the idea of eating my greens in a creamy pesto sauce. Enjoy and Bon Appétit!
Today, while brewing tea, I was thinking about the structure of water. I remember reading a book written by a visionary Japanese researcher. Dr. Emoto published the book "The Message from Water". He collected water samples, froze a droplet and then photographed the structure. What he found was that holy water looked like a beautiful snowflake and polluted water looked like sludge. He then further experimented by taking untreated distilled water and played different music to it, by writing gratitude, blessings and curses on the vial of water.
There is a huge contrast between the molecular structure of "thank you" vs. "you make me sick and I want to kill you". We are this vial of water. We are over 75% water, Understanding this concept reinforces the importance of right thinking. If we are always thinking negative thoughts, can you imagine what the water from our cells would look like? Knowing this can be a reminder of how harmful it is for us to hold on to ill feelings, anger and resentment. Forgiveness is not for the other person, but for our well- being. Click here to link to Dr. Emoto's book.
The duration of flight 2015 will be 12 months. Therefore, we suggest you fasten your seatbelt. The next stopovers will be Health, Happiness, Harmony, Love, Peace, Kindness and Gratitude.
The following menu will be served during our flight...
A cocktail of family and friendship
A bowl of health and well-being
A casserole of Prosperity
A salad of success
A cake of inner contentment and happiness
A large serving of living a passionate purpose-full life.
All accompanied by burst of laughter... Wishing you and your family an enjoyable and safe trip on board flight 2015
Before 2014 ends, let me thank all the family and friends that made 2014 beautiful for me. Thank you for helping and supporting me in my vision and goals. You have been a blessing to me. Wishing you all the best for 2015.
With Love and Light,