Castor Oil Packs

Castor Oil Packs

  Castor Oil Packs are simple, relaxing and a surprisingly powerful aid to the immune system.  They seem like a lot of work but they are not. I am using them weekly as part of my I-love-you-routines and I personally find that they restore me in ways that are hard to fully express.  Plus they help me slip into a deep meditative state and when I am relaxed I cannot be anxious. I love that fact. Castor Oil is a very old healer. Made from Castor Beans it has been used both internally and externally for thousands of years and for numerous reasons.  It is a wonderful home remedy and simple to put into practice. Current research has identified castor oil as an anti-toxin and as having impact on the lymphatic system enhancing immunological function. G. Harvey, Immunomodulation of Castor Oil Packs There are two ways to offer yourself this healing tool.  First and foremost you will want to be comfortable. Think cushion under head and knees comfort, cozy blanket. A few towels – castor oil will stain – so use the same ones. When I come to rest with a castor oil pack I find that I move into a very meditative space or I drift of to sleep.  Either is fine. I do set an alarm to end the practice. The more traditional method: Cut a piece of cotton that can cover the upper right of your abdomen and a little more (liver area).  Soak this cloth in Castor Oil (this is a lot of oil the first time, less as time moves on). Rest on a...
Cultivate personal peace

Cultivate personal peace

This is a surreal moment. Anxiety is rampant. Fear is amped. And the worry. The repetitive worry absolutely mind bending. I made this video this morning and am sharing it with no edits and no bells and whistles. Just a simple 15 minute meditative and breath practice because now is the time.  Now is the time to cultivate personal peace and reduce stress.  You cannot be anxious and relaxed at the same time. It isn’t possible. So come on – peace out for 15. Obviously: Do not do this meditation while driving or operating...
WBTV Natural Teas

WBTV Natural Teas

I love tea and I drink it daily. Usually multiple times a day. Photos of tea are a large part of #365daysofsimpleselfcare. Delano and I chatted about four of my favorite medicinal teas.  What’s even better is that they are simple to make and taste delicious, I mean, super yum psst….Delano was in love with the Elderberry Syrup Tea! Elderberry Tea: Good for staving off cold and flu!!!! Recipe Ginger Tea: Good for when your belly doesn’t feel right! Recipe Tumeric and Honey Tea: Good for decreasing inflammation! Recipe Chai Green Tea: Good for metabolism and digestion....
Elderberry Tea

Elderberry Tea

This post should be called Elderberry Tea two ways because I use them both. When I travel I tend to make the teas directly from the dried berry. Whereas when I am tucked into my own space, I like to make the tea from the Elderberry Syrup that is a homemade staple in my fridge. Elderberries daily that is the rule. Elderberry Tea-Tea In this instance you make a simple tea from the berries themselves. Bring 2 cups water to a boil and pour over 1Tbl Dried Elderberries. Allow to steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Drink straight up or stir in some honey while thinking a lovely thought. Elderberry Syrup Tea ***Do not make this style of tea with the store bought variety unless it directs you to. This is my favorite way to take elderberry daily. The syrup is a delicious purple-black liquid and feels decadent. I like simple things that make me feel really taken care of. I add a TBL of syrup (Recipe) to 1 cup of hot but not boiling water. Mix together, stir in some kindness, and voila.     Where can you get Dried Elderberries and bulk herbs? I mail order mine from several different places, including: Mountain Rose Herbs Frontier If I am in Baltimore, I get them from my friend Jenny at Zensations. Scientific Literature (retrieved: 2/5/17): Elderberries against the Flu https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9395631 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15080016 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19548290 Why Honey? https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28663690 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28539734 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17877657 Medical Disclaimer: None of this should be misconstrued as medical advice.        ...
Fire Cider

Fire Cider

Herbal medicine is really the medicine of the people. Meaning it is for everyone. Fire Cider is an old elixir and one of my favorites to have on hand.  It does take time to chop everything up and patience (because it takes about a month to come together) but I find all the effort totally worth it. This recipe is very forgiving (meaning lots of different versions exist), I simply chop up all the organic goodness and add it to a mason jar with organic apple cider vinegar. I riddle it daily after that – shake, shake, shake. Today’s Fire Cider version includes: Onion, peeled and roughly chopped Garlic, peeled and roughly chopped Tumeric, peeled and roughly chopped Ginger, peeled and roughly chopped Horseradish, peeled and roughly chopped Lemon Zest Rosemary (dried, from my garden) Cayenne Pepper Black Pepper Corns     I don’t measure. I don’t worry about the veggies being chopped just so. I just fill the jar with the ingredients to a few inches shy of the brim and then add the Apple Cider Vinegar, covering everything in the jar. I close the lid and place it in the cupboard with my mugs (think cool and dark for its storage place). I store it with my mugs because that way I will see it every day and remember to give it a little love shake – I usually sing a little love song to it too. I believe in the power of intention and you can bet if I feed you something there is a message of love and light in the recipe too.  After a...
Kitchari is yummy

Kitchari is yummy

Kitchari is an Ayruvedic Indian food that is yummy, simple and good for you. Not only does it cook quickly, it is comforting, filling and easily digested – the perfect trifecta for days I practice and/or teach a lot.  This porridge is a staple in Indian households and once you eat it you will understand why. To make it you will need Moong Dal (split mung beans). When something is “Dal” it means it is split in half.  When the Mung beans are split they loose their outer skin making them even easier on the digestive system.  I don’t know why but I have never seen them in a big box grocery store. Mung Beans, yes. Split Mung Beans, no. But your local Indian Grocery will have them or you can order them from a specialty shop online. Each person makes their Kitachari a little differently, here is the recipe I have been using lately: Fall Kitchari 1 Cup Moong Dal (picked through and rinsed – moong dal   does not need to soak) 1/2 Cup Basmati Rice (white – because it is easier on the stomach) 5 cups water or vegetable stock (I default to veggie stock because it gives it a richer flavor but water works) 1 TBL ghee (clarified butter – it can cook at a higher temperature because the milk solids are removed) 1 tsp cumin seeds 1 tsp coriander seeds 1 tsp fennel seeds 1 tsp mustard seeds 1 tsp grated ginger 1 cup of carrots, green beans, zucchini, etc. (optional) First, in sauce pan melt the ghee on medium heat and add the spices...