Gardening for the Sacral Chakra: Edible, Medicinal, Natural Dye & Tea Plants

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Orange Rainbow

Orange Sacral Edible, Medicinal, Natural Dye & Tea Plants

Adding dimension and balance to your gardening lifestyle can be as simple as integrating the value of each plant beyond their aesthetics in landscaping.  You may be surprised that some of your garden plants are considered nutritious and that others interact with various physiological and neurological body functions.  Interactions that enhance mental, emotional, physical, spiritual and universal functions.

Here are some trees, shrubs and garden plants that are considered to be in the essence of the Sacral Chakra grown in the Greater Victoria gardens of this author.  The garden has become a valued learning resource enhancing the quality of this authors environment, life and relationships.   When not gardening or creating  plant essences, natural dyes, oils & tinctures this author mentors others through experiential programs for cultivating personal awareness.  Programs to enhance the quality of physiological and neurological body functions,  lifestyle and relationships.

This author has learned that the benefits of cultivating an interdependent relationship and awareness of the plants growing around you increase connection, groundedness, health, safety and support.  It reduces anxiety, fear, loneliness and pain.  It also less expensive!

Orange Chakra Physiological & Neurological Body Systems← click to read more

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Traditional uses and properties of foods are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering.


Copyright 2014 – 2019  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

Fermenting Kefir Grains @ Home

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles insideawareness.com

Another exciting opportunity for exploring fermenting foods came my way when a  neighbour accidentally ordered two Kefir starter kits and passed one on to me instead of returning it.  This was the start of a journey to get acquainted with Kefir.   The process of culturing Kefir grains is similar to the symbiotic fermentation process of Kombucha.  The Kefir grain has live yeast that eats the sugar during fermenting making it 99% lactose free.  This makes it an alternative source of calcium for lactose intolerant people.  It is nutrient-dense, with plenty of protein, B vitamins, potassium, and calcium.

The kit came with dried kefir grains that are activated with fresh milk.  Much like a scobie used to ferment tea into kombucha, the milk kefir grains culture the milk. When  ready the kefir grains are strained out of the kefir and put into fresh milk to start a new ferment.  The process is easy and it is cheaper than buying Kefir off the grocery shelf.

Save time & money by making yogurt, cream cheese, cottage cheese & kefir & whey on 1-4 litres of milk

The process to activate the Kefir grains was simple. as adding them to a cup of milk.  This cup of milk was checked regularly for any changed to the texture.  When it was noticeably thicker the grains were strained out and placed into fresh milk increasing the amount of milk by 1/2 a cup.  This process continued until the milk was increased to 4 cups of milk with activated grains. The cycle between transferring  Kefir grains into fresh milk can be 24 hours.    The grains can take up to 7 days to be fully activated.

Picture by Renee Lindstrom

Kefir Grains

When activated they are white and in florets similar to cottage cheese or cauliflower florets.  Once activated future fermentation periods is usually 24 hours in a temperature of 64 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit.  Summers heat can reduce  the time to 12 hours or in the cold of winter increase it to 36 hours.

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Kefir is a Yellow Food for balancing Solar Plexus Chakra

What I learned about the benefits of Kefir

I learned Kefir is a complex milk product that has high levels of vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, vitamin K2, biotin, folate, enzymes and probiotics.  Research suggest It is a power house for probiotics and may be a better choice than yogurt.  Kefir contains a higher number of probiotic strains than yogurt and they clean and feed the beneficial bacteria in the gut like yogurt.  Unlike yogurt, Kefir probiotic strains stay and colonize in ones gut andcan go out to attack pathogens and bad bacteria in the gut.  Yogurt strains are transient and flush out.

  • Antibacterial & Anti fungal

When tested against a series of pathogens it was found to have similarities to several antibiotics in hindering microbial growth.

  • Reduce Cholesterol Levels

Kefir grains reduce cholesterol levels in milk 41 to 84% during fermentation. 

  • Healthy Gut 

Lactobacillus found in Kefir is used for its ability to regulate the body’s immune system and inhibit the growth of bacteria and parasites pathogenic in nature.

  • Balancing Blood Sugars

My neighbour began using Kefir on a Doctors recommendation to support a diagnosis of  Diabetes

  • Contains Calcium & Vitamin K  

Vitamin K activates proteins that play a role in blood clotting, calcium metabolism and heart health.  Calcium helps to build strong bones, protein builds strong muscles, and potassium is essential for heart health.

  • Allergies & Asthma

Shown to suppress inflammatory responses related to allergies and asthma.

  • Cancer & Tumors

Believed to reduce tumor growth by stimulating your immune system and has been studied for liver and breast cancer.  

  • Healthy Skin & Scalp

Applied topically anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial has calming effect on inflammations such as acne, rosacea.

  • Anti-Aging

Lactic acid reduces appearance of wrinkles, tightens pores and improves dry and dull skin.  Contain nourishing properties that soothe sun-damaged skin.

Try replacing in Yogurt with Kefir in Dandelion Facial Mask recipe 

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Ways of using Kefir

Kefir can be used in smoothies, recipes and cosmetically!  It can be flavoured with herbs and fruits and used replace milk in pancakes, baking recipes and other dishes such as home-made cottage cheese.  Rather than add cream to the curds, I have begun to use Kefir.

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There may be an adjustment period the first couple of days while your colon integrates the healthy bacteria of Kefir.  Stools may become looser and some gas may be experienced.

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For those with Auto immune disorders check with you Doctor before integrating Kefir into a regular diet staple.

Children under one should not have Kefir

Breastfed Babies receive pro-biotics through breast milk


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Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

Making Cottage Cheese @ Home

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles insideawareness.com

Enjoying home-made cottage cheese curds, fermented salsa and pickled cucumber from home-made apple cider vinegar

Getting the knack of creating yogurt from a carton of milk it was time to explore making cottage cheese.  Discovered it is as easy to make as yogurt and as enjoyable to eat knowing exactly how it was made with no added expense on the pocket-book.  It can be flavoured with spices from the cupboard and herbs and edibles from the garden.  The most rewarding it that food has become fun and most importantly, rewarding!  Gone is the inconvenience of eating.

The simple recipe I follow is:

Ingredients

  • 1 gal of Milk
  • Small amount of cream, milk, sour cream or kefir to moisten
  • 3/4 cups Home made Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Flavouring:  Herbs, spices, garden edibles

Equipment:

  • Pot
  • Thermometer
  • Cheesecloth , cotton or strainer
  • Bowl

Bring milk to 180 Degrees Fahrenheit and slowly add apple cider vinegar.  Milk will curd immediately.  Let sit for 10 minutes before straining curds to separate from whey.  Put into bowl to cool and then add spices, herbs and use dry curds or moisten with cream, sour cream, kefir or milk.   Use whey in smoothies, other recipes or use to water your houseplants!

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Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

Save time & money by making yogurt, cream cheese, cottage cheese & kefir & whey on 1-4 litres of milk

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles insideawareness.com

Fermenting Kefir Grains & Milk

 

One 4 liter container of milk now costs just under $5.00 before taxes here in #yyj’s Greater Victoria Region.  With this 4 liters I have cultured yogurt, separating the yogurt and whey creating cream cheese, adding home-made apple cider vinegar creating cottage cheese and fermenting Kefir grains creating kefir.  At the store yogurt, cream cheese and cottage cheese prices start at $4.00 to $5.00 while Kefir and whey is more!  For $5.00 plus tax I am able to make over $20.00 worth of dairy and whey products

I see many bakery items being donated to local food banks and wonder if foods that improve health and well-being are also being donated.  Foods considered perishable can make a larger impact in the mental, emotional and physical health of those needs assistance.

I wonder too if there are programs for the low-income citizens to learn how to easily create their own products using simple recipes to be more cost effectively.  Are recipes included in the groceries being handed out to stretch food and dollars further?  It’s healthier with no additives and fresher with a higher nutritional impact and no added equipment costs.  It can be done with existing kitchen utensils like pots, jars, bowls, strainers, cotton, cheesecloth or coffee filters.

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Copyright 2014 – 2019  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

Mason Jar Sprouting Lids

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles insideawareness.com

Sprouting Seeds

Decided to try a new way of sprouting seeds.  One that would allow more growing space for longer sprouts like sunflower seeds. I loved the idea of these mason jar lids as they have the little stands to drain out the excess water.

After the first few days they seem to be working well.  Each style has its advantages and disadvantages.  The trays are easier and faster to rinse however the jars have more room for seeds which translates into bigger crops.

What I love about growing sprouts is that they add flavour and appeal to salads and meals.  During meals they make a solid, and fresh snack to  replace heavy sweets, cheeses and breads.  The hidden benefits are the concentrated nutrition in the freshness of growing your own sprouts with no outside handling in the way of shipping, stocking on shelves and other shoppers handling the containers.  It is grown and harvested by one person.    Fresh sprouts contain; protein, fiber, Vitamins K, C and A, Iron, Calcium, Folate, Thiamine, Manganese, Copper and Zinc.

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Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP–Living in Natures Love Lifestyles insideawareness.com

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Ashwagandha

 

 

Also Known as:  Indian ginseng, winter cherry & Somnifera Root

Uses:  Culinary, Medicinal, Incense

Parts used:  Seeds, Flowers and Leaves

Preparation:  Culinary, Drinks, Poultice, Smoothies, Tea Infusion, Tincture,  Nervine Tonic, Vinegar

 

 

 

  • Symbolizes: aphrodisiac, longevity and an elixir of life
  • Meaning:  Smell (Roots smell like a horse)
  • Associated with:  Healing, Passion, Youthfulness,  Root Chakra
  • Element:  Fire
  • Governed by:  Sun

This winter I integrated Ashwagandha root powder into my diet.  Immediately my energy levels went up and I slept better.  Things I had been putting off and not doing began to get done without any negative thoughts and draining energy.

I am so enthralled with this plant and it benefits I am growing one to better acquaint myself with its appearance, growth cycle and energy.  I have learned that the Ashwagandha seeds do not stay viable for very long so one must get them as fresh as possible.

Health & Wellness

Ashwagandha is considered an adaption herb in Ayurveda due to its benefits of improving vitality, enhancing longevity in the body and mind overall.  Adaption herbs simultaneously enhance adrenal function while also helping an individual relax and sleep better.  Adaptogens are multi-organ targeting herbs that enable a general state of well-being and longevity and they normalize levels of HPA hormones, raising those that are low, while lowering those that are excessively elevated.

Ashwagandha is known for its ability to prevent the damaging effects of stress to the organs, and enabling deep protection on a multi-organ level, assisting the body in adaptation to life.  It has been included in Ayurveda recipes since the beginning of this practice.

The leaves of the Ashwagandha are brewed into a tea for weight-loss while the roots provide a powerful nervine tonic that strengthens the bodies response to stress, increases energy levels, improves sleep, cognitive function and ability to protect the brain against damage. This herb contains flavonoids and antioxidants, alkaloids, amino acids (including tryptophan), neurotransmitters, sterols, tannins, lignans and triterpenes. Research has also shown the roots have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, antioxidant, immunomodulary and hemopoetic properties.

Well researched benefits of Ashwagandha are:

  • Thyroid function
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Blood sugar levels
  • Cancer & tumors
  • Brain cell degeneration & memory
  • Immune function
  • Stamina & endurance
  • Muscle strength
  • Sexual function & fertility
  • Weight-loss

The International Journal of Home Science has published the following nutritional breakdown of 1,000 milligrams of dehydrated Ashwagandha root powder.  It contains:

2.5 calories
0.04 gram protein
0.032 gram fiber
0.05 gram carbohydrates
0.03 milligram iron
0.02 milligram calcium
0.08 microgram carotene
0.06 milligram vitamin C

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.


Copyright 2014 – 2019  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000

 

 

 

Natures Essences for ‘letting go & new growth”

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP – Living in Natures Love Lifestyles @insideawareness.com

Spring Equinox & Full Moon Ceremonial Colour Infused Water

Spring Equinox & Full Moon Ceremonial 1st Flowers Infused Water

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essences from Natural Infusions created from the First Full Moon ceremony of spring that fell on the turning of natures wheel reflecting the Spring Equinox

The first essence is Springs Full Moon Equinox Essence

The flowers infused into this essence had blossoms open on March 20th, the first full moon of spring and turning of the wheel into Spring Equinox.

Flowers and their meaning infused in ceremony were:

  • English Daisy
    • Innocence and Purity
  • Dandelion
    • Circle of Life, Hope, Dreams, Well-being and Joy
  • Daffodil
    • Rebirth and New Beginnings
  • Polyanthus
    • Enhances dreams, attracts love
  • Wild Violets
    • Devotion

These flowers, in the element of water, were in the center of the spiral pathway infusing the energies of the evening full moon.  Other elements were water, air, earth, wood, fire and metal.  The reflection of senses included, sound, visual, smell and touch. This included stones, crystals and minerals.

 

Spring Equinox & Full Moon Essence

The Spring Equinox is when the length of time during the daytime is equal to the night-time.  It heralds in new life’s bounty and reflects anticipation.  It is a time of throwing away old thoughts and habits to embrace new bountiful and abundant ways.

The first full moon of Spring is in the warming-up cycle and reflects new beginnings, future plans and making them a reality.  This first moon symbolizes freedom from restraints and setting oneself free of them.

Some more attributes of Springs first full moon are:

  • clarity, focus & awareness
  • love & light
  • change
  • creativity
  • spiritual strength
  • energy
  • community
  • balance
This is the best cycle for clearing and cleansing spirit and home!

Natures Love Spring Equinox & Full Moon Essence for 2019 is now available

This essence would support:

manifesting one’s 2019 goals

spiritual growth

change 

increased focus of attention 

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Spring Equinox & Full Moon Essence – 30 ml

Natures Love Spring Equinox & Full Moon Essence for 2019. This essence supports manifesting one’s 2019 goals, spiritual growth, change & increased focus of attention. 

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The remaining 7 essences are Spring Full Moon Equinox Chakra Essences

 

Each of these rainbow coloured water filled bottles lined the pathway into the double spiral to infuse the full moon on Spring Equinox.  On the journey inward one passed by the chakra coloured bottles beginning with the base chakra and moving up the  energy centers until reaching the center point where the spirals meet.

In addition to the attributes of Springs first full moon and the Spring Equinox energies (as previously written above) infused into the water here are the qualities of each of the rainbow colours of the Chakras:

  • Root – Red
    • chakra for removing toxins & associated with survival & basic needs for shelter, food, water and safety
    • represents one’s origins, roots, family tree
  • Orange – Sacral
    • energizing color & associated with self-respect, creativity, purity, togetherness, feminine sensuality, sexuality & manifestation.
  • Yellow – Solar Plexus
    • represents patience, tolerance, contentment, happiness, wisdom & mental energy
    • associated with new horizons, intellect, will-power, self-confidence &  fulfillment
  • Green – Heart
    • growth, healing, selfless love,  tranquility, harmony & hope
    • represents balance, serenity & calms nerves
  • Blue – Throat
    •  truth, nobility, serenity, spiritualism, thoughtfulness & kindness
    •  associated with faith, caring, peace & fidelity
  • Purple – 3rd Eye
    • associated with consciousness, perception & awareness
    • increases insight & intuitiveness

Natures Love Chakra Spring Equinox & Full Moon Essences for 2019 are  now available

These essences would support:

transformation, change & balancing chakras 

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Natures Love Root Chakra Spring Equinox & Full Moon Essences for 2019. The Root Chakra chakra removes toxins & is associated with survival & basic needs for shelter, food, water & safety. It represents one’s origins, roots, family tree. Full Moon & Spring Equinox is for new beginnings & removing obstacles.

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Natures Love Sacral Chakra Spring Equinox & Full Moon Essence 30 ml

Natures Love Sacral Chakra Spring Equinox & Full Moon Essence for 2019. The Sacral Chakra is an energizing color & is associated with self-respect, creativity, purity, togetherness, feminine sensuality, sexuality & manifestation. Full Moon & Spring Equinox is for new beginnings & removing obstacles.

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Natures Love Solar Plexus Chakra Spring Equinox & Full Moon Essence – 30 ml

Natures Love Solar Plexus Chakra Spring Equinox & Full Moon Essence for 2019. The Solar Plexus Chakra represents patience, tolerance, contentment, happiness, wisdom & mental energy. It is associated with new horizons, intellect, will-power, self-confidence &  fulfillment. Full Moon & Spring Equinox is for new beginnings & removing obstacles.

C$13.00

Natures Love Heart Chakra Spring Equinox & Full Moon Essence – 30 ml

Natures Love Heart Chakra Spring Equinox & Full Moon Essence for 2019. The Heart Chakra reflects growth, healing, selfless love,  tranquility, harmony & hope. This Chakra represents balance, serenity & calms nerves. Full Moon & Spring Equinox is for new beginnings & removing obstacles.

C$13.00

 

Natures Love Throat Chakra Spring Equinox & Full Moon Essence – 30 ml

Natures Love Throat Chakra Spring Equinox & Full Moon Essence for 2019. The Heart Chakra reflects truth, nobility, serenity, spiritualism, thoughtfulness & kindness. This Chakra is associated with faith, caring, peace & fidelity. Full Moon & Spring Equinox is for new beginnings & removing obstacles.

C$13.00

Natures Love 3rd Eye Chakra Spring Equinox & Full Moon Essence – 30 ml

Natures Love 3rd Eye Chakra Spring Equinox & Full Moon Essence for 2019. The 3rd Eye Chakra is associated with consciousness, perception & awareness. It increases insight & intuitiveness. Full Moon & Spring Equinox is for new beginnings & removing obstacles.

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Traditional uses and properties of essences are for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering.


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Copyright 2014 – 2019  Living in Nature’s Love by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000