Gardening for the Heart Chakra: Edible, Medicinal & Tea Plants

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

Green Rainbow

Green Heart Chakra 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.

Heart Chakra Plants

Here are some trees, shrubs and garden plants that are considered to be in the essence of the Heart 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!

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

Green Chakra Emotions & Best times to eat← click to read more

Feeding the Green Heart Chakra ← click to read

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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

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

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

Red Rainbow

 

Red Root Chakra Edible, Dye, Medicinal & 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 Root 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!

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

 Red Chakra Emotions & Best times to eat ← click to read more

Feeding the Root Chakra← click to read

Plant Essences← 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

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

Orange Chakra Emotions & Best times to eat← click to read more

Feeding the Sacral Chakra← click to read

Plant Essences← 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.

Get traditional Kefir Grains to Culture

 

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 

Get traditional Kefir Grains to Culture

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.

Read more ways to enjoy integrating a  Kefir lifestyle

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.

Get traditional Kefir Grains to Culture


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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