Creating a connection with Stones & Astrology

Creating a connection with Stones & Astrology

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

Stones & Astrology

One can create an individual pouch of stones to carry that reflects one’s astrological birth sign or one to carry a group of stones reflecting the houses contained within an astrological chart.    The purpose for these separate exercises would be to gain a deeper connection to the influences of both the stones, zodiac signs and astrological houses.

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Getting Started

Step #1

Minerals

Before selecting your stones decide if you want  your stones to reflect an astrology chart or your zodiac sign.  Keep it simple and choose only a few types of stones.  Experiencing a few stones at a time will heighten  somatic learning and integration.  This will help you remember their names, characteristics and  energies.


Step #2

Create or choose a special pouch that will hold your stones.  If you are choosing stones for your zodiac sign consider the colour of the pouch.  Deepen the connection by choosing the colours of your sign!   If you are choosing a pouch for a an astrological chart choose one that you will enjoy for years to come!

 

If you are beginning with the cosmos here is a simple guide of Planetary Crystals and Stones reflecting the houses making up the astrological chart.

If you are beginning with a personal pouch of  stones reflecting your own astrological sign here is a simple guide of  Zodiac Crystals and Stones.


 

Step #3

Bowl, Salt, Wood, Wellness

The third step is to clean your stones and set an intention for them.  You can use sea salt in water to clean you stones.  As you hold your stones in your hand to rinse them in fresh water set an intention or purpose for how you hope to work with these stones.

  • Intention for personal sign ….

Your personal intention for your astrological sign may be a wish to learn more about the nature and effects of the minerals and cosmos, or to ask for healing support and increase  your vitality!  It depends upon your current focus of attention and experience.  It may be you need understanding or protection!,

  •  Intention for astrological chart……..

The individual stone of each house can be a conduit to exploring each section of the astrological chart.  An intention for the stones you use to create an  astrological chart can be to become a conduit for deepening  connection and clarity. A somatic experience of the energies associated with the astrological chart and minerals used throughout  history can support a broader perspective and deepen ones connection inside and out!

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Traditional uses and properties of  the Zodiac, Astrology and Healing Stones are for fun, exploration, educational purposes and integration only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any condition.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed.  With any serious concerns you should always check with your health care practitioner.

‘Parsley’s not just a garnish!’

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

Garden Fresh Parsley Seeds

Parsley (petroselinum crispum / hortense) – Biennial

  • Symbolizes:  Festivity, joy, victory and releases bitter emotions
  • Uses:  Nutrition, Medicinal, Freshen Breath, Laxative, Detox
  • Parts Used:  Leaves, Seeds, Roots
  • Preparation:  Juicing, Recipes, Tea, Tinctures, Infused Waters, Oil & Vinegar

There are two types of parsley grown for its leaves available in the Pacific Northwest.  One is a flat leaf called Italian Parsley and the second is curly leaf parsley.  In the Roman age it was considered  medicinal long before it became a common day-to-day edible sold in the veggie department of the corner store. A more recent form is root parsley.

Nutrients & Qualities in Parsley: 

Parsley contains Vitamins A, K, C, E, B6, B12, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folic and pantothenic acid, choline, folates, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, copper, beta carotene,  energy, carbohydrates, fats, and protein.

It is a source of the volatile compounds apiol, myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene.


Medicinal Uses

Parsley can be used medicinally for the following :

  • Adrenals
  • Allergies
  • Appetite
  • Asthma
  • Bone
  • Breath
  • Cancer
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Detox
  • Digestion
  • Diuretic
  • Ear Infections
  • Fatigue
  • Gallstones
  • Gout
  • Heart
  • Immunity
  • Inflammation
  • Insect bites
  • Kidney Stones
  • Laxative
  • Liver
  • Oral
  • Skin Conditions
  • Urinary Tract

Master Herbalist Nicholas Culpeper  on Parsley:

It is under the dominion of Mercury; is very comfortable to the stomach; helps to provoke urine and women’s courses, to break wind both in the stomach and bowels, and doth a little open the body, but the root much more. It opens obstructions both of liver and spleen, and is therefore accounted one of the five opening roots. Galen commended it against the falling sickness, and to provoke urine mightily; especially if the roots be boiled, and eaten like Parsnips. The seed is effectual to provoke urine and women’s courses, to expel wind, to break the stone, and ease the pains and torments thereof; it is also effectual against the venom of any poisonous creature, and the danger that comes to them that have the lethargy, and is as good against the cough. The distilled water of Parsley is a familiar medicine with nurses to give their children when they are troubled with wind in the stomach or belly which they call the frets; and is also much available to them that are of great years. The leaves of Parsley laid to the eyes that are inflamed with heat, or swollen, doth much help them, if it be used with bread or meal; and being fried with butter, and applied to women’s breasts that are hard through the curdling of their milk, it abates the hardness quickly; and also takes away black and blue marks coming of bruises or falls. The juice thereof dropped into the ears with a little wine, eases the pains.

Culpeper was an English Botanist,  Master Herbalist, Physician, and Astrologer.


How to use Parsley:

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Recommended Reading:

Review:  Daisy S – For years, when I was served parsley as a garnish on a plate of food in a cafe, I just left it there. Later on, I learned that Parsley is a great vegetable to eat and full of vitamins and minerals And when I discovered this helpful book, I wanted to learn even more about Parsley. The book has been TRANSFORMING in that I have learned so much about parsley, why I want to eat more parsley and why parsley is so healing to the body


Resources:

  1. Compounds in parsley and dill help fight cancer, research shows“. Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. 2016 June.
  2. Carnosol: a promising anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agent“. University of Illinois at Chicago, USA. 2011 June.
  3. Luteolin, a flavonoid with potentials for cancer prevention and therapy“. National University of Singapore, Singapore. 2009 November.
  4. Parsley can fight cancer“. Hartland.
  5. Effect of parsley (Petroselinum crispum, Apiaceae) juice against cadmium neurotoxicity“. King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. 2016 February.
  6. Natural products as alternative treatments for metabolic bone disorders and for maintenance of bone health“. University of Reading, UK. 2007 February.
  7. Protective Effect of Parsley Juice“. King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. 2016 February.
  8. Facts about Vitamin C1“. University of Florida.
  9. Antimicrobial effects of pepper, parsley…”. Assuit University, Egypt. 2010 April.
  10. Chemical composition, antioxidant and antimicrobial activity…”. Miguel Hernandez University, Spain. 2016 March.
  11. The antibacterial activity of aqueous extraction of…” An-najah National University, Palestine.
  12. Antiosteoporotic effect of Petroselinum crispum…”. Beni-Suef University, Egypt.
  13. Hepatoprotective effects of parsley…”. Beni-Suef University, Egypt. 2016 February.
  14. Effects of parsley…”. Istanbul University, Turkey. 2004 December.
  15. Vitamin A”. University of Rochester Medical Center.

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.

 

 

Privet ( ligustrum lucidum)

by Renee Lindstrom, GCFP:

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Also known as:

Uses: Medicinal Remedies, Dye, Tea

Parts Used:  Berries, Flowers, Leaves, Bark

Preparation:  Tea, Vinegar, Oil, Tincture, Infusion, Flower Essence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


  • Symbolizes:   Healing old wounds, letting go of blocks
  • Language of Flowers meaning:  Mildness, Prohibitive
  • Associated with:  Sacral Chakra
  • Element:  Water
  • Governed by: Moon

Part of the olive family (Oleaceae)

I planted what I thought was a small shrub five years ago that was gifted to us. With no identifying information to go along with I was surprised after two years when it began stretching, spreading and growing taller.  It is now 10 feet high and getting wider.  According to different sources of information could grow from 15 to 30 feet high.  The is the evergreen that many topiary cuttings are created with and it is popular for use in Bonsai.  It flowered for the first time two years ago and this year there are many fruits developing as we enter into fall.  The flowers are a nice fragrance to begin with but slowly they become less attractive over the days as the blooms diminish.  This year this Privet is gifting us with an abundance of fruit that are forming from the spent flowers.  When the fruits are ripe in the fall, these are the main part of this plant used in Traditional Chinese and Herbal Remedies.  The leaves, flowers and bark can also used.  You will find the dried berries ground up in many medicinal and beauty products!

Nutrients & Qualities: 

Privet has applications as a  diuretic, astringent, antiseptic, immuno-stimulant, anti-cholestrolemic and it has anti-cancer properties.  It is known to invigorate the immune system.

  • Constituents:
    • quercetin glycosides;  flavonol glycosides, secoiridoids (oleuropein, ligustaloside A, ligustaloside B, and ligstroside)
    • kaempferol glycosides
    • polyphenols
    • oleanolic
    • palmitic
    • linoleic
    • ursolic acids
    • mannitol
    • glucose
    • starch
    • bitter resin
    • bitter extractive
    • albumen
    • salts
    • ligustrin

Therapeutic Uses:

  • Flowers:
    • Headaches
    • Vaginal Irritations
    • Menstrual Problems
  • Leaves:
    • Diarrhea
    • Bladder disorders
    • Stomach ulcers
    • Indigestion
    • Increase appetite
    • Sore throat & eyes
    • Ulcers
    • Swellings
    • Mumps
    • Chapped lips
    • Throat cancer
  • Leaves & bark: 
    • Headaches
    • Tumours
    • Bronchitis
    • Coughs
    • Light-headedness
    • Chronic bowel problems
    • Vaginal douche
    • Mouthwash or gargle
    • Wash for skin problems
  • Berries/Seeds:
    • Liver & Kidney ailments
    • Increase energy
    • Menopause
    • Insomnia
    • Premature aging
    • Grey hair
    • Heart palpitations
    • Rheumatoid arthritis
    • Tinnitus (a ringing in the ear)
    • Backache
    • Eye issues including cataracts, glaucoma & cataract
    • Contagious ailments: hepatitis B & sexually transmitted diseases (STD)
    • High blood pressure (hypertension)
    • Pneumocystis Carinii pneumonia (a fungal infection of the lungs)
    • Respiratory problems

How to use Leaves & Bark:

Boil 1 tsp. leaves or bark in 1 cup water. Take 1 to 2 cups a day.


Recommended Reading:

  • Planetary Herbology by Michael Tierra C.A., N.D., O.M.D., Lotus Press, PO Box 325, Twin Lakes. WI 53181., Copyright 1988, published 1992
  • Book Review:  Wonderful Book, everyone should have a copy
    • on June 24, 1997 – I have every single one of this authors books. The information in them is terrific, including this one. It covers the different types of herbal philosophies. Mainly the Chinese and Ayurvedic systems. He integrates them both with western herbs, and makes it work. I won’t say his book has everything and every herb but it has a lot, and some of the more unusual herbs you usually can’t find in the regular every day herb books. It’s wonderful, and worth every penny you pay for it

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.

 

The Amazing Dandelion

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

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Dandelion

by Renee Lidnstrom

Spring Dandelions

Uses:  Culinary, Pot Herb, Medicinal, Dye, Detox, Coffee Substitute, Love Potion, Weight Control, Anti Aging, Tonic

Parts used:  Flowers, Leaves, Roots

Preparation:  Fresh, Culinary, Dried,  Flower Essences,  Infused Water, Juicing, Oil, Tea, Tincture, Vinegar

Recipes


  • Symbolizes:   Circle of Life, Hope, Dreams, Well-being and Joy
  • Language of Flowers meaning:  Joy and Faithfulness
  • Associated with: Binding Love, Crown  and Solar Plexus Chakra’s
  • Element:  Air
  • Governed by:  Jupiter

Health & Wellness

Dandelions are increasing in popularity in mainstream health and fitness programs to the point of being called a super food due to the volume of goodness in each plant.  I recently discovered that the flowers are a mild pain reliever when they are infused with oil and used on joints, aches and pain.  As a Feldenkrais®Practitionerthis is good news for  many students and clients.  They would be relieved to learn more natural ways of controlling their pain.

Dandelions are a very rich source of beta-carotene and when consumed we convert this into Vitamin A. Their active ingredients are found in both the roots and leaves.  Dandelions are a good source of:

  • Vitamins: A,C, K and B-vitamins
  • Minerals: magnesium, zinc, potassium, iron, calcium and choline

Their chemical breakdown:

  • Sesquiterpene lactones (bitters): taraxinic acid (taraxacin), tetrahydroridentin B
    • Triterpenoids and sterols: taraxasterol, taraxerol, cycloartenol, beta-sitosterol
    • Other: Vitamin A, Vitamin C, tannins, alkaloids, pectin, inulin, starch, potassium, beta carotene, caffeic acid, flavonoids (apigenin)

Interesting to Know that Dandelion leaves are high in vitamin A, vitamin C and have more iron, calcium and protein than spinach!

Conditions Dandelions Have been used for and currently being researched  for:

  • Antioxidant
  • Digestive Aid
  • Inflammation
  • Immune System
  • Liver Detox and Cleanse
  • Gallbladder
  • Laxative
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Urinary disorders
  • Acne
  • Jaundice
  • Cancer
  • Anemia

How to use Dandelions

Each part of the plant is edible and can be used for creating medicinal remedies and  making tea. The flowers are used for fresh tea and the roots and leaves are mostly used as a dried herb for tea.  I have begun to dry the flower petals to use in tea. Fresh leaves and a few flower petals can be tossed into salads.

Did you know that,  you can cook the spring roots, leaves, flowers and buds or add the to a smoothie, make wine or use as a coffee substitute?

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Buy Dried Dandelion Leaves

Try stir frying fresh spring leaves with oil and garlic and toss the unfurled flower buds in.  As you eat the buds they pop in your mouth!  I notice that the bitterness is reduced with cooking.  In spring,  the roots also are soft and tender and can be added together with leaves into a stir fry or stewed dishes and soups.  Add flower petals to a grain dish to add colour and flavour.

Next time you weed your garden set them aside to try them in your own recipes.

Buy Canadian Dandelion Seeds


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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