The Magic of Maca

Similar in appearance to a radish or a turnip, maca is indeed related to these common salad vegetables.  They are all part of the brassica family, with other species including broccoli, cabbage, mustard and cauliflower.  Maca is native to Peru where it grows only in the central Andes at an altitude of between 3,800 – 4,500m.   This hardy plant …

Benefits of a good Laugh

Love to Laugh When we laugh we ease stress and worry and this makes us want to laugh more.  Laughter has wonderful benefits for your health and happiness.   Perhaps approach it this way: instead of waiting to be happy to laugh, why not laugh to feel happy?  You can easily do this by bringing a conscious level of awareness …

Ginger poultice, tumeric and castor oil to help pain and inflammation

GINGER POULTICE Your skin is your biggest organ, so whatever you put on your skin is absorbed into your skin.  Ginger has anti-pain, anti-inflammatory properties.  So to help with musculoskeletal conditions try this – Fresh ginger grated and piled on to sore/painful areas, then wrap in glad wrap and wait for it to get hot.  And it will take a …

Mental Health Benefits of Exercise

The Mental Health Benefits of Exercise The Exercise Prescription for Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Everyone knows that regular exercise is good for the body. But exercise is also one of the most effective ways to improve your mental health. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, ADHD, and more. It also relieves stress, improves memory, helps …

Acupuncture and Anxiety

Ancient Chinese medicine describes an energy force called Qi that regulates the body’s overall health,. Like blood in the circulatory system, Qi moves throughout the body via pathways called meridians. When factors like injury, stress, poor nutrition, or a change in environment disrupt the flow of Qi, health issues follow. By inserting needles at specific points in the body, acupuncturists …

Recipes – Gluten Free Linseed Crackers

Crunchy Gluten Free Seeded Crackers Adapted from “Beautiful Food” by Jody Vassallo, published by Harlequin, sent for review Preparation time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 1 hour Makes two large trays of crackers 100g/3.5ozs. almond meal 75g/2.65ozs. pepitas 75g/2.65ozs. sunflower seeds 75g/2.65ozs. chia seeds 30g/1oz. sesame seeds 30g/1oz. flaxseeds 1 cup water A few drops of sesame oil 2 sheets of …

Recipes – Fermented Red Cabbage and Beetroot

FERMENTED RED CABBAGE AND BEETROOT One of my favourite lunches recently has been this sauerkraut combined with some avocado, sweet potato and whatever fresh green I have growing in the garden.  I actually crave eating this most days. Ingredients: 1 large head of purple cabbage 2 small beets 1 large red onion 1 tbs salt 1 cup filtered water OPTIONAL:  …

Positive Affirmations

11 Life Changing Affirmations you should say daily. Every day I grow stronger. I am free of worry and at peace right now. Something awesome is going to happen to me today. I believe good things are coming. I am grounded and centred. I have a lot to be thankful for. I am strong, I can get through anything. I …

Practice Gratitude

PRACTICE GRATITUDE Gratitude is a slippery concept to grasp.  It’s far more than a simple “thank you”.  A good way to get in touch with the meaning of gratitude is simple to make it a ritual twice every day – as you’re falling asleep and as you awake. At night think of three little things that happened during the day …

Recipes

LIFE CHANGING LOAF 1 cup sunflower seeds ½ cup flax seed ½ cup hazelnuts  or almonds 1 ½ cups rolled oats 2 tablespoons chia seeds 4 tablespoons psyllium husks 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 tablespoon maple syrup 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil 1 ½ cups water   Preheat over to 350 degrees F Combine all dry ingredients , stir well. …