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By Andrée Beauchamp 17 May, 2017
DANDELION~Taraxucum Officinalis
                            Lion’s tooth, Pissenlit        
                            Asteraceae family

Everyone knows the Dandelion. Monsieur Dandelion comes up in the Spring, with blossoms a sheath of yellow carpet  growing everywhere in our gardens and thorough fairs. Oh dandelion. Enjoy the blossoms in a dandelion wine, enjoy the leaves in salads or stir fry's and the roots, well- we dig those in the Autumn to make a superlative root medicine for the liver.

Dandelion is primarily a diuretic hence its name “Pissenlit" in French. The leaves in the spring  are very high in potassium as well as other micro and macro minerals and rich in Hydro-chloric acid an important constituent in proper digestion. Bitter, sweet dandelion is supportive for those with edema and constipation and useful to balance stomach acidity as well as for reducing swelling and inflammation or joint pain of any kind.

The root of dandelion is a superlative kidney and live tonic.  I make a  Traditional Kidney Tonic with dandelion, parsley, marshmallow & ginger roots  which is taken as a decoction, (simmered on the stove) and drunk for three weeks. Our kidneys  replenish and our energy  levels go up exponentially.  While fasting, the powdered dandelion root makes an excellent coffee substitute.  Dandelion also combines well with many other member s of the Asteraceae family, particularly with Burdock for difficult skin condition. Dandelion and Burdock work well together and act like a broom in the digestive system. Burdock skillfully sweeps the toxins from the joints and tissues into the blood and lymph, while dandelion ushers them out. Dandelion root  is very good to reduce gallstones.  Elecampane works well with dandelion for spleen imbalances and weak digestion or with Barberry for liver heat, constipation and hemorrhoids. Yellow dock and dandelion together, make an excellent iron tonic.

In the heat of the Summer  I bring along a tincture of Dandelion root. Dandelion cools the mind and body quickly. These are a few of the many reasons to come to know Monsieur Dandelion.  Dandelion is extraordinarily versatile in the medicine chest and is safe to take with pregnancy.

Did you know the dandelion blossom is actually made up of thousands of tiny individual flowers, hence the reason for the number of plants that come up in one place. The flowers collected in the Spring make a wonderful aperitif to drink over the winter’s cold evenings.  I have some brewing and ready to drink at the Summer Solstice. Enjoy!

DANDELION WINE RECIPE

2 gal/8 liter crock
3-5 Qt./ 3-5 liters blossoms
5 Qt./ 5 liters water

2 lb. sugar 1 kg, sugar
1 organic lemon
1 organic orange

1 package/ 8 gm of active dry yeast
2 slices of whole wheat toast

Find a field of bloom on a glorious shining day. Pick the blossoms with a sweeping motion of your parted fingers, like a comb. Leave the green sepals. Discard the stock. Put blossoms in a large glass, ceramic or plastic container. Boil water; pour over flowers to cover. Cover your flowers with a cheesecloth. Stir daily for 3 days. On the fourth day strain blossoms from liquid. Cook liquid with sugar and rind of organic citrus for 30-60 minutes. Return to crock. Add citrus juice. When liquid has cooled to room temperature, soften yeast, spread on toast and float the toast in your crock. Cover and let work for 2 more days. Strain. Return liquid to container to settle for one more day. Filter into clean bottles and cork lightly.... Drink upon the Summer Solstice. Enjoy!

By Andrée Beauchamp 26 Apr, 2017
Bio-Diversity is the Key
By Andrée Beauchamp 07 Apr, 2017

i have been contemplating while reading blogs regarding women's health and sense of self, image & beauty, what it is that constitutes a vibrant sense of self.  i was fortunate to have grown up with a mother who was a dietitian in her day, and who raised us with principles that i continue to follow today, naturally. i am grateful to her for these teachings. Here are five ways that i remember, my mother taught me to foster health and vibrancy. 

1. Diversity- is something i practice skillfully.  I eat from a wide variety of whole fresh foods, with little wheat, less dairy, and much less animal fish & poultry, with whole grains, more legumes, & vegetables, some fruit, and super foods, that provide energy & sustenance to my daily regime. The Dharani Herbal Teas and herbal infusions also greatly contribute to this. i explore diversity in all aspects of life.

2. Moderation- is key to good health and well- being in whatever area of our lives we struggle, whether it be with food, or work, or drink... Drama and overly emotional cycles are included in this.

3. Movement - My mother always encouraged our family  to move our bodies. She certainly did.  I  spent my summers in the Rockies of Alberta where I had plenty of time to explore nature. We biked and hiked and swam and picked berries throughout the summer, which make up some of my most fond memories. As an adult, i continue to move my body with a regular yoga  practice, with Chi gong and intervals, and often spend time in the great outdoors. Studies show there is no better place to relax than out in nature.

4. Routine- In a recent seminar i attended with a Dr. Thom ND, said routine is shown to be the most effective tool to include in one's day to reduce adrenal fatigue and hormonal imbalances, including anxiety and depression. Routine is the key ingredient to establishing greater harmony in our daily rhythms- with meals, sleep, in work, or play. My maman taught me to take this seriously. It works.

5. Ruminate less- My mom taught me to never get too stuck on whatever it is i am feeling, seeing, judging, eating, drinking or creating- drama. She taught me to refocus on whatever healthy endeavor served me to shift.  And to do so, until I felt better. I struggled with this as an adolescent, as i felt she did not feel as i thought she should. i may not have appreciated this quality back then yet, today i notice, i have learned how to let things be. Krishnamurti, (1895-1986) a great spiritual teacher once said to his students. "Do you want to know my secret?" he said " I don't mind what happens." This is key.

Mom was an especially active woman in her day, physically, mentally and spiritually, vibrant. Other than my father who drank too much, she loved to laugh and sought out reasons to smile whenever possible. She played bridge, she prayed, and she read a great deal. I remember she also volunteered, and gave back to the community with Meals on Wheels and with her friends who took sick. She made many batches of cookies. i benefit with this.

She lived to be 96 years old, and died within a heart beat, without anything particularly wrong with her other than lost memory and the energy to move the way she did.  God bless her. Thank you to my mother, for all that did. OM.

By Andrée Beauchamp 03 Mar, 2017

Virtually every tradition in the world recommends fasting at least once or twice a year for therapeutic and spiritual awakenings. Fasting has been shown to slow down the aging process. One may fast by not eating, eating a single food only, or by eliminating one or more foods from the diet. The fast can last a day, a week or several days. 

Complete fasting for a short period of time, or following a Whole Foods Regime for an extended period of time, encourages our mind and body to shift out of our unhealthy patterns, in the way we think about, act upon, and eat food. While many of us eat consciously it is more often, an unconscious response,  as in, I am hungry, or,  it is time, and we eat out of habit, and too fast, with repetitive menus with food that no longer nourish us. We feel tired and empty most of the time.

According to a recent study in 2016, babies are born with more than 200 chemicals in their blood stream. These chemicals are found in our environment in the form of heavy metals, in our food chain with pesticides, and on our bodies, with the chemical detergents we use to wash clothes, and with the chemically based body products we use to make ourselves smell nice. These chemicals are bombarding our system and are creating weak links in our DNA, which may invariably account for the growing number of harmful micro-organisms found in our bloodstream-with bacteria, fungus, parasites and viruses, running rampant. These pathogens along with too much stress in our lives, are contributing to the break down of mankind's physiological and mental health and are contributing to the increase of many chronic conditions and diseases. 

Following a whole foods regime over a period of weeks yields numerous benefits. Not only do we derive the pleasure of eating whole foods, we begin to notice how much more nourished we feel, and how much better we digest, poop and the sleep. Psychologically we calm down, and physiologically we deeply benefit, our endocrine glands, the hormones and neuro-transmitters such as serotonin, respond positively which makes us feel happier, our adrenal glands (the fight or flight mechanism) moves to a para-sympathetic state of relaxation, which allows our nervous system to unravel. We eliminate harmful toxins.  We purify.  We give our entire system a dearly needed rest. This is the secret to longevity.

A common misconception is that fasting without ANY food is better. Although fasting on liquids can be beneficial over a shorter period, fasting on liquids for more than a few days is not advised. Without calories, our body begins  to breaks down fat, where the toxins hide out. When we are not able to accommodate this sudden shift in metabolism and eliminate properly, the toxins end up in our tissues and in our bloodstream where they become harmful. This is potentially dangerous and why many people experience unpleasant side symptoms when following a more rigorous heroic regime.

Eating whole foods while fasting encourages a deeper and gentler elimination; the method is nourishing overall. The Dharani Healing Arts Whole Food Regime is based on The Wise Traditions to nourish, verses to cleanse, and to heal gently and deeply, verses too quickly and too fast. We address our constitutions based on Traditional Chinese Medicine assessment and a herbal remedy is selected for your constitution.

We initially begin the regime to reduce damp and cold conditions that affect digestion, with spleen deficiency and tiredness.  In week One, we eat from an array of warming root and vegetable dishes with sweet grains and soups, and pungent spices that encourage our systems to warm up and dry out. Our digestive chi improves, our energy increases and our joints relax. Gradually, after a few days to a week when you begin to feel warmer and more vibrant, one focuses on the liver, with Week two foods; with foods and herbs that cool and invigorate good liver Chi and ease the mind. Nervous tension subsides. We eat from a variety of fresh, blanched and whole raw foods and vegetables. The condiments are cooler and encourage relaxation. After at least two weeks, one has the option in Week three to blend whole food soups and smoothies, with organic juices and super foods and salads galore for a few days up to a week! This is the ultimate way to restore one’s vibrancy. There are plenty of recipes.

The Twenty-One Days to Vibrant Health offers you a chance to reinvent the way you feel, think, act upon and eat food. We reconnect with the bounty within ourselves, with the mother earth, and of our respect for all living things. The regime has been developed through years of eating whole foods mindfully, of living a life of moderation and contemplation, centered on the Buddhist three pillars of health;  to nurture a peace of mind, to cultivate a contented heart and to practice and eat with gratitude daily. The Whole Foods Regime is structured to mentor and to empower you, and for you to live and sustain yourselves entirely on a whole foods regime, and as a way of life over time. I can promise you, you will  feel much, much better after completing the Twenty-One Days to Vibrant Health, Whole Foods Regime.

 Join us. Live a vibrant life!

  

Ten Reasons to Follow a Whole Foods Regime


1.    Our Entire system has a chance to rest; we digest, assimilate and eliminate better.

2.    Our body Rediscovers its Natural Affinity to heal and be well.  

3.      Our Energy increases.

4.       We Become more Resilient.

5.    Inflammation, Allergies, and other Chronic conditions subside.

6.     We Experience a heightened sense of Mental and Emotional Well being, while concentration, focus & memory improve.      

7.     We Reduce body fat, we feel Lighter and Slimmer.

8.    Our Skin, hair and our Eyes glow.

9.    We feel Happier and more Confident, and more Vibrant.    

10. We Sleep better**** which is critical to good health. So many activities occur throughout the night to replenish our mind, body and being. A good night’s sleep is essential.


Twenty-One Days to Vibrant Health

May 1st -21st

Workshop to Prepare

Cécile Wehrell of the

 Untamed Kitchen

Friday, April  21st, 2017

 630-9 pm

Total Investment:

$195.+hst

The 2017 Regime includes the Workshop with Cécile, (yeah!) the Manual-with amazing recipes and rich info, as well as E-news Support, a Facebook group page, and mentor ship with Andrée. We will gather for an optional weekly meditation,  and Chi-gong movement series.  The Spring Tonic and an Herbal remedy is also selected to support you, on your path to whole health and holiness. All Dharani services, while following the regime are offered to you for 20% off. 

This regime is vegan friendly!

Super Foods & Super Herbs & Spice Blends will be available for purchase.

dharanihealingarts@gmail.com

JOIN US!


By Andrée Beauchamp 02 Feb, 2017
February heralds in the Chinese New Year with the Fire Rooster at its helm. The Fire Hen (in my case) calls for  a time to cultivate deeper and more meaningful connections with ourselves, with one another and in the community. The fire rooster year asks that we use diligence and discipline to manifest our dreams. Batten down the hatches, take care of details, do as we say, and say what we feel. Most importantly be impeccable in our words and actions.  

A call to compassion in action is a longing to show-up in a deeper way. Can we pour more loving chi into the things that nourish and sustain us, and will our deeper hearts lead the way in kindness and with tolerance?
The question arises,  then, "How does one nourish, love and sustain ourselves and others with a deeper heart? How does one show up to be more fully present for ourselves and others, to deepen the relationships with those that we have already, and for the potential for new and deeper ones to come in?

Here are nine ways to show up, to live our lives more fully, and to deepen our hearts call to love in action. What would you add to this?

1. Nourish our body, heart and mind with whole foods, wild native herbs and wholesome beverages. 
2. Nourish with confidence. Instill a sense of self worth and respect for all  sentient beings, including animals and wildlife, for all of humanity.
3  Nourish one another. Take the time for hugs, and share more loving kindness unconditionally.

4. Love with deeper hearts by accepting ourselves and others and the experiences, without judgement and utilize discernment in all our words and actions.  Judge less.
5. Love is truly listening for what is being said versus responding in our mind before one has finished speaking. Being truly heard is a gift of love.
6. Love creates an environment where words no longer need  be said, compassionate actions arises out of  the intimate moments of genuine presence.

7. Sustain and deepen our heart's longing by following through with our commitments. Make them first. Planning ahead reduces stress and provides stability.
8. Sustain all of life by giving up ourselves and our agendas, for that of the greater good. 
9. Sustain all of life with generosity, especially with our time, patience, and money.

The word metta, is a Buddhist term, and means loving kindness or friendliness while the word, compassion takes the action of loving kindness to a deeper place to respond with a capacity to feel into or lean into, what is actually taking place. Out of this fountain of presence, springs the potential for our heart's longing to deepen our call to love in action. May we embody this practice and live it. OM.


By Andrée Beauchamp 24 Jan, 2017
Are you a tree hugger?  Not surprising,  as trees have nourished the earth for the last 225 million years. To give you some idea how old the trees are, the first human being walked the earth  approximately 200, 000 years ago.  Tree medicine has re-emerged, and is being researched and utilized in Europe to support us with deeper chronic conditions. Trees have exist far longer than plant life on earth, as such trees have constituents that are complex and concentrated and deeper acting than plants on the whole. With the health of humanity  in such crisis, tree medicine has been called upon, to serve us once again.
 
Hug a tree today. Walk  in a grove of trees. Explore what trees resonates with  you. Feel the healing energy of tree medicine. White pine, Oak, Poplar, Maple, Balsam fir, there are so many to choose from. We are so very fortunate to have an abundance of trees right here in the Kingston corridor. Tree medicine is people's medicine.

At Christmas we choose a fresh tree to adorn our hearth. As a child the scotch pine adorned our home, and of the past years here in Ontario, the  balsam fir has been our choice. This year Sophie's boughs were whimsical and graceful and curling in unexpected ways, with an extra wonderfully, spicy scent.  Perhaps, it is because i acknowledge and recognize now,  the beauty and the healing power of trees, that i noticed how special this balsam fir  felt.  i simply cannot just throw her out, and will give her back to the earth through our fireplace.

Hence Balsam fir!  Balsam Fir grows up to sixty feet in height and is possibly the most popular Christmas tree today. The balsam is the most affordable of Christmas trees, and known for its magnificent shapes, and  delicious aroma, due to the strong retention of the needles long after the tree has been cut down. Well that's why then.

Balsam fir was universally used by all First Nations in North America and found its way into the U.S. pharmacopoeia in the mid 19th century as an effective tree medicine.  Primarily the aromatic resin of the tree was used, which is highly antiseptic, analgesic, ant-scorbutic, diaphoretic and diuretic. The young shoots are rich in mucilage, Vitamin A and C, as well as rich in minerals, calcium and iron, as is the bark. The resin was made into a salve for treating all kinds of skin conditions, for burns and wounds or bites and sores of the skin. Native American women found a salve highly effective in treating sore nipples during childbirth and nursing.The gum of the balsam was used in the treatment of toothaches, especially in the cases of abscesses in the mouth, or externally on the skin.

The early Americans were taught by the First Nations to make a tea or a decoction with the young shoots, branches or bark, for the treatment of chest pains.  Balsam fir's inner bark ameliorate all kinds of respiratory infections, and persistent coughs, as well as asthma. The bark was also noted to treat urinary tract infections like cystitis.  The twigs steeped in water were used as a natural laxative.The Native Americans chewed on the root of balsam for treating oral sores and other problems relating to the mouth.  An herbal decoction prepared for the bath, or with the branches smoked in the sweat lodge were used to alleviate muscular spasms and joint pain as well as alleviate pulmonary disorders. 

Balsam gum had also been traditionally used in dentistry as a glue, in the making of candles, or as a cement in the production of microscopes and slides-due to its highly refractive index similar to that of glass. The balsam fir pitch was used by the Native Americans to waterproof the seams of the canoes.  Nearly 8-10 oz. of resin can be obtained from one balsam fir tree.  The wood of the balsam fir is light, soft and coarse and primarily used in the pulp paper industry to manufacture crates and cardboard boxes. 

The young shoots of balsam are collected in the springtime and stored for later use. The resin and the gum obtained from the inner bark is most often collected in the late summer and fall, and consists of about 70-80% pure plant resin. The volatile oil content of the Canadian Balsam fir is about 15-25%. You will be sure to find me in the forest come the springtime to collect the young shoots to make a tree medicine.

Reference: Glossary Herbs- Herbs 2000.com
Dr. Bruno Chacornac ~Phytotherapy
 
Here is a simple balsam fir recipe you can make yourselves. 
 
Balsam Fir Syrup 
2 cups water
8 oz. balsam young shoots or bark
1 cup honey
In an enamel covered saucepan simmer the balsam shoots or bark for 15-20 minutes. Let stand for 1 hour.  Strain.  Add the honey and cook on low for more 15 minutes. Let cool and bottle in an amber bottle. Store in the refrigerator and consume within 3 months at a rate of 1 tablespoon per day before each meal.  Excellent preventive and cough remedy - to clear congestion of the lungs and intestines. Om.




By Andrée Beauchamp 18 Jan, 2017
After spending months, working diligently with Web designer, Graydon Ursel of Kawartha Media Pros, i am pleased to announce the launch of the NEW Website, Dharani Healing Arts.

Now is the time, to book a consultation, register for a course, inquire about a service, or purchase a Dharani Healing Arts Organic Herbal tea, Organic Herbal Vinegar or Relaxation product.

For every person who visits the new Dharani website over the next three weeks, and contacts me from the site, will receive a 25% gift voucher on select products or services you so desire. Please simply contact me from the website with your impressions of the new site.  i do appreciate your feedback. May I serve you on your path to whole health and holiness in the New Year.  OM ~dharani
By Andrée Beauchamp 29 Dec, 2016

Sweet Hawthorn has mend more souls since the days of Adam. The bush grows a mere five feet tall and is found in abandoned fields and healing places. Hawthorn has a use for every season; as food, medicine or wildlife habitat, it keeps us warm in the winter months as its hard, dense wood burns hot without being too smoky.

The Latin name, Crataegus, comes from the Greek word for strong. Whilst this is thought to reflect the qualities of the wood, it may actually refer to the nature of the tree itself; resilient, hardy and above all abundant and unfailingly generous.

The hawthorn bush, both leaf and berry provide a deeply healing medicine for the heart. The leaf drunk as a tea soothes the most sorrowful of hearts, from loss or grief, the hawthorn who finds her way into your heart will bring you ease.

Lucinda of Whispering Earth speaks of Hawthorn as a fascinating medicinal because it’s one of the few recognized Western herbal adaptagens,  loosely meaning it helps to bring the body into balance, irrespective of whether it is over or under functioning. Widely used as a heart tonic it can help stabilize both high and low blood pressure and will benefit almost any problem that affects the heart or circulatory system, from high cholesterol to chilblains. It helps to dilate coronary arteries, improving circulation and bringing relief from angina. It also increases the heart’s ability to pump blood effectively by improving the contractility of the muscle. High levels of antioxidants protect the capillaries.

The hawthorn berries are also a Super food. They are “rich” in digest enzymes and overtime will improve and strengthen weak digestive chi.


By Andrée Beauchamp 29 Dec, 2016

The Beauty of Tilia

Linden Blossoms~ Tilia Cordata

Linden, linden heal my heart
that i may know a brand new start.
Birds a tweet and bee’s a buzz
Linden blossoms sure smell sweet..                                                                                                

I hear fairies at my door
sitting under the linden tree….

The Europeans drink the linden blossoms winter long to prevent colds and flues. Susun Weed and Robin Rose Bennett shared Herbs for Resiliency last evening in a wonderful webinar. Susan’s first choice for an herb with resiliency was Linden- for its anti inflammatory properties. Inflammation creates rigidity. Linden blossoms when drunk as a herbal infusion create flexibility. Linden improves blood flow and supply to the brain, increases circulation, lowers blood pressure, reduces arteriosclerosis, and soothes one with Acid reflux.  Linden blossoms is said to mend a broken heart.
Can you not smell how sweet the blossoms are, right now brewing on the stove.
Take 30 gms of linden blossoms to a liter of boiled water.
Let this sit a minimum of four hours (left overnight best) Strain and drink the linden blossom infusion day long to keep you warm & nourished & resilient.  Linden can be infused twice. Available through the Dharani Healing Arts Herbal Dispensary.

metta, dharani

By Andrée Beauchamp 24 Oct, 2016
Juniper Berries are a potent ally especially this time of the year when it is cold and damp. They add warmth and vigor to a soup base, delight in a mulled spice recipe or simply stashed in your pocket when you are out for a winter’s walk. They keep you warm by stimulating your circulation and can relieve muscle aches and pains. Juniper berries help to remove fluid congestion, reduce edema, drain damp and dissolve deposits of any kind. The juniper berry also suits those with digestive woes by stimulating and warming the middle to reduce fullness and feelings of indigestion. Throw a few in your soup to add warmth and increase your metabolism. As Juniper’s are high in volatile oils and warming, be cautious when using. They may heat things up too much.
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By Andrée Beauchamp 17 May, 2017
DANDELION~Taraxucum Officinalis
                            Lion’s tooth, Pissenlit        
                            Asteraceae family

Everyone knows the Dandelion. Monsieur Dandelion comes up in the Spring, with blossoms a sheath of yellow carpet  growing everywhere in our gardens and thorough fairs. Oh dandelion. Enjoy the blossoms in a dandelion wine, enjoy the leaves in salads or stir fry's and the roots, well- we dig those in the Autumn to make a superlative root medicine for the liver.

Dandelion is primarily a diuretic hence its name “Pissenlit" in French. The leaves in the spring  are very high in potassium as well as other micro and macro minerals and rich in Hydro-chloric acid an important constituent in proper digestion. Bitter, sweet dandelion is supportive for those with edema and constipation and useful to balance stomach acidity as well as for reducing swelling and inflammation or joint pain of any kind.

The root of dandelion is a superlative kidney and live tonic.  I make a  Traditional Kidney Tonic with dandelion, parsley, marshmallow & ginger roots  which is taken as a decoction, (simmered on the stove) and drunk for three weeks. Our kidneys  replenish and our energy  levels go up exponentially.  While fasting, the powdered dandelion root makes an excellent coffee substitute.  Dandelion also combines well with many other member s of the Asteraceae family, particularly with Burdock for difficult skin condition. Dandelion and Burdock work well together and act like a broom in the digestive system. Burdock skillfully sweeps the toxins from the joints and tissues into the blood and lymph, while dandelion ushers them out. Dandelion root  is very good to reduce gallstones.  Elecampane works well with dandelion for spleen imbalances and weak digestion or with Barberry for liver heat, constipation and hemorrhoids. Yellow dock and dandelion together, make an excellent iron tonic.

In the heat of the Summer  I bring along a tincture of Dandelion root. Dandelion cools the mind and body quickly. These are a few of the many reasons to come to know Monsieur Dandelion.  Dandelion is extraordinarily versatile in the medicine chest and is safe to take with pregnancy.

Did you know the dandelion blossom is actually made up of thousands of tiny individual flowers, hence the reason for the number of plants that come up in one place. The flowers collected in the Spring make a wonderful aperitif to drink over the winter’s cold evenings.  I have some brewing and ready to drink at the Summer Solstice. Enjoy!

DANDELION WINE RECIPE

2 gal/8 liter crock
3-5 Qt./ 3-5 liters blossoms
5 Qt./ 5 liters water

2 lb. sugar 1 kg, sugar
1 organic lemon
1 organic orange

1 package/ 8 gm of active dry yeast
2 slices of whole wheat toast

Find a field of bloom on a glorious shining day. Pick the blossoms with a sweeping motion of your parted fingers, like a comb. Leave the green sepals. Discard the stock. Put blossoms in a large glass, ceramic or plastic container. Boil water; pour over flowers to cover. Cover your flowers with a cheesecloth. Stir daily for 3 days. On the fourth day strain blossoms from liquid. Cook liquid with sugar and rind of organic citrus for 30-60 minutes. Return to crock. Add citrus juice. When liquid has cooled to room temperature, soften yeast, spread on toast and float the toast in your crock. Cover and let work for 2 more days. Strain. Return liquid to container to settle for one more day. Filter into clean bottles and cork lightly.... Drink upon the Summer Solstice. Enjoy!

By Andrée Beauchamp 26 Apr, 2017
Bio-Diversity is the Key
By Andrée Beauchamp 07 Apr, 2017

i have been contemplating while reading blogs regarding women's health and sense of self, image & beauty, what it is that constitutes a vibrant sense of self.  i was fortunate to have grown up with a mother who was a dietitian in her day, and who raised us with principles that i continue to follow today, naturally. i am grateful to her for these teachings. Here are five ways that i remember, my mother taught me to foster health and vibrancy. 

1. Diversity- is something i practice skillfully.  I eat from a wide variety of whole fresh foods, with little wheat, less dairy, and much less animal fish & poultry, with whole grains, more legumes, & vegetables, some fruit, and super foods, that provide energy & sustenance to my daily regime. The Dharani Herbal Teas and herbal infusions also greatly contribute to this. i explore diversity in all aspects of life.

2. Moderation- is key to good health and well- being in whatever area of our lives we struggle, whether it be with food, or work, or drink... Drama and overly emotional cycles are included in this.

3. Movement - My mother always encouraged our family  to move our bodies. She certainly did.  I  spent my summers in the Rockies of Alberta where I had plenty of time to explore nature. We biked and hiked and swam and picked berries throughout the summer, which make up some of my most fond memories. As an adult, i continue to move my body with a regular yoga  practice, with Chi gong and intervals, and often spend time in the great outdoors. Studies show there is no better place to relax than out in nature.

4. Routine- In a recent seminar i attended with a Dr. Thom ND, said routine is shown to be the most effective tool to include in one's day to reduce adrenal fatigue and hormonal imbalances, including anxiety and depression. Routine is the key ingredient to establishing greater harmony in our daily rhythms- with meals, sleep, in work, or play. My maman taught me to take this seriously. It works.

5. Ruminate less- My mom taught me to never get too stuck on whatever it is i am feeling, seeing, judging, eating, drinking or creating- drama. She taught me to refocus on whatever healthy endeavor served me to shift.  And to do so, until I felt better. I struggled with this as an adolescent, as i felt she did not feel as i thought she should. i may not have appreciated this quality back then yet, today i notice, i have learned how to let things be. Krishnamurti, (1895-1986) a great spiritual teacher once said to his students. "Do you want to know my secret?" he said " I don't mind what happens." This is key.

Mom was an especially active woman in her day, physically, mentally and spiritually, vibrant. Other than my father who drank too much, she loved to laugh and sought out reasons to smile whenever possible. She played bridge, she prayed, and she read a great deal. I remember she also volunteered, and gave back to the community with Meals on Wheels and with her friends who took sick. She made many batches of cookies. i benefit with this.

She lived to be 96 years old, and died within a heart beat, without anything particularly wrong with her other than lost memory and the energy to move the way she did.  God bless her. Thank you to my mother, for all that did. OM.

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