Elderberry Pagan Folklore
According to pagan lore, the Elder Mother spirit inhabits the the elder tree and it was said that those who fell asleep under its branches would enter the fairy realm through their dreams.
Elderberry wood protects from emotional attacks and branches hung above doors protects from bad spirits.
Elderberries are used in blessing rituals and are considered born from a feminine tree governed by Venus and the element of water.
Relief from pain, swelling and stiffness
Boosts the immune system
Non weight bearing exercise
Promotion of relaxation
Cardiovascular fitness (heart and lungs)
Muscle strengthening, maintenance & restoration
Increase in range of motion of affected joints
Muscle relaxation with heat
Reduces swelling in limbs with hydrostatic pressure
Water buoyancy increases stiff joint mobility with minimal exercise.
Post-operative rehabilitation and increased recovery time
Relief for upper Respiratory Infections
Increases endorphin production
Balances blood sugar levels
Weight loss + Metabolism Boosting
Antioxidant + Anti-Aging
Cholesterol Lowering + Heart Health
6 Principles of Naturopathic Medicine:
Healing Power of Nature: Belief in the body’s unique ability to heal itself.
Do No Harm: Use of low force modalities that produce the largest changes with the least force or intervention necessary to both diagnose illness and restore wellness.
Prevention: Preventing disease through lifestyle and nutrition and using naturopathic therapeutics to prevent minor illnesses from developing into more serious diseases.
Find the Cause: Find and treat the cause of illness instead of just treating symptoms, and avoiding the suppression of symptoms as this can cause the underlying disease process to progress.
Treat the Whole Person: We treat the whole body instead of isolated symptoms
Doctor as Teacher: Only when you understand your body and its health can you make informed choices about your healthcare. So much of what we do is about educating you on what is going on with your body and what your treatment options. We also see that for us to understand what we are recommending for you we also need to have a commitment to living as an example. In other words we practice what we preach
Milk of choice (pictured: almond), 1 cup
1/2 cup water
Cumin pods, small handful
Ground turmeric, 1.5–2 tablespoons
Black Pepper, a few grains or 2 teaspoonsCinnamon, 3 sticks or 1 tablespoon
Ginger, several slices fresh ginger or 2 teaspoons powdered ginger
Anise, 3-4 star pods or 1 teaspoon powdered anise
Vanilla, sprinkle of seeds or a 2-3 drops
Agave or Honey (aim for organic to avoid pesticides), 1-2 tablespoons
Place milk and water in medium sauce pan.
Add spices and other ingredients and gently simmer to infuse for roughly 20-30 minutes. Add more milk/water if reduced too much.
Strain and serve+leave an anise pod in cup as a garnish
Clementine peels (pesticide-free)
Take a few stacks of fresh fig leaves. Let the leaves dry in the sun, on a radiator, or in an oven for 30 minutes on the lowest temperature to fully dry and dehydrate them.
Crumble leaves between fingers until finely shredded.
Finely chop clementine peels, let dry on a small plate.
Once peels and leaves are crumbled and dry, mix with a handful or tea (depending on how many leaves you have) and seal inside a glass jar for the flavours to infuse.
Boil water and make tea!
Ginger Shot: Ginger root about the size of your hand (X2 if you want to make a few shots) + 1 apple
Green Boost: 1/2 cucumber, 4 handfuls of spinach + 1 tablespoon spirulina powder
Cumin Elixir: 2 oranges, 2 tablespoons Turmeric + 1 teaspoon black pepper powder
Antioxidant Hormone Balance Boost: 1/2 cup pomegranate juice, handful of blueberries + 1/2 tablespoon Maca powder
Aloe Flush: 1 aloe leaf (1/4 cup aloe juice) + 1 lemon
Immune Boost: 2 clementine + 2 carrots + 1/2 teaspoon zinc powder
Liver Health Elixir: 2 beets + 1 tablespoon turmeric powder + handful of spinach + 1 Apple
Hangover Cure: 1/2 cup coconut water + 1 teaspoon sea salt + 2 beets + 1 celery branch + 1 handful spinach
Headache Reliever: 3 beets + 1 green apple + 1 cucumber + bushel of watercress + 1 lemon
Strawberry+Chocolate Stress Relieving smoothie juice: 3 celery branches + handful of strawberries + 1 banana + green tea powder + 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
Enzyme-Rich Food Sources:
Shitake, Reishi and Maitake mushrooms
Agrimony - mental torture behind a cheerful face
Aspen - fear of unknown things
Beech - intolerance
Centaury - the inability to say 'no'
Cerato - lack of trust in one's own decisions
Cherry Plum - fear of the mind giving way
Chestnut Bud - failure to learn from mistakes
Chicory - selfish, possessive love
Clematis - dreaming of the future without working in the present
Crab Apple - the cleansing remedy, also for self-hatred
Elm - overwhelmed by responsibility
Gentian - discouragement after a setback
Gorse - hopelessness and despair
Heather - self-centredness and self-concern
Holly - hatred, envy and jealousy
Honeysuckle - living in the past
Hornbeam - tiredness at the thought of doing something
Impatiens - impatience
Larch - lack of confidence
Mimulus - fear of known things
Mustard - deep gloom for no reason
Oak - the plodder who keeps going past the point of exhaustion
Olive - exhaustion following mental or physical effort
Pine - guilt
Red Chestnut - over-concern for the welfare of loved ones
Rock Rose - terror and fright
Rock Water - self-denial, rigidity and self-repression
Scleranthus - inability to choose between alternatives
Star of Bethlehem - shock
Sweet Chestnut - Extreme mental anguish, when everything has been tried and there is no light left
Vervain - over-enthusiasm
Vine - dominance and inflexibility
Walnut - protection from change and unwanted influences
Water Violet - quiet self-reliance leading to isolation
White Chestnut - unwanted thoughts and mental arguments
Wild Oat - uncertainty over one's direction in life
Wild Rose - drifting, resignation, apathy
Willow - self-pity and resentment
Rosemary Tincture Recipe
(1 handful of rosemary branch/ 1/2 cup per cup liquid)
Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (pictures above) or high proof Alcohol such as vodka or brandy
Organic, Fresh Rosemary
Remove rosemary from branches, chop and place inside sterilized jars and pour liquid over herb and seal from six weeks to one year. Strain rosemary leaves when infused to your liking (you need a minimum of six weeks for the herbs to properly infuse) and take a few drops under the tongue when sick or in need of immune boosting. Herbs are not to be taken lightly, use only when necessary as with antibiotics.
Store in cool, dark place. And remember that the tincture expiration date for vinegar and vodka is much shorter than alcohol tinctures, lasting around one year
What’s behind the magic of snail slime?
Science. Snail slime is made up of a complex network of polymers that take neither solid or fluid form. Secreted through this slime is a substance called Helix Aspersa Muller, which works to quickly regenerate and heal the snail’s skin and shell as it glides over the ground.
How does it work on the skin?
Glycolic Acid: Snail slime contains enough glycolic acid to remove dead skin cells (which is also essential for keeping sun damage at bay) and helps generate new skin cells which are formed using a stimulus called allantoin.
Allantoin: Stimulates the regeneration of skin by increasing water content within the cell and strengthening its structure. It also helps skin heal and is effective in treating irritations. Snail slime derivatives are being used in hospitals as treatment for burn victims to help heal and generate healthy skin tissue.
Collagen and Elastin: These structural proteins are what binds skin tissue. Collagen gives rigidity and elastin allows skin to stretch and return to its normal state. As you age, elastin and collagen production decreases which makes skin sag and wrinkle.
Proteins and Vitamins: Snail slime contains a perfect balance of molecules which are beneficial to the skin including Zinc, Calcium, Iron and Copper and proteins andantioxidants that work to regenerate skin cells, reduce inflammation and help the skin lock in moisture.
So go forth and put slug slime on your face and stay wrinkle-free and plump-skinned forever…. well, for the time being at least.
Course Salt or Brown Sugar
Combine and store inside shallow jar upside down (so settles near surface) in the refrigerator until set. Store in a cool place between uses.
Natural antiseptic/antibacterial (use for disinfecting cuts as well) | anti-cancer (proved in preventing breast cancer, prostate cancer in mice and prevents melanoma/causes existing melanoma cells to attack themselves | natural liver detoxifier | Anti-inflammatory (including skin) | Natural pain-killer | Used in Chinese medicine against depression
Stimulates blood flow | Anti-Nausea | improves the body’s absorption of nutrients | Clears up the body’s microcirculatory channels (including sinuses) | Reduces digestive problems (including flatulence) | Eases menstrual cramps | Eases throat and nose congestion
Anti-inflammatory | Eases headaches | Flushes out bloating | Anti-Nausea | Eases respiratory issues/cough (eases asthma) | Stimulant against fatigue
Antioxidant filled | Anti-cancer | Reduces high bad cholesterol | Reduces systemic inflammation | Eases Gastrointestinal discomfort | Anti-bacterial