A is for Ashwagandha

Ashwa-what?

I was first introduced to this herb when I was in the midst of my separation after a 20 year relationship and 12 year marriage.  Needless to say it was a stressful time. I could use all the moral, emotional and herbal support I could find to help me through this major transition.

I enlisted the support of my Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Amber Golshani.  She was my hero, along with my acupuncturist, nature and lots of chocolate. She suggested I get an Ashwaganda supplement STAT and so I did.  It helped me tremendously.

Ashwaganda is an ancient herb that has been used for over 3000 years in Ayurvedic Medicine. It’s also known as Indian Gingseng. It is an adaptogen, meaning it can mysteriously adapt to your individual needs.

This magnificent plant has been used to support the following health issues:

  • Arthritis
  • Constipation
  • Insomnia
  • Skin Conditions
  • Stress
  • GI Issues
  • Diabetes
  • Nervous Breakdowns
  • Fevers
  • Snake Bites
  • Memory Loss

Of course there is no one cure all, however, with a healthy clean diet, plenty of water, sunshine and sleep are all part of the prescription. Always check with your plant friendly health care provider to see what herbs and supplements are good for you.

Dr Amber is now in Colorado supporting the community with herbs, yoga and naturopathy. You can follow her on IG at @healthydoctor.

Want moreAshwaganda?  Learn more and grab some for yourself with my friends at Gaia Herbs!

xo

Cassandra

Through the Tea Cup

Be careful what you feed your mind as you may lose the wisdom of your heart.

We are Al and Alice in wonderland- nothing is as it seems. It’s Spring and the bunnies are here running in a many directions. How do you know which way to go— what characters or voices do you believe?
Please sit, be still, and drink some tea and witness the transformation from water to awareness. Witness in those quiet moments, the warmth of the water. The taste and smell of the tea. What wisdom does this process offer thee? A dose of personal alchemy.
Everything that enters our physical body whether through the mind or mouth can nourish us or kill our life force energy. Our soul and our cells are listening.
This is the biology of Belief.
Manifestation of the mind.
If you see the bunny pass by Buddha in the garden please acknowledge the message of his presence and stillness. May you be reminded “what you think, you become”
You are the gatekeeper of heaven or hell, what enters here is free to dwell. May you be mindful what you put in your well.
As you stir your tea-spoon, You stir the inner pot and your gift of healing, awareness and transformation.
You hold the lock.
You hold the key.
Be still and see.

You hold a teaspoon of transformation for all humanity.

Tree of Life, Love and Medicine

The other night the kids and I packed our laptops and backpack and headed to Papas. My mom needed extra support. Family is everything. Supporting each other in the circle and seasons of life is why we are here— no matter what. I slept in the room I once called home after high school. He has lived in this house for 28 years. It’s literally been home based for our family.

He calls it the international resource center. If anyone needs anything they call or come here. Our base is surrounded by trees. There is a huge Magnolia out front standing guard. She represents the feminine divine healing energy and represents earth element, uniting heaven and Earth. 

The Magnolia Tree has been used for along time in indigenous medicine and later used for cancer drugs, paclitaxel; Hoodia gordonii (from Namibia, source of weight loss drugs). Half of Magnolias (used as Chinese medicine for 5,000 years to fight cancer, dementia and heart disease).

Once upon a time, there was a French botanist by the name of Pierre Magnol (1638 – 1715). He helped scientists determine that plants came in families and not just species. Papa comes from French/English Ancestry.

Magnolias symbolized dignity and nobility.
In ancient China, magnolias were thought to be the perfect symbols of beauty and gentleness. Magnolia’s can live a century, that was Papa’s goal. So much beauty and symbolism. The next morning I was re-reading the Secrets of the Yoga Sutras. Like Steve Jobs gave Autobiography of a Yogi to everyone he loved, I would also add on this book.

“Life is a priceless gift for it endows us with everything we need to experience our grandeur. Discovering the intrinsic divinity at our core is the highest achievement; dying without experiencing is the greatest loss.”

If Papa were on Facebook he would tell you about Divine Universal Energy. He has embodied and taught me this for as long as I am remember. He has sat in Pure Consciousness and has seen and experienced his luminous nature. He has travelled to infinity and beyond. He has shared what is beyond what our mind can comprehend.
A few months ago he said to someone, “I may not agree with what happens here, but I am not ready to go yet…” He knows the gift and limitations of this plane, but what is also possible.

So much more is possible for us all and this planet if we connect with our hearts and our luminous selves. This is where transformation happens. I am rededicating my life to teach this, as he has taught me.

If we wish for things to change, we must transform ourselves, and like a Magnolia, with strength, gentleness and beauty of our hearts be the medicine for a troubled world.

Heart Cleanse

I wanted to share a sample from my Holistic DIVA Spring Cleanse – Mind-Body-Spirit. I thought the heart cleanse was the perfect one to share because this work comes from my heart to share with yours.

I currently have a group of 20 participants following along for 7 days. It’s more than a physical cleanse filled with a bunch of recipes. This cleanse goes further into the deeper layers of our mind, body and sprit.

Day 4 Heart Cleanse

Today we are going to use the element of air and breath to bring awareness into our heart. Today might be emotional as we are breathing into the depths of our body and soul. Our heart is the strongest energy center we have. It connects us to everything. It does more than just pump blood though our body. The heart has a powerful memory and is the great healer we all have within.

Take a moment to sit outside and feel and appreciate the air.

Take some time, 3-5 minutes or so to just sit and breathe, in and out through your nose.

As you inhale our belly expands

Then release.

Take another 3-5 minutes with your hands on your heart and breathe in and out of your heart space.

When you are finished, journal on your experience while witnessing the following as a compassionate observer:

What areas of my heart/body need attention?
What names, stories or experiences are still causing pain in my heart (mind/body)?
Where and why am I feeling resentment or anger (mind/body)?

How can I heal these areas with love and forgiveness?
Will I allow myself to exhale the past and begin a new?
How can I love myself more?
What would it look like if I lived my life with my heart leading the way?

Take your time with this, breathe into it all and let go what you need to let go and breathe new life in your your heart, mind and body.

Our breath enlivens the spirit of our body. Take some time each day to consciously breathe and appreciate the healing gift of the element of air.

Eat Your Greens!

Greens support the Heart Center on many levels.
Take your pick from these Spring Salads to create and breathe new life into a love for Salads.
“ Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose.” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Affirmation: I am a healer and my love is medicine

*eBook coming soon to Amazon and other outlets.

 

Herb Spotlight: Holy Basil

O’ Holy Basil was on the top of my list to plant in my forest farm due to it’s history and the extensive support it offers our health and well being. I have been drinking the tea for years and knew it had to have a home with Holistic DIVA Herbs.

Ocimum sanctum

Holy Basil

In the “Charaka Samhita” the consummate text on Ayurveda written around 1000 BC, Holy Basil is described as “the incomparable one”. It is considered a symbol of fidelity and helpful in attaining spiritual enlightenment. It has been used to support a healthy response to stress, maintain blood sugar levels within a normal range, promote longevity, nourish the mind and elevate the spirit.

Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) exhibits impressive adaptogenic activity. Helping the body adapt to stresses of various kinds, this plant has a normalizing, broad-spectrum action that maintain homeostasis.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF HOLY BASIL
Stress Support
Brain & Cognitive Support
Immune Support
Foundational Support
Glycemic Support
Digestive Support
 

Want some? Learn more on Gaia Herbs.

I am probably brewing some right now.

 

Spring Greens

I was searching around this morning for new salad recipes, because we all need to eat more greens! This is also a great time to plant some greens of your own. In our Holistic DIVA Herb Farm and Garden we are planting loads of greens and herbs.

I found this yum-yum on  Two Peas and their Pod

Ingredients

For the salad:

  • 8 heads little gem lettuce bottom 1-inch trimmed off and separated into leaves (you can also use butter lettuce)
  • 4 Persian cucumbers thinly sliced
  • 1 Easter radish very thinly slice (or 3 regular radishes thinly sliced)
  • 1 ripe avocado pitted, peeled, and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 8 canned artichoke hearts drained and halved
  • 12 ounces roasted asparagus cut into 2-inch pieces

For the Lemon-Champagne Vinaigrette:

  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. For the salad: Arrange the lettuce leaves in a large salad bowl. Top with the sliced cucumbers, radish, avocado, dill, mint, artichoke hearts, and roasted asparagus.
  2. For the dressing: Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine. Adjust the salt and pepper as needed.
  3. Drizzle the dressing over the salad and toss. Season with salt and black pepper. Serve immediately.
  4. Note-the dressing will keep in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

 

Do you have a favorite Spring Green Recipe you would like to share?  I would love to feature it. Contact Me.

xo

Cassandra

Tumeric Pineapple Smoothie

I just made this. OMG.

Soooooo Good!

Do you feel like you’ve been hearing a lot about Turmeric oil lately? This essential oil has recently gained popularity, but it’s actually been around for a long time. Frequently used in Ayurvedic health practices, turmeric’s ancient uses have inspired similar uses to promote health today.

With a number of desirable benefits for the body, it’s no wonder that people have used turmeric and Turmeric oil for years. When taken internally, Turmeric essential oil can help support healthy immune function and response, as well as healthy circulation.*

If you’re looking for an easy way to take advantage of the benefits Turmeric oil offers, try this Turmeric pineapple smoothie recipe. You’ll love the tropical flavors of pineapple, coconut water, and banana, while also enjoying the benefits Turmeric essential oil provides the body.

Ingredients
1 cup frozen pineapple
¾ cup coconut water
1 drop Turmeric oil
1 ripe banana
Dash of cinnamon
2–3 ice cubes

Instructions
1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender and pulse together. Serve immediately.

Learn more about Tumeric Oil and let me know when you try this recipe!

Original Source: doTerra Blog