Food Alchemy with ‘She’…Winter Food, Medicines and Teas.
Are you tired of consuming foods based on trends? Are you eating foods because you want a specific outcome? Do you want to learn how to listen for what your body, mind, heart and soul needs/wants to contribute to your well being?
During the Winter months, you can nourish your inner and outer being by listening and slowing down. There are many foods that are available to help you maintain well being. Furthermore, a simple way to support your well being is to have a few dried flowers and herbs for simple teas and cooking on hand. The following flowers and herbs can support you during the winter season: lotus, tangerine peel, chamomile, licorice root, and ginger root.
Lotus Tea will give you the most certain CALM.
This magical tea and plant has a way of bringing everything into perspective and welcoming in a most certain calm. For many they are accustomed to reaching for substances that will mask symptoms. Instead, it is optimal to bring the system back into balance and regenerate the areas that have disharmony. This can simply be achieved by sipping certain plant based teas on a daily basis. It is important to remember that every person responds differently to food, flowers, plants and herbs. In addition, if you are taking medication it is always important to check if there are any interactions between food medicine and HUMan made medicine.
The lotus has a calming benefit to the heart, mind, and soul. It is beneficial to the stomach, spleen and liver. In addition it is used to treat loose bowels and reduce (stop) bleeding. In addition, it helps balance blood sugar levels, improve skin, improve mental function, circulation and reduce stress.
Tangerine ORANGE PEEL TEA (CHEN PI)
Find Calm. Regenerate. Repair.Tangerine or Orange peel—called Chen Pi
It is used to treat indigestion, diarrhea, vomiting and other forms of digestive weakness or upset, as well as hiccups and certain types of coughs (specifically, wet coughs involving excessive production of phlegm). It will settle, regulate, and normalize the flow of qi (in traditional Chinese medicine, the term for life force), and to break up congestion. Furthermore, it is will improve the flow of liquids through the body. Tangerine peel is also used to promote healing and ease inflammation in connection with pulled muscles, sprains, twisted tendons, and other sports injuries.
BENEFITS “Tangerine Peel is an easily digestible, highly nutritious support for a healthy digestive tract and has helped ease gastrointestinal complaints such as dyspepsia, colic, flatulence, indigestion, diarrhea and heartburn and is said to be particularly effective in digesting fatty foods. The pectin in Orange Peel appears to stimulate the growth of healthy bacteria that is effective in helping to prevent food-borne pathogens; and some folk healers have even claimed that Orange Rind may also help clear toxins (including lead poisoning) from the system.
In addition, reduces weight and risk of heart disease. It also has a way of calming and soothing the nervous & digestive system. Nature’s way providing a remedy from depression, emotional stress and sleepless nights. Furthermore, the orange friend will dry up mucous in the both the stomach and lungs. Huge BONUS, medical research is catching up with what the ancients already new, this is a natural way to combat certain cancers. The peel has been proven to attach and destroy cancer cells. Which includes and is not limited to lung, breast, prostate, blood and ovarian cancers. “Tangeritin, a bioflavonoid found in tangerine peel, has been shown to strengthen epithelial cells in a manner that inhibits the metastasis of cancer cells (Bracke et al., 1996). Naturopath Bill Mitchell explained in a lecture that the compound increases the functional integrity of E-cadherin, which is a cell-to-cell adhesive protein found to be deficient in tissue samples of most cancer patients. Based on these results, we can deduce that tangeritin, and its source, tangerine, might be useful as a cancer preventative. The reasoning is simple–about 80 percent of breast cancers start in the epithelial tissue lining the breast ducts, and this bioflavonoid makes the tissue tougher and more resistant.”@esgreen
Chamomile Tea will cultivate the calm from within. Furthermore, it is balancing, replenishing and proactive medicine for your well being. Chamomile tea was used by the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians as a salve for wounds to expedite healing. It works especially well treating burn wounds and has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antioxidant effects. The tea has a calming affect on your entire system and is the perfect beverage for before bedtime.
Another Winter gift, Licorice root ( Gan Kao), an adaptogen herb, licorice root can be found growing in Europe, the Mediterranean and Asia, an ancient remedy used to remedy and heal many conditions. In addition, helps give you stamina, relieve thirst and works well with other plants. It is considered by Chinese Medicine as a guiding plant the beings out the other plants benefits and leads the medicine to where it will be most beneficial…a natural leader.
In Chinese medicine, anti-inflammatory licorice root has been used for coughs, fatigue, colds, gastro intestinal issues, and female reproductive issues. One of the most widely use plants in Chinese Medicine. Supports the spleen, stomach, heart and lungs. All of which supports…digestion, blood flow, Qi generator and water nourishing the body. Finally, in Egypt it was used in the tombs to assist in the afterlife.
All and all this guiding root will lead and boost you with what is needed in the Winter month’s.
Finally, sweet ginger (Sheng Jiang-fresh and Gan Jiang-dried) another Winter friend and Medicine. It loves to be paired with other plants. It is has heat that ranges from warm (fresh) to hot (dried) and is pungent in taste. The medicinal benefits include relieving nausea, loss of appetite, motion sickness, cold, coughing, food poisoning, asthma, abnormal uterine bleeding and pain. It benefits the stomach, heart, kidney, lungs and spleen. The heat helps expel the disharmony and stop from further invasion.
The root or underground stem (rhizome) of the ginger plant can be consumed fresh, powdered, dried as a spice, in oil form, or as juice. Ginger is part of the Zingiberaceae family, alongside cardamom and turmeric. A great culinary companion in Asian cuisine. It is commonly produced in India, Jamaica, Fiji, Indonesia, and Australia.
A tea when paired with some garden friends can restore your well being and harmonious balance between Yin and Yang energy.
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Everyone has different nutritional needs, each self has a different physical system that responds uniquely to what you feed it. According to Chinese Medicine, humanity has evolved into three general ways of eating (carnivores, Veggie/carnivore, and veggie). Within these ways each self can learn to listen for what will best support one’s well being.
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The alchemy of food is about learning how to listen to what your body, mind, heart and soul needs/wants to support you need on a daily basis. This will be different based on your natural rhythm and the season we are in.
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Winter Cleanse. Fresh Seasonal Plant Based Cleanse with Tea and Juices. Conducting a cleanse between the transitions of seasons will assist you in retaining well being. This Winter Cleanse will help you detoxify and guide you into balanced Fall nutrition. In addition, this cleanse will assist you to shed, maintain, or gain weight with a lifestyle plan for Fall.
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The Plant Based Cleanse is a very gentle cleanse that will detoxify your entire system (mind, body, heart and soul). This particular cleanse is suitable for all body types will be modified to fit your individual needs and constitution. This cleanse consists of taking in a plant based mono-diet, which will allow the digestive system to take a much-needed break, giving it new light and the ability to properly flush out toxins in the system. In addition, you will have tea, spice and juice blends made custom for you. Suzanne makes herself available to you during the cleanse, provides sound therapy on the way in and on the way out of the cleanse. In addition, encourages you to become self aware of where you are ready to heal, transform and take action in your life.
Furthermore, the cleanse is offered in conjunction with or separate from, a holistic program that unlocks the student’s potential. Another option, is to participate in the cleanse independently. Suzanne instructs her class with an integrative approach. The class is a blend of wisdom of Chinese, Tibetan, Native American, Ayurvedic and Yogic systems. She couples this with knowledge from her combined 30 years of experience as an endurance athlete, who trained as a swimmer, marathon runner and yogi. In addition, her practical knowledge of how she retains balance and restored harmony in her life while raising a family, transitioned through major life changes, built her own businesses and consulted on a variety of business projects.
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