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Tossing & Turning Instead of Sleeping Peacefully?

“Be happy for this Moment. This Moment is your Life.”
– Omar Khayyam

Many people are complaining about being challenged with sleep these days. Read on for a few useful hints to support restful sleep.

Sleep is complicated.

What works for one may not work for the next person. Also what has worked once may not work the next time.

Checklist
  • Eliminate any stimulants such as coffee, black tea, sugar (especially at night)
  • If taken at night certain supplements such as vitamin C may have enough of a stimulating effect to interfere with sleep in some individuals
  • Peppermint, even though calming for the nervous system, has a stimulating effect on the metabolism and may interfere with sleep patterns in sensitive people
  • Allergies/sensitivities to foods and inhalants can be the culprit
  • Check your medications for potential side effects
  • Treat the underlying cause. Many dis-ease processes may interfere with proper sleep (blood sugar imbalances, adrenal fatigue…)
  • Getting up in the night to urinate may be a sign of kidney weakness in women and prostate issues in men
  • Minimize stress levels and over-excitement at night
  • Ensure adequate exercise during the day
  • If you wake up once again feeling like you have been run over by a truck, relax, breathe deeply, take a hot shower and know that you are going to make it through the day okay. Accepting the situation is half the battle, pondering and being upset about it is creating more unnecessary stress

Some HERBAL ALLIES are (alone or in combination):

  • Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) – one of my favorites
  • Lemon Balm (Melissa off.)
  • Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora)
  • Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) – Note: Adverse reactions to Chamomile are not uncommon
  • St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perfoliatum) – especially when (nerve) pain and/or depression are a factor
  • Rescue Remedy

NOTE: Commercial herbal sleep blends frequently contain peppermint (too stimulating at night for many) and hops (not recommended for anyone with tendency to depression).

You can create a nice blend of dried herbs with any of the above herbs and enjoy a cup of tea at night or take them as a tincture.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING

“The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Green blessing on another amazingly beautiful fall day,

Gudrun

BACH FLOWER WORKSHOP in VANCOUVER, October 10, 2017

While in Vancouver for a guest speaking engagement at Boucher Institute of Natural Medicine I am also offering a workshop at the clinic of Dr. Marisa Marciano. Thank you Marisa! Hope to see some of you there! Looking forward to a great experience.

Green blessings,

Gudrun

In Celebration of Herbs

In Celebration of Herbs – IHA (International Herb Association) Conference in Michigan

I just returned from the herb conference in Michigan where I taught a class on Bach Flowers. The conference was held at the old Kellogg “summer cottage” on Gull Lake, an absolutely amazing place. The primary focus of the conference was Hops because it has been chosen as the “herb of the year”. I am now back in Ontario for a book signing tour, another interesting (ad)venture.

Green Blessings,

Gudrun

 

Fast, Easy, Nutritious & Yummy!

Walnut Pate

2 cups walnuts
2 stalks celery
1/2 red pepper
3 scallions or 1/2 red onion
1 tsp. salt

(Please note: I am very creative with my cooking, and so as always, proportions and ingredients are different with with each batch creating a new flavour every time around!)

Mix all ingredients together in food processor until soft and creamy.

Eat as spread on nut crackers with sprouts, tomatoes, cucumbers.

Green blessings,

Gudrun

EXCITING NEWS!

All the images from my colouring book, HEALING WITH BACH FLOWER MANDALAS, are now available online as individual pages at Etsy.com. Search for “Bach Flower Mandalas” and it will take you straight to all the images. Creating the mandalas can have a profound affect in your life. It can help you spread your wings and soar to new heights. Enjoy, have fun creating and expect the unexpected while exploring the world of Bach Flower Mandalas.

Green blessings and thank you to everyone of you for your continued support.

Gudrun

    

 

PROPERTIES AND APPLICATIONS of CALENDULA OIL

The oil is made from Calendula officinalis often referred to as Marigold. Many plants are called Marigold and therefore the Latin name is required for correct identification.

The flowers are bright yellow and orange and have many therapeutic properties. It is easy to grow and harvest. The oil can be made into a healing salve which is a favorite of many of my clients.

PROPERTIES

anti-inflammatory – wound healing – anti-fungal – anti-bacterial/anti-microbial – anti-septic

Calendula oil is used topically and primarily used in SKIN CARE because of its great anti-inflammatory and wound healing actions.

APPLICATIONS

SKIN DRYNESS & IRRITATION

The oil helps to moisturize the skin, soothes the area and reduces pain.
Conditions: diaper rash, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, minor cuts and wounds, bed sores, insect bites, frost bites

FUNGAL INFECTIONS

Athlete’s foot, ring worm and jock itch

INFLAMMATION

Swelling from injuries i.e. sprained muscles and bruises, leg ulcers, spider and varicose veins.

HISTORICAL USE

Applied externally for abdominal cramps and constipation.

The Herb Walk a few weeks ago was amazing!

 Thank you to all of you who attended and made the day such great success. We spent all day outside and even prepared the Jungle Juice outside. I wish I could offer a second herb walk this year plus one for children but unfortunately my schedule is too full right now. The manuscript for the companion book to “Bach Flowers Unfolding” is in the hands of the graphic designer giving me a bit of a breather. However, preparations for a book signing/workshop tour in Ontario in September are in full swing. While travelling East I will also be teaching at the IHA (International Herb Association) in Michigan followed by a guest teaching engagement at Boucher Institute, School of Naturopathic Medicine in Vancouver in October.

Green Blessings,

Gudrun

  

COOLING OFF WITH HOMEMADE ICE CREAM OR POPSICLES

The heat of this summer has many people reaching for ice cream and popsicles. Unfortunately most of what is commercially available is full of chemicals and sugar. Here is a recipe that should do the trick. Be creative and adjust it according to your own taste buds.

INGREDIENTS

– 1 peach/nectarine, cut into chunks
– 1 cup frozen berries of your choice
– 1 banana, cut into chunks
– 1⁄2 tbsp ginger root, finely grated
– 13 1⁄2 oz full-fat coconut milk
– 1 – 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
– 1 tsp. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
– 1/4 – 1⁄2 cup real maple syrup or coconut syrup

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine all the ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth. Pour into container or popsicle moulds and freeze.

ENJOY!

Cold Infusions Quench the Thirst

Cold infusions (water infusions) are a great way to quench the thirst and cool down during the summer heat. They are easy and fast to prepare and at the same time delicious.

Cold infusions can be made with dried or fresh herbs and are of great benefit. See the recipe below or the DVD, disc one, chapter “Infusions”.

One of my favorite herbs to use is dried HIBISCUS flowers. They colour the water deep red and make a most refreshing drink. Add fresh lemon and ice cubes and you have the prefect drink. For an additional cooling effect you may want to add spearmint or peppermint leaves. Be creative and find your favorite combination.

You don’t need to use Hibiscus flowers, you can just make the drink with any fruit, herbs and spices depending on your personal preferences. This is the time to forage in the wild and add those lush green herbs for food and medicine to your daily menu. For example, you may want to add Chickweed and Fireweed to your drinks (and salads). Fireweed flowers add not only flavour, but also provide food for the soul, visually and spiritually.

ENJOY! Feel free to share your favorite recipes here.

Instructions
  1. Place herbs in a glass, ceramic or stainless steel container
  2. Add cold water (NOT city water!)
  3. Cover with a lid to avoid pollutants or insects from falling into it
  4. Let sit for 30 minutes to several hours at room temperature (personal taste preference)
  5. Strain
  6. If desired add natural sweetener or lemon for flavor
  7. Drink cold

Green blessings,
Gudrun