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HEALING FROM THE RAINBOW

Learn THE MAGIC OF “HANDS ON FEET”

UPCOMING REFLEXOLOGY CLASS

February 26-28 and March 4-6

“If you’re feeling out of kilter,
Don’t know why or what about,
Let your feet reveal the answer,
Find the sore spot, work it out.”
– Eunice Ingham

For course details call me at 780.532.2464, contact me via Facebook or
email gudrun@rainbowhealing.ca.

Green Blessings,
Gudrun

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR

The New Year is here
Let’s welcome it with a great cheer
Let’s raise our hopes in a confident toast
May love, peace and happiness spread from coast to coast

Life is like a gigantic and beautiful ocean
It can be calm and still but is always in motion
If the wind is howling and the seas are rough
We might feel lost and feel life is too tough

Always remember you have what it takes to fly
Just spread your wings and try
You have what it takes to fulfill your dreams
Stay true to your spirit and life will flow like a beautiful stream

May love, peace and hope fill the heart of every single soul
May tranquil moments bless all and keep our spirits whole
May humankind awaken and create many paradigm shifts
So that all spirits rejoice and undue burdens and challenges lift

The Earth, our Mother, needs our loving and caring support
Let’s re-connect so we may harmonize in accord
May healing of all aspects for all life become true
So our children may have a happy, healthy future too

January 2016, Gudrun Penselin

COOKIES – FLOUR & EGG FREE

Wholesome – Healthy – Fast and Easy to Prepare

Christmas is approaching fast and so are the temptations to indulge in treats that we know are detrimental to our well-being. Below is a recipe for a healthy alternative – one of my favorite creations. Be creative and have fun experimenting with the ingredients.

BASIC RECIPE

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups walnuts
1 cup medjol dates, cut into pieces
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
1 Tbsp. ground flax or chia seeds
2-3 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp. water
1/2 cup raisins or unsweetened dried cranberries

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to about 330 Fahrenheit
2. Process dates and walnuts in food processor until crumbly
3. Add all remaining ingredients except raisins (cranberries)
4. Process in food processor until all ingredients are well mixed and
stick together like “dough”
5. Add raisins and briefly pulse
6. Place dough on baking sheet lined with parchment paper; you may want
to spoon it but I prefer to use my hands and shape the cookies. You may
need to wet your hands if the dough is too sticky.
7. Bake at 330 Fahrenheit for about 12 minutes.
8. ENJOY!

Be creative and play with pecans, sunflower seeds, shredded coconuts etc.

Green blessings,
Gudrun

ROSEHIP HARVEST in NOVEMBER

Hard to believe Rosehip harvest in November and my little companion wanted me to share the feast with him.

I cannot believe that I went out harvesting Rosehips at this time of the year. It is truly a gift from nature. Typically I like to go out right after the first frost but this year I was not able to fit it into my busy schedule. I will make a delicious Rosehip with my harvest and enjoy some of them in a tea (for Rosehip tea recipe see previous post).

ROSEHIP SYRUP

In herbal medicine, syrups refer to a form of herbal preparation that preserve the herbs using a sweet medium such as honey. There are many ways to prepare syrups but the following is my favourite for rosehips.

Ingredients

– 1 part Rosehips
– 4-6 parts water (using less water will produce a thicker syrup; rosehips absorb a lot of water)
– Honey
– Brandy (as a preservative)

Directions

– Combine rosehips with water
– Simmer over low heat until you have half the liquid left; in order to increase the extraction of the juice from the rosehips use a potato masher to create a pulp
– Strain the liquid through a sieve first, followed by straining through muslin or cheese cloth. Any particles left in the liquid increase the risk of fermentation and spoilage. It is recommended to use a clean and moist cloth because the moisture will help to trap smaller particles including dust.
– Pour liquid back into pot, bring to simmer over low heat
– Add honey to liquid (i.e. for 1 cup liquid add 1/2 to 1 cup honey) and stir until dissolved
– Remove from heat
– Add Brandy, 1 tablespoon (15ml) for every cup of syrup as a preservative
– Bottle in clean, sterilized jars
– Label and date bottles (ALWAYS label to avoid the creation of what I call “mystery products”)
– ENJOY – for yourself or as a great gift!

Green blessings,
Gudrun

SMILE

A smile can say more than a 1000 words and bring moments of joy and healing to a person’s heart.

Never underestimate the power of a smile as it can have far reaching consequences in the most positive way. It is irrelevant if we are conscious about what happens or not. A smile can provide much needed support not only for a friend but also a stranger.

Smiles are free and have no language barrier. Brighten someone’s day with a caring smile every day.

Radio Interview

The next radio interview will air Tuesday, November 3rd at about 4:20 PM on KYNT1450 Radio from Yankton, South Dakota. They stream at: http://www.kynt1450.com/

Stay tuned for more news.

Green Blessings,
Gudrun

HEALTHY CHOCOLATE TREAT – WARNING: ADDICTIVE

Here is your answer for the times when the cravings for chocolate are overpowering but you do not want to eat junk.

Thank you Crystal for introducing me to the basic recipe! It is so fast and easy to make and absolutely delicious. Be creative, the recipe allows for many variations.

Combine the following ingredients, slowly heat and stir until well mixed:

1/4 cup peanut butter (organic; I like chunky)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 tbsp. honey

Add the following and simmer mixture for about 5 minutes and take off heat:

1/4 cup organic raw cacao powder
1/4 cup maple syrup, high quality coconut or agave syrup or a combination
1-2 tsp. vanilla extract

Options:

1. Fast and easy (my favorite): pour mixture into a dish lined with parchment paper, or,
2. Pour/spoon into small candy moulds or cup cake paper cups. Place in fridge or freezer.

ENJOY!

Variations:

Add hemp hearts, dried cranberries or cherries, shredded coconut…

LEAP OF FAITH

My LEAP OF FAITH that has taken me into the public arena of radio interviews has been interesting and fun. After having been interviewed on several radio shows across the U.S., from New York to California, (sometimes for almost an hour) over the past few months, the next interview is coming up this Wednesday September 23.

Since every host has a different agenda it is almost impossible to prepare for an interview, which of course, makes for an exciting experience. One of my primary goals, as always, is to create awareness about Mother Earth and the need to support her in her much needed healing.

Green Blessings,
Gudrun

WEDNESDAY’S SHOW:

Dr. Pat Sulak, Med school professor, speaker & author of “Should I Fire My Doctor”, joins me along with Gudrun Penselin, herbalist, natural medicine & reflexology practitioner.

Tune-In 3:00pm CT at http://healthylife.net/RadioShow/archiveTSD.htm

This Week’s Guests On The Sports Doctor – Dr. Pat Sulak & Gudrun Penselin

Thought of the Day

Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance.

“Many people walk in and out of your life, but only love will leave footprints in your heart…”

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Mother Nature in Your Home

The abundance and beauty of the Earth at this time of the year in the Peace Country is amazing. I encourage you to bring some of the magic of Mother Earth into your home by adding the wild greens to your food, preparing a cup of tea with fresh plants or harvesting and drying herbs for later use. Goldenrod is one of those amazing herbs you can see everywhere right now.

Goldenrod is a fairly tall plant with beautiful, vibrant golden-yellow flowers. You will find it in dry woodlands, forest clearings and roadsides.

The Latin name Solidago originates from “solidus” & “ago,” Solidus, meaning “healthy and strong,” and ago meaning “to make whole.” Both of these terms refer to the plant’s ability to heal wounds.

Some common names for Goldenrod from various cultures also give an indication for its medicinal use as a wound healing herb, for example in Germany the herb is often called “Fastening Herb”. In fact in ancient German history Goldenrod was gathered as a wound herb before engaging in battle, just in case it was needed.

However, the focus today for its use has shifted from a wound healing aid, to a very reliable herb to support the kidneys. It promotes the elimination of urine and is applied for acute as well as chronic conditions of the kidneys and bladder including inflammation. In addition, it has been found to support the body during times of upper respiratory infections, especially when dealing with a chronic situation.

For medicinal purposes the leaves and flowers (early flowering stage) are being harvested and may be used fresh or dried. The fresh leaves and flowers can be used for wound healing or made into a tea, which can also be used as a wound wash. The dried herb may be used in the form of a tea as well but also as a tincture. A tincture is an alcoholic extract of a plant and is more concentrated than an herbal tea. The “crafty” person might want to try to use the flowers as a natural dye.

This summer Goldenrod has been brightening up the landscape in so many places and the quality of it has been superb. Many times you will find it being “infested” with many small bugs, but this year the only insects I have watched enjoying the bright, yellow flowers are butterflies and bees!

  • If you are not sure how to prepare the herbs, remember that the DVD Herbal Pharmacy for Everyone provides clear and easy to follow instructions, teaching a great variety of herbal preparations. Check my website www.herbalinstructions.com for more information.
  • Also remember the Herb Walk on August 20 if you would like to learn more about local plants and their medicinal properties.

Disclaimer

This information is not intended for the use of diagnosing any disease, condition or prescribing any treatment whatsoever. The use of any of the herbs and preparations is the sole responsibility of each individual and does not replace the services and advice of a medical practitioner and qualified healthcare provider. Consult a qualified healthcare professional before making medical decisions or if you have questions about your individual medical situation. No responsibility is assumed should the information be used in place of a licensed medical practitioner’s services.