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SIMPLE WAYS TO STRENGTHENING YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

Simple ways to STRENGTHENING your IMMUNE SYSTEM includes letting go of fear and sharing hugs freely.

HUGS

It’s wondrous what a hug can do.
A hug can cheer you when you’re blue.
A hug can say, “I love You so”
Or, “I hate to see you go.”

A hug is “Welcome back again,”
And “Great to see you! Where’ve you been?”
A hug can soothe a small child’s pain,
And bring a rainbow after rain.

The hug, there’s just no doubt about it—
We scarcely could survive without it!
A hug delights and warms and charms,
It must be why God gave us arms.

Hugs are great for fathers and mothers,
Sweet for sisters, swell for brothers;
And chances are your favorite aunts
Love them more than potted plants.

Kittens crave them, puppies love them;
Heads of states are not above them.
A hug can break the language barrier,
And make travel so much merrier.

No need to fret about your store of them;
The more you give, the more there’s more of them.
So stretch those arms without delay
And give someone a hug today!

— Author Unknown

Enjoy Heritage Day

The August long weekend – or Heritage Day in Alberta – is celebrated on the first Monday of August. It is one of the busiest weekends as thousands of families go camping, to cottages, boating, or somewhere to simply soak up the sun during this long summer weekend. Whatever you do, have fun, make lots of memories, and be safe ;).

WEEDS FOR WELLNESS – CHICKWEED

I am grateful to Mother Earth for sharing so many treasures with us. This time of the year provides great opportunities to show our appreciation and support for the Earth. Despite the relentless abuse and exploitation, we continue to be blessed with her beauty and abundance. The big question is, for how much longer though if humankind refuses to change course.

Chickweed with its little white flowers is one of my favourite herbs in the summer. It is a staple in our daily diet. The grand kids enjoy picking and eating it straight, we add it to salads, green smoothies, the Jungle Juice, scrambled eggs and whenever we feel like some fresh greens.

The fresh leaves can be used as a poultice for inflammations, ulcers, abscesses. The poultice has an anti-itching effect.

Enjoy and happy herballing this summer.

CHICKWEED – Stellariia media – Caryophylaceae

PARTS USED
Whole plant (aerial parts)

TIME OF HARVEST
All year round; preferably younger plants

NUTRITIONAL VALUE
High in Vitamin C & A, minerals

THERAPEUTICS
Primarily used EXTERNALLY
Itchy, irritated skin (i.e. chickenpox, eczema)
Wounds (cuts, abrasions)
Soothing to eyes (red or swollen eyes)

INTERNALLY
Conditions of respiratory system incl. coughs, colds etc.
Soothing and cleansing to entire system

PREPARATIONS
Infusion (internal/external application)
Juice – Ointments/salves – Food

ACTIONS
Vulnerary – Emollient – Anti-rheumatic

GENERAL
Very mild herb – Great as food – Can be eaten in large quantities

As always, green blessings,|

Gudrun

 

WILD ROSE – Favourite Recipes for this time of year

Have you noticed the abundance and colour variations of the Wild Rose flowers this year?

They are so bountiful and a delight to all of our senses. You might have noticed that a lot of different insects use the flowers as their home or resting place.

Wild Rose is also a Bach Flower essence, opening the heart and bringing joy into a person’s life.

Here are two of my all time favorite recipes.

1. WILD ROSE FLOWER WATER

Pick some flower petals and put them in a glass filled with spring water. Let sit in the sun to allow the essence of the flower to infuse into the water. Let sit for 1/2 hour to several hours depending on your taste preference.

Enjoy as is or with some ice. If you wish, you may eat the flower petals.

2. WILD ROSE FLOWER HONEY

Pick the flower petals and place on the honey. Honey that has not been processed is typically hard so you need to soften it slowly at low temperature. You can soften it first and then mix the petals into it, or what I do, I add the petals and let them do “their job” while the honey is softening.

Once the honey is soft, I like to stir the petals in with a wooden chop stick only to watch them come up to the surface again after a while. You can pick out the flower petals if you wish but you can also leave them in the honey.

Enjoy as a spread on a rice cake, on pancakes or with ice cream, or just straight from the spoon – whatever your heart desires.

PEACE BEGINS WITH A SMILE

As the seas of the world are rough right now
Let’s remember to build bridges, not walls.
Let’s sow seeds of hope, peace and love.
Let’s foster kindness, trust and tolerance.
Let’s remember that each one of us can make a difference.

We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean.
But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.  – Mother Teresa

Green Blessings,
Gudrun

Inspirational Thought of the Day

“Age is a quality of mind:
If you have left your dreams behind
If hope is cold,
If you no longer look ahead,
If your ambition-fires are dead,
Then you are old.

But if from life you take the best,
And if in life you keep the jest,
If love you hold,
No matter how the years go by,
No matter how the birthdays fly,
You are not old. ”

– Author Unknown

Happy Family Day

FEBRUARY 19- 21, 2022

The third Monday in February’s rolled around again!
Have a beautiful Family Day long weekend.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“The world is big enough to satisfy everyone’s needs, but will always be
too small to satisfy everyone’s greed.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Ever heard of the “financial reset”? If you want to get a glimpse into our potential future of a cashless society, I suggest you listen to two short presentations (links below) by Catherine Austin Fitts who is probably one of the most qualified person’s to speak on this subject.
 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

“If tyranny becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.” Thomas Jefferson

A child survivor of the holocaust shares her perspective on the current, global situation. Search her name and you will find many more interviews from the past two years.
 
 

DELICIOUS SUPERFOOD POWER BALLS

This recipe is a treat packed with powerful nutrition, providing energy while satisfying the desire/craving for sweets. It is a delight to watch my grand children devour this true treat. If I want this treat to last for a few days, I have to hide it in the fridge – away from anyone – small and large!

Why is it that the “treats” commonly used to reward children for “good behaviour” etc. are in most cases damaging to the children’s health? I have always been puzzled about this phenomenon while raising my own children.

As always, every time I create this recipe, it turns out a little different. I suggest you use the recipe as a guideline and be creative. Work with what you find at home in your pantry. Many of the ingredients are interchangeable. The consistency of the dough is what is important in order to be able to roll it into balls.

RECIPE – ENERGY BALLS

Ingredients

  • 20g Powder: spirulina, mushroom, kale etc.– any one or any combination
  • 20g Chi seeds
  • 100g Shredded coconut
  • 80g Almonds
  • 80g Walnuts
  • 150g Pitted dates
  • 20g Cacao powder
  • 50g Dried fruit: goji berries, apricots, cranberries etc. – any one or any combination
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp Maple syrup
  • Shredded coconut for decoration

Instructions

1. Cut dates in small pieces and soak for about 30 minutes
2. If using dried apricots for example, cut them into smaller pieces as well
3. Process soaked dates, nuts, seeds and dried fruit in food processor until somewhat crumbly
4. Add cacao powder, vanilla, coconut oil and maple syrup
5. Process in food processor until the mixture has a dough like consistency. I may add a bit of honey, extra vanilla etc. to get the right sweetness and consistency
6. Form into small balls
7. Decorate by rolling each one in shredded coconut
8. Keep in fridge in an airtight container

ENJOY!