Happy Iranian New Year! Saleh Now Mubarrakh!

Am I the luckiest woman alive? I have Christmas, Nowroz, Tibetan New Year & the Buddha Day. Life feels like one big party. Today in Iran is the year 1401

This being said, Iranian New Year is symbolic for many other reasons. It represents the beginning of Spring. Hence the Hafseen & all the greens etc.
Today our home is a hive of activity as my husband recites from the Koran and family face time in their droves.

All around us we see new life. Lambs in the field, ducklings taking their first plunge into water & crocus sprouting their first green shoots.
So….. If you’re looking to make a new start either in life direction, diet, work, or even travel – theres no better place to start than now. Take inspiration from the new life around you. Get ready to dance into Spring!!!

What’s Your Viewpoint?

Many in the West, feel environmental factors are the greatest barriers to true peace of mind & life balance.

Yet we have access to the most advanced communication systems, access to free healthcare, policies & procedures to keep us safe at work and laws to keep us safe at home etc.

What in your opinion is the greatest challenge to our peace of mind?
Please share your points of view……

Rosemary in Springtime

Studies have shown that certain acids in rosemary have powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Consuming rosemary regularly can potentially help lower the risk of infection and help the immune system fight any infections that do occur.

Rosemary is a great little herb to grow in the springtime, and really easy too.
I grow it on my window ledge in pots.

This powerful plant has so many uses. As a soothing tea, in cooking, and even in massage as an essential oil.

For Hair Loss

Nobody likes to go bald. Early research suggests, applying rosemary oil to the scalp is effective for increasing hair count in people with male-pattern baldness.

In a research study, people who massaged rosemary and other essential oils (lavender, thyme, and cedarwood) showed improvement after seven months.

For Arthritis 

For years, rosemary oil has been used to relieve muscle and joint pain associated with arthritis, and also circulation.

Some early research shows that taking a product containing rosemary, hops, and oleanolic acid can reduce pain associated with arthritis. More research is needed though to confirm the benefit for sure.

NOTE: As with all natural & pharmaceutical medicines, please check, what you are taking is safe for you.

From the Horse’s Mouth – A case of Animal Healing

As a practitioner of holistic medicine, my work is never dull – especially when it’s with animals.

I never know what my next patient will be. A dog, cat, snake or horse – it can literally be anything.

Recently I was called in to help a beautiful & usually mild mannered horse named Jackson.

His owner reported dramatic changes in her horse, following his move to a new stable. His appetite had increased ‘off the scale’ and he appeared agitated both around her, and also the farm staff.

Before moving, Jackson was stabled with 4 other horses. In his new stable there were three.

Checks by vet had revealed a good bill of health with no significant problems.

On arriving, I tried slowly approaching  Jackson whilst he was grazing, simply to assess him and allow him to familiarise.

This was not completely successful and so I took myself off to the nearby barn to prepare for healing. 

Quietly in meditation, I visualised Jackson’s image, also scanning my own body, so as not to confuse differences, emotions or sensations arising with those of the horse.

Tuning into animal frequency, is often like an old TV set that’s slightly off channel, or a radio that is slightly off frequency, static preventing a clear image or sound.

However, with patience & relaxing breath work, a clear image slowly appeared.

Nell Racker – Ahead of her time

Who was Nell Racker? The name probably won’t be familiar to most of my readers, yet as a herbalist & healer she was way ahead of her time.

Nell Racker (real name Ellen Wallace) was born 12th October, 1846 in a place called Pigslee, near Walmersley, Bury Greater Manchester. 

She married twice. Her second husband John Wallace, was a former neighbour, of Baillie Street Methodist Church Rochdale Greater Manchester. 

After marriage, the couple moved to Belfield Cottage. It was there, people started visiting her for healing. 

Many told of creeping through her tangled overgrown garden for a consultation, staring fearfully at the kettles, pans and teapots hanging on the tree branches. 

Mugwort – The Old Ones are The Best

Mugwort I think is one of the most underestimated herbs around.

This tall and hardy plant was named for the Greek Goddess of the moon “Artemis”, because of its powerful benefits to women’s health ie – menstruation, childbirth and the menopause. 

Mugwort is very easily found in valleys, wild fields & hillsides but is often overlooked as a weed. 

Historically it has been used in so many ways ie, Protection and prophecy alongside –pain, healing, psychic powers and lucid dreaming.

Mugwort is also used to stimulate blood circulation in a specific acupuncture

Healing Sage

Sage is one of those cheaply priced herbs that can be used in multiple ways.

In cooking, sage gives that earthy grounding taste. It has a beautiful distinctive taste and actually belongs to the mint family. Alongside, other herbs like oregano, rosemary, basil and thyme, sage also has some great healing properties.

For clearing negative energies, many people wrap sage in bundles, dry it & burn it.

This gives a beautiful earthy aroma to ward off all negative influences.

Sage may also be taken as a tea but as with any herb, always check the contraindications to ensure what you’re taking is ok for you.

Find out more …..

https://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-sage.html

Cinnamon – one for the medicine drawer

Cinnamon is a great little addition to every pantry. It’s bursting with antioxidants and has been said to have lots of health benefits.

These include…. reduced inflammation and blood sugar levels, improved heart health, and perhaps even weight loss.

You can take Cinnamon as a tea to fight off infections and reduce PMS and menstrual cramps. or even just to warm you up on those cold winter nights.

In spiritual work, Cinnamon is perhaps one of the most widely used. Its earthy bark is said to have many magical properties such as: Protection, luck, love, healing, prosperity, spiritual awareness, and aiding psychic powers.

Cinnamon For Protection

When we visualise cinnamon, we think of warmth & comfort. This is because its connected to the element of fire, and makes a wonderful herb to utilize in protection spells for you and your home.

so….

If you’re looking for ways to protect your home from negative energies, tie a few cinnamon sticks together and hang them above your door.

PLEASE NOTE: Always check whether what you’re taking is safe for you. This means any type of medicine – natural or pharmaceutical.

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Healing Basil🌿

Basil is such a beautiful herbWe’ve all seen it in the supermarket and probably walk right past it. But did you know, good old basil is one of the best healers to grow in your window box?

Health Benefits

Basil is absolutely bursting with vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin (fabulous for eye health) beta-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin. Many of basil’s health benefits come from these antioxidants, as well as its essential oils. These compounds mostly disappear during the drying process, so it’s best to buy fresh basil whenever possible. 
https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-basil

This lovely little herb can be grown indoors or in any type of greenhouse and there are about 60 different types – some stronger than others. 

You can use Basil in food to add flavour. As an oil for massage, a couple of drops in the bath is always nice. One thing’s for sure though – Basil is a cheap and effective addition to your medicine cabinets.

Please remember – Most herbs are safe & effective, but please always check whether what you’re using is safe for you.

A Little Buddhist New Year Discovery

Hello readers. Its been a while since I wrote. Life gets in the way, and before long so much time has passed. In my absence however, I’ve made some wonderful discoveries – especially around New Year. Like most people, the 1st Jan 2022 brought up New Year resolutions – totally pointless as I’ve never kept one yet, so I decided to do things a bit differently