Posts Tagged ‘turmeric’

I ♥ gem essences

Gem & Crystal Essences, or vibrational essences. Interest in the use of vibrational essences is currently growing enormously as more and more people reach a level of awareness that leads them to look for natural ways to create greater unity and wholeness in their lives.

Each essence contains the life force or energy imprint of a particular gem, crystal or mineral. These beautiful energies provide a positive balancing force, which in a natural gentle way help to release the energetic patterning of old thoughts, attitudes and emotional issues that no longer serve us. This simple system of re-patterning effects change at a causal level offering us the powerful opportunity to bring harmony and balance to emotions, mind, & spirit

How can Essences Help Us
Using vibrational essences will help us to gently feel and release the old layers of buried emotions and thought patterns that unconsciously create who we are and how we react to situations and people in our lives.


Gem essences follow a very ancient tradition. Ancient cultures used gems and sound vibration to direct the subtle forces of nature. Gems came to be used in astrology as well, to counteract the negative influence of the planets. In ancient eastern medicine, gemstones and gem elixirs played an important role in the healing process.

Crystals and gems were highly respected for their remarkable, even magical powers and vibrational healing properties. Scientific evidence that acknowledges the special vibrational frequencies of gems is only coming to light as science develops the knowledge and tools to analyze the structure and properties of gems, and quantum physics gives us some of the answers as to why gems, crystals and minerals are able to do what they do. Somehow they understood the vibrational power of gems and their potential influence on the subtle energies of the human being that science is only just beginning to explain today.

Zambian Emeralds

Dating back as far as 3000 BC, a number of Vedic texts mention the use of gems, both in terms of astrology and healing. Gems were used whole, placed or worn on the body, or crushed and ingested as a powder or drunk as an elixir.

Gem essences capture the vibrational frequencies of gems and are encoded with wisdom achieved at a planetary level. This wisdom is transferred from the gem to the essences in the process of making the essence. A gem is placed in a bowl of water and then in the sun for several hours, where the vibrational pattern of the gem is transferred to the water. The gem is then removed from the water and alcohol/brandy is added to preserve the memory of the vibrational frequency of the gem. This creates the ‘mother tincture’. The essence is then diluted to create a ‘stock essence’. A further dilution takes place to create a ‘dosage essence’.

As Masaru Emoto has shown in his work with water (www.hado.net), intent, words, thought and music all have an impact upon the structure of water.

– See more at: http://www.luminesce.ca/aboutgemess.html#sthash.1UOyKNWV.dpuf

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Do you? Not big fat pastries, like canolis or Danish. I mean petit fours. The pretty, dainty pastries that are usually from France. This includes macarons.

I’m partial to éclairs and Napoleans. Canelé and Jesuite

Buttercream. Pink Fondant. Flaky bits of millefeuille. Raspberries.


How I love thee.

Not that I eat a lot of pastries in my city, but here’s what I do like:

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I ♥ turmeric tea

(credit: wellandgood)
I don’t know too much about turmeric, but I do know that it’s mighty good for my health, its even nicknamed “the spice of life.” In its root form, it looks like ginger, its cousin. It gives the yellow colour to Indian curries and to hotdog mustard. After prayers, Hindu priests use it to make a dot on the third-eye area. According to Ayurveda, turmeric provides the flavour profile of bitterness to food, and balances all the doshas.

There are many a reasons turmeric is good for you, and some of them may be hooey and not proven by Western medicine (if that’s your barometer for safety) but there are some centuries-proven knowledge as well: 

* Has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties that keeps infection at bay 

* Elders in India who eat a ton of turmeric in their curry meals have a low rate of getting Alzheimer’s disease.

* Okinawans in their Blue Zone are amongst the longest surviving peoples on the earth (and healthy!) and they apparently drink tons of turmeric tea — something the mainland Japanese don’t do. 

* It also is said to detox the liver, slow down metabolism, relieve stress and even depression, ease arthritis, repairs cuts and burns topically, aid digestion, settle an upset stomach, and relieve a sore and irritated throat. 

* Dewy skin 1: Blend 1/2 tsp turmeric into 3 tbsp plain yogurt. Put this mask all over your face. Leave on for 5-10 minutes. Wash off. Glow.

* Dewy skin 2: Blend in a teeny pinch of turmeric (not too much or you’ll stain your skin a mustard-yellow) onto your night cream before smoothing it over your face.  


My favourite way to get my turmeric on, is to make a soothing and creamy turmeric tea. There are many types of turmeric tea recipes out there, but I prefer this version which is a melding together of various recipes. Enjoy!

PS: I use Arayuma Ground Turmeric that I bought at Ten Thousand Villages. It’s organic and fair-trade, and harvested by small organic farmers in Sri Lanka and India. 

CREAMY TURMERIC TEA | single serving | (adapted from Mark’s Daily Apple)

*Recipe below the cut, along with other turmeric tea recipes*


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