Tasty Vegan Homemade Chai Recipe

Yum!

Whether you’re allergic to dairy, want to ease the suffering of the beautiful cow, or just like milk alternatives, here’s a tasty recipe.

We LOVE traditional chai tea made at our fave restaurant but it’s taken many long months to figure out how to make it at home. Finally, mission accomplished! To make it vegan was my next challenge. Today the stars must’ve been aligned just right because I think this recipe tastes very satisfying using almond milk instead.

Here’s the scoop:

In a sauce pan heat 2 cups almond milk (I chose unsweetened). While it’s warming up add 2 rounded teaspoons of your fave black tea, 1 cinnamon stick, 2 teaspoon fennel seeds, 4 green cardamom pods, and 2 teaspoons organic sugar.

Bring to a boil, then move to a low heat burner with lid on and simmer about 10 mins. You might leave a little air gap so the brew doesn’t bubble over the edge of your pot. Voila! ❤️☕️

For my taste I needed to dilute it with a bit of hot water as the end result had a very concentrated flavor.

What a versatile recipe! You could modify it with any add-ons that appeal to you. Give it a try. It’s so tasty and nourishing in cold weather!❄️

Upcycling Plastics

Plastic Bottle Dress, Pinterest

One of the greatest frustrations I’ve had for years is how difficult it is to buy food and online items w/o getting a ton of plastic containers, wraps, bags, and packing material. With the recent uptick in Amazon deliveries the bubble wrap packaging has truly proliferated.

Online stories abound with photos of birds and marine wildlife choking on, ingesting and dying from suffocation from plastics entering the waterways. Microplastics are getting into the digestive tracts of every living being on Earth, including humans.

Many recycling locations have stopped accepting plastic items which leaves us with a pile of ‘stuff’ in the middle of the garage that has no where to go; I don’t have the heart to put it in the garbage. My hope is, within our lifetime there will be technology in place to deal with this nasty mess humans have made.

In the interim we must find and act on ways to upcycle these plastics and keep them useful. A little internet search revealed a number of creatives out there doing just that. Take a look at the links below and see if they spark you into action. If nothing else, please try to find produce not sold in plastic, talk with your grocer about non-plastic options, and write manufacturers urging them to consider earth-friendly packaging options. Let’s do this!
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Lots of creative ideas on Pinterest
https://za.pinterest.com/plasticssa/upcycling-plastics/

Kids in Colorado Recycle Plastic Bags into Mats for the Homeless
https://www.greenmatters.com/news/2019/01/23/6BWNiwH-a/plastic-bags-homeless-mats

Crochet Artists: Make Waterproof sleeping Mats!
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/140033869643325176/

Turn Plastic Bags into Drinking Coasters
https://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/plastic-bag-drinking-coasters

Make Lanterns! This One Even Looks Like An “Ode to the Corona Virus!” https://inhabitat.com/sarah-turners-repurposed-plastic-bottle-lamps-illuminate-the-beauty-of-upcycled-materials/

Make a Decent Looking Trash Can Out of Plastic Bags
https://diyjoy.com/diy-trash-can-plastic-bags/

Don't throw that plastic in the trash! Links here on all kinds of creative ways upcycle that plastic.

Create Pretty Little Trees
https://feltmagnet.com/crafts/best-plastic-bottle-crafts

Did you find some other creative ideas for up cycling plastics? Please share in the “comments” section below. Love to hear your ideas!

The Healing Waterfall of Light

Healing Waterfall of Light

An earlier piece of artwork I did. Only recently did it occur to me what the image represented.

When standing in the darkest hour surrounded by despair, take yourself deep into the heart of Earth. In this soothing, quiet, nourishing womb cave you stand in the waterfall of pure Light 🌟💦, allowing it to wash away the pains, attachments, energy parasites, and misconceptions. 🌎

Healing spirits appearing as orbs surround you. They attend to your wounds, lighten your physical being, and transmit messages of Love and strength from your spirit lineage. ✨

Sacred snake arrives to teach you the power of shedding your old skin of outdated beliefs and false perceptions about yourself and the world you occupy. 🐉

Giant crystals holding the memory of deep, ancient, planetary and universal wisdom become your new mirrors, reflecting back to you the eternal, indestructable Spirit you are and always have been. ❄️

You are birthed anew. 💖

Meditating With Bee Songs

CD cover of Melipona Bees

I first came across the CD, Melipona Bee, while browsing the wonderful website, Dancing With Water (link below). Today the CD arrived and I immediately played it through the house stereo system and reveled in the comforting song of a Mayan woman singing to her fuzzy friends, the Melipona Bees. Their collective low hum and occasional “bbbvvvtt” sound as they zipped past the recording mic was very soothing.

Melipona Bees, a small, non-stinging, non-GMO’d variety, were revered by the Mayans for the healing effect their presence brought to the energetic landscape. Researcher Valerie Solheim Ph.D became quite interested in beekeeping using natural methods to support her bees’ hives and vitality instead of using the common medications and unnatural feeding methods of modern day apiary practice. Her efforts produced abundant honey but additionally she claims to have experienced healing effects and energy from her bee hives. This inspired her to write the book, The Beehive Effect: Ancient Rites; Quantum Principles (2017). Some time later she traveled to Mexico where she recorded the song for this CD by placing her mic at the Melipona hive location.

I’m now listening to it through earbuds as I type, and it’s quite ticklish! Almost instinctively my back muscles pull in when I hear a bee buzz in close to my eardrum; relaxing yet thrilling! Having traveled to the Mayan lands of Mexico several times in the past I also appreciate the familiar bird calls of that region which are embedded in the audio recording.

The book, Dancing With Water: The New Science of Water, and its companion website are entirely dedicated to the healing and restructuring of water through many methods, one of which includes playing the bee song directly to the water vessel one drinks from. I decided since I am basically 75% water why not just plug it right into my ears and let the song do its healing magic! 🙂 We’ll see how this experiment turns out. Maybe I’ll sprout wings! LOL

Meanwhile, if you have a passion for bees, water, and all things healing please check out the following links, and please search for them on YouTube where they offer many helpful videos on each topic:

Valerie Solheim PhD

https://www.healingbees.org/index.html

Dancing With Water

https://dancingwithwater.com/

“This book is a must read for everyone interested both in modern science and in their own health. We are coming to a new understanding of water, not just as a source of vitality and life, but as life itself. This vision is supported by a new set of scientific data which we find referenced in the book. What is equally important is the fact that it is written in simple, understandable language that allows the reader to feel the flavor of the modern research atmosphere. Another important aspect of the book is found in its practical applications. Dancing with Water is a very important and useful guide both for professionals and all interested people.”

— Konstantin Korotkov, PhD., Professor at St. Petersburg University of Informational Technology, Mechanics and Optics.  www.korotkov.org.

Choose Wisely

My work takes me right into the core of the human spiderweb with all its electric air and people rushing about in a spiky, fatigued, fast and overall uncomfortable state of being. Ironically, I know it’s where I’m supposed to be…. for now.

As it happens with a society caught in the quagmire of wanting to be free of stress yet highly addicted to it, people will occasionally ask me questions about my political stance, or how fearful I am of covid. My desire to avoid their mental trap has helped me become quite adept at mental aikido! Not to avoid conversing with them, but more to stay focused on what’s important, what’s relevant (to me) and turn the question back to them. How is their family? Did they notice the beautiful sunrise / sunset recently? Isn’t it a joy to rise to a new day? Have they played outside lately? And making authentic, heart-based conversation about what’s right with them. Noticing the lovely colors they’re wearing, complimenting their hair or adornments, acknowledging how well they handled a problem they had, or how grateful I am to see them again.

We don’t have to stay glued to the old paradigm’s script, listening to the news non-stop, or get pulled down into society’s heightened fear state accompanied by life-sucking conversation. That being said, when your line of work requires you to immerse yourself in it a great deal of internal power is required to sustain a higher state of Love consciousness. Maybe it gets easier and less fatiguing over time with practice, but I still find multiple cat naps and personal quiet time to be most invigorating.

So I say to you: Take those naps! Drink refreshing water, get out into Nature on a regular basis where you can remove your mask (the physical and social one) and breeeeaaathe the beautiful, invigorating air of the forests, ocean spray, field mists, and morning dew. You have a right, if not a responsibility to own your joy, to own your life force, own your birthright to be a fully ecstatic, dancing, singing human being.

Take the reins back. Choose wisely, from the heart, what you willingly participate in, online and in person.
Much love.

The Role of CranioSacral Therapy & Massage for Cytokine Storm Relief & Prevention

An excellent article written (link below) on the inflammatory affects of the 1918 flu epidemic and how similar the symptoms are to cv. While I am not an osteopath physician I am trained in CranioSacral Therapy, designed by osteopath physician John. E. Upledger, as well as massage therapy. The combination of which, according to the article, provides the movement in blood and lymphatic circulation needed to remove the excess dead cells that could result in a cytokine storm.

EXCERPTS FROM LINK BELOW…

“The object of manipulation is to improve circulation (blood and lymph) to and from organs, the movement of joints and muscle and in fact all tissue.


“Briefly this is what seems to happen:
* For various reasons the mucus membrane of the upper respiratory tract becomes weakened and a relative acidosis begins. Usually, a structural disturbance (joint, muscle, circulation, nerve supply etc) from stress, poor nutrition, cognitive dissonance, to name but a few.
* Virus “enters” person.
* Virus settles mainly in nose and throat region.
* Virus enters epithelial cells (ECs): the cells lining the nose and throat.
* Virus kills ECs by RNA disturbance.
* ECs die.
* An accumulation of dead ECs leads to a response from your immune system to clear these dead and dying cells.
* White blood cells are generated from the lymph glands in the body. This is why your glands swell, to produce more white blood cells.
* This is what is known as an inflammatory response.
* Your natural response to everyday dead cells is low so the glands do not swell.
* You enter into a shock and stress situation of sweating, shivering, stiffness, and headache. This is because the whole body is becoming toxic due the accumulation and circulation of dead cells and the subsequent response by your body to destroy them.
* This is known as a Cytokine Storm


“So influenza is the response of the body to the accumulation of dead cells caused by the virus; not the virus itself.

“The osteopath helps to keep the circulation and white cells moving at their best to deal with the rapid accumulation of dead ECs. As long as the ECs are cleared at a rate that your body is comfortable with you will not exhibit the signs and symptoms of influenza…


“The osteopath knows how to feel the movement and obstructions to the function of the sympathetic nervous system. This is of paramount importance in the treatment of influenza.


“Additionally, because the body is going into a style of shock and stress there is an adrenaline overproduction. It is this overproduction of adrenaline that makes your muscles stiff and quickly results in fatigue and exhaustion. Adrenaline moves the circulation into the muscles and away from the vital organs, liver, kidneys etc. In extreme cases the organs collapse due to poor circulation and an excess of toxins from dead cells and the person dies. Young adults produce more immune cells and adrenaline than infants and the elderly; this was a characteristic of the 1918-19 pandemic.


“‘…this epidemic was largely a young adult’s disease. The life insurance companies report their death claims from this cause average at thirty-three years of age as against fifty-five to sixty years of age of deaths from general causes.’” H. L. Chiles, D.O., A New Survey of Public Health, (JAOA, Jan. 1919.)


“’The physiological picture of influenza centres around one of the smallest but most important and interesting organs of the body – the adrenal gland. …Its nerves come chiefly from the eleventh dorsal segment of the spine, just above the waist line. That is why the first symptom of this disease is usually backache in this region….In the female, it is the partner gland, the pituitary body, that is correspondingly more important. And you will notice there is a marked difference in the “flu” in males compared to females.’ E. E. Tucker, D. O., New York, N. Y. Spanish Influenza – What and Why? (JAOA, Feb. 1919.)


“The osteopath has to literally ‘decompress the system.’ Treatment is aimed at reducing obstructions to circulation caused by tight muscles, ribs that are not moving, organs (spleen) that are not pumping, nerve bundles (sympathetic nervous system) that need stretching, and immune (lymphatic) channels that need unblocking. All this happens at once during the treatment and treatment should be two to three times in two to three days.


“Is the virus removed? No. But the cause of the signs and symptoms is reduced and the reason for the virus to continue multiplying, resulting in immune suppression, is also drastically reduced. Osteopathic manipulation will get you back on your feet and there is no sign of that two week fatigue that most of us go through after the crisis is over….


“‘As Ward (1937) wrote, “By retarding the virulence of the invading organisms, appropriate osteopathic treatment reduces the incidence of complications and forces down the mortality rate in these cases.”


“They used to call osteopaths ‘bloodless surgeons’ and ‘fever fighters’ in the nineteenth century and especially during the 1918-19 pandemic. Osteopaths have the history and the skill to make a major contribution to the reduction of deaths during an epidemic, pandemic or isolated cases of influenza.

Article Excerpts Source:
https://waltermckone.wordpress.com/osteopathy/osteopathy-and-influenza/?fbclid=IwAR1WXvWSwbBjIQ7iB7e-9mEkjU0FhMAltbCxwh_N1SnAdf7TtOuMrPwlkMo

More about Dr. Upledger:

https://www.upledger.com/about/john-upledger.php

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While the herbal remedies remain unrecognized on mainstream media radar, thousands of years of folk medicine have remained intact because it works. Herbal teas, tinctures and capsules, used with respect to their strengths, their contraindications, and quality of sources have proven their ability to help the body maintain health and balance, if taken in combination with a healthy lifestyle, adequate hydration and body movement. Many plants help the body reduce the symptoms of flu and/or boost the immune response as needed.

A helpful link to herbal relief that may be sitting in your kitchen cabinet right now!

Be the Hummingbird

Pulled into parking space at work. Felt bluesy looking at all the construction. More ugly, tall buildings blocking the views of the pretty horizon. Saw a person bundled in a sleeping bag on the cold, hard sidewalk. Then a movement in the air and I realized a little hummybird was sitting in the top of the tree, surveying the world around. I asked in my ❤️ What does that little one think of this craziness? I immediately received an image of a pink flower. 🌸 A single, focused thought from the hummy. Aside from all the wretched mess and depression she thinks of her flower. I think that’s the lesson for today. Focus on what makes your heart hum happy. 💕

Artwork credit:

https://ggsfunctionalart.blogspot.com/2011/09/painting-dance-with-magical-humming.html?m=1&fbclid=IwAR2gNcdQNeUYpgWy8VqCtNdFOlMn1-QDxMrB7v5l-ZKt0FaPWioxtzjQF3w

Turning Holiday Tree into Purification Bundles (a.k.a. Smudge Sticks)

I love the smell of burning white sage for purifying home and personal space. However, as I continue into my studies of all things Nature-based it occurred to me I should be seeking out plants native to our region to make my own. All part of the keep it local movement that has become quite the theme these days.

This morning we still had our holiday tree up and I wondered how I might recycle or repurpose it, then I remembered a video shared on Magical Crafting (see link below) where she used pine needle twigs, cinnamon sticks and rosemary to create her version. Rosemary sounded like nice addition but my plant is still too young and small to donate some of its parts.

Little Rosemary in container

Evergreens, on the other hand, are plentiful around here, a handsome juniper berry tree out lives out front, and some recently bloomed lemon thyme plant. These became my ingredients for today’s project.

If you’d like to recycle your holiday tree, or simply forage around the neighborhood for some fallen pine branches then follow along to see how you might go about creating your own smudge sticks. Please note you can include whatever ingredients you have on hand. It just depends on the theme of what you’d like to create. I’d love to hear feedback in the comments section below of what you made yours with.

Here I trimmed off and set aside the smaller branches of the tree.

Then continued till I had only a long trunk left. Thinking I’ll use this in the garden in some way. The larger branches will have to compost, or they could easily be turned into a wreath, a haven for little birds, or some other creative idea, like pine needle tea (link below).

Maybe a nice walking stick or javelin 😀

Three littles piles of the ingredients used today: Juniper Berry, Lemon Thyme, and Evergreen.

Of course, my kitty had to get involved, … because well, she’s a cat!

Quality control inspector arrives.

A bit of twine was used to anchor the cinnamon stick into the twigs.

Some red and green embroidery thread is wrapped each direction to secure the pieces. Then a little trimming at the ends and all around to clean off excess pine needles that were poking out. Voila! Nice gifts for holiday or whenever!

First, they’ll need to hang for a while to completely dry out before use.

As a side note, Douglas Fir and Spruce tree tips make incredibly nutrient-rich, Vitamin C packed tea. Make sure you know how to identify each by doing some research in advance. Here’s a couple helpful links for that:

Katie Carter, ND discusses the importance of high quality Vit C, tree identification, and gratitude for staying healthy!

If you prefer to read about making pine needle tea then here’s Steve’s blog:

Magical Crafting is an amazing YT channel with a ton of creative videos!

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Balancing and Awakening the Brain| Audio of Simple Exercises

A stressed, inactive, undernourished brain (and body) can eventually lead to problems with comprehension, memory retention, ability to clearly communicate, execute organizational skills and functions. Simple exercises that balance left & right hemispheres of the brain are one facet to helping resolve this issue. Start your day off with some gentle movements. Take a listen and enjoy the scene of the Oregon coast while you attend to your mind, breath, and balance the body. It’s simple, relaxing and doesn’t take more than a few minutes of your day.

Guest Blog: Annie’s Mini Garden!

Annie (left), yours truly (right)

Recently I offered to share this blog space with my Patreon supporters who are lovingly donating $3/ month to keep my blog muse happy. Those same Patreons are very talented folks themselves. Take Annie for example. She is truly a plant whisperer and has an astounding relationship with a local hummingbird. From her delightful apartment she inspires other small space dwellers to take full advantage of what they have and turn their abode into a plant sanctuary. Below is her blog describing in detail, with many lovely photos, the little garden of eden she has bloomed.

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The cost is only $3/month and, if you like, you too may be a featured guest blogger!

And now, to Annie’s indoor garden…….

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Guest blogger: Annie Ordonio Silvestre

A man can work from sun to sun but a woman’s work is never done” Oh so true! Just like Mother Earth she sure works continuously nonstop in her household home the beautiful blue planet Earth.
Since this pandemic situation I have trusted the Universe to help guide me to what is best for me since I no longer have a job. All this free time given to me it has given me the opportunity to do fun things I love to do so this old familiar saying goes “If life throws lemons at you – make lemonade” So I am following Mother Earth footsteps indeed. I now consider my occupation as a homemaker and a balcony gardener. 
My husband George and I are currently living with our oldest son and our youngest daughter in a suburban area in an Bethany Oregon apartment. We all plan to temporarily live there for another year until we find our house and then more gardening opportunities for me.

Our balcony isn’t as spacious but it is cozy enough for me to create something very nice and pretty for my family to come home and enjoy after a long day at their jobs and on their days off. One day I was  browsing on the internet and came upon a cute little water fountain. It was solar powered and it sparked my creative thinking idea. I created a foundation of water by using a glass pie plate and then added water and placed the water fountain mechanism above it and viola! a beautiful refreshing relaxing pretty water display and sound. 

Unfortunately the water fountain did not last very long. So brainstorming took place and made me come up with the idea to make a little moat for our hummingbird feeder!!
(Photos)of seedlings Goji berries, lemon balm and mustard greens. And strictly seed logo

One day in late spring I was browsing through the boxes in our garage and saw an old seed catalog called Strictly Medicinal seeds and my green thumb started to get itchy! My mind was filled with gardening ideas and made me reminisce a beautiful garden I once created many moons ago in our beloved home in St Johns. I then had the idea to start sowing some seeds and plant a garden in our balcony!I went online to Strictly Medicinal Seeds and ordered a variety packet of seed. The first seeds I ordered we’re Goji berry, Mustard Greens and Lemon balm and I also couldn’t resist I had ordered a variety packet called The Hoedown Collection – Organic Vegetable seeds they are a variety of organic vegetable seeds to plant in the spring and summer season. I said what the heck I’ll start sowing some now and raise them in large pots and when we move I can take these babies to their new home when we move. 

My seedlings of mustard greens and goji berries sown in early fall. Goji’s are under growing lights like the goji berries to keep them safe from the winter cold. The mustard greens love cold weather so the still remain outdoors.

Another fun gardening project I like to do is cut and grow. I like to cut up veggies and place then in water and watch them grow. I do the same with house plants as well. When they start having roots I put them in pots with good seed starting soil.  My family enjoy watching them grow too!

So Winter is a great time to dream to plant and plan what to plant for the next season which is Spring. I look forward to start sowing seeds for a nice and bountiful garden of flowers for the hummingbirds, butterflies and other guests like fairies 🧚‍♀️and things.  Also some nice snow peas, spring greens, kale and dwarf carrots. 
Here are some wonderful websites below to help you create that beautiful balcony or small garden you’ve been dreaming about. 
Happy gardening 🌱🥕

List of sources:
https://www.chatelaine.com/home-decor/balcony-gardening/
http://theherbexchange.com/how-to-grow-an-eco-friendly-balcony-or-rooftop-food-garden/
https://blog.strictlymedicinalseeds.com/
https://www.norhart.com/blog/2019/05/15/ideal-plants-for-an-apartment-balcony/