Marshmallows, the old school way.

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Herb Club today was so much fun, we made marshmallows using marshmallow root. Its so amazing how awesome they taste. After making them I realized how much you could do with this recipe, how many variations you could try. Here is the recipe, have fun!! 

Ingredients

1.5 cups water

1 cup honey

1 package of organic gelatin 

2 T marshmallow root 

 

Directions

  1. Decoct marshmallow root for five minutes.
  2. Strain marshmallow root decoction.
  3. Take 1/2 of the decoction and mix with the hydrated gelatin sheets in a bowl, whisk until mixed.
  4. Take the other 1/2 of the decoction combine in a saucepan with the honey and heat until it reaches 220 degrees (use a candy thermometer to measure this, it will boil, it will be very hot.)
  5. Slowly pour the honey/decoction mixture into the decoction/gelatin mixture and whisk to combine. 
  6. Now you will blend it. Take a mixmaster or an immersion blender with a whisk attachment and mix and mix and mix. It takes about 5 – 8 minutes for this part. Once the peaks form you are mixed. 
  7. Pour this marshmallow cream into a pan, lined in greased parchment paper. Set in a cool place to set. Setting time takes 2 – 7 hours depending. 
  8. Once set cut into squares with a sharp knife dipped in water. 

Options: You could add elderberry or hibiscus flower with the marshmallow root to colour the marshmallows. You could line the parchment paper with a topping such as coconut or lavender sugar and then sprinkle this on top as well. The ideas were pouring out at herb club today. I can hardly wait for bonfire season to begin. 

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Happy Solstice to Everyone

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My friend Matt posted this up on his Facebook page today and I felt it summed up exactly what I wanted to share. Thank you Matt for your inspiration.

Winter solstice, Galactic equinox, end of the 13th baktun–the dawn of a new age; all these things mean many things to many people but the underlining current is meaning itself. This is a potent moment in consciousness, so pray, meditate, or celebrate with intention, even for just a moment, but most importantly, do so with the heart.

May I be filled with loving~kindness.
May I be well.
May I peaceful.
May I be happy.

May you be filled with loving~kindness.
May you be well.
May you be peaceful.
May you be happy.

May all our relations be filled with loving~kindness.
May they be well.
May they be peaceful.
May they happy.

All those lost, alone, and angry,
who have forgotten themselves, their relations;
May they be filled with loving~kindness.
May they be well.
May they be peaceful.
May they be happy.

For the benefit of all beings,
May we be filled with loving~kindness.
May we be well.
May we be peaceful.
May we be happy.

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti Om

The Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing

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The skin is the largest elimination organ of the human body. It is responsible for 15% of total body elimination therefore making it an advantageous area to focus when improving overall wellness. Including Dry Skin Brushing in your daily routine will remarkably improve your overall health.

Dry Skin Brushing is both economical and easy to do.Not only does Dry Skin Brushing improve the appearance of your skin by eliminating dead cells and helping new skin to regenerate, it also stimulates blood circulation, the lymphatic system, and greatly enhances toxin elimination. Brushing the skin gently stimulates the lymphatic system and is considered to be one of the best natural lymphatic cleansers available. The lymphatic system is composed of lymph vessels, lymph nodes, and organs. Part of the body’s defense system, the lymph nodes remove microorganisms and other foreign substances. They act as a filtration system that keeps particulate matter, such as bacteria, from entering the bloodstream.

The benefits of a regular dry skin brushing regimen include:

  • Cellulite reduction
  • Removing the dead skin layers
  • Encourages cells to regenerate
  • A strengthened immune system function
  • Stimulates the hormone and oil-producing glands
  • Tightens the skin preventing premature aging
  • Tones the muscles
  • Improved circulation
  • Improved function of the nervous system
  • Tones digestion
  • Aids the skin in its detox role for the body
  • Cleanses the lymphatic system

The Dry Skin Brush Method

What you will need: a quality natural bristle dry skin brush with a long handle or a loofah.  Be sure that each family member has their own brush or loofah. It is recommended that you wash your brush once every 10 days or so with a mild soap and dry completely to reduce any mildew buildup.

Method: Prior to showering or bathing, stand unclothed in an area where you can reach all areas of your body. Working from your feet upwards begin to brush the skin, always in a direction towards the heart. Move upwards to the thigh and buttocks area. Brush your torso thoroughly and then your arms and finally your neck, avoiding your face, ending by brushing towards the lymphatic nodes that are located near your armpits below the collar bone.

Take your time and enjoy the lovely feeling of dry skin brushing.  It is beneficial to Dry Skin brush daily as a preventative measure. While participating in a detox program you may wish to increase your frequency of this wonderfully stimulating practice. Once completed you may wish to continue the detox experience  by having a contrast shower or a detox bath that may include salts such as epsom salts and certain essential oils.