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Finding health in weeds

The world is now becoming aware of the gifts at our feet. The ones you have labeled “unwanted weeds”, the ones that are our healers, the ones that are our healing foods, the perfect gifts that we have been given!

As an herbalist this is the time of massive harvest of these gifts, take time to learn of these healers. Today I will be harvesting wild lettuce, this plant is a marvelous pain killer. Stop by Spirit to sole connection and learn how to use wild lettuce.

 

Referring to the therapeutic properties of wild lettuce, noted English herbalist Gerard said as early as in the sixteenth century that this herb helped in inducing sleep, alleviated pain, stabilized the menstrual cycles in women, and was drunk to cure spider bites and scorpion stings.

Wild lettuce possesses sedative properties and, hence, it is not surprising that when people drink tea prepared from this plant, they usually do not have enough craving for sexual activities. It may be noted that the observations made by Gerard in this regard manifests the idea that was widely believed by other people during his time. This conception continued till the Victorian era. You ought to remember that these are the same people who had said that consuming wild lettuce would lead to sterility. Similar to several other notions of the Victorian era, the panic associated with consumption of wild lettuce was never proved scientifically.

It has been found that the milky substance given out by wild lettuce contains lactucopicrin, lactucic acid, sesquiterpene lactone and lactucin. In addition, this plant also encloses flavonoids that are based on aesculin, coumarins, quercetin, cichoriin and n-methyl-b-phenethylamine as well as a maximum of 60% latex, which forms the raw material for manufacturing rubber. As this plant contains high amounts of latex, experiments were undertaken during the World War II to find if it could be used as a substitute rubber source.

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Walking in Peace

Good Wednesday Morning,

In today’s world it seems to be getting more chaotic, energies are feverish and people are very high strung and all things seem misplaced. Find time to give yourself Reiki and unconditional love, find places that bring you peace and steal away moments to meditate.

Today more than ever we need to work on ourselves, find a place of light, a place of contentment ( if only for a few seconds,) find a place in nature that calls your name!

Giving reiki to yourself is a gift– that will be given to others as your energies mingle with other’s in this world. Please say a prayer every day for yourself and the world.

It is the time to prepare for the next shift as the energies are brought to a “mutual blend by the eclipse’s”. Look for signs of peace, freedom and acceptance.

Walk in Peace

Jeannie


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Walk in Peace

Good Wednesday Morning,
In today’s world it seems to be getting more chaotic, energies are feverish and people are very high strung and all things seem misplaced. Find time to give yourself Reiki and unconditional love, find places that bring you peace and steal away moments to meditate.
Today more than ever we need to work on ourselves, find a place of light, a place of contentment ( if only for a few seconds,) find a place in nature that calls your name!
Giving reiki to yourself is a gift– that will be given to others as your energies mingle with other’s in this world. Please say a prayer every day for yourself and the world.
It is the time to prepare for the next shift as the energies are brought to a “mutual blend by the eclipse’s”. Look for signs of peace, freedom and acceptance.
Walk in Peace


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Easy Pickles

Our summer harvest has produced bushels of fresh cucumbers. We have been enjoying them in salads, in fresh juices and now I want to save the extra cucumbers for fall consumption. “Pickles” are the best way. I adore making pickles, along with getting to taste the summer flavors in the fall and winter. Pickles are a fermented food- lacto-fermented product filled with probiotics and healthy minerals.

This recipe is very easy to make the the pickles can be started to eaten in 3-5 days. The longer they ferment the better they taste.

Easy Homemade Dill Pickles

Makes 1 quart sized jar

Ingredients:

cucumbers

2 cloves of garlic

2 sprigs of fresh dill (the flowered heads of the dill taste the best for these pickles, so use them if you can get them)

½ tsp coriander seeds

¼ tsp mustard seeds

¼ tsp whole peppercorns

1/8 tsp red pepper flakes

2 cups of water

1 tablespoon sea salt

optional ingredients:

handful of fresh grape, raspberry, oak, blackberry or cherry leaves (these types of leaves supply tannins, which help keep the pickles crispy and crunchy)

onion or a clean rock piece to weigh the cucumbers down and keep them submerged in the brine

DIRECTIONS:

Decide what size pickles you would like and cut your cucumbers into your desired size. Keep in mind that sliced cucumbers will ferment faster than whole cucumbers. Pack your cucumber slices into your jar. Pack them tight! Add the spices on top. Mix the water and sea salt together until the salt is dissolved. Pour your water/salt over the pickles. Leave about an inch of space between the water and the top of the jar. All the cucumbers must be submerged in the water. If you are having trouble getting them totally submerged, you may need to add a “weight” to the jar to keep them submerged. I like to add a big chunk of onion. Not only does the onion give great flavor, but it does a good job of keeping the cucumbers under the water. You may also add a clean rock if you don’t want to use an onion.


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Got Pet Chickens?

Many local towns are now getting pilot programs to allow homeowners to have up to 4 hens. I grew up around farms with chickens (not pets), but now the modern homeowners wanting Hens for fresh eggs is an awesome idea.

Most modern homeowners have never experienced having chickens, this concept is all new to them. Tending for the chickens longevity, health care, nest care, and coup care is all new!

As an herbalist I understand these concepts. Chickens need much of care to protect them, in all aspects. At Spirit To Sole Connection we now sell nesting herb, which help in calming of the chickens, also herbs to strength the egg shell, and keep pests like lick and ticks off of them. We also carry lavender calming spray for the coup and an Immune tea to keep the chickens from being susceptible to virus’s and other Ills.

Stop by and see what new products we have!