Metaphysical properties: Fairy Stones (Harricana) are naturally smoothed stones composed of Calcium Carbonate and were formed in quaternary deposits left in lakes by receding glaciers, specific to Northern Quebec. Theses concretions only form when the conditions are just right ~ when the water is too high they don't form and when the water is too low they don't form ~ only when the Fairies keep the water at a certain "dancing" level do these stones form beautiful sculptures. The irregular lines on certain stones are traces left by miniature worms, or organic,remains, which were fossilized thousands of years ago. They reveal themselves as textured etchings on an otherwise smooth surface. The Algonquins often carried these treasures as luck charms when they went on fishing or hunting expeditions. The biggest specimens occupied a place of honor in their homes. According to legend, these stones assured protection against bad spirits and brought good health and prosperity to the occupants of the premises. Molded by nature, each stone is one of a kind, making them unique personalities and collection pieces. The Harricana river is named after these stones which resemble biscuits, as in Algonquin "Harricana" means "River of the Biscuits". These stones have a strong link to the nurturing energies of the Earth Mother, they teach concern and care for the planet and all those upon it, and will assist you with any Earth-related work you undertake, as well as grounding, healing and manifesting Earthly abundance.
Last week I attended a seminar given by a well-recognized expert in Integrative Oncology, especially relating to Breast Cancer. “Integrative” medicine uses both holistic health/ medical services in addition to the standard Western medical services.
Even though this course focused on estrogen as it relates to breast cancer, the attributes of Green Tea are more than impressive and are not limited to breast cancer tumors.
When shopping for Green Tea quality is important ~ Organic is a good place to start. I like Organic India's Tulsi Green Tea (combining the benefits of Holy Basil + Green Tea) or Mighty Leaf Jasmine Green Tea.
As the Fall Equinox approaches on September 22nd, it’s a good time to remember the bounty of experiences, achievements and provisions we’ve acquired over the year. Between the last few heat waves of summer in the forecast, the cool winds of fall will be bringing forth a change in season and perhaps a few transitions of the soul. Maintaining balance during these states of flux requires steadfast determination, flexibility and ultimately inner peace. Three stones to assist during times of transition are Carnelian, Botswana Agate and Black Tourmaline
Carnelian helps spark the initiative to follow through on commitments and harness the courage to face obstacles. Carnelian is a stone of ambition and determination.
Botswana Agate is a stone of positive change and harmonious thinking; it’s a powerful stone that helps the user see the big picture. It has a calming ripple effect on the mind and heart; reminding us to be gentle with ourselves in states of change by surrendering to the flow and trusting our intuition. Comforting and creative, Botswana Agate helps us venture into the unknown with poise and flexibility so that we feel prepared for anything the future may hold.
Black Tourmaline in Quartz is purifying and protective. The fusion of light and dark is grounding while balancing opposite energies, so that one may feel centered and at peace within. It has the power to transform negative energy into a positive, uplifting force that strengthens and harmonizes all of the chakras and meridians. By balancing Yin and Yang energies, Black Tourmaline in Quartz serves as a stone of unity and integration making it an ideal aid for moving forward with clarity, stability and temperance.
Matcha is the powdered form of green tea leaves. Matcha tea powder is made with top quality leaves that have been carefully and specially grown in the shade, which enhances chlorophyll production and makes for a particularly green matcha powder. These tea leaves are picked, steamed, and dried before being ground into a fine powder. Once the matcha powder has been made, it can be whisked into hot water to make tea, or used as an ingredient in an enormous range of sweet and savoury dishes, or even used for skin care.
Matcha green tea powder has been enjoyed in Japan for centuries. It was originally enjoyed by the elite as part of the Tea Ceremony. Years ago a Japanese exchange student stayed with us and performed that very special ceremony as taught by her grandparents.
Matcha tea benefits have been studied considerably since first used 1000 years ago, and it is now believed that matcha green tea can aid weight loss by boosting metabolism, reduce the signs of ageing, lower cholesterol, and help to relax and focus the mind. In addition, Matcha contains fiber, Vit A, Vit C, and Potasium.
Using the testing method known as ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), experts at Tufts University discovered that matcha possesses an amazing twenty times more antioxidants than pomegranates or blueberries. Matcha’s ORAC rating is 1573 units per gram.
Why does this matter?
Antioxidants are the body’s defense agents. They are chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic diseases. Put simply, the more you have, the better equipped your body is in the fight against infections and disease.
What are green tea catechins, and why are they so important in anti-cancer diets?
Matcha tea contains a unique, potent class of antioxidant known as catechins, which aren’t found in other foods. In particular, the catechin EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate) provides potent cancer-fighting properties.
Most importantly, EGCg and other catechins counteract the effects of free radicals from pollution, UV rays, radiation, and chemicals, which can lead to cell and DNA damage. Since over 60% of the catechins in matcha are actually EGCg, a daily matcha regimen can help restore and preserve the body’s integral well-being and balance.
A study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming matcha green tea can increase thermogenesis (the body’s own rate of burning calories) from a normal 8%-10% of daily energy expenditure, to between 35% and 43% of daily energy expenditure.
Over a thousand years ago, matcha came to Japan as an aid to meditation practice. During long hours of sitting, monks would drink matcha to remain alert yet calm. Modern science has recently confirmed the lessons of centuries of tradition. Matcha is rich in L-Theanine, a rare amino acid that actually promotes a state of relaxation and well-being by acting upon the brains functioning. While stress can induce beta waves an excited, more agitated state, L-Theanine creates alpha waves, which lead to a state of relaxed alertness. And while L-Theanine is common in all tea, matcha may contain up to five times more of this amino acid than common black and green teas.
A cup of matcha promotes concentration and clarity of mind without any of the nervous energy found in coffee. Try matcha as a pick-me-up for the afternoon or anytime you need extra focus.
****When buying Matcha look for a premium grade that is from Japan. Japan has higher standards for green tea than found in the USA. An Asian market will be more reasonable than a health food store. And Trader Joe's actually has individual packets.
The following 3 terms all have something to do with electricity/voltage in one form or another ~ and certain crystals have two or more of these properties:
Piezoelectricity refers to a crystal’s ability to produce voltage when pressurized.
Certain crystals will actually produce a voltage when their crystal lattice is under pressure of any sort and that’s why we can use them in different ways in technology. (quartz watches for example)
Some crystals that are known to do this are quartz, topaz + any type of tourmaline.
When I say “quartz”, I mean all types of quartz—not just clear quartz; so that includes amethyst, agate, citrine, rose quartz, etc.
“Pyro” means fire, so it has to do with temperature. Specifically, it’s the ability of a crystal to produce voltage when heated or cooled. (imaging, infrared detection) And quartz, again, has the ability to do this, as does tourmaline…. any kind of tourmaline. Even, indicolite, which is a teal blue or blue tourmaline.
The property of the crystal to actually be able to produce light when it’s struck.
And it doesn’t just produce light on the outside, like friction blowing out a spark, but internally, as well as externally; it produces this flash of light! So it’s not simply explained away as friction.
Crystals that are able to express triboluminescence are: quartz, diamond, and fluorite.
I feel that crystals that have these properties are more powerful than crystals that don’t. And that just simply comes from experience working with them, as well as research and experience of my mentor. They’re all crystals that are relatively easy to find.
If you’ll notice, quartz possesses all three of these properties:
I feel like it’s no coincidence that quartz, in all its many forms--rose quartz, amethyst, citrine, green aventurine, clear quartz— is so accessible to us; both plentiful & relatively low-cost. All the jaspers and all the agates are quartz-based minerals that we can work with as well.
So, to finally answer the question:
In my opinion, quartz (any kind of quartz), is the “A” number one most powerful crystal, and then 2nd would be tourmaline, and then thirdly I’d place topaz.
I feel crystals that have these special properties are the most powerful ones because this allows the crystals to more easily tap into the body’s voltage and polarity.
Again, “what crystal is most powerful” can be up to personal interpretation… it’s a matter of opinion & experiences, and it can be very subjective based on the work that you’ve done and other crystals or minerals that you’ve worked with that you found to be very powerful. Maybe malachite is the most powerful one for you. The best thing to do is to develop a personal relationship, spend time with and really get to “know” your crystals.
Lavender Rose Quartz is a type of rose quartz with a high level of titanium or manganese and is found in Madagascar.
It is a deeply heart-connected stone, opening the heart chakra and filling one with powerful waves of love. At the same time, it is a powerfully spiritual stone, stimulating the crown chakra and opening one’s awareness to the vibrations of the angelic realm. This simultaneous stimulation of the heart and crown chakras creates a deeply satisfying union of those two energy centers.
To mend a broken or traumatized heart consider green crystals such as malachite and green aventurine
HONEY (Feng Mi)
Raw, unprocessed honey has the most medicinal and nutritional value. It is known for its antioxidant, antibiotic, and antiviral capabilities. Because of its extremely high sugar content and its low moisture content, liquid honey does not spoil; it can actually kill bacteria and airborne yeasts that it comes in contact with. In addition to its uses in cooking, baking and as a general food, honey has a variety of medicinal uses. It has been used over time as a laxative, a demulcent (to soothe and soften inflamed membranes), an emollient (in the treatment of chronic bronchitis), and as a remedy for dry throat. It has been used to treat coughs, stomach pain, burns, dry skin, and constipation, and to enhance the functioning of the immune system in the elderly population.
****Honey may also be potentially dangerous for infants due to the possibility of botulinum spores, which can survive in honey and may affect an infant’s digestive system.
Honey is also an ideal first-aid dressing material, especially for patients in remote locations when there could be time for infection to have set in before medical treatment is obtained: it is readily available and simple to use. It would be particularly suitable for first-aid treatment for burns, where emergency dousing or cooling frequently involves the use of contaminated water which then leads to heavy infection of the traumatized tissue. As well as providing an immediate anti-inflammatory treatment the honey would provide an antibacterial action and a barrier to further infection of the wound. Honey used as a wound dressing has been reported to promote the formation of clean healthy granulation tissue.
As the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria is becoming a major problem, raw honey may be a wise choice when it comes to treating burns and wounds. (http://www.drgrotte.com/honey-medicine.shtml)
Combine Honey + Mustard for a yummy honey mustard sauce (recipe included in previous “Mustard” blog).
Fennel (Xiao Hui Xiang)
Energetics: warm and drying
Fennel is an old world plant dating back long before the pharaohs. Both the seeds and the bulb have a mild licorice taste.
As an anti-spasmodic herb, Fennel is known mainly for soothing muscle tension, digestive spasms, and menstrual cramps. However, it has a variety of other uses. For example Fennel helps nursing mothers produce more milk and has been used for centuries to eliminate colic in babies.
Fennel is used for queasiness after a meal, gas, bloating, and diarrhea. Chewing fennel seeds after a meal helps with digestion and leaves a fresh taste in your mouth. It is also added to formulas given to people with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. In addition, a compress of fennel infusion can be used for conjunctivitis and inflammation of the eyelids.
Fresh fennel bulbs are delicious ~ try adding them to salads or grill them whole. Fennel seeds have more volatile oils and are considered a stronger herbal remedy than the bulb.
Fennel grows well in drought areas, but if you decide to grow fennel be sure you buy BULBING FENNEL (otherwise you will just have leaves).
1 Tbl. Fennel seeds
1 Tbl. Dried lemon balm (or 2 Tbls. fresh)
Honey to taste (optional) ~ do not use honey on children under 2 yrs old
Bring 1 ¼ cups of water to a boil. Place fennel seeds and lemon balm in a mug. Pour water over herbs and steep for 5 minutes. Strain. Add honey to taste. Adults can drink 2-3 servings a day. Small children may only need a teaspoon or less.
MUSTARD (Bai Jie Zi in Chinese Medicine)
Energetics: Warming and drying
Mustard has been cultivated and harvested for thousands of years; archaeological evidence has shown that mustard was used as a spice 6,000 years ago in Northern Europe. Dijon, France is famous for its preparation of mustard created in 1856. Mustard grows practically everywhere.
Two types of mustard seeds are readily available: Brassica alba, which produces seeds that are white or yellow and have a mild flavor and Brassica juncea, which produces brown seeds that have a hot, spicy flavor. The Brassica plant is actually part of the same plant family that produces cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cabbage, kale) which are some of the healthiest foods because they most resemble their ancient ancestors. The brassicas have not changed significantly from their predecessors and still contain an impressive amount of phytonutrients, which have been shown to have strong cancer-fighting potential, mustard included.
Mustard has been studied extensively for its anti-cancer properties. Compounds found in mustard seeds (AITC’s) have shown promise to use in cancer treatment and prevention. Mustard seeds and oil support heart health, possibly because of their high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Using a mustard seed poultice directly over the lungs has been a long lived tradition to help people with congested lungs and bronchitis.
1/2 C. Mayonnaise
2 Tbl. Prepared yellow mustard
1 Tbl Dijon mustard
1/2 Tbl Lemon juice
2 Tbl Honey
Mix all ingredients together, cover and refrigerate overnight (it's important to let set for several hours for the flavors to blend)
Most people don’t realize that CINNAMON is a potent, powerful, well-researched medicine.
Energetics: Warm and Drying
Taste: Pungent and Sweet
Therapeutic Amount: 1-6 grams/day (1/2 teas – 1 tbl)
******Should not be taken in large amounts during pregnancy
There are over 100 different kinds of cinnamon trees, but two are commercially available: Cassia Cinnamon from Indonesia is Pungent and Spicy and most commonly used (meats and soups). Ceylon Cinnamon from Sri Lanka is Sweet and Lighter (desserts). In herbal medicine they are used similarly.
Cinnamon mildly thins the blood and increases circulation, bringing warmth to the hands and feet. It is also good to warm a person shivering from a cold or flu.
Cinnamon has been studied extensively and studies have shown that cinnamon (esp cassia) can dramatically decrease blood glucose and insulin levels. Research shows that taking 3 grams of cinnamon with meals improves metabolic function, thus decreasing your risk for chronic disease.
CHIA SEED PUDDING WITH CINNAMON-MAPLE SYRUP
1/3 C. Chia seeds Combine, let sit covered in fridge 3-5 hours or
1 (13.5 oz) can coconut milk overnight. Will have a thick pudding-like consistency.
7/8 C. plain Greek yogurt
1/2 C water
2 Tbls butter or coconut oil Melt the butter/oil in a small saucepan. Blend in the
1 Teas. Cinnamon powder cinnamon and cardamom. Add the maple syrup and
¼ Teas. Ground cardamom stir to blend. Pour equal amounts of syrup into 4 small
¼ C Maple syrup jars or cups. Fill the cups with chia seed pudding…… the syrup will naturally layer as you add the pudding.
Julie Basham, L.Ac