SPIRITUAL LAWS OF THE UNIVERSE

I have decided to share and touch base with everyone about 12 basic Laws of universe – for everyone to understand the principal behind my naturopathic/metaphysical consultation and little insides on the principles on which my analytical software Metatron was build on (software I use in my naturopathic practise).

The common question I get: How can an object be vibrating when it is still?

= Whilst solid and inanimate objects give the impression of being still, if you were to place them under a microscope you would see that in their purest form they are a mass of vibrating energy. To the human eye, they appear still or solid because their vibration is very slow. Metatron analytic software is based purely on capturing frequency and vibration in ones body and comparing it to perfectly functioning a human being therefore finding disharmonies in humans body in comparison to perfectly synchronized nature..

The laws of the universe are a natural phenomenon – physical and metaphysical - that govern all actions and interactions within our world. Physical laws, such as the law of gravity assist us in understanding the world around us (physical symptoms). Metaphysical laws (also known as spiritual laws) provide us with guidelines for living that go beyond the scope of man made laws (body mind spirit healing).

 

The Law of Divine Oneness - everything is connected to everything else. What we think, say, do and believe will have a corresponding effect on others and the universe around us.

 

Law of Vibration - Everything in the Universe moves, vibrates and travels in circular patterns, the same principles of vibration in the physical world apply to our thoughts, feelings, desires and wills in the Etheric world. Each sound, thing, and even thought has its own vibrational frequency, unique unto itself.

 

Law of Action - Must be employed in order for us to manifest things on earth. We must engage in actions that supports our thoughts dreams, emotions and words

 

Law of Correspondence - This Universal Law states that the principles or laws of physics that explain the physical world energy, Light, vibration, and motion have their corresponding principles in the etheric or universe "As above, so below"

 

Law of Cause and Effect - Nothing happens by chance or outside the Universal Laws.. Every Action(including thought) has a reaction or consequence "We reap what we sow"

 

Law of Compensation- The Universal Law is the Law of Cause and effect applied to blessings and abundance that are provided for us. The visible effects of our deeds are given to us in gifts, money, inheritances, friendships and blessings.

 

Law of Attraction - Demonstrates how we create the things, events and people that come into our lives Our thoughts, feelings, words, and actions produce energies which, in turn attract like energies. Negative energies attract negative energies and positive energies attract positive energies.

 

The Law of Perpetual Transmutation of Energy - All persons have within them the power to change the conditions of their lives. Higher vibrations consume and transform lower ones; thus, each of us can change the energies in our lives by understanding the Universal Laws and applying the principles in such a way as to effect change

 

Law of Relativity - Each person will receive as series of problems (Tests of Initiation/Lessons) for the purpose of strengthening the light within each of these tests/lessons to be a challenge and remain connected to our hearts when proceeding to solve the problems. This law also teaches us to compare our problems to others problem into its proper perspective. No matter how bad we perceive our situation to be, There is always someone who is in a worse position. Its all relative.

 

Law of Polarity - Everything is on a continuum and has and opposite. We can suppress and transform undesirable thoughts by concentrating on the opposite pole. It is the law of mental vibrations.

 

Law of Rhythm - Everything vibrates and moves to certain rhythms.. These rhythms establish seasons, cycles, stages of development, and patterns. Each cycle reflects the regularity of God's Universe. Masters know how to rise above negative parts of a cycle by never getting to excited or allowing negative things to penetrate their consciousness.

 

Law of Gender - The law of gender manifests in all things as masculine and feminine. It is this law that governs what we know as creation. The law of gender manifests in the animal kingdom as sex. This law decrees everything in nature is both male and female. Both are required for life to exist.

 

 The Law of Divine Oneness - everything is connected to everything else. What we think, say, do and believe will have a corresponding effect on others and the universe around us.

 

Law of Vibration - Everything in the Universe moves, vibrates and travels in circular patterns, the same principles of vibration in the physical world apply to our thoughts, feelings, desires and wills in the Etheric world. Each sound, thing, and even thought has its own vibrational frequency, unique unto itself.

 

Law of Action - Must be employed in order for us to manifest things on earth. We must engage in actions that supports our thoughts dreams, emotions and words

 

Law of Correspondence - This Universal Law states that the principles or laws of physics that explain the physical world energy, Light, vibration, and motion have their corresponding principles in the etheric or universe "As above, so below"

 

Law of Cause and Effect - Nothing happens by chance or outside the Universal Laws.. Every Action(including thought) has a reaction or consequence "We reap what we sow"

 

Law of Compensation- The Universal Law is the Law of Cause and effect applied to blessings and abundance that are provided for us. The visible effects of our deeds are given to us in gifts, money, inheritances, friendships and blessings.

 

Law of Attraction - Demonstrates how we create the things, events and people that come into our lives Our thoughts, feelings, words, and actions produce energies which, in turn attract like energies. Negative energies attract negative energies and positive energies attract positive energies.

 

The Law of Perpetual Transmutation of Energy - All persons have within them the power to change the conditions of their lives. Higher vibrations consume and transform lower ones; thus, each of us can change the energies in our lives by understanding the Universal Laws and applying the principles in such a way as to effect change

 

Law of Relativity - Each person will receive as series of problems (Tests of Initiation/Lessons) for the purpose of strengthening the light within each of these tests/lessons to be a challenge and remain connected to our hearts when proceeding to solve the problems. This law also teaches us to compare our problems to others problem into its proper perspective. No matter how bad we perceive our situation to be, There is always someone who is in a worse position. Its all relative.

 

Law of Polarity - Everything is on a continuum and has and opposite. We can suppress and transform undesirable thoughts by concentrating on the opposite pole. It is the law of mental vibrations.

 

Law of Rhythm - Everything vibrates and moves to certain rhythms.. These rhythms establish seasons, cycles, stages of development, and patterns. Each cycle reflects the regularity of God's Universe. Masters know how to rise above negative parts of a cycle by never getting to excited or allowing negative things to penetrate their consciousness.

 

Law of Gender - The law of gender manifests in all things as masculine and feminine. It is this law that governs what we know as creation. The law of gender manifests in the animal kingdom as sex. This law decrees everything in nature is both male and female. Both are required for life to exist.

 

Jana Brunclikova

BHSc Naturopath, herbalist, homeopath, nutritionist

Orchard street dispensary Bronte

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All about Runes and how to make your own

The Viking Runes

"There are two types of rune sets that you can create – Oracle or Healing. Oracle runes provide guidance and answers in regards to the future. Healing runes provide guidance and empowerment for the present. The process for making sacred runes below refers to Healing Runes as these give guidance to one’s wellbeing, the next step in the healing process and encourage self responsibility – all of which are vital for the client to restore balance within their life and being. "

There are 24 runes in the Elder Futhark, the most popular kind of runes.

You can easily make your own. Traditionally runes are made just before sunset, the beginning of the old Viking day, if possible outdoors. On each of your runes draw one of the symbols. Red is traditionally used to mark runes, but many people use black as it is clearer to see.

For example, the runic symbol fehu can be drawn or painted on stone or crystal or drawn, carved or burned on a twig or flat piece of wood.

Making rune staves

You can also make runes from twigs that need not be more than 10-12 centimetres long and just wide enough to etch the symbol on one side. You might like to use one of the traditional runic trees, the pine, the ash, the birch or the yew, but any dry, firm wood will do, Make sure all your twigs are the same size. Scrape away the bark at the top and etch on each. Or use an engraving tool or penknife to cut the symbol and paint it red or black. Runic staves are especially lovely when they are cast in a forest clearing in a circle made from leaves or twigs or drawn in the earth

Preparing a rune cloth and bag

You may wish to buy a large square piece of cloth in a light colour and on it draw or paint or sew with running stitch a circle about 50 cm in diameter on which to cast your runes if you are working indoors. You can also improvise indoors, using a circle drawn with a stick in a large sandbox you keep for rune work (draw a fresh circle each time) or a circle outline formed from tiny crystals or pebbles again in your sandbox – forming it before you begin helps to focus on the question. Outdoors you can make your circle anywhere with a markable surface from chalk in a yard to a stick on sand in earth or in snow. By the sea you can use shells or pebbles to create the circle or draw it in sand.

Finally, you will need a bag of a natural fabric in which to keep your runes. A drawstring kind is best so that the runes do not fall out in transit. If you do make longer rune staves, then you might like a tiny set on crystals you can carry with you and, if necessary, draw a circle on paper for all those impromptu readings you will be asked to do by friends. 

Choosing a rune of the day

Place the runes in your bag and each morning draw one out without looking. This will give you a good idea of what is going on in your world, as all the runes address aspects of our lives. What is more, it will suggest the strengths or qualities that will be of most help. Best of all you can then take your rune of the day to work or out with you to allow the power or protection inherent in the symbol to inspire you. Some people have a special set carved or drawn on different crystals so that they can carry with them the symbol of the day and benefit from the living energies of the crystal. It also means you don’t risk losing part of your divinatory rune set. Remember to get up ten minutes early so you can hold your rune of the day and allow images, words or impressions to form in your mind. If it is a dark morning light a white candle.

Casting the Runes - a more general reading

  1. Ask a question and take three runes from your bag without looking and cast them into a circle.

  2. Only read those runes inside the circle and if none are, it is not the right time to ask.

  3. Hold each rune in turn and allow pictures and impressions to come into your mind.

  4. Then apply the meanings below.

  5. If a rune falls blank side uppermost the issue may be a difficult one emotionally or it may just not be the time to manifest in your life.

  6. Then allow your mind to weave the rune meanings into an answer.

  7. If it is not clear go for a walk and ideas and solutions will come that may be continued in your dreams.

 

 Rune Meanings

Below are listed key words and mythology and history about each rune. These form a template and in time as you study, draw and use each symbol you will find that you are adding and altering meanings. Like tea leaf symbols, they are a focus for your own inner imagery. Relax and let your intuition guide you.

The twenty four runes of the Elder Futhark, (Norse system) are traditionally divided into three sets of eight:   

The Aett or Set of Freyja, Goddess of Fertility and Love

(Cattle)

Wealth;  Money, financial prosperity, the Price

The basic meaning of Fehu is wealth in the sense of money or currency.  Cattle were mobile property, a measurement of one's wealth.  Fee, a payment, comes from this term and so the rune has the added meaning of the price one must pay for any action or inaction. Indeed the old Norse Rune Poem warns that `Money causes strife among kinsmen’.

Throughout the old Norse legends the deities and heroes were continually paying the price for their actions. Odin craved wisdom and so he went to the spring of Mimir at the root of Ygdrassil, the World Tree. Mimir demanded the payment of one of Odin's eyes as payment for a drink from the waters of memory. Odin accepted and never regretted his sacrifice. 

The eye was placed in the fountain and each morning Odin drank of its healing waters. Odin's outer vision was replaced by an inner guide and the conscious sight in his blind eye by contact with unconscious wisdom. But his new insight was a double-edged sword for Odin understood now that all things must pass, even the rule of the Elder Gods.

Tyr, the Spirit Warrior, God of Courage and War paid the price of his right Sword hand to bind Fenris Wolf who was threatening the gods. However he too was aware even as he made his sacrifice that Fenris Wolf could only be bound till Ragnarok and the Last Battle. 

But the price may not involve noble sacrifice; Freya, Goddess of Beauty and Love, was prepared to give her body to four hideous dwarves, Alfrigg, Dvalin, Berling and Gerr, so that she might obtain the wonderful golden necklace they had fashioned that would make her even more lovely and desirable. 

 

(Aurochs)

 Strength; Primal strength, courage, Overcoming Obstacles

The auroch was a huge wild, very fierce ox, much like the Longhorn cattle of modern times. The horns of these creatures were worn on the Viking helmets, engraved with the UR rune to transfer by associative magic the strength of the auroch to warriors. The last aurochs roamed the plains of Northern Europe about 1627.

Uruz is also associated with the primal creative force, since in Norse mythology, Audhumla, was the primal cow formed from the dripping rime produced from the union of Fire and Ice at the time of Creation. Her milk nourished the cosmic giant Ymir. She also licks into being out of a block of ice Buri, the producer and grandfather of Odin and his brothers. 

The Norse and Icelandic Rune poems talk of poem talks of hardship for the herdsman and refinement by suffering using the images of iron and also drizzle and os create an image of hardships and objects to be overcome by strength and endurance. Throughout the Rune poems of the North are reminders of the cold, bleak world in which the Vikings lived and explains why so many of the runes use symbolism of the extremes of ice and fire, rough seas, mist and darkness. 

 

(Thorn)

Protection, challenges, secrecy and Conflicts

Thurisaz is a rune of protection. It is associated with another harsh image, the thorn trees, although thorns can offer protection from intruders. Bramble or hawthorn bushes were used to hedge boundaries and were traditional in many parts of Europe around the dwellings of those who practiced magic.  In the Norse and Icelandic poems, thorn isassociated with the Thurs, a "giant" in the Old Norse. There were several groups of "rime-thurses" or frost-giants, who fought with the Gods and maintained the cosmic tension, for they represented the ancient rule before the Aesir came into being. 

Because of this Thorn is a also a rune of challenge to those who seek to make change or go against outmoded tradition.

Thurisaz is also associated with Thor, God of Thunder and Courage who sought to protect Asgard, realm of the Gods from the Frost-Giants. Thor had a magical hammer, Mjollnir that always returned to his hand after it had reached its target. As well as defending the gods against the frost giants, Thor's hammer acted as a sacred symbol at marriages, births and funerals. 

Indeed, the tradition of eloping and marrying at the forge at Gretna Green in Scotland recalls this ancient symbolism. In pre-Christian times, the sign of the hammer was made a sacred mark of protection and the thorn rune was drawn or signed to call upon offer similar power. 

 

(a god)

Inspiration, wisdom.aspirations and communication

This is the Father Rune, the rune of Odin, the All-Father.

Odin was desperate to acquire the wisdom and knowledge of the older order of giants. Having traded one of his eyes for wisdom and obtained the knowledge of the runes by sacrificing himself on the World Tree, he desired the gift of divine utterance. Odin was desperate to obtain the mead of poetry, made from the blood of wise Kvasir, which made everyone who drank of it either a wise man or a poet. Kvasir, himself a creation of the gods, had been killed by dwarves Fjalalr and Galar and the Mead taken as blood price by the giant Suttung whose parents the dwarves had killed.

Odin obtained the mead by seducing Gunlod the daughter of Suttung who had stolen it. As Odin carried it back in his form of an eagle he spilled a little outside the walls of Asgard, one of the realms of the gods. Thus some fell to earth and inspired mortal poetry and from time to time Odin would favour mortals or one of the deities and share a little of the poetic mead.

The NorseRune Poem talks of `estuary as the way of most journeys’, conveying the concept that communication is essential for transforming inspiration into reality. The gift of the mead involved the death of Kvasir, the death of two giants and trickery by Odin - as with the Norse Runes there is often a harsh price to be paid for anything. Their power is not in the stark contrast of good and evil with good always winning through, but a philosophy whereby there is a struggle to reconcile opposites, to acknowledge man’s own weaknesses and to rise towards a greater understanding. What we say and how we say it can be crucial.  

 

(Riding)

Journeys, Travel , initiative, impetus and Change

RAIDHO is the symbol of the Wheel, portrayed in earlier symbolism as The Sun Wheel as it passes through the skies through its cycles of day and night and the year. It can also represent the wheel on the wagon of the Old Fertility Gods, as they gave new life to the fields, (see also the Rune Ing). Equally Raidho can beassociated with the constellations of stars around the cosmic axis.

Raidho is the rune of the long and dangerous ride,`the worst for horses’. The Norse poem refers also to thebest sword being forged by Regin, the wise dwarf . Regin made for the young hero Sigurda sword made from the pieces of his late father Sigmund’s sword so powerful that it could not be broken. Thus armed, Sigurd rode to avenge his father’s death. Action and sometimes uncertainty are essential if we are to ride forward into life, but it is important, like Sigurd, to be well-prepared

 

(Torch)

Guidance, inner Voice, illumination, inner strength

Kenaz is one of the Fire Runes, the fire that lit the great halls as well as more humble abodes and was made from pine dipped in resin. As well as giving light it could ignite the forge, the fire of the hearth or even a funeral pyre.  It was used to kindle the Needfire, (the rune Naudhiz) that was lit at festivals. But as always the other aspect is present, the burnishing, cleansing aspect of fire and it is the purgative effect that is emphasised in the Norse and Icelandic poems.

This is the Cosmic Fire from Muspellheim in the South that met with Ice from Nieflheim in the north in the creation of the Norse world, but which wouldbring about the destruction of the Aesir and Vanir order of the gods. Its alter ego is Hagel the rune of Hail and the second element increation. And the appearance of these runes in a reading or indeed any fire and ice runes, indicates a fusion of opposites. Without the torch there is darkness and without the inner flame there is emptiness within.  

 

(Gift)

Generosity, All matters relating to exchanges, including contracts, Love, Marriage and sexual Union

Gebo is the rune ofgiving to others and the union of mutualgiving, whether in sexuality and love or formally in marriage It can also be beneficence from a higher source, whether bounty or knowledge and insightand even the exchange of favours or information. In the Norse traditions a gift required one in return so there is always the question about whether one is giving too much in a situation whether emotionally, practically or materially. This rune is not mentioned in the Old Norse or Icelandic rune poems, but the Anglo-Saxon poem talks of the blessings of giving and also of receiving if one is in need, a Christianised version. 

However there is the sense that giving must be mutual to others even those closest and that giving too much as well as too little can be destructive. 

 

(Joy)

Personal happiness, Success and recognition of worth

Wunjo represents happiness through self and one’s own efforts rather than through others, achievement and is often used as a focus for those needing success.

To the Vikings happiness meant enough food, shelter and wealth and acceptance as part of a kin and although this runeonly appears in the Anglo-Saxon Poem, the symbol isone who knows few, (sometimes translated as `a little’) of troubles - but also who himself has power and blessedness.’ The second translation makes more sense, suggesting that it is those who have experienced hardships who know the importance of taking happiness as it comes and above all finding personal joy through one’s own actions and not expecting life to provide bounties.  

The Aett or Set of Hagalaz or heimdall, Watcher of the Gods

 

(Hail)

Disruption; Disruption by natural events and uncontrolled forces

This is known as the Mother Rune, in the position of the sacred number nine. In its original shape as the six-pointed snowflake, Haegl had a geometric form found in the composition of many natural forms of life Hagalaz means Hail or Hail stone and is regarded is seen as the cosmic seed, for Ice was the second main element invoved in creation and as such it is the alter ego of kenaz. The Old Norse Rune Poem.talks of hail as `the coldest of grains’, associating it with the harvest, for when hail melts it is life-giving water.

Haegal has therefore come to represent unwelcome external chnage that if used positively can transform life and sorrow to happiness.

 

(Need)

Needs that can be met by action and reaction to external events, self-reliance, the desire for achievement, passion

Naudhiz, the second Fire Rune, is another of the cosmic forces which is recognised as being a shaping power which form the fates of the world and mankind. It is the spindle that generates the need fire by friction, the fire from within that is manifest externally, Need fires were lit from early times all over Northern Europe on festivals such as Beltane, (May Eve) the beginning of Summer and Samhain, (Halloween), on the Solstices and even today in the Christian Easter Eve ceremonies of burning theJudas Man in parts of Germany and Eastern Europe and rekindling the paschal candle. These were not only purging fires, but fires of new life and light, whose ashes fertilised the fields and which persuaded the sun to shine again.

It is a rune of want and desire that produces the "need-fire" that drives a man or woman to obtain that which he or she desires. Because ofthis naudhiz is associated with love magic.

The Old Norse poem makes the link between fire and ice, the ned-fire being kindled against the frist, inner and outer.

 

(Ice)

Blockage, A period of Inactivity which can be used for Good, waiting for the Right Moment

Isa is the second Ice Rune and the fifth element in the Norse world. The single vertical form of the rune means that it is contained within every other rune, again a cosmic seed, described in the Norse poem as a `broad bridge’ and in the Icelandic verse as `roof of the waves’. 

Isa can be seen as the ice of winter that freezes even the sea over and stops hunting and exploration, an external object to movement that can be used positively for reflection or planning . Alternatively Isa can be regarded as a bridge between dimensions that needs to be negotiated with care by those who are perhaps blinded by the fear of going forward. Isa is also the icy glacier flowing imperceptibly from Niflheim, indicating progress that seems slow but is occurring beneath the surface.

 

(Year)

Harvest, the results of earlier efforts realised, life cycles that can be fruitful or a repetition of old mistakes

Jera represents the natural progression through the cycles of existence, whether from season to season, year to year, the stages of life or a specific relationship or situation. Jera, the good harvest or positive completion of endeavour, is invoked magically for a good season or harvest), fertility of all kinds, to achieve any goals by hard work and nourishing to fruitful completion. Both the Norse and Icelandic poems refer to a good harvest being to the profit of all men and the Norse poem talks ofthegenerosity of Frey or Ingwaz the God of fertility of the land, whose symbolic wagon was driven across the fields in a ceremony of fertilising the fields.

The rune is a version of the Biblical `As you sow, shall you reap; and if the cyclic progression of existence becomes stagnant, it is important to unblock any obstacles whether inner or outer to progress.

 

(Yew)

Natural Endings, leading to new beginnings, banishment of what is redundant, tradition

Eihwaz, the Yew Tree,  represents of the cycle of death and rebirth and so is often associated with endings leading to a new beginning. Death was an ever-present feature of the Nordic world and so it is an issue confronted by the sacred system with the promise that halfthe warriors slain in any battle would win a place at the everlasting feast at Valhalla, to rise againto fight at the Last Battle. Warfare was considered as the most glorious of occupations and Odin was worshipped as God of War above all his other functions.

Because the yew is the longest-living tree, it was adopted by the Northern peoples as a symbol of longevity, tradition and eternal life and was frequently placed where ashes or bones were buried to transfer its immortality. Sacred to Ullr, God of Winter and Archery who himself lived in a grove of sacred yew trees, the yew which induces visions from its resinous vapour was the tree of shamans and magic. It was also one of the trees burned as the sacred yule at the Mid-Winter Solstice to persuade the sun to return and is called in the Norse Rune poem `the greenest wood in the winter.’

For this reason the rune is also in the Icelandic poem associated with the bow, often made from yew wood, as a symbol of new life from the old.

 

(Lot-cup)

What is not yet known or revealed, the essential self, taking a chance

In the earlier forms of rune reading there was not a blank rune, but Perthro served as the rune of destiny. For this reason I have not used a blank in this section, as it seems to duplicate Perthro

In the tradition of the early Northern peoples, gambling and divination were very close in function and decisions would be made from casting lots, (sometimes runes), whether to travel or to remain close to home, to fight or to take evasive tactics, for the fall of the dice or runes or whatever was cast, would indicate, it was believed the will of the gods. 

However this was not a fixed fate andthe gambler or diviner was expected to read his orlog or fate and then take appropriate action either to maximise good fortune or avoid any potential pitfalls.

There is a mention of Perthro only in the Anglo - Saxon poem which speaks of `play and laughter in the beer hall among bold men’.

`Testing their luck' which Vikings did both in lot-casting and then in the real world was a way the warriors discovered truths about their essential self, essence, theroot person with both strengths and weakness, vices and virtues and so this too is an important attribute of perthro.

 

or Algiz (Elk -Sedge)

The Higher Self, Spiritual Nature, Duality, needing care in approach to important matters

In many ways Elhaz is the most difficult rune to understand, for it is given several interpretations, perhaps because there have been different images used to express a complex concept. The Old English name, "elk-sedge" is a kenning for sword.  It represents a two-edged blade, that like the two-edged sword mentioned in the Book of Revelations, coming out of the mouth of the Son of Man, signifying on the one side destruction and the other salvation. It is easy for the user of a double-edged sword to injure himself and yet it is a very powerful weapon with double the power of a conventional blade. The rune shape is taken as a splayed hand held out ion defence or the horns of an elk, another translation, both of which can be used in attack or defence. The four sacred elks lived in the World-Tree, eating its leaves.

The Anglo - Saxon Rune poem, the only one to mention this rune, interpret the rune as eel-grass, found on marshes, `that grimly wounds,--any man who tries to grasp it. Eel-grass has many creative functions. It was used for thatching, kindling for the fire and bedding for animals -again that which is of worth must be handled with care. So too must the path of spiritual growth and divination be approached with respect and not treated as a game or for selfish or negative ends.

 

(Sun)

Victory, Success, Potential, energy and Expansion

As with any system, the Sun is the most positive and potent symbol, especially in the world of the North where the sun was so precious. It can also be seen as lightning and forms the third and most powerful fire rune, melting ice, causing the crops to grow and her festivals, especially the Longest Day or Summer Solstice were celebrated throughout the Northern world by great fire-wheels rolled down hills, flaming tar torches waved over the fields and bonfires lit on hilltops to welcome the Sun and give it power. 

In the Far North and Scandinavia, the Sun was female. The Sun is referred to as the White Sow even today in Scandinavian countries. It is the rune of the sun or the sun-wheel, the sun moving through the year. It is seen in the Old Norse rune poem as light of the lands and refers to its holiness while the Icelandic poem talks of the sun as the `life-long destroyer of ice’, a reminder of how important the Sun was in these very cold land, 

In the Elder Edda the Sun Goddess’s golden beams brought forth green plantson the newly created earth and brings forth green plants. Sunna or Sol, as she was also called, slept in a golden bed in Hel, the underworld when the Sun sank in the West, Before Dawn Sunna travelled through the underworld to emerge in the east through the jodyrr, the horse -doors. It is said that her arrival was proclaimed by Goldcomb, the Cockerel of Morn.

The Aett of Tiwaz

 

(The Pole or Load Star, a Guiding Star)

Justice, Altruism, Self - Sacrifice, following a Chosen Path and keeping faith even in dark times

Tiwaz who is identified as the Pole or Load -Star and sometimes called the Spirit Warrior is the constant pointer in the Northern Skies. Tyr or the God Tiw is the Norse god whosymbolically presided over the Germanic General assembly and over all matters of justice.  Tyr is also the God of War because justice was sometimes settled by combat or even full-scale battle. It was believed that Odin and Tyr would allow the `just cause ‘ to win.

In the Norse and Icelandic poems Tyr is called the one-handed god, referring to the sacrifice he made of his most precious gift, his sword hand to bind Fenris Wolf, alegend mention in Fehu, the rune of the price. This, even more than Odin’s sacrifice of his eyeto obtain wisdom, was not for personal gain but for his fellow gods, as he was warned that the wolf would kill his father Odin and so it is the altruistic aspect of the rune, one of the noblest of the concepts in the Northern world, is the runes’ guiding principle.

The one-eyed Odin and the one-armed Tyr with his magical sword were seen as embracing imperfection that they might gain greater glory. 

 

(Birch)

Renewal Healing, physical or spiritual regeneration, , Fertility and mothering in all aspects

Berkano is related to Nerthus, the Great Mother, the Earth Goddess and is also linked to Hel, Goddess of the Underworld and daughter of the trickster God Loki. The original Nordic earth mother was Nerthus and the tradition continued with Frigg, wife of Odin who was associated with fertility and motherhood and was evoked by women in labour. 

This runethereby contains the concept of birth, death and rebirth. Indeed the birches were the first tree to recolonise the land after the retreat of the ice-cap at the end of the last Ice Age. Accordingto the old poems, the birch`puts forth shoots without seeding.'

Birch Trees were planted in front of a dwelling in the Northern countries to invoke the protection of the Earth Mother and the custom spread toAmerica with the settlers.

 

(Horse)

Loyalty, harmony between people or inner and outer worlds, partnerships and friendships, moving house or career

Ehwaz is associated with the horse, a sacred animal to the Vikings, especially the horse that carried its rider into battle. It therefore represents a harmonious relationship as typified between a warrior and his horse. The rune, mentioned only in the Anglo-Saxon rune poem, emphasises the joy a horse brings to his rider and how it can make him feel like a prince or aethling. 

If a warrior was killed in battle his horse would often be buried with him and when a much loved horse died it would be given an elaborate burial too. Odin had an eight-footed grey steed, Sleipnir as he rode.

into battle. On his teeth Odin had engraved magical runes that his mount might be invulnerable.

 

(Man)

Power of human intelligence, seeing our lives as part of a wider pattern, compassion and acceptance of the weaknesses and strengths of self and others

Man was seen in the ancient world of the North as a reflection of the divinity in his three functions, as warrior, farmer and ruler/magician. 

In Norse legend the first man and woman were formed from trees. Odin and his brothers Vili and Ve were walking along the edge of the land where earth met sea and came upon two uprooted trees, an ash and an elm. These they used to create the first man and woman. Odin gave them the breath of life, Vili intelligence and a loving heart and Ve their natural senses. Ask and Embla the woman were given Midgard, Mid - Earth as their home and so began the human race.

At the destruction of the existing order at Ragnarok their descendants Lif and Lifthrasir sheltered in the world tree and survived the holocaust to re-populate the new world. Mannaz says that although individuals may cease to be, they live on in their deeds and their descendants. This rune therefore is a celebration of the strengths and potentials of the individual and his or her connection to the human race in all times and places, Jung’s two million years old man that is said to be within us all, the `increase’ quickening of dust into life, according to the old poems.

 

(Water)

Birth/beginnings/Initiation into life, emotions, following the flow of Life, unconscious wisdom and intuition

Laguz is the rune of water or the sea and the ancient poems tell of the hazards of churning water' and the `brine stallion' that does not heed its bridle. To the Vikings water was a frightening yet exciting concept because sea journeys could be hazardous, but could lead to wondrous journeys and great conquests and discovery of new lands.  In the tales of noble exploits it is forgotten that many did not survive the voyages over stormy oceans. 

The Aegir, the gods and goddesses of the sea, both gave and took life and offered fertility and wealth Sailors would always carry a coin with a hole in it or gold earring so that they might pay Ran, wife of Aegir, the principal sea goda tribute to live in her coral caves under the waves if they drowned. The sunshining on the waves was said to be Ran’s treasure.

 When the leader of an expedition approached a new shore, hewould throw into the seas the ainstafar, ( huge wooden posts from the abandoned hall at home) These would be used to mark the new enclosure and where the currents carried the posts ashore they too would land and mark out their new territory.

 

(the God Ing)

A time of Gestation, both human and symbolic, creative withdrawal, waiting for new strength andlife, the promise of better times

Like Jera and Berkano, Ingwaz is another fertility rune with powerful associations with protection, especially of the home. Ingwaz or Ing was the old Germanic Earth God, consort of Nerthus, the Earth Mother. Like many of the old Earth religions the God of the Corn died each year at harvest time and was reborn at the Mid-Winter Solstice to shoot into life again as vegetation in the early spring. Ing was traditionally the God of the hearth and the huge old fireplaces that had seats were called Inglenooks because the members of the household were contained close to the fire.

Ing’s sacred Wagon made a circuit of the fields after the winter in a ritual re-enactment, bringing fertility .back to the land In the Anglo-Saxon Rune Poem, the only one to mention him, talks of Ing riding his wagon eastwards or backwards as it is sometimes translated, away from the sun or natural progression. This led to the realm of darkness inhabited by the Etins or Giants and refers to his ritual annual death to be reborn strong and renewed. 

The constellation called Ursa Major or the Great Bear in Western Astrology was known in Northern tradition as the Wagon. 

 

(homestead)

Home, Domestic Matters, the family and family finances, stability, responsibility and Duty

Othala is sometimes placed as the final rune, but it seems to make more sense to follow the suggestion that Dagaz, the Awakening, should be the last rune. Othala is the rune of the sacred enclosure, the homeland, the village, the homestead. It is the rune of the home and family, its customs, duties and responsibilities that go along with maintaining family ties.

In the Rune poems, othala is said to be `beloved of every human' but this domestic contentment is linked with a good harvest, i.e. material comfort. Because odal refers to land owned by generations rather than leased from a lord, it speaks of permanence and stability and so represents domestic stability and security and living with others rather than branching out alone. Though the Norse people were great wanderers, nevertheless, the homestead was important to them and as shown in the rune laguz, establishing the new homestead ,however temporary in a new land, was a priority.

 

(Day)

Awakening, clear vision or awareness, light at the end of the tunnel,  Optimism

Dagaz refers to the coming together of day and night at the moments of sunset, the beginning of a new day in the Northern world and daybreak or Dawn. Dazaz is therefore the moment of fusion, of transition and so has special potency. The mid-point of theNorthern day,  a period of darkness and light, was Dawn and the rising of the sun. It is a of the balancing of opposites and like the World Card in the Tarot, the uniting of disparate forces in harmony, stillness and movement

The Anglo-Saxon Rune poem, the only one to describe Dagaz, refers to it as`the Lord’s messenger’ bringing. This may reflect an attempt by scribes to Christianise the rune poems but whether it is the light of Day, of the Sun god or the Christian deity who offers enlightenment, the light of Dagaz is seen as shining on rich and poor alike, offering them hope. 

In the Norse legends, Nott, the Goddess of Night, was the creator of this light. By her third husband, Dellinger (dawn) she gave birth to a radiant son, Dag, whose name meant Day As soon as the Gods saw the radiance of Dag they fashioned him a chariot, drawn by a white steed, Skin-faxi (shining mane). From its mane brilliant beams of light radiated in all directions, scattering the fears of night.

Home made Natural facial

Often, taking the important time to pamper yourself is overlooked due to a hectic lifestyle and social obligations. By performing your own facial sequence, you can save your pennies and pamper your skin with natural, resourceful and affordable   beautifying treatments in the comfort of your own home. Nature has the transformative power to heal and when it comes to natural beauty, there are many ways to feel beautiful and embrace a life of nourishing fulfillment. Feel free to use make-your- own facial recipes in this article for your at-home facial products.

 

Facial equipment

 

Round organic cotton pads

Organic cotton tips

Fraqrance free tissues

Head band

Small hand towels or cotton cloths

Sponges in a bowl with hot water

Ceramic dishes and teaspoon for mixing the mask and exfoliator

 

Step 1)

Apply a headband to pull hair away from the face

 

Step 2)

Makeup remover – Massage one teaspoon of either apricot, jojoba or rice bran oil all over your face. Using two soft cotton pads gently remove all makeup including eye makeup.

 

Step 3)

Cleansing – Apply a sulphate free gel or cream based cleanser with your fingers and work in a circular motion using gentle sweeping movements. Remove the cleanser using warm water or two facial sponges.

 

Lavender Kiss cleansing treatment:

This is a gentle cleansing treatment, packed with skin healing and revitalizing greatness. Hone and lavender contain antibacterial properties, making this an effective and affordable everyday cleansing application.

 

1 T oat or almond meal

2 d lavender essential oil

1T manuka honey UMF 15+ or more for problematic sking

2 T warm water

 

In a small dish, mix the ingredients together and massage into freshly cleansed skin. Leave for ten minutes and then gently remove with a facial sponge and lukewarm water.

 

 

Chamomile Facial Cleanser

 

Ingredients:

   ¼ cup liquid castile soap

   ¼ cup brewed organic chamomile tea 

   ¾ teaspoon grapeseed, sweet almond, hazelnut, avocado, or olive oil

   8 drops essential

   several drops of Vitamin E oil – optional, but recommended

 

Brew a cup of strong chamomile tea and set aside ¼ cup to cool. (Enjoy the rest of the tea while you’re mixing together this recipe!) Combine remaining ingredients in a small bowl and add tea when completely cooled. Mix ingredients well and pour into a small pump bottle. Be sure to label your container. Makes about 4 ounces of face wash.

 

   Use your favorite essential oil (EO) to benefit your particular skin type.

   For OILY skin use an astringent or antiseptic EO like tea tree, bergamot, geranium, or lemongrass.

   If you have DRY skin, choose a more mild EO like sandalwood, chamomile, lavender, or rose.

   For MATURE skin, use an oil that is known for stimulating new cell growth such as lavender, neroli, jasmine, or geranium. Adding several drops of Vitamin E oil to the mixture will also nourish mature skin.

   Substitute rose water, distilled water, or pure aloe vera gel for the chamomile tea.

   If using chamomile EO feel free to use plain distilled water instead of chamomile tea.

   Scented liquid castile soaps will also work great in this recipe. Feel free to omit essential oils if using a scented soap.

 

 

Step 4)

Toner/ Floral water – Use an organic cotton pad and apply the toner, starting at your neck line and moving upward, ensuring to thoroughly remove any product residue. It is easy to make your own toning water, using a spray bottle, purified water, fresh herbs and fermented apple cider vinegar or distilled vodka as a preservative.

 

Tea Tree Tingle Facial Toner

-1/2 cup filtered water

-2 teaspoons vegetable glycerine

-15 drops pure tea tree oil

 

Witch Hazel Facial Toner with Rose Oil

-1/4 cup alcohol free witch hazel 

-1/4 cup filtered water 

-10 drop pure rose oil

 

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Toner with Sweet Orange Oil

-1/4 cup unfiltered apple cider vinegar

-1/3 cup filtered water 

-8 drops orange oil (or oil of choice, the oil is optional and used mostly for scent)

 

Green Tea Facial Toner

-6 ounces fresh brewed room temperature green tea 

(2 T loose green tea leaves + 6 oz water, steep & strain)

-2 tablespoons alcohol free witch hazel

-2 teaspoons vegetable glycerine

 

Chamomile Lemon Facial Toner

-6 ounces fresh brewed room temperature chamomile tea

(2 T loose dried chamomile flowers + 6 oz boiling water, steep & strain) 

-2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice 

-2 teaspoons vegetable glycerine 

 

Fresh Mint Facial Toner

-6 ounces fresh brewed room temperature mint tea

(2 T loose dried or fresh mint leaves + 6 oz water, steep & strain)

-2 tablespoons alcohol free witch hazel

-2 teaspoons vegetable glycerine

 

Step 5)

Exfoliating scrub –gently apply the scrub with your fingers in a circular motion, paying particular attention to exfoliate around the nose, chin and forehead areas. Exfoliation should take about two to three minutes. Thoroughly remove with cold water and cotton pads.

 

Coffee scrub:

 The coarse nature of ground coffee arouses the skin cells, improving circulation and helping to inhibit facial toxins. This stimulating exfoliation treatment is laced with nutritional excellence, using the finest mineral rich plant extracts to support and restore depleted and fatigued skin.

2 T ground coffee

1 T coconut oil

1 t raw manuka honey UMF 15+ or higher for problematic skin

2 d lime essential oil

Combine all ingredients into a small dish and thoroughly mix using a clean teaspoon. Apply by massaging into the face, lips, neck and chest before removing with warm water and a soft facial sponge.

 

Step 6)

Aromatherapy Facial steam – add two drops of either palmorosa, rosemary, lavender, rose or geranium essential oils to a bowl of boiling water. Ensure your hair is tied back and allow the beautifully purifying steam to drift onto your face. Keep your face about thirty centimetres away from the water.

Step 7)

Facial mask – apply a clay or gel mask in an upward direction with the pads of your fingers or a facial brush. Leave to penetrate for fifteen minutes. Remove the majority of the mask with the warm hand towel. Remove any excess with facial sponges.

 

The Amazonian mask

 Camu camu is a Peruvian rainforest plant. It is the perfect form of vitamin C for the skin. Vitamin C is essential for the synthesis of collagen. As people age, the amount of collagen is the skin dramatically decreases, which causes wrinkles and ageing, that’s why vitamin C is a vital antidote to this process.

1 T raw manuka honey UMF 15+

1 t camu camu powder

Mix these ingredients together and massage into freshly cleaned face.

 

Tropical Enzyme mask

Put your hand up if you want a fresh face and shimmering complexion? This mask actively works to dissolve dead skin cells and brighten and efficiently improve a fatigued complexion.

2 T yellow clay

2 T freshly squeezed pineapple juice or juice pulp

1 d ylang yland essential oil

Combine all ingredients into a small dish and thoroughly mix using a clean teaspoon. Apply by massaging into clean damp skin.

 

Halloween mask

 A scrumptiously stimulating and healing mask puree that helps to promote healthy, strong and supple skin. Infused with natures very own medicinal ingredients that feed the skin, boosting its youth and liveliness.

2 T mashed pumpkin

1 t raw manuka honey 15+

1 t nutmeg powder

1 d frankincense oil

Combine all ingredients into a small dish and thoroughly mix using a clean teaspoon. Apply by massaging into clean damp skin.

 

Mask for Redness – sensitive skin

Cold weather can aggravate rosacea, leaving faces reddened and blotchy, and sometimes bumpy as well. The apple cider vinegar helps to stabilize the pH of your skin, while the oatmeal lessens irritation and the other ingredients soothe and moisturize.

             •   1.5 tablespoons dry instant oatmeal

   2 tablespoons plain, unsweetened yogurt

   1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

   1 teaspoon manuka honey 15+

   Strong-brewed green tea

Blend the first 4 ingredients in a bowl, and add 3 tablespoons hot, strong green tea to the mixture. Stir regularly for a few minutes, adding tea as needed until you’ve created a thick paste. Apply to a clean skin.

 

Cinnamon Spice mask

This warming and effective facial scrub mask has the ability to promote new skin cells, brighten the complexion and remove dead skin cells. A clever combination that comes together to nurture and restore tired skin, leaving your face to feel healthy, supple and radiant.

1 T poppy seeds

1 T white clay

½ t cinnamon powder

2 T walnut oil

combine all ingredients into a small dish and thoroughly mix using a clean teaspoon. Apply by massaging into clean damp skin and leaving for 15 min.

 

Step 8)

Facial massage – Using a blended aromatherapy facial oil, firmly give your face, neck and upper chest a two to three minutes massage. Use firm strokes and kneading movements as you lovingly caress yourself.

Base oil: Wheatgerm, Walnut, Hemp, Jojoba, Macademia, Avocado, Coconut, Apricot Kernel, Sweet almond….

 

Step 9)

Repeat Step 4

 

Step 10)

Apply a small amount of either a plant based cream, gel or serum by massaging into the skin using pressing and sweeping movements.

 

 

Anti aging base for natural cream

Makes about ½ cup (lasts about 3 months)

             •   ¼ cup almond oil (add rose hip or hemp oil –mix your own favourite oils)

   2 tablespoons coconut oil

   2 tablespoons beeswax

   ½ teaspoon vitamin E oil

   1 tablespoon shea butter

   Essential oils of choice (optional)

Place all ingredients in a glass jar. Bring a pot filled about 3-4 inches with water to a simmer. Put the jar, without its lid, in the pot, and let it sit there until the ingredients have melted. Stir occasionally. Once the mixture has melted and all is evenly combined, pour it into a small glass jar. Let it sit at room temperature until the cream hardens, close the jar’s lid, and store in a cool place. Apply morning and night after washing.

 

Step 11)

Eye Product: Apply a small amount of a 100% certified organic eye product using your ring finger around the eye area. An eye gel works best for puffy eyes that are prone to dark circles and a cream based eye product is more beneficial for dry and dehydrated eyes.

 

 

Coconut and evening primrose oil eye cream

Vitamin E is a great ant-aging ingredient to use for underneath the eyes because of its firming properties and ability to help fight wrinkles. Evening primrose oil softens skin, diminishes fine lines and dark circles and reduces inflammation and skin irritation.  And coconut oil is a light oil that is easily absorbed by the area around the eyes and makes your skin superbly supple. The combination of rosehip oil and vitamin E with coconut oil helps hydrate skin while simultaneously fighting off the effects of aging

Heat up ½ cup of coconut oilon very low temperature

Puncture 5 capsules of vitamin E oil

Mix both ingredients together and add a tablespoon of evening primrose oil

Put mixture inside a container and store in fridge until it solidifies.

Once solid, take out of the refrigerator and store in your medicine cabinet

Apply cream after cleansing in the morning underneath make-up and before bedtime

 

Step 12)

Lip balm – Smear a 100% naturally delivered lip balm onto your lips using a cotton tip. Moisturising lip products that are infused with cinnamon, coffee, peppermint and ginger extract work to plump up the lips and achieve the perfect Angelina Jolie poutJ

 

Hemp & Honey Lip Balm

             •   15g beeswax

   1g carnauba wax

   10g cocoa butter

   5g shea butter

   20ml almond oil

   5ml hemp oil

   10ml manuka honey UMF 15+

   8 drops citrus essential oil

Equipment

   Double boiler

   Metal spoon

   Small glass jug

   12 lip balm tubes or 4 pots

   Digital kitchen scale (this wasn’t listed in the recipe but it is essential for weighing your ingredients)

   Milk frother

1.  Melt the beeswax, carnauba wax, cocoa butter & shea butter in the double boiler along with the almond oil.

2. Add hemp oil and honey and stir until liquid. The recipe notes that as honey is not soluble with oil, it won’t totally dissolve with heating and needs to be mixed with the milk frother.

3. Remove from heat, add essential oils, and blend with the frother while the mixture cools but still pourable.

4. Pour into tubes and leave untouched to set.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Master tonic

As we transition from summer into the fall and winter seasons, flu and cold outbreaks are to be expected. But what can you do to help prevent or reduce the symptoms of these common illnesses? Traditionally, herbal remedies have been used as immune boosting preventatives without interfering and altering your body’s natural immune system. Such remedies are still used in many cultures today to address certain ailments.

A popular traditional remedy, known as a vinegar or “master tonic,” is a homemade mixture of immune-boosting and antimicrobial herbs. Master tonic is used to help prevent infections and some people like to take it daily. The fresh ingredients and nutrients in the tonic are designed to kick start the immune system to resist or heal from illness.

What is the Master Tonic?

The master tonic’s basic formula dates back to Medieval Europe. It usually consists of seven basic ingredients that serve as a natural anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-parasitical and anti-fungal formula. Although there are several variations of this tonic, the base ingredients include apple cider vinegar, garlic, ginger, horseradish root, onions, habanero peppers and turmeric.

Additional ingredients such as lemon and honey can also be added to taste (or not, if you’re vegan)  The tonic is prepared by blending everything together and leaving it to ferment at room temperature in an airtight jar for three to four weeks. At the end of the fermentation period, the liquid is strained off and moved to the fridge for storage. It can be taken as a daily tonic or as needed.

 

Health Benefits of the Vinegar/Master Tonic Ingredients

Following is a summary of the healing properties and health benefits of each of the natural ingredients in the master tonic.

Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is made using apples through a long and slow fermentation process producing rich bioactive components such as acetic acid, gallic acid, catechin, epicatechin and caffeic acid, which results in potent antioxidant and antimicrobial properties.1 The presence of probiotic bacteria in apple cider vinegar is believed to promote a healthy intestinal tract that aids to boost the immune system. Furthermore, the malic acid in apple cider vinegar is a strong antiviral that has the ability to prevent seasonal colds and viruses.2

Garlic
Garlic, particularly in its raw form, has been praised for its healing power and medicinal uses for centuries. It is a natural antibiotic that contains over four hundred different vitamins, mineral components and antioxidants, all of which have several therapeutic properties. It is rich in phytoncides such as allicin which has a in a strong bacteriostatic effect that helps cure infections at a faster rate.3

Ginger
Ginger has been used for medicinal purposes among many cultures for thousands of years.  It is very effective in alleviating symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. Ginger is an excellent carminative (a substance which fosters the elimination of intestinal gas) andintestinal spasmolytic (a substance which soothes the intestinal tract).4 It also contains potent anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols. This perhaps explains why osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis patients experience lesser levels of pain in their mobility when they consume ginger regularly.4

Horseradish Root
Laboratory tests have shown horseradish to contain antibacterial, antibiotic, anti-parasitic, anti-anemic and aperient properties.5 It has a high sulphur content, which likely contributes to its antibiotic properties. When used with other herbs, horseradish has been shown to help in healing from bronchitis, cellulitis, influenza, impetigo, pneumonia, sinusitis and strep throat.5 Various components in horseradish known as isothiocyanate and sinigrin are found to have antioxidant characteristics that strengthen the immune system and stimulate the production of white blood cells—the body’s main line of defense.5 Horseradish also has high levels Vitamin C, which boosts the immune system.5

Onions
Onions are rich in sulfur—the compound that is responsible for their strong odor.6 Sulfur is a powerful detox element that assists the body to release toxins. Foods naturally high in sulfur also help the body to detox from heavy metals like lead, arsenic and cadmium.6Sulfuric compounds in onions play a role in cancer and heart disease prevention; therefore, act as an excellent immune-boosting food for general disease prevention.6

Habanero Peppers
Habanero peppers are one of the spiciest peppers. Unripe green habaneros contain a significant amount of Vitamin C, much more than a serving of citrus fruit.7 Vitamin C is known to heal wounds and keep the immune system functioning normally. Capsaicin is the primary compound in habanero peppers. It stimulates blood flow throughout the body, which helps to relieve congestion usually associated with cold and sinus infections.7

Turmeric
A compound found in turmeric known as curcumin, is responsible for its bright color and a whole host of the health benefits attributed to the spice.8 Turmeric is considered a natural antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory in Ayurvedic medicine.9 It increases protein levels in the body that can protect the immune system from pathogens that attack it. Curcumin also possesses strong antiviral properties that have a direct effect on fighting influenza infections.9

While each of these ingredients provides their own unique health benefits, combining all of them into a master tonic creates a powerful remedy used in many cultures for healing and illness that should not be underestimated.

This Master Tonic recipe is from Dr. Richard Schultz’s adaptation of an anti-plague tonic.  He says, “I designed this formula as a fresh herbal alternative to Dr Christophe’s Anti-Plague Formula , to be more alive.  It is an herbal juice tonic, and believe me, you don’t want to be without formulas like this when you or your loved ones get ill; it will save your life”

Dr. Schultz also says “Make up plenty; it can’t go bad because the vinegar already is, and it will almost last forever. This tonic is extremely powerful, because all the ingredients are fresh, and its power should not be underestimated. This formula is a modern day plague tonic. It is said that when added to an incurable routine it could cure the most chronic conditions and stubborn diseases. It stimulates maximum blood circulation, while putting the best detoxifying herbs into the blood. This formula is not just for the sniffles, it has helped to turn around the deadliest diseases.”

Some believe that this tincture will “stimulate maximum blood circulation, while putting the best detoxifying herbs into your system”   It’s also said that this tincture has anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial qualities.  One benefit of tinctures is that they have the ability to enter your system within a matter of seconds, much quicker than capsuled dry herbs that have to be digested first.

The amount of ingredients will depend upon the size of the mason/bell jar that you are filling; whether this is a pint, quart, or a gallon size, you will need enough vegetables to fill the jar 3/4 full with the 5 different layers of ingredients.  The remaining 1/4 will be used for the apple cider vinegar.

1 part fresh chopped garlic cloves (this is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral & anti-parasitic)

1 part fresh chopped white onions (whites have a higher sulfur content and the same properties as the garlic)

1 part fresh grated ginger root (this helps with circulation and is anti-inflammatory)

1 part fresh grated horseradish root (heat stimulates the immune system)

1 part fresh chopped Jalapeño, Serrano, or Habaneros;(any combination of hot peppers will work

Raw apple cider vinegar with the mother (we like the Bragg’s brand)

If you ingest honey then raw local organic non processed honey from a local beekeeper only please

PREP

Use organic veggies for this tonic

You’ll food processor to chop the onions, garlic and peppers

Many say it’s ok to leave the skins on the garlic before adding to the food processor, just wash them thoroughly beforehand and use organic

 wear gloves when handling the hot peppers

Fill a pt, qt, or gal size jar 3/4 full by layering the above ingredients in 5 equal parts

Then fill to the top with raw the unfiltered apple cider vinegar

Close tightly, shake and then add more vinegar if needed

 

Brewing:

Store the jar in a dark cupboard or in a paper bag and try to shake at least once per day. In two weeks your tincture will be ready. When it is done, you will filter the mixture through a clean piece of cheese cloth.  This can be done by lining a strainer with the clean cloth and then setting the strainer into a large mixing bowl. Pour the mixture into the strainer and let it drain, then with gloved hands you can squeeze the cloth tightly to release the remaining liquid. Transfer the tincture into bottle(s), and store in a dark cupboard as the formula will deteriorate with exposure to light. This tincture will last indefinitely when stored properly. You can use the leftover solids as a marinade for meat or to season salad dressings, etc.

 

Dosage:

1/2 to 1 ounce (some say start with just 1/4)  can be taken orally two or more times per day, and this can be increased to 5 or 6 times if you are dealing with an infection or illness. The dosage is 1 or 2 ounces, two or more times daily. Swish and swallow. Don’t dilute with water. For ordinary infections, a dose taken 5-6 times a day will deal with most conditions. It can be used during pregnancies, is safe for children (use smaller doses) and as a food is completely non-toxic.

Make up plenty as it does not need refrigeration and lasts indefinitely without any special storage conditions.

 

It is recommended that you dilute this mixture with some water as this will make this very powerful tincture easier to swallow, just do not heat this tincture or use hot water as the heat will destroy the beneficial enzymes.

 

Platonic solids

Platonic Solids are the building blocks of all existence,

including spiritual realties. … They encapsulate

our understanding of the universe.

 

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Sprouting and it's benefits

Sprouting is the process whereby seeds are germinated and eaten either raw or cooked. Seeds of many kinds, including grasses, grains and beans, are used for sprouting. A variety of health and nutritional benefits can be obtained from sprouting. Take precautionary measures to stay safe and derive the greatest benefits.

 

Nutrients

Sprouts are veritable stars of the vegetable world. Their numerous and widely touted health benefits include high levels of dietary fiber, B complex vitamins and protein. Mung bean sprouts provide 32 calories and 0.84 grams of fiber per cup and 21 to 28 percent protein by weight. Sprouts also contain digestive enzymes and some of the highest known levels of certain antioxidants. One cup of sprouts provides 119 percent of your daily allotment of vitamin C. Of note are certain compounds not contained in sprouts that make them healthier. Harmful compounds, such as tannins, that are present in seeds are eliminated during the soaking step, which occurs prior to sprouting.

 

Blood Sugar Control

Antioxidants in broccoli sprouts called sulphoraphanes have received considerable research and popular attention for their cancer-preventive effects. A study published in the April 2012 issue of the "International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition" found that sulphoraphanes also reduce insulin resistance and may assist with blood-sugar control in people with type 2 diabetes. Study participants who consumed 10 grams of broccoli sprout powder daily for four weeks showed lower insulin levels.

 

Sprouted Grains

Sprouting whole grains reduces the amount of starch they contain and boosts their nutritional value. Sprouted grains contain mildly elevated levels of nutrients, such as vitamin C, carotenoids and protein, compared to sprouted seeds. An advantage to sprouted wheat, rye and barley is that they contain less of the protein gluten, which is difficult for some people to digest, according to the University of California, Davis. Higher levels of the enzyme amylase make sprouted grains helpful for digesting carbohydrates into sugars. Sprouted grains also contain the enzyme phytase, which can prevent mineral absorption.

 

Cautions

Bacterial contamination is a potential health hazard in seed sprouting. The fine root structures of sprouts can form a tangled mat that harbors microorganisms. Also, some seeds, such as broccoli and radish, have rough surfaces that make it easy for bacteria to cling to. According to the University of Illinois at Urbana, the time to ensure safe sprouts is when they are still seeds. Commercial sprout manufacturers sanitize seeds before beginning the sprouting process and test every batch, but testing procedures are not 100 percent accurate. Cooking your sprouts is a good way to be safe, though you will lose some of the nutrient value. Preparing sprouts with known antimicrobial foods such as vinegar, garlic and onions can also help kill any lurking pathogens. When growing sprouts at home, look for seeds that have been specially prepared for sprouting. They will be clearly labeled for this purpose and can be found in many health food stores. These have been cleaned and are less likely to contain pathogenic bacteria. Avoid seeds that are packaged for growing into mature plants. Such seed packets will likely include planting, growing and harvesting instructions and have not been cleaned for the purpose of being consumed as sprouts.

 

Chemoprotective properties:

 

Sprouts have many valuable attributes in relation to human health. Back in the 1920's, an American Professor named Edmond Szekely put forward the concept and way of life of Bio-genic Nutrition

He classified sprouted seeds and baby greens as the most beneficial foods and recommended that they make up 25% of our daily food intake, calling them life-generating Bio-genic foods which he claimed offer the strongest support for cell regeneration.

In our daily life, various factors transpire to create free radicals within our bodies.

Free radicals are highly unstable oxygen molecules needing an electron to stabilise their entropy (chaotic state).

By stealing electrons from healthy cells the causal effects of this are the breakdown of vital biological structures and the alteration of DNA and RNA (a process called per oxidation).

Once this has occurred, the affected cell will only reproduce the altered version.These superfoods are a powerful source of antioxidants (minerals, vitamins and enzymes) which assist in protecting against this damage.

A healthy body is alkaline (i.e not acidic).Bio-genic foods have an alkalising effect on the body.

Raw foods contain oxygen and regular consumption of raw bio-genic foods with their abundant oxygen is valuable to health.

Double Nobel Prize winner Dr Otto Warburg found growth of cancer cells were initiated by a lack of oxygen and these cells, along with viruses and bacteria, could not live in an alkaline and oxygen rich environment.

Bio-genic foods are a good source of essential fatty acids (the average western diet is generally deficient in these) which play a major role in the immune system defences and are one of the highest food sources of fibre.

When these superfoods are grown to the chlorophyll rich two leaf stage, it has been shown they have been effective in overcoming protein-deficiency anaemia.

Some women have found that daily consumption of these superfoods has given relief from hot flushes and supported hormonal function.

The supply of vitamins (B complex and C) existing in seeds can be increased by the sprouting biochemistry over several days by 100% to 2000%.

This biochemistry modifies the array of minerals in sprouts so that they are in a chelated form which is more easily assimilated in the body.

It also denatures protein into the amino acid building blocks so that we can digest them in half the time of cooked foods.

 

Reference:

 

References

University of Illinois College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences: Secret of Safe Sprout Production Is Very Clean Seeds, Expert Says

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Eating Raw: Mark Reinfeld, Bo Rinaldi and Jennifer Murray

University of California, Davis Center for Health and Nutrition Research: Are Sprouted Grains Healthier Than Unsprouted Grains?

University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service: Extension News Column

University of Wisconsin Corn Agronomy: Mung Bean

International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition: Effect of Broccoli Sprouts on Insulin Resistance in Type 2 Diabetic Patients: A Randomized Double-Blind Clinical Trial

The Encyclopedia of Nutrition and Good Health: Robert A. Ronzio

Tracey Roizman

 

Dry skin brushing

Did You Know?

The skin is the largest most important eliminative organ in the body and is responsible for one quarter of the body's detoxification each day?

  • ◦    The skin eliminates over one pound of waste acids each day in the average adult, most of it through the sweat glands?
  • ◦    That the skin is known also as our third kidney?
  • ◦    That the skin receives one third of all the blood circulated in the body?
  • ◦    That the skin is the last to receive nutrients in the body, yet the first to show signs of imbalance or deficiency?

Detoxification is performed by a number of organs, glands, and transportation systems, including the skin, gut, kidneys, liver, lungs, lymphatic system, and mucous membranes. The dry brushing technique deals with detoxification of the skin.

Dry brushing is a way to stimulate all the above organs of detoxification because it provides a gentle internal massage.

Dry Brushing was recommended by the Finnish Dr., Paavo Airola for his patients 30 years ago and is still popular in European spas and many cancer treatment centers today. The Russians, Turks and Scandinavians have used this treatment for centuries. Dry brushing is promoted as a preventative for dry skin and a way to exfoliate the skin, thus stimulating skin renewal that is super soft to the touch, but there are many other benefits as well:

Benefits of Dry Skin Brushing Explained:

  1. 1.    Removes cellulite
  2. 2.    Cleanses the lymphatic system
  3. 3.    Removes dead skin layers
  4. 4.    Strengthens the immune system
  5. 5.    Stimulates the hormone and oil-producing glands
  6. 6.    Tightens the skin preventing premature aging
  7. 7.    Tones the muscles
  8. 8.    Stimulates circulation
  9. 9.    Improves the function of the nervous system
  10. 10.    Helps digestion

AND it's easy, inexpensive and invigorating!

1. Dry brushing removes cellulite. Cellulite is a non-scientific term defined as toxic deposits of subcutaneous fat material and fibrous tissue that are not able to be eliminated and which cause a dimpling effect on the overlying skin. These deposits most commonly occur on the thighs and hips of women. Cellulite can affect men and women of any body weight or size. What causes the toxins? Well, some think that we store the breakdown product of cells as toxins in this subcutaneous tissue. Others think that toxic emotions can be stored in the subcutaneous tissue which then builds up as cellulite.

Your best bets for getting rid of cellulite are dry brushing, connective tissue massage, working though the emotional issues that are causing the toxins to stagnate, eating foods that feed the skin, an alkaline diet program and a consistent/persistent exercise routine. These techniques will break down the unwelcome toxic body deposits and send them scurrying out your body through the elimination channels we discussed above. And your health will be SO much better for it!

Foods that feed the skin include foods that are rich in lecithin, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants such as eggs, organ meats, a balance of Omega-3-6-9 oils like Udo's Choice, fresh dark green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, berries of all kinds, and dark chocolate (in condiment amounts-like an ounce a day-not as a meal substitute!)

2. Dry brushing cleans the lymphatic system. Lymph is considered part of our immune system and is made of white blood cells called lymphocytes and the interstitial fluid that bathe our cells, bringing our cells nutrients and removing their waste. All detoxification occurs first and foremost through the lymph. Our bodies contain far more lymph than blood, so you can see how important this might be. Paavo Airola maintains that dry brushing is an essential part of any intestinal cleansing and healing program.

Dry brushing literally moves the lymph containing large proteins and particulate matter that cannot be transported in any other way back into circulatory system. If these proteins stayed in our systems outside the blood vessels, it would attract other fluid. Pretty soon we'd get swollen ankles, limbs and eventually we'd be leaking fluid out our skin (not a pretty sight.) This is called lymphedema and is why most health programs include some type of exercise and body work.

So, why don't we die if we don't do this dry brushing thing? Well, lymph vessels themselves have their own pumping mechanism sensing when the vessels have more fluid in them or in the interstitial fluids. Lymph only goes one way because of the many one-way valves on the insides of each lymph vessel. The body is a fascinating thing. It literally pumps the lymph along its path back to the heart. Removal of proteins from the interstitial spaces is an essential function. Without this happening, we would die within 24 hours.  We can help speed this process up when we dry brush or massage toward the heart, contract our muscles and move our bodies (like when we walk or exercise.)

Increased lymph flow can also be caused by high blood pressure.  This is why it is so important to attend to this malady and why the doctors get into a frenzy of prescribing so many different medications for it. (Currently there are over 140 medications for high blood pressure!)

3. Dry brushing removes dead skin layers. Dry skin brushing helps shed dead skin cells, which can help improve skin texture and cell renewal. Dry skin is a sign of detoxification. Therefore it's good to keep the process going by removing the dead skin daily. If this does not occur, a "log jam" can happen where the person ends up with eczema, psoriasis, and dandruff.

4. Dry brushing strengthens the immune system. Dry skin brushing may reduce duration of infection and accelerate the clearing of toxins. It helps support the immune system during cancer and other chronic illness treatment. By stimulating the lymph vessels to drain toxic mucoid matter into organs of detoxification we can purify the entire system. After several days of dry brushing, sometimes you may notice a gelatinous mucoid material in your stools. This is a normal sign that the intestinal tract is renewing itself. Best of all, it feels invigorating!

5.  Dry brushing stimulates the hormone and oil glands, thus helping all of the body systems perform at peak efficiency. The skin is your body's largest organ. When improperly maintained, the elimination duties of the skin are forced upon the kidneys. Chemical analysis of sweat shows that it has almost the same constiuents as urine.  If the skin becomes inactive, its pores choke with millions of dead cells, uric acid and other impurities which will remain in the body putting extra stress on the liver and kidneys. People with big hips and thighs usually have low-grade bladder infections. Another sign of this is that the body gives off a distinct sickening odor. When the bladder and kidney are really sick, the calves are often swollen as well and the feet stink. So, give your kidneys a break-keep your skin clean and rejuvenated. Bathe daily and do a dry brushing before the bath to help stimulate blood flow to the surface so that toxins can more easily escape.

6. Dry Brushing tightens the skin by increasing the flow of blood which, in turn moves toxins and lessens the appearance of cellulite. Our bodies make a new top layer of skin every 24 hours - skin brushing removes the old top layer, allowing the clean new layer to come to the surface, resulting in softer, smoother skin.

7. Dry Brushing tones the muscles. Dry skin brushing helps muscle tone by stimulating the nerve endings which causes the individual muscle fibers to activate and move. It also helps mobilize fat and helps to even distribution of fat deposits. This is a great technique for invalids who can't exercise.

8. Dry brushing stimulates circulation. Our skin breathes! And yet, in most people, this vital route of detoxification is operating far below its capacity, because it is clogged with dead skin cells and the un-removed waste excreted through perspiration. Dry skin brushing increases circulation to skin, encouraging your body's discharge of metabolic wastes. Increased blood flow begins entering the areas brushed and you will experience an increase in electromagnetic energy that permits you to feel energized and invigorated. By activating the circulation you can also prevent varicose veins.

9. Dry brushing improves the function of the nervous system-Dry skin brushing rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin.

10. Helps digestion - Dry skin brushing helps your skin to absorb nutrients by eliminating clogged pores. Healthy, breathing skin contributes to overall body health. When you brush, the pores of your skin open allowing your skin to absorb nutrients and eliminate toxins. Clogged pores are not just a cosmetic concern. Healthy, breathing skin contributes to overall body health.What You Need To Do Dry Brushing:To dry brush, use a soft natural fiber brush with a long handle, so that you are able to reach all areas of your body. One with a removable head with a strap for your hand is a good choice. Here's a picture of what you are looking for:

 

A loofah sponge or a rough towel can also be used. Most nylon and synthetic fiber brushes are too sharp and may damage skin although I found a softer bath brush with nylon bristles that seems to do the trick. The important thing is to find something that is just right for your skin. Once your skin becomes "seasoned," you can switch to a coarser brush.

Tips and Tricks for Dry Brushing: 

  • ◦    Always dry brush your dry and naked body before you shower or bathe because you will want to wash off the impurities from the skin as a result from the brushing action.
  • ◦    You can do the brushing head-to-toe or toe-to-head.  It really doesn't matter as long as the entire body is brushed. Long sweeping strokes starting from the bottom of your feet upwards, and from the hands towards the shoulders, and on the torso in an upward direction help drain the lymph back to your heart.

Note: Stroking away from your heart puts extra pressure on the valves within the veins and lymph vessels and can cause ruptured vessels and varicose veins.

  • ◦    Use light pressure in areas where the skin is thin and harder pressure on places like the soles of the feet.
  • ◦    Skin brushing should be performed once a day, preferably first thing in the morning. A thorough skin brushing takes about 15 minutes, but any time spent brushing prior to bathing will benefit the body. If you are feeling ill, increasing the treatments to twice a day is good. You can also dry brush areas of cellulite five to 10 minutes twice a day to achieve cellulite dissolving but the technique needs to be done consistently for a minimum of five months.
  • ◦    Avoid sensitive areas and anywhere the skin is broken such as areas of skin rash, wounds, cuts, and infections. Also, never brush an area affected by poison oak or poison ivy.
  • ◦    Finish up with your regular shower and ending with three hot and cold cycles. That means turning on the water as hot as you can take it for several seconds, then as cold as you can handle it, then hot, then cold for three cycles. End with either hot or cold. This will further invigorate the skin and stimulate blood circulation, bringing more blood to the outer layers of the skin.
  • ◦    After getting out of the shower, dry off vigorously and massage your skin with pure plant oils such as olive, avocado, apricot, almond, sesame, coconut or cocoa butter. Add a little peanut and Castor oil to the mix if you have arthratis. Edgar Cayce says this works to take out some of the pain, and we've found that to be true over the years.
  • ◦    Clean your skin brush using soap and water once a week. After rinsing, dry your skin brush in an open, sunny spot to prevent mildew.

Any well designed program will take about 30 days to see and experience the changes. Please be patient and keep up the program! For a thorough lymphatic cleansing, perform skin brushing daily for a minimum of three months.

How to Dry Brush (the overview):

  • ◦    Begin with your feet and brush vigorously in circular motions.
  • ◦    Continue brushing up your legs.
  • ◦    Proceed to your hands and arms.
  • ◦    Brush your entire back and abdomen area, shoulders and neck.
  • ◦    Use circular counter-clockwise strokes on the abdomen.
  • ◦    Lightly brush the breasts.
  • ◦    Brush upwards on the back and down from the neck. Better yet, have a friend, spouse or family member brush your back.

Need More Specific Instructions?

Here are verbose directions (You will do most steps 7-14 times. Hang in there-it's not as complicated as it sounds and doesn't take as long as it seems once you get the flow of it.) 

  1. 1.    Using your right hand, gently slide the brush along your right jaw line starting from your earlobe to the underside of your chin 7 times.
  2. 2.    Place the brush at the hairline on your neck and gently pull around the right side of your neck to the Adam's apple 7 times.
  3. 3.    Hold the brush with your right hand at the bottom of your neck (where it joins the top of your back) and bring it around your neck to the right and down along your right collar bone and end up between your collar bones 7 times.
  4. 4.    Stroke your breastbone in a circular fashion to stimulate the thymus gland 7 times.
  5. 5.    Carefully brush the breast in a circular motion 7 times.
  6. 6.    Repeat the above steps for your left side holding the brush with your left hand.
  7. 7.    To stimulate the pituitary gland, hold the brush on the back of your head near the base of your neck and rock the brush up and down, then side to side, both sides 14 times.
  8. 8.    Hold the brush in your left armpit with your right hand and rotate it counter clockwise 7 times, then clockwise 7 times.
  9. 9.    Repeat on your right armpit with your left hand.
  10. 10.    Brush upward 7 times from your upper right thigh to your right armpit.
  11. 11.    Repeat process on your left side. Women may need to hold their breast out of the way with their free hand.
  12. 12.    Brush back and forth over your belly button and around your waistline 14 times (like passing a basketball behind your back).
  13. 13.    Brush in a circular motion over your belly-button, counter-clockwise 7 times then clockwise 7 times.
  14. 14.    Finish brushing the front of your body in any direction starting at the bottom and brushing all the way up 14 times. Very little pressure needs to be applied to the genitals and women's breasts because the skin is sensitive and will redden if irritated.
  15. 15.    Brush up and down your spine from the base of your neck and down as far as you can 14 times.
  16. 16.    Finish your upper back by stroking it around toward your sides.
  17. 17.    Brush your spine from tailbone up as high as you can reach 14 times, holding the brush with two hands or with the detachable wooden handle.
  18. 18.    Finish your lower back by stroking it around toward your sides.
  19. 19.    Brush up from right ankle to right knee and work all the way around your leg, brushing up towards your heart.
  20. 20.    Hold the brush in the right groin with both hands and rotate it 7 times counter-clockwise, then 7 times clockwise.
  21. 21.    Repeat with the left groin.
  22. 22.    Brush from right knee to right hip 7 times.
  23. 23.    Work all the way around your leg continuing to brush upwards (towards the heart).
  24. 24.    Brush up from right ankle to right knee and work all the way around your leg, brushing up towards your heart.
  25. 25.    Brush around your right ankle 7 times.
  26. 26.    Brush back and forth over the top of your right foot from toes to ankle.
  27. 27.    Brush across your right toes on top and underneath 7 times.
  28. 28.    Brush the bottom of your right foot heel to toe 7 times.
  29. 29.    Now do the same with for the left foot, leg and thigh.
  30. 30.    Brush upward from right elbow to your armpit and shoulder 7 times.
  31. 31.    Brush from your right wrist to the elbow in the same manner 7 times.
  32. 32.    Repeat steps on your left arm.
  33. 33.    Lightly brush the webbing (or junction) between your left thumb and index or pointer finger on the palm side 14 times, then on the non-palm side 14 times.
  34. 34.    Brush your left palm from wrist to fingertips and back 7 times.
  35. 35.    Brush the back of your left hand the same way 7 times.
  36. 36.    Brush each left hand finger individually back and forth 7 times on the areas that have not been brushed yet.
  37. 37.    Repeat the steps for your right hand.

After brushing, take a hot shower with soap (about three minutes in duration), followed by a 10-20 second cold rinse. Repeat this procedure three times. If the hot/cold showers are too extreme, a warm shower can be used. Follow the shower with a rubdown with either a sponge or towel to remove dead skin.

Resources:

  • ◦    Book: How to Get Well by Dr. Paavo Airola

Dr. Denice Moffat is a veterinarian, naturopath and medical intuitive who works on humans and animals all over the world over the telephone. She has a content-rich website (www.NaturalHealthTechniques.com) with over 800 pages of practical information and an internationally distributed natural health techniques free monthly ezine that reveals little-known health secrets, effective natural remedies, tricks, tips, options, recipes, thought-provoking feature articles and much more! She has been practicing alternative medicine since 1993.

Kefir

Kefir is a fermented food that adds healthy bowel flora to our intestines, stabilizes digestive function, and has an extensive range of other healh benefits. Making kefir requires special “grains” known as “kefir grains” which aid in the fermentation process.

 

The “kefir grains” are actually a culture of healthy bacteria and yeast, which can live indefinitely. The process of making kefir involves creating an environment with a base such as nut or seed mylk (traditionally raw milk), in which the healthy bacteria and yeast can proliferate. When consumed in the form of a drink, known as “kefir”, these healthy bacteria and yeast have tremendous healing power and benefits the body in many ways. The kefir creates a healthy mucous living in the colon, which acts as a good medium to support the growth of beneficial bowel flora. Kefir helps to prevent parasitic infections and cancer, as well as constipation.

 

Because of kefir’s ability to establish healthy bowel flora, it is beneficial in preventing many gastrointestinal disorders. Some researches have found that kefir also exudes bacterial inhibitory factors, which prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. In this sense, it actually acts as a natural antibiotic. Some studies show that kefir whey neutralizes most pathogenic bacteria within 24 hours. Various medical reports suggest that kefir has been helpful in the treatment of psoriasis, eczema, allergies, migraines, gout, rheumatic arthritic conditions, candidiasis, and colitis. The world health organization has even reported that kefir has been used effectively in the treatment of tuberculosis and typhoid fever. Additional studies suggest that diarrhea caused by E. coli bacteria in newborn infants has been successfully controlled with kefir. Other studies show that kefir helps to heal urinary tract infections and even prostate problems. Kefir may also be important in the alleviation of anxiety. Interestingly enough, those put on kefir diet consistently have less anxiety. This may be because the fermentation process produces high levels of tryptophan, which converts into serotonin in the brain, thus producing a relaxing effect.

 

The Kefir grains produce righ- rotating L(+) lactic acid, which is an important constituent of the human body. It is particularly important in the prevention of cancer and has been used experimentally with success in the treatment of cancer. In addition, right- rotating lactic acid may help maintain healthy functioning of the heart. According to some researchers, the cell of the heart muscle obtains their energy primarily from right-rotating lactic acid.

 

Although many people are concerned about acidity, my experience is that many people are actually too alkaline. Acidity from healthy lactic acid helps bing their PH back to normal range needed for optimal health. The acidity of kefir is as low as a ph of 3, consisting of 8.5 – 1.5% lactic acid. The normal healthy human PH for optimal brain function as discussed earlier is 7.46. If people have Ph of 7.5 – 7.65 kefir helps to bring the Ph back into the normal range.

 

Kefir has many nutritional benefits as well. Kefir is a complete protein and rich in many vitamins. The fermentation process actually increases the amount of vitamins, especially the B vitamins. Kefir is and excellent source of B12 and is high in vitamin B1 and B6.

 

Kefir creates what are known as “ferments”, which act as super metabolizers that assist with nutrient assimilation as well as digestion. The traditional term “ferment” refers more specifically to enzymes. Kefir actually creates many enzymes that can be absorbed as healing process. As discussed earlier, enzymes are the key to building and maintaining good health. These enzymes are actually vortexes of energy that help with many aspects of our metabolism. Since, in my experience, many people become enzyme-deficient as they age, I consider fermented foods, and especially kefir, an essential part of my total health program.

 

The exact origin of kefir is unknown. Some believe it may have come from Russia, while others suggest Turkey. We can say, however, that kefir originated somewhere in the northern Caucasus Mountains. Legend has it that the prophet Mohammed received kefir grains directly from Allah. According to The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates, kefir was brought to the States from Russia.

 

Kefir is traditionally made from raw milk. I use kefir in nut or seed mylk such as almond, sesame, and sunflower mylks, which turns out perfectly fine.In addition there is some evidence to suggest that kefir made from diary products may block the absorption of vitamin C. When one is talking high amounts of vitamin C for therapeutic reason its probably best to eat less diary- based Kefir. Because kefir bacteria produce and acid condition in the mouth it is good to brush your teeth after drinking kefir.

 

Kefir provided a sour taste, which is very balancing from both the chinese and Ayurvedic perspective. Kefir is also cooling and is good for calming pitta during the summer. Unlike seed cheese and rejuvelac, kefir is a controlled fermentation process in which a specific culture is introduced; therefore unfriendly bacteria are not encouraged to grow.

 

Hi – quality kefir grains contain:

1.     Steptococcus lacti, which produces lactic acid, aids digestion, ingibits harmful microorganisms, and produces bacteriolysins.

2.     Lactobacillus plantaturum, which mkes lactic acid, fights against Listria monocytogenes, and makes plantaricin that inhibits microorganisms which cause spilage.

3.     Streptococcus cremoris, which has similar properties to S.lactis.

4.     Lactobacillus casei, which produces large quantities o L (+) lactic acid, colonizes well in the gastrointestinal tract, creates a favorable medium for other healthy bacteria to grow, inhibits putrefaction, increases immune function, and inhibits pathogenic bacteria and helps protect against bacterial infection.

5.     Steptococcus diacetrylactis, which produces CO2 in the kefir, makes diacetryl, which gives the kefir its characteristic odor and has general properties similar to S. lactic.

6.     The yeasts: Sacharonyces florentinus and leuconostc cremoris, which do not cause candida.

 

 

Please see a variety of kefir recipes in this section bellow.  Hope you enjoy these recipes and reap the many wonderful benefits of kefir.

 

Kefir preparation process

 

1.     First, make any seed or nut mylk with warm water. Follow the instruction how to make nut will on any raw food website. It is best to use plain, unseasoned mylk made with water to begin the kefir process.

2.     Follow the instruction provided with the kefir starter grains that you purchase.

3.     Kefir may also be made by adding ¼ -1/2 cup of previously made kefir to the seed mylk. AL thought this is and easy and efficient way to make kefir, it is not recommended for those with candida.

You can experiment by adding any of you favorite spices to the finished defer, or by adding flavoring such as peppermint and vanilla extracts. You may want to sweeten the kefir with stevia. In order to preserve the integrity of the culture, do not blend for more then 30 seconds.

 

Cayenne Almond Kefir

4 cups almond kefir

pinch of cayenne

 

Cinnamon Almond Kefir

4 C almond kefir

2 tssp cinnamon

 

Mint sunflower kefir

4 Cups sunflower kefir

dash of peppermint oil

or ¼ cup fresh mint leaves

 

blend for 30 sec and serve

 

Vanilla Almond Kefir

4 cups of almond kefir

1tsp vanilla extract

 

Vanilla sunfrower kefir

4 cups sunflower kefir

2 tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp licorice root powder

Warming almond kefir

4 cups almond kefir

1tsp cinnamon

1 tsp ginger powder

 

ENJOY