Saturday, June 29, 2013

Trillium Ayurveda

BumbleChick Farm is transitioning to becoming Trillium Ayurveda.  We will soon be found at: trilliumayurveda.com.  Please come check us out!  It's a lot of work as we are learning how to set up our own webpage, but we are hoping to be published in a few weeks.  Little did we know what we were getting ourselves into, so it's a good thing that we like learning new things.  It's kind of exciting to open up our new web page and see the "site under construction" note!!

As for other learning, I had planned to take the summer off to digest things and take a break from education, but I could not resist the new session of Claudia Welch's Healthier Hormones class.  For anyone interested, it is quite accessible and useful for all of us women leading our overly stressful lives.  So, feel free to join me!!  In any case, I will keep you posted as I go along!



Monday, June 17, 2013

Almond Milk

Almond milk is nourishing and healthful.  But some of the store bought milks come with added ingredients.  Solution?  Make your own:

-Soak 1 cup of raw almonds overnight
-In the morning, slip the almonds out of their skins (or cheat...and don't)
-Blend with 4 cups water, a few dates, and some vanilla.
-Strain through cheesecloth.  (you can use the meat leftover to make pancakes or bread--or feed the chickens)
-Drink.
It will last several days in the fridge.

You can experiment with different spices and ingredients.
And be happy knowing what's in your milk.

(Thank you Vickie for sharing this recipe with me)

Monday, June 10, 2013

Summer Tips

Summer's on the way.  Very much on the way.  One might argue that it's here.  Although it's not June 21st yet.  But we are feeling the heat and those with a little bit of excess Pitta, the dosha of heat, might be feeling a bit hotter than the rest of us.  Maybe a bit cranky.  Maybe a bit critical.  Maybe just a bit...angry.

Some tips to stay cool and calm in the heat:

--Drink water at room temperature.  Iced cold water uses more energy (and creates heat) to bring it up to a temperature that the body can digest it at.

--Add fresh mint to your water.

--Try coconut oil...slather away.  It's cooling and calming.

--Drink coconut water.

--Drink Wise Water Tea: water with cumin, coriander, and fennel.

--Spritz your face with cooling rose water.  If your rose water is sterile you can even spritz it into the eyes which is refreshing and cooling to this overstimulated sense.

--Take a teaspoon of aloe juice before lunch and dinner.

--Stay away from coffee and alcohol which are heating and Pitta aggravating.

--SLOW DOWN.  Take the time to sit under the moon by a lake, a river, or the ocean and allow Mother Nature to cool you.

Oh, and don't forget the Neem oil for all those itchy, irritated bites and scratches!!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Long Awaited Post, Excuses, and Abhyanga

I must admit that in the midst of studying and clinicals and beginning to move toward setting up my practice (not to mention the 'real' job), I have been considering letting the blog go by the wayside.  I think the next move is going to be setting up a WebSite and I am afraid that I just can't do it all.  But I was inspired last night by an e-mail and so am going to try to continue to keep up the Blog and hope that I continue to inspire people.

I seem to be spreading my love of oils around and so thought that I would just post a bit about using oils and a few of my personal favorites.

An abhyanga is the sanskrit word used for the daily self massage with oil that is a bit of Self Love.  One should take their time when massaging the oil into the skin and enjoy the feel as the skin absorbs the much needed attention.   I personally try for a nice good massage (honestly) about once a month and then I take a nice warm bath, taking time for myself to relax.  But I slather oil on daily and I no longer use any moisturizers but my oils.  My personal favorite face oil is 100 churned ghee. I know, you're saying, "What, butter?  On your face?"  But the process of churning the ghee actually changes the chemical composition of the ghee until it becomes this beautiful fluffy white cream that is wonderful for the skin.

A simple way to really get the oil into your body is to use it every day.  Before you shower, slather oil on your skin using long strokes on the long bones and circular motions on the joints.  Try to wait a few minutes to let the oil begin to soak in and then the heat of the shower will help the rest of the oil penetrate the skin.  If you're comfortable, don't use soap except on those needed places; the oils are cleansing enough.  At the end of your shower, you can apply another thin layer of oil on as your moisturizer.

There might be those of you worried about acne or excess clogging of pores, but a nice oil won't clog the pores.  And often, the acne is the body reacting to the skin being too dry.  So try it.  See what happens.

There are many different kinds of oils and if you know your personal constitution you can simply pick a Vata, Pitta, or Kapha oil to use.  If you want to keep it even more simple, you can use sesame oil in the winter--a nice good quality cold pressed oil and use coconut oil in the summer (and when Pitta is high)--the coconut oil is cooling and good for the sun touched skin (and burns).  I buy most of my oils from Banyan Botanicals, but you can get oils at the grocery store in a pinch--just make sure it's good quality, cold pressed, and preferably organic.

My personal favorite right now is Mahanarayan oil which is super nourishing to the bones and joints, especially if Vata induced.  It's really great for anyone with or at risk of osteoporosis or other bone complaints.  As a runner, I am always recommending this oil to all my achy and sore buddies.

My other favorite oil right now is Neem oil: for the tick bites, the bug bites, the cuts, the scratches, the itchies...any of the skin irritations.  I found it to be great on cleansing and healing the tick bite.  It's cleansing and anti everything: bacterial, fungal, viral, septic, and the rest.

Start experimenting!  Enjoy!  Fall in Love with Oils.