“The best lie someone can tell you is that you will have a bumper harvest when you didn’t plant any seed.” ― Israelmore Ayivor, 101 Keys To Everyday Passion
Welcome to the "Season of the Metal Element"
The organs correlating with this are the Lung and Large Intestine. It is a time of reflection, abundance (Harvest), dryness,
decisions with storing and discarding.
On an emotional or physical level, if this element is out of balance, a person may be dealing with such symptoms of grief, trouble letting go (of items or outdated ways of thinking, etc.), issues with authority, perfectionism, constipation or intestinal issues, asthma, lung dis-orders, sinus congestion, lower immunity.
It is especially helpful to eat root vegetables; focus on breathing slowly and deeply; and get plenty of evening relaxation, and practice gratitude.
Health Benefits of Pumpkin:
Very low-calorie vegetable
Rich in dietary fiber, anti-oxidants, minerals, vitamins (A, C, E). Many natural poly-phenolic flavonoid compounds such as α, ß-carotenes, cryptoxanthin, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Carotenes convert into vitamin-A inside the human body.
Source of the B-complex group of vitamins like folates, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, and pantothenic acid.
Contains minerals like copper, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.
Recommended by dieticians in cholesterol controlling and weight reduction programs.
are an excellent source of dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids, which are good for heart health. The seeds are concentrated sources of protein, minerals, and health-benefiting vitamins. For instance, 100 g of pumpkin seeds provide 559 calories, 30 g of protein, 110% RDA of iron, 4987 mg of niacin (31% RDA), selenium (17% of RDA), zinc (71%), etc., but zero cholesterol. Further, the seeds are an excellent source of health promoting amino acid tryptophan, converted into GABA in the brain.
How to incorporate more pumpkin into your meals?
Stir a few heaping tablespoons, according to taste, into your morning oatmeal, pancake batter, yogurt or smoothie.
Use in place of a portion of the oil in muffin or bread recipes.
Include in your soup, stew, quinoa recipe, turkey or vegetarian chili, hummus or pasta sauce. The dish will have more nutrients without changing the taste significantly.
Eating Pumpkin Puree: Get “pure pumpkin”, not pumpkin pie filling. A readily available brand is “Farmer’s Market” organic pumpkin, non GMO, in a BPA free can liner. (15 oz.)
Have some fun creating! For instance, play with/modify the amounts and ingredients, to taste
Pumpkin smoothie Recipe:
The basis is 1 frozen banana (or fresh, and add ice cubes)
1 cup almond milk (plain or vanilla) (can add vanilla extract)
¼ to 1 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice (or separate: dash to 1 tsp. cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, ginger)
Can add Full fat Greek yogurt (vanilla?)
Can add 1 scoop of protein powder
End of year Holiday Health Rejuvenation – Acupuncture and Reiki!
Give yourself, or someone you care about, the Gift of Vitality!!
Stress and anxiety can increase inflammation and negatively impact your holiday festivities.
What about all the stress on your stomach and digestive system? Whether it’s nausea, constipation, acid reflux, or bloating and gas, acupuncture is an excellent, natural way to boost digestive function.
Traditional Chinese medicine places a particular emphasis on digestion. The state of your gut determines your vitality, absorption of nutrients, overall health, mood, immunity, and more. Dietary recommendations vary for each individual and it’s important to see a professional, licensed in traditional Chinese medicine, to develop the blueprint right for you.
Health Benefits of Acupuncture: Acupuncture has been effectively used for the treatment of back pain, headache, migraine, and sports injuries. However, acupuncture provides more than pain relief. It is helpful in treating anxiety, insomnia, digestive problems, menstrual problems, weight control, infertility and much more.
Health Benefits of Reiki (no needles), just relaxation: Reiki Dissolves energy blocks and promotes natural balance between mind, body and spirit; Increases energy levels; Creates deep relaxation and helps the body release stress and tension; Clears the mind and improves focus; Accelerates the body's self-healing ability.
It’s a change of seasons! Yes, even in South Florida!
Which means cold and flu season. Time to get your herbal remedy to combat the viruses!
Cold Signoff™ (Yin Qiao Jie Du Pian/ Yin Qiao Jie Du Wan)
What does it do?
Cold Signoff™ works to halt the invasion of pathogenic influences (defined in modern medical terms as bacteria and viruses) and relieves the associated symptoms. It is mainly used for the common cold and flu (influenza). Cold Signoff™ is most effective when taken at the first signs of cold or flu such as sore throat, runny nose, cough, nasal congestion, and headache. The symptoms may include wind-heat type common cold, fever with headache, cough with dry mouth and sore throat.
Cold Signoff™ is recommended for prevention of colds or flu when an outbreak occurs in the workplace or loved ones.
What is the formula composition?
A proprietary blend of : Flos Lonicerae Japonicae (Honeysuckle Flower) (Jin Yin Hua)
Fructus Forsythiae Suspensae (Forsythia) (Lian Qiao)
Herba Menthae Haplocalycis (Peppermint) (Bo He)
Herba Schizonepetae Tenuifoliae (Jing Jie)
Semen Sojae Praeparatum (Fermented Soybean) (Dan Dou Chi)
Fructus Arctii Lappae (Edible Burdock) (Niu Bang Zi) Radix Platycodi Grandiflori (Balloon Flower) (Jie Geng) Herba Lophatheri Gracilis (Bamboo Leaf) (Dan Zhu Ye) Radix Glycyrrhizae Uralensis (Licorice Root) (Gan Cao)