Blood Sugar Regulation
Several studies suggest that cinnamon may have a regulatory effect on blood sugar, making it especially beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes.
Yeast Infection Help
In some studies, cinnamon has shown an amazing ability to stop medication-resistant yeast infections.
In a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
It has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
In a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.
When added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
One study found that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive function and memory.
E. Coli Fighter
Researchers at Kansas State University found that cinnamon fights the E. coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices.
High in Nutrients
It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.
Forgiveness is a big word in our culture. We are surrounded by it and we are taught it from a very young age. If you are a survivor of childhood sexual abuse and someone says to you that you need to forgive, know that this has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them. By saying this to you, they are minimising and denying your own experience. There is nothing that you need to let go of about your story, other than the ideas that other people project onto you. Healing is about your own journey, your own process and what is going on within you, nothing else. This kind of ignorant advice minimises and denies the validity of the process, of the survivor’s feelings, of their journey. This kind of minimisation, in turn, replicates the original abuse and probably the way you dealt with it as a child. The only way I can look at forgiveness as relevant to my own journey is by separating the two words and their meaning. FOR and GIVE. Yes, I can give it back, it wasn’t mine to carry anyway; yes, I am in favour of giving it all back. For. Give. Yes, I can do that.
Forgiveness? whatever, with a little ‘w’ to that word. Continue reading →
We are on holidays! We have decided to spend the time making up delicious new experimental recipe’s. Chicken, like all animal produce, is best bought organic, not just free range. The reason for this is that animal produce holds onto chemicals, mostly in the fat, and is fed on GMO corn or soy, which we now know is linked to tumours and cancer growth. (see this study). It was so much fun mooshing the Lemongrass in our Pestle & Mortar. I hope you enjoy making this dish as much as I enjoyed it!
1 tblsp Peanut Oil
1 stalk Lemongrass, pounded and chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2-3 small birdseye chillies, deseeded and finely chopped
500g organic chicken mince
1/4 cup lime or lemon Continue reading →
Healing from child abuse is a very unique and individual experience. It has no timetable, no finish line, no contained pathway, no right nor wrong way of how it needs to be done. Yet, interestingly, those who have neither studied it nor experienced it often seem to have a strong opinion about the process.
There was a very powerful moment, in which my husband’s cancer diagnosis, combined with an upcoming court case against my mother, which for me was about the abuse I suffered in her care, triggered the full experience of my childhood trauma and sent me into what can be, and was, categorised as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. My childhood’s belief system reared it’s head. Beliefs that the world is not a safe place, that there is no one to turn to, that I am alone and have nobody to take care of me, that walls must be built and retraction of life into oneself is the only way to survive. These beliefs were true for me as a child, and they indeed helped me to survive. Part of the healing process is releasing beliefs that no longer serve us. However, we can’t change what we don’t acknowledge.
In simple terms, epigenetics are parts of the DNA which are switched on or off, as you live your life, depending on what you do with your life. They change when you exercise, smoke, eat raw veggies, eat mainly meat, go through stress and so on.
The recent comments on our Facebook page about the impossibility of food having any effect on cancer prevention and survival were very interesting. They reflect a much larger understanding in our society. Even when you HAVE to look into it, for your own family’s survival, it can be a conflicting confusing stream of information, not to mention the wild and random claims out there.
So what exactly is cancer?
This is a simplified version of ONE aspect of cancer, this information has been gathered from the book AntiCancer by Dr Servan-Schreiber. He was a Dr who was a medical researcher and was diagnosed with a brain tumour and survived 20+ years longer than he was meant to.
If you want a detailed version, from The American Institute for Cancer Research, please click here.
My mind is constantly chatting away. I’m quite sure it is the same for you. Who is it that we are talking to and what is it that are we saying to ourselves?
One of my recent realisations is that I do have control over where my mind takes me and how I can converse back with the thoughts, I can discuss and bring logic into the conversation. Let’s face it, the mind chatter and conversation is going to happen, whether we like it or not, so with a little witness coming into the conversation, I started seeing how I can ‘watch’ what is happening. Witness/Watch: I like these words. I knew this to be true on a theoretical level, after all, if I am the Ay-Ay-Cap’n of my Ship, who else is going to direct the boat here? I have been a practising meditator for many years (no not mediator, but maybe meditation is a bit like mediation now that I think of it, mediating with the mind?), and this ‘witness state’ is spoken of in many scriptural texts. Although, sometimes when the penny drops, it can be the same penny that dropped years ago, but the penny has now dropped a little deeper. Also, for some reason, with the onslought of difficult times, I just kinda forgot. Continue reading →
This is my homemade chai recipe, inspired from my Ashram years. I was dedicated to Ashram living from around age 17 ’til my mid 30s. Living in NYC, it was easy to travel upstate to the Catskill Mountains, at every opportunity I could take. I look forward to being able to return for retreat and to deepen my meditation practice again. After returning back to Sydney, I started my own fashion label, with the best team mate ever, Vicki Lee, and we worked with every ounce of our beings on the label (as you do!). We got it to a place we had dreamed it would be at, with worldwide sales in UK, USA, Japan, South America, Australia, NZ, Hong Kong. Then my husband’s cancer diagnosis rattled the cage. We stopped production and cancelled orders so I could take care of him. When it was time to return to the fast paced, ever stressful company we had built, it became clear as day that neither of us wanted it any more. Cancer puts a lot of things into perspective very fast.
Benefits of Raw Honey!
Whilst its true that bees will not make honey if there are chemicals involved, it is the processing of honey afterward that can remove vital benefits. We are all familiar with the great good qualities of Manuka Honey, but also organic RAW HONEY is very beneficial in the healing of the body, from combatting dental plaque to limiting risk of bacterial infection. Raw Honey has anti inflammatory anti-infections properties. Honey should also be used in moderation as it does effect the insulin resistance folk (it is still a sugar). Many people are becoming antibiotic resistant, and have found that Raw Honey has replaced their need for antibiotics.