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Detox Your Body and Balance Your Psyche with Chaparral

Herbal Remedies | Posted by Kim
Sep 07 2014


You’ve been one tough cookie lately, haven’t you?

You’ve been making quick decisions, taking fast action and rolling with the punches. You’re resilient, but there’s been little time to process what you’ve been through.

Now you can’t get certain pictures out of your mind and you’re losing sleep, and that’s keeping you from visiting that one most restorative and powerful place for healing of all, dreamland.

Let Chaparral be your sand man!

When our psyche has absorbed far more impressions than our conscious mind can assimilate, dreams act as important filters that help our conscious mind access disturbing or chaotic experiences in an orderly and safe fashion. Chaparral penetrates deep into one’s transpersonal aspects to replace psychic and physical toxicity, mental chaos, drug addiction, and disturbed dreams with psychic awareness and balance.

Chaparral’s plant personality is one of tenacity, high resilience and dazzling might. It flourishes in the nutrient-deficient soil of the American southwest deserts, retains its characteristic bronze-to-mustard-green hue despite oppressive heat, and can live just fine, thank you very much, off just a few tablespoons of water per year. When it comes to overcoming hurdles and solving difficult equations, of survival or emotions, Chaparral is a genius.

Chaparral, also known as Creosote, is one of nature’s most powerful anti-oxidants. Its chemical makeup acts as an effective blood, liver, lymph and urinary tract cleanser. Native Americans have used Chaparral for centuries as an anti-cancer remedy. Studies have shown that chaparral may also inhibit or dissolve tumors. Its dried and cut leaves can be used as a tea. Just take a whiff of it and you’ll appreciate that something that smells this strong–peppery, menthol, earthy–would have some potent medicinal gifts to offer.

Chaparral flower essence is an important psychic and physical cleanser, which is indicated when the soul has been assailed by too much of the brutality modern civilization has thrown its way–chaotic, violent, and degrading images and experiences, both in real life or in the media. It has many applications, but its star quality is in working through the dreamscape to cleanse the psyche.

Chaparral flower essences are good for people who have witnessed actual violence or too many disturbing images in the media. As a liver cleanser, it is also a very beneficial herb for detoxifying, whether from prescription medicines or other drugs. While psychotropic drugs expand psychic boundaries, they also distort the true landscape of the awakened conscious, leaving it littered with emotional debris that the subconscious mind picks up. It is also helpful for people who feel brittle and rigid, both in their bones and in their thinking.

Chaparral’s Secret Lore

Chaparral corresponds to the First Chakra (Root) and Fourth Chakra (Heart). Meditating on the Chaparral plant, people have reported a sense of magical abilities to dissolves blocks of fear, especially around insects and reptiles, like bees and snakes. It is said Chaparral allows one to go through their process, face their fears, and be successful because Chaparral provides what you need exactly when you need it. One woman who had a deep terror of bees went on a plant walk and took a big gulp of Chaparral flower essence. When bees started buzzing around her she found that she could just notice them with a simple curiosity and enjoy the feeling of being swayed by the wind as she stood watching them.

A good affirmation while meditating on Chaparral is, “I am ever strong, enduring, and wise, knowing always how to solve the problem at hand.”

Warnings: Those who suffer compromised liver function or have blood disorders should consult a physician regarding use or dosage of Chaparral.

Yarrow’s Magic

Herbal Remedies, Radical Raves | Posted by Kim
Jan 29 2012

A Powerfully Potent Pain-Killer Against Life’s Slings and Arrows

Yarrow’s latin name, Achillea millefolium, derives from the Achilles myth that, when Achilles was shot with an arrow in his heel, his one and only vulnerable place (why can’t we count on such odds when playing golf?), he used Yarrow to staunch the wound. Yarrow truly is a wonder herb for stopping bleeding and quelling inflammation. Its leaves can be used as a poultice on wounds much like a septic stick. Its dried flowers, drunk as a tea, offer great pain relief for everything from sprains and cuts to post-surgery pain. It is an excellent alternative to liver taxing ibuprofen and acetaminophen.

Yarrow, also called Milfoil, Old Man’s Pepper, Soldier’s Woundwort, Knight’s Milfoil, Thousand Weed, Nose Bleed, Carpenter’s Weed, Bloodwort, Staunchweed, is a must for every kitchen and first-aid kit. For cuts, sprains, post-op wounds, its anti-inflammatory properties can be far more effective than prescription pain-killers without the side-effects and its calming properties are unsurpassed.

This humble little weed has the power to act as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, carminative, diaphoretic, digestive, emmenagogue, stimulant, tonic, vasodilator and vulnerary. Yarrow does contain trace amounts of salicylic acid so should not be used for those who are sensitive to aspirin. Large doses over a prolonged period of time can also cause photosensitivty. No, that’s not an aversion to the papparazzi. It means you might get a sunburn faster when in sunlight. Maple Seed

Hearty Root-of-the-Matter Vegetable Soup

Recipes, The Kitchen Witch | Posted by Kim
Nov 11 2011

An anti-oxidant and energy rich soup for the shorter days and deeper thoughts.

3 parsnips, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (Vitamin C, B vitamins)

1 small burdock root, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 celery root, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2 -inch pieces (Vitamin C + carotenoids + potassium)

1 small butternut squash, peeled and cut into 1/2 -inch pieces (Vitamin C, B vitamins)

1 cup cannelinni beans (saponins)

1 cup finely chopped red, purple or green kale (Vitamins, A, C + calcium, iron + betacarotene)

Two bunches watercress, large stems discarded (isothiocyanates)

Half of one small sweet onion, diced (Vitamins C, B6 + potassium)

2 tsp. ground flaxseed (lignans + Omega 3)

1 tsp. cumin (anti-oxidants)

1 cup raw pumpkin seeds (zinc + EFAs)

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 tbs. butter

1 quart vegetable broth

1/2 tsp. coarse ground black pepper

1 tsp. pink or grey mineral salt


Preheat oven to 425F (220C).

Combine parsnips, burdock root, sweet potato, and butternut squash in a large roasting pan. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with 1 tsp cumin and 1/2 tsp. pepper and toss.

Roast in preheated oven until the vegetables are easily pierced with a fork, 30 to 45 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Stir in the celery root and onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes.

Pour in the vegetable broth and bring to a simmer, uncovered. Stir in the roasted vegetables, chopped kale and watercress,

Sprinkle in the flax and pumpkin seeds.

Simmer on low heat for 20 mins.

Serves 2-4