Do You Need To Detox?

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Several weeks ago, with temperatures reaching nearly 100 degrees (which is rare on the Sonoma coast in Northern California) I pulled out my swimsuit from underneath the bed so I could enjoy a relaxing day pool-side with a good book but wound up entangled in a massive cleaning operation instead…  

After the long wet winter I discovered mold on all my clothes stored beneath my bed and in the closet. During the cleaning frenzy I washed each article of clothing, wiped down every surface and flung open all the windows to air out the cottage. Consequently, I got sick. Headache, body aches, burning itchy eyes, sore throat; I was really suffering. Fortunately I knew the exposure to mold was causing this reaction and I wanted to support my bodies intelligent ability of removing toxins on its own.

By design, our bodies do this automatically all the time, every day. What we don't realize is that we can support this process naturally. The fact is, we have a natural detox system in our body that works very well if supported. The liver does a great job of flushing out waste every day, the lymph rids the body of unwanted matter, our lungs breath out pollutants, our kidneys filter toxins, and our digestive system lets things pass through that we don’t need to absorb.

By trusting our bodies innate wisdom, maintaining a supportive diet of clean healthy food, eliminating trans fats and processed refined foods, we can gain all the nutrient cofactors necessary to enhance the detoxification process. These nutrients can be found in various herbs and foods such as; broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, apples, celery, parsley, garlic, ginger, clover, yellow dock, burdock, dandelion, milk thistle, early spring greens such as mustard, dandelion greens, ramps, leafy greens, beet greens and chard. Therefore you can imagine what was in my grocery sack at the farmers market the next day. I got everything needed to make this delicious juice for influencing Detoxification. It has B Vitamins, Folic Acid, Antioxidants, Carotenoids, Vitamin E and C, Amino Acids and Sulfated Phytochemicals that are all key components to influencing the enzyme reaction during the detoxification phases.

After a couple weeks of drinking this detoxification juice daily, supplements that included NAC, a diet of fresh seasonal local organic fruits and vegetables, a quart of medicinal strength tea daily, tinctures, personally formulated flower essences and adequate amounts of water, my feelings of lethargy were gone, my inflammation and aching joints were gone, my digestion improved and my headaches were gone. My energy returned and I was back to being ME!

It was simple AND delicious!

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Detoxification “Juice”
In a blender or juicer puree:

  • 1/2 jar organic cranberry juice, (no added sugar to preserve antioxidants and flavonoids)

  • 1 beet with the greens

  • 1/4 purple cabbage

  • 1 super dark red apple

  • 1 handful blueberries

  • 1 handful kale

  • 1 handful arugula

  • 2 carrots

  • 1 handful parsley

  • 2 celery stalks

  • 1 small piece turmeric root (peeled)

  • 1/4 small piece of ginger root (peeled for flavor and circulation)

Note:  You can find a cranberry blueberry juice blend just make sure there is no added sugar.  This makes a lot of juice and can be stored in a large jar in the refrigerator for up to three days.  You can add more juice or filtered water as needed if it becomes too thick. This can also be strained if you don't have a juicer.  Although I don't mind some of the pulp to remain, it’s an excellent source of fiber which also supports detoxification.

Detoxifying isn’t something you do once a year so you can fit into your summer clothes, it’s not a fad diet with unhealthy restrictions both emotionally and physically, it’s a way to nourish the body and spirit. It is more beneficial to use the opportunity of “cleansing” as a starting point to reset your relationship with your habits, your self care practices and with your food choices so you can make healthier sustainable lifestyle changes from that point forward, making it a way of life not just a “fad”.

If you want help with your own personal cleansing protocol and if you want to find ways of shifting your relationship with your well being, reach out for a free phone consultation to see how working together can be beneficial.

Much Love.
Always,
Cyndi

What Are You Paying Attention To?

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While hiking around the Sonoma coastline yesterday a tiny familiar looking wildflower with five petals colored a brilliant yellow shining in the sunlight waving at me in the ocean breeze as if to say Hello; kept catching my attention. It was hard to dismiss because everywhere I went they were presenting themselves. I noticed batches of them here, I saw fields of them over there and even one solitary group flagging me down from the middle of the trail growing right out of the rocks. (tenacious little things). 

In working with plant medicine, I have learned to pay attention when plants come to me because they're usually bringing me something I need to learn or be aware of..

Yellow flowers are associated with the solar plexus energy which is the creative center of our being. They represent inner joy and strength.

Buttercup helps us find self-worth and confidence; showing us that who we are is important. In doing so, we feel a sense of safety and support allowing us to move forward in the world. Buttercup gives us a feeling of sunshine within ourselves. It is a helpful remedy during the long dreary winter months and is no wonder the first flower to bloom in spring.. They help us to find time for ourselves and the things we wish to do with the energy enough to get them done.

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Buttercup is in a formula I’m working with and does not surprise me that I’ve encountered it recently. It’s clearly asking me to be more creative, joyful, happy and playful. Something my heart has been craving for awhile now. It has been an intense period of dismantling and rebuilding the last several years and i’ve only recently begun to emerge. Buttercup has been a helpful ally for me.

If you find yourself intrigued by flower essences, you don't have to be a flower child to receive messages from nature. You just need a willingness to slow down and take notice with an awareness that there is so much more going on than the material chaotic world around you.

So I invite you to stop, listen, take notice and watch for the sign posts from nature. What messages are they sending you? I’d be curious to know what that is for you. Please reply and share it with me.

Much Love,
Cyndi 

Fields of Gold


After fully arriving on the Northern California coastline my teachers began to appear.


The plant life in the area has awakened my soul and recently I noticed fields of gold all around stirring my curiosity.

One morning, I stopped to take a closer peek. “What is that growing everywhere” I asked myself? I had to know.

After dredging through the mud and making my way into a field, I realized it was Mustard! I immediately flashed back to my classroom days in Colorado where I learned in North America, the Appalachian and the Ozark’s, it was a traditional practice of ‘thinning the blood’ in the spring by eating cleansers which included greens such as Dandelion, Plantain, Lamb’s Quarters, and wild Mustards.  Similar uses have been recorded from European traditions as well. Spring greens are the first to grow after the long winter and are considered to be cleansing and nutritive after eating starchy root vegetables all winter.  


They are high in vitamin K, vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), vitamin C and vitamin E. With high levels of folate, dietary fiber and protein. They are also an excellent source of the minerals copper, manganese and calcium.

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As a cover crop they suppress weeds and any soil borne pathogens. They help reduce insects and increases organic matter by recycling, replenishing and redistributing nitrogen and phosphorous back into the soil.  They help to reduce erosion and improves the overall health of the soil. Amazing right!? No wonder everything grows so abundantly here..


On the emotional body, Mustard helps us when we’re feeling depressed or sad suddenly without reason. When it feels like a cold dark cloud has descended on all happiness Mustard can help to lift heaviness and awaken to joy and cheerfulness.


By being aware of the seasons and living in rhythm with the changes of the seasons, we can learn how to slow down, to live in the moment, in harmony with our surroundings, and to feel more of a connection to ourselves and the world around us. 



So slow down and notice the spring greens coming up. Be sure to collect from an area that has not been sprayed with pesticides. Eat them raw in salads or lightly stir-fry with a little Olive oil, Garlic, and Lemon juice. They can also be juiced or Vita-mixed in your smoothies.

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With love ~
Cyndi