Lemon Balm: the Nerve Charmer

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This is lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), a beautiful, versatile, calming, and vibrantly fragrant herb – no wonder bees and butterflies are so attracted to it! Lemon balm is very commonly found growing wild and has a knack for taking over a garden but I would never complain since it is an herb with magical healing properties that dreams are made of (I tend to say this about every herb πŸ’šπŸŒ±πŸ˜Š).

Lemon balm has a way of both uplifting and calming the nerves. I often pick up a leaf and rub it between my hands to smell its uplifting lemony fragrance. If I feel restless, anxious, or cannot fall asleep, I eat it in my salad or make tea from its fresh or dried leaves. If you travel often, this herb is for you!

How else can you benefit from the amazing properties of lemon balm? If you ever get an insect bite, a small cut, or a rash, you can chew up a few of its leaves and place it on the wound. This poultice will clean and soothe the wound and will help it heal faster. You can also makes a tincture or an oil infusion from fresh or dried lemon balm and use it as medicine internally and externally just as you would use the fresh herb.

How can you incorporate lemon balm into your diet? Use it in salads, pesto, lemonade, smoothies, juices, dishes in which you would normally use spinach and other greens, warm or iced tea, salad dressings, as garnish…there are so many possibilities!

Do you have lemon balm in your garden? Enjoy this heavenly herb!!! πŸŒ±βœ¨πŸ’šπŸπŸ’“πŸŒžπŸŒˆπŸ™βœ¨πŸŒ±

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In the Flow of Joy

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Whenever we put ourselves out there, be it by opening a new business, performing our music, posting a selfie, showing our artwork, telling our life story to others, or being vulnerable in a romantic relationship, we take big risks because we open ourselves up to the unknown, to something that may not always feel good or safe.

But, these risks are necessary in our expansion as human beings and co-creators with the universe. Not only do we open ourselves up to bliss but also to precious learning experiences that only make that bliss even more possible and more intense.

The trick is not to get consumed by the darker aspects of the contrast we can experience when we are open. Why give away our power to someone (most likely a small minority anyway) that judges and doesn’t appreciate what we have to offer? Compassion towards those who judge is crucial because, as we do sometimes, they are acting from their past wounds and this has nothing to do with the person that is their target.

By doing what we love and expressing fully who we are (this may change over time as we get to know ourselves better), we are living in our highest potential. That is all that matters! The more we hold this positive feeling and we focus on how good we feel, we will not be distracted from our path. No one has power over us, we are our own masters. Even if we were imprisoned or hurt, no one has power over our thoughts and happiness. We can chose to be happy in the harshest circumstances.

There is no need to “work hard” to please others or to be dependent on how they feel about us. If we go with the flow of our authenticity and joy, we will attract others who resonate with us and find value in what we have to offer. The love energy will flow freely, unconditionally, and without demands. Decide to create a beautiful life for yourself today! Nothing can stop you! πŸ’œπŸŒΈπŸ™πŸŒΈπŸ’œ

Raw Vegan Baklava

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Crust (3 layers):

– ripe bananas
– coconut oil
– vanilla extract or powder
– cinnamon

Filling:

– walnuts, soaked
– dates, soaked (keep date water for the syrup) or date paste
– cinnamon
– clove (optional)
-sea salt

Pour-over Syrup:

– lemon juice
– date water or date paste dissolved in water

Blend bananas, coconut oil, cinnamon, and vanilla together and pour the batter on dehydrator sheets.

Shape the batter into a desired shape making sure that it is not too thin. Make three shapes for three baklava layers.

Dehydrate the layers at 113F for about 10 hours or until the layers are easily peeled off.

To make the filling, combine soaked walnuts with soaked dates (or date paste) and cinnamon (use twice as much walnuts as dates by volume) and pulse in a blender or food processor until the walnuts are finely chopped.

Place the first baklava layer on the bottom of a pie pan.

Add half of the filling you made and spread evenly.

Place the second layer on top and add rest of the filling.

Cover the filling with the last layer.

Cut the baklava into smaller pieces resembling diamonds.

Make the pour-over syrup by combining lemon juice with date water (or dissolve date paste in lemon juice and water). Pour the syrup over the pre-cut baklava.
Pour as much of the syrup as the baklava can absorb.

Enjoy at room temperature or chilled in the fridge. The longer the baklava stays in the fridge, the more its flavors will develop.

This is my parents’s favorite raw vegan dessert recipe! I don’t blame them – it’s yummy, richly sweet, and extremely satisfying. πŸ‘ŒπŸ˜‹πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—

Healing in Nature

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Do you have a nature park with a body of water where you live? Spending some time in the sun, breathing fresh air near water, and walking barefoot are excellent tools for healing. πŸ’šπŸšπŸŒΉπŸŽΆπŸ™πŸΎπŸŒžπŸŒŠπŸ‘’πŸ’œ

Express Your Heart To Heal!

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What can we do with grief?
Break our hearts over it every day?
No, my heart belongs to me only
Love made me realize this

Our hearts have to be whole
To resonate with another

 

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Raw Vegan Mango Lassi

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Ingredients:

– ripe mango
– coconut milk
– soaked dates or date paste
– lemon juice
– cinnamon powder
– clove powder
– cardamom seeds

Blend dates, coconut milk, lemon juice, and spices until the dates are dissolved.

Add mango chunks and blend until smooth.

This drink is such a fragrant, uplifting treat – you have to try it! πŸ˜‹πŸ’œπŸ’šπŸ’›

Heal Your Skin Inside Out

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If you are suffering from any skin condition, raw food (especially fruit) and herbs can help immensely. They will help you detox corrosive acids (toxins, metabolic waste,…) that have accumulated in your body due to a stagnant lymph system, under- or over- functioning glands, and malfunctioning channels of elimination (kidneys, bowels, lungs, skin). These effects stem from factors such as your genetics and/or toxic environment, food choices, stress, suppressed creativity and emotions, and negative thoughts. Incorporating more raw food into your diet and using herbs is an excellent start to holistic healing.

One herbal skin remedy I’ve found very effective for any skin condition is a combination of chickweed (Stellaria media), plantain (Plantago major), and violet (Viola sororia or Viola tricolor) infused in olive oil. These herbs can be harvested fresh from most back yards or can be purchased in their dry form online. I use equal parts of each herb.

When working with fresh herbs, use scissors to cut them up finely and cover them with olive oil so that there is a small amount of space between the top of the oil and herbs. Next, use a mortar and pestle to crush the herbs and to release healing compounds into the oil. Strain the oil infusion with cheese cloth and store it in a glass dropper bottle. I make small batches that can last for two weeks or more (the water content in the herbs may cause the oil to go rancid or moldy if it is stored for too long).

Another option is to buy dry, cut and sifted herbs and infuse them in olive oil for at least one month, making sure to shake the glass bottle daily. If you need this infusion immediately, while you wait for your oil to infuse, there are similar oil infusions and salves that you can purchase online (make sure that they are pure and without synthetic chemicals).

It’s a good idea to use this oil infusion in salad dressings so you can heal from inside out. You can also make tea with these three herbs and drink it often throughout the day for internal healing.

You can make your healing journey creative and fun! πŸ’œπŸŒ±πŸ™πŸŒ±πŸ’œ

Let Love In

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Every day, there is an opportunity to see things in a new light – to experience life from a place of gratitude and hope, where a roadblock feels like an opportunity to learn how to feel even better, no matter what the circumstances are.

Healing is a growing process whose depths are endless. Just as we think we have transformed and completely healed, there is more we can learn, more capacity for love, more room for creativity and innovation – more ways to co-create and for the universe to expand. So enjoy every step of the way, even the heartbreaks because those will lead you to more love that you will finally be ready to let in. πŸ’œπŸŒ»πŸŽΆπŸ˜ŠπŸŒΉπŸŒŸπŸ’œ

Raw Vegan Stuffed Mushrooms with Spicy Red Pepper and Eggplant (Ajvar) Sauce

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Stuffing:

– eggplant
– red bell pepper
– apple cider vinegar
– lemon juice
– fresh parsley
– garlic
– fresh jalapeno pepper and/or cayenne powder
– paprika
– sea salt
– onions or onion greens (optional)
– olive oil

Other Ingredients:

– mini portobello mushrooms (or any other kind and size you like)

– garnish such as olives, oregano, rosemary, and thyme

 

Cut eggplant into circles of medium thickness and soak in water with sea salt for about 1 hour.

Dehydrate the eggplant, red bell peppers, and whole mushrooms (peppers and mushrooms can also be used fresh) for 3 – 4 hours at 113F in the dehydrator.

Once dehydrated, cut up the eggplant and red bell peppers into smaller pieces and combine with all the other ingredients in a blender.

Blend until you reach a creamy consistency.

Remove stems from the mushrooms and stuff them with the Ajvar sauce.

That’s it – a filling meal on its own! πŸ˜‹πŸŒ·πŸŒžπŸ’šπŸžπŸŒ±

Raw Vegan Grandma’s Apple Pie

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Crust:

– walnuts, soaked and finely crushed

– dates

– coconut oil (optional)

– vanilla extract or powder (optional)

Filling:

– apples (your favorite kind), shredded

– dates

– apple cider vinegar

– lemon juice

– sea salt

– cinnamon

 

Combine coconut oil, walnuts, dates, and vanilla together and pulse the mixture in your blender or food processor. When you are satisfied with the consistency, cover the bottom of a pie pan with the mixture and press down with a spoon or your fingers (about half a thumbnail thickness). Set aside.

Process dates with apple cider vinegar, lemon, sea salt, and cinnamon until you have a dough-like paste.

Add finely chopped or shredded apples to the date paste and mix well.

Pour the apple/date mixture over the crust and spread to desired thickness.

Garnish with raisins or any other dried fruit.

Serve right away, freeze for 1 hour, or dehydrate at 113F for 1-2 hours if you prefer the pie warm.

Easy breezy raw vegan comfort food! πŸ‘ŒπŸŽπŸ’šπŸŒ»πŸ’πŸ’žπŸπŸŒˆπŸ‘’πŸŽΆ