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Easy Feng Shui Remedy For Insomnia & Restless Sleep

Dear friends, :D

This is the second remedy that I had used last night to make sure that I had a good night’s sleep – it is a Feng Shui remedy. Earlier, I had posted that we can also DRINK THIS SOUP to cure insomnia and restless sleep that was caused by heatiness in the body.

It was taught to me by the Feng Shui Master at the www.dhealing.com Forum and it is known as Kimberly-8′s Sleep Cure (hehe, it is named after my Danish sister :wink: )

If you can’t sleep well at night or often wake up in the morning tired, do try this easy Feng Shui method and see for yourself -

Kimberly-8′s Sleep Cure

Just before you go to bed at night, do the following -

1) Use a see-through glass (or clean jam jar).

2) Fill up to 90% with tap water.

3) Add a pinch of salt into water.

4) Place glass of water on bedside table next to you. Prepare for sleep as usual.

When you wake up, pour away the water from the glass into the sink or toilet in your bathroom. Keep glass in the bathroom for the time being.

Before you go to bed later that night, repeat the procedure again, i.e. fill up glass with tap water, add pinch of salt, place glass on bedside table. Sleep. Dispose the salt water upon waking up….etc..

Do this every night for 7 days in a row, i.e. 1 week. See if your sleep is improved. At the end of the 7 days, please dispose the glass in a dustbin outside your house.

Warning – Do not reuse the glass.

I wish you a Good Night’s sleep and Sweet Dreams! :D

With peace, joy and prosperity,

choesf :D

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Easy, Nutritious Soup Remedy For Restless Sleep & Insomnia

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Delicious Soup Remedy For Insomnia & Restless Sleep

Good evening from KL, dear friends :D

I thought I better post here the 2 remedies that I had used last night to help me have a good night’s sleep….

For the past week, I have been busy most of the time and despite going to bed tired, my sleep wasn’t of good quality. I would wake up many times during the night, unable to go back to sleep, and come the time to wake up, I would be too exhausted to get out of bed – even when I was in bed for 8 hours!

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there is a vicious cycle happening when we don’t sleep well at night – the lack of sleep or sleeping much later in the night (usually after midnight) will result in a build-up of “heatiness” in our body. But when there is heatiness in our body, then we may experience a poor quality of sleep. What is considered poor quality of sleep is when we have many dreams at night, we wake up very often, and the most telling sign is when we wake up very tired and not refreshed at all. Another sure  symptom of heatiness affecting us is when we wake up with “gummy” or “gunky” eyes. Often during the day, a “heavy” head with mild tension headaches are experienced.

On Tuesday, I brought my husband (who was also not feeling well) to see my healer/massage lady for an acuppressure and massage treatment and it was then that she reminded me to make this nutritious soup to counter the heatiness that was affecting my sleep. She called this heatiness a “heatiness that affects our heart” and that was causing all those frequent dreams and even nightmares. So, yesterday I had cooked this soup for dinner and I noticed that  about an hour after I had this soup, I feel myself more relaxed and lighter in spirit. Often when we are heaty, we feel tensed, foggy brained and lethargic.

So, I would like to share this recipe with those of you that are interested in trying this soup remedy for a good night’s sleep -

Easy, Nutritious Soup For Good, Restive Sleep 

Ingredients (serves 6) -

600 gms Tai Bak Choy vegetables

Some salted fish bones – about 250 gms

1 large block soft Tofu

500 gms pork ribs or pork bones, washed

3 slices ginger

1 tsp white pepper

3 litres water 

Method -

1) Wash vegetables and cut into 1-inch lengths

2) Wash salted fish. In a little bit of oil, fry ginger slices for 1 minute and then fry salted fish bones for about 3 minutes until fragrant. 

3) Cut Tofu into 1-inch chunks

4) Bring water to a boil. Add in all the ingredients. Bring to a boil. Lower to small heat and simmer soup for 4 hours.

5) Taste the soup and if it is not salty enough, you can add a little salt.

I especially love to eat the Tofu and soft vegetables as they are so delicious and I will have a giant bowl of this. :D

This soup is very cooling and will balance the heatiness in our body. The Tai Bak Choy is said to be extremely cooling and therefore, this soup must be boiled for the recommended time to cut down the overly cooling properties to make it more “balanced”. 

A word of caution though, it is advised that those of you with backaches not drink too much of this soup as its cooling properties can aggravate the backaches. Personally, I have lower backaches from an old injury but they don’t get worse whenever I have this soup.

Bon Appetit! :D 

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Kitchen Feng Shui For Good Wealth & Health

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Dear friends, :D

In Chinese Feng Shui (FS) – pronounced “Fung Shway” – the kitchen is very importantly associated with our prosperity (wealth) and health. Because the kitchen is also considered as the “heart of the home”, any problems in this area will result in a significant impact on our family – health wise or money wise.

Of course, first and foremost, good housekeeping is good feng shui. When our kitchen is clean, shiny and free from clutter, then it allows the best of positive energy to come into it. Conversely, if we have too much clutter and dirty things or we hardly declutter our kitchens, then this leads to a buildup of stagnant, stale and negative chi in our kitchen.

Now, we don’t want this to happen because negative energies will impact negatively also on aspects of our life, like our money, career, prosperity. Logically, this does make some sense because when our kitchen is cluttered and not clean, then it hampers our efforts to cook a really good and nourishing meal for our loved ones. In fact, I don’t think we would like to do anything or stay any longer in the kitchen if it is unclean and messy! :roll:

But when we can’t cook nourishing meals at home and we eat out most of the time, then our body is likely to be under nourished, thus leading to a less than optimal health and hence, lesser efficient ability to work well in our job.

We are taught the 10 Don’ts in Kitchen Feng Shui by Retired Feng Shui Master, Master atan at his Dhealing Forum as follows -

1. Do not place your kitchen under or next to a bathroom. A bathroom is deemed as a place where we wash away our dirt and where the toilet is located, and therefore, having a kitchen under this is deemed very inauspicious.

2. Do not place your stove under a big beam. A beam is considered a heavy support and if your stove is under it, it is like the energies of your stove are being oppressed by this beam. Not good to cook in such a situation. Why? Because the stove is symbolic of wealth and in such a negative placement of stove, it means your wealth is being suppressed. You can’t prosper.

3. Do not face your stove to water basin or refrigerator, this can lead to arguments and conflict within the family. Fire and water are opposites of and fight each other, and so the placements of the sink and stove are important. If they are directly opposite each other, then this may lead to arguments, conflicts and figthing among family members. Conflicts and tension at home means negative energies. A stove and sink side by side also means a weakening of the energy of the kitchen.

4. Do not clutter your kitchen – stagnant and dirty chi is no good for food. Clean out your food cupboards, pantry and refrigerator regularly.

5. Do not place stove near windows and skylights – the chi can flow out of the house through them.

6. Do not design the kitchen door be in a direct line with the back door or front door of the house. That placement allows the chi to flow from the kitchen all the way outside. If your doors are placed in line, keep the kitchen door closed, or use plants to block the flow.

7. Do not delay in maintaining the stove. A stove that is not in good working order implies a problem with financial resources. If any part of the stove (burners, oven light, fan, etc.) does not work, get it fixed as soon as possible.

8. Do not leave you stove unused – an unused stove implies untapped resources or ignored opportunities. Even if all you do is boil water for tea, rotate which burner you set the kettle on so that all of them get regular use! And use the oven, too, from time to time, instead of always relying on the microwave.

9. Do not place your kitchen in the North West sector of your house, because it will bring negative elements to your family. The NW sector of your house represents where Heaven’s energy flows into your house, and by having a kitchen there, it means that fire will destroy this good energy. A term for this kitchen location is “Fire At Heaven’s Gate.” The family breadwinner could lose his job, lose his wealth, or worse, lose his health. If your kitchen is already in this sector, try to move the cooking elements like the stove or oven away from this sector.

10. Do not use any odd shaped objects in the pots or frying pan at any time. They may seem like piercing weapons of some sort. I will discuss some of the remedies that can be carried out if the above Kitchen Feng Shui rules are broken later…..

Meanwhile, for those of you looking for a new home to buy or rent and you believe a little in FS :lol: , I hope these Kitchen FS tips will help you to avoid getting an “inauspicious” kitchen. There are also many other “Do’s & Don’ts” for other aspects of a home but we start with this post for now. :wink:

May your life be blessed with good wealth, good health and many successes!

choesf :D


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Yummy Juicy Natural Health Drink

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Dear friends, :D

Here is a really simple, natural and delicious health drink taught to me by Healer and Feng Shui  Master Atan :-

Natural Health Drink Recipe

Ingredients

1 orange

1/2 lemon

1 tbsp pure honey (or more if you like it sweeter :wink:)

Method -

1) Combine the juices from the lemon and orange.

2) Stir in the honey.

3) Enjoy health drink immediately. Yummy! :D

This easy-to-make delicious health drink portion is meant for 1 person, and it is recommended that we drink this twice a week to build up our body immunity, maintain good health, and it is especially good to have during the flu and sore throat seasons because it packs a lot of Vitamin C and anti-oxidants. :wink: Coughs and colds are reputed to be helped as a result.

Below is some good information on honey obtained from an e-zine article :-

Nature’s Energy Booster

The benefits of honey go beyond its great taste. A great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies, honey is known for its effectiveness in instantly boosting the performance, endurance and reduce muscle fatigue of athletes. Its natural fruit sugars, fructose and glucose plays an important role in preventing fatigue during exercise and are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream digested by the body. It is known that honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar. So, to experience these health benefits of honey, here are a few tips for you:

1. Next time before you go for a workout, take a spoon of honey to enable you to go for the extra mile.

2. If you are feeling low and lethargic in the morning, try honey. Spread it on hot toast or replace the sugar in your tea with it for a refreshing surge of energy.

3. If your kids are finding hard to cope with the physical strain from the buzzing activities at school, prepare them some sandwiches with honey, butter and ham to make sure they have enough energy to sustain through the day. They will appreciate the great health benefits of honey by experiencing them.

Immunity System Builder

Amongst the many health benefits of honey, what is most impressive to me – it can be a powerful immune system booster. Honey’s antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties can help improve digestive system and help you stay healthy and fight disease. Start every brand new day with this cleansing tonic if you want to see this health benefit of honey: before breakfast, mix a spoonful of honey and juice from half a lemon into a cup of hot water and drink it.

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Yoga Technique To Prevent Lower Back Injury

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Hi there, dear friends, :D

Since I picked up Yoga 3 weeks ago, I have learned a few techniques that have helped me tremendously (aside from the slimming or toning aspects) in my life – specifically on injuries related to my strenuous house chores, like mopping the floors, picking up heavy things, bending a lot, and so on. I have had a lower back slipped disc injury many years ago and whenever I bend often in my work, I usually end up with lower back pains for days.

But since I have been applying this Yoga method whenever I have to exert myself or bend over too much, I am very happy to say that now I no longer have lower backaches! :D

This Yoga technique is called a Mula Bandha or a Root Lock, one of the three Bandhas (Locks) that were taught by my Yoga instructor. (I will describe the other equally good Bandhas later on.) Basically, we apply this interior lock whenever we have to bend over to lift something heavy, do strenuous activities, or like in my case, having to put my whole weight on my mop to wring it dry. In addition to protecting our spine, this Mula Bandha also have other good health benefits.

Benefits

1) Increases flexibility of our spine and stimulates heat (good for those of you who feel cold during winter?)

2) Helps to prevent back injury by guiding us to move from our centre of body – when we have this lock in our lower spine, our back is stronger.

3) Ovaries in the female and the prostate gland in the male receive an increased flow of blood circulation. For ladies, this will benefit those with irregular mentrual periods.

4) Helps to prevent haemorrhoids.

5) Beneficial for toning up the kidneys and bladders.

6) Good for those with incontinence problems that most ladies would often get when they reach middle age.

Method

Mula Bandha focuses on those muscles that form a sling in our pelvis, from the pubis in front to the coccyx at the back. These muscles support the upper part of our vagina, the uterus, the rectum, the bladder and the prostate. We ladies usually know this technique as Kegels’ Exercises, which is often prescribed by gynaecologists after childbirth. For men, the area of these muscles can be identified by imagining that you are urinating and that you must stop the flow of urine by using (or contracting) these muscles.

When the Mula Bandha is engaged, we prevent prana (chi or lifeforce) from escaping from our lower body and prana flow is directed in the body. That is why heat is generated internally when prana or chi is flowing well in us. This lock is also used during Yoga asanas (postures) to prevent injury.

1) Sit comfortably on the floor or on a chair, or stand up in a relaxed manner.

2) Take a few breaths slowly, counting 1 to 4 for each inhalation and exhalation.

3) After you have exhaled completely, hold your breath and start contracting your pelvis muscles, as if you are stopping the flow of urine during a pee. For beginners, this will take a short time for you to get used to this step. Contract the muscles as much as you can …..and then, LOCK them in place.

4) With the Mula Bandha or LOCK engaged, continue to breathe in slowly and do normal breathing a few times.

5) Release the Mula Bandha or Root Lock, and repeat steps 3 and 4 again. Do this about 5 times or more if you wish or are able to.

This really beneficial Yoga technique can be done a few times a day…for me, I often have to engage the Mula Bandha when I am mopping the floor, when I reach down to pick up things, and even when I am sitting in front of the PC. It helps my spine to be firm and strong.

Note – DO NOT do the Mula Bandha if you are pregnant, having your menses, or right after a meal (best is 2 to 3 hours after a meal).

For those of you that often get lower back pains like me, I hope you will try to do this Yoga Technique and later say “Bye Bye” to your backaches! :wink:

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Simple Herbal Drink For Blood Cleansing & Detoxification – Hung Teen Wu Plants

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“Hung Teen Wu” plants & Dried Honey Dates (Mutt Joe)

 

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Dear friends,

The above herbal drink was taught to me by my healer lady last year and I make this drink very frequently for my family to detoxify as well as to cleanse our blood circulation. I have no idea what is the name of this plant in English or its scientific name but its Malay name is “Daun Kurma Merah” and it is known as “Hung Teen Wu” in Cantonese.

Added on 30 August, 2010 -

Blog visitor “Fern/Sau Chun” from Singapore was very helpful in letting me know the scientific name of this herbal plant (see comments below) ===> Sessile Joyweed

This herbal drink became very popular last year and the plants are sold in bunches costing US 60 cents or so each (RM2 in wet markets/pasar, RM6 per kg in Tesco), and is easy available here in KL.

For my large family of 6, I would need 3 bunches of “Hung Teen Wu”, weighing about 700gms and I boil these with 12 large honey dates (mutt joe) in a large pot containing 15 litres of water. This drink is to be simmered for at least 4 hours over a small fire, and then poured into bottles or jugs to be drank in place of water during the whole day (that’s why no sugar is added but the honey dates do provide some natural sweetness there.) Keep in the fridge when cooled. :wink:

There are many benefits of this herbal drink and I myself have heard first hand accounts from people who had this drink. There is this butcher in his 50′s who went for a medical checkup and was told by his doctor that he has three main arteries blocked, and he was scheduled to go for a bypass surgery in a few weeks’ time. He told me he got frantic and went looking for alternative medicine to help him. He was recommended this Hung Teen Wu plant which he boiled with honey dates, and drank this in place of water everyday for 2 weeks.

When he went back to his doctor, amazingly, his angiogram results showed that his arteries were no longer blocked and he need not have to go for the bypass surgery anymore. Wow! :shock: These days, he drinks this for health maintenance.

For my healer lady, she said this drink is very good for removing blood impurities, “heatiness” in our body and body cleansing in general. This is a very gentle herbal remedy and is not known to have any side effects as it was actually an old Chinese herbal recipe. It is so safe that we can even make this drink twice a week, which was what I did last year when I started my family on this. For 2 months, we would drink this twice weekly and because my husband is a heavy smoker and is often stressed from work, he drinks about 3 litres of this a day, to detoxify. My children would drink 500 ml. only. Sometimes I have jugs of this herbal drink in the fridge and it can be drank for the next day (I usually give my husband a litre of it to bring with him to work, too). These days, I will make this herbal drink like once every one or two weeks, just for blood cleansing maintenance. :wink:

For those of you in this part of the world, I hope you can find this type of plants/herbs in your markets and do try this herbal remedy for blood detoxification. After all, it is a cheap and natural remedy. In the Klang Valley here in KL, this drink is now a household favourite….as evidenced by the sale of Hung Teen Wu plants even in the Tesco hypermarkets! :lol:

Have a blessed and relaxing weekend! :D

Note – I am not suggesting that those with blocked arteries drink this in place of their recommended surgery….but to use this simple, herbal remedy for maintenance of good health.

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Time For Rewards In Dieting/Slimming

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Good Day to all, :D

Hehe, after nearly 2 weeks of healthy eating, yoga exercises and cut down in calories…..ah, it is time for a little reward for myself today! :lol: Usually on weekends, I would cook a special dinner for my family (none of our usual Chinese rice and soup and stuff) and tonight, we are having Lamb Chops, Coleslaw, Crinkled Cut Fries and Potato Wedges. When it comes to this type of meal, any dieting has to be thrown out of the window! :roll: If you see the mouth watering picture of lamb chops (which I have marinating in my fridge since last night….mmmmm) below, you will know what I mean …..

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In case you want the recipe for my lamb chops, please CLICK HERE

So, tonight, I shall give myself a little treat by enjoying this meal together with my family, except that I am going to have a much smaller portion than them, and I will be sure to drink lots of Green Tea after that to wash away those fat in the lamp chops and fries. :wink:

For the past 2 weeks, I was having mainly vegetables and soups, no oily and fried stuff, no sweets/desserts/soda pops, and my rice intake was reduced to only 2 tablespoons’ full per meal, instead of the usual 1 1/2 cups for a Chinese. Bread was cut down to 1 slice, instead of 2. But in between, there would be some healthy snacking like an apple, a banana, an orange or a cup of hot brown rice cereal beverage. We must not skip any meals but instead eat more frequently daily, but in really small portions to keep our metabolism rate going high, instead of the rate dropping. Later I will post here a Yoga technique to increase our metabolism.

By eating lesser food and eating less meat, we are also giving our digestion system a break. Best is to drink lots of water (at least 2 – 3 litres daily) to flush our system and remove some toxins as well.

Initially, my energy levels were low due to my lower intake of daily calories, and it was a bit tough for me because I usually do a lot of energetic house work daily like walking up and down the stairs of my 3-storey home (I counted that I take up to 300 steps a day on the stairs) , mopping the house, etc……but by doing some Yoga breathing exercises a few times daily and energising my body with oxygen at cellular levels, my energy levels got better actually and my mind was crisp and alert! :D

Oh, another thing that I forgot to mention in my breathing technique posts earlier – my skin and facial complexion actually got better with the breathing exercises! :wink: So, do more deep and slow breathing exercises if you want good, healthy looking complexion and skin! No need to buy those expensive face moisturisers that contain oxygenated stuff in them! Hahaha! :lol:

My husband and I always believe in giving ourselves a little reward now and then if we had worked hard at something. By doing this, we are motivating ourselves to continue with whatever we were doing that was tough for us to undertake. On this food reward, I will actually be stopping the cravings that I face occasionally during my dieting. :lol: The important thing to remember is not to indulge too much in the yummy but highly caloric meals, and then end up failing in our dieting/slimming attempt.

Talking about cravings, the other day I read in a magazine that if we have strong cravings for sweet stuff like cakes, candies, chocolates, etc….if we eat a bit of lemon skin, this will remove or cut down our cravings for sweets. I didn’t have a chance to try this as I didn’t have strong cravings for sweet stuff but will try to eat some lemon skin if the opportunity arises. So, for some of you out there who will try this lemon tip here, I hope you will give us some feedback. I’m sure many of us are very interested to know if this lemon skin will work in stopping our cravings for cakes! :wink:

Hmmm…perhaps next week I wll reward myself by baking an Apple Pie or a Banana Orange Cake!! :lol:

Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend! :D

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Nutritious Burdock Root Herbal Soup For Detoxification

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Fresh Burdock Root (Chinese: 牛蒡子 / in pinyin: niúpángzi)

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Dried Chinese Wolfberries

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Dried Red Dates

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A bowl of nourishing and detoxifying Burdock Root Soup simmered for 3 hours with Carrots, Red Dates and Pork Ribs.

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Good Day, dear friends :D

I was first introduced to Burdock Root a few years ago, when it was served as a light Japanese salad. It was julienned and cooked lightly with some light soy sauce, sweet rice wine, chopped green onions, and sesame seeds. When I asked the Japanese restaurant’s lady owner what that delicious “vegetable” was, she told me that it is called “Gobo” in Japanese and “Ngau Pong” in Cantonese, and that it is very good for removing toxins from our body. Since then, I had used the Burdock Root and cooked it as a nutritious herbal soup for detoxification, and we have this soup once every 2 months. :wink:

A few days back, I saw this root being used as one of the ingredients in cooking show called “Nutritional and Delicious Chinese Dishes”, which was hosted by a lady chef and a Chinese Physician. I was curious as to exactly what detoxification properties that this Burdock Root have and after doing some research, I am really amazed at the extremely beneficial properties of this simple root. :shock:

Below is some information obtained from “The Natural Herbs Guide” on the Burdock Root that I would like to share with you -

Burdock is a root that is found in Europe and Asia. It has many medicinal qualities and has been used in many herbal remedies. The root is sweet to the taste and has a gummy consistency. Traditionally, burdock has been used as a remedy for measles, arthritis, tonsillitis, viruses like colds, throat pain, and as a diuretic. In modern times, burdock is also used in oncology and to treat many other serious health problems.

Burdock root has often been used to purify the blood by removing toxins that can build up in blood. It can be taken orally or used topically as a remedy for skin disorders. Also, burdock root can be a diuretic or soothe aching joints. Traditional Chinese healers used burdock root in combination with other plants to make cures for colds, measles, throat pain, and tonsillitis. Burdock root was also popular in Japan as a source of vitamins and other nutrients. In modern times, burdock root has been employed in the treatment of certain cancers. However, this use of burdock root still needs to be systematically tested.

Burdock’s active ingredients are arcigen, calcium, chlorogenic acid, essential oil, flavonoids, iron, inulin, lactone, mucilage, polyacetylenes, potassium, resin, tannin, and taraxosterol. The seeds of the plant contain beneficial fatty acids. The oil from the seeds can be used as a diaphoretic, which leads to increased perspiration, which is essential in cleansing the body of toxins or harmful elements. According to traditional healers, diaphoretics are integral to treating influenza, gallbladder or liver disorders, and to aid the kidneys which purify the blood.


Burdock root is eaten as a vegetable in many places. It has many nutrients like iron, inulin (a carbohydrate), and beneficial oils. Also, burdock can be used as a gentle laxative and help eradicate uric acid. Some of the active ingredients of burdock are polyacetylenes, which are known to be effective antibacterials and antifungals. Burdock enhances the performance of many of the organs which purify the body and eliminate toxins or waste (like the kidneys, liver, colon, etc). This enhances overall health and helps correct disorders.

Burdock is easily obtainable as an ingredient in teas, ointments, or pills. It is a powerful diuretic, and is safe to be taken internally, externally, or as food. However, it is important to make sure that the herb is pure. Some reports have indicated that burdock could have toxic properties, since cases of illness were reported that involved burdock tea. However, further analysis showed that the negative effects were the result of impure burdock root. Some belladonna, which contains atropine, had contaminated the burdock root. It is important to look at the source and purity of burdock root before obtaining it.

Here is my recipe for Burdock Root Herbal Soup For Detoxification

Ingredients -

* 2 whole fresh Burdock Roots (each about 2 ft long as the ones found here are quite thin) – peeled, washed and cut into slices or chunks

* 1 cup dried Red Dates

* 1/2 cup dried Wolfberries

* 500 gm pork ribs, cut into 2-inch lengths

* 2 litres water

Method -

Bring all ingredients to a boil. Remove any scum that floats to the surface. Lower heat and simmer for 4 hours (6-8 hours if using a slow cooker). Season to taste with some salt and white pepper.

I had bought the fresh Burdock Roots from the wet markets and hypermarkets here…in case some of you wonder where I got my Burdock Roots from. They are usually imported from China. :wink:

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For Cat Lovers Like Me

Good evening, dear friends :D

While looking in YouTube for some good laughs, I came across this really cuuuuute kitten that made me go “Awwww…..I want to get a kitty just like that and hug it tightly!” :lol:

Have a look ……

Sleepy Kitty

……and here are some cuuute “talking” cats!

Talking Cats

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Yoga Breathing For Purification and Detoxification – Kapalabhati Kriya

Good morning, dear friends :D

The first of the Pranayama techniques that I am going to describe here is called the “Kapalabhati” or “Frontal Brain Cleaning Breath.” It is also known as the “Shining Skull” because the name is derived from the physiological process whereby the cerebral spinal fluid, which changes pressure according to rhythmic normal breathing or respiration, receives a tremendous shift of pressure through forceful and swift exhalations.

This creates a massaging effect on the brain, enlivening and energising every cell, and creating an aura of light and vitality in the brain. In addition, through the rapid succession of sharp expulsions of the breath, the nasal passages are cleaned and purified.

Also, when you are using your abdomen muscles (by sucking in hard using your muscles) to push your diaphragm which in turn pushes out the air from your lungs, you will benefit from a well-toned and flatter abdomen. After doing this Yoga Pranayama exercise for more than a week now, the flab at my abdomen is much reduced and my stomach is more muscular. Also, I’m not sure if this is a side effect but it seems that my stomach size (and capacity?) has became smaller, which is good, because now I consume less food per meal and I already feel very full! :D

Benefits of doing the Kapalabhati are -

  • It also aids in curing consumption (old term for tuberculosis), removes impurities fo the blood, and tones up the circulatory and respiratory systems.
    • Clears out the stale, residual air in the lungs and saturates the cells with oxygen and prana/lifeforce energy.
    • Releases large amounts of carbon dioxide and toxins, thereby purifying the body. Persons suffering from asthma will find this very helpful.
    • Strengthens the diaphragm, the heart and the entire nervous system.
  • Energizes, revitalizes and recharges the entire system with prana and stimulates cellular metabolism (a great for a pick me up instead of coffee or tea :wink: )
  • Brings mental clarity and alertness.
  • Gives a deep, stimulating massage to the abdominal organs. The constant movements of the diaphragm up and down act as a stimulant to the stomach, liver and pancreas. So, people who suffering from abdominal disorders like bloatedness, wind, gastroenteritis will find this breathing exercise very effective.

*** Warning! Please don’t do the Kapalabathi if you are experiencing any of the following -

  • Pregnancy,
  • menstruation,
  • pneumothorax
  • unmedicated high blood pressure,
  • recent surgery, injury or inflammation of the abdominal or thoracic region (colitis, cancer, hernia, active stomach ulcer, emphysema or heart conditions)
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Also, please do this exercise at least 2 hours after food, and wait at least 1 hour before having food.

    Instructions.

    1. Sit comfortably with your spine erect. On the floor or on a straight backed chair.
    2. Take a few deep breaths slowly (by counting from 1 to 4 for each inhalation and each exhalation) and relax – allow for a free flow of breath.
    3. Inhale deeply and feel your belly expand. If you can’t feel your belly, you can put one palm on it to feel the rising and falling with your breath. This is what they call “breathing all the way to your stomach.”
    4. Exhale forcefully through the nostrils by contracting the abdominal muscles – i.e. use your whole abdomen to help push out the air as your lungs are deflating until there is no more air/carbon dioxide to let go.
    5. Then, your lungs will automatically let in oxygen and this is known as passively (spontaneous free natural ) allow the inhalation to happen. Repeat this several times slowly (up to 5 times; when this is comfortable can increase to 20).
    6. Gradually pick up the pace to find your own rhythm.
    7. After each round, exhale completely, holding the breath out briefly, like for 2 seconds. Inhale when needed, holding the breath in briefly. Exhale when ready and repeat or return to normal respiration

    ** Note – be sure that the exhalations are an active act (mindfully using your stomach muscles to push out carbon dioxide from your lungs), whilst the inhalations are passive (automatic when your lungs are starved of oxygen and you will gasp to let in air into your lungs)
    Feel yourself energised and alert after doing this breathing exercise and know that you have also “worked” out your internal organs, as well as in removing toxins from your body! :D

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