Thursday, July 17, 2014
Friday, July 11, 2014
Summer is here, and it's time to help keep the body, mind cool. What better way to keep cool then a cucumber infused water, with rose petals, sage or maybe rosemary.
Take 1/2 cucumber, sliced
2 quarts water
Additional options: rose-petals, sage, mint,lemon,ginger or rosemary
Place the cucumbers in jar,top with any additional herbs and pour water over and place in frig, sip through out day. I like to make mine the night before and place in the frig, this allows the flavors from the cucumber and herbs to infuse into the water.Try different combinations of cucumber water, see what you come up with, and share with us on facebook.
Benefits of cucumber water:
- Good for your muscles and joints, cucumbers contain silica which is known to strengthen the connective tissues.
- Cucumber helps with elimination due to the high water content.
- Cucumber water helps with keeping the skin clear.
- Cucumber water will help keep you hydrated. We forget or get bored with water, so by adding in cucumber or herbs it will change the flavor and encourage you to drink more.
- Cucumber ware is easy to make, and looks great in just minutes for when guests stop by on those hot summer days.
- And yes, cucumber water is cost effective and low calorie.
So while the warm weather is here, take a few minutes and create your own spa water.Don't forget, when you are in Metta Wellness next time try out our cooling teas, like Hibiscus Cooler or our Summer Chill down Tea.
About the author: Heather works and runs Metta Wellness is Shrewsbury, MA. This is a creation of Ayurveda, Massage and Wellness. Find out more at www.mettaspa.net
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
The joy of creating my own oils, teas, and salves with wild harvesting.
|Wild Harvesting Roses for Heart Glycerin|
While working at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center in Lancaster,MA I learned to make oils for dosha balance. When learning the oil making, we worked with large amounts of herbs, most would come in a dry or powdered form, and we would make the oils from their.Over time I learned how to blend herbs for our clients for many different healing treatments, such as oils that would be poured onto the low back while creating a damn for the oils to sit in(this is a kati basti) all individuality made for each client. The oil for one client would be different form another, depending on what the issues where in the body, mind connection.
So this got me thinking, and when I started to work for myself, it all made sense, no one body is the same, so why would their oils be the same. So I did what I do, and went back to school, I went into an Herbal program. With massage, Thai yoga, meditation and Ayurveda, I take and blend and create the body-work treatment that is individual to each client, so now we have the herbs and oils. I have spent the last year wild harvesting my herbs and creating oils from them, then blending them for my clients. I have found that blending teas, such as a relaxing stress free tea after and massage with lavender & chamomile oil allows the client to go further with their healing, or just relaxing.
Last week I was able to spend the time away at my grandparents home, and they have this incredible rose bush, blooming and the smell so sweet, it took me to a place when I was a kid, running around the yard with my cousins, just being. That smell, the color of the rose, if feels safe, loving cooling yet warm. So I gathered some of the roses, and made a rose glycerin, and the next time I feel sad, or want to feel the love of my grandmother, I can take a little drop, and you are their again.This is the beauty of the herbs, and why I have introduced them to my friends, yes my clients. So weather I am harvesting elder flower, or yarrow, I respect what I have and am learning, and the space I am in, I create what I need for the time, nothing more, and always leave in respect of what we are given.
I have always been drawn to alternative ways to heal, to create balance, this is how I have been drawn to the work I do.
About the author: Heather works at Metta Wellness in Shrewsbury, MA., www.mettaspa.net, with Ayurveda and wellness, creating body-work, teas, oils and slaves for her clients.