Castor Oil Packing

We will very soon be into Spring Equinox and its THE most perfect time to detox and kick start the liver for an overall improvement in mind and body, the liver processes many toxins that come into our body and can get overloaded and sluggish, this affect our physical and emotional wellbeing. I was recommended castor oil packing  by my acupuncturist and for the last 3 years have turned to this method whenever I feel overwhelmed with hormonal fluctuations or feeling generally run down and lacking in energy.

Castor Oil packing is a perfect way to consciously spend time with your body relaxing,  it is impossible to overemphasise how beneficial relaxation is, we live in a time where stress is considered a normal part of our lives and the consequences lead to cortisol and adrenalin, the stress hormones, play havoc with our lives. Relaxation supports the release of oxytocin in to the body, where cortisol and adrenalin are the ‘fight flight freeze’ hormones, oxytocin’s job is to ‘tend and befriend’.

So, here is how its done, the first time I did it I found it to be a bit fiddly, gathering the kit together took a little bit of thought but since I got the kit together it is very simple.

The Kit

A face cloth

Cold Pressed Castor Oil (preferably organic)

a hot water bottle

a large towel

a roll of cling film

some old trousers and t shirt/long sleeved shirt

Castor oil will stain clothes and sheets and upholstery so please be careful to protect those places with towels.

This video was the one that got me started

Castor Oil Pack

 

Wishing you wellbeing into the springtime

 

 

 

 

 

Green Healing Powers for the winter months

sleepy man needing winter wellbeing
see article from Susun Weed

 

Winter Wellbeing

If you are feeling run down, nettles will give you a fantastic boost to wellbeing, here are some facts that you might never guess of this humble plant.
Susun Weed says;

Nettle is amazingly rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals, especially the critical trace minerals: anti-cancer selenium, immune-enhancing sulphur, memory-enhancing zinc, diabetes-chasing chromium, and bone-building boron. A quart of nettle infusion contains more than 1000 milligrams of calcium, 15000 IU of vitamin A, 760 milligrams of vitamin K, 10% protein, and lavish amounts of most B vitamins.
Vitamins A, C, D and K, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, iron and sulphur are particularly abundant in nettles.

From Nutritional Herbology by Mark Pedersen

Per 100g dry weight:
Calcium – 2900mg
Magnesium – 860mg
Potassium – 1750mg
Selenium – .22mg
Zinc – .47mg
Thiamine – .54mg
Riboflavin (B2) – .43mg

To make a nettle infusion: Measure out one ounce of the dried herb. Boil a quart of water. Put the dried herb into a quart jar and fill to the top with the boiling water. Stir with a wooden spoon and add water until the jar is full to the top. Lid tightly and set aside to brew for at least four hours, or overnight, whichever is easier for you.
To use: Strain and squeeze the liquid out of the herb. Be sure to refrigerate your infusion, as it will go bad at room temperature once it is done brewing. (If that happens, I use it as plant food. And you should see how my roses adore it!)
Nettle infusion is delicious over ice. Its rich green taste is not at its best when served hot. Adding honey can make it taste quite strange. Some folks like to add a little apple juice to sweeten it. Or stir in some miso, for a salty drink. However you consume it, do drink it up within a few days, as nettle infusion doesn’t last.
Green blessings surround us, even in the middle of winter.
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