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The Magic of Herbal Cookies

ImageGood Morning….I want to thank everyone again for attending our Open House  at Elements, last Saturday and I promised to share my recipes for all the Herbal goodies we had…so here they are…(only 2, the rest will follow)…..I do need to add a little note, these cookies must be Magical…I shared them, later that night at a party and got a marriage proposal….Whoopeee….amazing what a good herbal cookie can do…..Love to all…

DARK CHOCOLATEMINT, PEPPERMINT CRACKLE COOKIES

Note:  all ingredients are ORGANIC

1-1/2 c flour; 1/2 c raw sugar;1/4 c unsweetened dark chocolate cocoa powder; 1/2 tsp. baking powder; 1/2 tsp. sea salt; 1/2 cup loosley packed chocolate mint leaves and 1/2 c pepermint leaves ( you can use dried herbs, just use 1/2 amount as fresh); 1 c Semi-sweet choc. chips; 3eggs, lightly beaten; 6 tbls. unsalted butter; 1 tsp Vanilla extract(organic); 1/2 c raw sugar and 1/2 c powdered sugar( for rolling the cookie dough.

Sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt, set aside; in food processer blend mint and sugar until it looks like wet sand; on lowest setting melt the chocolate and butter in a sauce pan, stir often to avoid scorching, remove, stir until completely melted, then pour into large bowl and add the mint sugar and stir.  When chocolate is cooled a little, add the eggs, vanilla and stir; add the dry ingredients to the chocolate mixture and mix then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour or longer ( I actually left them in for about 3 hours, worked ok, I think you could even leave it in the refer. overnight);  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees; then roll into small balls, using teaspoon or scoop, roll cookies in  raw sugar/granulated sugar first then into the powdered sugar, place on greased/sprayed cookie sheet, about an inch apart…bake for 10 -12 Minutes (depending on your oven)…Remove and let cool for 5 minutes then place on cooling rack…this should make about 3 dozen…..Have fun and enyoy…

LEMON VERBENA-LEMON BALM COOKIES WITH LEMON BUTTERCREAM

FROSTING

1/2 c butter; 1 egg, beaten; 1 tsp lemon rind; 1/4 tsp sea salt; 1/2 tsp lemon extract; 1 1/2 tbls dried lemon verbena or 3 tbls. fresh; 1/2 tbls dried lemon balm or 1tbls fresh; 1 c sugar; 1tsp vanilla; 11/2 c flour, sifted; 1 1/2 tsp baking powder.  Cream butter and sugar ( I use my food processor, much easier); Mix in vanilla lemon rind, lemon extract and lemon verbena and lemon balm;  add sifted flour, baking powder.  Roll the dough and form  a log about 2″-3″ in diameter, roll in wax paper and refrigerate for  1 or more hours, then slice into 1/4 pieces and bake on a greased cooked sheet, Bake at 400 for 8-10 min (depening on your oven).  Cool on cooling rack.  Then prepare the Lemon Buttercream Icing:  1 /2 cup butter; 1 c powdered sugar; 1 tblsp. lemon juice ; and 1/2 tsp. lemon peel…then frost and enjoy…..Many, many Green Blessings….Love & Hugs

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REIKI and BEYOND…Everything You Always Wated to Know About REIKI…But Were Afraid To Ask…..

Reiki hand with rainbow fireREIKI & BEYOND..Everything You Always Wanted to Know About REIKI…But  Were Afraid To Ask…..

As Humanity evolves, so does REIKI…There are a variety of Reiki systems out there and if you are Reiki you may find this class helpful.  If you just want to “brush up” on your skills or maybe you would like to learn more of the ways that we can incorporate Reiki in our lives to be of service or just interact and share with others who practice  Reiki….This could be the class for you…Some of the topics that we will address in the class are:

How to heal with Sekhem-Seichim Reiki

Review of hand positions, symbols, etc.

Reiki for animals, plants, etc.

Healing the Chakras with Crystals & Reiki

Teaching Reiki and giving Attunements

Teaching Reiki to caregivers

Teaching Reiki to children with special needs

Heart clearing, power center clearing

Reiki during pregnancy & conscious conception

Reiki Healing attunements

Chakras & the corresponding organs & systems in Reiki and more……

Whatever level of Reiki, you are welcome…this class will meet on the Third Monday of every month from 6:30pm until 8:00pm.  Pre-registration is required.  If you pre-register Cost is $10 …..at the door, cost is $15.

Classes will be held:TBA

For Pre=registration Call:  (209)573-0553   or e-mail: dndixiereiki@gmail.com

Classes are limited..so please call early….   Dixie

Plant Wisdom Herbal Intensive/Apprenticeship

Medicinal herb gardenwheel photoHi & many, many green Blessings…the Journey is beginning….We are embarking on an Herbal journey…for a nine month period, two days a month,we will be spending time in the classroom, wildcrafting, herb walking, in herb gardens, creating herbal medicines, etc.  This is a hands-on herbal intensive that will give you an understanding of the herbal world that you will benefit you, your family, pets and friends.   This is a journey that will take you within to your Heart, connecting you with our Mother Earth/PachaMana.

What this course covers:  Plant identification; Creating herbal medicines, formulas, teas, tinctures, etc.; Creating your Herbal first-aid kit; How to cook with medicinal herbs; Herbs to nourish and facilitate healing in the systems of our bodies; Wildcrafting with integrity and honor; Herbs for family, women, men, children, pregnancy & conception; and your pets; Plant energies & actions; Plant Spirit medicine; History & Herbal folk lore;  and much, much more….

This class will be held the second week-end of every month, beginning on:   TBA  TIME: 10 am to 5 pm   PLACE: TBA

If you feel the Plant Kingdom calling to you….come join us, for an exciting, expanding fun filled journey into the world of Herbs and much, much more.  Contact me: Dixie at dndixiereiki@gmail.com  for more information and an application…I feel it would be an honor and a privilege to share this journey with you….many green Blessings …..                         Namaste

Exploring the Plant Kingdom thru the eyes of Children..

Baby under tree-pure love PhotoJust came in from the garden…..watching my three little kittens playing in and around all the plants brought to mind the joy of discovery and how our children see the beauty, the magic and the wonder of a Garden.  Now that school is out, what a wonderful time to introduce our children to the Plant Kingdom and the sacredness of all living Beings, reawakening their connection to Mother Earth(they are so in touch with Nature).  Of course as we share with them, we are renewed ….as we see all the beauty and love through their eyes, perhaps once again seeing the wonder that we experienced as a child.  I know I spent most of my life out with Nature, such a blessing, I am so thankful to my parents, and grateful to them for instilling in me my deep connection to our love Mother Earth.

There are so many great herbal projects for children  to help them learn in a fun way… make a natural  toothbrush; there are many games, Become A Plant;..and wonderful books to identify  what is a weed, what is an herb, their uses, safety, etc,;  they can learn that” plants have feelings too”; how they should walk in the forest; learn Wildcrafting; honoring the Plant Kingdom, while connecting with the magic.  If you are blessed to have an herb garden, they can learn the honorable way to harvest and make their own Teas, etc.  Through song, dance, story and experience children will love learning about how Mother Earth sustains all life, all her gifts and the joy of being outside…..and you will undoubtedly connect with that little girl/boy inside of you….most of all enjoy your children, have fun….

Here is a Children’s Happy Potion

Do you feel sad or blue?  Well, cheer up with the Children’s Happy Potion!  Lemon balm and chamomile tea is a perfect combination for many children’s complaints; restlessness, insomnia, whining, crying, colic, teething, sadness and depression.

To Make:  Infuse 1 teaspoon lemon balm and 1/2 teaspoon chamomile in 1 cup of water.  Strain and sweeten to taste.~~~Leslie Tierra

Thank you for spending so time with me in the garden…Many Green Blessings,

Dixie

 

My Love Affair with “Tumeric”

Benefits of TumericPhotoAs you can tell I LOVE TURMERIC(Curcuma longa)…..having just shared some wonderful information on FB…I have been presented, from time to time in my practice in many instances with my Clients where Tumeric has been of great medicinal benefit.  Including, myself….I have just been experimenting with a Tumeric Tea (I will add the recipe).   I have used Tumeric in my cooking, forever….I think one of the most exciting and wonderful advantages of being an herbalist is the deep connection and reverence  that we develop with the plant kingdom as we connect with the plants, using the many gifts they offer.. and not being afraid to experiment and use the herbs in our everyday cooking.  After all…. plants were our first medicine…….

It is interesting to note, respected ethnobotanist James A. Duke, Phd..did comprehensive studies of Tumeric…Reviewing some 700 studies, he concluded that turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effect against several chronic, debilitating diseases (Alzheimer’s disease,  Arthritis, & Cancer) with virtually no adverse side effects.       Adding tumeric to you diet is one of the best moves toward optimal health that you can make….check out those curry dishes….Have fun and  explore your options….

Tumeric Tea

4 cups boiling water, add

1  tsp. ground turmeric

1  tsp. milk thistle

Reduce heat and  simmer for 10 minutes

I added lemon to taste, you could also add honey or stevia if you choose

It is not only really good as a hot tea, try it iced…Yummmmmm

Enjoy….many, many green Blessings,

Dixie

 

TRANSPLANTING “MISS LEMON BALM”

LemonBalm photo Good Morning all you Magnificant Beings…..I have just had the most wonderful time this morning…first, I harvested more Honeysuckle (a daily task for me, this time of year) and while processing Miss Honeysuckle, I did some Mindful Meditation…a great way to start the day…gifts from my garden….Then, back out to my garden to transplant some Lemon Balm….I got the plants from my Daughter’s garden in Arnold…Not only does Traci(my darling Daughter) have a wonderful Herb Shop called A Thyme For Herbs, she also has a beautiful herb garden…and of course she shares with Mom (I taught  her well, Ha Ha).

Transplanting Lemon Balm(Melissa Officinalis) is easy  and fun, she is in the mint family and we all know how well mint grows….but, in my opinion, One can never have enough Lemon Balm…While chatting with Miss Lemon Balm(who likes to be called “Melissa”, just a heads up, if you find yourself talking to her) informed me that she grows up to 3 feet tall and has opposite oval leaves that are hairy and slightly serrated. She says, “My flowers grow in cluster os pale yellow, rose, or light blue and show up at the height of summer. You can tell that I am related to the mint family, because my stems are square…and also you can find me in gardens or sometimes in wild places, like fields, roadsides and near creeks……..I have so many gifts for you, says “Melissa”, not only am I an incredible  medicinal healing herb, I am great in the kitchen, you can add my leaves to salads, stuffings, fish, lamb, and much, much more…I am especially fond of Children ….they love me because I have a lemony smell and I help with their colds, cough and fevers, I taste good and I am a fun plant for children to grow.”

Well, gotta go for now…I really feel the need for a nice cup of Lemon Balm Tea….

From My Heart to Your Heart…Many Green Blessings….Dixie

Namaste

The Magic of Trees

Baby under tree-pure love Photo Ahhhh…the Majic of Trees…lately, it seems that the trees have been calling to me…so I have been spending lots of time out there hugging every tree in sight….On Earth Day I went to Sequoia National Park (for the first time) …and was absolutely in awe of their majesty, sacredness and beauty.  I have always known the healing qualities of the different trees and their medicinal qualities, but…never realized the Magic one feels in their presence.  I found one of my books, just recently  written by Scott Cunningham, called Earth Power…and he talks about the Magical Power of Trees that I found interesting…here are a few with their magical qualities: APPLE: healing, prosperity, love, perpetual youth ~ CEDAR:  prosperity, longevity ~ CYPPRESS: past-life workings, protection ~ ELM: protection ~ EUCALYPTUS: healing ~  LEMON: divination, healing, chastity, neutrality ~ OAK: healing, strength, money, longevity ~ OLIVE:  peace, fruitfulness, security, money, marriage, fidelity ~ PINE: purification, health, fortune, prosperity, fertility ~ WILLOW: healing, protection, enchantments, easy delivery of babies, wishing . …and of course there are many, many more.

It is said that the trees with which you cultivate magical relationships are things to be treasured; visit them often.  When you can arrive at the point when you accept the trees as friends, you have achieved a powerful bond between yourself, the earth, and even beyond.  I know….from  personal experience the healing qualities of just spending an hour out under a tree, with your back pressed against it, or just holding a branch or the leaves or hugging it,  honoring it in anyway that feels appropriate to you…. that magic, peace, joy, balance and healing can be found.  And its FREE…not too much out there in the Medical world that is healing… that is FREE…Just one of the many gifts that the Plant Kingdom has for us….

Many, Many Green Blessings

Namaste

547501_526960350676236_979001734_nWe must add to this list HONEYSUCKLE   TEA…I have just spent a most wonderful morning out in my garden harvesting the beautiful Little Miss Honeysuckle…  She is such an amazing little lady and has so many gifts to share with us.

Her actions are many, she is antibacterial, antiseptic, and anti-inflamitory, her many beneficial constituents are calcium, linollic acid, magnesium, potassium and zinc…WOW!  besides that when you suck on the flowers they taste just like hone( I used to do that as a child and guess what, this morning I found myself doing it again)…I am so glad that child is still around…

Now let me share with you what gifts Little Miss Honeysuckle has in store for us….In ancient time they burned honeysuckle for incense and she has been used medicinally for thousands of years.  She is said to be a mental stimulant that has not only medicinal …BUT…magical prperties.

Huneysuckle Tea  can be used for respiratory problems, sore throat, flu, pneumonia and may help alleviate sores and swelling of the eyes, throat and breast; alleviate headaches; help fight bladder infections; alleviates fevers; helps treat nausea and vomiting caused by Hepatitis-C and is said to inhibit the bacteria that causes salmonella, strep, staph and T.B. infections.

Can you believe that some people consider Little Miss Honeysuckle a weed and try to remove her from the garden…but, sometimes she has a mind of her own and sticks around…I love this plant..right now as I am writing this and looking out my window at Miss Honeysuckle I am smelling her wonderful fragrance…Oh, the many gifts the Plant Kingdom has for us…if we just become aware..Love to all and Many Green Blessings….Dixie

Wildcrafting and Herb walks with Dixie

Traci's garden view toward houseHi Beautiful Ones….Yesterday,  there was a break in the weather and I really felt the need to get out and connect with the Nature Spirits. It seems for days the area around the Lake has been calling me…so I took off to experience  the Plant Kingdom and  the wonderous gifts that Mother Earth  had for me on this beautiful spring day…there were many, as always……..It is always so exciting to me, to see which Plant Allie will speak to me at any given time….but it seems the one speaking to me yesterday was Oatstraw(Avena sativa) she is still young right now, but as the seasons change, she will grow and mature. In the meantime, she has a message for us…Oatstraw Speaks….”My name is Oats.  I am priestess of Ceres, great mother of grain.  I am the archetype of fertility. I am Corn Mother.  I am the mother’s gift of nourishment.  I am the mother’s gift of love. Love. Love.  I am Love”..as spoken to Susan Weed….if only we all could hear her message….She is a wonderful Green Plant Allie that we so often overlook and she is here to say..” I bring you many, many gifts.  I am a strength-giving food, a nerve tonic, love potion, and  a rejuvenator and much, much more”…..try this recipe   Festival Oatcakes 1/4 cup butter                                       Melt butter and honey carefully. Stir in oats, wine and 1teaspoon honey                                 pinch of salt.  Add more honey slowly to suit your taste. 1 tbls. wine*                                         Form little cakes, put on an oiled baking sheet & bake more honey                                          at 350 for 15 – 20 minutes or until brown. optional: 1/8cup rasins 1/8 cup walnuts *elderberry or dandelion Preparation time: 30 minutes unless you taste the wine too frequently! Until next time…….. Enjoy!!!! Many Many Green Blessings, Dixie

Wildcrafting/Herb walks with Dixie

Greetings and Green Blessings to all….I had such great intentions yesterday of finding Miss Nettles and Little Star Lady (Chickweed) but alas…as in life things change and in the process the most wonderful things happen….I thought I had my day all planned out…(silly me…) I feel that searching and connecting with our Green Allies is a great metaphor for life…we are looking for something  specific (we think)…then guess what we are sent in another direction …which was where we were headed in the first place…Love how that works.

Right behind my home is a wonderful wooded area and I felt sure I would find Little Star Lady in my sacred wooded area…but..Nooooo….nor did I find Miss Nettles…So off I went to this wonderful trail off Highway one that connects to the beach( I had no idea it was such a long trail) …but being the dedicated(or crazy herbalist that I am)  I felt I was up to the challenge..It was wonderful …as I started out the first Allie(however, sometimes she is not such a good Allie) Miss Poison Hemlock(Conium maculatum)!!!!….as I passed her with just a “how do you do” and touched her, not….I came upon many other green Allies who were ever so much more friendly…Miss Yarrow(Achillea millefolium), California Sagebrush(Artemisia californica0,  Miss Wild Oats(Avena spp.),  Miss California Buckwheat(Eriogonum fasciculatum),Miss Arroyo Willow(Salix lasiolepis),Soap Plant(Chlorogalum pomeridianum), and Miss California Poppy(Eschscholzia californica)…these are just a few that I encountered on my journey…I never ceased to be amazed at how many healing plant Allies are in our own yards, meadows, woods, etc…just waiting for us Humans to acknowledge them in an honorable way,  so they can be of service to us…Well that was yesterday…today I will go again(its supposed to rain,..not a problem).

Love to all and Many Green Blessings….Dixie

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