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HERB OF THE WEEK: Dill

Bunch of dill on white background. Isolated
Bunch of dill on white background. Isolated over white

Cucumbers are blooming in my garden and there are even a couple of tiny fruits forming on the vines. The anticipation that blooming garden crops bring is indescribable. I love watching everything grow, but I can’t wait until we begin harvesting all these tasty bits! The cucumbers were the inspiration for this post. Well, those and the fact that I have fresh dill growing in the herb garden.

Dill, a very unassuming herb, we never think of dill until we are chowing down on a crisp dill pickle, right? Well, let me tell you dill has so much more depth than we might have imagined. I do love dill pickles and I have found the juice to be very beneficial for easing leg cramps. But let’s take a closer look at the beautiful, delicate plant. I’ll wager you will come away with a new appreciation for dill.

This little herb lends a freshness to any dish you may want to add it to. It is great on fish, especially salmon. Add it to any fresh or cooked vegetable to brighten it right up. The uses for dill range far beyond the culinary, so hold on to your hat! Did you know that dill is used, either fresh or dried, in floral arrangements? Yes, indeed! This pretty plant provides an airiness to any bouquet.

Although dill makes for tasty dishes and lovely arrangements, it reaches beyond those categories, also. The healing properties of dill may make you seek to add a little more of this herb to your cooking and your herbal medicine cabinet. The word ‘dill’ comes from an old Norse word meaning ‘to lull’. Dill is soothing to the tummy and relaxing to the body. Maybe that is why the dill pickle juice eases the leg cramps.

Other health benefits of dill:

Dill activates the digestive juices and stimulates the peristaltic motion in the intestine. This moves everything along so that elimination is easy and constipation will not be an issue. Since it is carminative, it also reduces the formation of gas in the intestine.
Dill contains calcium making it a wonderful herb for helping to build bones and prevent bone loss.
Prevents insomnia
Balances insulin levels
Eases respiratory illnesses, such as congestion, allergies, and cough.
Anti-inflammatory properties reduce arthritis pain.
Eases menstrual cramps.

As with any herb, dill can be a healthy addition to your diet. Check out more recipes that incorporate this herb. Dill can be added to any vegetable dish giving it a light dill-y flavor. It is good with meat dishes, such as fish, chicken, and pork. Also, try adding a small amount of dill to your salad. You can use the feathery leaves or the seeds in any of your dishes.

Metaphysically speaking, dill is a great protection herb, especially for children. Hanging a bunch of dried dill in a child’s room or on the crib protects them from negative energies and bad dreams. It can also be hung by the door of your home to deter those who would mean you harm or affect your home life in a negative way. You may also use dill in your bath to make you simply irresistible. It is a great addition to love spells and in spells to keep your partner interested!

Dill is used in luck and money spells. Carrying a small muslin bag with dill is said to attract money to the carrier.

In dream work or vision quests, dill can bring up and help you face painful memories. It can aid in giving you a deeper understanding of your inner emotions.

Whatever you choose to use dill for, we can probably agree that dill is an all around great herb to keep on hand! I wish you great health and happiness.

Bright Blessings, Dear Ones.

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Detox The Mind!

As the goddess Coventina has encouraged us to indulge in purification, let us take that concept a little further to include our minds. Detoxifying and purifying the mind is the most beneficial thing that we can do to increase our own happiness. Of course, one of the first things to come to mind is meditation. And, there is good reason for that: Meditation works! No matter what belief system you adhere to, clearing out mind chatter will certainly bring peacefulness and calmness to your thoughts.

Meditating is not a difficult process. It can be a simple as finding a quiet place, sitting on the floor or in a chair with your feet flat on the floor, relax, and breathe. Focus on your breath. Thoughts will come in, they cannot help themselves. Thoughts move through our minds all day, every day. The trick here is to not try to force those thoughts out, but to acknowledge them and let them move on. Do not concentrate on any thought, good or bad. Let it go and bring your attention back to the breath.

Some find it easier to meditate with soft, relaxing music in the background. Others may find it much easier to listen to a guided meditation. Which ever way gets the job done for you, do it like that. Consistently dumping the junk out of your mind will give you clarity, increase your level of concentration, and your creativity.

Once you have everything cleared out, begin to fill your mind with positives. Look for good, uplifting statements or mantras. Choose those that you know will help you reach your goals. These can be goals for business, life, or spirituality. If you have never tried meditation before, you will be totally amazed at how this practice can make such a positive change in the way you feel physically and mentally.

Bright blessings!

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Detox The Inside

Hopefully, you have had a wonderful, long soak in a relaxing detox bath. Now, let’s focus on the inside. Many diseases and illnesses stem from abuse of our digestive system. You are what you eat! Unfortunately, eating healthy, nutritious foods is becoming more and more difficult. If you do not live in an area that has an abundance of organic farms, chances are it is even more difficult to find fresh food that had not been treated with pesticides and other poisons. From time to time, detoxing the inside of your body is just as necessary and detoxing the outside.

Many are the benefits of body detoxification. The first, of course, is that you will rid your body of poisons. Next is the fact that detoxing your body can mean weight loss, and doesn’t want to lose weight. Best of all is your vital organs will begin to perform perfectly once again! When your organs are running at their peak, your whole body will be healthier. No doubt, you will notice that your skin looks much better and your energy levels will soar.

You may not want to do a major detox, such as the master cleanse or even doing any other long term detox. You can do simple cleansing with detox water. These are easy to make and you can customize them according to the benefits you need most. The very simplest way to detoxify is to drink lemon water each morning. Just a couple of slices of lemon in a glass of water and you are set.

The tastiest and most refreshing detox water, in my opinion, is cucumber mint water. The water will put the minerals out of the cucumber so that you not only get hydrated from the cucumber and the water, you also get the bonus of minerals. Mint adds a fresh cooling taste. You can also put lemon in with the cucumber mint to get that cleansing effect of the citrus.

Of course, you may want to use the lemon-cayenne water that is used in the master cleanse. This is probably the most highly effective cleansing drink that you can make. For this, you will need to mix: 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, 2 Tablespoons real maple syrup, about 1/10 teaspoon cayenne pepper, 8 oz water. Mix it up and drink!

If you really want to take detox to the next level, you can do raw foods for a few days or even a week. The raw food diet is just the thing to get all of the nasty toxins out of your beautiful body. I, for one, can stand a day or so of raw food, but eventually I have to get back to warm, cooked foods. The raw food diet is just that….a diet of raw foods. Fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds are all allowed during a raw food diet, and their juices also.

The most successful detox plans are those that are planned. If you want to detox for a day, detox for a day. If you want to detox for a week or month, do that. But, plan it and make it something that you can stick to for that amount of time.

Your body will thank you for your great tender loving care! Next up, the last of the detox and purification installations…Detox For Your Mind.

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Simple Detox Strategies

In keeping with the call of Coventina, the Goddess of Purification this week, let’s talk about some simple ways to detoxify the body. Today we will discuss a few easy ways to detoxify and purify the body on the outside.

Of course, most of us shower or bathe daily. However, there comes a time when we need to take the cleansing of the body a step further. A detox bath is a wonderful way to begin the purification process. There are many simple formulas to use to help you move toxins out of your body through the pores of your skin. And a long soak in a warm, relaxing bath just feels good.

Your body is bombarded daily by poisons and toxins. They can be absorbed through your skin, ingested in the food you eat, and they can enter your body just by breathing. Even those folks who are very careful to eat organic foods and clean their homes with natural cleaners are exposed to many toxins. We all can benefit from a detox bath from time to time.

The most simple of all detox baths is to add 1/2 cup Epsom salt and 1/2 cup baking soda (non-aluminum) to your bath. Sink into the warm water and relax. If you want a good smellin’ soak, just add a few drops of essential oil like relaxing lavender or calming clary sage.

You can take this detox to a whole other level with a few extras added in. Bentonite clay is a wonderfully powerful detox-er. You can make a paste of bentonite clay and a small amount of water. Rub the clay paste all over your body. This is sure to pull those nasty toxins out of your beautiful body!
Allow the paste to dry for about 5 minutes before immersing yourself in the bath.

Once you have shed the toxins, you may want to moisturize with organic coconut oil (the only moisturizer I use) with essential oils that are meant to purify. Purification oils include: thyme or valerian.

I hope you enjoy your detox and purification bath. I know that I do. Each time I do a detoxification purification bath I feel as if I have given by body a fresh start. And, oh how soothing this ritual can be!

Coming up in Thursday’s installment in our week of purification, we will explore detoxing and purifying on the inside………

Bright blessings!