Archive for October, 2012

October 22, 2012

Chaga Mushroom

The Chaga mushroom/conk doesn’t resemble a typical mushroom at all, it looks like a piece of burnt black charcoal on the outside and the inside is orange yellowish. I first thought it looked like a lightning strike. Chaga grows on rotted or wounded trees, and has a symbiotic relationship with them.

Chaga was known  by the ancient Chinese as the “King of all mushrooms” which is high praise coming from the masters of medicinal mushrooms in the East. The Siberian tribesmen who are also masters of medicinal mushrooms called it the “Gift from God,” and what an amazing gift it is!

Chaga mushroom is an adaptogen which means it helps the body adapt to any kind of stress, bringing balance to all systems and acts as a tonic to the adrenals and immune system.
It is an amazing medicinal mushroom that addresses malnutrition, fortifies the immune system, and has anti tumour properties.
It is a top source of SOD (superoxide dismutase) which is an enzyme that protects all cells in the body. Also it is very nutritious being rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, phytonutrients, tannins.

This Chaga mushroom weighs almost a pound and was wild-crafted from the Northern Ontario forest.

You can use the dried Chaga in a tea or in a tincture. A double extraction tincture is the best way to get the water-soluble and alcohol-soluble parts of mushrooms.
Use a cheese grater to break up Chaga into smaller pieces. Make a tincture by steeping ground chaga in 80 proof (40%) or stronger alcohol, for a month. Strain the chaga pieces and simmer them in water for at least half an hour, or use a crock pot.
I steep it on the lowest warm setting in a ceramic crock pot. I steep chaga tea this way without alcohol.
Cool and strain. Mix water and alcohol. Use 1:1 or 60-40% ratio above 20%
Here is how to make a tincture >

Wild-craft ethically or buy it from a reputable source.

More about Mushrooms:


Common   Name Chaga mushroom/conk aka Clinker polypore/mushroom
Latin Name Inonotus obliquus
Family Hymenochaetaceae
Parts Used Fungi/Mushroom
Target Organs Immune, Nervous, Endocrine, Pancreas, Spleen, Digestive, Liver, Urinary, Heart
Common Uses Strengthens and cleanses all systems.Tonic to Immune, Nervous, Endocrine systems, Heart, Stomach,   Digestive, Liver, Urinary system.Lowers cholesterol, normalizes blood pressure,Supportive treatment for cancer, diabetes, infections, allergies, hypertension, worms, liver digestive problems
Properties Primary properties underlined:Adaptogen,   adrenal tonic, analgesic, antiallergenic, antiatherogenic, antibacterial,   anticarcinogenic, anticardiotoxic, anticatarrhal, antidepressant, antihepatotoxic,   anti-inflammatory, antimutagencic, antineoplastic, antinephrotoxic,   antineurotoxic, antioxidant, antiradiotoxic, antithrombotic,   antiulcerogenic, antiviral, anxiolytic, aperient, appetite stimulant, astringent,    blood pressure normalizer, cardiac, depurative, diaphoretic,   diuretic, decongestant, emmenagogue tonic, expectorant secretolytic, hypocholesterolemic,   hypolipidemic, immune stimulant, immune tonic, nervine, pancreatic,   vasodilator,vulnerary
Constituents Polysaccharides, tannins, phytonutrients,  triterpenes, amino acids, saponins, inotodiol,
betulin and betulinic acid found in birch
Minerals, magnesium, chromium, iron,germanium
Cautions Correct identification   is important to avoid poisoning, illness and possible death.Caution with   hypoglycemia.
October 20, 2012

Pumpkin Carving with Cookie Cutters

I created this pumpkin a couple of years ago for Halloween/ Samhain using cookie cutters. I filled the holes with spiders and snakes, which I tried to give away to the children trick-or-treaters but for some reason they wouldn’t take them 😀 I used cookie cutters in the shape of a heart, a star and a round one. I had to use a hammer to press the cutters and hammered them into the pumpkin. It takes a bit of work but eventually it will pop out a pumpkin cookie cutter shape. The cookie cutters took a beating and will only be used for other art projects now.

Happy pumpkin carving!!!

October 16, 2012

DIY Glow-in-the-dark Eyeballs

Halloween is coming up and I’m making some decorations. Glow in the dark eyeballs are an easy and quick idea. All you need is some ping pong balls, battery operated tea lights and markers to decorate the ping pong balls. I found some ping pong balls at the dollar store so I bought white for the eyeballs and orange ones for pumpkin faces.

Drill a small hole in the ping pong ball enough to fit the top of the tealight inside. I used a vice grip to hold the ping pong ball while I drilled a small hole.

I used colourful markers to create eyeballs, or whatever design you wish.

They look amazing at night when you light them up! Darker colours show up better at night.

I even cut out holes and put a pair in the pumpkin for eyes.

Making these eyeballs were fun! I put some inside a pumpkin for eyes and the trick or treaters just loved it! You could even put them on a string of lights with skull faces or ghosts, get creative! Enjoy Happy Halloween time!!!! muahaahhh!

October 12, 2012

Queen Ann’s Lace (Wild Carrot) – Essential Survival Food and Medicine

Queens Ann’s Lace is the ancient ancestor of carrots, and where the orange varieties of carrots evolved from.

The flowers are tiny white, in lacy umbrella shapes that span 4-12cm wide, and blooms from June to September. It is an erect biennial, growing 40-100cm tall with a stout tap-root, and feathery foliage, just like carrots.

The first year roots are cooked or eaten raw. They smell and taste like carrots, but are small and white, instead of big and orange.

The humble wild carrot truly has so many uses, it is an important survival food and medicine, but do not mistake it for similar looking hemlocks, which are poisonous. Correct identification of plants is important to avoid injury or death!

Note that carrot seed essential oil is not the same as carrot oil which is dried carrot root macerated in an oil medium like coconut oil.


Ontario WildflowersLinda Kershaw, Lone Pine Publishing 2002

The Energetics of Western Herbs Vol. 1&2Peter Holmes, Snow Lotus Press 1989

Peterson Field Guides, Eastern/Central Medicinal Plants and Herbs
Steven foster and James A. Duke, Houghton Mifflin Company 2000

Common Name Queen Ann's Lace aka Wild Carrot
Latin Name Daucus carota
Family Apiaceae(Carrot Family)
Parts Used Biennial- Pick herb and flower when it blooms in June-September. Seeds and root picked in the Fall
Target Organs kidney/bladder, digestion, liver, female reproductive, skin, stomach
Common Uses Urinary:kidney bladder conditions, cystitis, UTI, kidney/bladder stones, nephritis, inflammation, gout, arthritis, tumours, oedema, skin cell regenerator,

Skin: Inflammation, improves skin, skin cell regenerator, repairs scar tissue, acne, mature skin, helps elasticity

Liver detoxifier

Digestion: gas, bloating, pain

Reproductive: hormone balancing, cycle regulator

Properties Seed: analgesic, anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, antilithic, antineoplastic, antispasmodic, cardiac, carminative, cholagogue, depurative, diuretic, emmenagogue, urinary relaxant, digestive

Herb:Anti-inflammatory (general, local) antilithic, antirheumatic, carminative, diaphoretic, diuretic, vasodilator peripheral, urinary antiseptic, antimicrobial,

Root: more stimulating, restoring detoxicant diuretic;

Constituents Seeds: Essential Oil Yield: .2 -0.5%

Sesquiterpene alcohol:50-80%: caratol


Monoterpenes: limonene;

Other: alkaloid- daucine, carotene, asparagin, pectin, Vitamins C,B1, B2, B6, E,

Cautions Mild remedy
Dosage Tincture: 1-4ml
Tea: 1-2 tsp


October 10, 2012

Infinity Symbol

The Infinity Symbol∞

In mathematics the sideways figure
eight ∞ translates as infinite. It is the infinity

In the Orient this spiral
symbol is the Tibetan energy ring. 

 In yogic tradition it is
the two curving lines called kundalini that encase the
chakras. The lines are represented by two animals usually
snakes, serpents, peacocks or elephants with their trunks
raised reaching up to a sundisk or winged object and
represents energy rising.

In Western culture the two serpents crossing up a middle staff with wings on the top represents the
symbol for medical institutions called the caduceus. 


Also called the Celtic weave, because it resembles the old Celtic weave drawings of the infinity
sign, it is also represented by the symbol of the serpent
eating its tail (known as the ourobouros) as a variation. The
Ourobouros is a sacred circle that represents a single cell in the
body or a symbol of life. 

The cell divides into the vesica
pisces which is two circles that represent the infinity
Rhythmic figure eights are the spiral
fractals of our body that weave energies together right down to
representing the prototype for DNA

The circle with a twist is an infinity sign. 


Tracing the infinity Sign with body and mind helps to integrate the two hemispheres of the brain.  It is a very
healing symbol to trace and draw it with both hands and air draw with all limbs. This symbol
helps hook up energies and speeds healing. Trace this symbol
for healing and integrating energy.

Excerpt from the
book Energy Medicine “The body’s energies spin, spiral, curve,
twist, crisscross, and weave themselves into patterns of
magnificent beauty. The equilibrium of this kaleidoscope of colors
and shapes is maintained by an energy system known by different
names to energy healers throughout the world. In the East, it has
been called the “Tibetan energy ring.” In yoga tradition, it is
represented by two curved lines that cross seven times,
symbolically encasing the seven chakras. In the West, it is seen in
the caduceus, the intertwined serpents on a staff—also crossing
seven times—associated initially with the Greek god Hermes, messenger for the gods, and
later used as a symbol in alchemy and then medicine. Like invisible
threads that keep all the energy systems
functioning as a single unit, patterns network throughout and
around our energy and body. These patterns also become embedded in
fields of thoughts, emotions, feelings, beliefs and attitudes, as
well as physcial, biological patterns. It is a living system,
continually weaving new cross-overs, ever expanding and
contracting. The double helix of DNA is this pattern in microcosm.
These crisscrossing energies permeating your body are the ‘connective
tissue’ of your energy system.” Donna Eden- Energy

October 3, 2012

The Five Elements


Classical elements are ancient groupings of elements.

The grouping usually consists of five elements, and mirrors the natural rhythms and cycles of nature and relates them with the temperaments of human beings. The philosophy of the five elements is that everyone travels through these 5 rhythms/elements, just like nature journeys through the changing seasons.

The 5 Classical Elements serve their purpose by being used as a tool to decipher emotional, physical, spiritual, mental, philosophical, and medical states of being. The philosophy has also been incorporated into cooking, Feng Shui, interior design and all aspects of life and creation.

Each element associates with a variety of principles including:

body organs, emotions, seasons, climate, sense organs, flavours, colours, etc.

They are all connected in a cyclical interaction of generation and destruction, which balances life.

In ancient Greece the classical elements are Earth, Fire, Water, Air, and Ether/Spirit.

This combination of elements form special relationships that are also reflected in Hindu and Buddhism philosophy, with the only exception being the name for Ether is Akasha and so on.

Possessing the same meanings, but labelled with different names, show the same Tibetan and Japanese Classical Elements. The only exception being the name for Ether is Sky/Void /Space/ Heaven, which gives further insight into the meaning of the illusive element Ether.

The Chinese 5 Classical Elements created by Traditional Chinese Medical practitioner’s around 3000 B.C. show a more physical nature consisting of:

Water, Earth, Fire, and replacing Air and Ether are the more tangible material elements Wood and Metal.


This model serves as a diagnostic tool basis for acupuncture, and other medical and energetic foundations.

The Chinese Elements are also known as the five movements, the five phases or the five laws of change.

From my e-book:  Essential Oils and the Five Elements

October 3, 2012

The History of the Aura in Art and Photography


The rainbow around our body.

The aura is a protective energy field that emanates around us and connects to the
chakras. That is why the aura is sometimes called the eighth chakra. This shifting shield of light is as unique as we are. The aura can change size, shape and colour depending on mood, sound, frequencies, environment, and reflects physical, mental and spiritual health.

The word aura originated from the Latin word
aurea which means golden. It represents a
symbol of transcendental divinity, holiness and has a long history
of being depicted in art, particularly around religious figures.
Earlier depictions of the aura were known as the halo or corona.
The corona is the halo around the sun, and its rays of light
represented Gods like the Greek Sun God Apollo.

Ancient Egyptians
wore headdresses to show this corona in the physical material
sense. This is where the crown symbol has come from, designated for
royalty. The crown which symbolizes figureheads or god-like humans
is the halo aura power symbol of divine nature, and means
transcendence from ordinary existence.

In religious paintings of the aura, called aureole, early depictions display rays of white light or had rainbow shadings. The coloured auras gold or blue indicated
celestial glory  during the Renaissance Era.

The Italian Aura version called the Mandorla, meaning almond-shaped, indicates the in-between middle shape of the Vesica piscis symbol, that happens when two circles overlap. It represents the Virgin Mary and the birth of Christ. The painted auras had multi-layers of colours encased around the person. Rare occasions showed 7 doves, indicating the 7 gifts of the Holy Ghost, in 7 coloured layers.

A square halo around the head in art indicated an earth element, and
usually distinguished the living from the saints.

A triangle halo represented the trinity, used to represent God the father, as well
as the son and the Holy Ghost, which is the feminine mother.

A cruciform nimbus is three rays of light that form a nimbus halo, which is a cross within a circle referring to the redemption through the cross of Christ. This is an ancient symbol of a compass for travellers.

Hexagonal nimbus represented the persons having allegorical virtues.

The circular halo is the most popular, which reflects the circle of sun rays. All halo shapes express exalted states of divinity, holiness and transcendental power.

The rainbow and auras are more common in Eastern art than in
Western art. In Eastern art it is not mandatory that spiritual
beings have an aura, and everyone had an aura.

In the Sacred Art of Tibet the aura and people are inseparable, and the outermost layer usually has the 7 colours of the rainbow.

The first known photograph of the aura is from the 1890’s by electrical engineer
and pioneer inventor Nikola Tesla. Tesla used a device that
attached to the body that was able to photograph the bio-electric
energy field around the body and fingertips.

Soviet studies of documenting energy fields around living things date back to 1939,
when Semyon Kirlian, an electrician, who was working at a hospital
in Krasnodar discovered that the energy flowing between the
physiotherapy machine he had repaired and the patients skin could
be photographed. He fixed his hand to a photographic plate with an
electrode and pulled the switch. He burned his hand but managed to
capture on film the aura energy imprint around his hand. Along with
the help of his wife Valentina, he developed Kirlian photography
devices to capture this mysterious energy field. Kirlian
photography has 14 Soviet patents, and is based on directing a high
frequency electrical field that oscillates 75000-200 000 times a
second, which then captures the bio-plasma field that surrounds our
body and puts it on photography paper. There were now patterns and
correlations of auric energy captured through this electric body

Auras are for protection and communication. The size depends on personal vitality. Just like the rainbow in the sky, the rainbow around our body is a mysterious natural phenomenon, and one that we can tune into, if we are only conscious of it.

Activities that promote a healthy aura are:

meditation, a healthy diet, yoga, chakra clearing, visualization,
scanning the aura, and achieving moderation in all activities.


My aura captured by First Star which is a form of
Kirlian photography. Symbols and spirit lights sometime show up but
not for everyone.  Right before this picture was taken I
called to the angels to protect me in the four corners and four
spirit lights showed up. Thank you angels.

Although auras have every colour of the rainbow, Kirlian aura
photography acts as a biofeedback mechanism with colours and
symbols acting as guidance and feedback for us, like a reflection
in the mirror.

Bibliography: The
Rainbow Book, edited by F. Lanier Graham, Vintage Books, 1975
Viktor Adamenko, Human Control of the Bioelectric Field,
March 1973, A.R.E. journal Alexander David-Neal, Magic and Mystery
in Tibet, Dover Press, 1971 Martin Ebon, Psychic Discoveries by the
Russians, Signet books, 1971 Sheila Ostrander and Lynn schroeder,
Psychic Discoveries behind the Iron curtain, Prentice-hall, New
York Bantam 1970 Stanley Krippner and Daniel Rubin, Galaxies
of Life: Human Aura in Acupuncture and Kirlian Photography,
Gordon and Breach, 1973 Kirlian Aura: Photographing the
Galaxies of Life, Doubleday, 1974 Lowell Ponte, A Personal defense
of Parapsychology, Popular Psychology 1973 C.W. Leadbeater, Man
invisible and Invisible, Quest Books, 1969 Kilner, The Human Aura,
University Books, 1965 The Aura, Samuel Weiser 1973 Lama Govinda,
Foundations of Tibetan Mysticism, 1960

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