Words of Wisdom

“My heart is so small it’s almost invisible. How can You place such big sorrows in it? “Look,” He answered, “your eyes are even smaller, yet they behold the world.”
Photo: Ben Capano

Rose Petal Jam

Happy Summer Solstice!


4 c. fresh pesticide-free rose petals (preferably pink)

1 3/4 lbs. fructose

3/4 c. apple juice or filtered water

1/2 tbl. lemon juice or lime juice

1 tbl. rose water

In a large sauce pan arrange several layers of rose petals and fructose. Pour the water or apple juice over them then add lemon juice. Bring the liquid to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for 15 min., stirring occasionally. Add the rose water and continue cooking until the mixture has thickened – about 5 min. Test for when done by placing a drop on a cold surface. If it forms a globule, it is ready.

Immerse resealable glass jam jars in boiling water for 5 min. to sterilize. Transfer the jam to the jars and store in a cool, dark place.

Eat, Taste, Heal. Hawaii: Five Element Press., 2006

Happy Spring!

Beautifully scented Gardenia, a spring time reminder of what is to unfold in the next coming months!

Here’s a recipe for Cumin, Coriander and Fennel Tea (CCF):

½ teaspoon cumin seeds
½ teaspoon coriander seeds
½ teaspoon fennel seeds
4–5 cups water
Place the seeds in a stainless steel pot and add water. Boil for 5 to 10 minutes.
Strain out the seeds then place in an insulated thermos and sip throughout the day.

Happy Winter Solstice

photo by Ben Capano

General winter guidelines/routines: 

  • Include warm gentle oil massage in your morning routine.
  • Use humidifiers in your home.
  • Wear bright colors!
  • Involve yourself in activities that bring you joy.
  • Favor warm foods and drinks.
  • Keep your neck & head warm.
  • Exercise more (as always check with your doctor first).  
  • Meditate at least 20 – 30 minutes per day (start with increments & work your way up).  

Want to learn more about which routines/guidelines that would work best for you?  Please call or write for an Initial Consultation!