Tantalizing Tarragon: Quick and Easy Tarragon Tisane

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The star ingredient in bernaise sauce, tarragon has a lot to offer without all the fuss of fabulous French cuisine. Simply sip fresh tarragon-infused water to nourish body, mind, and spirit.

An amiable addition to a garden, if tarragon can grow unattended in my zone 3 yard, it will probably grow well for you too.

Tarragon is a source of minerals, including calcium, manganese, iron, magnesium, zinc, and potassium. It is a source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and B complex vitamins. Tarragon has been used historically to improve digestion, assist with anxiety, and alleviate insomnia.

This lively herb boasts vitamins and minerals for the body, anxiety and insomnia-relief for the mind, and connection with the therapeutic benefits of nature for the spirit.

 

Tarragon Tisane

Pick a heaping handful of fresh tarragon leaves.

Twist them to bruise and add a tsp of honey or muddle them with a bit of raw sugar if you like, although no sweetening is required.

Add to a jug or pitcher, top with fresh water and stir well.

Drink throughout the day. You may place the jug in the sun to make sun tea or leave at room temperature or in the fridge and allow the flavour to intensify naturally over time.

When you’ve savoured the last licoricey drop, head to the garden for another handful of leaves and another pitcher of tarragon tisane.

 

Lovely additions to your herbal tea include: lavender leaves, lemon balm, or a hint of mint.

Tarragon leaves are used to flavour soups, salads, stews, and sauces. Enjoy the leaves fresh all summer and dry them for use all winter.

Tarragon was once placed in the shoes of travellers, believed to bring endurance and stamina to those on a long journey.

Happy infusing!

 

 

The 12 Days of Detox: Body, Mind, and Spirit. Recap.

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If you missed the 12 days of detox and feel the need for post-holiday purification or simply wish to create a nourishing daily routine for the new year, here is a summary just for you. Start at 1 and add a step each day to gradually enjoy all 12 or choose several that appeal to you and build your own custom daily wellness ritual. Click on each day for the full detoxing details.

On the 1st day of detox, atONE gave to me…
 
It’s important to know where you are heading before you can get there. Meeting yourself face-to-face is an excellent and accessible method of detoxification. Find out how to begin the nourishing process of purification and discover the most vibrant you!
Every breath provides a channel for detoxification through the exhalation of waste and the inhalation of oxygen. Most of the day, however, our breath is shallow. As our shoulders slowly creep up to meet our ears throughout the stresses of our day, our breath also becomes more shallow and often quicker, limiting the supply of oxygen to our lungs and blood. Dedicating time each day to sit and breathe deeply or reminding yourself throughout your day to do so, infuses the body with fresh air and releases the stale air pooled deep in the lungs. Practice simple breathing techniques in 2 cleansing breaths.
Remove any mental ama with a daily mind detox. Committing to a daily morning practice sets the tone for your day, integrating dreamwork and clearing the mind for the day ahead. An evening practice surrenders thoughts, stress and worry of the day as you slip into deep relaxation before sleep. Learn a simple daily meditation practice in 3 meditations.
Food as medicine and medicine as food. That’s how ayurveda views eating. At least three times a day we have an opportunity to create vibrant health through our food choices. Foods that burn cleanly and completely, nourishing our bodies and assisting with the removal of ama, serve us well during detox. Simple whole food choices sustain us while cleaning out the pipes. Find out foods that support vibrant health and detox in 4 foods that heal.
5 Yoga Poses

Adding 30-60 minutes of yoga to your daily routine aids digestion, elimination and detoxification through postures, breath and sweat. Even 10 minutes of yoga every day allows you to feel the benefits of a regular practice. You may choose to seek out a convenient class near you, pick up a DVD to assist with a home practice, or simply enjoy a few poses each day. Committing to sun salutations every morning is a simple start. Practice before eating, particularly detoxing poses such as twists, forward bends and inversions, to aid in the process of cleansing. Discover daily detoxing poses in 5 yoga poses.
A little-known detox gem, Dr. F. Karach presented oil pulling in the early 90s. The practice dated back considerably further, however. In ayurveda it is called kavala graha, a medicine for the oral cavity, and has been used for centuries to detoxify the body and improve health. Learn a few ways to spice up your swishing in 6 spicy swishes.
Use self-massage in the morning before you shower to wake up the body and promote detoxification, or at night before bath to relieve stress and ama from your day, preparing you for a restful sleep. Discover ways to enjoy a daily massage in 7 layer massages.
Himalayan salt contains the same 84 essential minerals found in our bodies. It is praised for relieving a variety of conditions from acne to halitosis, eczema and psoriasis, and for drawing toxins from the body. The salts can be purchased in large crystals or more finely ground. Read the full post on 8 salt baths for natural additions to enhance your bath.
There are many herbal detox programs available. Purchasing a reputable herbal cleanse provides a prepared, easy to follow plan you can fit into your daily routine. If you choose to buy or follow an herbal program, do your research and make sure the product is top quality. Consult a herbalist or naturopath for professional recommendations. Read the full post of 9 cleansing herbs for some of the most popular herbal cleansing choices.
“Sweat and laugh every day,” said Yogi Bhajan, and turning up the music to groove and move with yourself, your kids, family, friends or a community is an invigorating and uplifting way to detox body, mind and spirit. A daily ritual of dance, whether 10 minutes in your living room or a 1 hour class at a local gym or dance studio, lubricates the joints, sheds excess baggage from the body and the mind, and lightens the spirit.
Empty that melon and make room for new thoughts while taking inventory of all the old ones running through your mind and all the old story running through your life. Your experiences to date, your ideas and stories laid out on a page, whether in prose, webs, design or image, allow you to review where you’ve been, gain new insight and acceptance, and even spark new inspiration.
You don’t need to be a yogi to use mantra and affirmation. Employ this powerful ancient tool to assist you in success with your commitments and all you wish to be and create in the new year. Choose or create your own affirmation.
 
Here’s to a clear, calm, simple and nourishing new year, naturally!
 
 
The information presented is intended to inform, not diagnose or treat health conditions. 



 

The 12 Days of Detox: Body, Mind and Spirit. Day 9

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On the ninth day of detox, atONE gave to me…

nine cleansing herbs,
Herbal cleanses
There are many herbal detox programs available. Purchasing a reputable herbal cleanse provides a prepared, easy to follow plan you can fit into your daily routine. If you choose to buy or follow an herbal program, do your research and make sure the product is top quality. Consult a herbalist or naturopath for professional recommendations. There are also a variety of herbal teas specifically blended for detox that you can incorporate into your day. Pukka makes a tasty blend called Cleanse. Bija Deep Cleanse is another detox herbal blend. Living Strong gives us 4 herbs that assist detox naturally.And 4 more popular cleansing plants you can investigate for your own personal program.

For an ayurvedic addition to the herbal detox, try Amalaki, Amla or Indian Gooseberry, 3 names for 1 vitamin C rich herb. I have added Amla powder to smoothies, made an Amla shot in a bit of water before bed, decocted the dried fruit for tea and infused it in oil for nourishing hair treatments. Very bitter, Amla is best added to a flavourful blend.

Consult a professional if pregnant, nursing or have existing medical conditions, before using herbs.

Bonus detox tip: Knock knock. Who’s there?  Doris. Doris who? Doris locked, that’s why I’m knocking. I borrowed that one from Ellen DeGenerous. A good belly laugh a day is reported to boost immune function, mood and your number of friends. See for yourself just how beneficial a good laugh is for your overall well-being. And it’s free. Find, or better yet, initiate laughter in your day today and every day. It’s contagious. If you’re struggling to get started, Ellen is always good for a dose of laughter medicine.

The 12 Days of Detox: Body, Mind and Spirit. Day 8

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On the eighth day of detox, atONE gave to me…

eight salt baths,
Salt baths 
Himalayan salt contains the same 84 essential minerals found in our bodies. Coincidence? I think not. It is praised for relieving a variety of conditions from acne to halitosis, eczema and psoriasis, and for drawing toxins from the body. The salts can be purchased from large crystals to fine grinds.

Dead Sea salt is another popular soak. The Dead Sea is long sought after for its purifying and rejuvenating qualities. Benefits reported include relief from pain due to osteoarthritis and tendinitis, as well as psoriasis and other skin issues.

Fill your tub first then add 1/2 to 1 cup of himalayan or dead sea salts and soak for 20 minutes or more. Enjoy this daily ritual for the remainder of your detox. A wonderful way to unwind at the end of your day. Follow with a self-massage or foot rub. Purifying perfection.

Choose a pure salt and use it on its own or add good quality herbs or essential oils for an herbal experience.

Mint – energizing, invigorating
Lavender – relaxing, calming
Rose – sensual, nurturing
Jasmine green tea – antioxidant-rich, balances yin and yang
Vanilla – relaxing, particularly pleasing scent for men
Orange – uplifting, joyful
Clove – warming, soothing
Eucalyptus – clearing, uplifting

Or make your own blend; orange and clove to awaken the senses, or vanilla and lavender for deep relaxation. Add the caviar of a vanilla bean to your jar of salts and keep tightly sealed. When ready, a few drops of lavender essential oil in the tub with your vanilla salt will lull you off to dreamland. Clove buds in the jar of salt will spice it up nicely. A few drops of sweet orange essential oil in the tub with the spiced salt provides a pleasant pick-me-up.

Keep essential oils away from children, do not take internally and consult a professional if pregnant, nursing or medical conditions exist.

Bonus Detox Tip: Enjoy this qigong break with Master Chunyi Lin. The Moving of Yin and Yang.