Munchy Mix – Dried Fruit and Nut Mix

Fruita nd nut mix

An unusual and enjoyable mix of dried fruits and nuts that can be made in advance ready for use. This mix is ideal as a healthy snack or trail mix when at home or on the move. It can also be used in cakes and cookies or added to granola and other cereals.

Store the fruit and nut mix in a sealed container or jar and it will last for several months at least.

 Munchy Mix

You do not have to have exact cup measures to make the mix. Any container is fine as long as you use the same one throughout.

1/2 cup of dried pineapple, torn into pieces if required
1/2 cup of dried cranberries
1/2 cup of raisins
1/2 cup of dried papaya pieces
1/2 cup of dried apricot pieces
1/4 cup of whole almonds
1/4 cup of cashews

1. Add all the ingredients to a bowl and mix well to combine.

2. Pour the mix into a suitable container and seal.

You can also label the container so you know what is inside and with an ingredients list if desired.

 

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Delicious Banana and Chocolate Wrap

This delicious and quick to prepare wrap is great for adults and children alike using simple ingredients. Many health food shops and supermarkets now sell gluten free wraps that can be used. Some of these are also suitable for vegans.

banana and chocolate wrap

To keep this recipe vegan you will need to chose a chocolate spread that is free of animal and dairy products. There are also several varieties of these available online, in health shop and supermarkets now. Instead of the chocolate spread you could also use a nut butter or a chocolate nut spread. There are several of these that can be bought including those made from almonds, cashew, peanuts and hazelnuts.

 Delicious Banana and Chocolate Wrap

1 wrap
1 small banana, sliced thinly
Chocolate spread
1 tbsp of rice crispy cereal

1. Spread the wrap with chocolate spread. You can use as little or as much as you wish.

2. Place the banana is the centre of the wrap and sprinkle the crispies over the top.

3. Fold over the bottom of the wrap and roll it up.

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The Sacral Chakra

Sacral chakra

The sacral chakra is the second of the major chakras and is the centre of creativity, desire and sexuality. It can have an effect on our relationships with others, energy levels, independence, confidence and natural bodily cycles. Some traditions believe that this is where we store healthy energy so that it can be used later.

Imbalances in the sacral chakra can lead to problems with the intestines, kidneys, spleen and gallbladder. Gynecological problems, lower back pain and sexual dysfunctions can also be the result of an unhealthy sacral chakra. Healing this chakra an help to regulate menstrual cycles and lessen cramps and premenstrual tension.

Balancing the sacral chakra will help to balance and energise every area of life. It will make moving forward easier and help you take opportunities that come your way.

Crystals to benefit the sacral chakra

Carnelian
Orange calcite
Moonstone
Red jasper
Citrine
Fire opal

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The Root Chakra

Root chakra
The root (or base chakra) is located at the base of the spine. Imbalances within this chakra can prevent someone from advancing in life and make them feel as if nothing is progressing for them. They may feel as if they struggle to release and express their emotions or deal with changes such as death. Spiritually this chakra helps to keep you grounded  and connects you to the earth.

Physical symptoms that can result from difficulties with the root chakra include; lower back pain, varicose veins, sciatica, constipation, diarrhea and some fertility issues. This chakra effects the health of the lower digestive system, hips, pelvis, legs, knees, ankles and feet.

A healthy balanced root chakra makes  it easier to more forward in life and accept opportunities that are presented to us. It promotes a scenes of security and confidence as well as supporting you in being able to stand up for yourself when this is needed.

 

Crystals for the Root Chakra

Crystals that can help to support and healing the root chakra include:

Red jasper
Hematite
Black obsidian
Smoky quartz
Mookite
Jet
Bloodstone
Chrysocolla
Golden yellow topaz
Citrine

 

 

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Cheesy Bean Vegetarian Pasta (Gluten Free)

Vegetarian pasta

This tasty vegetarian pasta dish can be made quickly and easily. It can also be chilled and reheated later. If you omit the Quorn or substitute it for a suitable vegan alternative and use a dairy free cheese sauce powder this vegetarian pasta can also be made vegan.

Serves 2 as a main dish but can also be used as a side dish or served with salad and french bread or baguettes.

1 tbsp olive oil
150g (5oz) gluten free pasta
300ml (10oz) soya milk
4 tbsp cheese sauce powder
150g (5oz) tinned mixed beans (drained weight)
100g (3.5oz) Quorn bacon lardons

1. Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain,  rinse and set aside.

2. Fry the Quorn bacon in the olive oil for 5 mins, stirring.

3. Add milk and cheese sauce powder and stir. Bring to the boil stirring constantly until the sauce thickens. Reduce the heat.

5. Add the beans and simmer for 5 minutes to cook the beans.

6. Add the cooked pasta and stir to combine and warm through.

 

To vary the pasta different types of beans such as haricot, black-eyed, or cannellini could be used. The cheesy bean could also be served on top of spaghetti instead of with pasta.

 

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How to Ease a Headache using Crystals.

Crystal healing is a safe and natural therapy that has been used all over the world for thousands of years. For centuries they have been prized for their beauty and healing properties and these abilities are jut as relevant now as ever. Crystals can be used safely to heal or benefit a vast range of medical problems from common colds and aches and pains to more long term and further reaching issues such as anxiety and depression. This form of natural healing can be used by everyone and is completely safe even for babies and young children.

 Using Amethyst as a Headache Cure

Amethyst can be used as a headache cure.

Source: MAURO CATEB, [CC BY 2.0], via Flickr

Amethyst is a commonly found crystal and ranges in colour from deep purple to lavender. It can be purchased in several forms including tumble stones, raw crystals and geodes. All of these can be used in healing and no one type is more successful than the other. It is important that you feel happy and comfortable with any crystals that is chosen for healing. Choose the stone that you feel most connection or attraction too and crystals used in healing do not need to be large to work well either.

Once you have chosen your amethyst it should be cleansed to remove any stale or negative energies that it has picked up during its lifetime. There are many ways of doing this and you should chose whichever you feel most comfortable with.

Simple methods of cleansing crystals include:

1. Leaving a crystal in the moonlight overnight.

2. Washing the crystal under running water. A stream or the sea are ideal but a running tap is ok as well.

3. Hold the crystal in your hand and blow on it once. Now ask the universe (or god/higher power/elements etc. if you prefer) to cleanse the crystal for you using a phrase such as ‘universe, please clear this crystal’.

Once the stone has been cleansed it can be used in healing. Using a crystal that has not been cleansed may mean that it is unable to help you as much as it ideally could due to the build-up of negative energies it may contain. There is also a chance that some of this energy could transfer to yourself and make you feel even worse.

Healing Method

Sit in a quiet and darkened room with your amethyst crystal. Hold the crystal in your hand and focus on thinking about its healing powers and how it will help you as a headache cure. After a few minutes place the crystal on the painful part of your head and hold it there for 5-10 minutes or until you feel the pain dissolving away. You can also gently rub the crystal against your skin in a circular motion if that feels right for you. After use the amethyst stone should be cleansed again.

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Beetroot, Pineapple and Carrot Juice Recipe

Beetroot, carrot and pineapple juice

Beetroot, Carrot and Pineapple Juice

Makes approximately 1500ml of juice.

4 cups fresh pineapple juice
2 large carrots
2 medium beetroot

1. Chop the carrots and beetroots into chunks.

2. Blend in a high powdered blender until smooth.

 

Alternatively the ingredients can be juiced but the finished produce will not have the same nutrient and fibre content due to the loss of the pulp.

I prefer to make my juice and smoothies in batches but feel free to scale down the recipe to suit your needs. To make a thinner finished juice more pineapple juice or water can be added. This can be done before blending or it can be added afterwards. If you are unsure how much extra to add in order to get the consistency you wish, add small amounts at a time after blending the ingredients. This method will help to ensure you do not end up adding too much. Keep a note of any extra fluid added to make the process easier in future.

 

 

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Sabbat Correspondences

Yule

Herbs/plants and flowers – Evergreen plants, poinsettia, bay, cedar, pine, cinnamon, orange peel, cloves, nutmeg, fir tree needles, oak, mistletoe, sage, holly, mistletoe, ginger, oak leaves, rosemary.

Colours – Red, green, white, icy blue, gold, silver.

Stones – Malachite, green varieties of tourmaline and fluorite, Peridot, chrysocolla, bloodstone, ruby.

Trees – Conifer, pine, oak.

Animals – Deer/stags, snow hares, robins.

Imbolc

Herbs/plant and flowers – Dandelion, nettle, blackberry, chamomile, tree buds, snowdrops, crocus, hairy bittercress, red dead nettle, lemon balm, speedwell.

Colours – White, yellow, pastel colours, pink.

Stones – Amethyst, rose quartz, quartz, moonstone.

Trees – Conifer, willow.

Animals – Sheep, phoenix, chickens.

Ostara

Herbs/plants and flowers – Jasmine, crocus, oak, ginger, lemon, snowdrop, orange, daffodils, tulips, dandelions, cleavers.

Colours – Yellow, gold, green, yellow, pastel colours.

Stones – Rose quartz, sunstone, opal, moonstone, kunzite.

Trees – Tree blossom, fruit trees.

Animals – Chicks, rabbits, baby animals, lambs, wood pigeon, squirrels, woodpecker.

Beltane

Herbs/plants and flowers – Rose, lavender, sandalwood, lemon balm, peas, beans, primose, clover, nettle, marigold, pansy, geranium, hawthorn, rosemary, strawberry plants, daisies.

Colours – Yellow, green, white, purple, gold, cream.

Stones – Amethyst, citrine, emerald, malachite.

Trees – Apple, cherry, hawthorn.

Animals – Doves, swallow, bee, swan, magpie, goat, squirrel.

Litha

Herbs/plants and flowers – Elderflower, wild rose, orange, chamomile, vervain, mint, lemon balm, tomatoes,

Colours – White, orange, green, blue, red.

Stones – Emerald, jade, quartz, blue calcite, diamond.

Trees – Elder, pear, apple.

Animals – Caterpillars, butterflies, bees, ladybirds, sparrows, tits.

Lughnasadh

Herbs/flowers and plants – Blackberry, mustard, elderberries, basil, rose, oak, heather, vervain, raspberry, rosehip, nasturtium, raspberry, poppy, sunflower, potato, corn, hollyhock, wheat, corn, berries.

Colours – Purple, orange, golden yellow, black, light brown, red, green.

Stones – Citrine, Carnelian, amber, jasper.

Trees – Elder, pear, hazel.

Animals – Cows, sheep, deer.

Mabon

Herbs/flowers and plants – Elderberries, blackberry, hawthorn berries, juniper, poppy, oak leaves/acorns, potato, swede, vines, carrot, onion, beetroot, celeriac.

Colours – Brown, gold, amber, orange, red, brown.

Stones – Amber, jasper, carnelian, rutalited quartz.

Trees – Pear, elder, willow, hazel, beech.

Animals – Dogs, wolves, stag, blackbird, magpie, eagle, sparrowhawk, owl, bat.

Samhain

Herbs/flowers and plants – Elderberries, oak, blackberry, juniper, rowan, rosehip, allspice, bay, sage, cinnamon, myrrh, frankincense, pumpkin, mushrooms, wild rose, sloe, plum, turnip, apple.

Colours – Purple, black, orange, brown, red.

Stones – Hematite, obsidian, amber, garnet, black calcite, black tourmaline, onyx, jet, carnelian.

Trees – Beech, walnut, hazel, chestnut, rowan, medlar.

Animals – Bat, spider, birds of prey, wolves, moth, cats.

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Colourful Chopped Vegan Salad

This vegan salad can be made quickly and varied to suit your own tastes. The pretty, colourful and healthy salad is also gluten free and will last for several days in a sealed container in the fridge.

1/4 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 cup cooked sweetcorn
1 large cooked beetroot, diced
1/2 cup diced cucumber
2 tomatoes, diced
4 spring onions, finely sliced
1 granny smith apple, cored and diced
1 cup mixed salad leaves, chopped finely
1 cup grated carrot
1 tbsp flax seeds
1 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp cranberries

Add all the ingredients to a large bowl and mix well to combine evenly.

Vegan salad gluten free salad vegan gluten free salad

This vegan salad can easily varied to suit your own tastes or to include whatever foods you have to hand. Some suggestions for variations include using different onions, red or white onions could be sliced and chopped for example. Sultanas and raisins also work well in this salad or a combination of several dried fruits could be used. There are a variety of seeds that could be used such as pumpkin, hemp, linseeds and sunflower seeds, all of which contain a variety of vitamins and minerals.

If you do not have to avoid gluten cous cous could be used in place of the quinoa. Wheat berries, rice, cooked lentils or millet could also be used to add variety.

 

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