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EarthDeva Oracle Spring Sale!

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Yay!  Spring has sprung and with it new life, new opportunities and fresh beginnings!  I love Spring for the all of it’s abundant possibilities!  As I walk around my property and through my neighborhood, I welcome back old friends.  Dead nettle is blooming already and garlic mustard is right behind.  I see fresh purple hued sprouts of stinging nettles as well as the first succulent leaves of my precious dandelions.  I even saw some violets blooming!  If you have been longing to get to know your green allies, now is the perfect time and my EarthDeva Oracle coloring and activity book is the perfect companion.  Loaded with photos, recipes and plant information, EarthDeva Oracle will guide you through your garden and introduce you to 13 new friends who will take you on a journey of discovery…not only of them but of yourself.  Now through April 15, the Spring Equinox download is on sale for only $4.95!!  That is $10.00 off the regular price!  Crazy, I know.  Grab your download here, today!

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Blessed Solstice 2015

Yule OrnamentOn this important night, let us all remember our power, our light and the amazing connection we have to everything and everyone.  Allow your hearts to rest in the Mother’s womb to be reborn into Wholeness.  The journey is not at it’s end but at a glorious new beginning!  The Solstice means stillness and it is a time to rebirth ourSelves!  To step into the void and create from the place of pure potential…on this darkest of nights, anything and everything is possible.  What will you create?  Brightest Solstice Blessings to all!

It was a dark night when the Oak King lay down on the forest floor to rest. “I am so weary” he said “I will rest here for a bit then continue on.” But the Oak King never woke, he slept on into the night as a light snow blanketed him.

As he slept, the Tree Mother approached quietly so as not to wake him. “Ahhh” she whispered, “it is time.” She tenderly laid her hand upon his forehead and breathed the forest through her. As she did, the Oak Kings’ form began to tremble and shift and he melded with the forest floor, swallowed into the womb of the Earth.

“Where has he gone?” the faery children cried. “He is with the Great Mother now.” Tree Mother replied. “But what will we do without him?” “We wait.” she said. “He is not lost to us my ones, only resting. He will rest in the womb of the Great Mother to grown young again.” “Grow young again?” they chorused. “Yes. Tonight, we hold vigil with Her, the Great Mother as she labors through this the night of nights. Go now and prepare, light all of your candles and set your hearths ablaze. For she is birthing the Sun back to us to warm the world.” The littles scurried off and set about making their forest homes glow. Tree Mother called to her fire and sat in deep meditation. We are with you Great Mother, we moan with you, move with you, we shall light the way and push with you. When we satiate our thirst yours, too will be sated. For we are one with you on this night and always.

As she sat the wee ones gathered around her. They chanted, they sang, they sat in deep communion with the Great Mother. All night, they held vigil as all good midwives do.

Just before dawn, Tree Mother rose and began walking toward the highest hill. The littles fell in behind her. Silently, they walked until they reached the highest peak, then they waited. With one last great effort the Great Mother shrieked and groaned and the sky exploded with glorious Light! Cheers arose from the forest and around the world and all the people and critters and beings danced with joyous hearts for the Sun had returned! Born of the darkest night to Light the world.

This, too happens for each of us individually. Allow the Sun to be reborn in your hearts, allow the Light of your Inner Being to shine like a beacon through the longest darkest night.

The wheel turneth and we begin again. Blessed be the Light!

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EarthDeva Oracle Bound Books are Here!

AllThreeBoundSpring, Summer and Fall!  Get them all, spiral bound and ready to explore.  And, they are on sale through the Holiday Season.  Winter Solstice Book is in the works.  Check them out at KindredRoot.com.  Order by December 15 for Yule/Christmas delivery.  Love!

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EarthDeva Oracle is Live!

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When I began this journey years ago, I had a vision of delighted humans of all ages, out in nature, connected and glowing.  Feeling the joy that I feel every time I step outside and put my feet on our beauty full Earth.  The idea made me buzz with excitement.  Yet at the same time filled me with fear.  Fear that I was not good enough, fear that I couldn’t produce such a book, fear that no one would buy it…hear me…see me.   Life is funny.  In time, I saw that my fears are what kept me invisible and feeling small.  That voice in my head was not truthful.  It was afraid of being hurt, laughed at…ridiculed. With love, compassion and time, I have healed the wounding connected to that voice.  You can, too.

This journey that we can take together is unique and powerful!  It is a journey of discovery, not only of nature and plants but of your unique self.  The beauty full Light that emanates from within you.  That Light fuels your creativity that brings joy to life.  This creativity is our signature, our individuality and it permeates all aspect of our life, even those aspects that seem devoid of creativity…like history or math…

There is a sad trend occurring in our world today.  A devaluing of art.  Artists are being asked time and again to give their work away for free, to do it for the publicity…just for the joy of creation.  This is  not OK.  It is disrespectful to the Soul.  Our Soul and the Soul of the world.  What would life be like without art…music, paintings, dance…it would be a dark and boring place.  But if we accept, collectively, to this idea that an artists work has no monetary value, then it will die.  Artists deserve to be supported just as much as doctors or lawyers for without art, without creativity…the Soul withers.

I had a friend tell me that I should lower the price on my book.  That I was asking too much.  Not because he saw no value but because the market would not support it.  Well, I don’t agree with that.  I cannot.  For if I succumb to this logic, I am devaluing my art, my creation, my Soul…and I am asking you to do the same.  I will not do that.

I love your beauty full Soul.  I want to see if shining brightly, daring greatly and creating amazing works that support you fully.  To be true to these words, I must adhere to them as well.  I do.  I will.  I am.

Introducing!!  EarthDeva Oracle earth-centered coloring and activity book for humans through all ages.  Here are a few pages to give you an idea of what you will receive.  It is available for download now at KindredRoot.com

Much Love and many Blessings!

Maria

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EarthDeva Oracle Coloring Book

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Coming this Spring!!  EarthDeva Oracle Coloring Book!  Enter the ancient path walking with and learning from the Devas!  Sign up here for this information about this special introductory offer!

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Listen to your Elder…

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Remember the days when you could pop on the tube to relax and the only danger you were in from watching the commercials were a few extra pounds (Bundt cake) or some unwanted nagging from the kids over the latest toy? Ahh, the good ole days when the media kept the programming quotient set to simmer. Those days are long gone. Now we are inundated with ads selling all the latest drugs and vaccines because surely we are all going to die. They run so many drug ads you barely remember what you turned on the TV to actually watch.

So much fear crammed into every ad block, it’s no wonder our immune systems get fried, especially this time of year in the northern hemisphere.

The decrease in beneficial sun rays depletes our already low vitamin D stores, the holiday sweets and general debauchery add to our stress and weaken our gut health…then we are on the go constantly…events, parties, work…it’s the perfect cocktail upon which mr/mrs virus/bacteria can capitalize.

But, I got my flu shot! I’m covered! Unfortunately, the flu shot only covers 3 or 4 of the hundreds of viruses that are out there waiting for a host to become available. Not to mention the debilitating effects vaccines in general have on the immune system. According to a study published in the Journal of Virology, the annual flu vaccine can weaken children’s resistance to other types of influenza virus, including those that could cause a pandemic. [1] While a study in the New England Journal of Medicine of May 1996 revealed that tetanus vaccine disables the immune system in HIV patients. Tetanus vaccination produced a drop in T cells in 10 of 13 patients, a classic sign of immune deficiency. [2]

So what can we do? A lot. The human body is an extraordinary organism, expertly orchestrated with the innate ability to maintain health and in the event it becomes necessary, heal itself.   Keeping our bodies healthy is really much easier than we have been led to believe. Here is a basic rundown of what your body needs:

  1. Rest.  No, scrolling through facebook for hours does not count.
  2. Healthy Food. If you can recognize it as something that grows in the earth and you can pronounce it…you’re good
  3. Clean water. Avoid chemicals and fluoride
  4. Stoke that vitamin D factory!
  5. Studies have shown that moderate exercise boosts your immune system! [3]
  6. Last but certainly not least. Self-love being the most important but never underestimated the power of friendship, both human and animal.

So, we are all human and this world is rife with temptations…we strive to achieve the list above but there are times when we don’t. Then what?

This is when it is important to have allies. Beings who are here to guide us through the rough patches and support the body back to the road of glittering health.

elder-189098_1280Elderberry (Sambucus nigra, S. cerulea, S. Canadensis) can be one of those allies. In the plant world she is a powerhouse. The berries are anti-viral, immunomodulating, and antioxidant rich while the flowers are anti-viral, relaxing nervine, relaxing diaphoretic, and diuretic.

Herbalist Kristine Brown writes that the Native Americans believed that elder would heal all the illnesses anyone could ever have. They believed it would promote a long life, giving reason to the name “elder.”

According to herbalist and educator Rosalee de la Foret, elderberries have long been used as an ally against upper respiratory infections. They’ve been scientifically proven to be effective against at least 8 different influenza viruses including H1N1. Loaded with flavanoids, which are potent antioxidants that have been known to prevent viral replication, halting a virus in its tracks.

Elderberry can be used daily as a preventative, at the onset of symptoms as well as during an illness to shorten its duration.

In clinical trials, patients who took the elderberry juice syrup reported fast termination of symptoms. Twenty percent reported significant improvement within 24 hours, 70% by 48 hours, and 90% claimed a complete cure after three days. Patients receiving the placebo required six days for recovery. As proof that elder has more to it than the enzyme neutralizing constituents, researchers found that the patients who took it also had higher levels of antibodies against the flu virus. ”

Paul Bergner, Herbalist

 In our busy lives, it’s important to have an ally such as elderberry. Supporting our immune system has never been so easy and so delicious! Why weaken your system with a vaccine when you can strengthen it with Elderberry!

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1 http://jvi.asm.org/content/85/22/11995.abstract?sid=80ff3521-f359-4db5-b453-e71cb8a8a7ea

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/754263

2 http://www.healthy.net/Health/Article/Do_Vaccines_Disable_the_Immune_System/539

3 http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007165.htm

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/007165.htm

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/03/flu-shot-increase-flu.aspx

http://www.herbalrootszine.com/

http://methowvalleyherbs.com/

 

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Stinging Nettle Pesto

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Elven food porn. Yep, that’s what I’m calling it. That’s was happens when you combine fresh spring stinging nettles with organic garlic, organic raw walnuts, sheep’s milk romano and lemon juice to create a taste bud-gasm. One that is good for you to boot! It is a definite win and so easy.

Stinging Nettle (urtica diotica) grows wild in meadows and fields everywhere. She is a shining jewel for herbalists and foragers alike. She is best harvested before she flowers so get out there soon!

Urtica has very high levels of minerals, especially, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, silica, iodine, silicon, sodium, and sulfur. Is also a good source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and B complex vitamins and high levels of easily absorbable amino acids. I have read varying sources stating the protein content ranges between 10 and 25 percent! That’s heavy for a leafy green!

But what about the sting, you ask? Yes, there is that. There is no doubt that when you brush against her, it hurts! With this chemical cocktail it’s no wonder: acetylcholine, histamine, 5-HT (serotonin), moroidin, leukotrienes, and formic acid. The remedy? Approach her with respect and mindfulness.

No. Sudden. Movements!

Seriously, when I harvest her leaves, if I mindfully pick one at a time, slowly, I do not get stung. If you do get stung, look around you…you should be able to find some plantain or dock within a few feet, pick a leaf, chew it up and spit it out onto the sting, it will relieve the pain right away. It’s called a spit poultice and it is stellar field first aid.

But we are making pesto, so we need more than just a few leaves. Wear gloves and a long sleeved shirt, and simply snip the top 3rd of the plant into a big bowl. No touching needed. When you get home, you will want to blanch the leaves for 3 minutes in boiling water. Then plunge into cold/ice water. This will neutralize the chemicals that cause the sting. Take it from me; eating a raw nettle leaf…may cause gagging and coughing. Been there, while I was being interviewed for the local newspaper about foraging. Embarrassing.

Once your nettles are blanched, strained and cooled, pop them into the food processor and grind with the rest of your ingredients! Simple. Use your nettle pesto the same as you would basil pesto!

Stinging Nettle Pesto

Makes 4– 8oz jars

  • 8 cups of nettles
  • 1 cup pecorino romano or parmesan if you prefer
  • 1 cup walnuts (any nut will do, really)
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled
  • Juice of 1 lemon and zest
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup olive oil (or just enough to pull it all together)

This is the basic recipe. I added a few random leaves from the garden. Five sprigs of lemon balm and 3 small bunches of wood sorrel for a lemony touch and a handful of mizuna lettuce to add a peppery zing. These extras are not necessary if you don’t have them.

♥ Enjoy!  Maria

 

 

 

 

 

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Alliance

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I stand in alliance with our beauty full Earth, my throbbing heart pulsing in rhythm with her magnificence.

My hands and feet immersed in Terra, I feel connected to an energy greater than mind– primal, electric…conductive. Unmistakably feminine, my stress and worries dissolve as I nestle deep in her sweet bosom, tendrils of energy plait around me in divine embrace.

Gratitude cascades over my desensitized form, melting away a lifetime of armoring in an exhale.

I feel the trees reaching out, massive roots urging deep surrender, a connection that supplants ego. My hearts cracks open, in love with this life, this chance to walk…to taste…to feel as physical beings, sentient droplets of consciousness.

I often forget that everything I need to thrive is here, with me, waiting for me to open to it. When I am having a bad day, a barefoot stroll through the park whisks it all away. By acknowledging the flowers, whose faces smile…smelling the trees, their sap gently warmed by the sunrise, singing with the birds and frogs, a joyful resonance and allowing the sun to warm my body…kiss my face.

My ability to fall down in orgasmic connection with all of life, making sweet love to the Earth is my greatest gift to myself when I chose to keep it private and to the world when I allow the waves of pleasure to undulate out in rippling tickling currents.

In this state of joyful bliss there is no other. No boundaries, borders or walls. Only connection. This is Heaven on Earth, Heaven in Earth, Heaven is Earth and so are we.

 

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Nourishing Infusions

Stinging Nettle Nourishing Infusion

Stinging Nettle Nourishing Infusion

Spring is coming, I promise, and with it the bounty of green blessings!  Every spring I look forward to the return of my many green friends, welcoming back the simplicity and restorative wholeness only plants and digging in the earth can bring.  Just the aroma of warm soil quickens my heart with anticipation of the joyous partnership forged over the years with my earthly allies. Quiet early mornings spent, sun warming my face, tending lovingly my personal plot of the Mother, joining with Her in singing Her gifts to life.

Memories of gardens past, their bounty and their failures, adorn my inner landscape, beauty full, all.  But for all the tomatoes and peppers that I have grown, the plants that hold the keys to my heart are weeds.  Yes, weeds or as I call them Wondrous Edible Earthly Delights.   In her infinite wisdom and love, the Mother provides us (her children) precisely what we need to thrive—as surely as the sun rises each day.

Much maligned, weeds offer service, healing and protection.

They are the truest warriors in the green movement and often the least understood.  They blanket the bare earth preventing erosion and waste.  They draw nutrients to the surface to feed superficial plant roots and to store nutrients.  They appear for us when we need them most, sensing our physical imbalance and spiritual morass.  They fill a certain void within us, both physical and spiritual, the longing for partnership with the unseen yet loving force that is nature (god/dess).  Communing with plants is a joy that fills my heart.  Whether sampling the dew off a ripe crabapple or munching fresh chickweed as I cultivate my garden beds, the plants and the Devas who tend to them, offer wisdom as well as nourishment.

There are myriad ways to incorporate healing weeds/herbs into your daily routine to promote radiant health and restore balance.  Of them all, I love the simplicity of nourishing infusions.  More potent than a tea, not as strong as a decoction nor as medicinal as a tincture, the nourishing infusion offers a powerful healing impact.  Nourishing infusions are a great way to get to know a plant.  It’s beauty lies in its simplicity and in it’s wholeness.

  •  The first step, choose a plant ally.  You want to choose a nourishing plant versus a plant that contains high amounts of volatile oils, resins, alkaloids, or glycosides.  While volatile compounds pack an impressive punch, this is not what we desire in a nourishing infusion.  We want an herb that is of a gentler nature, one that is higher in protein, minerals, and vitamins, an herb you would consider food.  I would like to add that I, personally, would only use organic/chemical free herbs for my infusions.

Herbalist and nourishing infusion Deva, Susun Weed, explains it best.  “Because nourishing plants, by definition, can’t kill, they are scorned by many herbalists. Their effects are said to be slow and weak. Yes, poisonous plants do create instantaneous results, and I do use them when I need that immediate reaction. But they always undermine health.  Nourishing plants always build health. Their effects are slower, but still rapid — with significant improvement in well being seen in ten days or less — and powerful, often life-changing. I call the nourishing herbs ‘people’s herbs’ because they are safe for anyone to use for any reason. And the use of nourishing herbs is ‘people’s medicine,’ our birthright of health. People’s medicine is a direct threat to hierarchy medicine, whether mainstream or alternative. It returns the power of health to the hands of the individual, out of the hands of the elite.  Nourishing herbs are powerhouses of protein, minerals, vitamins, and phytochemicals that counter cancer and prolong life. The best ways to extract this richness are those that rely on water and dilute acid as solvents: that is nourishing herbal infusions and mineral-rich medicinal vinegars.”  Perfect!  Viva la revolucion!

Here is a simple guide to get you started.  Please practice due diligence before consuming any herb.  See this blog article by Susun Weed for more herb specifics.

Here are just a few ideas.

If you are feeling stressed and frayed, your hair and nails a mess?  Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) is your gal.  Are your hormones out of whack?  Red clover (Trifolium pratense).  Feeling stagnant and gluggy from a long winter?  Chickweed (Stellaria media).  Nerves frazzled and shot?  Oatstraw (Avena sativa).

  •  Second Step:  Procure your herb.  You may do this by mindfully harvesting and drying the plants yourself or by purchasing from a reputable source.  Frontier wholesale has organic bulk dried herbs for a great price.  I run a Frontier coop if you live near me.  Mountain Rose Herbs is another favorite of mine.
  • Third Step:  Make your infusion.  You will need a clean quart Mason jar and lid.  Add to the jar 1oz by weight/approximately 1 cup by volume of dried herb to the clean jar.  Top with boiling water, lid and set it aside for a minimum of 4 hours to overnight.  I like to make mine before bed so that when I wake, it is ready for me!  Strain, really squeezing the juice from the plant material, compost the used herb and consume your infusion.  Your goal will be to consume the entire quart in one day.  But if you cannot do that at first, refrigerate what is left and use within 3 days.  Water your plants with any infusion older than that.

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    1oz dried nettles

I like to keep a journal when beginning any new routine, especially when it involves consuming anything with consciousness.  Paying attention to any changes I experience both subtle and overt; provides the opportunity to fully embrace my process and embody new discoveries.  Although this step is not necessary, I find it thoroughly enjoyable and quite complementary.

Simple.  Extraordinary.  Wholeness.  Living in harmony with all of life. 

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