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Have you taken your #yyj Nature Break today?

To cut through resistance with a student, I suggested we transition our session to one of my local favorite hangouts, “Finnerty Gardens,” at the University of Victoria.

Strolling through a combination of forest and tames beds and lawns, I noticed the difference between being restful and at peace in this type of  environment and one that is nervous with a racing mind.  After investigating the landscape for a time we sat on a bench to integrate and continue our session.  Long periods of comfortable silence encouraged  a deeper opening and sharing.  Simple and transitional!

Nature, our healing partners!


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Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
 Authored  Achieving your Goals  31 Day Program, Sleep Sweet Sleep, Kid’s Peace Bus Calendar of Values  Educational Program & InTouch with Your Values Self-Actualization Program.Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Labyrinths of Victoria since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Grassroots Calendar Founder, Vice-Chair of World Children’s Summit on Peace & Nature in 2015

 

 

Do you live in your own culture of love & respect?

Recently I have begun sharing how my spring and summer is spent planting, gathering of flowers, leave & roots to make wonderful remedies. The purpose comes from hearing my clients express their concern, guilt, resentment and dependency upon pharma care products a13466358_10207722029426878_7619154285081841108_ns my hope is to model a different pattern and experience. I believe that pharma care lacks love of any living thing and is teaching us not to value ourselves. Therefore my hope of intention is to bring back love and care that is the bases for a healing outcome. When I work with nature in such a personal way I love it and would like to say feel the love back. This is the foundation I would like for healing and support. To take something that I feel appreciation for empowered by being a partner in the process of making it equals loving oneself!


Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015

Discovering Gumweed along West Coast of Victoria

I loved coming across gumweed 2016-06-14 14.00.03growing along the rocky banks of Victoria’s beaches during a walk.  The first thing you notice is the sticky resin on your hands when picking just one flower head. You know it must have some interesting qualities!

Researching this flower for more information and to confirm their name,  Grindelia squarrosa, I had to smile when finding a well-respected international herbalists description of gumweed that included he found them along the rocky outcrops of Victoria’s beaches here on Vancouver Island!

I imagine that you have seen them on your own walks!

 

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Cough Syrup

Discovering that they are great with honey in a cough syrup mixture and the organic one I buy is usually $12.00 and up I decided to buy a large jug of honey on sale for $12.00 and make my own!  The mason jar I am using would equal four purchased bottles of cough syrup or more.

Imagine reaching for your cough syrup and knowing exactly where the healing ingredients was picked and processed.  That the few fingerprints on them are mostly your own!

Within a short time of adding the flowers to the honey it became a rich dark colour and thickened.  2016-06-15 15.35.54It continues to thicken as it sits infusing its goodness.  Even though I began to dry these flowers for a few days before infusing they are still creating a thick mixture with their resin.

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Tincture

I also decided to create a tincture using vodka which is great for colds, sore throats and coughs!2016-06-14 17.18.32


In Plants of the Rocky Mountains by Ryan Drum, gum from the pounded flower-heads was applied to poison ivy inflammations and taken internally to relieve coughing and congestion. “Extracts from the dried flower-heads and leaves have sedative, antispasmodic and expectorant qualities…[and] are used in modern medications for treating asthma and bronchitis,” the book explains.


 Renee Lindstrom, GCFP,
Feldenkrais® Practitioner since 2007, Value-Based Communication & Empathy Coach since 2004, Art of Placement  since 2000, Founder of Greater Victoria Peace & Intercultural Celebrations since 2010 & Greater Victoria Labyrinths since 2012, #yyj Peace Week Calendar Founder – 2014 & 2015