Sulin Sze - NATUROPATH
Ahhhh the delicious and nutritious world of GREEN medicine! Come share in my recipes, tips, meditations and more. Words and guidance here from my decade of learning and experience in working with herbal medicine, nutrition, movement and more…..
A Meditation offering just for you
I have been a very neglectful blogger friends! I have been investing a lot of energy into writing and taking my understanding of herbalism and healing to another level. Which has culminated in the creation of the Wild Medicine Academy online school. I’ve recently been made a Fellow of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society which is very encouraging. Woohoo!
Considering how unstable 2020 has felt so far, I thought a meditation would be apt. And I haven’t included this one here yet, so enjoy this blissful descent into the world of autogenic training, and bit of bit let your body soften and melt…..
Thyme and Calendula Polenta Chips
Seems like a lot of people like the idea of an anti-fungal, candida-fighting, antimicrobial germ killing savoury snack that is also, really delicious. So here’s the recipe:
- 450mL hot vegetable or chicken stock
- 150g polenta
- 30g shredded parmesan cheese
- 2 tsp dried or fresh Thyme leaves (removed from stalk)
- 1 tsp dried or fresh Calendula petals
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Line a 20cm square baking dish with baking paper, and switch the oven to 220 degrees C
- In a medium sized pot, warm up the stock until boiling, then add the polenta gradually, stirring it in with a whisk
- Once the polenta and stock are combined, remove from heat
- Mix in the parmesan cheese and herbs, and, spoon or pour into the baking dish. Flatten as you wish. Leave to set in the fridge for an hour.
- Once set, slice the polenta on a cutting board into chips and coat with olive oil
- Bake for 30 minutes, gently turning each chip every 10 minutes
Thymus vulgaris (Thyme) and Calendula officinalis (Calendula) both bring an herby savoury taste to the chips, and you can enjoy the feeling of eating two herbs with antimicrobial action. Conditions like gut dysbiosis, candidiasis, bloating after meals and other signs of poor bowel flora and intestinal health are common these days. So this dish is an excellent choice for anybody wanting to give their body some gut-health imbibing herbs. The more you gently turn the chips, the crispier they will be.
Vegan Elderberry Tarts
I prepared these tarts for the Elixir Workshop where Elderberry was a featured plant. They are vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free and easy to prepare. Time to get your vitamin C boost! Accompanied by a herbal latte of some sort, and you’re in paradise! Enjoy
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup chopped medjool dates
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1 tbsp dried Elderberries
- 1 cup hot boiled water
- 3/4 cup full fat coconut cream
- 1/4 cup rice malt syrup
- 1 tsp agar agar
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest
- 1 tbsp orange peel/zest to sprinkle over later
- First make the bases by combining the almonds, coconut oil, shredded coconut and medjool dates in a blender until sticky
- Press into molds and pop in the fridge for 30 mins or up to 24 hours
- Next make the filling. Put the berries in a cup and pour the hot water over them. Leave to infuse for at least an hour, or up to 24 hours (if you are doing an overnight infusion, after it has cooled, pop it in the fridge overnight)
- When the infusion is ready, strain to remove the berries and take out 1/2 cup worth, the rest can be drunk or discarded
- Heat the coconut cream in a small pot over medium heat, adding the elderberry infusion when the cream is hot.
- Now whisk in the agar agar and bring to the boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for a 2-3 minutes.
- Take off the heat and allow to cool slightly, before pouring into the moulds
- Leave in the fridge to set. It takes about 30 minutes.
Spiced Calendula, Elder & Ginger Elixir
Let me introduce you to the elixir, a combination of herbs in an alcohol base that over time has been associated with not only medicinal but magical, alchemical and transformative properties. This recipe here is immune boosting and warming, thus it suits the cooler seasons of the year (Autumn, Winter).
Combine the ingredients below in a jar and leave to infuse. After 6 weeks, using cooking muslin, strain oand bottle. Dispose of the plant material remaining. Take 1 Tbsp daily straight to offset coughs and colds.
Autumn and Winter for prevention of coughs and colds
Combine all herbal ingredients together lovingly in a jar just big enough to hold them. Use 3/4 cup dried Calendula flowers, 2/3 cup dried Elderberries, 1/3 cup dried Rosehips, 1 tsp fresh Lemon rind, 1 tsp fresh Orange peel and 1 Tbsp fresh Ginger grated. If you have fresh Elder flowers and Chamomile flowers, throw 1/2 cup in (combined).
Next up you need to create a suitable solvent to extract the phytochemicals from these herbal ingredients. Combine 30g honey and 45mL brandy to make up the solvent. Pour this into the jar, ensuring the plant materials are saturated and leave to macerate for 6 weeks at room temperature, either turning or stirring each day. After this, strain with muslin and bottle!
Morning Prayer for Health
Who doesn’t love a ritual?! This Morning Prayer for Health is part of my Health Rituals. The prayer is subtitled so you can just listen, or speak along. Each time you recite this prayer, or your own version of it, you deepen your intention for health and wellbeing. You might also like to do the ‘Health Goals Prayer Flag’ active meditation to clarify what you would like to achieve with your health right now. More of my videos can be found on my YouTube Channel
Creating the intention for self-care
Turmeric, Fetta & Herb Loaf
Looks amazing. Tastes amazing. Does amazing things. I can’t praise this savoury loaf highly enough. The deeply delicious aroma of roasting seeds, herbs and onion regularly fills my home and brings a smile to every face, especially this one. Turmeric-lovers will find the original recipe by Amy Crawford at theholisticingredient.com.
I prefer Tapioca flour in place of rice flour and often I use danish fetta instead of goats cheese (up to you) with extra garlic, cherry tomatoes and seeds. I give it an hour in a bread-maker on a classic loaf setting. One slice is enough for most so it will last. There’s SO much research out there on the benefits of turmeric for digestive health, arthritis, hyperlipidaemia and degenerative disease. At the core, it’s a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. So enjoy lovers! Fill your tummies with golden dreams sometime soon. I feel hungry…
great for lowering cholesterol, reducing inflammation and boosting digestion
Vegan Chocolate with Brahmi
Why fall in love with vegan chocolate? It’s so good for your soul. Try these herby chocolates. I love to add fresh herbs. So let’s get to the recipe. You’ll need:
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 1/2 cup cashew meal
- 5 Tbsp maple syrup
- melted 1 Tbsp cacao butter
Throw in a handful of chopped fresh clean herbs like Peppermint, Brahmi, Mint or Lemon Balm. Here I’ve used Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri). Mix all to a play doh consistency then shape and refrigerate. You can use almond meal instead of cashews but it may not have the same euphoric serotonin boosting effects. Enjoy!
great for a healthy sweet alternative, boosting memory and children with ADD or ADHD
Children's Sleep Meditation: Puha Plant Fairy
This one is for all ears, but particularly, for little ears. Meet Puha, a plant fairy with so much magic and love to share with you. Plants are wonderful helpers to us humans. I’ve worked with plants for the past 15 years as an herbalist and Naturopath and loved every minute of it. I hope you enjoy this journey into the green as much as I enjoyed making it. The beautiful music here is ‘Evening Fall Harp’ by Kevin MacLeod.
great for helping littles ones relax and sleep
Bladder & Kidney Meridian Brush
What I share with you here is the Bladder-Kidney brush, one of the most useful Meridian brushes for anxiety, insomnia and stress. If you’re not a natural sitting or lying meditator, this could be just the thing you’re looking for to relax. Years ago I attended a ChiBall Method instructor training program, and although I never taught, I did have an absolute ball, and over time I found the meridian brushing useful for my clients.
Watch the video to get the hang of it, then feel more harmonious, grounded and calm. Repeat the brush 3-4 times daily using moderately firm pressure. Keep your fingertips brushing the backs of your legs as you travel down toward your outer toes.
I call it a therapeutic-moving-meditation. The meridian system in Traditional Chinese Medicine, upon which this exercise is based on, is a network of energy points that comprise a vital, unifying connecting force in the body including emotional, physical and spiritual aspects of you. This is why when you heal a disharmonious meridian, you both ‘feel’ and ‘function’ better. Any sort of stress (physical to emotional) can affect the free flow of Qi (life force) through your meridians, causing disharmony which results in illness. Check out www.tcmworld.org for a more precise and technical understanding of the Meridian pathways.
great for de-stressing and calming the adrenals
Gall Bladder & Liver Meridian Brush
Another therapeutic moving meditation here for you to enjoy. This time working on the Gall Bladder and Liver meridians to calm, harmonise and to reduce irritability and mood changes. If you suffer from PMS, mood swings, fatigue, irritability. Ideally repeat this meridian brushing activity three times daily as part of your self-care routine. Repeat the brush 3-4 times daily using moderately firm pressure
great for mood, energy and digestion
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