Sunday, October 25, 2009
Musing through Yellow
I knew banana's were good, were a complete food per Dr. Mindell, but there is more good news! They are also wonderful for High Blood Pressure, who knew? Loaded with a hefty dose of potassium, which is best known as a blood pressure regulator. Many cardiologists believe that High Blood Pressure is caused as much by low potassium as by high sodium. According to Eva Obarzanek of National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, "High Blood Pressure is not an inherent part of aging," aren't we all happy to hear this! Unfortunately, the western diet that consist of processed food, is stripped of the potassium that we need. Two hundred years ago, the average person consumed eight times more potassium than sodium. Today, that ratio is one to four in the opposite direction (accoding to The Color Code: A Revolutionary Eating Plan for Optimum Health). No wonder hypertension is practically a national epidemic. Get your Yellow ON! eat more banana's!
Combining Color and Scent, well, just makes a lot of sense. Considering how the Sun has all the colors in the rays which feed the plants, that we use to feed and heal ourselves, we are then getting our color through the plants as well. When using Aromatherapy with Color Therapy look to the essential oils of bergamot, Birch, Cardamom, Celery, Coriander, Cajeput, Citronella, Cumin, Lemon, Lemongrass, Marigold, Grapefruit, Basil, Fennel, Vetivert, Cinnamon, Camphor (yellow), Angelica, Aniseed, Caraway, Cedarwood, Ginger, Oregano, to name a few. To find out more on this subject, there is a great book by Suzy Chiazzari, Colour Scents.
For Chakra Therapy and Yellow, we would look to the Solar Plexus Chakra / Navel Chakra / Manipura /10-leaf-lotus. When looking here we find that this Chakra is associated with our sense of self-esteem and self-worth. It is also a place where we tend to feel strongly the emotion of fear and intimidation. It is the area that governs the pancreas, adrenals, liver and stomach. The Bija Mantra for the Solar Plexus is Ram (pronounced RUM).
Chakra Tonic: ~~Papaya Pineapple Smoothie~~
Papaya is the "acknowledged universal healer" in the INDONESIAN healing tonic tradition of Jamu. The enzyme papain seems to be able to digest almost anything. It is found in the juice of the fruit and is highly concentrated in the leaves of the plant. Pineapple contains the enzyme bromelain, which is also an appetite suppressant.
1/2 pineapple cut into small pieces
1 small papaya or 1/4 to 1/2 large papaya cut into small pieces
1 cup apple juice or 1 cup purified water
Bonus super ingredients; 1 teaspoon probiotic formula, or small vial of Siberian ginseng for adrenal support.
Place ingredients in a blender and puree at high speed. Serve and enjoy this tropical cleansing/digestive smoothie.
For this and other tonics grab the book, Chakra Tonics: Essential Elixirs for the Mind, Body, and Spirit, Elise Marie Collins
Yellow is used for the nerves and brain; is a motor stimulant and a nerve builder. It has a stimulating, cleansing and eliminating action on the Liver, Intestines, and the Skin. As well, it purifies the blood stream and activates the Lymphatic system. To the ancients, yellow was the animating color for life; it suggests joy, gaiety, merriment. It is the color of the intellect, of perception rather than reason. (Color Therapy, R.Ambers)
This is just the beginning of my Musings through Yellow...