Food Effects on the Mind & Spirit

“Particular energies exist within each food that affect our physical functioning, the nature of our thoughts, and even the expansion of our consciousness” For thousands of years different cultures have been aware that the types of food we eat have subtle effects on the mind. Herodotus, the Greek historian, reported that grain-eating vegetarian cultures surpassed meat-eat-ing cultures in art, science, and spiritual development. It was his view that meat-eating nations tended to be more warlike and more focused on expression of anger and sensual passions. It is said that the ancient Egyptian priesthood ate specific foods to increase their spiritual […]

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The 6 Tastes

From Conscious Eating by Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MD: There are six tastes and food qualities that help to inform us how a food will tend to affect and interact with our doshas. Each taste is nature’s way of signaling us as to how the food will energetically act on our body and mind. The six tastes are: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent. The sweet taste can be experienced by the varying degrees of sweetness that are in sweet fruit, sugar, milk, rice, and grains. Sweetness increases kapha and decreases pitta and vata. Sweetness has the qualities of being […]

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Specific Healing Qualities of Food

From Conscious Eating by Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MD: The next step in understanding the particular energy of a food is to realize that each food has specific healing qualities, which is different from a general pitta or vata or yin or yang effect. This is highlighted in Dr.Bernard Jensen’s book, Food That Heals,and in the classical juice therapy book by Dr. N. W. Walker, Raw Vegetable Juices. Jensen’s book lists the foods and Walker’s book lists the food juices and their specific healing qualities.The juices in our spiritual juice fast retreats are used according to these heal-ing principles. The different Chinese medical […]

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Optimal Diet for Pregnancy

As I move into a discussion on the optimal diet for pregnancy, I want to remind the reader that from the conscious eating perspective there is no one optimal diet for everyone. The secret to a successful vegetarian, vegan, or live-food diet is understanding your dominant dietary type and Ayurvedic dosha. This applies to everyone at any time and not just during pregnancy.One additional point is that people often confuse a therapeutic diet with building or long-term healthy optimal diet. Therapeutic diets such as only fruits for cleansing, less than 10% fat diet for heart disease, or prolonged juice fasting […]

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Herbs for Balancing the Doshas

Allspice is pungent, heating, balances K and V, and unbalances P. It relieves gas, promotes peristalsis, and stimulates metabolism. Best for fall, winter, and spring. Anise is pungent, heating, balances K and V, and unbalances P. It relieves gas and promotes digestion. It comes from the tiny seeds of both Anisum vulgare and Anisum officinalis. In India it is known as “foreign fennel.” Best for fall, winter, and spring. Asafoetida (hing) is pungent, heating, balances K and V, and unbalances P. It is a powerful stimulant of the digestive fire and dispeller of intestinal gas, pain, and bloating. It is […]

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101 of Aromatherapy

By Shanti Cousens Essential oils is the essence of living plants on our planet. Essential oils and plants are the vibration of the same living life force energy. With Essential oils being highly concentrated energies, we could say they are the essence of the spirit in the plant kingdom. The frequencies are stronger when grown organic, wildcrafted and with consciousness. With raw foods we eat the plants, with essential oils, we usually distill the plants. Essential oils are about 25 times stronger. This is why the Light force is even more magnified through the synergy of several different oils together. […]

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What is the Chinese Health Assessment?

The Tree of Life is happy to offer a unique combination of traditional Oriental medicine and vegan live food recommendations in an innovative approach that blends ancient Taoism and Dr Cousens’ modern 6 Foundations to health. Dr Liliane Papin joined the staff of the Tree of Life to work and study with Dr Cousens in 2012. Her previous own experience of living in China and Japan, teaching Chinese food therapy, acupuncture and herbology in Chinese medicine schools as well as practicing a macrobiotic lifestyle for many years has given her a comprehensive understanding that enables her to answer a wide […]

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8 Easy Ways to Use Essential Oils

By Shanti Golds-Cousens Essential oils have been used around the world for centuries, utilizing the plentiful healing benefits found within the purest parts of plants. Here are a few ideas on how to use your oils:  Blend into a spray mist: Use a spray top bottle, add 7-11 drops of Essential Oils, for a spray, Citrus blends are light and refreshing. With a room diffuser: You can choose from a wide range of nebulizers from the complex professional model to a simple round infuser. Add 7 drops to a water infuser or fill a glass nebulizer a quarter full. It will last […]

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What is Structural Integration?

Our Bodies are Shaped by Our Lives In every moment we are shaping our bodies into a posture that fits your world. The mother continually carrying her child on one side begins to readjust the fine balance in her hips and spine. The body builder reshapes his structure through weight training. The person unable to express emotions may be “on hold” in their chest and arms, creating such tension that they eventually cannot freely breathe or extend and relax their arms. Each of us falls into patterns of body use which create postures that reflect our attitudes, thoughts and feelings. […]

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Vitamin C

Vitamin C is important in the immune system and in the manufacture and metabolism of hormones. One of the key gifts of vitamin c is its role in the function and manufacture of collagen, as well as maintaining the integrity of the connective tissue which makes it important for two diabetic reasons: wound repair and maintaining healthy gums. As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin C helps lessen oxidative stress to the body and is thought to lower infection risk. Supplemental vitamin C may also lessen the duration and symptoms of a common cold, help delay or prevent cataracts, and support healthy immune […]

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