Liver/Gallbladder Quiz

1. Do you have Diabetes or are you pre-diabetic? 2. Do you experience joint and back pain? 3. Do you have age spots on your skin? 4. Do you experience digestive discomfort? 5. Do you have indigestion, bloating, or constipation? 6. Do you have cravings for sweet, starchy, or salty foods? 7. Do you struggle with weight loss? 8. Do you feel tired with dark circles under your eyes? 9. Do you have difficulty focusing and concentrating? 10. Do you experience moodiness or irritability? 11. Do you have itchy skin or allergy symptoms? 12. Do you have poor immune function? […]

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Body Toxins are Real!

Many people think that the phrase “toxins in the body” is just some jargon of food faddists. Research over the last hundred years shows that these bowel toxins actually exist. Not only do they exist, but they have a tremendous negative impact on mental and physical well-being. Toxins usually come from a process called intestinal toxemia, an overgrowth of putrefactive intestinal bacteria in the small and large intestine. These toxins are then absorbed into the blood stream and from there affect both our mental and physical functioning. Intestinal toxemia is predominantly caused by an excessively high animal protein diet. Overeating, […]

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Rose Essential Oil

Love    Trust    Self-acceptance The damask rose is a hardy, deciduous, bushy shrub with a height and spread of up to two metres (six feet). It has grey-green foliage and fragrant double flowers, pink in bud and fading to almost white. Most Rosa damascena is cultivated in the Balkan mountains of southern Bulgaria, in the Valley of the Roses. Originating from Asia, there are some 250 different species of rose, and over 10,000 different hybrid varieties. It is the Bulgarian damask rose, cultivated since the 16th century, which is considered to produce the finest quality distilled essence, or “otto”. Most rose […]

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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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