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Mental Health: Grounding in Nature, Friendships, and A Legacy Elixir Recipe



Let’s stroll on a soul-nurturing pathway in the transformative power of nature's grounding energy and the heartwarming growth of gratitude + friendships—a few ingredients for a life of groundedness in God's goodness.


Accompanying this journey is an ancestral sinus + throat elixir recipe that will envelop you in the comforting embrace of my momma, Eunita “Nita.”


Upon turning 52, I've recently spent glorious days in parks + healthy cafes, allowing myself to reflect on my ancestral well.


Upon my return home, I found solace + inspiration in my kitchen—a place where I feel the presence of the long line of mothers who came before me. It's in this sacred space that I sense my ancestral creativity and healing wisdom, carried forward through generations.


As we step into May, in preparation for Mother's Day + Mental Health Awareness Month, I invite you to nurture your wellbeing by exploring your ancestral yearnings and embodying the healing wisdom that flows through your generations.


Each time I lean into grounding my ancestral yearnings, I am given gifts of generosity, understanding, or shedding.


Even if you've experienced disconnection or grief in your mothering legacy, remember that it is never too late for you to begin a new narrative—one that nurtures + nourishes the roots of your being, grounding you and others in peace (shalom, wholeness).


In the spirit of mental health + grounding, I share with you three soul care invitations:


The Grounding Healing Power of Earth


The idea of grounding, also known as earthing, is similar to discharging static electricity at the fuel pump. When you touch your bare feet to the Earth, your body can absorb the Earth's negatively-charged electrons. These electrons help neutralize the positive charge buildup in your body, which can accumulate from exposure to electronic devices, stress, or other factors.


Grounding can help reduce inflammation, improve sleep, and even alleviate pain. It's a natural way God's goodness has given to us to balance our body's electrical charge and reconnect with the Earth's energy.


Some people also use grounding mats or sheets to experience the benefits indoors, especially in areas where direct contact with the Earth isn't easily accessible.


Grounding with Friends + Flowers


I stood in a meditative morning/mourning musing, grounding my heavy mothering heart among the sunflowers in my garden, this is my second spring with them.


When a dear friend sends you sunflower seeds, she's grounding you in the offer of her heartfelt love + care. I was comforted by Katie's seeds of compassion that are rooted + grounded in my garden.


Remember to cultivate friendship with others as you befriend yourself—just as you would nurture seeds, a garden, or a house plant, watch them mirror your flourishing friendships.


Whether it's touching your bare feet to the grass or sensing the embrace of a friend, take the time to pause and be present in those grounding moments.






Whether it's touching your bare feet to the grass or sensing the embrace of a friend, take the time to pause and be present in those grounding moments.

Grounding in Nita's (Momma's) Legacy Sinus + Throat Elixir Recipe


Enjoy this soothing recipe from my mom, a singer and songwriter whose legacy of writing + ARTvocacy I carry forward with love.


This is my adaptation of my momma’s elixir, she didn't measure and rarely do I, but this gives you some idea. Also, I've taken the prerogative to add sunflower leaves for my unique, ancestral twist to this healing elixir.


What ancestral recipe is living within you that you can write down and pass down to the next generation? No need to overthink it-it doesn't have to be an original. I'll be passing down the no-bake Turmeric energy balls I discovered online years ago that I've made my own.

Nita's (Momma’s) Sinus + Throat Elixir Recipe:


Ingredients:


1 cup boiling water

1 teaspoon raw honey

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Juice of 1/2 lemon

A clove of garlic

A small handful of sunflower leaves (or one big one)


Instructions:


  1. Gather a small handful of fresh, pesticide-free sunflower leaves, and gently rinse them.

  2. In a mug, combine some of the water and raw honey, stirring until the honey dissolves. Then, pour boiling water over garlic, apple cider vinegar, and lemon juice.


  1. Add the rinsed sunflower leaves to the mixture.


  1. Steep for 10-15 minutes, allowing the ingredients to dance + develop their healing properties.


  1. Strain the tea + ground yourself, allowing it to envelop your senses and provide a soothing remedy for your mind + body + being.


Soulfully, sip + savor.


Remember to consult with a healthcare professional before incorporating herbs + teas if you have any underlying health conditions, are pregnant, nursing, or taking medications. 


Here's a breakdown of the best times to enjoy this soothing ancestral elixir:


  • Morning: Drinking the elixir in the morning can help kickstart your digestive system, boost your energy levels, and prepare your body for the day ahead.


  • Afternoon: A warm cup of the elixir in the afternoon can provide a pick-me-up, offering relief from an afternoon slump + helping to soothe any soreness or inflammation you may be experiencing.


  • Evening: Sipping the elixir in the evening can help calm your body + mind, promoting relaxation and preparing you for a restful night's sleep. Additionally, the soothing properties of the ingredients can help alleviate any tension you may be feeling after a long day.


So, whether you prefer to start your day with a warm, energizing cup or unwind with the elixir's soothing benefits in the evening, Nita's (Momma’s) Sinus + Throat Elixir is a healing choice for any time of day.


Grounding, Healing Benefits:


Apple cider vinegar:


  • Improves digestion: Apple cider vinegar can help improve digestion by increasing stomach acid production and promoting the growth of good bacteria in your gut.

  • stabilize + regulate blood sugar (glucose) levels: Studies have shown that apple cider vinegar can help stabilize + regulate blood sugar levels and improve our hormones making it beneficial for the menopause adventure and those with diabetes or pre-diabetes.


Lemon:


  • Boosts vitamin C intake: Lemons are rich in vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that can help protect your cells from damage + support your immune system.

  • Aids digestion: Lemons contain citric acid, which can help stimulate the production of stomach acid, helping digestion.


Raw, Organic Honey:


  • Promotes wound healing: Honey has been used for centuries as a natural wound healer due to its antimicrobial properties + ability to promote tissue repair.

  • Reduces inflammation: Rich in antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation and promote healing.


  • Natural cough suppressant: Honey is an effective cough suppressant, helping to reduce irritation in the throat + soothe coughs.

  • Antioxidant-rich: Honey contains antioxidants that can help protect your cells from damage.


Garlic:


  • Fights colds and infections: Garlic has antimicrobial properties that can help combat colds, flu, and other infections, making the elixir an excellent choice for warding off illness.

  • Boosts endocrine system: The combination of ingredients in the elixir can help strengthen your immune system + protect your body against various ailments.

  • Lowers cholesterol: Garlic has been shown to help lower cholesterol levels, making the elixir a heart-healthy choice.

  • Reduces inflammation: Garlic also possesses anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation + promote healing.


Sunflower Leaves:


  • Expectorant relief: Sunflower leaves can help loosen mucus + phlegm, making it easier to expel and provide relief from respiratory issues like coughs + congestion. 


  • Diuretic effects: The leaves can help in the removal of excess water + salt from the body. 


  • Astringent power: Sunflower leaf astringent properties can constrict tissues + reduce inflammation due to their high tannin content. It can be beneficial for oral health. Gargling with a cooled tea infusion can help tighten and tone gum tissues, potentially reducing inflammation and fighting gum disease. 


However you choose to ground yourself, remember to do so in the good soil of gratitude.

Until next time,


Scribble. Speak. From your soul.



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Disclaimer: This blog post is for informational purposes only as I share my pastoral care, my personal journey, and bring to you valuable research, it is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you are experiencing any medical concerns or symptoms, please seek the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional.

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