Dill (Anise)

While in Romania I was introduced to a very distinctly flavoured herb…. dill.  During this frigid Toronto winter I have missed this profound taste in piping hot soup which I used to drink back in Romania. I found some interesting information about this bold tasting herb.

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Dill originated in southern Russia, the Mediterranean, and Western Africa. It has been used as a medicinal herb for at least 5,000 years. The Ancient Egyptians used dill as a soothing medicine, and it was also used in aphrodisiacs and to ward off witches. The Greeks used dill as a symbol of wealth. The Romans believed that dill brought good fortune. The Romans also used dill leaves in the wreaths they made to recognize athletes and heroes. In ancient times soldiers would apply burnt dill seeds to wounds to help them heal.Dill is mentioned in the Bible (Matthew 23:23) as an herb that was tithed. This fact means that at that time dill was already being cultivated, because only plants that were actively cultivated were used in tithing. In translating the Bible into English, the word for dill was incorrectly translated as Anise and this has been perpetuated in many English versions of the Bible.

Some of its health benefits include using it as a digestive aid to calm upset stomach, reduce acid reflux, and prevent diarrhea.  It protects against free radicals and carcinogens. It’s used as an anti-bacterial.  Steeped in hot water it can be sipped on as tea to aid with insomnia.

It would be great to test out some new recipes using this wonderful herb. Here’s a link I found to a site that has some simple yet appetizing recipes which you may enjoy….

http://vegangela.com/tag/dill/

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Usui Reiki

dr-mikao-usuiReiki is an ancient Japanese touch therapy that relaxes and relieves pain.  It was rediscovered by Dr. Mikao Usui in the mid-to-late 1800s in Kyoto, Japan. It’s believed the origins of Reiki date back several thousand years ago in Tibet.  Since then different systems have emerged from this root system in various cultures.

Back in 2009 I came across a reiki practitioner who gave me a powerful treatment while away on a birthday holiday in Turks and Caicos. I had been suffering from spinal problems which kept me going to my chiropractor and massage therapists every second day in between my hectic work schedule and living between Germany, Switzerland, France, Bahamas and Toronto. When I returned to Toronto a few months later I attempted to return to the Indian doctor back in the islands but she was off the island which led me to find a Reiki Master in Toronto.  I went to see him on a Wednesday and I completely was teary eyed while speaking to him in desperation of a cure to my back pain. It was then that I became his student and he also told me about a mystical yoga school. This was the biggest turning point in my life which I am truly blessed for.

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