Monday, January 19, 2015

This week's yoga, Herb/Spice of the Month, reminders, and more

I am looking forward to our yoga this week on:

Tuesday, Jan. 20 at 10:30AM at BUMC

Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 6PM at BUMC

Wed. Jan. 21 instead of Thursday, Jan. 22 at 11:30AM at BUMC (chair/Mat Yoga)

Saturday, Jan. 24 at 9:30AM at BUMC

Sunday, Jan. 25 at 5PM at BUMC

Optional Meditation during the Second Week of Each Month   

  I am looking forward to our meditation in February.  In January, we donated $24.50 to Our House; thank you.

  Your donation benefits Our House which provides care and education to homeless children and helps their parents to get to their feet.
lease remember to put your donation in the basket in lieu of extra fee.

  Lunch and Dinner Club Dates
Looking forward to having lunch and dinner with you in 2015.   Please send me your suggestions for dates and restaurants.


Attached please see the January calendar.
Please remember that instead of Th., Jan. 22, we will meet on Wed., Jan. 21 at the same time and place for the Chair/Mat Yoga.

Spice/Herb of the Month
As I mentioned earlier, ginger warms the body.   It is also a digestive aid, it detoxifies, and is anti-pain.

Fresh ginger is more potent than its powder, but both forms would be fine to use.   Just keep in mind that it has a strong taste.  It is a good idea to start with small amount until you are comfortable with its taste.

To make tea, just slice fresh ginger or use the powder to add to boiling water and let it brew until the water changes color to a light yellow.   Add a touch of honey and/or a few drops of lemon if you like .   Start with smaller amount of ginger (about one teaspoon to a cup of boiling water) and gradually increase the amount( one tablespoon to two cups of water) as your body gets comfortable with the tea's strong taste.
There is another way to benefit from ginger.   You can make a bath.  Use up to a tablespoon of grated fresh ginger or powder and add a quart of water and simmer until water is a dark yellow.   Add it to your bath water.  It not only warms your body and prepares you for a good night sleep, it also takes all the aches and pains away.  Again remember to start with small amount of ginger (about 1 teaspoon) and gradually get to 1 tablespoon to give your skin a chance to get used to its strong effect.

Another way to ease the pain is to soak a cloth in ginger tea and apply it directly to the area of pain.

In summer time, you can make ice tea or Ginger Ale.   For ice tea, just add ice and fresh mint leaves to the tea.  For Ginger Ale, add carbonated water to the tea.  Honey and  lemon are great additions to both ice tea and Ginger Ale.

You can also make a candy with Ginger and Honey.   Simmer 1 pound of honey over low heat and add 1 pound of chopped walnuts or peanuts, and 1 teaspoon of ginger.   Stir for 45 minutes over very low heat.  Pour it over a large oiled platter or tray; let it be for a few hours and then cut into desirable shapes.

A simpler version is to cut fresh ginger(about the size of your thumb) into bite size slices and simmer them in a half pound honey to make candied ginger.

After each meal, take one of these candies to help with digestion.

Food for Though

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