Saturday, 27 December 2014


Acupuncture can effect your emotions - this includes willpower and assertiveness, letting go of grief, reducing stress, worry and anxiety.

Monday, 22 December 2014

Saturday, 20 December 2014


Ganoderma (also known as Reishi or Ling Zhi) is the king of the 22 supertonic herbs in Chinese medical herbalism!

Traditionally used as an anti-aging herb it's health benefits are extremely broad however.  It improves the immune system and is known as an immune modulator as not only can it stimulate the immune system but it can regulate it - this is what makes it so precious.  If the immune system is excessive as in allergies or auto-immune diseases Reishi can reduce the excess.  The group of chemicals that are responsible for this are known as the ganoderic acids and they inhibit histamine release and improve oxygen utilization and liver functions as well as acting as free-radical scavengers and being potent antioxidants.  It can help lower LDL cholesterol and improves the cardiovascular system.  It has been found to prevent and treat hardening of the arteries, angina and shortness of breath associated with heart disease.  In Japan it is approved as a drug for some cancers and can reduce the side-effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment while simultaneously contributing to the rebuilding of the immune system.  Ganoderma can stimulate the production of anticancer substances produced in our bodies - interferon and interleukin 1 and 2.  It may well prove to be the greatest prevention against cancer.  It is approved in China and Japan to treat myasthenia gravis and is used for bronchitis, insomnia, hyperlipemia.  It has a long use as an anti-stress herb and help calm the mind, ease tension, sharpen the mind.  Everyone who takes Reishi notices the peacefulness that seems to accompany its use and its effects are cumulative, gradually strengthening the nerves and protecting us on every level.

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Tagine of Chicken with Preserved Lemon and Green Olives

Serves 4
I have served this with quinoa instead of couscous for those on Paleo diets or who are gluten intolerant.  This dish is easy to put together, throw it all in the pan and leave
for 50 minutes.
Click on the link at the bottom if you would like to listen to some oud music to go with the meal.  The oud is an instrument used in North Africa and related to the lute.

 1kg chicken thigh fillets
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp each of ground turmeric, ginger and cumin
salt and pepper
1 large onion sliced thinly
1 preserved lemon, flesh removed and rind diced finely
3 garlic cloves, chopped finely
1/2 cup green olives
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup water
coriander leaves to serve
Coconut Quinoa
1.5 cups each of quinoa, coconut milk and water.
Rinse quinoa and put into saucepan with coconut milk and water.  Place lid on pan and bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, until liquid has been absorbed.  Fluff quinoa with a fork.
Cut thigh fillets in half.  Place spices and salt and pepper into a plastic bag.  Add chicken pieces, shake to mix together until they are coated with the spices.  Use a large heavy based fry pan or pot that has a tight-fitting lid.  Layer half the onion over the base of the pan.  Top with chicken pieces.  Then sprinkle lemon and garlic over the chicken. Top with remaining onion.  Add the olives, drizzle with the olive oil and pour over the water.  Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer with the lid on for 50 minutes.
Serve with Coconut Quinoa.  Here is the link for the music.