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Nurturing the Mind and Body

I live in the Northern hemisphere and we are transitioning into Spring. We've just had the Spring Equinox and I've noticed that there's a lot of aches, pains, inflammation , coughs, colds going around my family along with the dreaded constipation!

It doesn't matter if they're young or old. They all seem to be going through a phase of dehydration within the colon. What could be triggering this?

The colon acts as a back-up reservoir of water the rest of the body can draw on in times of need. During Spring the movement of energy along the energetic channels of the body changes to draw in the increasing levels of sunlight in to the body. The energetic points (chakras) get stimulated by light energy.This energetic change switches onduring the Spring Equinox, which is the point of equal daylight and darkness.  What this means is there's an extra energetic push coming from nature stimulating a push out of mucous, congestion and toxicity built up over Winter.

To help the body release from its natural elimination channels, water is required. If water is unavailable then the body takes it from its backup areas: colon, skin, joints etc. This situation usually triggers constipation, aches, pains, skin irritations and thickens/congests the lymph!

Benefits of Drinking Linseed (Flaxseed) Tea

Obviously a diet loaded in processed, refined foods, sugar, damaged fats and hard to digest foods is going to make any dehydration issues worse.Drinking linseed tea helps to resolve dehydration. The tea has a thick gel-like consistency and a nutty taste.

Linseed tea contains omega 3 fatty acids (anti-inflammatory) and lignans, which the gut bacteria can convert to phyto-oestrogens.

Lignans can help to provide oestrogenic support when oestrogen levels are low, making up for some of the deficiency. When oestrogen levels are too high, the lignans attach to the oestrogen receptors, reducing the activity of your body’s natural oestrogen hormones and blocking their effect in certain tissues. Research has shown that lignan phyto-oestrogens helps prevent some forms of cancer (breast, prostate & colon) by blocking excessive oestrogenic activity.

Plant lignans have been shown to:

  • Promote breast health
  • Reduce hot flashes in women by more than 50%
  • Support prostate health
  • Provide cardiovascular support
  • Support healthy blood glucose metabolism
  • Provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory support

How to make Linseed Tea

  1. Boil around 500ml (1 pint) of water and leave to cool down slightly
  2. Add 1 tbsp of flax seed into a suitable glass container
  3. Pour 500 ml (1 pint) of the boiled water over the flax seeds and leave to soak for 12 hours
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  4. After soaking pour the seeds and the soak water into a pan
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  5. Gently bring to the boil then simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  6. Serve linseed tea with or without seeds

If you find the tea is too thick, thin it down with some hot water.

Drinking 1-2 cups a day of linseed tea helps rehydrate the colon, prevents constipation, soothes digestive irritation and helps calm the mind.

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