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Clove Bud

(Syzygium aromaticum)

You can find clove bud in Mother Gaia’s  

Aroma SpraysCandlesLotionsMouthwash, Oils, and Teas.

Other Names: Bourgeon Floral de Clou de Girofle, Bouton Floral de Clou de Girofle, Caryophylli Flos, Caryophyllum, Caryophyllus aromaticus, Clavo de Olor, Clous de Girolfe, Clove Flower, Clove Flowerbud, Clove Leaf, Clove Oil, Clove Stem, Cloves

Botany: The clove plant grows in warm climates and is cultivated commercially in Tanzania, Sumatra, the Maluku (Molucca) Islands, and South America. The tall evergreen plant grows up to 20 m and has leathery leaves. The strongly aromatic clove spice is the dried flower bud; essential oils are obtained from the buds, stems, and leaves. The dark brown buds are 12 to 22 mm in length and have 4 projecting calyx lobes. The 4 petals above the lobes fold over to form a hood, which hides numerous stamens. Synonyms are Eugenia caryophyllata , Eugenia caryophyllus , and Caryophyllus aromaticus .

Oil properties: Clove oil has a warm, strong, spicy smell and the oil is colorless to pale yellow with a medium to watery viscosity. It blends well with Allspice, basil, bay, bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, geranium, ginger, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, lemon, mandarin, palmarosa, rose, sandalwood, vanilla, ylang ylang

Origin of clove oil: A native of Indonesia and the Malacca Islands, it is an evergreen tree that grows to about 10 meters (30 feet) tall and has bright green leaves and nail-shaped rose-peach flower buds which turn, upon drying, a deep red brown. These are beaten from the tree and dried. The Latin word ‘Clavus’ means nail shaped, referring to the bud. It was often used by the Greeks, Roman and the Chinese, to ease toothache and as a breath sweetener, especially when talking to the Emperor. It has antiseptic properties and was used in the prevention of contagious diseases, such as the Plaque. It was an important commodity in the spice trade and is still used in perfumes, mulled wines and liqueurs, love potions, dental products and, stuck in an orange as pomade, an insect repellant.

Extraction clove oil: Clove oil can be extracted from the leaves, stem and buds. We sell clove leaf oil, which is extracted by water distillation, containing the desired lower percentage of eugenol.

Chemical composition: The main chemical components of clove oil are eugenol, eugenol acetate, iso-eugenol and caryophyllene.

Therapeutic properties: analgesic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, anti-neuralgic, carminative, anti-infectious, disinfectant, insecticide, stimulant, stomachic, uterine and tonic.

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Tip of the Week

Need more time? Continued...

We all say we never have enough time to do what we want and spend time with those we love. But is it really true? Not really.

We can find the time if we make an effort to schedule our day. Once we have a scheduled routine for the necessities then we see all the time in between. 

So you've written your schedule and found your free time. Now what?

You've added fitness and fun time, now how about scheduling meals and cooking time for a more nutritious and healthy diet. It's a great way to lose weight and have more energy.

Some reasons....

• Scheduling cooking time ensures you have the time to prepare and cook a nutritionally dense meal. Instead of going through the drive thru.

• Taking time to cook ensures you know exactly what you're eating. No trying to decipher labels on cardboard.

• Preparing your foods ensures you get a variety of foods. Not just what is available in pre-packaged meals.

 

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Recipe of the Week

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cookies 

From DrAxe.com

INGREDIENTS:

• 1 cup sprouted almond butter

• ½ cup almond flour

• ⅓ cup maple syrup

• 1 egg

• 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

• ½ teaspoon sea salt

• ½ teaspoon baking soda

• ¼ teaspoon baking powder

• ½ cup cacao nibs

• ½ cup dark chocolate chips, minimum 70% cacao

DIRECTIONS:

• Preheat oven to 350 F.

• In a food processor, add in almond butter, almond flour, maple syrup, egg, vanilla extract, sea salt, baking soda and baking powder.

• Stir in cacao nibs and dark chocolate chips.

• Chill dough for 20 minutes.

• Scoop a tablespoon of the dough and shape into cookies and place on baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

• Bake for 10–12 minutes.

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The Dangers of Avoiding Meat

A vegetarian diet focuses on plants for food. These include fruits, vegetables, dried beans and peas, grains, seeds and nuts. There is no single type of vegetarian diet. People who follow vegetarian diets can get all the nutrients they need. However, they must be careful to eat a wide variety of foods to meet their nutritional needs. Nutrients vegetarians may need to focus on include protein, iron, calcium, zinc and vitamin B12.

The most common approaches are these:

• Semi-vegetarian. You still eat animal products, but more selectively. Many semi-vegetarians eat chicken and fish but not red meat.

• You avoid meat and poultry but still eat fish and seafood.

• Lacto-ovo vegetarian. You skip all meat, fish, and poultry but include dairy and eggs in your diet.

• This solely plant-based diet is the strictest form of vegetarianism. You eat no animal products at all—not even eggs or dairy products.

Watch your nutrition

Vegetarian and vegan diets can be healthy, but they can lack certain nutrients. You may have to use a little creativity to ensure you get enough protein, calcium, iron, and vitamin B12.

You can find many of these nutrients in eggs and dairy if you’re vegetarian, and from plant sources if you’re vegan. But you may need an added boost. Because vitamin B12 is found only in animal sources, if you’re a vegan you might consider taking a supplement. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in both fish and flaxseeds, but your body doesn’t absorb the plant-based form as readily as the omega-3s from seafood. Plant-based supplements are available if your diet needs more of these heart-healthy fats.

Meat vs veggie: From depression to infertility, how your choice of diet can wreak havoc on your health – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/

People who adopt vegan diets for health reasons never seem to be satisfied with just being vegan. They’re inclined to pile on more restrictions like no added oils or no cooked foods, or only whole plant foods, or even no nuts and seeds. If any of those restrictions had actual benefits, it would be one thing of course. But they don’t, and they can actually work against good health for vegans.

10 VEGAN DIET DANGERS – By Catherine, butternutrition.com

Definition: vegan diets exclude all animal products including meat, eggs, seafood, dairy products, and honey.

1. HISTORICALLY, THERE ARE WIDE-SPREAD CULTURES THAT HAVE THRIVED BY SUBSISTING OFF OF ANIMAL-FREE DIETS. Gleaning dietary wisdom from those who have come before you is one of the best ways to learn about health. Along with that goes eating foods that people have been consuming for generations. The link between a diet low in animal foods (thus low in fat-soluble vitamins) and tooth decay.

2. PEOPLE OFTEN TURN TO VEGAN DIETS BECAUSE THEY HAVE TROUBLE DIGESTING MEAT AND DAIRY PRODUCTS AND HAVE OTHER ISSUES LIKE FATIGUE, INFLAMMATION, ACNE, BLOATING, AND WEIGHT GAIN. Intolerance to certain foods does not mean there is a problem with that particular food group per se, but it does indicate imbalances within the body, which can cause weaker digestive function (such as slowed metabolism and sluggish thyroid function). Some people tend to gravitate toward a vegan diet because the included foods are “easier” to digest due to poor digestive juices. Eliminating these “problematic foods” completely and permanently only avoids the problem, instead of getting at the root issue, which is working to re-balance the body to regain tolerance of a wide variety of foods.

3. THE BEST DIETS ARE THOSE WITH THE GREATEST VARIETY OF NUTRIENTS AND WITHOUT DIETARY LIMITATIONS. Blacklisting certain food groups interferes with your body’s communication system, which causes you to ignore your body’s cravings by placing certain types of food off-limits. The more you ignore your cravings the more they become needs and desires that cannot be ignored.

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Product of the Month

Mother Gaia's Sanitizing Spray

 ZERO Water with Lavender, Tea Tree, & Sweet Orange essential oils.

Prevent the flu without alcohol or petroleum. Naturally antibacterial. 

Boosting immunity and killing bacteria.

Perfect for cleaning windows, counters, and pet cages.

Find yours here.

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Subscriber Promotions

Offers only for subscribers of Mother Gaia's Newsletter

November: BUY ONE GET ONE - Christmas Memories Spray. The wonderful aromas of a real Christmas tree covered in Candy Canes. 

Find it here.

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Upcoming Events & Classes

 

Dancing Gaia: The Nature of Movement & Meditation

We’ll begin class with deep breathing, energy building, and gentle stretching warm-ups. Class continues with a unique blend of Tai Chi, Yoga, Qigong, and Tae Kwon Do style movements. Then we finish each class with a cool down and seated hand posture practice. These classes are for anyone that wants to get fit without hurting themselves. 

Dancing Gaia offers seated versions for those who are less capable.

Want Dancing Gaia in your community? Send Mother Gaia an email here.

Wellness Education

Classes held at the Eaton Senior Community, Saturdays @ 1:30pm

323 S Eaton St in Lakewood, CO 80226 (open to the public)

What do you get to learn about?

• Nine dimensions health and wellness

• Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness 

• Understanding your body.

• Alternative Medicine — other than surgery and medications

• Ways to improve your health without spending money.

• Cheap and easy remedies to use at home.

• Simple, gentle exercise to improve function.

• Free gifts, snacks, and handouts for attending.

 

Group Classes Mother Gaia Brings to You

How about an unusual birthday party for that open minded teen, loved one, or friend that has everything? Or just a fun way to learn and experience the benefits of natural healing with friends and/or family? Mother Gaia brings all the supplies and information needed for a great educational experience.

Combine classes for a more complete experience and save $10 per person. Host a class and get your first complete set for free! Send Mother Gaia an email and we can schedule it on your time in your space. Mother Gaia is fully insured for your protection, references can be provided upon request.

Aromacraft  

Learn about and experience essential oils and all of their wonderful benefits, create up to seven (7) of your own products to take home including a ZERO water based spray, moisturizing lotion, aroma body/bath oil, natural skin toner, deeply cleansing mudd mask, strengthening tooth powder, and nourishing mineral milk bath. 

Herbalcraft 

Learn about and experience herbal remedies, their amazing benefits and simple uses, and blend up to six (6) products including an herbal tea, naturally scented herbal sachet, moisturizing herbal infused mineral milk bath, infused body/bath oil, cleansing mudd mask, and strengthening and antibacterial tooth powder.

 ***Every participant receives a handout booklet packed full of useful information.***

Looking to try out a class? Mother Gaia offers many great classes here.

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