Saturday, January 21, 2012

"Embracing Menopause" class rescheduled!

This divine picture of Khione found on 
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The enchanting Snow Goddess, Khione, draped her wintry cloak over NJ today, Saturday, Jan 21, so our "Embracing Menopause" class at The Room Above in Brookside, NJ will be rescheduled! (Update:  New date:  Sat, April 14 at 1:30PM)

This is a wonderful opportunity to slow down and take a few moments to enjoy Khione's sparkling presence with a warming herbal tea!

Give this tea a try on any brisk wintry day:

  • ~ 2 Tablespoons grated ginger root
  • pinch of cayenne powder
  • juice from one fresh lemon
  • honey, to taste
  • 1-2 star anise pods  (optional, but oh so yummy!)

Grate about 2 tablespoons of fresh ginger root, add to saucepan of boiling water and simmer for about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and pour into a quart or half gallon-sized mason jar.  Add fresh lemon juice and honey to taste.  Sprinkle barely a pinch of cayenne pepper powder and add 1-2 star anise pods.  Cover with a towel and let steep about 20 minutes.  Strain and enjoy! 

Not only will this tea increase circulation and thoroughly warm the body, it can also be used for sore throats, congestion, colds and flus.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Transition Newton - Building a Sustainable Community

Last night another Steward of our precious, beautiful blue-green Earth - Anne of Degage Gardens - and I attended a viewing and frank discussion of the movie, Call of Life:  Facing the Mass Extinction. 

Hosted by the Transition Newton group, the movie dares to address the accelerating loss of biodiversity that is becoming so severe, scientists are calling it a mass extinction event.  Globally, species are becoming extinct at an astonishing rate - between 1, 000 and 10,000 times faster than normal.  At this rate, nearly half of all plant and animal life could be extinct within the next several decades, threatening the stability of the Earth's entire biosphere.

I liked this group immediately, and am glad to find a like-minded group of ordinary folks who are making the effort to DO something about the alarming rate of biodiversity destruction by forming a transition initiative in their community.  Because they are concerned about the realities of climate change, peak oil and economic instability, these folks are pro-actively seeking solutions to these issues while building a cohesive community.

Transition Initiatives are springing up all across the US, so look for one near your community and get involved.  Make 2012 the year you actively participate!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Just say "NO" to SOPA and PIPA!

Make no mistake about the seriousness of this issue: If SOPA (or PIPA) becomes law, it will sooner or later result in the government seizure and shutdown of virtually all alternative news websites, including sites dedicated to Alternative Holistic Modalities. People should have the right to choose the type of healing modality that addresses their health-care needs, and they should have the right to research different modalities to make the best informed decision for themselves and their family members.  Should SOPA or PIPA be passed, alternative healing sites like Willow Moon Herbals could be censored and seized, and you would find a message like the one above when you tried to access our site for information about medicinal botanicals.

Think this is a fad?  Check out Google, Reddit, NaturalNews, Wikipedia and over 5,000 other sites that have 'gone dark' today in protest of these two draconian bills before Congress.

The Senate is scheduled to vote on this on January 24. Tell them to vote NO to SOPA and PIPA. Learn more: