How To Create An Herb Spiral

Tonight I am interrupting my regular flow of dancing in my living room with my overzealous son, nursing and snuggling on my hammock, making friends with bugs and plants, giving and receiving massages from my lover, and, uh, sleeping to tell you about something awesome! (Now you understand why I may not post as much as is requested of me ;) ) This is worth the interruption though because tonight I am going to show you some pictures of my herb spiral. See, here they are…

Was that the most amazing experience you had in your entire life?! I thought so :) It is only because herb spirals are so COSMIC! Not only are they beautiful, they are convenient and efficient too. If you have a small garden space to work with they can fit all your herbs into one compact place. It is a great technique for those who appreciate organization. The shape of an herb spiral creates several different micro-climates so all your precious herbs get exactly what they require. I am sure my eloquent and convincing words along with these life changing photos have inspired you to create your very own herb spiral. So, to help you out I made a step by step guide on how to do it! I know, I know. You are welcome. I do what I can :)

How To Create An Herb Spiral

1. Purchase or plant in soil blocks the herbs you choose to have in your spiral. In our herb spiral we have, from top to bottom, rosemary, oregano, thyme, borage, sage, lemon verbena, yarrow, mexican terragon, anise hyssop, chives, basil, calendula, and stevia. You could also add echinacea, chamomile, st. johns wort, caraway, parsley, cilantro, dill, or any other herb your brilliant brain can come up with.

2. Plan each herb’s location in your spiral according to their needs. The east side of the spiral will have morning sun and afternoon shade. The west side will have morning shade and afternoon sun. The top will be dry. The bottom moist.

3. Place a huge piece of cardboard down on the area you choose to create your herb spiral.

4. With a pencil draw the outline of your spiral on the cardboard. Make it no more than five feet wide to ensure you can gather herbs from the center.

5. Place bricks or rocks along your outline. Remember to slowly increase the height of your brick stacking until the center reaches about 3 feet high. It is useful to employ help at this point…

6. Fill your herb spiral with compost and mix in soil enhancing ingredients. In our compost we mixed in 4 cups of zeolites, 1 cup green sand, 1 cup rock dust, one gallon of mycogrow and one gallon of seaweed water. Worm castings would be another great addition. Wish I would have thought of that!

7. Wet your soil thoroughly.


Me watering our spiral while wearing my husband’s shorts. You can get away with that sort of thing when you are a true Goddess ;)

8. Plant each herb in its correct spot. When plants are big enough add mulch around them.

9. Water and talk to your plants regularly and watch them grow!

Voila! You now have an amazing herb spiral!
Congratulations!

Spring Equinox Juice Feast ~ Day 10

I would like to personally thank my Green Star juicer for all the hard work she has done these last 10 days. Because of her I have dropped 7-8 pounds, my skin is more clear and radiant, and I feel clean, light, and happy!

Juice/Smoothie 1:
Mango
Carrot
Orange
Wheatgrass

Juice 2:
Beet
Apple
Kale
Lemon
Cucumber

Juice/Smoothie 3:
Peach
Cucumber
Orange
Date
Pinch salt

Teas:
Nettle

Transitional Foods:
Apple
Berries
A couple raw cookies and a
hunk of coconut almond bread
my friend brought me yesterday
(I know, not a very good transitional food, but I couldn’t resist ;) )

As you can see from the above menu, I already ended my feast this afternoon. I was ready. Now begins the 2-3 day transition back to my normal healthy eating. It is said that the way you come off a fast is just as important, if not more important, than the fast itself (not that I am the best example with those raw cookies ;) ). Eating lightly helps our digestive system reboot efficiently. Tomorrow and the next day I will be drinking more juices, smoothies, and consuming lots of fresh fruits and avocados. After that I can add in more nuts, seeds, and egg yolks.

I am deeply grateful I chose to undertake this juice feast. I really feel this has been a mini reboot for me. My enthusiasm for life, food, and fun has been renewed! And I deeply appreciate you reading my blog posts and supporting me along the way.

You are amazing!

Spring Equinox Juice Feast ~ Day 9

Today my friend Rachael came over to give me a full body table massage. It was DIVINE! Doing body work and light exercise (rebonding, yoga) during a cleanse is highly beneficial. It accelerates the detoxification process and feels amazing! My friend also brought me some raw treats (chia crackers, 2 raw cookies, and almond coconut bread). I was so tempted to gobble them up. I am feeling excited to start eating food again soon. I know everything is going to taste so scrumpious! I will have a whole new appreciation for the yummy taste bud explosions I used to enjoy on a daily basis.


Me feeding David today

Juice 1:
Cucumber
Kale
Ginger
Apple
Lemon
Pear

Juice 2:
Beet
Cilantro
Celery
Parsley
Apple
Lemon

Juice 3 (from Whole Foods):
Kale
Pineapple
Mango
Apple
Coconut water

Other:
Coconut water kefir

So far it seems David is doing really well breastfeeding while I am on my juice feast. My friend told me he looks extra healthy and more radiant than usual. So for all you mamas out there considering juice feasting while breastfeeding I say GO FOR IT!! As long as your baby can eat solid food too (to get extra fat if needed), you don’t mind breastfeeding a little more frequently than normal, and you are giving yourself plenty of fluids and maybe taking some liquid zeolites, I feel it is a very healthy and positive thing to do.

Well, good night everyone! May you have beautiful and cosmic dreams!

Spring Equinox Juice Feast ~ Day 8

Day eight of my juice feast and boy am I sleepy! I already took a 2 1/2 hour nap today and I am heading straight to bed after I write this post and do a few yoga stretches.

Juice 1:
Bull thistle root
Cucumber
Cabbage
Chard
Apple

Juice/Smoothie 2:
Kale
Collard
Pineapple
Peach
Apple
Cucumber
Ginger

Juice 3:
Parsley
Celery
Apple
Red leaf lettuce
Bell pepper
Fennel

Teas:
Nettle

A huge truck came by today to drop off our compost, soil and mulch. We are all prepared now to finish up our planting this weekend. Planning and planting our garden has been a HUGE project for us these last two months, but it is going to be sooooooo worth it! Plus, we have really enjoyed it. And we are going to enjoy it even more when 30-50% of our food comes from our own space of love this year! I stepped on the scale today and noticed I have released at least 6 pounds! Bryan tells me I look more radiant and cheerful too. All good things.

Ok, seriously, I am off to get my beauty sleep!
Ciao!

Spring Equinox Juice Feast ~ Day 7

Yesterday I had a LOT of cravings. For inspiration I watched Fat Sick & Nearly Dead, recommended by my brother. Watching this film brought up emotion in me because I was reminded of my Daddy and his struggle with weight. When he passed away he was over 400 pounds and on several medications. In fact, he is the main reason I became so passionate about Radical Health and Raw Food. I knew it was up to me to break the genetic pattern of unhealthy overeating. To be honest though, I have let my health slip a little since becoming a mommy. I now feel a renewed determination to do my belly dancing and S factor workouts regularly, shed my baby weight, and only eat foods which help me feel ecstatic! Many of the people interviewed in this documentary knew they should eat better but said they just can’t because junk food/fast food tastes so good and they have no will power. Addiction starts young. I am so grateful I am not giving David taste buds for unhealthy processed food.


Juice! It’s What’s For Dinner!

Juice/Smoothie 1:
Tangelo
Mango
Pear
Wheatgrass

Juice 2:
Orange
Cucumber

Juice 3:
Cabbage
Bell pepper
Celery
Collard
Apple
Ginger
Tangelo peel

Juice 4:
Cilantro
Cucumber
Broccoli
Apple
Fennel

Juice/Smoothie 5:
Orange
Mango
Peach
Carrot
Grapefruit
Wheatgrass

Juice 6:
Celery
Mixed greens
Apple
Lemon
Zeolites

Teas:
Nettle
Shatavari, burdock, coconut flakes, goji, pau d’ arco, schizandra berries

One of my girlfriends came over for a play date and we had a massive juice party! I had six juices today! Two things I have noticed: One, I put on a pair of pants yesterday and they fit just a little bit looser than usual. And two, this morning as I was enjoying my orange cucumber juice I felt something in my sinus area click into place and suddenly I was able to breathe a little deeper! For the last couple days we have been outside in the strong Texas sun and at the end of the day our skin is pink and we are sure we will have a sunburn in the morning. When we wake up our skin is perfect! We feel the massive amount of juice nutrition we are all consuming is rejuvenating our skin and keeping us from being burnt. Awesome!


Two wild boys playing by a waterfall

Spring Equinox Juice Feast ~ Day 5

SUN! Glorious Sun! Thank you for shining your healing light upon me during this beautiful spring day! A day where all I did was plant a few things and lounge around, basking in your light!

Juice 1:
Celery
Chard
Carrot tops
Apple
Broccoli

Juice/Smoothie 2:
Cucumber
Wheatgrass
Strawberry
Pineapple

Juice 3:
Chard
Fennel
Celery
Parsley
Apple

Teas:
Nettle and raspberry leaf

Other:
Coconut water kefir

When I woke up this morning I felt shaky and nauseated. I intuitively knew I had something floating around in my bloodstream and wondered how I could facilitate detoxification. Sadly, I don’t own any enema equipment. I decided to go outside and lay on my hammock as I did breath of love breathing and soaked up the sun. Warning: It’s about to be TMI (too much information) for some. After about a half hour of this I had the urge to poop. I pooped out yellow, as in curry yellow, liquid along with mucous and instantly felt better! I am so happy whatever that was is now out of me! It’s crazy what kind of junk we can be carrying around in our bodies without even knowing it.

Spring Equinox Juice Feast ~ Day 4

Currently I am reading a really cool book called Left in the Dark by Tony Wright and Graham Gynn. One of the theories in this book is that eating raw food helps your brain becomes less left brain dominant and more balanced or right brain dominant. Our left brains are responsible for logical and linear thinking. Our right brains are connected with creativity and spiritual experiences (maybe this is why some raw foodists can act a little zany ;) ). This is one of the reasons I believe juice feasting brings out my intuition and blissful connection feelings (besides cleaning out all the “clutter” in my body which then helps me to become a clean and clear conduit for spiritual inspiration). In fact, I didn’t become interested in meditation and the law of attraction until after I went raw. Today I had a realization. I have been planning and preparing for a big desire of mine (very left brained) for a while. With my logical mind I can only foresee my desire coming to pass in the distant future. Today I realized if I allow myself to believe and trust, it can happen much sooner! A beautiful vision of me with my desire came to mind and I felt happy and relaxed (right brain). I felt my body let go of a huge weight! Yay for breakthroughs on juice feasting!


Flowers from our grapefruit tree. They smell sooooo delicious!

Juice 1:
Tangelo
Cucumber

Juice 2:
Alfalfa sprouts
Apple
Beet greens
Cabbage
Chard
Celery

Teas:
Nettle and horsetail
Burdock, shatavari, fo-ti, cat’s claw, schizandra, hawthorn, goji, vanilla, coconut

Yesterday I mentioned that I felt my juice feasting was good for my 16 month old son (who breastfeeds regularly). Today I confirmed this when I looked at one of his toes, which had been red and puffy from getting a spine in it a few weeks ago, and was surprised to find it looked almost completely normal! A HUGE difference! This happened overnight! My teeth frequently feel “chalky” since I started my feast. Then I brush them and they feel the smoothest and cleanest ever! I finally got my scale fixed and weighed myself last night. I weighed myself again today and I have already shed 2 pounds! Woo Hoo!

Ok, that is all for today. Now I am off to do some yoga…

Spring Equinox Juice Feast ~ Day 3

Today is my lover’s birthday. He is honestly the best man any gal could have. He is tender and kind. He is generous. He has bought dozens of plane tickets for family and friends. For my sister’s birthday he gave her a trip to Hawaii. He even bought one of my friends and her entire family a plane ticket to go see her mother in Mexico. He gives me massages, does our laundry, and many days works at night after David goes to sleep so he can be with us and help me during the day. He is humble. He is usually the first to apologize when we disagree and even though he is a genius (literally, he got a perfect score on his SAT) he treats everyone with respect. He is chivalrous. He opens doors for me. One time when we were in stop and go traffic and I needed to pee so bad, instead of allowing me to pee in a cup like the rest of the men in the car suggested, he actually got out of the car and directed traffic to let us pass to the exit! He is funny. One of the first things that attracted me to him was his quirky sense of humor. We like to laugh together daily. He is my best friend. He listens to me, he understands me, and he watches chick flicks with me, and actually allows himself to enjoy them. He is a favorite of all my family members, and especially my sisters who, along with many of my friends, consider me one of the luckiest girls in the world to have married such a gem of a man. I AM! Seeing how amazing this man is, I am not surprised that God wished him a Happy Birthday by giving us a beautiful full rainbow!


If you look closely in this photo you can see it is actually a double full rainbow!

Juice 1:
Orange
Pear

Juice 2:
Cabbage
Celery
Apple
Parsnip
Broccoli Raab

Juice/Smoothie 3:
Orange
Pear
Banana
Wheatgrass

Teas:
Nettle
Burdock, shatavari, fo-ti, cat’s claw, schizandra, hawthorn, goji, vanilla, coconut

When I woke up this morning my hip and knee joints ached. I added some MSM and a pinch of salt to my water which remedied the situation quickly. I also added zeolites to my water just in case any released toxins flow into my breast milk. The only hesitation I had about starting a juice feast was the fact that I am still frequently breastfeeding my 16 month son. I wondered if living on just juice would allow me to produce enough milk. Well, on day three of my juice feast I am still producing ample milk! He is only nursing a little more frequently. Plus, he woke up in the best mood ever! He is usually a happy child but today he was giddy, high, and blissed out! Laughing hysterically and dancing around our house for a couple hours! I am pretty sure he is receiving lots of benefits from all the juicy goodness. Today I noticed a spot on my hand that usually has rough skin now feels soft and smooth. Yay!

Spring Equinox Juice Feast ~ Day 2

Juice feasting is so awesome! It can perform miracles and heal many long standing ailments. I have witnessed this for myself. When my Dad was alive he would go on extended juice fasts and shed lots of weight; then his body would use all the juicy nutrition to do some deep house cleaning, like eating up moles that he had for years. Another woman I know, who did tons of juice feasting, turned back the clock and reversed most of her grey hair! Every time I saw her she would look more youthful and beautiful. The key, though, is not just to cleanse, but to change our lifestyle. If we go back to eating processed junk foods the amazing results from juicing will not stick around for long.


Me and David drinking juice and enjoying the sun

Juice 1:
Cabbage
Apple
Cucumber
Bell pepper
Chard

Juice 2:
Beet greens
Celery
Apple
Carrot
Broccoli Raab
Zucchini

Juice 3:
Orange
Pear

Teas:
Nettle
Shatavari, burdock, rhodiola, dandelion root, yellow dock root, coconut flakes, goji, vanilla, schizandra, cats claw, astragalus

Today I stayed in my robe for most of the day while enjoying the warm sunshine. That is, until we took a trip to Whole Foods to stock up on more fruits and veggies. I was slightly tempted to buy myself a raw treat (mmmmmm, coconut macaroons!), but I resisted. My tummy looks a little flatter and already my poop is looking and smelling like detox poop. I apologize if that is TMI, but hey, you can tell a lot about what’s going on in your body if you observe your poop.

Spring Equinox Juice Feast ~ Day 1

Spring is the perfect time for a cleanse! Today, in honor of the spring equinox, I started a 10 day juice feast. In order to keep myself on track I decided to blog about it too ;) It has been a while since I have done a cleanse and I am super duper excited! Every time I have done one I have felt clear headed, blissful, productive, and beautiful by the end. Last night it rained and rained and rained at our place. As I listened to the rain outside my window I smiled and thought how symbolic it was for me because I am about to be flooding my body with healing juice. Just as a good rain helps to beautify and enliven the earth, a good juice feast will help beautify my body and enliven my soul!


My juicy lunch

Juice 1:
Celery
Cucumber
Apple
Carrot

Juice 2:
Apple
Parsnip
Celery
Cucumber
Cilantro

Juice 3:
Apple
Celery
Cucumber
Lemon
Zuchinni

Teas:
Nettle Infusion
Burdock, Shatavari, pau d’arco, fo-ti, goji, vanilla, coconut flakes, schizandra berry


It rained so much last night that it created a strong waterfall in our spillway! Symbolic of my flowing, flushing, and cleansing juice feast

Today I took it easy. We went on lots of nature walks and I took two baths, one with David and one with all three of us (quite a feat in our small tub). I put sea salt and frankincense oil in my first bath to help with my detox. I also took a short nap. I am pacing myself. I have already had mild cravings, sniffles, and felt a bit shaky at one point today. Right now I feel energetic! Tonight I plan on doing some light yoga and maybe watching a netflix with Bryan ;)
Talk to you tomorrow!

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