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The Vasi Centre proudly presents How to keep calm in a stressful world Short simple ways of reducing STRESS Did you know that not all stress is bad? We will show you some simple ways to reduce stress, discover what gadgets are available and how they work. Have you ever wondered what all the fuss was about meditation? Be sure to wear comfortable clothing as you learn how to meditate and participate in a mini meditation session to get you ready for your seated yoga class. Take these skills with you into the workplace, at home or even while you travel. Join us at BAKERS’ HOUSE, 10 Welcome Meander in HARRISDALE on SATURDAY 17th February 2018 from 2 pm until 5 pm  Your $20.00 ticket includes; Information on Stress reducing techniques, gadgets and how they work. Mini-meditation session – (Helen Greenwood – Qigong practitioner) Seated yoga class – (Mandi J Nelson – Yoga Instructor at Cherishu) Take home information pack and merchandise Afternoon refreshments made with ingredients known to reduce stress. NOTE: (please let us know if you have any allergies) Merchandise will be available for purchase at the event (cash only)

September 17, 2017

THE MINT FAMILY:

Mentha, commonly known as mint, is a genus of plants in the Lamiaceae family. There are a number of different species of mint, along with many hybrids, due to the natural occurrence of cross-breeding between species. Mint plants are aromatic, mainly perennial herbs with highly fragrant, toothed, opposing leaves, and tiny white, pink, or purple flowers, arranged in clusters forming whorls or a spike. Many characteristics of the mint plant can vary with differing species, but will always be characterized by a square stem. The colour of the leaves can vary from a dark green to grey, purple, blue, and even pale yellow. These plants can often grow up to about 2 – 3 feet tall, and will commonly spread out along the ground. Mint plants produce a fruit called a nutlet which contains 1 to 4 seeds. Propagation is considered an easier form of reproduction for mint. The volatile oils which are extracted from the plant are found in resinous dots located in the leaves and stems. The name Mentha is derived from the Greek word minthe, personified in Greek mythology as Minthe, a naiad who was transformed into a mint plant by Persephone when she tried to seduce Hades. The mint plant originated in Europe, Asia, North America, Australia, and Africa, but has been widely distributed throughout the temperate areas of the world, a

May 15, 2017

MAGNETITE Magnetite is one of the three common naturally occurring types of iron oxides. This mineral is what you would call ferromagnetic, meaning the opposing magnetic moments of the atoms are uneven, and, as a result, spontaneous magnetism occurs. This is why magnetite is attracted to magnets and can even be magnetized to become a magnet itself. Commonly known as Lodestone, this rock is the only naturally occurring mineral that is a natural magnet. Magnetite is often used as an indicator mineral for certain ore deposits, particularly those from hydrothermal vents. It is also used for catalysis in the industrial synthesis of ammonia, as a coating for industrial steam boilers due to its stability at high temperatures, and used to absorb arsenic (III) and arsenic (V) from water.   PHYSICAL PROPERTIES: Chemical Composition: (Fe²⁺Fe₂³⁺O₄) Lustre: metallic or dull Hardness: 5.5 – 6.5 Colour: Black   HEALING PROPERTIES:

  • Releases stress
  • Grounds and energizes
  • Aids with meditation
  • Balances
  • Has anti inflammatory properties
  • Relieves muscle aches and pains
  • Aids with asthma
  • Improves the blood and the circulatory system
  • Beneficial for the skin and hair

  CHAKRA: Root chakra   CAUTION: Pregnant women and people with pacemakers or defi

March 27, 2017

HOUSEHOLD TOXINS AND THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF HOUSEPLANTS

Not only can indoor plants be aesthetically pleasing, they’re also great for your health. There are many benefits of having indoor plants, from clearing toxins and pollutants, to creating a calming environment and an increase in productivity. There are three main types of household toxins. They are: benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene. These toxins are produced in the production of synthetic materials, and are often produced from these new materials for some time. Some new items of furniture are coated with polybrominated diphenylethers (PBDE’s) which are a class of flame retardant chemicals notorious for emitting toxins into the air for years after manufacture. Other toxins or toxic compounds around the home can include: mould, lead, radon, bisphenol A, Triclosan, carbon monoxide, perfluorinated chemicals, volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), and phthalates. These toxins live in walls, air fresheners, paints, varnishes, fabric softeners, carpets, couch cushions, baby products, household cleaning products, deodorants, candles, vinyl, non-stick pans, Teflon, insulation, and many more seemingly harmless items. Studies suggest that the indoor areas where we spend most of our time may be 2 – 5 times more polluted than outdoors. Exposure to household toxins causes a variety of health concerns, in

March 22, 2017

B Vitamins are a group of 8 water soluble vitamins that are essential for certain bodily functions, such as metabolism, energy production, and nervous system function.

  • Vitamin B-1 (thiamine): Required for the production of enzymes involved in glucose metabolism and therefore involved in providing energy to the brain from the food you eat. This vitamin helps to stabilize moods and aids with memory. The body uses thiamine to make adenosine triphosphate which transports energy within cells. There are no risk factors associated with thiamine consumption. Food sources include: pork, poultry, peas, nuts, soybeans, dried beans, lentils, legumes, whole grains, bread, rice, and yeast. Thiamine deficiency can be increased by certain practices such as: drinking excessive amounts of coffee and tea, chewing tea leaves or betel leaves, and eating raw fish and shellfish. Thiamine deficiency is rare and can cause health problems such as Beriberi (a condition that affects breathing, eye movements, heart function, and alertness), and Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome (where Wernicke’s disease affects the nervous system causing visual impairments, lack of muscle coordination, and mental decline, and Korsakoff syndrome permanently impairs memory functions in the brain. A main cause of such deficiencies is alcoholism.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

March 20, 2017

ARNICA

(Arnica montana)   Arnica is a genus of perennial, herbaceous plants in the sunflower family, which is native to the mountainous regions of Europe and Southern Russia. It has also been known to grow in parts of North America and Canada. This herb is also known by the names of Mountain Tobacco, and Leopard’s bane and Wolfsbane. Another herb, Aconite/Monkshood is also known as Wolfsbane. It was used by Swiss mountain guides to prevent fatigue when chewed and was also used as a substitute for tobacco. Arnica montana has been used for medicinal purposes since the 1500’s, and is still popular today. It grows to approximately 1 – 2 feet, has yellow flowers with an orange centre, and has an appearance similar to that of daisies. The stems and leaves of these plants are bright green and hairy, which is the reason for its original Greek name Arni, meaning ‘lamb’ (in reference to the plants soft leaves). The main part of this plant used for medicinal purposes are the flowers, but the roots and rhizomes (continuous horizontal underground stem) are often utilized as well.  

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ARNICA:

  • Reduces inflammation: This is due to the presence of helenalin, a sesquiterpene lactone that is highly effective as an anti-inflammatory agent. It is therefore effective for treating bruises, sprai

January 18, 2017

Mango Tango Healing: Packed full of carotenoids, flavonoids and glucosinolates, this infusion has immense cancer prevention potential.  It contains key nutrients in the protection of our body from problems related to oxidative stress, problems which are factors in bladder cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer.   Focus on: Prostate Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Colon Cancer, Breast Cancer.   While kale forms the superfood base for this risk-reducing infustion.  It’s the combination of mango, fresh lime and coconut that elevates its health-giving goodness.  This tropically flavoured elixir would be quite at home at your favourite resort.   1 cup mango ½ lime – peeled 2 cups kale ¼ cup shredded coconut 1 ½ cups coconut water.   Mango – Vitamin A, and C, Niacin, Dietary Fibre, Copper, Carotenoids Kale – Vitamins A, B, C and E, Dietary Fibre, Iron, Calcium, Beta-Carotene, Lutein, Copper Lime – Vitamin C, Limonene, Flavonoids, Carotenoids, Potassium Coconut – Protein, Manganese, Molybenum, Copper, Selenium, Zinc   Reference: Discover the Healing Power of Nutrient Infusion reference:  http://nutriinfusion.com.au/products/recipe-book/

December 29, 2016

VITAMIN C

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is essential for the growth, repair, and development of all body tissues. It plays a key role in many bodily functions including the formation of collagen, absorption of iron, functions of the immune system, and the maintenance of bone health. Its antioxidant properties allow this Vitamin to protect the body against damage caused by free radicals*, toxic chemicals, and pollution. Unlike most other mammals, the human body is not capable of making Vitamin C itself, and so must be ingested via food or supplements in the form of tablets, capsules, drink mixes, and crystalline powders. Because Vitamin C is not stored in the body and excess amounts are secreted, there is no danger of overdose, making it one of the safest supplements to take. If too much Vitamin C intake happens to occur, symptoms such as stomach irritation, nausea, and diarrhea may be present. Vitamin C deficiency is rare and can lead to scurvy in extreme cases, which is a condition characterized by dry skin, weakness, anemia, bleeding, bruising, gum disease, and loose teeth.

November 4, 2016

CHAMOMILE

This herb has been used for centuries to calm the nerves and induce sleep. It is from a daisy-like family of plants called Asteraceae, and while there are many different types of chamomile, the most common are German Chamomile (Marticaria recutita), and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile). Chamomile is known to be used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, and was also popular throughout the middle ages.

HEALTH BENEFITS:

  • Calms the nerves
  • Reduces internal inflammation
  • Reduces bloating and flatulence
  • Aids with teething pain
  • Reduces nasal congestion
  • Soothes skin irritations such as eczema, and psoriasis
  • Alleviates menstrual cramps
  • Aids with sleep
  • Reduces fever
  • Treats colds

August 17, 2016

Guided Imagery is a convenient and simple relaxation technique that can help you quickly and easily manage stress and reduce tension in your body. Its virtually as easy as indulging in a vivid daydream and, with practice, this technique can help you to better access your inner wisdom.   Here’s how to get started with guided Imagery  

  1. Get into a comfortable position, like one you would use for meditation or self-hypnosis. If a lying-down position would likely put you to sleep, opt for a cross-legged position, or recline in a comfy chair.
  1. Use diaphragmic deep breathing and close your eyes, focusing on breathing in peace and breathing out stress.
  2. Once you get to a relaxed state, begin to envision yourself in the midst of the most relaxing environment you can imagine. For some, this would be floating in the cool, clear waters off of a remote tropical island, where attractive people bring drinks and smooth music plays in the background. For others, this might be sitting by a fire in a secluded snow cabin, deep in the woods, sipping hot cocoa and reading the latest bestseller while wrapped in a plush blanket and fuzzy slippers.
  3. As you imagine your scene, try to involve all of your senses. What does it look like? How does it feel? What special scents are involved? Do you hear the roar of a fire, the sp

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