Jo Eden Law

CHI KIOSK is OPEN for SUMMER from Dec 2nd, 2017 - April 2nd, 2018

CHI KIOSK is OPEN for SUMMER from Dec 2nd, 2017- April 2, 2018. We have been busy planting plenty of organic veggies and herbs for you to enjoy in our New Summer Menu! So...if you are traveling the #greatoceanroad in December drop in for a tea, coffee, juice or tasty handmade treat. Locally grown x crafted with love. #findyourchi #foodismedicine #chimedicinalfarm

See you then!

 

 

Chi Kiosk Great Ocean Road, Glenaure, Victoria, Summer 2017

A Photo Shoot with a Koala at Chi Medicinal Farm

It seemed like a normal Sunday afternoon. I was in the kitchen preparing dinner for our B&B guests who were soon to arrive when I noticed a grey, furry shadow schlumping across our deck. I walked over to the window to see what it was and low and behold there stood a beautiful Koala bear staring straight up at me. I begged him not to go anywhere, praying he would listen, as I ran to get my camera. To my surprise, when I returned, the Koala was waiting patiently... ready for our photo shoot.

                                            Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 1

                                            Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 1

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                                          Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 2

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                                           Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 6

Surreal, Magical, Spiritual. A blissful experience I will never forget. Thank you Koala Bear ... you little poser. xo Jo Eden Law

 

 

"Tea began as a medicine..."

"Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage." - Okakura KaKuzo, The Book of Tea 1906

The Vegan Mirror

“Two people have been living in you all of your life. One is the ego, garrulous, demanding, hysterical, calculating; the other is the hidden spiritual being, whose still voice of wisdom you have only rarely heard or attended to.” [Sogyal Rinpoche in The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.]

I have been revisiting Veganism on and off for years. Dabbling a bit here and there and integrating some of the principles into "My Cup of Chi", both for the health benefits of plant based living in addition to eating more consciously and respectfully. Through this journey I have struggled with some of the harsh attitudes and snide remarks that surround this "social movement". Why is Veganism such a passionate topic creating a great divide? Why must we ridicule or chastise others in order to stand up for what we what we believe in. Then I realized, perhaps there is a little vegan and non vegan in all of us. Perhaps we are fighting with the mirror?

“The voice that speaks with truth, wisdom and clarity is the one that remains silent.” – Jo Eden Law

Lemon Balm : Melissa Officinalis

An ancient herb used in apothecaries all over the world, Lemon Balm or Melissa Officinalis derives from Melisso-phyllon which is a Greek term meaning "bee leaf". When in bloom you will find nature's little pollinators surrounding this plant with wild abandonment. Oh, For the love of bees!

Lemon Balm belongs to the mint family and is a fast growing perennial. It self sows easily and doesn't take much fuss. It may be harvested anytime however the flavour increases right before it begins to flower and if your snip the flowers back you will get another delicious crop.

Lemon Balm has a host of medicinal uses, some of the more common treatments include anxiety, depression, nervous disorders, heartache, upset stomach, as well as having key constituents that help combat viral and bacterial infections. It also has properties that may effect the thyroid gland therefore if you have an issue with your thyroid, you should seek Dr approval before indulging in this herb.

Lemon Balm is a tasty, lemon flavoured herb that may be used as a tisane or added to your cooking, salads, soups and more. You may find that if you add it to your bath it might help to dispell negativity and calm your spirit. 

xJo

My Cup of Chi and the information shared within is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Health Care Practitioner prior to making changes to your individual health and wellness program. Copyright 2016 Chi Medicinal Farm/ My Cup of Chi.
 

Oct. 8-9 Great Ocean Walk Ultra Marathon

Oct. 8-9 Great Ocean Walk Ultra Marathon

Freshly Baked Sticky Cinnamon Buns @The Kiosk, Chi Medicinal Farm, Glenaire, Victoria

Our Kitchen Garden

We have just finished building our greenhouse and preparing the garden beds surrounding it. We had a fair few herbs that were ready to transplant from pots but we also planted some direct from seed. I've compiled a short list of our favourite herbs that I think are a must to grow in any kitchen garden. Oh the beauty of nature and her medicinal cabinet... what an absolute gift.

  1. Aloe - Soothes sunburn, eczema, psoriasis and dry, itchy skin.
  2. Anise - Eases indigestion, bloating and belching. Also protects the stomach lining from the development of ulcers.
  3. Basil - Help digestion and improve appetite.
  4. Borage - Eases PMS symptoms, skin condtions such as atopic eczema and dermatitis.
  5. Coriander - Regulates gastric secretions and releases trapped wind. Has also shown to have antimicrobial and anti parasitic properties of the gastrointestinal tract.
  6. Dill - Helps relieve indigestion and flatulence. Also inhibits the growth of harmful intestinal bacteria.
  7. Echinacea - Helps prevent colds, influenza and repiratory infections by activating the immune system and enhancing a number of disease fighting responses.
  8. Feverfew - Predominately used for the prevention of migraines. Also effective in treating fever, period pain, asthma and other inflammatory disorders.
  9. Lavender - Well known for sedative and calming effects. External use can soothe insect bites, minor skin infections and minor burns.
  10. Lemon Balm - Often used to treat nausea, gastric upset, bloating and flatulence.
  11. Oregano - Beneficial in the treatment of minor urinary, intestinal and lung infections.
  12. Peppermint - Has digestive and antispasmodic properties. Relieves sluggish digestion, bloating, flatulence and inadequate bile secretion.
  13. Rosemary - Improves concentration and memory.
  14. Sage - Helps decrease perspiration and menopausal symptoms, particularly hot flushes and night sweats.
  15. Marjoram - Helps digestive issues such as nausea, bloating, intestinal cramping, flatulence and diarrhoea.
  16. Thyme - Demonstrated to have antiseptic properties, used in gargles and mouthwashes to help soothe sore throats, gum disease and tonsillitis.

Use herbs wisely. Most herbs are harmless when used in moderation however some less known herbs may have side effects and interact with conventional medicines. If you are new to herbs or not familiar with the medicinal qualities of herbs then you should seek advice from a Registered Herbalist or Health Care Practitioner for further advice.

 

My Cup of Chi and the information shared within is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Health Care Practitioner prior to making changes to your individual health and wellness program. Copyright 2016 Chi Medicinal Farm/ My Cup of Chi.
 

 

 

Little Caterpillar Dreaming by Jo Eden Law

Little Caterpillar Dreaming

by Jo Eden Law on June 16th, 2016

Little Caterpillar Dreaming is about a journey
of self-discovery, finding your courage
and realizing your dreams.
All you have to do is…
Find your purpose and LIVE IT!

A parade of ants march home, a beehive hums
with activity and a little caterpillar is born.

It will take one life changing journey, a curious snail,
a secular dung beetle, a majestic grasshopper,
a boisterous ant, a buzzy bee, a wise ladybird and
an omniscient fairy moth to guide her to her destiny.

If the praying mantis doesn’t demolish her first.

Author: Jo Eden Law
Book Design: Jo Eden Law
Fiction : All Ages
Self Help / Mind, Body & Spirit
ISBN 978-0-9945292-0-6
ISBN 978-0-9945292-1-3

Available in selected bookstores and online retailers.

The Best Pies in Glenaire (at least we think so)

Handmade authentic Australian meat and veggie pies. Available all winter, every weekend @ Chi Kiosk, The Great Ocean Road, Glenaire.

 

                                                                                                              The Best Pies in Glenaire @ Chi Kiosk

                                                                                                              The Best Pies in Glenaire @ Chi Kiosk

Chi Kiosk is open

Chi Kiosk is OPEN. Winter hours are Sat and Sun 11a-5p. Tea, Coffee, Handmade Pies, Maple Glazed Cinnamon Buns... stop by and say hello.

                                                                                                               Chi Kiosk is OPEN. Winter Hours.

                                                                                                               Chi Kiosk is OPEN. Winter Hours.

Wild Milk Thistle and Rose Petal Tea

                                                                                  Wild Milk Thistle and Rose Petal Tea

We were out harvesting the last of our summer crops before the Great Southerly Winter arrives. In amoungst our gardens we let the wild milk thistle grow. It is such a beautiful, strong plant and the medicinal properties are incredible. Yes it can get a bit unruly if you don't keep it in check but I would never refer to this valuable medicinal plant as a "weed", it has too many benefits. It is used for the treatment of many ailments, in particular of the liver and gall bladder however it is also known to improve digestion, lower cholesterol and help assist detoxification.

All parts of the milk thistle plant are edible except the spiky thorns. Great care must be taken to remove and/or strain the thorns prior to consumption. The leaves, stalks, flowers and seeds may be eaten raw, juiced, roasted, steamed, stir fried, etc which lend a unique, mellow, nutrient packed, green food. Yum!

At the back of our cafe we also have a few rose bushes that continue to bloom into the Autumn night. We use rose petals in jams, chutneys, syrups, cakes, salads, juices and of course tea. They are a powerhouse in balancing your Chi since they have a high Vitamin C content, are rich in polyphenols and a range of other antioxidants.

Now onto the Wild Milk Thistle and Rose Petal Tea...

  1. Wash, clean and de-thorn 2 cups of fresh wild milk thistle. Cut into large pieces.
  2. Rinse the rose petals.
  3. Take 3 cups of water and place in a aluminum free pot.
  4. Bring the water to the heat just before boiling point.
  5. Add the milk thistle and rose petals to the pot and steep for 5 mins.
  6. Strain through a fine sieve to ensure all thistles have been discarded.
  7. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

Jo

 

My Cup of Chi and the information shared within is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Health Care Practitioner prior to making changes to your individual health and wellness program. Copyright 2016 Chi Medicinal Farm/ My Cup of Chi.

 

Last of the Summer Harvest

This summer brought us a bumper crop and we have been preserving, drying, dehydrating, freezing as much as we can to relish this wonderful produce into the winter months. Today we were out in the wind and rain having a ball. We picked a few more buckets of tomatoes, more tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, pak choy, sun dried corn, beetroot, potatoes, milk thistle (tea anyone?), dandelion, lemon balm, arrowroot, and watermelon. What a feast! We are truly grateful.

xJo

PS If you look closely you might notice Sass making a cameo appearance.

 

My Cup of Chi and the information shared within is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Health Care Practitioner prior to making changes to your individual health and wellness program. Copyright 2016 Chi Medicinal Farm/ My Cup of Chi.

 

A kangaroo in our back yard!

Sassy, our mystic dog raised the alarm as I was up to my elbows in processing tomatoes.  I knew she was trying to warn me of something by the sound of her bark. I quickly washed my hands, turned the stove off and rushed over to see what the problem was.  There standing on the edge of our backyard was a 5 foot Eastern Grey. Incredible.

I raced to get my camera however I didn't have time to change the macro lens, so unfortunately I didn't get the shots I wanted.  With that said, I am not complaining ...there was a kangaroo in our backyard!  Amazing.

And then he hopped away.

Jo

 

My Cup of Chi and the information shared within is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Health Care Practitioner prior to making changes to your individual health and wellness program. Copyright 2016 Chi Medicinal Farm/ My Cup of Chi.

Don't have your own fresh organic tomatoes...then you can "Crowdsauce"

We are heading into Winter and our juicy, ripe tomatoes have done us proud.  From 20 precarious seedlings we have bucket loads of organic tomatoes and counting.  We planted a couple varieties again this year with the most prized being the San Marzano.

There is nothing like a fresh tomato passata made from organic ingredients. In fact my recipe is as simple as that...slow simmered tomatoes and a few pinches of Maldon salt. Bottled and preserved for later use. Perfecto!

These amazing little ruby or golden gems are packed with nutrients, vitamins and minerals and provide a number of health benefits.  Of course as always try to buy organic, it really does make a difference to our bodies. 

Don't have your own organic tomatoes? How about joining CERES Fair Food in their efforts of"crowdsaucing"... They have nominated April 30 as "Crowdsaucing Day" and are encouraging people to organise public or private tomato bottling events on that day. The group has set up a website, crowdsaucing.org.au, where people can register to take part and purchase tomatoes. All proceeds go to the Ceres environment park. If you love organic gardening Ceres is another great place to visit.

xJo

 

My Cup of Chi and the information shared within is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Health Care Practitioner prior to making changes to your individual health and wellness program. Copyright 2016 Chi Medicinal Farm/ My Cup of Chi.

                                                                                       Chi Medicinal Farm Tomato Sauce

Paneer

Paneer is one of the most beloved cheeses in our repertoire. Paneer has been made for centuries however the origin of this particular cheese is questionable. The word paneer is of Persian descent however it is well known and loved throughout South Asia under various guises.

It is a simple, versatile cheese that you can make and eat within a couple hours which compliments almost any Indian or Pakistani dish. It is a soft and crumbly cheese, reminiscent of haloumi but without the squeak or rubbery texture. All you need is milk, yoghurt, lemons, and salt. Try to use a biodynamic, probiotic, pot set yoghurt if possible. Paired with some amazing recipes you know it is doing both your body and tastebuds a favour.

Paneer Recipe:

  • Bring 3 cups of full cream milk to the boil. Continue to boil for 5 mins to reduce and slightly thicken.
  • Add 1 cup of full cream greek yoghurt.  Stir to combine.
  • Add juice of 1/2 fresh lemon.
  • Stir until the mixture "splits" into curds and whey.
  • Drain into a double muslin lined colander over a bowl to separate the curds from the whey. Save the whey.
  • Gather the muslin up around the curds and twist the top to gently squeeze the whey out.
  • Hang the muslin wrapped curds over a bowl in the sink to continue to "dry". You should do this for at least 20-30 mins, the longer you drain the curds the more firm it will be.
  • After it is finished "drying" place the ball on a cookie sheet and place a board or weighted object over the ball to flatten and form a disc. Let this form for 30 mins.
  • The paneer should now be set and resemble a firm, flat disc.
  • Serve with your favourite meal, snack or refridgerate for a yummy, nutritious snack.

Note: Keep the whey (in the fridge) to use in place of water in your recipes, use it in your juices or use it to cook your rice, beans or potatoes, etc. It will add extra nutrients and flavour.

xJo

 

My Cup of Chi and the information shared within is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Health Care Practitioner prior to making changes to your individual health and wellness program. Copyright 2016 Chi Medicinal Farm/ My Cup of Chi.

Cuppa Lemon Water

It was a common practice for my Baba to drink a cup of lemon water on waking and then hot water with every meal.  She lived until 97 years of age.  She knew how good it was for her which she passed on to my mother and my mother passed on to me.

Simply take a half of a lemon and squeeze it into a mug/glass of water.  I don't bother straining it, that's up to you. I drink hot water with lemon in the morning and the rest of the day I will tend to drink it at room temperature.  Whatever takes your fancy. I like a strong lemony flavour, however please adjust it according to your palate.  

There are many reasons to drink a warm cuppa lemon water.  It hydrates the body, kick starts digestion, helps flush the liver, improves immunity through the assimilation of Vitamin C and Potassium and is a good replacement for caffeinated beverages. 

So a cuppa lemon water is a daily part of my routine and I notice the difference it makes to my body when I don't make it a priority ... my Baba was a wise, wise soul.

xJo

 

My Cup of Chi and the information shared within is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Health Care Practitioner prior to making changes to your individual health and wellness program. Copyright 2016 Chi Medicinal Farm/ My Cup of Chi.