Jodie Eden Law

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

                                          Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 2

                                          Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 2

                                         Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 3

                                         Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 3

                                           Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 4

                                           Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 4

                                           Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 5

                                           Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 5

                                           Koala Bear at Chi Medicinal Farm Pose 6

                                           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

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

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.

Organic Sourdough Bap Rolls

Fresh Batch of Organic Sourdough Bap Rolls served with our Creamy Pumpkin Soup. Available this weekend @ Chi Kiosk, Chi Medicinal Farm, Glenaire.

                                                                                                             Organic Sourdough Bap Rolls @ Chi Kiosk

                                                                                                             Organic Sourdough Bap Rolls @ Chi Kiosk

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.

 

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.

"Let food be thy medicine ..."