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Windemere Institute of Healing Arts
Windemere Institute of Healing Arts
12:48 pm

Hawaiian Herbs # 3 Noni—Noni


(Morinda citrifolia)
Another canoe plant, noni is one of the most highly regarded of the traditional Hawaiian medicinal herbs. Also known as Indian Mulberry, this attractive tree grows between ten and twenty feet tall. The dark green, shiny leaves are deeply veined and used externally to treat tumors or skin infections. Healers soften the leaf over an open flame, let it cool, then apply it to the affected area.


Although the noni leaf is an important medicine, the noni fruit is legendary among Hawaiian healers. Equally legendary is its distinctive cheese-like aroma and flavor, which many people find repulsive. For this reason, different elders have their own ways of making noni juice more palatable, such as mixing it with orange juice and ginger. All agree, however, that it is highly effective in treating serious ailments such as diabetes, high blood ­pressure, and heart disease, which tend to affect indigenous peoples who have switched from traditional foods to a conventional American diet. The pulp of the green fruit is also used topically to dispel head lice (uku) and fleas. In research conducted in Hawaii and Japan, extracts of noni have been shown to stimulate the immune system and suppress the growth of cancer cells, although these findings are being debated.


Chinese laborers who came to the islands during the 1800s taught Hawaiians what has evolved into a popular method of preserving noni juice. The ripe fruit is collected, placed in a closed jar, and left sitting in the sun for a few weeks. The potent, fermented dark liquid that collects in the bottom of the jar is then strained and stored in the refrigerator for future use.


5:59 am

Hawaiian Herbs Awapuhi # 2 of 6

This is # 2 of 6 in a series on Hawaiian Herbs. I have often used and appreciated Awapuhi Shampoo. It is interesting to note that it can be added to Kava Root to assist with back pain.

'Awapuhi—Wild ginger
(Zingiber zerumbet)
Also known as wild ginger or shampoo ginger, 'awapuhi was carried to Hawaii by the ancient Polynesian settlers. It now grows commonly in the moist, shady areas of the islands, often carpeting the floor of the rain forests. The herb’s large, cone-like bracts contain an aromatic juice that can be squeezed out and applied to the hair as a shampoo, and it is now used ­commercially for this purpose. Traditional healers pound the rhizomes to extract the juice, which they use to treat stomachaches and ulcers. Hawaiians also use the sliced rhizomes as a flavoring in cooking in the same way many of us use ­commercial ginger. When given a choice, however, Hawaiians prefer the cultivated ginger, which they call 'awapuhi-pake (Chinese ginger), to its wild cousin. They add either form of ginger to other medicines as a flavoring or to enhance another herb’s action. For example, it is added to noni juice to help disguise the bad taste, and to kava root to make it more effective in treating back pain.


10:19 am

Hawaiian Herbs - Kava-kava #1 of 6

As I prepare for our Hawaiian "Sacred Experiences" retreat  taking place January 2014, I am eager to turn my attention to all things Hawaiian! It is no coincidence then that I have recently been inspired to recommend Kava-kava to several clients. I felt it timely to share some information on Hawaiian Herbs, and today specifically we look at Kava-kava. The info below is extracted from an article from Mother Earth Living.

(Piper methysticum)
This plant grows in moist, shady places in the tropics. Kava-kava, or simply kava, is used in Hawaii primarily as a ceremonial drink or for medicinal purposes. Healers pound the roots in a pot with a heavy pole, then soak the crushed parts in water to extract the active ingredients, most of which are ­mildly sedating lactones, which leave the drinker with a sense of euphoria and well-being. Kava lactones have a pain-relieving quality as well, which is why Hawaiian herbal healers recommend kava to treat headaches and back pain, often in combination with ginger, which they believe ­enhances kava’s action.

Traditional Hawaiian healers prefer the strong extract to powdered root in capsules. The effects of a strong extract of 'awa root are unmistakable. Shortly after ingesting the peppery-tasting brew, the drinker experiences a tranquil, contented feeling. Taken in large doses, kava may cause some loss of muscle control along with euphoria, but the mind remains clear. This makes it especially suitable as a ceremonial beverage, allowing participants to let go of anxieties and animosities without creating the loss of self-control that often accompanies alcohol consumption.

Read more: http://www.motherearthliving.com/health-and-wellness/laau-lapaau-an-herbal-renaissance-hawaiian-style-six-hawaiian-herbs.aspx#ixzz32p9VvV5b

CAUTIONS: Extensive or continuous use of Kava-kava may be damaging to the kidneys and liver and should not be used by patients of Parkinson's disease.

3:19 pm

What is a Sacred Massage?

What renders a massage to be Sacred?

What render a massage to be a sacred massage are the intention and the attention given to the massage by both the client and the practitioner. Any massage has the potential to be a sacred and a profoundly healing experience when client and practitioner mutually focus their intentions for the client’s healing. Practitioners may use various methods for creating a sacred space for the massage. Such methods include: giving attention to energetic and physical elements in the massage room; using tools of vibrational alignment such as sounds, aromatherapy and gemstones; giving reverence to the lineages of the massage modality and the healers who have come before; and practitioner and client mutually or individually inviting divine presence to assist the practitioner to perform the massage in a way that is in their client’s highest good.

At Windemere we teach our practitioners to perform Sacred Massage, whether it is Hawaiian LomiLomi, Therapeutic Thai Massage, Marma Therapy, Chinese Tuina, Abhyanga, or Circulatory Massage, etc. We also encourage our students to tend mindfully to their own healing in order to bring a stable and pure presence to the massage and to their clients.

6:14 am

Dreaming ... hmmmmmm?

Dreaming is well explained in Ayurvedic wisdom. According to Dr. Vasant Lad of the Ayurvedic Institute, "Dreams are a discharge of the nerve cells (the Majja Dhatu), the drainage of incomplete thoughts, actions, and feelings."

Further exploration of this concept leads one to understand the value of dreams. As we go through our day we have many thoughts, feelings and actions that we are unaware of or that are incompletely processed. Our brain cells pick up and store the incomplete thoughts, actions and activities and stores them for later completion. In order to restore order (peace), we must complete the processing. Dreams are the activity of the unfinished business, which is that of completing thoughts and their related feelings.

Activities or occurrences within our day may stimulate or activate a stored thought, bringing it to the surface for further resolution.  One may consciously elect to bring attention to dream content to better understand the subconscious cause of a condition or disease. Either way, the dream state is a cleansing time and much of the benign thought is simply cleared out. It is the more "Charged" thoughts that require further work to harmonize.

Any thought on anything is where we last left it. If we left a thought in a disharmonious or disconnected (from source) condition, we will have opportunity to further processes the thought with greater compassion and awareness and ultimately bring it to harmonious resolution and connection.

Working with our dreams can be useful. A dream remembered is an opportunity for greater awareness.


9:28 am

“Windemere's logo comes from the I Ching (#61 wind/water) and is translated to mean "Through openness and gentleness, the correct solution will come."”