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recipes Jul 22, 2021

The Benefits of Fennel and Rose Hips

There’s something so special to me about the ease of a July evening, preparing a delicious meal with a loved one as the summer sun sets and the air cools. The fragrance of night blooming jasmine blesses my senses through a window as I chop, toss, and season with some of my favorite cello pieces playing in the background. I might steal a dance with my co-chef in between recipe steps.

It’s truly blissful to be fully present in the moment and indulge all of the senses. I’ve been really enjoying exploring new flavors this summer and wanted to share two delicious, nourishing summer recipes with you! I also have a special announcement about a brand new course I’m offering to help you connect to your senses so you can feel more joy in each moment.

Who doesn’t love a crisp, fresh summer salad and a refreshing glass of iced tea to beat the heat? The two recipes I’m sharing with you are so colorful, tasty, and hydrating. I’m all about keeping it beautifully simple and full of healthy ingredients when it comes to cooking. You’ll be adding these gems to your weekly menu once you give them a try!



Fantastic Fennel Benefits

Fennel is a beautiful bulb in the same family as celery but it has a distinct anise-like flavor and fragrance. It is crisp and refreshing. Every part of the plant is edible - bulb, fronds, flowers, stalk, and seeds! It’s an often overlooked ingredient - unless you’re in the Mediteranean where it is more commonly used in daily fare.

The recipe I’m sharing with you only uses the bulb, but I encourage you to branch out and try other recipes that allow you to sample all that fennel has to offer. One of the most notable benefits of including fennel in your diet is the digestive benefits.

Fennel has been used to soothe digestion for thousands of years. Here are some of the many other benefits of this powerful veggie:

  • Helps relieve gas and bloating
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Packed with vitamin C
  • Promotes breastmilk production
  • Eases colic
  • Contains phyto-estrogens that ease PMS
  • Useful to prevent morning sickness and sea sickness
  • Assists in preventing stomach ulcers



Fresh Fennel Salad Recipe


  • 2 fennel bulbs
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 Tbs dill
  • 1 Tbs cilantro
  • Himalayan sea salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste


  • Thoroughly wash the fennel and chop off the green stalks.
  • Halve fennel bulb horizontally and cut at a diagonal angle in a triangular shape, from both sides, underneath the tough core to remove it.
  • Separate the fennel layers, slice into thin strips, and place in a large bowl.
  • Squeeze the lemon juice over the fennel.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Toss and top with dill and cilantro and enjoy!



Healthy Rose Hip Benefits 

Whether you’re looking for a flavorful treat or a cozy bedtime brew - you can’t go wrong with a big cup of herbal tea. You may be surprised to discover that those beautiful roses you love produce a fruit after successful pollination of flowers in spring or early summer. The rose hip of the plant ripens in late summer through autumn. It looks like a red bulb, although color can range from orange to purple in different varieties. If you have a rose bush at home, keep your eye out for this gift from nature! If you don’t have access to fresh rose hips, you can buy them dried.

Rose Hip Tea is full of health benefits too.* Here are just a few you won’t want to miss:

  • Packed with vitamin C
  • Alleviates arthritis symptoms
  • Anti-inflammatory effects
  • May help improve skin elasticity

*If you are pregnant, have diabetes, tend to get kidney stones, or have any iron-related blood disorders - consult your doctor before using rose hips.



Rose Hip Tea


  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp dry rose hips or 1 Tbs fresh (2-3 rose hips)
  • 1 tsp raw honey


  • If you have fresh rose hips, rinse them, halve them, and deseed them.
  • Boil the water and steep your rose hip tea for 10 min.
  • Strain, then stir in raw honey as you focus your mind on infusing your tea with love and peace!
  • Enjoy hot or chilled. 



Awaken Your Senses 

I want you to take a moment to think of the best thing you’ve tasted... Now, the best thing you’ve smelled... The best feeling… The most beautiful sound you’ve ever heard…

How does your body feel as you visualize these memories? I hope you are transported back to the feeling of ecstasy!

What if you could experience that level of pleasure with everyday moments?

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It’s time to experience the fullness of your senses again. When you are attuned to them, you make healthier choices and achieve a balanced state of being. Plus, your inner Divine intelligence communicates with you through your senses - so this course will help you receive clearer guidance from your higher self!

Honoring the senses is the cornerstone of wellness and the key to unlocking the spiritual gifts you possess. This path leads you back to your natural state of being where you will thrive in wholeness.

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