Spirit Food – Pumpkin

ORIGIN Pumpkins can be traced to Mexico with seeds found dating back 7,500 years. It was one of the first wild plants to be cultivated. It grows on every continent making it a versatile food source across the globe. It wasn’t always the pumpkin we know today. It once grew much smaller with a bitter taste. […]

Spirit Food – Elderberry

ORIGIN Elderberries are the fruit of the Elder tree (Sambucus). Elder trees grow up to 15m tall and live for up to 60 years. The Elder tree grows clusters of small white elderflowers and bunches of small blue or black elderberries. Archaeologists have uncovered evidence that the Recipes for elderberry-based medications date as far back […]

Spirit Food – Apple

ORIGIN Apple trees, genus Malus, evolved in Central Asia many millennia ago. They are now cultivated worldwide with many varieties now in existence. Apples were grown for thousands of years in Asia and Europe and then introduced to North America by European colonists. The apple tree is one of the earliest trees that humanity cultivated. […]

Spirit Food – Hemp

ORIGIN Hemp is sometimes confused with the cannabis plant marijuana. Hemp does contain a little bit of THC, the compound that produces psychoactive effects in humans but the seeds themselves are non-psychoactive, meaning that humans cannot get high by eating them. Hemp originated in Central Asia. Hemp was cultivated for fibre in China as early […]

Spirit Food – Matcha

ORIGIN One of the earliest mentions of Matcha was found in a book called The Classic of Tea from 760 AD. Written by a Chinese scholar called Lu Yu who mentioned the Emperor Shen Nong (from 2700 BC), who experimented with hundreds of different plants and grasses to test their medicinal uses. Tea leaves shifted […]

Spirit Food – Walnut

ORIGIN The oldest walnut remains were discovered in Iraq, and they are believed to be from 50,000 B.C. Walnuts are the oldest tree food known to man. Early history indicates that English walnuts came from ancient Persia, where they were reserved for royalty. The Greeks and Romans were fond of the walnut, and they were […]

Spirit Food – Ashwagandha

ORIGIN Ashwagandha is one of the most important herbs in Ayurveda, a form of alternative medicine based on Indian principles of natural healing. Its name roughly translates to ‘strength of the horse’. For most of these 6000 years, Ashwagandha has been used as a tonic for just about every single ailment. Ashwagandha can be found […]

Spirit Food – Pomegranate

ORIGIN The pomegranate is native to locations from Iran to the Himalayas in India. It is widely cultivated throughout India, the Meditteranean, southeast Asia, Malaya, the East Indies and tropical Africa. The pomegranate can be seen as a symbol of humanity’s central beliefs and ideals, namely, life and death, rebirth and eternal life, fertility and […]

Spirit Food – Mint

CHAKRA: SOLAR PLEXUS   PHYSICAL BENEFITS Mint has been used for thousands of years to soothe and calm the digestion system. The use of peppermint oil is an effective and safe treatment for those suffering from IBS and abdominal pain or discomfort. Mint plants contain an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent called rosmarinic acid. This has […]

Spirit Food – Dragonfruit

ORIGIN The dragon fruit has its origins in Mexico, South America, and Central America. It is believed that the New World settlers brought it to Southeast Asian nations like Cambodia, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam, and the Philippines. The colour of dragon fruit flesh varies in variety from white, to red and purple. According to the legend the […]

Spirit Food – Parsley

ORIGIN Parsley is the most mentioned herb in the world. It is thought to have originated somewhere in the Mediterranean region. Parsley has traditionally been used in the Mediterranean region for toothaches, insect bites, bruises, and skin disorders. Tales have been told about its lengthy germination saying that it was slow because the seeds had […]

Spirit Food – Kidney Beans

ORIGIN Kidney beans originated in South and Central America as a result of migrating Indian traders who brought kidney beans with them from Peru. These beans were introduced into Europe in the 15th century by Spanish explorers returning from the New World. Spanish and Portuguese traders introduced kidney beans into Africa and Asia. Due to […]

Spirit Food – Broccoli

ORIGIN Broccoli is essentially a large edible flower. Broccoli is a human invention. It was carefully bred by Italian farmers more than 2,000 years ago out of the wild cabbage plant. It was cultivated to have a specific taste and flavour that was more palatable for people. Wild cabbage has small flower buds and is […]

Spirit Food – Orange

ORIGIN Have you ever wondered which came first? The fruit or the colour? The colour was named after the fruit. The earliest recorded use of the word orange was used in the 1300s from the Old French orenge, adapted from the Arabic nāranj, from the Persian nārang, from the Sanskrit nāranga which translates to “orange tree.” During the Age of Discovery, oranges saved lives. […]

Spirit Food – Mushroom

ORIGIN Although mushrooms are often considered a vegetable, they are actually fungi that grow above the ground. They were most likely cultivated for the first time around 600AD in Asia. Archaeological evidence does show that many cultures around the world used mushrooms for ritualistic and sacred practices. The earliest depiction of entheogenic mushroom consumption dates […]

Spirit Food – Cabbage

ORIGIN In the East, cabbage was used since the 4,000 BC and was cultivated in North China. The Greeks called cabbage “krambe” while the Romans called it “brassica”. Legends say that Diogenes ate nothing but cabbage and drank nothing but water. Cabbage became common in Egypt as well as Rome and was considered a luxury […]