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Gudrun Penselin

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Can give even dogs different voices. Watch how herbs and nutrition turned *Bentley into a musician.

*Bentley is my daughter's dog. We discovered his musical talent when he was visiting the other day.

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My very own JUNGLE JUICE video on u-tube now.

Remember: Start the day out right with the JUNGLE JUICE.

The JUNGLE JUICE provides an instant increase in vitality.
The nutrients are easily assimilated and every single cell of your body will benefit and feel its revitalizing and nutritional effect. It is true “Cell Food!”

Green drinks, using fresh plant materials, provide concentrated nutrition full of enzymes to the body.  They are easily absorbed and provide vital building blocks to the body for the (re)generation of healthy tissue. The nutritional value will vary with the choice of ingredients and is enhanced by the addition of fresh ginger root.  Both Ginger and honey serve as “carriers” for the herbal ingredients.

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The oil is made from Calendula officinalis often referred to as Marigold. Many plants are called Marigold and therefore the Latin name is required for correct identification.

Why not plant some Calendula this year in your garden? The flowers are bright yellow and orange and have many therapeutic properties. It is easy to grow and harvest. The oil can be made into a healing salve which is a favorite of many of my clients.


anti-inflammatory – wound healing – anti-fungal – anti-bacterial/anti-microbial – anti-septic

Calendula oil is used topically and primarily used in SKIN CARE because of its great anti-inflammatory and wound healing actions.


The oil helps to moisturize the skin, soothes the area and reduces pain.
Conditions: diaper rash, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, minor cuts and wounds, bed sores, insect bites, frost bites

Athlete’s foot, ring worm and jock itch

Swelling from injuries i.e. sprained muscles and bruises, leg ulcers, spider and varicose veins.

Applied externally for abdominal cramps and constipation.

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WHAT A TREAT - Medicine making outside at the beginning of April!

I am straining an infused oil of Calendula flowers and will create a salve from it later.

Watch the next post for the use of Calendula oil...

You can find more on how to make an infused and salves on the 2nd disc of my DVD: Herbal Pharmacy for Everyone.

Buy 1st edition now and save big - over 50%!

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.... it takes 4,000 kg (8,818 lbs) of rose petals (2.5 acres of rose bushes) to obtain 1 kg (2.2 lbs) of essential oil of rose,

.... 150 kg (330 lbs) of flowering tops of lavender to yield the same amount of essential oil?

Please keep this in mind when using essential oils and I suggest that you use them sparingly.

Have a wonderful and happy, healthy week.

Green Blessings,

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Finally, after another challenging marathon, the 2nd edition of the DVD "Herbal Pharmacy for Everyone" is completed with subtitles in English, French, German and Spanish.

BLOW OUT SALE of the 1st edition while quantities last.

Great timeless gift for birthdays, Easter, Mother's Day or just as a gesture of friendship and caring for the planet and each other at any time.

$25/DVD or 5 copies for $100 including GST plus shipping where applicable. Regular $52.45.


Call 780.532.2464 or email me to arrange pick-up.


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Kambo is a Giant Leaf frog found in the Amazon. Its “medicine” has a variety of applications but one of the major reasons for its use is the effect it has on the brain and the psyche as a psychedelic substance. It is powerful "medicine" and you can find lots of information on the internet about it.

The other day I was inspired to write a poem (see below) about it because it seems like presently many people feel the need to experience psychoactive substances used by traditional tribes and healers. There is a tendency to believe that these experiences bring a sense of accomplishment, making a person a "better" person, "better" than others. I have reflected upon this phenomena in the context of our ability to live life and decided to share my inspiration with you as food for thought. Enjoy.

KAMBO - Frog Medicine: Illusion or Reality

Still flying high
Soaring high in the sky

Looking at life in a different light
Experiencing all there is from new heights

All the induced reflections
Causing different perceptions

Spirit has so many different forms
It may come and go like a storm

Has it really changed the way things are
Or is it just an illusion from afar

Are you really a different person now
Is different better - if yes how

Life's challenges are still the same
So are responsibilities - what a shame

The real test is living how
With spirit present in every moment now

Taking responsibility for who we truly are
Leaving behind our desires and ego so far

In service to our soul's purpose
Is our life's journey

~ Gudrun Penselin

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"Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tunes without the words and never stops at all".
- Emily Dickinson

Hope is an essential element in any form of healing. Dr. Edward Bach said to never take away from anyone the hope for healing. I am hoping, wishing and praying that this year more and more people will re-connect to nature, so that Mother Earth will receive the much needed support for her healing. Everyone of us can make a difference. Let's shift our focus to things that really matter and what life is truly about.

Green Blessings,

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Happy New Year to All!

Albert Einstein said: “Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
During this time of reflection and good intentions you might want to keep this in mind – for yourself and others.
Love, peace, health and happiness for 2015.
Green Blessings from under a blanket of snow,

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Always wanted to explore the world of the oceans?

Here is your chance! Become a member of "The Picton Castle", a three-masted barque currently sailing from Bali to Reunion in the Indian Ocean. I am forwarding details I received from someone I met years ago on one of my memorable travels. He is a relative of the captain.

Dan Moreland, Captain of the gorgeous three-masted barque Picton Castle, is currently sailing from Bali to Reunion in the Indian Ocean. They are looking for additional trainee/crew to sign on in Cape Town in a couple of months. If you could forward this to anyone you can think of who might be interested enough to at least forward it to some other folks who might be interested, I would appreciate it. It’s hard to get the word out to new people from the bridge of a sailing vessel at sea, though a lot more possible than it used to be.

Join the PICTON CASTLE world-voyaging crew in Cape Town, South Africa, January 2015 or in Cape Verde in March 2015.

The Barque PICTON CASTLE has been sailing the worlds' oceans for nearly 20 years in the wake of the great square rigged ships of the Age of Sail. Her epic voyages have already inspired hundreds of people to come together to sail, to explore this salt water globe and to seek to learn all that a ship on the open ocean has to teach.

Our crew connect with people and places across the world. Transcending boundaries of geography, culture and race we return to villages where we have made friends, often bringing essential supplies, donated educational materials and medical care to some of the most remote and isolated communities on Earth. By working together we grow strong and learn to trust our shipmates and ourselves. By harnessing the power of the wind in our hand-stitched cotton sails we learn awareness and how to spot a problem before it arises. By watching the slowly processing stars on night watch, and the glorious ocean sunsets each evening, we learn to see the sublime in the every day. The things you learn aboard PICTON CASTLE, and the friendships you make aboard, last a lifetime.

Aboard the ship right now, sailing westwards across the Indian Ocean, we have an exceptional gang of men and women of all ages and all backgrounds, hailing from a dozen different countries and every corner of the globe; Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Canada, USA, Tonga, Fiji, England and more. What brings them together is a commitment to experiencing a life at sea under sail, to the ship, her voyages; a down-to-Earth saltiness and a sense of adventure.

Now we are looking for the next generation of mariners to join our crew and write the next chapter of the PICTON CASTLE story. No sailing experience is necessary - it's far more important to be a good shipmate, though you must be reasonably fit. More than anything you must want to join us on this adventure and want to see the world beyond your horizons.

Soon PICTON CASTLE will be rounding the Cape of Good Hope and entering the South Atlantic, there to sail up the coast of Africa and cross to the Caribbean calling at Grenada, Carriacou, Barbados and Dominica before heading north via Bermuda, to her homecoming in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada. After three years voyaging westwards around the world, it's set to be quite the celebration.

Join us in Cape Town, South Africa in January 2015 or in Cape Verde in March 2015. Sail with us as we cross the Atlantic Ocean, cross the equator and cruise the magical islands of the real Caribbean. We will be visiting friends we have made over the years, sailing our small boats in the crystal clear water and practicing beach landings on the perfect white sand. We'll be sailing on and off the hook, tacking the ship about, climbing aloft and handling sails. We'll learn sail-making, rigging, small boat handling and celestial navigation, but first we'll learn to sail our ship across oceans.

If you've never been afloat before, or if you already have one foot in the sea and want to advance into traditional seamanship, then now is the time.

The world's oceans and its trade winds are waiting, come join the adventure!

Cape Town to Cape Verde, Jan 3 to March 20: Cape Town, South Africa to Luderitz Namibia, St Helena UK, Dakar Senegal, Cape Verde Islands. Cape Verde to Lunenburg,

March 20 to May 16: Cape Verde, transatlantic to the Eastern Caribbean: Grenada and the Grenadines, St Vincent, Bequia, Dominica, Martinique, and other islands of the Caribbean, Bermuda and Lunenburg.
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