I had never heard of cupping before. And no, it’s not as dirty as it sounds. Apparently Ms. G. Paltrow is a big fan. I had no idea. And though it looks absolutely unnatural, it is believed to have a host of healing properties that dates back from ancient civilizations. What I learned (and I am going to try and be as accurate as possible):
Cupping is a practice in Chinese medicine that is done with special glass cups where the air is pulled out with a flame and cotton swab, then placed on the back or other parts of the body that need healing. When the glass jar is placed on the body the skin is suctioned up so it looks like a bubble and this mobilizes blood flow, which can aid in healing. Several can be used at once and they will then be moved around the back, and the bubble goes with it. Toxins (I believe there is another word used, but I can’t think of it) are extracted from this process and dark rings start to form where the healing occurs. I unfortunately headed to Google for images and it looked way more intense than what I saw done. The girl who had the demo done on her was loving it. She said it felt amazing. It definitely piqued my curiosity. Again, I am no expert and this was my first experience with this practice, so just passing along what I learned.
How did I learn about this? On Saturday my sister-in-law invited me over to a friends house for a health & wellness forum. She knows me so well! We discussed holistic healing through Chinese & Ayurvedic medicine as well as how to prepare our bodies for the autumn season. I have been experimenting with some of the recipes & practices that I learned last weekend and will be posting them as I experiment.
So how do honey lavender walnut scones fit into this? I couldn’t show up to a party empty-handed! So I made these to bring with me to share with everyone at the wellness forum. Local honey, lavender & walnuts seemed to fit with the theme. Honey studies show that it can be used to boost immunity & help with sleep among other benefits while studies have shown that lavender can help with restlessness, nausea & minor pain.
And not to mention that these are simple to make.
Honey lavender walnut scones
2 c. self-rising flour
3 tbsp. coconut oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tbsp. honey
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 c. vegan buttermilk (see below)
1/3 c. apple sauce
1 tsp. lavender
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1 tbsp. almond milk
1 tbsp. honey
1 tsp. lavender
Pre-heat oven to 375F.
In a small bowl, combine 1/2 c. non-dairy milk of your choice (I used almond) + 1/2 tsp. apple cider vinegar. Let sit.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the ingredients from the flour to the salt until they become a crumbly mixture. Add in vegan buttermilk and applesauce and mix until well combined. Fold in lavender and walnuts.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place dough on a slightly floured surface and flatten out with hands into a round mass, about 1-2 inches thick. Cut into 8 triangles. Separate the triangle pieces and place onto parchment paper. Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes.
Combine the ingredients for the glaze in a small dish.Remove from oven and drizzle with glaze and return to oven for 2 additional minutes.
So there you have it. Do you have any holistic, natural or “conventional” practices that you swear by as we are heading into autumn? I would love to hear them!