Water kefir is low in calories but high in probiotics, including a wide array of beneficial strains of bacteria. In fact, a study published in Frontiers in Microbiology showed that water kefir is one of the best dietary sources of probiotics available and may contain up to 56 different strains of yeast and bacteria. Store bought yogurt typically has 2 strains. In particular, water kefir is a great source of several of the best probiotic strains, including:
Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus
Lactobacillus kefiranofaciens subsp. kefiranofaciens
Lactobacillus kefiranofaciens subsp. kefirgranum
Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis
Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris
Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. cremoris
Leuconostoc mesenteroides subsp. mesenteroides
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Pine cone metaphysical meaning
Throughout the span of recorded human history, pine cones have served as a symbolic representation of human enlightenment, the third eye and the pineal gland.
Conifer pine tees are one of the most ancient plant genera on the planet, having existed nearly three times longer than all flowering plant species. The pine cone is the evolutionary precursor to the flower, and its spines spiral in a perfect fibonacci sequence in either direction, much like the sacred geometry of a rose or a sunflower.
Our “pine”al gland, shaped like (and named after) the pine cone, is at the geometric center of our brain and is intimately linked to our body’s perception of light. The pineal modulates our wake-sleep patterns and circadian rhythms, remains uniquely isolated from the blood-brain barrier system, and receives a higher percentage of blood flow than any other area of the body save the kidneys.
In addition to spiritual consciousness and enlightenment, pine cones have also historically been used as symbols of everlasting or eternal life.
Rose petals metaphysical meaning:
Rose is the most sacred plant and the flower of love. It has an energy that is healing and will balance and align all chakras. It can activate the heart chakra for healing and awakening a greater sense of love. Rose can increase your telepathy, and help you attune to the angelic vibrations. It can help open one to exploration of the mystery of time, life and death and all that is unknown. Abundance, beauty, clearing and blessings, dreams, emotional healing, friendship, protection, purification, romantic love, secrecy, self-love, and spirituality are associated words.
- Pine cones*
- Rose petals
- Plain water kefir – made with water, water kefir grains and organic, unrefined sugar
- Follow Nourished Kitchen’s recipe for water kefir or Feasting At Home’s recipe – but don’t do a secondary fermentation with added fruit.
- Add pine cones and rose petals. Do not soak pine cones first in order to preserve wild yeast and pollen.
- Soak 24 hours.
* Humans can eat seeds from particular pine cones, including Sugar Pine, Western White Pine, Longleaf Pine, Red Pine, and Pitch Pine. Species unsafe to eat include Ponderosa Pine, Yellow Pine, Lodgepole Pine, and Norfolk Island Pine. Not enough is known about these species to consider them safe for human consumption. The green seed accompanying Yew pine trees is toxic to humans and animals. Citation🖨️ Print post