The Origins of Marvellous Superfood
About ten years ago I was faced with a healing challenge in the form of a large tumour in my left thigh which developed in the area where I had ripped a muscle during a time of overworking as a Flamenco dancer and teacher. From the discovery of the lump in my leg, there followed years of cleansing and nourishing my body, and much inquiry into the whys and wherefores of tumour growth, including the emotional/spiritual causes at the heart it. I was helped by a wonderful doctor/naturopath who told me to eat seaweeds and to make daily fresh juices of organic raw beet, celery, lettuce, carrot and spinach juice. He also prescribed chlorella, spirulina, barley grass and wheat grass powders to cleanse the organs, and strengthen the immune system, as well as various supplements.
These things were by no means cheap so eventually, in order to save money I decided to buy the green powders in bulk from trustworthy sources. I made a blend of organic chlorella, spirulina, barley grass, wheat grass, kelp, spinach, and beetroot powder to add to juices. Soon my children and friends were all hooked, and feeding it to their children, and so Marvellous Superfood was born. In 2011 our business was registered and certified Organic by the Welsh Organic Scheme.
As long as I can remember I have had an inbuilt faith in the systems of Nature, natural medicine, unprocessed foods, and life lived in harmony with Nature. We brought up our family of six children travelling with horses, wagons, tents and caravans on the roads of Ireland and England, and also travelled Spain, France and Holland in a lorry. An open fire was my cooker, and tubs of water by the river were my washing machine. Learning about herbs and wild vegetables came naturally as they were all around us. We ate wild salads and soups filled with wild herbs and vegetables . The children helped me gather elder blossoms, comfrey leaves and roots, and plantain to make various healing ointments which we used and sold at fairs. We travelled with a menagerie of dogs, horses, bantam chickens and goats, so our children grew up strong and well on fresh eggs, raw goats’ milk, yoghurts and cheeses. Big round loaves of well risen whole meal bread, sprinkled in sesame seeds, were regularly baked over the open fire in an iron pot oven, with embers on the lid. You could bake anything in those pot-ovens, and we did! …Lemon meringue pies, birthday cakes, anything that could be made in a normal oven.
My bible in those early days was Juliet de Bairacli Levy’s Herbal Handbook for Everyone, and her book The Natural rearing of Children. From those books I learned how to use herbs to heal the family and our animals, and used herbal brews, poultices and ointments for most things. If fever was involved I followed J.B.’s advice and fed the patient on liquid broths, water, and herbal infusions only, until the fever broke, which it usually did within 12 hours. I also used my own intuitive form of hands-on healing. We seldom had to resort to the doctor.
After the children grew up, I eventually moved into a house in the countryside where I could have a studio and focus on my painting and dancing. My love and trust in Nature’s ways never diminished, and I continued to learn, reading endless books on the many different kinds of natural healing and medicine, and underwent training as a healer with Martin Broffman and then with The National Federation of Spiritual Healers. It became clear that there are almost as many ways to heal as there are people who need healing, and that illness and imbalance have many causes: physical, environmental, emotional, genetic, mental, spiritual and so on.
One of the most important keys to well -being and health is surely the ability to live a life that is true to ourselves, to speak our truth and not to be “people pleasers”. Another important key to radiant health is to cultivate a loving connection with The Source of Love ( the Universe/Great Spirit/God/Allah…), and to feel and express gratitude for the manifold gifts that we are showered with. I must add that I have great respect and gratitude for much of what modern medicine has to offer and would never advise anyone to shun the doctor.
There are conditions that only surgery and drugs can put right. We should go with what we believe in our heart is the best treatment for us…belief is a powerful healer in its own right.
I am happy to say that despite the dire predictions of the doctors who were alarmed at my decision to avoid surgery and invasive treatments, my leg is well and causes me no problem. I am still dancing and teaching Flamenco, swimming across the lake and running up and down the mountain where I live. I have never been in better health, and while I don’t claim that Marvellous Superfood is the sole reason, I do believe it has been an important part of my healing. May you have the best of good health and happiness.
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