Divine protection: Tibetan amulets

Divine protection: Tibetan amulets

My partner asked for one of my Tibetan amulets the other day. It was the anniversary of his brother’s death (he fell of a horse in Tibet) and perhaps my partner felt in need of protection.  I have two amulets:  Green Tara and Chenrezig. I bought them when I...
A drink for sore eyes: chrysanthemum tea

A drink for sore eyes: chrysanthemum tea

Flower power As the weather starts to heat up, a tea to drink to cool you down is chrysanthemum. I’m not a big herbal tea drinker, but I really like chrysanthemum and don’t know why it’s not more popular. I mix it with Japanese sencha for a grassy...
Pillow Talk

Pillow Talk

Buckwheat Pillows Last year, I stayed at Austrian hotels twice to do yoga (see my post on my yoga website here). In both hotels, on the bed, were small rustly pillows. When I asked what they were, I was told they contained buckwheat, and Austrians believe they aid...
Scent as medicine: Tibetan agar incense

Scent as medicine: Tibetan agar incense

In Tibet, incense is used as medicine. One of the most famous medicines, also available as incense, is agar. Agar is also known as agarwood, aloeswood, eaglewood; the distillate is oud — the prized ingredient in Arabic perfumes. There are different formulas, and as...