As I write this, we have just welcomed the Summer Equinox, and our color of focus this month in our series is yellow, showcasing all its vibrant energy. In last month's juice series post, I shared about a recent trip to California where I had a day dedicated to photographing flowers. The timing was perfect; I was there for the grand unveiling of my niece's stunning wild yellow rose bushes. They stood towering over me, swaying gently in the warm breeze as we were nestled amidst the San Jose mountains. That moment was divinely fragrant. I could palpably sense the frequency of the color 'yellow,' and its profound impact on my feelings was not lost on me. Yellow, along with orange, has since become one of my new favorite colors.
(Here's an interesting fact: Of all flowers, roses boast the highest frequency, measuring at 320 hz.)
Yellow brings to mind images of the sun and our sustenance. Growing up in California, my sister was involved in establishing one of the earliest organic community gardens, situated directly across from where we lived. It's still thriving today - Wattles Community farm. As a young girl, my favorite pastimes included frolicking in the avocado groves, plucking vegetables from the earth, and climbing fruit trees. It was evident to me that the sun was our food provider. I believe these early experiences sparked my affection for filtered sunlight. There's an understated allure in observing the soft dappled sunlight dancing upon flowers and fruit hanging from trees. Such scenes encapsulate the perfect, magical essence of a summer moment.
To this day, it's my daily ritual to express gratitude for my 'cup of liquid sunshine'. When you drink your juice, you're absorbing the sun's energy. Your body draws power from the grandest source of energy gifted to our planet: the sun.
And just as the sun fuels our solar system, our solar plexus forms the core of our energetic system.
May your summer be filled with radiant beauty, and may you relish the frequency of yellow with this delightful recipe from Holly.
Q: HOLLY, TELL US HOW THE COLOR YELLOW AND THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA INSPIRED YOUR JUICE RECIPE?
A: The third chakra, also known as Manipura or the Solar Plexus Chakra, sometimes referred to as the "navel chakra" or the "belly chakra," is situated above your navel in your upper abdomen, directly above the adrenal glands. It governs the pancreas, adrenals, liver, and stomach. The Solar Plexus Chakra is associated with the element of fire, meaning our digestive system and metabolism play significant roles in keeping this chakra balanced.
This chakra also corresponds to the color yellow and is governed by both the planet Mars and the Sun. When in balance, it brings forth feelings of joy, laughter, confidence, and power. It's no wonder, then, that the beautiful yellow fireball we know as the Sun is often deemed a mood enhancer for many. The Sun provides warmth, light, and energy. Like plants, we require the Sun to live, grow, and flourish. However, it's essential to maintain balance. Too much or too little sunlight can lead to feelings of darkness, fatigue, depression, and anger. Nevertheless, receiving small, healthy doses of sunlight daily is crucial for our bodies and emotions to blossom and shine.
My aim was to develop a delicious and nutritious juice recipe that not only highlights gorgeous yellow fruits and vegetables but also promotes gut health with digestive enzymes. The recipe includes pineapple and papaya, which contain proteolytic enzymes—bromelain in pineapple and papain in papaya—that aid digestion by helping to break down proteins in our diet, making them more easily digestible. This juice is ideal for consumption on an empty stomach 30 minutes before a protein-rich meal.
Q: WHICH DR. ALKAITIS PRODUCT HAVE YOU CHOSEN TO HIGHLIGHT FOR THE SOLAR PLEXUS CHAKRA?
A: The Dr. Alkaitis Enzyme Exfoliating Mask, much like my juice recipe, contains enzymes that help digest the protein in our dead skin cells, making it not only an excellent exfoliant but also an importantly gentle one. Trish, I appreciated your recent post on the enzyme mask and the significance of gentle exfoliation.
- 1/2 Pineapple
- 1/2 Papaya
- 1/2 Mango
- 1 Yellow Bell Pepper
- 1/2 Lemon
- 1 Inch Piece Of Ginger
- Coconut Water from Young Thai Coconut
Run Pineapple, Papaya, Mango, Yellow Bell Pepper, Lemon and Ginger through a juicer. Pour juice into the hollowed out shell of the pineapple and top with fresh coconut water from a Young Thai Coconut. Sip through a sustainable reusable straw. Enjoy!
HEALTH BENEFITS OF JUICE INGREDIENTS:
PINEAPPLE: Rich in Vitamin C, manganese and enzymes that help aid digestion, Anti-inflammatory, promotes tissue healing.
PAPAYA: Rich in antioxidants and enzymes that improve digestion, promotes heart heath and boosts immunity.
MANGO: Great source of antioxidants, provides healthy energy, boosts immunity and aides digestion.
YELLOW BELL PEPPER: Rich in Vitamin A and C.
LEMON: Excellent source of Vitamin C and flavonoids.
GINGER: Aides in digestion and gastrointestinal motility.
COCONUT WATER: Super hydrating. Excellent source of electrolytes and potassium.
Cheers to your health and beauty!
Trish + Holly
Photos by Holly Cline