Health and Herbal Allies

Dearest Humanity,

With much respect and support, I write this message to you. First, let me just say; this information is not a replacement for medical attention, nor is it intended to treat or cure anything. I am not a doctor, just a friend and student of the Most High and their beautiful medicines. Right now, we are at a time when we can either freak out or gain an understanding and stay firm in our truth and in love, which fosters many attributes.

First of all, I hope you’re having a happy day, and if you’re not: you could still have one!! Perception creates death or life. We can choose to see situations for what they are and we can choose to dilate these pupils to see great, good situations.

I want to talk to you about some herbs. For the last 7 plus years, I’ve been working with and learning from them. During this time, I would recommend the following plants for preventative immune support: astragalus root, olive leaf, echinacea (leaf / root), goldenseal root and elderberry (berry of the Elder plant). [Note: Elderberry has been observed to worsen symptoms in those who have already caught the virus, so it is not recommended for front-line workers or those who think they might have contracted the  virus. If this applies to you, it’s best to stick with the other options. If you are in isolation, elderberry can still be a great preventative immune booster.]

Burdock root alkalizes the body and helps to move uric acid out. Ginger root is good for the lymphatic system and helps congestion. We also recommend avoiding wheat and sugary foods as they can contribute to inflammation in the body.

This virus, if you get it, creates a lot of mucus in the lungs. As a preventative measure, it’s best to keep things flowing. Cayenne pepper (90 heat units or higher), which is best taken in tincture form, is great to disinfect and cleanse, as well as getting the blood moving and breaking up congestion. Thyme leaf, which is a spice that we probably all have in our cabinets, can be made into a tea. It helps to open and clean the airways, and kills bacteria and viruses. And there are many other herbal friends.

Since the beginning of time, Creator created these herbs to help humanity. There is no lack in the Divine, only our belief in lack, which disturbs everything around us. I believe the herbs are prayers in form. They never loose their intention and are always willing to help. Black seed oil is amazing; it really helps to rid the body of mucus, helps with inflammation and to support the immune system. There are so many herbs to mention and these are just a few.

I work at “Lim’s Health Food Store” in Bloomfield, CT where we sell over 250 medicinal herbs as well as supplements and vegetarian food. We also carry Wellness formula by Source Naturals, which has pretty much every known supplement for your immune system within it. This is not an advertisement for the store, I am just giving you an option of somewhere that you can go to get these medicines and also get more support and information.

If you’re closer to New Haven, “Edge of the Woods” is a great place to go as well! They have food, herbs and supplements too. This is the time to start up your practice of working with the herbs. We really shouldn’t need to wait for a pandemic to do what we all used to do before we were talked out of our truth. Herbs are our friends and want to help us!!

I want to also mention a few words about our mental attitude as well as how that affects our immune system.

When we consume ourselves with the news, or read and watch “fear” in what ever form it takes, this goes against our natural form, which is love. That is why fear makes us sick on so many levels. It poisons us and creates havoc in our lives, our immune system and each other. Every single time you watch something that is fear-inducing, you’re allowing yourself to become a victim by allowing it to enslave you. I’m not saying to be naive. I’m saying to be aware. Enjoy your life. You got only one. Watch things that feed this consciousness, that inspire you to remember your truth. We create the lives we want to live and our life is our prayer in form. What does your prayer look like? Love, or fear? Raise your immune system by feeding it good stuff mentally and emotionally. Listen to good music and listen to the people who love you. We are feeding the vibes.

This virus is making the environment better. That’s not to say that it is not also causing suffering. But families are spending more time together, children are playing. For too long, people have been saying in their mind or out loud “I need a break, I need to spend time with my family, I can’t stand my job.” And just like that, so many people are being released into the unknown of their life and their heart. Find the power to forgive and to love each other and have faith and trust. It is only through our connection to each other we can change the world. Before all this virus stuff, there were huge marches to stop climate change. Well, looks like the prayer is being answered. Our prayers don’t always come in the form we think… but they come. Respect and have faith, for our faith is hope, and hope is the light in the darkness.

Wishing everyone joy, peace, health, growth and liberation in this time,

Anna McEwen

Thoughts for Reflection

Good Day All My Relations,

This is your friend and sister, Linda Ierna Reed. I want to reach out and ask, how everyone is doing?

Also, I want to create a story with you. A way to look at this time we are in now, which needs a beautiful story. By that, I mean we need some tools and support in creating or holding our focus on a good life.

We are here amongst the chaos; some are experiencing it on the front lines and there are those who are experiencing this tragedy through online media somehow.

But as we go through this pandemic, or clearing, or re-assessment to what is important in our life; how do we want to see the world? Experience the world? We are all in this. Now we have a chance to co-create our future.

The butterfly effect: when the smallest of actions creates a ripple effect. One motion affects another ocean.

So if our actions work in the same way, then isn’t it so, that it’s very important to be aware of our actions? We are adding our energy into the sea of life, into all our lives, into this planet and back around to the smallest of creatures.

It’s hard to hear that we have so much power as to affect another living creature and it’s an even greater challenge to want to be awake and aware to the smallest of motions.

Yoga, qi gong, tai chi, martial arts, meditation, prayers and mantras have all been the practice of being aware of small movements. Small adjustments that the practitioner begins to feel the benefits and results of the little things.

Do you know that your life is your subconscious reflecting the manifestation of the beliefs in your mind? So if you want change, you must lay down new beliefs in the conscious mind. When in prayer, release old belief and embrace new belief.

The trick to change is to hold the focus of the story that we want to manifest. Peace, love, health and equality…these are kept in the forefront of our awareness. Through our practice, we become more aware of those thoughts that lie in the shadows of our minds.

Fear is not our story. We can acknowledge that it is present and thank it, for that medicine is showing each of us what is truly important. We can thank it and replace it with love to all on our beautiful planet. 

With all my love,

Linda Reed

Volunteer Survey

Dear Family,

Please help us as we make an effort to be better organized with work on the land. There is a lot to do and we’re determined to get it all done!

So to those who would be willing to offer their time and services to help maintain the land, we ask that you please complete the short 9-question survey below! This will give us a good idea of who is available to help at what times, and allow us to organize in a good way to complete everything that needs to be done.

Thank you so much for your generosity and helping to hold the vision and prayer at ICEC

Volunteer Day June 4th and 5th

Dear Community – Join us for a volunteer day

Saturday June 4th and Sunday june 5th 2016
525 Exeter Road
Lebanon, CT 06249

We will begin gardening at 11:00 am and end around 4:00 or 5:00 pm.

Please arrive by 10:30 am so jobs can be assigned.


These two days will be about community building, colunteering, and hleping the ICEC to reflect the work we do. We will mainly be focusing on gardening around our sacred fire pit, and possibly beginning work on the vegetable garden part the hammocks.

Please bring a dish or two to share with everyone!

The center is open for sleeping Saturday night. We can all have a fire, sind some songs, connect, and recoup for the next day.

Please respond to Christian at 860-402-6409 to confirm attendance.

If you can only attend one day that it ok!..


Supporting Awareness

The Indigenous Cultural Education Center provides awareness and education opportunity to experience the cultures and spiritual practices of Indigenous People of the Americas and around the world. We provide an opportunity to know and celebrate our differences and similarities.

Sharing Traditions

The Indigenous Cultural Education Center brings peoples from the North and South Americas to share traditions, medicines, and knowledge — forming alliances that strengthen their own communities and help bring our world back into balance.

ICEC organizes educational travel experiences to the Indigenous regions of North and South America and other parts of the world.

Aho Mitakuye Oyasin

Aho Mitakuye Oyasin… All my relations. I honor you in this circle of life with me today. I am grateful for this opportunity to acknowledge you in this prayer…

To the Creator, for the ultimate gift of life, I thank you.

To the mineral nation that has built and maintained my bones and all foundations of life experience, I thank you.

To the plant nation that sustains my organs and body and gives me healing herbs for sickness, I thank you.

To the animal nation that feeds me from your own flesh and offers your loyal companionship in this walk of life, I thank you.

To the human nation that shares my path as a soul upon the sacred wheel of Earthly life, I thank you.

To the Spirit nation that guides me invisibly through the ups and downs of life and for carrying the torch of light through the Ages. I thank you.

To the Four Winds of Change and Growth, I thank you.

You are all my relations, my relatives, without whom I would not live. We are in the circle of life together, co-existing, co-dependent, co-creating our destiny. One, not more important than the other. One nation evolving from the other and yet each dependent upon the one above and the one below. All of us a part of the Great Mystery.

Thank you for this Life.

Aho Mitakuye Oyasin is a simple yet profound statement. It comes from the Lakota Nation and means all my relations. It is spoken during prayer and ceremony to invite and acknowledge all relatives to the moment.

To most of us today, relative means a blood relation or another human in the family lineage. We have not been taught that an entity, other than human, could be a relative. Understanding this simple statement and contemplating it, could change your outlook on life forever. If you love and honor your relatives, you would be loving and honoring most of what is on this earth, if you lived by this meaning of “relative.” What a different world we would be living in!

Sit with this statement, see the Truth in it. Everything is related because it all emanates from one source and has purpose. Truth can be found in Native philosophy, Buddhism, Christianity, Judism, Islam, all belief systems, because they are all related. I have studied Buddhism and found Christ. I have studied Native philosophy and found Buddha. I have studied Mother Nature and found self.

Truth does not owe homage to humans. Humans owe homage to Truth.