Works into the etheric or life body through the Metabolic and Digestive system. Very easy to digest, rice requires little participation of the higher members during digestion. The staple grain of eastern cultures where there is a strong spiritual group consciousness as opposed to the strong ego-individualised consciousness of western cultures. The first grain recommended for infants.
High in silica, the mineral of the Nerve-Sense system. Supports thinking and consciousness.
Stimulates the warmth processes – helps to heat the body in cold or rainly climates. Good for the skin, hair, eyes and teeth. The most alkalising of the grains.
Gives a strength and uprighness by stimulating formative forces. The strong Celtic and Slovenian folk tribes ate rye as their predominant grain. A very hard grain and digesting requires a lot of warmth to overcome – can be used to help stimulate the building of strength, but requires adequate warmth to begin the digestive process so not recommended during convalescence or for very young children.
Oats are used to strengthen the Metabolic-Will System and help stimulate digestion – especially useful when weakened etheric or life energy has allowed the thinking and nerve-sense energies to encroach on metabolic regions resulting in hardening of muscles, tension, lack of motivation and exhaustion. They help build strength and improve the state of mind, increase stamina and overcome tiredness. Warming.
Corn or Maize was a staple food of the Native Americans. It helps to stimulate the Metabolic-Will System, especially in the muscles. Highest density and physical hardness of the grains – introduced after all the other grains to infants.
Helps to relax and bring balance to the Rhythmic-Feeling System by supporting both the Sensory-Nerve System and the Metabolic-Will System. Interesting that this is the grain that, when digested, will bring about the most balance and yet there are more and more people having trouble digesting wheat and finding this balance in the current age.
When you add the seven grains to the diet, on their corresponding day, you provide the body with a balanced nutritional and energetic influence. This can help support health and harmony in daily life. For more details about the specific grains, click on each grain above.
Annette Batchelor ND RM BT
Naturopathic Consultations in the Spirit of Anthroposophy, Victoria, Australia