Phantom Love

“Phantom Love” in May

The month of May, with its many songs and poems written about promises of budding love and romance, has filled me with expectation since childhood. The rejuvenating air, spring blossoms and budding flowers with their seductive scents…like lily of the valley, lilac, iris and peonies… and song birds, make me feel “As if” I am in love.

After the endless, dreary winter days we can walk under blossoming cherry trees, inhale the scent of the freshness of the earth, and dream of love. It feels like it and looks like it. But the excitement begins to fade when we move into the sweltering hot summer months. And I always dream of more.

For this fleeting “phantom love,” a calming tea may balance the illusionary emotion. You can still enjoy the feeling without losing your head.
The tea of the month is a heart tonic: Hawthorn Tea, a tincture made of the hawthorn berries, makes a good strengthening heart tea, regulating irregular blood flow and pulse. As a homeopathic remedy, Hawthorn berries, (Crataegus), does wonders for many heart irregularities. Ask your homeopath in case of need.

Another wonderful choice is a refreshing Jasmine Tea after a nice long walk, and tastes a bit more elegant. Even when iced, Jasmine keeps its distinguished flavor.

There is a list of “phantom symptoms” in the Homeopathic Repertoire of 2,500 proven remedies as Pulsatilla, the delicate windflower. It cures the symptom: “As if pregnant” for a woman who desires a child so much that it affects her hormones. From this mental and emotional state she develops sensations of early pregnancy, even with a swelling of the abdomen. By administering the remedy Pulsatilla, all symptoms will reverse themselves by balancing the hormonal level and the state of emotional upset. And the belly will deflate again.

Another significant “phantom symptom” is that of the amputated leg or limb. The homeopathic remedy Symphytum (Comfrey), known commonly as “Knitbone,” due to its healing ability for bone mending, is curative of this “As if” symptom as well. The nervous system mimics the sensations as if the extremity was still present. Once the remedy Symphytum is administered it signals the absence of the limb to the brain that then recognizes the amputation, after which the pains and sensations are relieved.

The first collection of “As If” symptoms were recorded in 1894 by Dr. A.W. Holocomb. But one of the most diligent homeopathic doctors, Herbert A. Roberts, made the effort in 1937 to collect from many of the most important resources of the great 19th century homeopaths, almost all “As If” symptoms, to help homeopaths find more easily the Similimum to the patient’s case. The book is called “Sensations As If-,” by Herbert A. Roberts. This was one of the first books of homeopathy that I studied with great curiosity.
The comprehensive casetaking and analysis that culminates in specific prescribing for each patient is what makes Homeopathy the extraordinarily successful practice that it has been for two hundred years.

Another potent and poetic flower grows in May which can reverse heart disorders and irregular blood pressure when transformed into a homeopathic remedy: Lily of the Valley (Convallaria Majalis). Its delicate, distinguished scent makes your pulse go faster on inhalation, especially if given to you as a romantic little bouquet.

Enjoy the wonders and beauty of May.

With love,
Your tea whisperer, Sylvia


Call me the Tea Whisperer

In all cultures, spring is celebrated as new beginnings. We can feel it in our bones, lungs, and skin by taking a deep breath and stretching like a cat; filling our lungs with refreshing air and doing a spring cleaning of body, speech and mind. Admire the power of nature that shows us, every year, the miraculous healing of the damages of long, hard, cold winters.

Fresh buds poke their noses out of the finally defrosted earth, surprising us with exhilarating joy to embrace life again…and again.
Rebirth and repetition: the mantra of life. It is up to us to embrace and enjoy, or to suffer and worry….

Take a sip of an aromatic fusion of Cherry Blossom Tea, visualize the sunshine breaking through your tired heart and bones, especially when you have just recovered from a bad cold and bronchitis after all that snow.

I am always amazed by our healing capacities when a painful lingering cough clears up and a deep breath is pain-free again. Luckily I use homeopathic remedies.
With Spongia Tosta, derived from roasted sponge and potentized to become a homeopathic remedy, or Drosera, sundew potentized, or Kali Carbonicum, carbonate of potassium, to mention just a few powerful remedies for whooping cough, bronchitis, pneumonia or tuberculosis. With these homeopathic remedies it did not take too long before I could breathe and sleep well again through the night.

Greek Mountain Tea also helped as an inhalation and as tea with a drop of lemon and honey. Elderberry Leaf Tea also, and the homeopathic cough syrup from a mix of low potency cough remedies which can be found in most health food stores.
The spring crop of a great variety of black teas is especially invigorating—Darjeeling from the Himalayan mountains in India, Oolong from Fujian province in China—or from Uji, Japan, where the best Senchas, Gyokuros and Matchas come from, though those will need more time to grow and be ready in the fall.

Call me the “tea whisperer” and read about my personal journeys through the many countries I’ve visited, inspired by teas, their scents, and aromas, and the cultures and intriguing people they reflect. It’s a long journey, almost epic, from my childhood dreams till today. I share about experiences and adventures and the people and friends I’ve made. Never stop dreaming and telling stories over a cup of tea….

In my tea book: Tea and Travels: Life Filled to the Brim, you can find many more practical, inspiring ideas to help all kinds of ailments, teas and recipes which you can store in your home medicine cabinet.
My book is available as an Apple iBook under the heading: travel essays and travel logs.

Happy spring fever. Here’s to new warm experiences!
You can always cool them down with a gentle Cherry Blossom Tea and dark covered chocolate cherries…

With love, from Sylvia

Thinking About New Beginnings…With Lessons Learned and Memories of the Passing Year

World peace prayers in northern India; blessèd transforming moments with the Brazilian healer John of God at Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY; and personal blessings and spiritual inspiration from H.H. the Dalai Lama of Tibet in New York.

Looking at my calendar of 2014 it seems to have been a courageous year.
• Overcoming operation and illness at the beginning of the year with alternative medicines, homeopathy and herbal remedies plus diet, realizing at the end of the year that the most important healing tool is the state of mind and balancing emotions.
• Traveling to faraway places to heal, sharing foreign cultures, rituals, religious ceremonies between thousands of fellow Buddhists from all over the world…
• a rich, colorful 365 days that form a huge rainbow of light over me.

When meeting enlightened beings and experiencing their energy, the awareness of oneself becomes more pronounced, as if lifted from one level to the next. It helped to give me a sense of my essence on a deeper level, opened my heart to forgive and forget old obstacles that are blocking my cure. I experienced the power of their energy in those moments — like a mirage — yet their strength and compassionate embraces made me feel so close, as no family could be closer. These blessings are transformative and affect the cells in the body to reverse dis-ease.

It is not my faith that makes them so powerful in my eyes — but their deeds and behavior towards all sentient beings and all that exists in this world, from the mineral, plant, animal and human kingdoms.

I focus to bring this healing energy into the New Year, to improve my own wellbeing and share it with all I will come in touch with.

The mystery of life is to see rebirth in each new year, to find love where there was sadness, forgiveness where there was hatred.
Recognizing the obstacles and diseases in your life as your tools, since you somehow created them, or they were sent to you, is the beginning of your healing.
“Your biggest enemy is your best teacher. Be grateful for it,” is the Dalai Lama’s motto and belief, while living with the fact that the Chinese government occupied his country by force since the last generation.

The gifts for this holiday: believe in yourself with an open heart, take good care of yourself, and listen, first of all, to your own inner voice…and your life will unfold with ease.
Happy holidays,
Your friend, Sylvia

For me, this year is ending with a great detox cleanse for lymph and liver, which also strengthens mental clarity.

I found this tea recipe on the beautiful island of the grand Bahamas from the Tree of Life, an old native recipe that brings new life into the tired winter body:
Pick a handful of madeira leaves and chickweed, wash and dry, then crush in a bowl into small pieces. Boil for 5-10 minutes. Once ready to drink, add raw brown sugar. Make enough to drink throughout the day whenever you get thirsty.

Since these ingredients are difficult to find, except for by special order, here is another wonderful recipe for winter with readily available components and great results:
Cut 3 lemons in half and squeeze the juice thoroughly. Place the peels into a pot, cover with spring water and bring to a boil. Let it steep for 5-10 minutes, then add the fresh lemon juice and heat it all together briefly. Add a sprinkle of cayenne pepper— enough to barely sting your lips—and add a spoonful of honey. Your liver will be grateful for this detox tea, especially after a rich holiday meal.

Here is a healing recipe for sore throats with loss of voice, laryngitis:
Peel a white onion and cut it in half. Place into a pot and cover with organic whole milk. Bring to a boil and let it steep in the milk till it cools down, ready to drink. Remove the onion, add a spoonful of honey and drink the brew slowly.
I learned this recipe from my grandmother who served it to our actor friend a few hours before opening night for a great theater performance. When the curtain was rising his voice was back.

The Importance of Being Generous


Love is expressed through sharing and receiving. Each is equally important because of the emotions connected through the open heart.

Four hundred years ago refugees from Europe came to America and were greeted by the Natives. Their food and knowledge of the land helped the newcomers survive hardship and create a new home….but too soon the wheel of life turned, and the Natives became captive in their own homeland.

At this time of Thanksgiving my heart and mind turn once again to my Tibetan friends, the helpless ones, the children of Tibet.

Your generous gifts of any amount will help my orphanage in Hubli, South India:
the Deyang Monastery under the guidance of the Kuten La—the state oracle of Tibet—and the Abbot, the Ven. Choekyab Rinpoche.

Your support will help build an addition to the existing floor, so more orphans can find a home in this safe sanctuary.

With gratitude to all of you and wishing you a joyful and loving giving and receiving season with loved ones.

(My next tea event and exotic bazaar gathering will occur in the spring. More information will follow.)

Please stay in touch this season, enjoy the spirits and fragrant warmth. And delight in the splendors of tea for refreshment and healing.

Sylvia Faddis, President
Kailash Foundation of New York
310 East 46th Street, No. 16E
New York NY 10017
(All donations are tax-deductible.)
Tea and Travels: Life Filled to the Brim is available as an iBook through iTunes.
Makes a perfect gift for those with almost everything.
Invigorating Tea for a cold winter night

Indian Spice Tea is splendid as a desert [without the calories of a rich creamy pastry] It also helps digestion after a rich meal. Fill a large pot with half water half milk, according to the number of servings. Sprinkle a handful of dark ASSAM tea , [one spoon per cup ] into the water. Take plenty of cardamom seeds and clover, crush them in a bowl with a stick , and add them to the pot of Assam tea. Stir and bring slowly to a boil.
Cut up a freshly peeled ginger slice, press it’s juice into the tea mixture and add after you slowly simmer the tea blend on low heat for 15 minutes. The flavor becomes richer when you let it steep for a while after boiling.
If you would like it as a dessert drink you may add vanilla sticks, or brake some cinnamon sticks and boil them with the tea.

A Child’s Dream Realized

When I was seven years old I saw a photo in a newspaper of a young man, just nine years older than I, wearing a strange, tall, yellow hat — and in the background was
the Pottala, the fifteenth-century monastery of the Dalai Lamas in Lhasa, Tibet.
It was my grandmother who was reading the paper, while elegantly smoking her cigarette in a silver and ebony holder. Sitting across from her in our living room in Germany, I compared our huge dark, wooden Bauhaus-style bookcase with the architecture of the Pottala, and thought that there was some similarity.

Finally I asked her to read the article to me. It described the invasion of the Chinese army into Tibet. Many innocent children, monks and nuns were killed…because according to Mao Tse Tung, “religion is poison.” I was so appalled, recognizing that a senseless act of violence could erase a nation of people because of their religion.

Similar to what had happened to our own Jewish community not so long before, this atrocity was happening again in another part of the world. Would there be a next generation if all were killed now? It must have been the power of their beliefs that made Mao feel that he needed to kill them. The question I asked my grandmother was, “what was that belief”? She then gave me my first introduction to Buddhism, explaining to me that there was a religion and a people whose strongest belief was that of compassion.

The senselessness of the violence infuriated me so! I wore black for one week and made a vow: “When I am grown I will help the Dalai Lama and the people of Tibet.”

It took forty years before I was able to realize my promise… but I have.
Inspired in the spring of 1993 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings in Dharamsala, I formed the Kailash Foundation of New York the following year. My support built, from scratch, the monastery, orphanage/hostel, school and library, “The Ugyen Sanag Choeling” Monastery in Spiti Valley, Northern India at the border of Tibet for the Tibetan community. This monastery was inaugurated in 2004 by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and 25,000 fellow Buddhists attended the opening ceremonies and weeklong teachings.

“One day, Buddhism may be brought back to Tibet from this place,” His Holiness said as he was leaving the new monastery.

TIBET IN EXILE: The Flame of the Dalai Lama is the first in a series of four documentaries by Sylvia Faddis about life in Tibet today.For detailed information and purchase go to

And now we celebrate the 20th anniversary of my foundation!
I am very excited, happy and proud to share that for this anniversary event I received a special letter of acknowledgement from H.H. the Dalai Lama, with loving blessings and gratitude for my work and extended to all the friends who have helped to accomplish the body of work of the Kailash Foundation over the years.
His support is like a shining light and refuels my energy to continue.

I am planning a fundraising event in December at my place in New York City, where my Tibetan and worldwide treasures will be available for sale, in order to benefit the ongoing projects of the Kailash Foundation of New York.
Please stay tuned for further details! All are invited and welcome.

Let love and compassion never leave your heart! I send gratitude to my patients and friends who have helped the continuation of my work with their creative help and contributions.
Tashi Delek! Welcome to all.

Sylvia Faddis, President
Kailash Foundation of New York

P.S. Remember to ask for a warming cup of butter tea or a delicious glass of hot spiced tea from the recipes of my book “Tea and Travels: Life Filled to the Brim.”

Here is a great tea recipe from my friend Sharon for these chilling Autumn days and nights.
Bring to boil one liter of water, and gather:
1 sliced lemon
2” piece of fresh ginger, sliced
1 large sprig of basil
1 sprig of rosemary
1 sage leaf
5 – 6 fresh rose petals
2 sprigs cilantro
1 strawberry, sliced
1 tea bag of Earl Grey or any tea you prefer including Green Tea
5 or 6 tablespoons of raw local honey may be added.

Pour the boiling water over all ingredients and let it steep for about 10 minutes.
Any leftover tea may be enjoyed as iced tea the following day.

Under the Cherry Tree

Falling of leaves, shedding old thoughts.
Harvesting summer’s lessons.
Like a huge umbrella, the twisted branches and delicate, tightly woven leaves of the Japanese cherry tree in my garden give me shade from the unexpectedly hot September morning sun. The sunspots emerging through this network of leaves on my white page seem to be writing the notes for me.

One month ago I arrived in Leh, Ladakh, in Northern India, to participate in the World Peace Prayer—the Kalachakra, the Wheel of Life—to pray with 150,000 fellow Buddhist pilgrims and H.H. the Dalai Lama.

The wheel of life is turning in remarkable ways for me…
A sense of detachment to the things I own, the people and friends around me, the desire for freedom from material responsibilities evolves, affecting me in a calming way, as stillness clears the waves of emotions. I stop worrying.
The difficult survival of my early childhood after WWII, life-threatening illnesses, accidents, humiliations, the loss of close friendships, teachers, and the two husbands I thought I would know for a lifetime. Thoughts arise: why was I given so many life extensions till now as I approach my 71st birthday? There must be more for me to do.

I survived it all… a great deal with the help of homeopathic remedies, without which I would not have survived the many painful moments on mental, emotional, and physical levels. And because of having worthwhile goals to pursue to completion.

And realizing that—it matters less if your plans come to fruition than sharing your life with others, being useful, and always having a dream to follow…like making a meaningful film about the history and science of homeopathy, or doing a long Buddhist retreat…or continuing the daily work that I do, healing with homeopathy.

Do whatever feeds your soul: plant a garden, walk your dog, share your thoughts with friends, deepen friendships over a cup of tea.
To be able to choose is a rare jewel…. the luxury and real freedom of life.

It’s time to allow the wheel of life to unfold, to finely attune.
Keep your heart open to allow the future to reach your soul. It does not mean it won’t be hard work once you choose, but there will be fulfillment in the end.

On my way from India to the Greek Island of Alonissos, I discovered a thousand-year-old healing tea: DICTAMOS. Originally from Crete, it’s used as commonly as a household item on the islands for many complaints: colds and flus, bronchitis, digestive ailments and heart conditions…and a calming tea that works deeply on the nervous system. I drink a cup before going to bed and sleep through the night.
If you would like to try it you can find more information from: For direct contact to order please inquire with

Guidelines for the most potent use of this tea:

For inhalation, poultice and tea give one tablespoon of Dictamos leaves per 3
cups of water into a pot. Bring to a boil; let simmer for another 5 minutes.
Place your face over the pot; cover your head with a cotton towel and inhale the steam till your face becomes damp.
Pour the tea into a cup to drink, but use tealeaves for a poultice. Fill all tealeaves into a handkerchief and wring out the excess water. Place the handkerchief on the area of pain. For example on the chest in case of bronchitis, till it cools off.
You may add honey to the tea. Enjoy the relaxing and healing benefits.

The Pilgrimage

This year I completed my third pilgrimage. Twenty-three years ago I made my first attempt to circumnavigate the Holy Mountain Kailash in Tibet. Although this attempt turned into what seemed like a death experience, it was the most powerful experience of my life. Then, eighteen years ago I repeated this pilgrimage with my late husband, my protector, and we succeeded to walk around the mountain. Both experiences were challenging and transformative.
This time I thought it would be easier. After traveling over three continents to arrive in Leh, the capital of the former kingdom of Ladakh, it seemed to be easier….until I left the airport and was hit severely with symptoms from the high altitude. I was somewhat able to balance the challenging effects with my homeopathic remedies, but for a few days I was huffing and puffing when climbing the steep steps to the many ninth- and sixteenth-century monasteries I visited.

Finally arriving at the prayer field, where His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave teachings for 12 days, I was even more overwhelmed by the 150,000 pilgrims than the heat and desert or by the construction dust from the newly built roads. Pilgrims came from all neighboring countries—Sikkim, Bhutan, Nepal, India—and 4,000 western visitors from all over the world, to listen to HH’s teachings and to participate in the prayers for world peace. This was further demonstrated by the creation of the Kalachakra sand mandala, one of the most powerful Buddhist rituals, performed during ongoing prayers by ten monks all day long. A special celebration was the birthday of HH on July 6. There, politicians, high lamas and Richard Gere offered special speeches and gifts. All pilgrims were dressed in their “Sunday best” outfits with jewels, silks, fancy hats and boots.

I had my moments when I wondered if my spiritual awareness would have grown stronger in the quiet of my meditation space at home rather than enduring the hardship of suffering in the brutally hot sun, sitting cramped on a tiny stool for eight hours a day in this huge crowd…
(How big was Woodstock, another peaceful gathering?)

At the end I had a rushed glimpse of the magnificent sand mandala, while 149,999 other pilgrims waited for the same. As with other intense experiences, the deeper value often manifests later, after slowly seeping through your brain. The consciousness eventually shifts when I finally sit quietly at home, dwelling on the moments of awareness I expect to receive from such an extensive journey.

Overall it was profound, powerful and I met many beautiful people of Ladakh. Those moments when 150,000 people were praying in unity, murmuring the mantras of the Buddha with the Dalai Lama, “Om mane pad me hum” — that I will never forget. That sound of unity in the peace mantra made me especially aware of how truly fortunate I am, we are, to be reborn at a time to receive teachings from the Dalai Lama, to have the opportunity to be near and to pray with such an enlightened being.

A time for Spirit, Knowledge and Rejuvenation

I will absorb my spiritual experiences during the world peace meditations in Ladakh before writing about them…and I look forward to sharing afterwards, so stay tuned.

On my way back to the states, I will visit the Homeopathic Academy of my teacher Professor George Vithoulkas on the island of Alonissos, Greece. I have come to this place for the last 30 years to study homeopathy, and always feel advanced in my knowledge as well as rejuvenated from the wondrous peacefulness of the island.

Alonissos is one of the greenest islands in the Sporades, a chain of many small islands, not developed for tourism. And that’s why I like it. The Aegean Sea is so clear, the fish so fresh, the peaches, figs and herbs are concentrated in their flavor as no other place I can think of.

In my iBook, “Tea and Travels: Life Filled to the Brim,” you can watch a short video excerpt which I filmed of a Greek friend making an herbal tea—as refreshing to drink cold in the summer as it is healing in the winter—the Greek Mountain Tea.

For now I recommend VERVAINE TEA: boil the leaves for 5 minutes, add some honey and lemon drops and let it cool. It’s a wonderful summer drink, also soothing for the stomach on a hot day.

Year of the Wind Horse

This is the Year of the Wind Horse in Tibetan and Chinese astrology. It seems that time flies faster than usual, old plans manifest faster… or will be thrown out.

“SWIFT” is a precise word, full of quick decisions and actions. If you want to sell your house, do it this year. Next year, the Year of the Rabbit, nothing will move quite as fast. With that in mind, I refocused on introducing my book, “Tea and Travels: Life Filled to the Brim” to a wider audience.

I am a social person, but social media is still new to me. But with the help of my friends, the book may now reach you through a series of new blogs.

So I resume writing my blogs….the break is over, and I hope you follow me again.

Times have changed so much in the world of printing since I started writing. In a blink, a new world emerged in regards to publishing and my project shuffled. Although I am a person who loves to write with a Mont Blanc fountain pen, I bottled my fear of computer science with the ink, and became inspired by the opportunities of introducing my video clips and galleries of photos of my travels for the new digital book. A very different dimensional book than I ever imagined. And wonderful.

I will be reading to audiences from my dynamic, digital, lively and visually clear book, “Tea and Travels: Life Filled to the Brim,”
Friday, June 20, 2014
at the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art on Staten Island, a cultural treasure.

It must be the energy of the Wind Horse, as I fly over all my fears to present this way. We will also introduce an authentic Butter Tea accompanied by a tasting, made by a Tibetan woman. The summer afternoon will conclude with a meditational prayer to Guru Rinpoche, the second incarnate of Lord Buddha, in the shrine room of the museum.

Please join us at my reading and meditation and an invigorating cup of Butter Tea.

Summer 2013

A fulfilling summer vacation with an enlightening study program, cheerful, entertaining music, healing teas and friends on the greenest island of the chain of isles of the Sporades in Greece.

The annual teachings and educational programs about homeopathy by Professor George Vithoulkas have drawn me for the last thirty years to this lush island which is covered with more than 350 healing herbs. It’s no wonder that the International Academy of Homeopathy found its home here.

Thousands of students from all over the world have been coming each summer for the last twenty years to study with Professor Vithoulkas, 1996 Alternative Nobel Prize Laureate. This makes visiting and studying here a truly international meeting place and positions homeopathy in a global context.

I am not the type to lie on a sunny beach for long. I get restless or too lazy for my own good. But this is the perfect combination of mental stimulation and relaxation. How about you?

Between morning and evening classes there is time to swim in the crystal clear sea. I spent restful time on my veranda with my sister and friends and evenings eating delicious fresh fish from the morning’s catch.

On the mountaintop of old Alonissos lives an English, French and German community which rebuilt the old town after the earthquake’s of the ‘60s.
It is now restored to its original splendor. They are an interesting mix of people—artists, musicians, writers, great individuals whose preference is to live here yearlong rather than in rainy countries.

On one of the cooler summer evenings a fundraising concert was arranged in someone’s garden to support the local children’s school and for a doctor to control the growing population of the beautiful typical Alonissos cat, which resembles a sphinx.

Anthony, a professional musician, entertained us with his songs from the thirties to the eighties, accompanied by his classical guitar or ukulele. Under the starry glistening sky, memories evoked by the tunes created a happy emotionally relaxed crowd…. and raised funds for kids and cats.

Wishing you a blissful summer.

Drink GREEK MOUNTAIN TEA for a summer cold or cough. Just break a few branches into boiling water for a few moments. Let it steep, and drink while hot. It is also refreshing cold with ice.
SAGE TEA is great for good digestion and calming the stomach after too

much sun. Boil a handful of sage leaves, steep in water for a few minutes, add honey and relax.

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