WHAT FREELY NATURE PROVIDES US

Yet we have so disconnected ourselves from the natural world; the rise of technology and industry may have distanced us superficially from nature, but it has not changed our reliance on the natural world: most of what we use and consume on a daily basis remains the product of multitudes of interactions within nature. There is no question that Earth has been a giving planet. Everything humans have needed to survive, and thrive, was provided by the natural world around us.  Food, water, medicine, materials for shelter, and even natural…

EMBRACE YOUR SOUL CONNECTION TO NATURE

In a world full of hustle and bustle in our busy high tech lives we have become disconnected from Mother Earth and more reliant on our mobile phones and less connected to Nature. This is creating in us always more common feelings of apathy, depression, weakness, and nothing good really. A separation not only with Mother Earth but also with our authentic self and basic needs. Our soul needs a few fundamental things and one of those is the need for sacred space. It also needs harmony with the greater…

GET OUTSIDE – Why it’s important to walk in nature

  Get Outside! Regular walking has a tremendous impact to human health, but there is an additional benefit if you do it in nature. We often tend to give for granted what is obvious. Fact is that people have a higher tendency of being physically active when they have easy access to green spaces. There is just something about taking a walk in the park that helps relieves stress and improve a person’s overall well-being and mood. If you think you can’t afford to take a break to go for…

HEALING HERBS: LEARN HOW TO MAKE MACERATED OILS

If you’ve got herbs growing in your garden or locally, why not try making herb-macerated oils and replace some of those cosmetic products full of petrol-chemical that are not missing in our cabinet? Macerated oils, also called infused oils, are carrier oils used to extract the therapeutic properties of a certain plant or plants. Using infused oils in any skin care preparation is extremely therapeutic, as they contain the nutritive properties from  both the carrier oil and the herbs or flowers. When making macerated oils, the most commonly used carrier…

GREAT CELANDINE: The Warts Curing Plant

Family: Papaveraceae Species: Chelidonium Majus Common Name: Celandine, Greater Celandine, Celandine Poppy   Greater Celandine is an herbaceous perennial plant with slightly hairy and tall stems (40 cm to 120 cm high). The whole plant abounds in a yellowish juice, which is emitted freely wherever the stems or leaves are broken. This juice stains and has a persistent and nauseous smell, also irritating. Leaves are pinnate with lobed margins, flowers appear from late spring to summer and consist of four yellow petals. This plant displays long, narrow seedpods plenty of…

MILK THISTLE: A Natural Detox

Family: Asteraceae (Cynareae) Species: Sylibum Marianum Common Names: Cardus Marianus, Milk Thistle, Marian Thistle Milk thistle is an annual/biennial plant that grows in dry, rocky soil throughout southern and Western Europe, and in some parts of the United States. The stem grows tall and bears spiny leaves, which are dark green in color and streaked with white along the veins. Milk thistle flowers from June to August, bearing a single spiny, reddish-purple blossom. The fruit of the plant (commonly misidentified as the seed) is used for health purposes. Milk Thistles…

HELICHRYSUM: a Very Beneficial Essential Oil

  Family: Asteraceae Gender: Helichrysum Common names: Helichrysum Italicum, Curry Plant, Immortelle Helichrysum is a perennial evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean region, where it’s been used for its medicinal properties for thousands of years. Beside this beneficial properties, mostly found in its essential oil, we value this plant for its silvery foliage, warm fragrance and bright yellow blooms. This  evergreen hardy shrub grow larger then taller. It has leaves all year round, while in flower from July to August. Established plants are drought resistant, wind tolerant and able to tolerate…

STEVIA: Your Own Calorie-Free Natural Sweetener

Family: Asteraceae Genus: Stevia Common Name: Stevia Rabaudiana, Sugar leaf, Candy leaf Stevia is a perennial herb that reaches up to 50-80 cm  in height. The oblong aromatic leaves are times sweeter than traditional white sugar, containing neither calories nor carbohydrates. CULTIVATION Germination from seed is difficult, comparing to other aromatic plants; reason why most plants are grown from cuttings rather then from seeds. The plant requires rich well-drained soil and thrives in warm humid climates. Once established, Stevia is a low water, low maintenance plant, but tender young plants are…