If you’ve ever wanted to grow and process your own herbal remedies, I’ve got great news!
You still have time to join medical herbalist Chanchal Cabrera in her never-before-offered 7-week video training, Growing Your Own Herbal Medicine.
Chanchal’s second class is this Tuesday, July 10, at 5:00pm Pacific. When you enroll, we’ll send you a link to access the complete video and audio recordings of the first class session, as well as the full transcript.
In the following 8-minute video clip from her first class, Chanchal welcomes you to the training and shares what you can expect over the seven weeks...
“We’re going to be very practical and very pragmatic in looking at useful, applicable information for making herbal remedies. That includes growing, harvesting, drying, processing, and storing the plants, and then how to manage the plant medicines once they’re in the dispensary.”
In this information-packed video training, you’ll actually spend time with Chanchal in her apothecary garden, in her flower garden, and in the nearby forests so you can actually see what Chanchal calls “the stars of the show” — the numerous herbs, vegetables, and flowers growing there.
You’ll also join Chanchal in the dispensary attached to her clinical practice to see where she compounds and formulates medicines for patients…
And you’ll explore the identifying features and uses of plants and what’s required to make them good medicines…
This 7-week training is for beginner, intermediate, and advanced herbalists who want access to information that isn’t taught in standard herb classes or books.
As Chanchal explains…
“There are a lot of good teachers in classrooms and on the internet who can tell you about herbs for the immune system, herbs for the heart, and herbs for women’s health…
“And it’s very important and very useful information, and I teach a lot of that too, but what nobody is really teaching is what I think of as the “backstage” — the tips and tricks of a practicing medical herbalist.”
Chanchal is also a passionate advocate for nature’s calming and curative benefits — simply being in their presence is healing and rejuvenating. Too many people, she says, suffer from Nature Deprivation Disorder.
If you enjoy spending time in nature, and basking in the restorative atmosphere of forests, wildlands, and other natural areas, you’ve experienced firsthand that plants can put you into a state of deep communion with the natural world.
Truly, she says, "plants are to people as water is to plants — simply indispensable".
Watch and listen here to discover more
Your Life as a Herbalist Begins Now with Chanchal Cabrera
International Bee Day 2018 is April 29. Let's add colors to bee’s lives in replanting flowers and plants they like. If you don’t have a garden, add some plants or flowers on your balcony and a small cup of water for bees.
Latest reports were telling that agricultural plays an important role in the development of the health of honeybees. It was found out that the overall health of honeybees is greatly influenced by production in agriculture.
Many of our native plants require pollination to spread their seeds from plant to plant, and we depend on bees for agricultural production.
They also provide a way to reconnect with nature. By keeping bees in our garden and farms, it's a way for us to engage with our natural environment.
Everyone should contribute to the survival of bees
Bees are important not only for their production of honey but also for the survival of our natural foods. Bees and other pollinators are part of our important eco-system allowing us to enjoy fruits and vegetables.
Since regulators and politicians can play an important role in forbidding pesticides and promoting natural pest controls, then everyone has an important role to play in the protection of bees and pollinators.
The lack of fragrant flower fields on Earth is becoming a real problem for the bees.
Replanting flowers on the planet will also support the bee’s work.
The Perfume Industry should take a huge responsibility in the current decline of bees. Perfume used to be made from flowers and there were thousands of flower fields all over the planet giving work to millions of people. Since the chemical industry took over the cosmetic industry, flower fields have been replaced by synthetics and brands are giving consumers the image of flowers instead of real flowers.
Bees have a very powerful sense of smell, 100 times more powerful than a human’s.
Honeybees use their antennae to detect odor. According to research by the National Institutes of Health, published in the "Genome Research" journal, honeybees have 170 odor receptors, or chemoreceptors, in their antennae. This is high for an insect -- fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) have 62 receptors and mosquitos (Anopheles gambiae) have 79. The honeybee’s sense of smell is so sensitive that it can detect the trace of a scent in flight. This ability equips the bee to effectively and efficiently locate pollen-rich flowers. Once the scent is detected on the antennae, the bee’s hypersensitive olfactory path processes the information, enabling the bee to determine the relevance of the scent to their search for pollen. Honeybees use their sense of smell to locate other bees and for finding food as well.
In contrast to their highly developed sense of smell, the bee’s sense of taste is somewhat basic. They use their tongues, which contain taste buds, to detect sour, bitter and sweet -- the same range of taste detection that humans use -- but since they gather lots of information from smell, enabling them to taste before the pollen touches the tongue, they’ve effectively done all of the research necessary before the sustenance reaches their mouths. Since bees provide benefits to plants by means of pollination, plants have not evolved any defense mechanisms against bees. This means that no plants produce distasteful or harmful pollen.
In asking for Natural Perfumes, you can help the bees
In asking for Natural Perfumes, you can help change the whole perfume industry distribution chain. Asking for Natural Perfumes is, in effect, is asking the perfume industry to return to replanting flowers and plants instead of producing synthetic copies of flowers for perfumes in laboratories.
Creating our own little garden could also be a beautiful gift for bees.
Gardens are healing since plants have beneficial effects on human beings. Creating our own gardens in our back yards or on our balconies will help us to reconnect with nature and make a beautiful invitation for bees and other pollinators. Bees can also be thirsty, so add a small cup of water for them.
As strong thoughts are very powerful too, meditate for the bees and visualize them in their full happiness.
Join us every year on April 29 to celebrate Bee Day. Send us your activities for Bee Day and we will publish them.
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Today we are disconnected from nature and need to reconnect. Our bodies are calling us to react and we feel we need to reconnect.
The best way to Reconnect with Nature is to look for Nature in everything. This takes a little bit more time since we first need to determine what is natural and what isn't. To do this, products have to have traceability, which allows us to find true natural products before our purchases are made.
Here are the 10 Best Ways to Reconnect with Nature
Other related article: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/21/access-nature-reduces-depression-obesity-european-report
Your garden is your next pharmacy. In the past many women were perfumers and healers at the same time. They cultivated their gardens, obtained the essence of plants and flowers by distillation, maceration or enfleurage. You can learn all of these techniques and become a natural perfumer.
Take a Natural Perfumery 6 month extensive online course and learn about the healing power of nature.
Students taking this course in Botanical Perfumery can have confidence in being instructed in a curriculum that has been thoroughly reviewed and approved by the International Perfume Foundation (IPF), the leading authority on natural perfume's health benefits, history and heritage for more than 23 years.
Students completing the IPF Certified Natural Perfume curriculum will receive a Certificate of Completion from IPF.
After completing the Natural Perfume curriculum students will receive a year's Membership to IPF. Graduating students will be able to apply to IPF for Natural Perfume Certification and join the growing family of IPF Certified Natural Perfumers.
The Natural Perfume Academy is registered and recognised by The International Perfume Foundation.
To Apply: http://www.naturalperfumeacademy.com/mod/page/view.php?id=3481
IPF is pleased to announce the selection of Rosemary Moore as Director of the IPF Healing Garden Program.
Rosemary, an IPF Certified Natural Perfumer and garden expert from the English Gardening School and Garden for the Soul, brings a life-long commitment to improving people’s lives through reconnecting people with nature and healing gardens.
As part of the International Perfume Foundation’s Reconnect with Nature Campaign, we have developed the IPF Healing Garden, which involves working with plants, flowers, and soil allowing children and adults to experience the senses, to reconnect with nature by growing and utilizing their own Healing Gardens, and to benefit from the many healthy features of nature and gardening.
Finally cities are deciding to have their own Healing Garden.
The Singapore's Healing Garden showcases over 400 varieties of plants used medicinally.
It is laid out thematically relating to component parts of the body such as head, respiratory and reproductive systems.
Spread over 2.5 hectares, this garden is designed as a tranquil retreat with medicinal plants traditionally used in Southeast Asia as the main focus.
Singapore invites us to immerse ourself in the beauty and serenity of the Healing Garden, and discover the power of plants to heal and enhance our quality of life.
Mosquitoes are insects that have been around for more than 30 million years. And it seems that, during those millions of years, mosquitoes have been honing their skills so that they are now experts at finding people to bite. Mosquitoes have a battery of sensors designed to track their prey, including:
Something with this many sensors sounds more like a military aircraft than an insect. That's why mosquitoes are so good at finding and biting you.
Fragrant plants confuse mosquitoes’ chemical sensors and stop them from finding you. Natural Perfumes are your best friends to protect you from mosquitoes! This is one more reason for creating your own Healing Garden! Choose your plants.
The benefits from contact with nature are now so well documented that they’re showing up on the health care industry’s agenda, and protecting nature can be seen as a public health strategy.
NATURE IS RESTORATIVE; that’s practically a truism to anyone who loves the outdoors. The effects start within minutes and can be long-lasting, even transformative, when nature works on us over the course of days or weeks. Scientific research now confirms what we already know: We become more relaxed, more open and friendly, and more creative, with better memory and concentration, after being in nature. Nature lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, and bolsters our immune system. In fact, the benefits from contact with nature are now so well documented that they’re showing up on the health care industry’s agenda, and protecting nature can be seen as a public health strategy.
The American Public Health Association now urges health practitioners to advise patients to spend more time in nature for exercise and play, and has called for more green space in school yards, medical facilities, and in urban design. Meanwhile, an international movement called “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” has taken root in more than 30 countries.
Reconnecting with Nature is also to be Grateful to Nature
NATURE IS GIVING, it always give without asking something back. Have you ever think about this? Everytime you come back from a parc or a forest, you feel better, relaxed.. Next time you receive from nature, just think about it and say "Thank You!".
ITS SUMMER TIME - ITS FLOWER POWER CAKE TIME!
Viola-type flowers, Calendula, Roses, Rosehip, Dandelions, Carnations, Lavender, Cornflowers, Pea flowers, Day Lilies, Chamomile and many more...
1 1/2 cups almonds,
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
2 tbsp hemp seeds
12 fresh dates (medjool), pitted
2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
1 tsp sea salt
Filling & Topping Ingredients:
1 ½ cups raw cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours, longer if you have the time
2 organic lemons, juice & zest
1 tsp grounded vanilla powder or 1/2 vanilla pod
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup honey or agave nectar
1 tbsp rosehip powder (optional)
2 medium size pomegranate, seeds
1/3 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 lime, juice
Organic & edible fresh flowers!
Making the crust: Grind nuts and seeds in a blender or a food processor for about a minute. Add dates, coconut oil and sea salt and run the processor until it all comes together. Flatten it out on the bottom of an 8-inch non-stick spring form. Store in the fridge while you make the filling. Clean blender or food processor well.
Making the filling: Warm coconut oil and honey in a small saucepan on low heat until liquid. Whisk to combine. Place soaked cashews, lemon juice and zest, vanilla, coconut oil, honey and rosehip in blender or food processor and blend on high until very smooth (this make take a couple minutes so be patient). Pour the filling over the crust and place in the freezer for 30 minutes or until set. Clean blender or food processor well.
Making the topping: Place pomegranate seeds, raspberries and lime juice in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour the topping on top of the cashew filling, place the cake back in the freezer for about 30 minutes.
Serving the cake: Remove from freezer 30 minutes before eating. Decorate the cake with fresh organic flowers. Run a smooth, sharp knife under hot water and cut into slices.
Plants are the foundation of civilization and culture. They created the biosphere of the earth's surface, and they regulate its functions. Plants are the ultimate source of all health and prosperity; they feed us, give us clothing and shelter, provide fuel, fiber, and countless other necessities. Every breath we breathe is the breath of plants, which supports all life. Plants are the origin of medicine.
When healing an illness, there is often relatively little that doctors and patients can do to directly produce optimum functioning of human physiology. Plants, however, provide the biochemical and nutritional compounds that assist the body's internal ecology and promote its innate homeostasis and equilibrium. Phytonutrients nourish the organs, support the tissues, and enhance immunity, while the medicinal constituents of botanical species detoxify metabolic waste and xenobiotics (harmful foreign substances). No synthetic pharmaceutical drug can perform these functions.
Similarly, there is relatively little that people can do to reverse global warming, to stabilize disturbed weather patterns, or to detoxify environmental contamination. But plants do all of these things. They cool the planet, help regulate the seasons, recharge groundwater, restore soil fertility and stop erosion, regenerate the ozone layer, bind atmospheric carbon dioxide, and purify the toxins we put everywhere. Plants perform the same crucial functions in the outer environment as they do in the inner environment of the body.
Authors are gardening experts in a variety of categories including distillation, plants healing and cleansing properties.