A China Royalty Gift for Father's Day
by Vennie Chou
Every spring I wait for the “Spring Thunder and Lightning “. When I was a kid, I was told by my po-po ( grand ma) that the Spring thunder and lightning wake up all the insects and animals from hibernations. Humidity and heavy rain follow after the Spring thunder, and it is usually in June, Father’s Day month.
Coming from a tropical city, I experienced those heavy rain... and those annoying mosquitoes and black flies and many pests insects. In many traditions, people would throw copper metals, like copper pennies in ponds and wishing wells. By doing so, mosquitoes would not lay eggs in those ponds and waters, as the eggs would not survive. During this period in China, for thousands of years, people would hang wormwood outside their doors and windows to keep the pesty mosquitoes and bugs out. People made and carry sachets and pouches so they would not be bitten by the bugs, as sometimes the bugs often carry diseases. In fact, the sachets were given to the empresses by the emperor in history to protect the Chinese royals.
Father’s Day is just around the corner, and many fathers like to go fishing or hiking , golfing or other outdoor activities. I would like to share this recipe containing the herbs that are used traditionally in sachets to keep one from insect bites. Insects do not like the scents of these herbs...in fact, some says insects are afraid of these plants.
Here is what I put in my sachets: (10 grams of each herb)
Wormwood ( 艾草）
Cloves ( 丁香）
I put all these dried herbs in a blender and ground them into smaller pieces/ powders. I stuff the grinds in a sachet. The blend smells so beautiful... it is subtle with a hint of joy ( from the peppermint). This is a much better choice than the chemical insect spray.
Fathers can carry the sachets in their pockets. In addition, one can smoke these herbs to keep bugs away when outdoor. Amazingly, most of these herbs are harvested during this Spring rain time. It is almost a gift from Mother Nature for us to use.
I made a big sachet for my father and I placed it in a pouch made from Fish leather... Process of tanning fish leather is a very old technique and does not use toxic chemicals. Fish leather is tanned using tannins ( often use teas and tree bark, like cedar). The leather can be dyed using berries and plants. I collect fish skins from restaurant wastes（ saved for me by chefs) when I need them.
I hope this can inspire everyone and making that human-plant connections! I wish all the fathers a healthy and fun day on Father’s Day!
Almost every country in the world celebrates Mother’s Day.
Many countries, such as the US and Germany recognize May 9th as Mother’s Day this year. France celebrates on May 30th and Kenya on June 27th. Several other countries mark the day during the month of March.
Regardless of when you celebrate this very special person, nothing could be more fitting than to give the mother or mothers in your life the gifts of Mother Nature and their amazing benefits of wellness and happiness.
Here are a few ideas that can help mothers Reconnect with Mother Nature:
VanDusen Botanical Garden is jointly operated by the City of Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation and the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association, a charitable non-profit organization. The two organizations have worked together for more than 40 years under a shared vision of making the Garden cherished locally and renowned internationally.
Public art, lectures, seasonal blooms, family adventures, courses and other events are inviting visitors to discover the healing power of nature.
Vancouver Botanical Garden is so beautiful during fall, we could not resist sharing these pictures with you.
Author and Pictures Rosemary Moore
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“The garden is a sacred place that allows people to Reconnect with Nature.
Poesie is recreating lost Paradises,
where only science and technics cannot succeed.”
Marcel François, Founder Bouknadel Exotic Garden
The Exotic Garden is at 12km from Rabat, on Kenitra National Road where Marcel François, a French horticultural engineer, started creating his garden on a flat 4,5 hectares of flat land.
It is truly an invitation to travel with plants originating in China, Southern Asia, Savana, Congo, Japan, Brazil or Polynesia and demonstrates an allegory to diversity with scenes such as luxurious flora contrasting with arid landscapes.
It is a generous work of art from someone who loves Morocco and donated his gardens and house to the Moroccan Government. The Bouknadel Exotic Garden is supported by the Mohammed VI Foundation for the protection of the Environment.
“Le jardin est un lieu sacré qui permet de se reconnecter avec la nature
C’est la poésie qui recrée les Paradis perdus,
la science et la technique seules en sont incapables»
Marcel François, Fondateur des Jardins Exotiques
C’est à 12 Km de Rabat, sur la route nationale de Kenitra que Marcel François, ingénieur horticole français a acquis en 1951 un terrain plat et nu d’une superficie de quatre hectares et demi.
Son jardin est une invitation au voyage avec des plantes et des jardins évoquant la Chine, l’Asie méridionale, la Savane, le Congo, le Japon, le Brésil ou la Polynésie.
Une allégorie de la diversité avec des ambiances contrastées alliant flore luxuriante ou paysages arides… Une œuvre généreuse d’un amoureux du Maroc qui a cédé ses jardins et sa demeure au gouvernement marocain. Les Jardins Exotiques de Bouknadel sont soutenu par la Fondation Mohammed VI pour la Protection de l'Environnement.
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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.
Authors are gardening experts in a variety of categories including distillation, plants healing and cleansing properties.