at the Nature Pod. Click below to listen to the podcast.
A real treat to go on a little walk at Ceratonia with the wonderful Suzanne
at the Nature Pod. Click below to listen to the podcast.
Spring Celebrations with Lavender 💜 Lavendula stochas ssp. luisieri
We are missing our usual intake of visitors! Hopefully that will change soon. In the meantime Click here https://youtu.be/SF-fwZTaUu0 for a little herbal walk in Ceratonia Gardens and learn more about Lavender and a few other herbs.
As I add these photos I can hear the Woodpecker very busy!
So many beautiful birds and bees all around,
Videos continue to be added to our Youtube site.
Here are a few links to the gorgeous fruit blossoms.
Below some of our gorgeous orchids
Below is the beautiful Linden Tree in gorgeous bud. Here is a little video https://youtu.be/dnilcqrnGSc
Click https://youtu.be/McwPoggIou8 to see a little film on Calendula arvensis
It has been very frosty here in the Algarve. Since we have been here we have not experienced such a prolonged frost night after night. Some plants have found it very hard and we shall see if they come back in the Spring....
The Sun coming up takes its time to thaw the earth and give the Light of Hope as we step forward with good intentions for the year. Tis the first New Moon of 2021 this morning 💛
The Plants are with us and Supporting us through these changing times.
Sending much Love and Peace as we come to the end of the year
and shift into a new Cycle full of Hope as we connect ever deeper with Nature.
Eriobotrya japonica also Mespilus japonica
Loquat. Nêspera- Nespereira
For thousands of years in Japan & China the fruit, leaves and seeds have been given for cough, chronic bronchitis, inflammation, cancers and to promote longevity.
In the Algarve the flowers come out in the Autumn and the fruits ripen in the Spring time. Making it our first harvest of the year.
The flowers in a tea have an expectorant action which is good for coughs and congestion in the lungs. Also have insect repellent properties and the fragrance is captured and added to oriental perfumes.
The flower essence:
For those who experience fear and anxiety when faced with the demands of life and seek to escape by avoiding participation in the life process and withdrawing.
The remedy assists any form of digestion, be it the digestion of food or the digestion of ones life circumstances and life choices.
Helps us manage our life when it is full of drama and uproar.
It can be very beneficial for issues that surface during adolescence that we haven't fully dealt with. Helps with travel sickness as well as for emotions which lie behind unhelpful eating patterns.
Helps to digest and process life with clarity. Standing in our true Power, at ease in taking personal responsibility and engaging in Life.
The leaves, fruits and seeds all contain carotenoids and flavonoids such as quercetin (anti-inflammatory, improves circulation and relieves tension).
Today the loquat leaf is one of the most popular cough remedies in the Far East and is the ingredient of many over the counter medicines including in many syrups.
The leaves are analgesic (pain relief), antibacterial, antiemetic (stop vomit), antitussive (stop the cough), antiviral, antifungal, astringent (healing & drying), diuretic (cleansing and restorative to the kidneys & bladder) demulcent (soothing & healing to inflamed tissue) and expectorant (removes excess mucus from lungs).
Loquat leaves are excellent for both the digestive and respiratory systems. Soothing and healing.
Young leaves excellent in tea infusions. For various skin diseases, allergies, cough, throat & gut inflammation such as in ulceration, nausea, and itching.
A decoction of the leaves or young shoots is used as an intestinal astringent and as a mouthwash in cases of thrush and also in the treatment of bronchitis, coughs, feverish colds etc.
The leaves contain ursolic acid and oleanolic acid, which both help to balance blood sugar levels, insulin levels. Cholesterol imbalances and gall bladder congestion.
The leaves are harvested as required and can be used fresh or dried.
It has been said that the hairs should be removed from the leaves in order to prevent irritation of the throat. To remove the downy underside with your nail or wash it off.
Fruit eaten raw, cooked or preserved. Cooked in pies, stews, jams, chutneys, smoothies, sauces, etc.
Dehydrate for later.
Have a slightly acid, sweet aromatic flavour.
The fruits are particularly high in beta carotene a carotenoid antioxidant, which prevents cellular damage, excellent for the skin, reduce inflammation and protect against heart disease. Blood pressure regulation and healthy functioning of the arteries. Carotenoids are also precursors to vitamin A which is essential for healthy vision, immune function and cellular growth.
Rich in phenolic compounds, which possess antioxidant, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory properties and can protect against several conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
Other nutrients are found in the fruits such as folate and vitamin B6, which are important for energy production and blood cell formation. Magnesium and potassium, which are essential for nerve and muscle function. Manganese, which supports bone health and metabolism.
Small amounts of vitamin C, thiamine (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), copper, iron, calcium, and phosphorus.
Good amounts of pectin which helps to clear the colon of toxins.
The fruit is slightly astringent, expectorant and sedative. It is used in allaying vomiting and thirst.
Many scientific studies on the fruits. For example one done on the skins of the fruits found that they significantly prevented the growth& spread of human bladder cancer cells.
PHOTO BELOW ARE DELICIOUS FRUITS TAKEN IN MARCH THIS YEAR.
Seed - cooked. A pleasant flavour. The roasted seed is a coffee substitute.
The seed contains small amounts of amygdalin, a cyanogenic glycoside. This is contained in most of the fruits of the Rose family such as apples and almonds. The more bitter the seed\nut the more of the glycoside it will contain.
Amygdalin in very high amounts when eaten is metabolised into lethal cyanide. Just to get an idea, you would need 1000s of crushed apple seeds to cause any poisoning.
Amygdalin at the right dose has health benefits such as improves digestion, heart protector, reduce high blood pressure, boost immune system it is also claimed to be of benefit in the treatment of cancer ( known as B17 also found in the famous apricot kernels).
1-2 seeds a day as a treatment is a noted dose for the Loquat seeds.
The Wood is hard and close grained and is used to make rulers and other drawing materials. Also used to make musical instruments.
Gratitude and Love to this wonderful tree.
The Mindfulness and Nature Education Summit
Daisy Mae will be speaking on this summit this weekend.
In this interview we will discuss what is an herb and
why it is important to connect with the plants and trees.
I will discuss ways in which we can connect and learn more about them:
such as Heart connection, the Green breath and
a discussion on five favourite herbs for children’s health and wellbeing.
Click the link and find out more about this free event.
Liliaceae Family- separated into the Asparagaceae family
Last week a group of us spent the morning with Asparagus albus.
What an amazing plant. Anyone living in the Algarve is probably familiar with this prickly bush!!
I am so happy to share what an abundant medicine this plant is.
The English word "asparagus" derives from classical Latin, which derives from the Greek aspharagos or asparagos, and the Greek term originates from the Persian asparag, meaning "sprout" or "shoot".
We are most familiar with the Spears of the Asparagus. These young stems are the tasty food that shoot up through the bare ground which start appearing at the end of the Winter and early Spring.
Asparagus albus is slightly more bitter than the usual Asparagus you would buy in the shops (Asparagus officinalis which is often cultivated with other species of Asparagus).
In Roman times the Asparagus albus was preferred as it was more fleshy and had this bitterness.
Asparagus has been known as a food and medicine for thousands of years. 3000BC drawings of Asparagus were found on Egyptian artwork. Ancient texts from Indian and Roman times state its aphrodisiac actions and a herb to help with fatigue.
Growing wild in all of Europe and Asia. But cultivated across the globe.
Harvest root and rhizome when ariel parts start to turn pale yellow usually in the Autumn time.
The green berries turn a beautiful red and are abundant around Christmas time. Eating more than a handful of these berries can cause some gastric discomfort. Best avoided.
The spears\stems, root, rhizomes, flowers and leaves all contain:
Carotenoids, vitamin B9 (folic acid) and vitamin C. Also vitamin E, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, Vitamin K, potassium, iodine, fibre, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, copper, carbohydrates, proteins, sodium, selenium, chromium, and polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and saturated fatty acids.
The amino acid asparagine gets its name from asparagus. Asparagine is cleansing and has a diuretic action, helping to flush your body of excess salt. Also is essential for the growth, division and regeneration of all the cells in the body.
High levels of polyphenol antioxidants, of which the most significant is rutin or vitamin P: excellent anti-inflammatory effects and help to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Another very important antioxidant group that is abundant in this plant is its Flavonoid content such as quercetin, kaempferol and isorhamnetin: Powerful anti-inflammatory actions and Heart protective. Anti cancer treatments esp colon cancer, antimicrobial incl streptococcus and antifungal.
Research has shown that the arial parts in A.albus and A.racemosus have six times higher flavonoid content than in A.officinalis.
Sapogenins, a glucosteroid which has the bittersweet taste. Higher in the roots but levels are found in the ariel parts. Many health benefits due to the diuretic, hypoglycaemic, hypochlesterolemic, galactagogue, anticancer, antifungal and anti-parasitic actions.
Fructans are polysaccharides found in the roots and spears, they have a prebiotic action increasing bifidobacteria and lactobacilli by decreasing the bacteroides and clostridia in the intestine. Also increase calcium and magnesium absorption. Increase immune strength and lower blood triglycerides thus good in cholesterol imbalance.
Asparagus contains aspragusic acid. When the vegetable is digested, this chemical is broken down into a group of related sulphur containing compounds having antioxidant action and can make your urine smell of asparagus!
Therapeutic actions of the plant, not mentioned above: Again working with the roots, rhizomes, stems, leaves and flowers
Good for many heart conditions such as high blood pressure, palpitations, deterioration of heart muscle, valvular disease.
Fluid retention, oedema, swollen ankles. Helps to clear kidney stones and gravel.
Jaundice and constipation. Liver and kidney failure. Arthritis, gout.
Diabetes, chronic bronchitis, many skin conditions such as psoriasis and skin lesions.
Convalescence, anaemia, demineralisation in any condition. Good in pregnancy.
Increased sense of compassion and harmony. Relaxing an overactive mind. Calms those under stress.
Maurice Mességué prescribed the ariel parts to intellectuals!
Culpeper 17th century herbalist writes that Asparagus is under the planet Jupiter.
Culpeper also writes that the root decocted is good for eyesight and toothache.
Also helps with cramps, sciatica, gout of the hips and all pains of the lower parts of the body. Bathing in the decocted plant can ease these pains.
He also writes that the herb stirs lust.
This is also seen in many other species of the Asparagus.
Asparagus linked with Aphrodite\Venus goddess of Love.
Indian Asparagus linked with Kamadeva the God of Love.
Asparagus has been associated with luxury, prosperity and abundance.
The flower essence expands subtle perceptions. What is hidden in plain sight.
Supportive in dispelling depression, abandonment, abuse and fear.
Dynamic for discernment and setting boundaries.
Releases subconscious debris from the aura such as childhood fears and prejudices. Allowing you to be set free from the grip of powerful presences: strong parental figures, cultural conditioning, power struggles in relationships.
Spending time with Asparagus albus, being in conscious awareness and contemplation, opening our hearts and listening to the plant the following was shared:
Purity, cleansing, clairty. Emotional relief and transformation. Releasing of judgements. Brave. Protection. Reframing of old beliefs into something beautiful.
Support us to be more aligned to our connection with Spirituality and growth.
Gratitude to this wonderful abundant medicine plant.
Moringa oleifera is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree of the family Moringaceae. Although new to me the medicine of this tree has been worked with for thousands of years in India and Africa.
All parts are medicinal. The green leaves and beautiful smelling flowers are the main medicinal parts of this tree. Infusions as well as powdered herb can be taken in smoothies. Also added to soups, stews and salads.
High in antioxidants such as Quercetin. Protein & all 9 essential amino acids, fibre, vitamins such as A, B2, B6, C, E and minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, iron.
Great for healthy skin- prevents, repairs and protects cell damage. Maintains strong bones and muscles. Cleansing and protective to the liver.
Balances blood sugar levels and cholesterol and helps to break down unwanted fats. Improves circulation, heart tonic and reduces joints pains.
Excellent for the immune system and has been shown to support those in chronic compromised states such as in cancer, diabetes and other autoimmune conditions.
Moringa is an adaptogen and so excellent in any stress induced condition. Boosts energy and helps with fatigue and tiredness. Including when associated with anaemia.
The herb is great for sleep and overactive states.
Gratitude to this beautiful tree.
See Ceratonia Gardens youtube video of Moringa https://youtu.be/DT8hUoqkTvE
Daisy Mae and Corey Smith at Ceratonia