Sharing some of our late Summer delights.
So much Gratitude to the beautiful Gardens here at Ceratonia.
Sharing some of our late Summer delights.
Wow, as always the plants give us so much Joy and Strength.
Gratitude, Love & Celebrations!
Above is Dodonaea viscosa in flower. See my little video on youtube: https://youtu.be/VbjQjKCXBds
Pomegranate - Romã
All parts of the plant can be made into medicine. Herb of Mercury.
Fruit, seeds, rind, leaf, bark & root.
Energetically the taste is sweet, astringent and sour. It has a heating energy.
Is light and unctuous.
Super balancing and in Ayurvedic medicine Pomegranate helps to balance all constitutions and is very beneficial to both women and men.
It signifies abundance and eternal life.
Overall the herb is a brain tonic and helps to increase intelligence.
Overall nourishes the nervous system. Deeply relaxes and releases tensions.
Any Inflammation in the digestive tract, respiratory, muscular skeletal and circulatory systems.
All parts are aphrodisiac!
Dye from flowers. 100s of years of documentation mostly the flower was left to fruit!
However the flowers have very similar actions to all other parts of the tree. And certainly reports show infusions of the flowers for vaginal discharge, coughs and fevers have been documented.
Flower essence\Vibration of the whole tree
Enhances intuition, harmonises and balances feminine energy on all levels, supports change at a deep level.
For female power, vitality, freedom, creativity and choice.
Helps resolve conflicts where there is an imbalance between career and family life, feelings of confusion, exhausted, being compromised and not feeling fulfilled in either role.
Helps to balance feminine creativity. Helps women see their destiny and choices more clearly
Helps us to celebrate all aspects and phases of being a women. Helps us to heal any hurt or traumas in our relationships with women. Especially good for those that find it difficult to give or receive maternal support due to lack of nurture as a child.
It helps when we try too hard and get nowhere because our commitment is not really in it!
With digestion overall helps increase function. Eases inflamed stomach and intestines, colic, irritable bowel and dysentery, diarrhoea also with mucus and blood and its carminative action helps with wind, bloating and digesting foods. Specific for hyperacidity and associated nausea.
Because of the drying action best not to take in constipation.
Strength the gums and heals mouth and throat ulcers. Can help prevent plaque on the teeth. Great for sore throats.
Heart and circulation protective: especially good in inflammatory conditions where repeated inflammation damages the inner lining of the blood vessels.
It is a blood and heart tonic and reduces internal bleeding
Great for high blood pressure, capillary fragility, angina and an ageing heart where heart failure can occur.
Healing action on hot burning pains. Toning and a very balancing, nourishing herb.
Good in arthritis and rheumatism.
A great herb in menopause, gives a boost to our oestrogen levels, is a Yin tonic, giving strength and nourishment and deep inner peace. Helps to cool and settle flushing and burning heat.
Pomegranate excellent in cystitis and any bladder disturbances,
excellent for bladder toning.
Powerful immune boost chemo protective. Anti cancer action most research so far for prostate ca. Also for benign prostate problems.
Increases semen and overall tonic to male system.
Drinking unsweetened pomegranate and cranberry juices will help physical and emotional cleansing.
Tapeworm need to have a couple days fast and then make a decoction of the fruit and peel.
The rind can be decocted and used as a skin wash especially for acne\spotty greasy skin.
Rind is astringent. Dry the peel and leaf anti bacterial and worms. In Morocco the rind is also used in tanning and dyeing leather goods, giving a unique yellow colour.
A decoction made from peel, bark or leaves can be made into a douche to help clear smelly vaginal discharges-could be infection or not.
Harvest fruit and bark in the autumn.
Powder the leaves and take internally or externally on wounds. Can also powder flowers and rind as needed.
Records since 200BC showed reproduction rates were decreasing and although abortive herbs are mentioned it seems more likely that herbal contraceptives were being taken in herbal\food forms.
A few different herbs are mentioned to prevent conception from taking place and Pomegranate is one of them
(Dill, Rue and Juniper are also mentioned for this use).
I am just sharing information here not giving contraceptive advice!!!
Persephone, wife of the Greek Hades, was the daughter of Demeter and Zeus. As was Hades, she represented both light and dark. Changing Seasons.
Pomegranate is one of her allies.
Often Pomegranate is depicted in artwork around Persephone and others links to Pomegranate are Aphrodite goddess of love and the Empress in Tarot.
Pomegranate has been associated with ritual and ceremony. Example in Persian, Jewish & Chinese cultures especially in weddings, fertility, agriculture and for the first male born in a family. Many cultures working with Pomegranate to purge the system of hatred and envy.
The fruits have been a part of the design in clothing, architecture\stone work for thousands of years. Examples have been found in King Solomon’s Temple, embroidered on the hem of the High Priest’s garments and in Renaissance in Italy.
Anthelmintic or vermifuge meaning kills intestinal worms. Very good in Pin and round worms esp when make medicine from the peel.
Protective, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, oestrogen action
Seeds are demulcent soothing.
Very important Ellagitannins polyphenols which have anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antioxidant, prebiotic, and cardioprotective properties.
These polyphenols are found in many berries.
Anthocyanidin high in the fruit is very protective of the heart and all aspects of circulation. Also Anti-inflammatory.
High in Vitamin C, Calcium, & Potassium. Also contains a range of B vitamins.
Sterols known as estrone especially found in the rind.
Triterpenes strong antioxidant. Found to help prevent diabetes and diabetic complications. Also deep wound healing actions.
Pelletierene Alkaloids found in the roots are very strong and are the main agent that kills the tapeworm. These alkaloids are in the family of piperidine alkaloids which are also found in black pepper and help the bioavaibility of turmeric. IT IS ADVISED TO JUST WORK WITH THE FRUIT&RIND OF THE POMEGRANATE FOR TAPEWORM. The bark can also be used, but caution with both bark and roots and even discussion with a herbalist would be best before administering.
Dose: Drink the juice freely. With other pats of the plant: Overall small frequent amounts as needed.
Range of dose 0.5-5g per dose
Preparations: Eat or juice the fruit. Great to add to sweet and savoury dishes.
Can make a molasses or syrup with the fruit, also can dry the fruits-mainly ending up with just the seeds Powder the different parts. Decoct the different parts. Plant essence.
My personal experience with Pomegranate was drinking 1-2 whole fruits over a couple of days in an infusion which totally cleared a powerful respiratory virus some years ago.
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.