The Aztecs were the first recorded to have used the Passionflower as a medicine. Spanish doctor Nicolas Monardes documented the use of Passionflower in Peru in 1569 and brought the plant back to Europe, where it eventually became widely cultivated.
Expressive, passionate, and just a little nervous, Melati, 16, and Isabel, 14, spoke for six minutes about a massive worldwide problem which has been apparent on Balinese beaches and in its surrounding oceans for decades, plastic pollution. Students of Green School Bali, the sisters have grown up on the island, experiencing first-hand how its environment has been progressively trashed.
As a child, I remember being drawn to Coneflowers’ showy, mostly purple flowers. My hands would pet their heads and glide across the petals. In high school, I worked in a plant nursery and noticed how little care they needed to thrive.
Catnip is not just for cats. It makes a nice tasty bedtime tea, and also has a number of healing properties. Catnip has a long history of use in Europe and North America.
The Romans used Thyme for melancholy, to purify rooms and as an ingredient in beer and many cheeses. During the medieval period in Europe, Thyme was also placed under pillows to support good sleep and ward off nightmares.
Mugwort is also said to provoke prophetic dreams, and is ritualistically used for purification and for clearing and marking sacred space.
The butterfly is a symbol of the soul, of enlightenment and transformation, and for some, represent the spirit of the dead. For three years, I have shared my garden with these seasonal winged visitors. And in the process of rearing them, I too have changed.
The root is considered a vegetable in many countries, and is added to soups and other dishes. And even more than its use as a food, Burdock has a long history of use as a medicine.
The Creative Arts are providing information to people about climate change and water issues. I provide a sample of sites showing how artists, filmmakers, activists and the United Nations COP 21 and COP 22 are addressing these issues.
Most people are aware that about 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered by water. This is a considerable amount. However, only about 2.5 percent of this fluid can actually be considered fresh or drinkable water.