Lemon balm has a particularly long history of use in Europe. It was considered the herb of the goddess Diana, and the herb that assisted ancient bee keepers in keeping honey bees happy and well fed.
But there have been thousands of heritage buildings that have been restored and saved thanks to professional restoration work. These building could have easily been lost to time but where saved and restored to their original glory. Yes, the restoration process can take a long time but when you can save a heritage building, it’s worth the wait.
Comfrey is considered a premier first-aid herb. It rebuilds tissues, stops hemorrhaging and helps heal wounds, sprains, fractures, bruises and stomach ulcers.
Young German engineers on the road to solar enlightenment.
The recent 30th Anniversary World Solar Challenge held in Outback Australia proved a 3,022km journey of enlightenment for German Team Sonnenwagen.
Bali, with a population of 4.2 million people, has long been a jewel in the crown of Indonesian tourism. But suffering from the impact of burgeoning tourist numbers, a throw-away culture and poor waste management, that crown is slipping.
A little boy, maybe 4 or 5 years old, asked me about the bees. Then he saw the little star-shaped blue flowers of the borage plant nearby. I bent down and told him, “You can eat these. They are tasty and good for you.” He looked at me kind of wide-eyed and said, “Really?”
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.