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I beg your pardon, I never promised you a rose garden…

Now is the time to pick some rosa canina which is commonly known as dog rose and a magical plant. Its main ingredients are: vitamin E, essential oil, vitamin C, organic acids, tannins, pectins and especially carotenoids bioflavonoids, natural pigments from the important antioxidant.

In medicine its internal use is in cases of colds, flu, gastritis and diarrhea. The fruits are used to prepare syrup, used as a food supplement, especially in the diet of infants and used by the pharmaceutical industry as a flavoring of medicines. The fruit extracts are added to the tablets of Vitamin C.

At this time of year we pick the leaves and buds and dry them to make tea. Herbal teas, decoctions and infusions made with leaves, flowers or rose hips roots are recommended for colds and infections, as well as being a mild decongestant and toning; the rose hips are also attributed immunostimulant properties and antiallergic.

 


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Why it’s important to connect to NATURE

Why it’s important to connect to NATUREhere exists e lack of information. You might want to say: Hold on! We live in the information age and considering the internet we can say that we ARE the evolution of technology, so how the heck can there be a lack of it? And I say you are right. However, this is the paradox of our time: we can create an enormous network of data sources and in no speed exchange information, but we do fail to connect to the one thing that is actually natural to us: nature.

I recently stumbled upon a book by Galina Schatalowa whom particularly German raw food activists will know very well. The book Fylosofyya zdorovʹya, 1997 (The Philosophy of Health) has been, luckily, translated into German and is an approach that brings together scientific research, practical experience and a holistic perspective about health. Without going into details I want to share what I found fascinating. Schatalowa explains that the major characteristic that distinguishes her approach of natural healing from any other system is its intense use of natural information. In this context I thought of the importance of connecting to NATURE and that we cannot forget that the exchange of information not only determines the life of human community, it is also a condition for the existence of living organisms, the living matter at all.

Unfortunately, today the exchange of information between nature and human beings has a less important role. The information we get is based on the fact of socialization per se, of being part of a human society. Only a small portion of the information comes from nature. However, we need to bear in mind that hundreds of thousands of years ago the sensory organs of human beings have been programmed for the accumulation and processing of information directly from nature. Who thinks that it does not matter for our eyes and ears what type of natural data they receive is very much mistaken. The self-isolation from nature of the modern man results in a chronic lack of information, and is reflected in his physical, but especially in its mental health.

New technology means of course progress and new innovations which I am totally in favor of. However, we do let us distract ourselves from the ringing, vibrating and buzzing of our phone, tablet, TV and computer. Right now I do work at my Laptop and I don’t want to miss this commodity but I need to get away from it and find my balance in nature. How else can I listen to my body signals or to what my body needs during e.g. winter or summer? How it reacts to humidity or dry weather conditions? What is the effect of eating meat vs being vegetarian or vegan? Is there a difference in life quality in the smog of a city or the clean air in the countryside? … I need to find tranquility in order to be capable of hearing what my body is telling me.

I, on the other side, decided to be very caring and loving with my body. I respect my body, my health, my fitness because there are two great attributes I cherish very much which Galina Schatalowa also highlighted to explain that we human beings need them in order to be “guardians of life”: reason, which increases our knowledge and gives us the ability to see far ahead, to foresee the consequences of our actions (what we eat or drink), and benignity that manifests itself in our willingness to share with others the most valuable thing we have – our knowledge. In this respect I really appreciate the internet and the new technologies we have. We can share knowledge and be also inspiration, and hopefully, give impulses to (in my case) connect to nature in order to find our balance.

 


 


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Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme 

It is the matter if the heart to promote a life which is a more genuine and direct contact with nature all the while believing in the very measures we take in order to grow, collect, consume and share what nature has to offer us. And this I take very seriously! So after day at the beach at the Garda lake (lago di Garda, Italy) we went up in the Venetoan mountains and looked for some wild herbs.

Initially we wanted to find wild thyme. What we found is Satureja montana which is commonly known as the winter savory. It is most often used as a culinary herb, but it also has marked medicinal benefits, especially upon the whole digestive system. Of course, this inspiring herb will be used for some cooking an drank as an aromatic herbal tea.

  

  

  

   
   


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Pura Natura – what nature offers and we take (literally!)

This will not be another recipe on jam but only a little note on what I love about the countryside. Of course, if you have your own garden and you cultivate vegetables, fruits and herbs you (depending on the size of your land) have more than enough to live almost self sufficient. Summer is the best time to just take what nature has to give.

Nevertheless, if you happen to drive through some small villages with acres of wild grass fields in your right and cows and an abandoned apple tree full of its delicious fruits, you cannot not stop and pick them, right? Let’s say, your inner child is awake and you feel the urge to do something little crazy as to steal apples! Let me tell you: the jam tastes even better! 🍏🐛