Connecting with Nature

An inexpensive, natural healing occurs when we take our selves out into the natural world. The human body is designed to work in harmony with the Earth.

Much of the clothing we wear, the buildings we work/live in and cars we drive are creating electromagnetic fields, vibrations, sounds and polution that are actually wearing our bodies down.

One of the things we can do to counter balance this is to go out in Nature. If you click on the elf on the right side of the page you can read a brief article about how going outside can benefit your short term memory. However, it has to be green, not going outside on a city street! Below are some other interesting tidbits.

Negative Ions & Positive Ions

Negative  ions help create health in our bodies.  They counteract the bad effects of positive ions. High levels of positive ions can create irritability, fatigue, anxiety, increase inflammation in the body, contribute to asthma, heart palpitations, headaches and so on. They are created in industrial environments and emitted by many modern building materials. Florescent lights and computers are said to emit positive ions. Air conditioning will take negative ions out of the air.  Our houses and work places are rarely opened to outside air so the environment inside can become charged with positive ions and create problems. If you are especially sensitive to this you will feel better immediately upon getting fresh air.

The most relaxing and tranquil areas are filled with negative ions. Beaches, mountains, waterfalls and forests are areas where we can find balanced negative ions and drink in their rejuvenating effects.

Nowadays you can buy ionizers for your home and other products that help to create negative ions. I myself use a Biomat in my practice and for myself at home as one of it’s benefits is to increase negative ions. So, if you are suffering from any of the following you might want to think about increasing your negative ion intake! Here are some of the health problems thought to benefit from negative ion therapy.

1. Arthritis symptoms

2. High blood pressure

3. Sinusitis

4. Lung problems such as asthma

5. Cancer

6. Allergies

7. Depression, anxiety, general malaise.

8. Stress, road rage, irritability, headaches, nervousness

Negative ions are as essential for our health as food and water. Go outside and get some today!

Plants, our Healers, our Teachers

Plants have been our healers and teachers for thousands of years …….in plant years it has just been very recently that the phenomenon of “artificial everything” has occurred. Consider this, it has been proven that plants have more complex DNA than our own. Perhaps they are up to more than we think possible.

It has long been shown that plants are able to detect, react to and even communicate using chemical signals. New research is now showing that plants react to sound. The subject of plant communication has long been controversial. Cleve Backster’s work, discussed in the book, The Secret Life of Plants was often ridiculed because it was difficult to repeat results. He said this was because the plants responded differently when they knew what you were going to do. We now have more sensitive instruments and we are beginning to be able to prove that plants communicate.

One of the best books I have ever read on the healing power of plants is Plant Spirit Medicine: The Healing Power of Plants by Eliot Cowan. Two things that really stayed with me about this book were that the shamans in South America taught him that people should use plants indigenous to the area they live for their healing and that it is really the spirit of the plant that does the healing more than the physical plant.

I had an interesting demonstration of the spirit of the plant in an aromatherapy workshop I once conducted. I gave everyone a drop of pure rose oil to smell and rub on their hands and heart. We then closed our eyes to meditate and nearly everyone in the room later told me they thought I was walking around the room holding my hands off their back or head and doing energy work. I never left my chair.

Plants can Speak to You

When you spend time with plants and treat them as your equal you might find them wanting to communicate with you. This happened to me during a period of time that I had committed to spending at least three hours each day outside. I worked in my garden and talked to my plants. Part of those hours were spent doing part time work in a plant nursery learning how to propagate plants.

One day, the plants just started talking. I could hear them in my head. They told me things they didn’t like and things they needed. I was totally ignorant about plants at the time having spent 13 years on the ocean. I had no idea if what they told me would work or if it was true. I shared what I heard with the nursery owner and we found that when we followed the plants advice everything improved. We were able to save plants that were dying on several occasions.

Aside from what they needed nutritionally I found out that certain plants are friends and like to be together. I also found out that they didn’t like people working with them when they were angry or careless. We saved an oak tree that was dying at the nursery (it was in a pot) by placing it back next to another oak tree it claimed was it’s friend. It told me it wanted to be with it’s friend. I had not even known that the tree had been moved from it’s original place. I told the owner never to sell them or make sure they were sold together so they could be  near each other.

Sometimes these types of things sound crazy but our results told the story. So, the next time you water your garden take some time to talk to your plants. You may not “hear” them in your head like I did but everyone has their own way of tuning in!

 

 Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved.
Trends in Plant Science, Volume 17, Issue 6, 323-325, 22 March 2012
Towards understanding plant bioacoustics
Monica Gagliano12,Stefano Mancuso3 and Daniel Robert4

1 Centre for Evolutionary Biology, School of Animal Biology, University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia
2 Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis, University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia
3 LINV, Department of Plant, Soil and Environmental Science, University of Firenze, Sesto F.no (FI), Italy
4 School of Biological Science, University of Bristol, Bristol, UK

 1972 American Society of Plant Physiologists Abstracts, Greub, L.J. and J.M. Bostract, Plant and Earth Science, and Biology Departments, University of Wisconsin – River Falls, River Falls, WI 54022. “The Effect of Sound on Carbon Dioxide Uptake and Evolution in Crop Species.”