All posts tagged: nature

Benefits of wild birch

There’s a life lesson we can learn from the wild cultivated birch forest in South Bohemia – that all good things should be left to grow wild and free. I toured the natural Birch forests of South Bohemia in the Czech Republic with Leonard Taraba, the head of the family-run company that focuses on the wild collection of the young Birch leaves. These are used for the production of high quality extracts used worldwide in Weleda’s natural cosmetics and juices. The reason why Leonard and his team are able to extract such high quality raw materials is by their ecologically- friendly processing methods, environmentally clean localities and to healthy respect for nature. Their motto “in harmony with nature”. Benefits of Birch Birch is a silvery barked, leafy tree which is well-known for its restorative properties. Soviet countries have had a long appreciation for the medicinal power of this plant and folk healers used Birch for centuries for its diuretic effects, to assist the dissolving of kidney stones and also to treat gout and rheumatoid arthritis. …

Freedom to roam

Sweden believes its ‘Everyman’s right’ to enjoy nature. The ‘freedom to roam’ is the principle, protected by the law, that gives all people the right enjoy their natural environment. The north is mostly wilderness, foaming rivers, high alpine peaks and plains, while the south is rolling countryside and never-ending beaches. East lies Stockholm with its wondrous archipelago and the west is rocky coastline, islands and giant lakes. No wonder Swedes spend as much time as possible outdoors – most having rustic country cottages to helps them leave the week behind and escape into nature. Sweden – The land of the free Sweden is a country built on freedom and openness – the foundation for creating an equal society. Everyone has the right to take part in demonstrations, freedom of speech, free press, the right to challenge those in power as well as the openness to enjoy all areas of nature regardless of ownership. These healthy-living locals can have a cookout in the quiet forest, sleep on mountaintops, take a dip in the pristine the lakes, …

Bending the circle of life back into shape

Seeing new born nature at work with Natuurmonumenten – Holland’s largest nature conservation organization. Iwas lucky enough to join Hanne and José, two of 400 Natuurmonumenten forresters to visit the nature reserves in Pietersberg, Maastricht. Here, Weleda and Natuurmonumenten, are working together to restore nature. Sorry to share this statistic with you but only 15% of biodiversity is left in Holland. But this isn’t a sad story, if anything, the opposite. The wonky wheel doesn’t have to be the circle of life We know that we are doing some pretty damaging things to our planet. We’re a bit bent out of shape and we know we are not enjoying the smoothest of rides into the future. But what I am loving learning is it doesn’t take much to straighten ourselves out, and bend the circle of life into shape. Together we stood overlooking the perfect ‘before and after scenario’ of new born nature at work. To our left is the ENCI quarry which will be returned to Natuurmonumenten in 2020 and turned into limestone based nature. …

Digital Detox in Patagonia

The healing power of disconnecting the phone and reconnecting with nature. You’re probably wondering why you haven’t heard from me in a while… No, I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth, but pretty close too actually. After my week with the Weleda Argentina team, I took a week off from the Global Garden Journey to go on a journey of my own to Patagonia – one of the most Southern points of the world before Antarctica. Hiking the W-Trek in Torres Del Paine (Chile) and exploring El Chálten and El Calafate (Argentina) had been bucket list adventures for me and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to visit when I was so close. This part of the world is famous for its natural wonders – the highest mountains, widest rivers, gigantic glaciers and some of the flattest and wide meadow plains on earth. It’s a part of the world so naturally beautiful, it’s only fitting that nature taught me a thing or two on my travels. I learnt the power of disconnecting the …

Healing the BODY – MIND – SPIRIT

It’s no secret the human beings are unique and complicated creatures. Our life influences, our experiences, our personality and our upbringing are just some of the factors that make us all as individual as we are. And also impact on our health. I have been learning about Anthroposophic Medicine… tough word to say isn’t it! Luckily the philosophies behind it are a lot easier to grasp than the pronunciation. It’s a holistic way of looking at the health of human beings. Think of it more of as an extension to traditional medicine rather than an alternative to it. It doesn’t aim to replace conventional medicine but to take things a step further – to use the power of the body to heal itself. To heal an illness one must treat the body, mind and spirit not just the physical symptoms. This integrated way of looking at human health was founded by Austrian scientist and philosopher Rudolf Steiner (founder of Biodynamic Farming and Weleda) and developed with Dutch physician Ita Wegman. It takes on many of …