As the weather becomes warmer and we draw towards the busy Christmas season, the amazing colours of the seasonal fruit and vegetables on the store shelves seem to be particularly vibrant. That started me thinking of the life force of the plant itself and the nourishing bounty it produces. The variety available to us is vast in these modern days where transportation is easy, so seasonal now only means that it is the appropriate season somewhere in the world. Therefore, where you can, buy local produce from your own country to feed your body what it needs. Remember, your body is tuned into the cycles too.
Everything in nature is in balance and necessary for our survival. Flowers bloom providing the nectar for bees to make honey for their survival and, in doing so, pollinate the plants we rely on for ours. Each plant is present on this planet with a particular use, purpose and health benefit; the gel in the Aloe plant is great for sunburn, for example, and coincidentally they are not found growing naturally in the colder countries. They are a succulent requiring warmth after all!
When we begin to look at it in this way, it really makes you think. The African Violet (Saintpaulia) absorbs radiation given off by computers, so it’s great to keep one on your desk. The cactus that looks like Mickey Mouse ears, Opuntia microdasys, has the same ability. Weren’t they on the planet well before computers and radiation created by man? Yet here we are, reaping the benefits of their natural makeup. Interesting.
Therefore, by following this train of thought we can see that plants provide the many types of nutrients that we require for good health. So, how can we use our fruit and veggies to maximise our health?
Juicing is an obvious answer.
We recognise that often green represents envy but, in this case, green equals stressing less. We are all far too busy and can easily get overwhelmed especially in the lead up to Christmas and the holiday season, so try this relaxing Melatonin packed drink. It will help with stress, anxiety, insomnia and the resultant headaches.
- ½ cup kale
- ½ cup spinach
- 2 sprigs parsley
- ½ cucumber
- ¼ peeled lemon
- I cup green grapes
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 tbsp. flax seed
This can be made in a blender or Nutri Bullet type of machine.
“If you truly get in touch with a piece of carrot,
you get in touch with the soil, the rain, the sunshine.
You get in touch with Mother Earth and eating in such a way,
you feel in touch with true life, your roots, and that is meditation”.
Thich Nhat Hanh
When we look after our body's needs, our body looks after us.
See all our Blogs