Common names: cinnamon, ceylon cinnamon
Actions: Anti-fungal, antimicrobial, antiviral, antiseptic, carminative, anti-spasmodic, anti-diabetic, aromatic digestive, circulatory stimulent, uterine stimulent, antioxidant
Welcome to my Botanical Reflections.
Each month I will be sharing one of my favourites herbs that I use as a Herbalist and in my personal life.
To begin the Botanical Reflections series, we have the gorgeous herb Chamomile.
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you"
- Frank Lloyd Wright
There is so much research to say that time spent in nature is so good for our mental health and wellbeing. I don’t know about you but I don’t need the research to convince me to spend more time in the natural world…. I can sense the benefits so powerfully in my body and mind when I connect with nature. I feel more energised, calm, refreshed and joyful. I notice my breathing deepens, my thoughts stop racing, my muscles relax and my heart fills with gratitude. But I don’t have to be on top of a mountain, walking in a beautiful forest or swimming in the oceans salty waters to receive the benefits. Although these are all gorgeous ways to bond with the environment; it can be awhile between bush walks or oceans swims when we are in our daily routines of work, family and commitments. There are so many other ways that we can bring nature into our daily lives. This list isn’t exhaustive but it’s a lovely place to begin…
“Wanderer, your footsteps are the road, and nothing more; wanderer, there is no road, the road is made by walking. By walking one makes the road, and upon glancing behind one sees the path that never will be trod again. Wanderer, there is no road-- Only wakes upon the sea."
― Antonio Machado
You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. – Jane Goodall
2019 has been a devastating bushfire season here in Australia, with climate change worsening the bushfire conditions.
Rainfall in many parts of Eastern Australia has been the lowest on record.
By Christmas this year over 3,000,000 hectares have been burnt and up to 30% of koala's killed in the mid-north coast fires.
It's been a brutal time for the animals, people and the environment.
Reading the news on the hugeness of the bushfires, the coral bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef and the many other effects of climate change, can make us feel helpless and unsure on how we can do anything to make a difference.
But we CAN.