Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Relax at the Nancy Bryan Luce Herb Garden in New York

A bustling City like New York City, with it's towering buildings and asphalt, and masses or people going from place to place, needs some tranquil escapes, and that is what the Nancy Bryan Luce Herb Garden provides New Yorkers in the New York Botanical Gardens (NYBG).

This lovely bit of natural beauty is healing to the body through spending time among the plants in a different way that taking them internally can be when used properly.  There is a synergy between body and nature that takes place in this oasis in the asphalt jungle.

Listen to this poem inspired by the garden, or leave the sound off and catch glimpses of the garden as you view the video below: 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

How to Use a Neti Pot

Traditionally the Neti Pot is used each day, just as you would brush your teeth and comb your hair. My husband and I use ours as we need them.  

Traditionally each member of the family had their own Neti Pot for sanitary reasons.  After I purchased mine, and told my husband how well it worked, he purchased one too. They give natural relief by washing out the sinuses.  The Neti Pots that we purchased came with saline packets in the box, I believe they were from Walgreens.

It's not hard to flush the sinuses with a Neti Pot, and the relief makes it so very worth the effort.  It has saved us from taking pain killers for sinus headaches many times.  

Here is what I do:
  • Use body-temperature pure water...don't use water from the tap, make sure that you boil it if it is from the tap and cool adequately.
  • Fill the Neti Pot to the bottom of the spout opening and add the saline powder as suggested in the instructions.
  • Tip the head to one side over your sink, cover the top nostril opening with the spout opening and slowly pour the liquid into the nostril. DO NOT BREATH IN.  You may have to maneuver your head a bit, tipping it slightly forward, etc., until you get it to flow up into the sinus area and out the other nostril.
  • Clear the sinuses by gently blowing using tissues, etc.
  • Do the whole process again for the other nostril. 
  • Swish the sink clean
Too much saline/salt powder can cause this to burn, I tend to use half the suggested amount, my husband uses a whole packet...the ones that come with the brand we purchase. 

Image: wikimedia commons

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

The Synergy of Catnip and Fennel

Before I begin sharing the synergy that exists between Catnip and Fennel, I feel it only right to tell you that the image of Catnip that you see here was taken from a website that offers seeds and plants, it is not my personal photo.  After you read this post, you can visit Organic Heirloom Plants for more information. I received no compensation for sharing this.

At one time I had Catnip in my garden along with the Oregano, Lemon Balm and Mint plants that still remain.  They are all in the same family, and all love to spread and take over the garden if they can.  But our soil in the area where they grow allows for healthy plants, but is not of a quality that lends to spreading.

I have never grown Fennel. 

Fennel is a very fragrant feathery-leaved plant that is often used as a garnish. It smells much like anise or licorice. The full plant that you see in bloom here is a wikimedia commons photo.  The base of the fennel plant has a large bulb that is above ground.  These are available in food stores to be used in recipes.

As for the coming together of Catnip with Fennel, herbalists combine the two to benefit both the nervous system and the digestive system.  The same properties that please cats are calming to the human body. 

If you are not sensitive or allergic to either fennel or catnip, this can be soothing to spasms in the colon and intestines.  

Some have used this combination for colic.  In fact I wrote a post years ago about this.

If you would like a fact sheet about this combination, please comment and request one, I will not post comments that contain requests...all comments are moderated.

If you have used Catnip and/or Fennel medicinally and would like to share your experience, please do share in a comment.