Night-flowering Jasmine, full of natural cures

We installed a flood light to see the Night-Jasmine tree in our garden at night, since the flowers shed at sunrise….This plant is native to parts of Asia. Every part of the beautiful tree is edible and full of antioxidants and amazing chemicals. The fragrant flowers fall through the day and last only for a day. When we wake up in the morning, the carpet of white flowers with bright orange-red centers greet us. The flowers, bark,  seeds, stem and fruit of the tree are said to cure viral, fungal and parasitic diseases, and contains substances which protect the liver and boost immunity. The leaves have been used to cure sciatica and arthritis in traditional medicine. 

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The tree sheds all its flowers by early morning!! The fragrance remains for a while though….

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Flowers flourish in murky waters….

My Mumma told me long ago….’try not to blame your circumstances, do your best wherever and whenever you can, the lotus flourishes in muddy waters’…… .(almost everything I see connects to her telling me fascinating things)……at that time….I had thought ‘I have the best of circumstances, why does Mum think I’ll be in terrible situations?’…..While traveling in the North-East, we came across a beautiful little pond..with pink and purple water flowers…I call them that as I can not distinguish between the lotus and the lily! we stopped awhile and sat on the grassy banks to enjoy a ‘hot beverage’ ( Sheldon Cooper’s copyright)……the only sound was of the chirping of the birds and the dragonflies as they swooped over the flowers….I peeped into the barely-visible water…..it was muddy and murky………without the mud, these flowers can not thrive, without the flowers, the water is just a muddy ditch…….

 


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Winter beauty–Chrysanthemum

Mum or Chrysanthemum flowers are ornamental and reduce indoor pollution. They are used as a garnish, and are used to make tea, soup and wine. They come in various colours and sizes. Another use is that they cheer you up on a cold winter morning.

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Leopard Stalk plant

I have never seen or heard of this plant, but ….

As Hamlet said..”There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy”.

I do hope that it’s a new discovery!! Please do let me know if anyone knows the name of this plant, heaven knows I have searched enough for the correct nomenclature and classification. This was clicked when I was walking around in the Himalayas. 

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The balloon boy

Whenever I see a child selling balloons at a traffic light, my heart tightens a little as I remember a little boy from long ago. On a winter’s day, we were out celebrating the second birthday of our child, when a little boy requested us to buy some. He was about 7 years old, wearing worn out clothes. His hair was combed back neatly and his silent eyes had unfathomable depth. I silently clutched my son closer to me and told my husband to pay for all the balloons. The balloon seller’s eyes lit up, until I told him that he could keep the balloons for himself. he reached out his tiny little hands and said, “I am not asking for money, if you do not want the balloons, please take the money back.” Tears welled up in my eyes and we took some balloons. Every now and then I say a prayer for the child on the streets, a prayer that he preserved his character of working hard, of being self-sufficient, of integrity and wisdom that went beyond his years or lifestyle. God bless him and others like him. I have bought toys and other small curios from street vendors before and after that, but nobody else touched my heart. God bless that child and his family, who must be a grown man by now.DSC08258


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Healthiest and tastiest….Plant-to-plate!

The PTP is unbeatable in health and taste….we are lucky to have a kitchen garden in which we grow some vegetables, herbs and fruits…..the Plant-to-Plate method is the best to get the maximum nutrition and taste out of anything edible….freshly plucked, cooked instantly and eaten while it is hot….it does not get better than that….our eggplants are merrily providing us a regular supply of eggplants……….we are enjoying the baingan ka bhartha…..the larger eggplants are roasted, the skin peeled away and the pulp is mashed. In a pan, desi ghee is heated, garlic, green chili, onions, turmeric and tomatoes are added and cooked, the mashed eggplant is added and cooked well. Salt is added and the dish is ready!


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Jacarandas- Himalayas

The Jacaranda tree has always been one of my favourites….to see them blossom in the Himalayas was icing on the cake for me! The vibrant trees seem more beautiful on the mountain paths……


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Great, inexpensive, easily available food

There is a lot of debate over ‘negative calories’ and ‘superfood’. While others dissect the pros and cons, let’s take a look at good food that is rich in anti-oxidants, fiber, vitamins, is easily available and doesn’t cost the earth. While some yummy food groups are either too expensive or frozen and shipped halfway across the world to you, these could grow in your own backyard or be available at a reasonable price in your town or city. At present, we have passion-fruit and strawberries growing in our home….As our ancestors told us “Fresh food wins over Fashionable food’. What are the great things you can eat, enjoy, and have health benefits ? Let’s take a look at some of them:

  1. Spinach-the recipe is given on this website.
  2. Apples-they may actually keep the doctor away!!!!
  3. Carrots
  4. Radish
  5. Almonds
  6. Tomatoes
  7. Lime
  8. Oats
  9. Green tea
  10. Broccoli
  11. Ginger
  12. Garlic
  13. Onion
  14. Spices
  15. Kidney beans
  16. Lentils
  17. Grapes
  18. Yoghurt
  19. Milk
  20. Cauliflower  
  21. Dark chocolate……who cares where this is from, it should have >70% cocoa.                                      If you can add grapefruit, berries, asparagus, good for you, but make sure it’s fresh, not frozen and thawed. Enjoy. I have not added the nutritional benefits of each, all have unique benefits, you can get in touch via e-mail for more information.

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Dandelion seed heads–Himalayas

The beautiful dandelion seed heads are also called Blowballs for obvious reasons. The plant is rather clever as it produces a cluster of seeds attached which are delicately attached to the plant, easily detached by the gentle breeze that carries it over mountains and rivers to reproduce the plant in distant locations…

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This is the only structure in nature’s bounty that I would happily help to disintegrate….


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Good lurk to you

Most stalkers are obsessed by good lurks


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