With Spring time is full swing here in Australia I would like to share with you something that makes me happy when I get up each day. We have just passed equal day and equal night, a big event in itself, although it often goes unnoticed.
My husband's aunt used to say that people often got sick when the temperatures were rising. Going from the cold of winter to the warmth of spring can affect some people.
Also, at the end of winter our Vitamin D levels could be at their lowest. We make Vitamin D in our body from sunshine. This is why sunshine is so important. Vitamin D helps us absorb Calcium. It also helps keep depression at bay.
We always feel better when the sun shines. Because there has been less sunlight over winter some people get SADS. This is a depression that comes about because of lack of light. It is more prevalent and severe in the higher latitudes of the northern hemisphere, merely because more people live there. People live there because there is land at these latitudes. In the southern hemisphere we do not have a mass of land at high latitudes. People with SADS benefit from being exposed to a full spectrum light each day throughout winter.
Hay Fever is another illness that comes in spring. It comes about because of all the pollen in the air from the flowers and from the hot windy weather.
Enough of that - enjoy some pictures of Spring time in my garden.
Fresh apricots still on the tree
Why is food Important?
It stops our hunger
It gives us energy
Food - The Supplier of Nutrients
Do we ever think of food as the supplier of the Nutrients we need? I would think this was rarely on our mind.
I am suggesting that we should carefully select the food to eat because it supplies our main nutrients to keep our body going. Without food, we die.
In our Western society, we are very lucky that we have a vast array of foods to eat. However we do not often choose GOOD food.
Food Renews our Cells
Good food supplies good nutrients to our body. If we need some minerals to strengthen our body we do not go out and find a rock to lick for the minerals. Even if we did, we could not process the mineral in that form.
Plants are the great 'in between' processor for us. Rocks that contain minerals have worn down into soil over thousands of years. Plants then grow in the soil and their fine little root systems absorb micro quantities of these minerals from the earth.
We absorb Mineral from Plants
When we eat these plants - usually green, leafy vegetable plants - we absorb the minerals. Our body can absorb the mineral in this form.
When the soils we grow our crops in are depleted of these minerals then we need to take the minerals as supplements because we NEED minerals.
Therefore, it is just not good enough to eat, we have to select what we eat. We should select the food we eat that is good for us. We should not just choose food because it looks nice or tastes nice or it is easy to pick up and satisfy our hunger or emotional need. It should also be good for us.
We are what we eat
Keep snack food to a minimum and use it only as a rare treat. Do we want the cells of our body made from fried food, pizza, chocolate, sugar or icecream? Do we want to be forever tired?
Or do we want the cells of our body to be made of fresh, nutrient rich food that will give us energy? Your choice!
Red & green leaves on Poinsettia contain Latex
Houseplants and Latex
Sounds a funny thing to connect indoor plants to latex, doesn't it? Well, it is not all that silly.
People who have a severe latex allergy may have eliminated as many things as possible from their surroundings but who would have thought that you would have to look at houseplants as well?
The good news is that generally speaking having plants inside the house is very beneficial. There are only a few plants that affect people with latex allergies.
When people became a little more affluent a few years after WWll, plants started
to appear in homes. In the 1960s and 70s the in plants to have were a ficus and a rubber tree. If you had these in your loungeroom you were with it. They were tough, hardy plants. Before these plants made headway into our homes, not many plants were grown indoors.
In the 1920s (I'm not THAT old), the good old Aspidistra was the mainstay of indoor plants. They were just so hardy and tolerated the dim light in the homes of that era. Occasionally a maidenhair fern would be carefully nurtured but only by the more well-to-do.
There are three more common plants that people with a latex allergy should be careful of. These are Ficus, Rubber Tree and Poinsettia.
The Ficus is a large leafed plant that grows quickly. It is very hardy. However the sap of the plant contains allergenic proteins similar to the latex protein. See the connection?
The Latin name of the Rubber Tree is Ficus elastica. Do you need to be told anymore? Yes, elastic is that stretchy stuff that keeps our undies up. It can give people a rash if it is next to the skin. It is also in the sap of the plant.
When we were newly married our first home had a beautiful poinsettia tree about two metres high right outside our bedroom window. It had magnificent reds and greens. The large leaves moved gently in the breeze and sent beautiful dappled shadows into our bedroom. We always had the windows open. I wonder was it because of this beautiful tree that I spent so much time lying on the bed with exhaustion and asthma?
Poinsettia is often given as a gift at Christmas time because it has bright red leaves coming out above bright green leaves. It looks spectacular.
Some people may get strong reactions to poinsettias, either respiratory or skin rashes.
Poinsettias are in the genus Euphorbia. They are in the Spurge family. The Spurge family has milky sap. It is advisable not to get this sap on your hands. The milky sap contains the latex substances.
Euphorbia is used in herbal medicines, Chinese medicine and in Homeopathy. If your naturopath or herbalist ever suggests you have Euphorbia and you have a latex allergy, be wary. In Homeopathy, the medicine, although it starts off with the original substance, works on the energy of the plant, more like flower essences, so there will not be any of the physical plant in the homeopathic medicine.
What you can do if you have these plants
If you have these plants in your house, perhaps you can move them to an unused room. If that is still no good for you, move them outside. In Australia all these plants grow very well outside. In colder regions they may have to be in a sunroom. If they are still affecting you then give them away to someone else who will appreciate them.
I am a trained Natural Therapist, Teacher, published Author and Artist who lives on the south eastern coast of Australia.
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