We want to take a moment to truly appreciate these amazing life forms we call plants for all the healing magic they offer the human race.
We use plants for a lot more than we tend to appreciate. 74% of all medicines come from plants. As Hippocrates said “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” and you don’t need to be vegan to find plants on your plate. Beef is raised on grass, corn, and wheat. So then dairy is also a product of plants. Besides, eat your veggies! Also plants.
Spices carry heavy concentrations of anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatories, anti-microbial, and are immune boosters. Ginger is a wicked healer. Very good anti-inflammatory, meaning it can be a wicked pain medicine. Ginger is also an excellent treatment for nausea and helps boost the immune system. Aloe vera is a popular houseplant with a few gifts to its keeper. Wonderful for treating burns, but also full of nutrients if you drink the gel. Sanseveria, or the snake plant, thought of as a protective plant has many healing properties. The plant is fibrous and so has been traditionally used for bandages. A friendly man from Vietnam recently told our Horticultural Technician about his father using Sanseveria, roasted and steeped as a tea to control blood sugar!
Plants bring us peace of mind, perhaps serving as a reminder of our original home and existence. Studies show that a child’s mind is released of anxiety when exposed to green spaces, suggesting something deep and primal about our connection to plant life. Greenjeans has plants in a number of hospital settings including Blood Services and our donation of services at Cross Cancer and Wellspring. It’s these contracts where our Horticulturalists can really feel the impact of the work they do. Observing someone connecting with a sick loved one under our Ficus Benjaminia, or a tired doctor sleeping in the corner by a Schefflera demonstrates the subtle way plants sooth us. We all use plants in this manner to effect one another moods, giving flowers for the bereaved and roses for seduction, or to soothe heartache.
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