Wild carrot: the flower of “clear vision”

Wild carrot (Daucus carota L.) is native to temperate climate zones of Europe and South-West Asia, but now present also in North America and Australia. Its flower can be seen almost everywhere during the summer (it’s in flower from April to October), especially in the meadows, along the roadsides, in the uncultivated fields and more generally in arid environments, from the sea level up to abt. 1400 meters above sea level [Acta].

The flower (or, more correctly, the inflorescence), seen from afar, seems almost an insignificant one but, on a closer look, it reveals a quite astonishing complexity, looking like a lace (from which its other common name “Queen Anne’s Lace”). When the plant sets seeds, the umbrel closes upon itself assuming the form of a nest, in which a lot of insects and bugs find shelter.

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Vervain: a plant for the Spirit Warriors

The Spirit Warriors are fiery men and women that fought a thousand battles and were wounded a thousand times. Even though they operate on the plane of the physycal reality, their hearts and minds dwell in the Light, and from the Light they draw their Force and their Vision.

Sometimes, the connection with the Light becomes faint, and then the Spirit Warrior needs to find again his center and his Way. So he starts having fixed ideas and convinces himself that he is absolutely right, becoming, this way, unable to accept the defeat or his brothers’ and his systers’ Visions. Those are the people, according to Edward Bach, “that have immutable principles and ideas, that are convinced that they are right and that seldom change. They have a great desire to convert all the people around them to their own way of conceiving life.” [Bach]. They tend to make excessive efforts both physically and mentally. They can be easily  led astray by their own enthusiasm, and for this reason ending exhausted. In all things, they tend to be too serious and tense. They have often great ideals and ambitions for the good of humanity.

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Verbena: la pianta dei Guerrieri dello Spirito

I Guerrieri dello Spirito sono uomini e donne ardenti che hanno combattuto mille battaglie e sono stati feriti mille volte. Pur operando sul piano della realtà fisica, i loro cuori e le loro menti dimorano nella Luce e dalla Luce essi traggono la loro Forza e la loro Visione.

Talvolta il contatto con la Luce si fa labile ed allora il Guerriero dello Spirito ha bisogno di ritrovare la sua centratura e la sua Via. Comincia ad avere idee fisse e si convince di aver assolutamente ragione, diventando, così, incapace di accettare la sconfitta e di accogliere le visioni dei suoi fratelli e delle sue sorelle. Queste persone, secondo Edward Bach, sono quelle “con principi ed idee immutabili, che sono convinti di essere giuste e che molto raramente cambiano. Hanno un grande desiderio di convertire al proprio modo di vedere la vita tutti coloro che sono attorno a loro.” [Bach]. Tendono a sforzarsi eccessivamente dal punto di vista fisico e mentale. Potrebbero essere portati fuori strada dal loro entusiasmo, stancandosi parecchio. In tutte le cose tendono ad essere troppo seri e tesi. Sono spesso persone con grandi ideali e ambizioni per il bene dell’umanità.

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Acacia di Costantinopoli

Albizia julibrissin (fiori – flowers)

L’Acacia di Costantinopoli (Albizia julibrissin Durazz.), usata per lo più come albero ornamentale per l’eleganza e la bellezza della sua fioritura, è adoperata anche in medicina cinese e nell’erboristeria americana per la sua capacità di acquietare lo spirito e di innalzare il tono dell’umore e per trattare la depressione e il dolore emozionale (per esempio dovuto ad un lutto). La droga (cioè la parte usata) è costituita sia dalla corteccia, più amara, sia dai fiori, che tra l’altro sono commestibili da cotti (al pari delle giovani foglie).

In Cinese è conosciuto come He Huan Pi, che significa “corteccia della felicità collettiva”.

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Persian Silktree

The Persian silk tree or Silktree (Albizia julibrissin Durazz.), mostly used as an ornamental tree for its elegant and beautiful flowers, is also used as a medicinal plant both in Traditional Chinese medicine and in western herbalism for its healing properties. It calms the spirit, uplifts the mood, and treats depression and grief (for eample, due to the loss of a beloved one). Both the bark, more bitter, and the flowers (that are also edible when cooked) are used. Also the young leaves can be cooked and eaten.

Its Chinese name is He Huan Pi, that means “collective happiness bark”.

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Lattuga selvatica

La Lattuga selvatica (Lactuca serriola L. o Lactuca sativa L. subsp. serriola (L.) Galasso, Banfi, Bartolucci & Ardenghi) è commestibile in piccole quantità: poche foglie giovani vengono per lo più mescolate ad altre erbe selvatiche e verdure, alle quali conferisce gusto e pastosità. Il lieve sapore amarognolo è particolarmente gradevole.

Quando gli steli e le foglie vengono tagliati, secerne un lattice bianco che all’aria tende ad essiccare e rapprendersi, assumendo un colore bruno. Il lattice fresco sembra essere leggermente tossico, mentre quando è essiccato (prende il nome di lattucario) assume proprietà medicinali e psicoattive. Nel corso dell’Ottocento il lattucario era usato come sostituto dell’oppio (lactuca opium).

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Prickly lettuce

Prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola L. or Lactuca sativa L. subsp. serriola (L.) Galasso, Banfi, Bartolucci & Ardenghi) is edible in small quantities: few leaves (when young) are usually mixed with other wild or cultivated leaves, making a tasteful and mellow salad. The slightly bitter taste is quite pleasant.

When the stalks and leaves are cut, the plants secretes a white latex that thickens and turns slightly brown upon drying. The fresh latex seems to be sligthly toxic, but the dried one (called lactucarium) has medicinal and slightly psichoactive properties. During the XIX century, lactucarium was used as an opium substitute (called lactuca opium in Latin).

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Barbabietola rossa

Semi di barbabietola rossa (var. ‘Crapaudine’, conosciuta circa dal 1600) pronti per la semina.

La barbabietola rossa è un ortaggio estremamente interessante, in quanto, oltre ad essere gustoso, ha tutta una serie di effetti importanti sul nostro organismo.

Semplicemente mangiandola, aumentiamo la disponibilità in vivo di monossido di azoto (NO). Questo ci aiuta a prevenire e a gestire le patologie associate alla diminuita biodisponibilità di questa sostanza, tra cui ipertensione e ridotta funzione endoteliale.

La barbabietola è anche un promettente agente antiinfiammatorio, anche grazie ai pigmenti betalainici in essa contenuti.

[Fonte: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/…/P…/pdf/nutrients-07-02801.pdf]

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Red Beetroot

Red beet seed (var. ‘Crapaudine’, known from at least 1600) ready to be sown.

Red beetroot is an extremely interesting vegetable, since, besides being tasteful, has several important effects on our body.

Simply eating it, we increase the in vivo nitric oxide (NO) availability and this has emerged as a potential strategy to prevent and manage pathologies associated with diminished NO bioavailability, notably hypertension and reduced endothelial function.

Beetroot is also being considered as a promising therapeutic treatment in a range of clinical pathologies associated with inflammation, also due to the betalain pigments it contains.

[Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/…/P…/pdf/nutrients-07-02801.pdf]

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Nettle seeds

Stinging Nettle’s has a remarkable ability to rebuild and restore. Dried immature seed, when taken (chewed well, or ground) orally, promotes a sense of clarity, wellness, heightened energy levels, reduced stress and seemingly increased lung capacity. They are especially effective for those suffering from severe burnout, resulting in profound fatigue, brain fog, chronic pain and alternating feelings of depression and intense anxiety. Nettle seed can lessen all of these symptoms, and sometimes eliminate them completely.

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