some natural-, food- and spiritual- inspiration wishing you all wonderful and blessed last nights of this holy month!
Because gardening is (mostly) an easy and do-able task done together with small children, just like baking and crafting, we spent a lot of these days outside.
Being in the garden this week, planting, creating and improving our flower beds, I’ve suddenly felt the need to go in, to my nearly forgotten sewing machine, and add bags and pockets to my work-clothes. And to sew some pocket-belts for the most important utensils of a gardener.
By reusing, repurposing and recycling, out of old trousers and aprons, arose those useful garden belts, very practical for all these little things one always needs to have at hand…., alhamdulillah
Many other beautiful ideas to be found online by searching for “garden belts diy”.
Happy April, inchaallah!
Spring: being outside, digging in the earth, weekend-gardening and actually learning a lot about how to change our already organic way of living into a real harmonious and reciprocal co-existence with nature and animals, way beyond sustainability.
We’re deep into permaculture, at home and in the school, with family, professionals from around the world and with the community: https://ecolevivante.wordpress.com/category/permaculture-vivante/
Happy spring to you and yours!
The three ethical principles of Permaculture are as follows:
The Permaculture ethics compel us to take personal responsibility for our actions. We can either “choose to be part of the problem or part of the solution”, the choice is ours!
Twelve Permaculture design principles articulated by David Holmgren in his Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability:
Literature: Sepp Holzer, Masanobu Fukuoka, Bill Mollison
and more detailed articles on change from organic gardening to Permaculture:
and on Islam and Permaculture:
Since several years I use plants to cure disease and pain.
Over these years I read a lot of different books to learn about the healing power of different herbs and weeds.
And little by little, I really found “my” herbs – the favorites I know and trust in, inchaallah.
These are the four plants I prefer over all the others.
I experienced their healing effects in many cases, alhamdulillah. I can figure them out now without doubt, even in the wilderness. And the best is, they grow near to us, carying in their juices, cells and parts the very essence of the soil we live on, subhanallah. They shine with the healing benefits of mother earth and provide us with wellness whenever we need a little help – often much better and quicker than any artificial medication could do.
favorite books on herbs and natural medicine:
Maria Treben : «Gesundheit aus der Apotheke Gottes » / « Health from God’s garden »
Susanne Fischer-Rizzi: “Medicine of the earth” / “Medizin der Erde”
Susanne Fischer-Rizzi: “Mit der Wildnis verbunden”
Wolf-Dieter Storl: “Ich bin ein Teil des Waldes”
Wolf-Dieter Storl: „Mit Pflanzen verbunden“
two other articles I once wrote on the topic of natural medicine:
latin and pharmaceutical names: achillea, calendula, plantago, salvia
What are your favorite healing helpers?
happy ‘Id to all my Muslim readers, and peace and love for everyone!
wishing you a lovely celebration.
we celebrate this years ‘Id mostly with toothfriendly, natural and wholesome food and sweets
and are continuing the sugarfree and health-concious path we began to take this summer, inchaallah.
I never thought I would be able to feel so unattached to chocolate and sweets – but it is indeed a liberating feeling to know that I can live and really feel good without it, if I want, alhamdulillah.
the consistent sugar-abstinence last Ramadan made it possible for me to quit my sweet cravings and to vastly reduce our sugar intake. we also are much more aware now of how and what we eat, of our wheat-, processed-food-, fruit-, dairy-, etc consumption.
great inspiration I found in looking back how our ancestors ate, how our dear prophet Muhammad (sas) lived and what he ate, what nature offers and also from these people here and here and over there, there, there and there.
Touda Ecolodge intergrates sustainsability, innovation, respect for the environment and appreciation of the local Berber culture. Consequently, the Ecolodge is sensitive to eco tourism practices. At the foot of the M’Goun summit (4 071m), the guest house is located in Zawyat Oulmzi village at the top of Ait Bougmez Valley, at an altitude of 2 200m. The accommodation offers a mix of authenticity and modernity, you will taste the ambiance and the magic of the place. (www.touda.fr)
the Touda ecolodge is a dreamy, remote place, about an hour away from where we live (4×4 wheels car required).
it is a little gem at the end of our valley, in the area of geoparc M’Goun.
it offers delicious food, a very nice and comfortable accommodation and also an interesting little museum about Berber culture.