More than just eating…

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In Ramadan, eating becomes something very special, since we do not eat from dawn to sunset.

And eat and drink until the white thread of dawn becomes distinct to you from the black thread [of night]. Then complete the fast until the sunset. (2:187)

when the call to the evening prayer can be heard, it is just soooo good to finally fill an empty (starving) stomach after a whole day of fasting.
Our senses are much finer then, and it is incredible, how well tastes then the very first bite of a date, a fresh orange, a glass of water,… subhanallah.

But in Ramadan,  it’s not only the pleasure of taste and filling ourselves up that becomes a blessing, eating itself becomes a real act of worship, alhamdulillah.
We eat an drink then with much more conciousness and responsability, because we know, that the possibility to eat  is limited and that our bodies absolutely need certain things to feel well, to have a good energy-level throughout the day and not to feel overacidified, heavy or uncomfortable before going to pray or to sleep.

We get much more aware of the God-given duty we have to pay attention to our health and to our body as an entrusted good of which we are dependent. What agift, subhanallah!

O you who have believed, eat from the good things which We have provided for you and be grateful to Allah if it is [indeed] Him that you worship. (2:172) 

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I still breastfeed the baby during nights, so I have to make sure that I drink lots and eat enough milk-producing things like dates, oats, herbal teas, fenugreek, fennel, water.

And I make sure that the things we all eat on Iftar (breaking the fast meal in the evening) and at Suhoor (breakfast in the very early morning, long before sunrise) are healthy, nutritious, most natural, fresh and local as possible, inchaallah.

This year I try to concentrade again a bit more on sugar-free- , wholesome things and also on the Ayurveda-path Bismillah!

 

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Ramadan – with all senses

some natural-, food- and spiritual- inspiration  wishing you all wonderful and blessed last nights of this holy month!

http://tinykitchenvegan.tumblr.com

http://pinchofyum.com 

http://www.theroastedroot.net 

http://www.greenkitchenstories.com 

https://naturallyella.com

http://www.ohladycakes.com 

http://www.sugarfreemom.com 

   

Those who spend their wealth [in Allah ‘s way] by night and by day, secretly and publicly – they will have their reward with their Lord. And no fear will there be concerning them, nor will they grieve. (2:274) 

 

Allah does not charge a soul except [with that within] its capacity. It will have [the consequence of] what [good] it has gained, and it will bear [the consequence of] what [evil] it has earned. “Our Lord, do not impose blame upon us if we have forgotten or erred. Our Lord, and lay not upon us a burden like that which You laid upon those before us. Our Lord, and burden us not with that which we have no ability to bear. And pardon us; and forgive us; and have mercy upon us. You are our protector, so give us victory over the disbelieving people.” (2:286) 

DIY for the gardener



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!



 

From Organic Gardening to Permaculture

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:

  • Care of the earth
  • Care of people
  • Return of surplus to earth, animals and people

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:[17] 

  1. Observe and interact: By taking time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.
  2. Catch and store energy: By developing systems that collect resources at peak abundance, we can use them in times of need.
  3. Obtain a yield: Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing.
  4. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well.
  5. Use and value renewable resources and services: Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.
  6. Produce no waste: By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.
  7. Design from patterns to details: By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.
  8. Integrate rather than segregate: By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other.
  9. Use small and slow solutions: Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes.
  10. Use and value diversity: Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.
  11. Use edges and value the marginal: The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.
  12. Creatively use and respond to change: We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing, and then intervening at the right time.

Literature: Sepp Holzer, Masanobu Fukuoka, Bill Mollison

Information online:

http://permaculturenews.org/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture

http://www.docspicepermaculture.com/

http://www.geofflawtononline.com/

and more detailed articles on change from organic gardening to Permaculture:  

http://www.permaculturevisions.com/difference-between-organic-gardening-and-permaculture/

and on Islam and Permaculture:

http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-agriculture/are-islam-and-permaculture-match-made-heaven.html

http://www.treehugger.com/culture/humans-are-trustees-of-allahs-creation-islam-the-environment.html

https://www.greenprophet.com/2012/01/interview-nadia-lawton-talks-about-permaculture-in-the-middle-east/

https://aworldofgreenmuslims.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/green-farming-and-islam-permaculture-in-jordan/

http://www.greenmuslims.org/a-brief-introduction-to-permaculture-sustaining-our-future-and-why-it-matters-to-muslims/

https://www.greenprophet.com/2013/05/ask-geoff-how-to-grow-a-forest-garden-free-permaculture-videos/

http://www.theecomuslim.com/2014/01/salah-hammad-urban-gardener.html

 

 

Favorite Herbs

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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.

 

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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“

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two other articles I once wrote on the topic of natural medicine:
https://ittosjournal.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/spring-cure/
https://ittosjournal.wordpress.com/2010/03/05/medicine/

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latin and pharmaceutical names: achillea, calendula, plantago, salvia

What are your favorite healing helpers?

Happy Id el Adha 2015!

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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 theretherethere and there.

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