Posts Tagged ‘Plant Wisdom’

Garden Update: First Frost and the Indoor Garden

Thursday morning brought our first frost, about one month later than average. Seeing the forecast, I harvested the last of the tender things from outside — nasturtium flowers, peppers — and brought plant friends like geraniums, pineapple sage and several more indoors for the winter.

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Amy Armbrecht ~ Growing Medicinal Plants or Good Enough Gardening

Today, I’m posting the beginning few paragraphs of a lovely post by Amy Armbrecht — an article that touches upon so many different areas of interest to a variety of readers here. She’s got information on Lyme Disease and Bartonella co-infection, quotes and details about medicinal herbs, as well as a philosophy that rings true whether or not you’ve ever tried your own gardening. At the end of this excerpt I’ve included a link back to her site for the rest of the article, which I do encourage people to read. Just some lovely wisdom, grace and acceptance! Enjoy …

Growing Medicinal Plants or Good Enough Gardening
Reflections by Amy Armbrecht

The one passage that has stayed with me from Stephen Buhner’s new edition of Herbal Antibiotics is this: “The first thing to understand is that there are no mistakes. You are learning a new skill and everyone learns what works by learning what doesn’t.”

Simple advice. Yet I’d ignored it every time I’d picked up the book, trying to remember instead how Gram-negative Bacteria was different from Gram-positive bacteria or what exactly happened in a cytokine cascade. This time though I was six months into trying to deal with a really nasty case of cat scratch disease, caused by the Bartonella bacteria, a bacteria that Buhner has now dedicated almost half of his equally excellent book on Lyme Co-infections. Who knew those sweet kittens nestled against our eight-year-old son would cause him so much trouble?

In early November, a week after we got the kittens, the lymph node behind his ear swelled to the size of a golf ball. I thought it was an ear infection at first, and gave him all of those good herbal ear ache remedies. It only got worse, especially the pain. Eventually we found ourselves in the ER on a Friday evening, because his doctor couldn’t tell the difference between a swollen lymph node and mastoiditis, which is a really bad thing to have. Finally, we were told it was likely cat scratch, a self limiting disease that was said to resolve itself in a few weeks with no intervention.

It didn’t get better, or it would, and then it would get worse. I consulted with every herbalist I knew. We found another doctor, who told us there was nothing to do but wait it out. I tried every plant I knew and many I’d never even heard of before. Each time a new remedy seemed to help, I got down on myself for not having tried it sooner, for not having known at the beginning what I knew now, two months or four months or now six months into treating something we were told should have gotten better a long time ago.

And then I read this passage about there being no mistakes. And I realized that maybe it wasn’t that I was doing it wrong. That, as Buhner said, in choosing things that didn’t seem to work, I was getting clearer about what might. …

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5DMediaNetwork ~ Telepathy and Plant Communication

I love it when the religion of Science finally begins to catch up with Intuitive Awareness and Ancient Wisdom. Quick question: if plants can do it, and fungi can do it, is it really so difficult to believe that humans and animals do, too? Is it really so impossible to believe that Nature Spirits communicate with humans?

Alice laughed: “There’s no use trying,” she said; “one can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was younger, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” ~ Lewis Carroll from Alice in Wonderland

Thanks, Lucas!

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Could telepathy be explained by how plants communicate? | June 26, 2013 by Silvia Casabianca

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(photo added by 5D Media Network & taken by correspondent Barbara Karnes)

Do plants communicate by using telepathy?

This interesting question was raised by recent research published in the Australian journal “BMC Ecology” suggesting that plants seem to react to slight noises — generated inside the cell — to talk with each other. And what does this mean for humans?

Those who believe in parapsychological phenomena, like telepathy between humans, haven’t been able to provide utter proof that the unconscious or conscious sending and receiving of mental and emotional signals called telepathy is actually possible — but even if it is, we don’t have a hint of what mechanisms would explain it.

Senior Scientist at The Institute of Noetic Sciences, Dean Radin, has suggested that quantum mechanics will provide an explanation of how telepathy works. Maybe delving deeper into the way other organisms communicate will also help us sort out the mystery of telepathy among humans.

Plants communicate through sound waves

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Study found evidence to support plant communication through sound waves. (Photo Shutterstock)

A recent study found evidence to support the idea of plant communicate through sound waves. (Photo Shutterstock)[/caption]After observing how plants affect each other’s growth, Monica Gagliano and Michael Renton from the University of Western Australia proposed that plants communicate through sound waves (inaudible for humans) or nanomechanical oscillations, which are precisely within the realm of quantum mechanics.

Nanomechanical oscillations are vibrations on the tiniest atomic or molecular scale.

The researchers noticed that chili seeds (Capsicum annuum) grew better in a locked container in the presence of basil (Ocimum basilicum) but were hindered by the presence of fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), suggesting that the growing environment had less effect on the development of the seeds than the way plants interacted with one another.

Gagliano and Renton said that “seed germination was positively enhanced by the presence of a ‘good’ neighbor, even when the known signaling modalities were blocked, indicating that light, touch or chemical signals may not be indispensible for different plant species to sense each other’s presence.”

Gagliano had already published findings last year of corn roots producing clicking sounds in the 220-Hertz range. The article appeared in “Trends in Plant Science.” She also found that, when suspended in water, corn roots tended to lean towards vibrations of the same frequency range.

Are we all interconnected?

Quantum mechanics teaches us that Earth is a sea of vibrations. Humans and animals respond to different frequencies. Even bacteria can signal one another with vibrations.

In 2011, researchers Allan Widom and colleagues from Northeastern University in Boston published findings showing that single-celled bacteria like E-Coli might communicate with each other by using radio waves. They calculated that the transition frequencies between these energy levels correspond to radio signals broadcast at 0.5, 1 and 1.5 kilohertz, same frequencies as those used in AM and FM radio transmissions.

Researchers have also discovered that bacteria can communicate by using a chemical language called “quorum sensing,” which allows them to act as a synchronized group.

The idea that plants communicate is not totally novel. In 1973, explorer Lyall Watson published “Supernature: A Natural History of the Supernatural,” where he suggested that, plants responded sympathetically when a live shrimp was thrown into boiling water.

People have been talking to plants for ages. Native Americans’ herbal medicine, for example, is based on some form of communication with plants. Bach flower remedies are also based on the capacity of a healer to communicate with the flowers and ask them to render their healing properties.

Discovery Channel’s MythBusters Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Scottie Chapmen studied the effect of either praise or cruel insults on separate greenhouses while using another greenhouse as experimental control for two months. To their own surprise, the silent greenhouse produced lower biomass and smaller pea pods than the other two. Kind words or insults didn’t seem to make a difference, which seems to prove that it is sound the plants respond to.

Communication among plants mediated by light, chemicals

Studies suggest plants communicate. (Photo Shutterstock)

Plants can also react to light, and some use allelopathy to communicate with each other.

First used in 1937 by Austrian professor Hans Molisch, the term allelopathy describes a biological mechanism by which one organism produces chemical substances that influence the growth, survival and reproduction of another organism. Chemicals released into the soil or air by roots or leaves may alert other trees that it’s been eaten so that the others can speed up their production of chemical defenses. Allelopathy is found not only among plants, but also among bacteria and fungi.

Bielefeld University Professor Dr. Olaf Kruse and his team published, last year, in “Nature Communications” that green algae can draw energy from photosynthesis and from other plants.

If this type of communication through light, chemicals or sound waves cannot be called telepathy, then maybe it will still ignite the imagination of those who believe that we’re all connected in pretty much the same fashion as the planetary brain depicted in the “Avatar” movie. In Pandora, the conquered moon, there is a vast neural network through which the humanoids Na’vi and other beings can connect. You might remember seeing the image of interconnected plant roots rapidly exchanging information.

In planet Earth, as we now know, entire forests are indeed interconnected by networks of underground fungi (Mycorrhizae). Would it sound too off to imagine that plants might be using acoustic signals to transmit information through this web?

Psychologist and energy healer Dr. Olivia Bader-Lee thinks that the result of these experiments with plants will also confirm that humans can share some form of energy.

“The human organism is very much like a plant,” she said. “It draws needed energy to feed emotional states, and this can essentially energize cells or cause increases in cortisol and catabolize cells depending on the emotional trigger.”

Plants communicate with each other, studies find

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Silvia Casabianca is a Reiki Master, Medical QiGong practitioner & Holistic psychotherapist. She graduated as a Medical Doctor in 1972 and practiced Medicine in Colombia for 28 years. She is the author of “Regaining Body Wisdom: A Multidimensional Approach.”

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Eco-Watering, Faery Guardians and Plant Wisdom

Well, it’s July 1, which has, since 2010, been celebrated by me as the official “Laura Bruno Independence Day.” What better way to acknowledge the day than by recognizing that deep, abiding connection to Mother Earth, who provides whatever we need if we honor her and have eyes to see: hence another gardening update. (Also, Happy Canada Day to all my Canadian friends and readers!)

Garden July 1, 2012

I have learned so much just by watching plants. Take, for example, my various kale species, which I grew from seed indoors. They had spindly stems when I transplanted them outdoors, and I watched for weeks as they did flip flops every day. At first, I tried to “help” them by straightening them out, encouraging them to find what I considered a “better” angle for growth. Haha, silly me! I finally left them alone to do their flip flop, figuring if they were all doing it, they must have some kind of method to their madness.

Sure enough, they created firm bases from which to grow. The spindly stems have now grown strong, if crooked, responding to their environment in such a way that they have more solid grounding than straight growth would ever have afforded. There’s a lesson in there for those of us who find ourselves inexplicably led down seemingly opposite or unrelated paths for awhile. Follow that intuition as it creates a solid base from which to flourish!

Plants are smart. My cucumbers were planted too far away from the tomato cage and fence setup, but I worried about moving the cage in case it disturbed their roots. Then one day, I looked, and the bigger cucumber plant had miraculously centered itself directly inside the cage. What’s more, someone or something helped manifest even more support. I got the idea that this tomato cage wasn’t really a trellis and might not do the trick. Yesterday, I intended to walk to the co-op to get a green juice, but something told me to walk down a different road. Lo and behold, a garage sale sign! “Maybe I’ll find a cucumber trellis,” I thought. Well, I found a lovely bauble to go with the others I’d hung to appease the faeries watching over my garden:

Garden Baubles for Faeries

Not seeing a cucumber trellis, but sensing one there, I finally asked. The woman tending the garage sale explained that it was not her sale, so she didn’t know. She asked me how large a trellis I needed. “Not large, I guess. I just need to help the one plant over to my steps or to the fence.” “How ’bout this?” asked the woman. She removed several items from a display rack, and sure enough, that would do the trick. I returned home and thought, “String. I need some string for that tomato cage. Where am I going to manifest my string?” Forgetting about that, I decided to plant some lemon balm and noticed a container that had been bugging me all week because its decorative string had begun to unravel. I started trying to replace the string and suddenly, silly me, I realized what had happened. I strung the string on the tomato cage turned cucumber trellis:

Smart Cucumbers and Magic String

In the photo, you can see how the larger cuke has situated itself right inside the cage, and how the white display rack/sorter shelf perfectly fills the gap between cucumber and fence. I’m still shaking my head over that one, in addition to realizing the night before that those faeries wanted more bling in the garden. I had already hung the little peace bauble, as well as a tiny bejeweled Hamsa to protect my cabbage family plants from caterpillars, but the night before the garage sale-string adventure, I had gotten the clear message that garden faeries wanted at least one more shiny thing. As a little reward for finding the bling, I also received a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s lavender hemp soap for only 75 cents. (Winks and giggles from the Universe, since I had just noted I’d need to buy more soon.)

In addition to manifesting various gardening treats and tools, I’ve found that plants really do respond to invitations. We now have tender dandelion leaves growing in our back yard garden bed, along with purslane, nettles, volunteer strawberries, some thriving parsley and other friends. David and I love, love, love purslane, and I strongly invited it to grow prolifically. Sure enough, that Omega-3 rich, lemony purslane has sprouted up in sidewalk cracks, where it’s currently thriving, as well as in the garlic “hole” of our Garden Soxx:

Volunteer Purslane

OK, I’ve shared about the faeries, plant wisdom, manifestion, and invitations, but what about the eco-watering? Wisconsin’s having what some people would call a drought. I don’t like to label things unless I want them, so let’s just call this an opportunity to recognize abundance. I’ve lived in the desert before, although I never gardened there. But my Sedona friend, Toni, does! She’s so cute, giving me weather updates and flower photos nearly every morning, and she often shares about her use of gray water.

We have a rain barrel here, but when it rarely or never rains, those barrels get low. For some reason, our barrel always has at least a little water in it, even when nowhere else gets rain. It’s like a magical cauldron or something, how that rain barrel keeps replenishing itself without rain. The bees and wasps love it, too. There’s a tiny leak at the bottom, and my little pollinators and predator insect friends go there to drink. I love the rain barrel, but this week it struck me just how much water we can waste without even thinking of it. Years of desert living taught me not to flush the toilet after every single pee, but when you live in massive humidity, you can sometimes forget how dry it really gets. You can forget to honor a precious resource.

This week, David and I put buckets in our sink and shower, collecting water from showers and hand/dish washings. I know people in Santa Fe who do this regularly, but in humid Madison, I’m embarrassed to say, I’ve let gallons of perfectly good water go down the drain. No more! We’re reusing our gray water for flowers and thirsty non-edibles. Yes, it’s kind of a pain in the neck (sometimes literally) to bring the buckets outside, but whenever I do so, I make an offering back to the Earth. She has responded with joy and sighs of relief. I also offer all smoothie and kefir rinse water to my plants, as these are so full of nutrients and/or rich organisms to help the soil.

Speaking of offerings, I wasn’t sure about sharing this next part, but it really does work well. I read last year in Mother Earth News that the best all around fertilizer for plants is a mixture of 1 part pee to 20 parts water. Minimum dilution ratio is 1:5, depending on plants’ nitrogen needs, and you can use anything from 1:5, 1:10 or 1:20 depending on frequency and soil. The 1:20 ratio is supposedly the best combo of the main macronutrients Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potassium (NPK). Other plant friendly additions include kelp, nettle infusion leftovers blended with water, chaga leftovers blended with water, worm tea or worm castings, as well as the coffee grounds I get each week from our local co-op.

When I first heard about the pee fertilizer, I thought, “Ew, gross!” and a lot of people still give me that look if I ever mention it. Watching how my plants respond to the dilution, though, I’ve come to view it as one of the deepest, most intimate ways I can give back to the Earth and plants that feed me. The day after I water the roots with my own urine mixed with water, I swear my plants have grown 30% larger overnight. The flowering ones put out new buds, and the greens seem to stretch themselves proudly to the sky. So yeah, maybe I’ve gone “off with the faeries” to Hippieville, but it saves a many gallon flush and makes my plants rejoice.

Our little side garden plot is so alive with bees, herbs, wasps, flowers, and faeries that it has become my favorite spot to sit and read. I’ve got chamomile sun tea “brewing” now, and the Tupsy Turvy tomato plants are growing well. I’m mid-process of manifesting some free lavender cuttings, and my newly planted lemon balm seeds will either grow this time, or the lemon balm cuttings will present themselves, too. I love our magical little garden, perhaps even more because of its challenging location and rental/weather restrictions. Thanks for sharing the journey with me! May we all flourish with our loving Earth.