Friday, June 5, 2015

Flowers out of Chaos

The world can be a chaotic place, just listen to the news every day.  The chaos all around us can be very unsettling, paralyzing.  But sometimes random disorganized chaos can be good, even healing.  Meet chamomile.

2 years ago I grew 1 small German chamomile plant. I forgot to water it and it died.  Last summer I accidentally kicked over the pot where it had been and in my postpartum sleep deprived haze, just sort of swept what I thought was some spent potting soil to the edge of my garden beds.  
Then it rained this spring and I mean it really rained.  This is what rose out of the chaos - beautiful, fragrant, healing flowers.

The medicinal properties of chamomile include but are not limited to:
-calming anxiety
-soothing gastrointestinal upset
-decreasing inflammation

Did I mention its a pretty plant that also smells nice?

It has been a timely reminder that the good, beautiful bits of this world are all around us, if we will only let them germinate and grow.


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Winter, finally (and seriously)

I planned to start this blog last spring as my garden flew into action, but then got into the actual work of gardening and abandoned the task. However, today its winter, really winter. I'm wearing long underwear and sitting under a blanket and I'm still cold.
Today is the shortest day of the year so from here on in it gets better. I look forward to longer days, that's for sure. But I'll also tuck in and enjoy winter's freeze and snow, it does mean skiing after all. Maybe more importantly is the snow pack - without snow there isn't water for the West.
The end of the year and the solstice are a good time to think back on the last 365. I have no reason to complain and feel really lucky about the last year and really hopeful about the year to come.