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Forest Bathing and Coronavirus

As the fear of Coronavirus sweeps the globe, many people wonder what can be done to protect themselves and their communities. Of course vitamin supplements and health-boosting juices are a good idea, but there is another, often overlooked way to increase well being: spending time with nature. Forest Bathing is the Japanese concept of mindfully enjoying time in a forest, which has been proven to decrease stress, improve sleep, and boost the immune system (take that, Coronavirus)…

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Indigenous tree flowers to look out for

Millettia

A small tree up to 13 m tall, young stems brownish. Leaflets are oblong and

glabrous, except on the margins and midribs. The leaf base is asymmetric, while the tip is acuminate.

Flowers are purple-white. 

It is an important tree for soil conservation and improvement (nitrogen-fixing).

The tree is intercropped with tea in order to provide shade and improve the soil. The leaves are a good mulch material and manure.

Wild Mongolia

      An evergreen tree growing up to 10m height, found mostly in wet upland forests.

All parts of the tree produce a sticky white latex.

It has a glossy green leaf with rough grey-brown bark.

The flowers are creamy-white with fragrance and the fruits are large fleshy drupes in rounded pairs.

The tree is uniquely ornamental when in full flower and can be used as fuel.

Nandi Flame

   A decorative tree with a rounded crown growing from 10-30m, with a pale smooth bark that roughens with age. This tree has hairy compound leaves. 

The flowers are in bright orange-red clusters that have frilly petals edged with yellow and spathe-like buds containing a watery liquid.

The fruits are a large boat-like elliptical pod with winged seeds that are dispersed by wind.

The tree is ornamental and has softwood used for making carvings and fuel.

The bark cures liver disorders when boiled.

Toto Books

Engaging children with the permaculture principles and ethics through art and nature connection.

You can check us out in the latest Permaculture magazine. And we would like to take this opportunity to thank the Permaculture magazine and Abundant Life International for making this exciting new project possible. 

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