The weather has been absolutely heavenly, and things are growing and thriving in the garden and around the yard. My dandelions have been plentiful, perfect for making cosmetics and tea. These babies pack a punch of all sorts of vitamins and minerals, and are a very rich source of beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A. Some of the other vitamins and minerals found in dandelions include Vitamin B-complexes, Vitamin C & small amounts of Vitamin D, fiber, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, and phosphorous.
Dandelions are also a great source to get trace minerals and organic sodium (table salt is baaaaad news!) A bitter plant they can be, but these babies can be mixed with sweeter greens and fruits for a wonderful salad. Minus the ants! So clean before eating & using.
I don’t believe this particular species of milkweed is native to FL, but it sure as hell helps nurture, support, and harbor my monarchs! I got to watch the monarch’s life cycle from caterpillar to butterfly with my little girl, and it never fails to amaze me!
(This is a great page, easy to read information about FL’s native milkweeds and monarch facts.)
Here she is emerged from her chrysalis, posing for a picture. Nature is amazing, the Earth Mother always gifting us with moments to share love and joy with every living being. With moments like these, magic truly does exist.
Summer Blessings Xo
Being a FL native, I’m always looking for the hidden and out-of-the-way path…but when it comes to reading, this approach just may land you some awesome resources…Resources that are less heard-of, less sought after…but no less important or valuable to the growth of knowledge.
I recently stumbled across this beauty, as I’m always looking for medicinal resources when it comes to herb craft. Occasionally I’ll find some really great resources dealing with healing using plants’ Spirits, but most of the time, in my area, these are few and far between. Needless to say, when I found this, I grabbed it immediately!
Herbal Medicine: Healing Plants of the Florida Seminole Indians by Alice Micco Snow & Susan Enns Stans is a treasure trove of useful information, set up in a way that you read through Alice Snow’s story: experiences, practices, life, etc. and in an easy to read format with the referencing. There are numerous names for FL healing plants as called by Spirit name by the Seminoles, definitions, meanings, uses, etc. LOVE IT!!
The heart beat, the pulse, the Drum….they’re all connected….
So I’m going to step onto a path of dance. Namely belly dancing 🙂
Toning, cardio, stamina…all these wonderful results with dance. Not to mention Spirit. The Spirit is cared for when you dance. The rhythm of drumming and music can send one to a ‘trance’ state, enabling total Spirit communion.
You don’t have to be young and supermodel sized…belly dancing is great for EVERY woman, any age, any shape, any size! It encourages confidence in our looks, our Hearts, and our femininity.
So I want to try it! Who’s with me??!!