The True Health Journal March/April 2017 - Page 8

The Healing Qualities and

Culinary Delights of Oregano

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Scientific Name: Oreganum vulgare (O. Vulgare)

Properties: pungent, aromatic. Antiseptic, anti-spasmotic, increases perspiration, helps digestion, stimulates the uterus, mild expectorant.

Culinary uses: Italian, Mexican and Greek cooking, along with egg dishes, chili peppers, garlic, onions, tomatoes, and wine.

Medicinal Use, Internal:


Permaculture—The Last Hope for

People and Planet?

By Mary Esther Gilbert, ©2014 All Rights Reserved

The ancient practice of permaculture was revived over thirty years ago by who is considered to be the modern day founder, Bill Mollison, and who coined the word “permaculture” from the phrases “permanent agriculture” and “permanent culture”. Permaculture methodologies encompass organic and regenerative farming while installing elements that build an entire, thriving ecosystem unequalled other than the ecosystems of flourishing, wild environments.

Since permaculture is proving to be a multi advantageous way of producing higher nutrient, better quality and more abundant food, the current rapid growth of the modern day permaculture movement is becoming increasingly recognized as a fundamental solution for solving social problems and local and world hunger.

Those who are applying permaculture methodologies for alleviating hunger, improving human health and improving the environment are finding that it is the foundation from which to solve today’s socioeconomic and political problems through gaining self-reliance and economic self-sufficiency Development of local resources begins with transforming depleted lands, diminished wild habitats and disrupted ecologies that have led to desolate, desert-like or toxic conditions, and converting them into flourishing, thriving areas using the principles of permaculture.

Reviving landscapes using permaculture techniques includes flood control, water conservation, and increasing food production yields on commercial farms without polluting and destroying ecosystems. On a smaller scale, permaculture has been shown to provide for one’s personal nutritional needs in urban or rural settings, resulting in greater food security for individuals, families and communities.

As various forms of energy such as wind, solar and energy from gravity become available in the most remote and poverty-stricken areas, water sources can also be accumulated, preserved and directed using permaculture methods. Such natural resources may together be used for ethical, economic gain to bring various regions of the world out of severe poverty, starvation and famine as John Liu’s videos have relayed.

With more independence developed among individual communities, injustices and exploitations that occur in international commerce and trade can be averted. Permaculturists feel that solutions to world problems begin with the three main permaculture tenets: to care for the Earth, care for oneself, and share the abundance.

Beginning with the essential mediums on which all life depends—sunlight, air, water and soil, permaculturists have proven time and again that the key to a successful permaculture environment includes observation and cooperative use of those mediums. Preservation of water, directing where it flows and is absorbed, and improving the essential elements of living, breathing, productive soil