Author Archives: The Holistic Gardener

About The Holistic Gardener

author of wellness books, columnist, keynote speaker.

DIY Antiviral liquid soap.

The regular use of hand sanitisers, soapy water and disinfectants may be keeping us safe from corona virus but our hands are paying a toll, one solution is to make or use more gentler soap, free from harsh chemicals and … Continue reading

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Diy hand-replenishing lotion

With the frequency of handwashing amped up and the regular use of hand sanitisers and disinfectants becoming the new normal amid the covid pandemic, the irritation of those chemical agents and the stripping of our natural protective layers are leaving … Continue reading

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Diy hand sanitizer

So while spirit Alcohol (vodka, whisky etc) has long been utilized as a disinfectant and does exert strong antibacterial and milder antiviral activity, the strength/proof required to outright kill a virus is one found in the pharmacy/chemist as opposed to … Continue reading

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the nature of things

“Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and nonjudgmentally.” – Jon Kabat-Zinn (American professor emeritus of medicine and mindfulness advocate.) Sure, mindfulness can be a relaxation technique – a way to attune to … Continue reading

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dandelion – the official weed with official healing potential

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis) derives its name from the French for the lions tooth – dent-de-lion – the large toothed leaves are noticeably serrated but they also pack a medicinal bite with some potent bitter glycosides, terpenoids and a good complement … Continue reading

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The solace of solitude.

“Solitude is an essential experience for the mind to organize its own processes and create an internal state of resonance. In such a state, the self is able to alter its constraints by directly reducing the input from interactions with … Continue reading

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The way to be can be to do.

Lao Tzu, the Chinese Taoist philosopher (circa the 5th Century BC) is believed to have decreed that “The way to do is to be” – well the way to be can also be to do. I am a fan of … Continue reading

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Mindful Gardening can cultivate calm and resilience in any crisis.

Amidst the current corona virus crisis, we are being urged to limit our circle and maintain social distance and that includes in the great outdoors. Recent weeks have seen the easily bored as well as the genuinely cabin-fevered flocking to … Continue reading

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sowing some positive intent

In times of doubt and fear, the best antidote is a positive mindset. We gardeners know all about meeting uncertainty and getting on with it anyway – every plant planted, every seed sown is a risk, one we nurture out … Continue reading

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the garden is therapy

You may think of gardening as your therapy or just as your pleasant pastime – but even passing time in pleasantness is restorative of mental health and prompting of a physical sense of wellbeing. The word therapy comes from the … Continue reading

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