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Stevie fell over this morning, scraping her knee. "What shall we do?" I asked her. "We'll wash it but are there any herbs you'd like to use?" "Chamomile! Yarrow! Chickweed!" She said. Off she went to gather this wonderful weed to make into her own poultice. My children are often by my side as I garden, cook, photograph and write. Hopefully, these old wives tales will enter their hearts and minds for generations of home herbalism to come. This is her photograph too. #miniherbalist #oldwivestales #wisewoman #littlewisewoman #herbalism #chickweed #permaculture #greensakthi

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Gardening at home with the girls. #greensakthi

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Nettle from our garden boiled along with carrots to bring flavour, nutrition and yogini bliss. My first introduction to nettle came when I lived in a farm house in the English country side. One day, Feeling adventurous, I borrowed a bike and headed down a beautiful innocent-looking country lane. It was lush and green and full of promise and Enid Blyton fairy tale quality. At a point, the lane narrowed and the grasses on either side grew thick and waist height and to my surprise and dismay, felt myself picking up speed. Madly, desperately and involuntarily comically, squeezing the hand brakes of this half working bike, while careening downhill in a short skirt and bare legs, I hit a never-ending nettle patch. Hurtling downwards, ever picking up speed and bumping along on various stones that left me momentarily airborne, I hung on, at the same time reclaiming the seat for my bottom and finding the pedals again that were twirling around maniacally on their own. I squeezed the useless brakes for dear life over and over again as the nettle thrashed my hands and whipped my bare legs. Ow, ow, ow, ow, I bleated and yelled to the lonely track with every shardy, electric shock for what seemed like a good two to three solid minutes. All the while, trying to be half composed in case anyone was actually around, until finally it was over. My nettle initiation was complete. "You fucker!" I turned around and called back to it hoping I would never see it again. Until I met @susunsweed who again initiated me into the wisdom of nettle, making me love it and laugh about our first crazy meeting over and over again. Now abundant in our veggie patch, our very good Tibetan friends shared their love for nettle. They explained to me that the first Tibetan Buddhist yogi, Milarepa is famed to have survived 12 years in a cave eating very little other than nettle. When he was discovered, his skin had turned green from this incredibly sustaining plant. Now, familiar with him as another unseen teacher, i think of him and the unpredictability of that English country lane as I pick our bounty for the family meal and wonder about the many gifts nettle bestows. #nettle #herbalism #greensakthi

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Harvest in Julieโ€™s garden - our Green Sakthi member in the USA. Whatโ€™s growing in your garden? ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐ŸŒพ #motherearth #mothernature #lovingearth #garden #harvest #garlic #raw #superfood #healthbenefits #coldandflu #antioxidant #flavour #aromatic #vitamins #greensakthi #organic #veggies #vegetables #ecoliving #greenliving #eco #gardening #healthyfood #usa #india

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Trees make the most beautiful temples. Look at Vishnu sitting in his water home beside this epic ficus trees! ๐Ÿ•Œ #bali #titraempul #holy #sacred #vishnu #hindu #mythology #watertemple #treetemple #naturalspring #ficus #trees #roots #rootsystem #nature #mothernature #motherearth #lovingearth #bali #greensakthi #tamilnadu #india

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โ€˜Anes et blettesโ€™ (fennel and silverbeet) straight from Margotโ€™s garden - our Green Sakthi member in France. We adore receiving inspiration from our friends around the world. Whatโ€™s in your garden? ๐ŸŒ #motherearth #mothernature #lovingearth #garden #harvest #fennel #silverbeet #iron #vitamins #greensakthi #organic #veggies #vegetables #ecoliving #greenliving #eco #gardening #healthyfood #france

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Pinching ourselves! Construction of a very much needed new toilet block for our local school is now underway! This is possible because of your generous support. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you...๐Ÿšฝ๐Ÿšฐ #update #wedidit #thankyou #joinhands #ammaschildren #toiletblock #community #friends #school #grow #narayanividyalaya #rural #villagelife #village #schoolkids #education #greeneducation #childrenarethefuture #love #give #gratitude #mothernature #lovingearth #greensakthi #vellore #narayanividyalaya #tamilnadu #india

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So close to our goal! One toilet block coming right up and one school bus to go...Support us if you can! PM us for easy donation details. ๐Ÿ™๐ŸšŒ๐Ÿšฝ #thankyou #joinhands #ammaschildren #schoolbus #toiletblock #community #friends #school #grow #narayanividyalaya #villagelife #rural #village #schoolkids #education #greeneducation #childrenarethefuture #love #give #gratitude #mothernature #lovingearth #greensakthi #vellore #narayanipeedam #tamilnadu #india

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These babies about to go in the oven for a long, slow roast. A staple at my grandma's table, check out the Alchemy that takes place by visiting me @torquayfarmersmarket tomorrow. I'll have these as well as something from my book and surprises from my kitchen garden. #cookfromscratch #thealchemycookbook #greensakthi #guthealth #guthealing #torquay #angelsea #greatoceanroad #mediterraneanfood #gapsdiet #paleo #vegetarian #ancestralfood #geelong #surfcoast #permaculture #retrosuburbia

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Leaf hearts sighted by one of our Green Sakthi members in the deep nature of Austria ๐Ÿ’š #zoomin #iheartyou #iheartyoutoo #hearts #nature #love #trees #truenature #mothernature #motherearth #lovingearth #greensakthi #sustainability #eco #greenliving #austria #india

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Our garden today. So much food and medicine if you know how to look. Nettle, chickweed, calendula, wild cabbage, dandelion, silverbeet, nasturtium leaves, rocket, Brussels, beetroot leaves. Loved hearing David Holmgren talk yesterday @geelong_sustainability's event in Geelong. Inspired to see so many like minded people and great to learn more about @transitionstreets. Looking forward to going through David's book #retrosuburbia and expanding our sustainability potential. For more practical how to inspiration check out @artistasfamily in Geelong on June 27. #permaculture #thealchemycookbook #gardening #greensakthi #guthealth #foodasmedicine #herbs #herbalism #medicinalweeds #gapsdiet #cookfromscratch

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The wonders of nature are all around us in so many little (big) things...๐Ÿฆ‹๐Ÿ•ธ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŒฝ๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿ“๐ŸŒŠโ›ˆ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿœ๐Ÿฅœ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿฟ #nature #everydaymiracles #butterflies #caterpillars #fruit #vegetables #sky #land #sea #earth #mothernature #motherearth #lovingearth #inspiration #greensakthiart #greensakthi #education #greeneducation #narayanividyalaya #vellore #tamilnadu #india

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This is Gigi. At 97, she is our oldest Green Sakthi member. Here she is, standing by her favourite tree, enjoying the last moments of todayโ€™s delicious sunlight โ›…๏ธ #gigi #inspiration #camphorlaurel #favoritetree #elder #wisdom #beauty #knowledge #understanding #nature #mothernature #grandmothernature #motherearth #lovingearth #treelove #natureismedicine #love #greensakthi #australiana

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Arenโ€™t these sweet? Our hand printed tea towels, made lovingly and naturally by our Green Sakthi kiddies with potatoes and leaves! DM to purchase ๐Ÿฅ”๐Ÿƒ #greensakthiart #support #mothernature #potatoes #leaves #natureprinting #greensakthi #teatowels #collection #vellore #tamilnadu #india

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Nothing like an inspiring discourse at the village temple to start the school day... ๐ŸŽคโ€Planting a tree is the greatest service to the world, as we are serving every single creature on this planet...โ€ ๐ŸŽค #villagelife #srisakthiamma #amma #schoollife #temple #school #kids #education #inspiration #greeneducation #localsaint #saint #service #love #childrenarethefuture #greensakthi #joinforces #community #littlegardeners #mothernature #motherearth #lovingearth #sustainability #ecoindia #nature #vellore #narayanipeedam #tamilnadu #india

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#vellore . . . CREDITS : @green.sakthi . . The prettiest โ€˜welcome matโ€™ we ever did see. This is traditional Indian mandala made from banana flowers. It is created at the entrance of a house to symbolise welcoming the presence of the Divine in every form into your life and home.ย  #comeinย  #blessthismessย  #welcome #welcometoourhomeย  #artistryย  #bananaflower #plantainflowerย  #mandalaย  #natureย  #flowersย  #home #mothernatureย  #motherearthย  #lovingearthย  #artย  #natureisart #ritualย  #traditionย  #beautyย  #communityย  #greensakthiย  #vellore #tamilnaduย  #india . . #picoftheday ย  #walkwithvellore

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This was sent to us by one of our Green Sakthi members in the UK. Just a reminder that wherever you are in the world, try to find a moment with nature today, and breathe it in. It will change everything...๐ŸŒˆ #art #nature #wisdom #practice #breathe #mindfulness #reflect #refresh #reset #connect #love #truth #beauty #mothernature #motherearth #lovingearth #sky #trees #takeamoment #greensakthi

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Chickweed and calendula infused olive oil. So beautiful for Josie's skin which becomes dry and itchy in the cooler months. Thank you @susunsweed for introducing me to this beautiful weed. I have chickweed growing abundantly at the moment. Great mixed with nettle and dandelion leaves for a weedy spanakopita. Rocket has reseeded, calendula seedlings also a yummy addition. Food for days and days. #greensakthi #alchemy #gardening #herbs #herbalism #chickweed #infusedoil #wisewoman #motherhood

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#Repost from @green.sakthi with @regram.app ... Weโ€™ve got 2 days to go to raise enough money to make this a reality - a very much needed additional school bus and toilet block for our kids at Ammaโ€™s local school - Sri Narayani Vidyalaya. They used to educate 20 kids not so long ago. Now they educate 1000! Bursting at the seams (which is so wonderful)! Support us if you can! PM us for easy donation details. ๐Ÿ™๐ŸšŒ๐Ÿšฝ #thankyou #joinhands #ammaschildren #schoolbus #toiletblock #community #friends #school #grow #narayanividyalaya #rural #village #schoolkids #education #greeneducation #childrenarethefuture #love #give #gratitude #mothernature #lovingearth #greensakthi #vellore #narayanipeedam #tamilnadu #india

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Weโ€™ve got 2 days to go to raise enough money to make this a reality - a very much needed additional school bus and toilet block for our kids at Ammaโ€™s local school - Sri Narayani Vidyalaya. They used to educate 20 kids not so long ago. Now they educate 1000! Bursting at the seams (which is so wonderful)! Support us if you can! PM us for easy donation details. ๐Ÿ™๐ŸšŒ๐Ÿšฝ #thankyou #joinhands #ammaschildren #schoolbus #toiletblock #community #friends #school #grow #narayanividyalaya #rural #village #schoolkids #education #greeneducation #childrenarethefuture #love #give #gratitude #mothernature #lovingearth #greensakthi #vellore #narayanipeedam #tamilnadu #india

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Smack bang in the middle of no mans land (ie. between the school building and a wall) is the PERFECT spot to plant some trees, donโ€™t you think? ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐ŸŒพ #grade8 #beautify #plantatree #littlegardeners #oxygen #shelter #food #shade #green #trees #greensakthi #plants #tend #care #grow #education #greeneducation #school #eco #ecoindia #sustainability #community #garden #beauty #learningthroughexperience #narayanividyalaya #vellore #tamilnadu #india

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Our lovely ladies from EXNORA - Ammaโ€™s local waste management station. Together they filled up bags and bags of fallen dead leaves due to the summer heat. All these leaves will become compost, giving back to the earth ๐Ÿ‚ ๐Ÿ #leaves #giveback #summer #wastemanagement #recycle #exnora #zerowaste #community #together #ecoindia #greenliving #compost #biodegradabile #lovingearth #environment #education #future #planetearth #sustainability #trees #plants #greensakthi #vellore #tamilnadu #india #cleanindia #activism #greenactivism #village

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The prettiest โ€˜welcome matโ€™ we ever did see. This is traditional Indian mandala made from banana flowers. It is created at the entrance of a house to symbolise welcoming the presence of the Divine in every form into your life and home. #comein #blessthismess #welcome #welcometoourhome #artistry #bananaflower #plantainflower #mandala #nature #flowers #home #mothernature #motherearth #lovingearth #art #natureisart #ritual #tradition #beauty #community #greensakthi #vellore #tamilnadu #india

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So many poetic moments in the Green Sakthi nursery...like the Indian almond leaves in the glorious light of the sun...๐ŸŒž #poetic #harmony #nature #mindfulness #surya #sunlight #sun #almondtree #almond #nut #seed #indian #trees #plants #garden #nursery #greensakthi #ecoindia #organic #greenliving #mothernature #motherearth #lovingearth #vellore #tamilnadu #india

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I've been saying it for a few years now. One of the best ways to change the world now is to start your own garden and cook your own food. It was an integral part of Stevie's healing journey and such a lesson to our family. I called on thecwisdom of my forefathers. What was different now? How did they live 100 years ago? How would their water taste? What food did they eat? How did they rest and play? In serving and supporting Stevie I found myself going back to the future. It was hard work cooking from scratch, reducing emfs, sourcing unchlorinated water and growing food but they were all necessary steps to healing and changing our lives forever. Today I feel like we took it up a notch when a package full of seeds from Gina @selfhelpretreat in Queensland arrived in our mailbox. Gina and I have never met, yet soon her elecampane seeds will become plants that soothe our coughs. Her motherwort seeds will grow to be tinctures that calm nerves. Skullcap to help sleep...the list goes on and on. At a time when major corporations own the majority of our seeds and when we have lost much of the diversity of seed we once had, I feel like Gina has inspired another passion in me. Thank you so much Gina. For more on the medicinal value of plants check out @susunsweed. In her words: "Herbal medicine is people's medicine. It is the medicine of women and children." . #grow #cook #seed #save #swap #share #wisewoman #greensakthi #divinefeminineact #seedsaving #surfcoast #geelong #susunweed #homeherbalist #gardening

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Can you believe this? This is ice. Ice with nature imprinted on it after the twigs and leaves peeled off naturally when the ice started melting. What a work of art! Thank you to our Green Sakthi member Klemens from Austria for sending this our way while he was in Banff. Itโ€™s so beautiful...๐ŸŒฟโ„๏ธ๐ŸŽจ #iceprints #ice #natureisart #art #artwork #wow #greensakthi #banff #beauty #nature #mothernature #earthday #motherearth #lovingearth #frozen #snow #winter #seasons

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