Natural Remedies from India
With all the coughs and colds around at the moment, I was reminded of what I had learned on my trip to a spice farm in India and all the natural ways that we can improve our health and balance by living in harmony with our planet's natural resources.
The 200 year old family home on the Tanshikar Spice Farm is a traditional mud house. The tiles on the roof are made of baked mud and the walls and the floor are also made from mud. Sound primitive? It really isn't. The materials of their house, how it is laid out, what they eat everyday and some of their religious traditions are all bound in living in harmony with nature and earth's natural resources.
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The walls of their mud house were precisely 2.5 feet thick. The thickness of the walls directly impacts how long the walls absorb either heat or the cool night air. The walls effectively acts as a timer - adjusting the thickness of the walls adjusts this 'timer'. It takes around 12 hours for the walls to absorb the heat from the day and at night, the cool night air 'pushes' the heat into the house. During the day, the cool air absorbed by the walls over night cools down the internal temperature. It's a simple but genius natural air conditioning system which requires no maintenance - in fact, the older the mud house, the stronger it is!
How can this information help us?
For me, the key takeaways from this are that the increase in both physical and mental health problems in our society are due to the distance that we have put between the earth's natural resources and our lives, on a day to day basis. We can't all live in a mud house but there are things that you can do every day to improve your overall health.
- Eat freshly prepared food as often as you can and use a wide range of herbs and spices.
- How could you connect yourself to the earth every day with your hands or feet? Walking barefoot, sitting in the park with your shoes off, getting your hands into the soil in the garden, going for a swim in a natural body of water.
- Eat a black peppercorn every day on an empty stomach!
- What daily ritual would give you some headspace? A walk, having a Epsom salt bath, meditation, potter in the garden. Be! Don’t do! Get out of your head and into your body. Nobody will give you this time, you have to take it for yourself.
Just a last little point:
There was a large Signature spider living in it's web in the house. We asked if there was some significance to the spider. I loved his answer: 'No! It's not doing us any harm, so leave it be.'
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