We have been extremely busy at the grove with winter preparations and some spring planning.
These days we are looking for ways to take care of our trees in a more natural way without using fertilisers. We have been thinking to plant some flowers around and in the groves to give a boost to our oranges and mandarins. I ‘ll tell you more about this in another post.
Really, what has got into my mind is music! I have been thinking a lot about music in relation to plants and how it can help them grow and flourish. I have been researching in books and on the internet about this kind of mystical and amazing connection.
Dorothy Retallack did a lot of experiments and wrote a book about the relation of plants and music back in the 1970s, named The Sound of Music and Plants. She found that the best music to play if you wish to help plants grow is soothing, positive music.
Plants don’t like harsh, heavy, angry or discordant sounds. They prefer traditional classical music such as work by the composer, J S Bach or smooth and melodic jazz music, such as material by Louis Armstrong.
Certain styles of World Music, such as Indian sitar music was also found to have a positive effect. But play it for three or four hours. Longer than this, the effects are negative, whatever style of music is played.
I ‘ll leave you with a fusion of waltz and jazz. It sounds perfect for our trees!
Long time no see! Summer is over here in Greece and we have all got back to work and our ordinary life rhythms.
There are some exciting finds I would like to share with you here; one is the Wayward Plants Organisation, based in London, UK. What people do there is find the perfect parents for unwanted plants and also convert underutilised land and interim spaces into community gardens.
The organisation keeps a long list of artists, landscape designers, architects and guerrilla gardeners, who all work together to create imaginative green community spaces.
I totally adore their ideas and I find their website very inspiring.
The essential oil of orange is a refreshing essential oil that helps in depression and lack of energy. It is also ideal for stress relief.
It is extremely good for skin treatment as it is highly rich in d-limonene. D-limonene is a powerful antioxidant that helps maintaining normal cell regeneration.
The essential oil of orange can be good for people who tend to be perfectionist and workaholic. Also, for those who suffer from physical or mental fatigue.
:: For energy, positiveness and enthusiasm, add 5 drops in water in the room aromatherapy diffuser.
:: Start your day with an energy boost by adding 1 drop in a wet sponge in your shower.
:: While you bath children, add 2 drops in the tub.
:: To scent your room, add 30 drops in water and spray around.
:: Create a wonderful facial oil that will make your skin radiating by adding 7 drops of orange essential oil and 6 drops of geranium essential oil in 50ml of wild rose oil. Apply on face and neck before you go to bed.
:: To make your sweets fragrant of orange, add 4 drops per 500gr of cake dough. Also, 2 drops per 1 litre of ice cream or sorbet.
Mix this wonderful essential oil with other essential oils such as cinnamon, rosemary, lavender, bergamot, lemon, grapefruit, neroli and sandalwood.
note! consult your doctor before using essential oils if you are pregnant.