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Jess Shillaw

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Jess was born in Kwazulu/Natal but grew up in Cape Town. Having an innate love for all things wild but getting to spend little time in the bush while growing up, she headed straight for the Lowveld after school. She completed a guiding ...

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on The Healing Powers of Plants

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Jess, what a beautiful blog. the plants and trees in nature and in their natural environment truly live a life of beauty. All plants as well as animals have a purpose in life we just need to relax and see it. Thanks for reminding me to just enjoy the small walk outside in nature.

Jess your story on nature is astounding and so very true. Nature offers so much if you just go out and look for it. Medicine from herbs is so much better and more affordable and it is natural, which is why we should live with ease and without stress in the bush. Thank you for your tips on medical uses from the fever tree and Sausage tree as also the marula tree. Good to know for the future.

Wonderful article! Plants heal us in many ways, from giving us their fruits leaves and roots and treat our illnesses to healing our spirits by their relaxing presence, to give us the so much needed oxygen and clean the air… definitely the root of the earth! Thank you for the beautiful pictures too

I love your blog on these different plants that help to keep you healthy and/or have healing powers.
By the way, is there a book or compendium on the different uses of the plants of Southern Africa and the products made of them like the ones e.g. that protect your skin?

Jessica, this blog was so beautifully written that I could feel how much you are one with nature. I truly enjoyed reading how you connected plants and trees to their healing and restorative properties for all of us. I don’t think I will look at nature again without thinking about this article.

Thank you Jess for your fascinating article on the bounty of nature; a very interesting read. Technology has taken over the world meaning so many people miss out on the pleasures nature has to offer. You live in one of the most beautiful places in the world Jess. A real treasure trove of Mother Nature’s wonders.

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