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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: Part Two

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thank you for both of your posts on these beautiful plants and their special properties. We get so caught up in the beauty of the wildlife, that we overlook the most essential to survival – the flora! Without plants and trees, the whole ecological system falls apart. Plants and trees are such miracles in themselves, so life-giving.
I am very appreciative of your comments of how they relate to healing and spirituality to the people indigenous to the areas in which they grow. We need to respect how these plants play a deep and meaningful role in spiritual and cultural traditions. What a wonderful post – thank you so much!

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Why not grow more Nyala trees?

I wonder what animals have figured out and used these plants for similar ailments?! 🙂

I can just imagine the smell of that coconut sage being something special Jess, especially if you want to have it on your hands. What a beautiful tree the Nyala tree is, never knew of that tree before. I am sure it can get an enormous tree. So good to learn about these flowers and trees that we can use as medicinal treatment. Nature is so precious and it never can be overlooked. Very informative information thank you Jess.

Jess, thank you for this second post related to plants and their healing powers. Moreover, I appreciated learning more about how they encompass the cultural, medicinal and spiritual traditions of the Shangaans and other tribes. As we’ve learned, plants and trees are essential to the survival of the species, and the bonus within that realization, is they also provide enjoyment, natural ointments, shelter, and wonderful scents.

Hi Jess, of course flowers are there to feed other creatures, but they are so beautiful I think I’d just look at them in awe! Thank you for this lovely description. I never heard of Nyala trees

Thanks, Jess for the blog on plants and their healing powers.
I think that much can be learned from the traditions of indigenous people who know such a lot about plants.
Lovely photos.

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