Fuyu-Soubi (Winter Rose)
An essay in tranquility
In this static world we have stopped admiring the flow, the way long grasses wave, and the curves in flowers. We build tall, and hard, and rigid, in this masculine era of revanchism, to combat nature`s fluidity.
The beauty may still be in the aroma, but the aromas are no longer created by the sun, the wind, the rain and the rainbows. We may feel and touch velvety materials but they come from factories where hands are calloused from repetitive fabrication in half-lit chambers called workshops that collapse under storms, all the more frequent as our factories, automobiles and fast-food restaurants rush to push more down our gullible gullets.
It is not only among the leaves, petals, paths between trees and natural horizons we should turn to, but to the traditional times where nature was not a product but a partner. Ancient natural remedies may be the way to take on the symptoms of the modern world, such as the antibiotic-resistant “super-bug” epidemic.
Scientists at the University of Nottingham have discovered that a 1,000-year-old Anglo-Saxon treatment used for eye infections, and recorded in the medieval Bald’s Leechbook can kill MRSA, the drug-resistant strain of Staphylococcus aureus.
The 10th century remedy that includes garlic, wine, and cow bile could win the fight against the deadly bacterial infection. The wine acts as a solvent, though it may be that the wine we use now does not have the same effectiveness.
To cure use what nature offers, and use what we have learnt. Cure for a number of infections is to chew frankincense, a curative sap from types of the Boswellia tree. Frankincense has traditionally been used throughout ancient history, notably in the classical Egyptian civilisations, and found in Ethiopia, Somalia, Yemen and Oman. For stress and loneliness the cure is to walk in deep forests, not a pill concocted in a labratory somewhere in the middle of an exhaust-heated city. Walking in a forest for a couple of hours exposes one to healthy chemicals released by trees; it is not merely an exercise in lowering anxiety and blood pressure. There is even a term for it — forest bathing, from Japanese.
And just sometimes, when seeking a blessing of nature, smell the aroma of the rose, or lavender flower, or magnolia, and let your dreams take flight.
dew in the petals
after the flowering
an aroma of love