The Healing Properties of Plants
Plants have healing powers. Plants are healers, powered by nature When we say plants, we are talking about all plant life: vegetables, fruits, herbs, mushrooms, algae, seaweed, trees; the whole kit ‘n caboodle. All these and more are brimming with healing properties.
Did you know that chlorophyll is to plants what our blood is to our bodies? Chlorophyll is the substance that makes plants green and carries energy to the plant; hemoglobin is the substance that makes our blood red and carries energy in the form of oxygen to our bodies. The molecular structure of hemoglobin and chlorophyll are surprisingly similar, and can explain why consumption of algae helps to increase our hemoglobin production, improves oxygenation in our bodies, and is a fantastic source of iron.
Algae are considered the ancestors of plants. Algae come in different colors, and grow in fresh and salt water. They all share similar traits such as absorbing light to develop photosynthetic pigments in their cells. Algae colonize, with cellular ‘arms’ that reach out and collectively reduce or increase their size-through a form of self-communication! Algae are one of the richest sources of chlorophyll, iron and nutrients you can find. Algae are a powerful detoxifier and often referred to as “a superfood.” You’ll find that some skin care products now include algae because of its remarkable benefit to the skin.
There are over 30,000 species of algae, and it is thought to have been the first organism on earth to photosynthesize (use the energy of the sun to make food for itself). Algae are what scientists search for first when they're looking for life on other planets because the life process begins with algae. Algae processes CO2 and gives us back pure oxygen, plus a myriad of complex bio-chemical nutrients. Algae provide some 90% of the earth's oxygen, while trees and all the other plants provide the other 10%. Algae represent 70% of the biomass on the planet and some algae can double or triple in volume several times a day.
On another note, the "Green Mission" project in Germany is in its early stages, but scientists are testing the effectiveness of different species of microalgae to absorb carbon emissions from a nearby coal fired power plant. Further, their researchers are examining whether algae could be used as an energy source, as an ingredient in animal feed, and whether algae lipids could be extracted to produce industrial grease.
Did you know that you can get a whopping dose of green by consuming ocean vegetables, i.e. seaweed, spirulina, and chlorophyll? Dr. Ann Wigmore discovered wheatgrass, another amazing superfood. Dr. Wigmore stated that you need 350 pounds of the choicest vegetables to equal the nutritional value of 15 pounds of wheatgrass. The Wigmore Foundation is known for helping people to overcome life-threatening illnesses and diseases by using raw foods (plants again...) in particular, wheatgrass.
Did you know that mushrooms and humans share 30% of the same DNA? Did you know they have profound immune enhancing compounds? Mushrooms don’t have roots-they have nervous systems. Mushrooms breathe carbon dioxide like humans do, through gills underneath their ‘heads’. Shamans called mushrooms The Ancient Ones. Mushrooms were found in the stomach lining of Otzi, the 5,300 year old Iceman discovered in 1991 near Italy. Experts suspect that Otzi used mushrooms to help protect him from digestive illness. They believe that he may have used the dried mushrooms found in his pouch for starting fires on his Alpine trek.
Medicinal mushrooms are called myco-medicinals, and contain some of the most potent medicines found in nature. Did you know that toxic waste sites have been detoxified by planting mushrooms at the site? Mushrooms absorb and detoxify the soil they grow in-that’s why the locations of mushrooms grown for medicinal purposes are tightly controlled and monitored.
If the power of plants interests you, we would encourage you to read the book, The Secret Life of Plants, by Peter Tompkins. The jacket cover calls it, “A fascinating account of the physical, emotional and spiritual relations between plants and man.” Tompkins shares remarkable information about plants used as lie detectors, as ecological warning devices, their ability to adapt to human wishes, their response to music, their curative powers, and their ability to communicate with people. Tompkins tells us that “Only rare spirits have sensed that plants can suffer, welcome attention, even desire to devote their lives to the well-being of mankind.” It reveals “a whole new world of wonder in which plants appear to have emotions similar to ours, communicate with each other by the wavelengths of their fragrance and the color of their petals, and are connected with humans by means of some mysterious but instantaneous extrasensory perception.”
Plants are healers, powered by nature. They surround us and offer astounding and amazing healing properties. We simply cannot live without them.