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Painting Tips - Mother Nature
May 21, 2009
Hello

Mother Nature's spoils

Well this week I take a different look at nature, not how to paint it but rather how to appreciate Mother Nature's spoils.

I have taken the liberty of using information from CC Africa RANGERS so as to be sure my info to you is correct.

I don't really think you will ever need this trivia, except in a quiz, but it's fun to know and just one of the ways our rangers are able to enhance your South African Painting Holiday with masses of African titbits and Ranger stories. So here goes:

Five useful remedies that can be found in the bush:

  • Russet Bushwillow - makes a great herbal tea.

  • Sodom Apple - the juice is used to treat fresh wounds.

  • Acacia - the cambium is chewed and the juice swallowed to treat stomach disorders.

  • Aloe Secundiflora - the inner plant can be applied on skin as protection from the sun.

  • Lippia Javonica - crushing and inhaling the leaves will help to relieve colds and flu.

  • Lions-paw - an extract from the plant mixed with pumpkin seeds is used to treat tapeworm.

  • Now wasn't that really interesting? Next time you are painting a Lippia Javonica you'll be reminded of this article and be able to act all knowledgeable. However, I've lived in Africa for years and have never met anyone using any of these cures, (well maybe the aloe even I use aloes) but then again I live in the suburbs of the third largest city in South Africa, with every amenity available to me, so maybe that's why!

    A Thought 4 U

    "Don't copy anyone else.  You are the best one of you there is.  Be yourself, and exaggerate yourself slightly."
    Paul Daniels, Magician par exellence

    Warm Regards,
    Your Holiday Director

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