Day 7: The Beauty of Botany.
Today Andrés and I ventured out of our usual boroughs and headed up to the Bronx to meet up with my parents and my brother to check out the last weekend of the’Wild Medicine’ exhibit running at the New York Botanical Gardens. Within the three hours we spent there I learned plenty of new things, a few of them being:
1. The New York Botanical Garden dwarfs the one in Brooklyn.
2. Chewing Ephedra twigs will make your eye twitch.
3. Lotus leaves have been traditionally used to treat ailing stomachs.
4. Lemon oil is a natural decongestant.
5. If you’re planning on visiting, make an entire day out of it - you’re more likely to get tired before running out of things to do.
It was truly a rewarding experience to see these homeopathic remedies in person and in action, rather than simply considering them in the abstract like I have for so long. I was extremely pleased that this exhibit had such a long, successful run in this day in age, for I feel like it represents an interest within the people to begin moving away from our highly processed pharmaceutical remedies towards more holistic, natural approaches.
Once the people begin to take their personal health and welfare back, we will be nourished, renewed, strengthened, and able to heal our ailing society.