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As I was walking on a stretch of the Superior hiking trail, I marveled at the sight of an abandoned basketball court being “eaten alive” by plants. Plants, whether they be vines, trees, shrubs or herbaceous, are incredible restorers of their environments. Slowly yet surely, their roots reach deep and bring minerals and nutrients to the surface, their leaves create shade and increase moisture where bacteria and fungi (the ultimate detrovoires) can live, and their growing stems and bodies breaks down man-made surfaces.

I suppose that is what they do in our body, too. Over time, plants work to restore the original environment, to promote balance and harmony when presented with roadblocks of dis-ease.

For some amazing photos, view sweet juniper’s work on feral houses. Talk about bio-remediation!



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Tea-drinking, nature-loving acupuncturist, East Asian Medicine practitioner, herbalism and birth doula living in the Pacific Northwest.

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