GREENWORKS!

The Rodan Foundation’s Publication for Earth Stewardship Summer 2019

Summer Edition 

The Love Awakening is an extension of The Rodan Foundation, a spiritual center founded in 1981 by Rev. Clarke Carraway. Our Community Greenworks intention is to awaken and connect in unity and harmony with our Earth Mother and all of her kind. As transceivers, we allow Source energy to direct and flow through us, touching all that we do with love and in exchange, receiving a bounty of goodness from the Earth.

 THE HEALING POWER OF PLANTS

Getting outside and feeling the natural world offers a long list of health benefits


I grew up mostly outdoors surrounded by plants.  Our house sat on a hill covered with blueberry bushes, daffodils, flowering crab apple trees, and an asparagus patch.  I spent those years playing in the orchard behind the house, exploring nearby brooks, and scouring the woods for salamanders and other treasures. 

Some of my best memories were when my parents packed up the car with us kids and a picnic lunch and headed to a local state park.  There, we hiked wooded trails, explored waterfalls, or kicked around a soccer ball.  As an adult, when I'm stressed and struggling with the realities of life, my default is to go outdoors.  Plants and forests and burbling brooks are what pull me off the ledge. I understand the power that nature has, specifically plants and trees, to heal. Here are a few ways they can improve your health:  

Food.  The Chinese say that food is medicine that you get to eat three times a day.  This is especially true if most of 

your food comes from plants, in the form of fruits and vegetables. Nutrients from the soil are delivered to you through 

plants.  Through your digestion, those plants are converted to energy and nutrients that your body needs to power every

biological system that propels you through life. You could say that plants are the conduit between the earth and every

cell in your body. (Eating animal protein is also a conduit, but indirectly. The nutrients make a few more stops and tend

to be altered in the process.)


Gardening.  Along with being medicine you eat, growing food, flowers, or herbs is good for your soul. There’s something so fulfilling about watching tiny sprouts pop through the soil in the spring, or seeing the seedlings that you started indoors take off and actually produce tomatoes or peppers.  Getting your hands dirty in the garden also helps boost your immune system. All those microbes in the dirt make you hardier and more resistant to outside invaders, such as bacteria, viruses, and allergens.


Aromatherapy. Lilacs blooming, freshly cut grass, or newly picked basil all have distinctive smells which affect your 

brain in different ways. Smell is also considered the strongest sense when it comes to evoking memories.  The theory

behind aromatherapy is that different scents are used for different purposes based on how they affect you. Lavender is

relaxing and promotes sleep. Citrus scents are uplifting and energizing, and floral scents are calming. Eucalyptus, such as mint and menthol, open up your sinuses. The power of smell to heal may be subtle, but it is also effective.


Herbs. Many herbs, whether Chinese or otherwise, are the basis for a number of medications on the market today. 

Researchers and drug companies are exploring what the traditional cultures have known for millennia; herbs are

medicine with a powerful ability to heal.  Many of those herbs are growing right outside your door. For example, mint

can benefit your eyes, calm irritability, and soothe your liver. The bitter and cold properties of dandelion can help to

clear heat, and can also be used for urinary tract infections. Tea made from chrysanthemum flowers can ease a cold or

the flu, especially if you’re running a fever. They can calm down red, dry, and painful eyes, and soothe headaches and

dizziness.


Outdoor Therapy.  Also known as forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku by the Japanese, dozens of research studies have 

documented that getting outside and spending time in nature is good for your health. Scientists have discovered that

outdoor therapy can lower your blood pressure, decrease your stress, improve your immunity, and ward off depression. 

One of the theories as to why walking in the woods has health benefits is because there are subtle scents given off in

nature, most notably from evergreens, but from other trees and plants as well. The effects of spending time outside is so

compelling that some doctors are now writing nature prescriptions—instructions to spend time in a local park or woods.

 

My back deck looks out over a small oak forest that I can watch as the seasons change. Throughout the year, I hear owls,

wild turkeys, and songbirds that are sheltered by the trees. For me, sitting on the deck and looking into the forest is

therapeutic. It’s calming after a busy day and good for my soul. And it’s a testament to the healing power of plants

                                                                                                                                                                                 ~ By Lynn Jaffee 

 HEY MR. GREEN! 

                     

Hey Mr. Green, What is the most fuel-efficient speed to drive?

About 55 miles per hour is the optimum speed for most cars. Kick it up to 65 mph and you are 8 percent less efficient; at 80 mph you are 28 percent less efficient. Slowing down can also mean reducing your carbon footprint. In 2008, The New York Times estimated that when the 55-miles-per-hour speed limit was in effect, we were saving about 2.56 billion gallons of gasoline a year.

                                                  

Gas consumption has increased by 16.9 percent since 1995, when the limit was abolished, so if we reinstated the 55 mph rule, we could be saving about 3 billion gallons today, or more than 2 percent of the gasoline burned in motor vehicles. We’ve had an almost 17 percent hike in motor vehicle fuel consumption since 1995, thanks to the fact that we have added more than 70 million more vehicles to the fleet, while improving gas mileage a paltry 3.5 mpg. 

 

Hey Mr. Green, What are your thoughts about bathroom habits and being kind to Mother Earth?


Is there a right amount of time to spend in the shower to save water? Temperature of the water? Straight razors versus disposable? I grew up with a minimum-flush policy, based on the well-known proverb “If it’s yellow, let it mellow. If it’s brown, flush it down.” I continue to follow this tradition and strongly recommend it to all. Even a low-flush toilet uses about 1.25 gallons of water per flush. Since the average person urinates about eight times a day, a frequent-flushing family of four could go through 40 gallons daily on a regular basis.

     

As for shower time and temperature, moderation is always recommended. The average U.S. household uses 300 

gallons of water a day; 40 states have reported that they expect water shortages in the coming years, even without 

drought.

     

Household water consumption is about 13 percent of our total freshwater use, while 45 percent of freshwater is used 

for electric power generation and another 33 percent for irrigation. Total U.S. consumption is around 306,000 million 

gallons of freshwater a day.

     

Also consider ditching the liquid soap, which now accounts for 70 percent of hand and body soap sales. Bar soap costs

a lot less per wash than liquid soap and has a lighter environmental impact. Still, soap bar sales continue to slip. Among 

the main reasons for this depressing shift, which only began around 1980, is the belief that liquid soap is more hygienic. 

Not true, according to authorities such as the Mayo Clinic. It may be easier to handle liquid soap because the bottle 

doesn’t leap out of your hands or get gooey. If that’s an issue for you, try the recently invented SOAPSTANDLE, a nifty 

little plastic gadget that fits onto a soap bar. It elevates the bar just enough to prevent it from getting soggy, while also 

helping you maintain a firm grip on the soap.


As for that straight razor, while it has less direct environmental impact than other methods of shaving, in many cases

the medical risks might well offset the environmental benefits. When you’re shaving—whatever your implement of 

choice—or brushing your teeth, please don’t let the water run continuously during these rituals, as you can waste several

gallons of water in the process.                                                    

~ Ask Mr. Green by Bob Schildgen 

      SUMMER GARDENING TIPS

Ah, summer!  There's so much to look forward to this season. Whether you’re inviting over friends and family for barbecues or taking that much-needed vacation, most people can agree that summertime is the highlight of their year.  But, summer is the season for gardening, as well. The warm climate and sunshine allow for plants and flowers to reach their full potential. Although Mother Nature is on your side, it doesn’t hurt to have summer gardening tips in your back pocket.  Here are five summer gardening tips to help you grow your best summer garden yet.

                                                                     

1. Plan for weeds!  Weeds can be inevitable, even in the most well-kept gardens. As the weather gets warmer, the 
weeds come out, but there are ways of deterring them from growing in your garden. We recommend: Applying mulch, 
using weed mats, cultivating.


2. Fertilize - There are many types of fertilizer on the market, so make sure to ask a gardening expert which fertilizer 
will work best in your garden. The healthiest gardens use some type of fertilizer because most soil does not provide an 
adequate amount of nutrients to plants and flowers.


3. Plant vegetables -  The warmer months are the best time to plant these vegetables: Beans, Celery, Corn, Peppers, 
Squash, Zucchini.  Longer days and warmth of the soil allow for these types of vegetables to thrive in the summer.


4. Prepare the soil - The best type of soil allows for roots to develop quickly and spread. Tilling helps break up the soil 
so nutrients and water can spread throughout the soil.


5. Remove dead foliage and leaves - If you begin to notice leaves yellowing, remove them immediately to prevent 
infection spreading to other leaves on the plant or flower.            

       ~ By Anna Reyes  

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

                                                               Seasonal Planting Dates 

Above Ground Crops

(i.e. corn, peppers, squash, etc.):  July: 4 - 5;  August: 1, 2,  9 - 10     September:  none                 

Below Ground Crops

(i.e. beets, carrots, radishes): July 22 - 25;  August 21, 28;     September 15 - 17, 24 - 25

Celebrate and co-create with Nature!  For more information about volunteer opportunities for upcoming events, please contact The Love Awakening of The Rodan Foundation:  livelove@theloveawakening.org