Rose Gone WILD

From my native garden in the front yard, where we planted everything but a lawn. We have white and purple sages, buckwheat, coffeeberry, lemonade berry, ceanothus, and a sprawling wild Rock Rose.

I loved the way the sun was shining on these hot pink blooms. No filter, nothing but natural beauty.

Rock Rose

The flower is used to make medicine and is commonly used in Bach flower remedies. Rock Rose is purported to treat panic, stress, extreme fright or fear, and anxiety; and for promoting calmness and relaxation.

The oleo-resin obtained from the leaves and stems is used as a commercial food flavoring in baked goods, ice cream, and chewing gum.

Leaves, flowers, and stems can all be harvested and used to make tea. I haven’t tried it yet, but I plan to do it soon.

Mother Nature’s Amazing Aloe Vera Flowers

aloeflowers1Who says cacti and succulents aren’t beautiful?

For the longest time, these aloe vera plants never revealed the beauty that lay deep within their DNA.

And then they burst forth with vibrant reddish-orange spikes tipped with yellow.

They must be filled with nectar because the hummingbirds linger.

Not only is aloe beneficial for a variety of skin and digestive ailments — we all know that aloe relieves the pain of a burn, but did you know Cleopatra used it as part of her beauty routine?

Maybe she used this sugar scrub:  Mix together two tbsp. of aloe vera, 2 tbsp. of brown sugar and 1 tsp. of  lemon juice.

Mother Nature is so AMAZING.

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Flowers, Aloe Vera, Native plants aloeflower2 aloeflower4All together now, take a deep breath. Namaste!