Wednesday, October 18, 2017
I will never forget the first time I ate a beet. This wasn’t just any old canned or supermarket beet, no. This beet had started as a seed that I planted, watered, sang to, pulled from the dirt and rinsed off. I thought I didn’t like beets, but I was wrong!
That experience has happened many times over as I’ve learned about and grown a wide variety of fruits and vegetables over the last few years.
That is where my journey into natural medicine began. As I worked on the farm I began to change--physically, mentally, and spiritually. I found that eating whole foods gave me more energy, and instead of craving junk, I started to crave fresh salads and crunchy raw rainbow carrots. My taste bud’s idea of “sweet” changed from candy to candy cane beets.
I learned about the powerful anti-viral properties of garlic and oregano oil. I’d never been one to rely on pills much when in pain, and began to learn what alternatives there were so I could stop using “bandaid medicine” altogether.
We have been taught to trust our doctors, nurses and pharmaceutical companies. They know what’s best, right? But what did we do before the hospitals, clinics, and politics got involved in our health care? We sought the WISDOM of the elders, healers, and the medicine men and women.
Here’s a great article on the origins of our modern day medical system: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=114045132 Interesting!
Little by little I have started to return to the earth for the answers to my ailments. Each time I am pleasantly surprised at not just the effectiveness of natural medicine, but the vastness of solutions I find for each issue. Because we all different bodies, what works for me may not work for you, and vice versa.
Yuri and I met about three years ago, during my first visit to Puerto Rico. We quickly found that we had much in common and I was amazed by his profound knowledge of natural medicine, benefits of ancient foods, and the connectedness of our internal body systems.
He has spent years studying, researching, and applying this knowledge to his life and sharing with those who are searching. As he’s taught me so much over these 3 years, I kept thinking that he needs to be heard! This information is vital, and he has uncovered what is being lost and misrepresented as pseudo- science.
Hurricane Maria and the conditions in which we are living has brought this thought to the forefront. We want not only to share this knowledge, but to show through our personal trials and example how much healing can come from eating and caring for yourself, using nature.
I’d like to now share with you what we are going to do and how you can help us with this life mission: https://www.youcaring.com/alivioverde-981725
Slowly, a movement is beginning in Puerto Rico. We want to be at the forefront, providing natural, non-toxic solutions to everyday problems.
We are forming a company called Alivio Verde which translates to Green Relief but we are using a play on words “Re-leaf,” as part of our marketing. Our focus includes starting a medicinal garden and sharing bilingual information daily through Instagram, Facebook and soon YouTube as well.
After creating the gardens and cultivating in the two spaces we currently have, all other funds will be “seed money” to purchase land for future growth!
Please share and forward this email onto anyone who might be interested in contributing to a healthier and wholistic future for Puerto Rico.
Our Instagram is @alivioverde and here is a link to our Facebook - https://m.facebook.com/AlivioVerdePR/#!/AlivioVerdePR/
SarahJoy and Yuri Iván
Upcycling some zinc panels torn off of building by Maria.
The first donations will go towards soil for these garden beds:
A few medicinal plants to start: