Sketch of the in my moleskine art journal is of a Pandan tree and fruit which is native to Malaysia and they are Hardy trees which can grow by the beach. The leaves can be woven to make mats and baskets. The fruits are edible too but i have never tried.
The Oak Tree is revered for its magical healing powers.
Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of an Oak leaf.
Highgate wood in North London has many old oak trees. It’s a beautiful and magical place and is my favourite London park.
It’s London tree week and in celebration of trees all over London, there are interactive installations, tree tours and talks organised by London authority to remind us to appreciate them. http://www.london.gov.uk
Tree hugging connects me with nature and brings balance back into my life.
I love nature but dont often have time to go into the forest so I found another way. To hug a tree every day. It makes me smile and I feel happier for it.
Try it. You may like it too!
And ask the tree you feel connected to for a blessing 🙂
Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of Alexandrian Laurel. Calophyllum inophyllum. Commonly know locally in Penang, Malaysia as Penaga laut. It is an evergreen tree that favours sandy coastal soil with white fragrant flowers that only last a day.
It is nature’s medicine chest. Every part of the plant can be used.
Traditional Medicinal uses:
Bark – treat diarrhoea, rheumatism and wounds
Leaves – soothe sore eyes, treat dysentry, cuts, skin rash and ulcers. Inhalation of leaves can treat migraine and vertigo
Flowers – heart tonic and essential oil from flower has anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties
Seed oil – treat rheumatism, ulcers, boils and ringworm
Fruit oil – made into soaps and lighting fuel
Timber – hardwood to make furniture and boats