Nature’s Medicine

Elemental Musings” offers daily postings, for an undetermined amount of time, by a nature lover and elder in transition in the Blue Ridge Mountain area of North Western N. Carolina.

I have always felt, even as a small child, that nature in all of her beauty and unpredictability was a sanctuary where I felt most “at home”. As I watched the short film below about 95-year-old Oom (uncle) Johannes and his relationship with nature a sense of kinship filled my heart.

This wise elder, his stories, daily seeking for natures healing herbs, deep connection with the natural world, and his intimate awareness of what sustains us as human beings is the type of “medicine to the soul” we need to shift consciousness as we continue to re-discover this deep interconnection that has always been present.

Oom (uncle) Johannes is known by many names: herb doctor, healer, story teller, and teacher. Although he is already 95 years old, he still dedicates his time and energy to walking the lands near his home in search of healing herbs. For Johannes, nature is medicine to the soul and can be used in many ways to aid healing.

To follow our film making journey – More information about Oom Johannes’s herbs and the work he does – Filmed in the Karoo, near Beaufort West, South Africa.

Post by Gaye Abbott, 7/29/21, Natural Passages Consulting.

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