May your dreams come true Why was I surprised not only finding Damask roses that grow wild on Crete, but also supremely cultivated on the East part of the island? And how did I find myself care-taking and distilling these roses a short year after I had started painting roses on paper in order to …
Ildiko Berecz carries two decades of experience in substantial conscious life-changing practices from her own journey on Planet Earth, along with being such a catalyst in other peoples’ lives through various personal aspects as an aromatic adventurer, holistic therapist, consultant, mentor, author, photographer, forager, distiller and plant alchemist. More reflections and continued extracts here from the aromatic plant journal, part two of Extractions and Distractions – A Survival Guide For Aromatic Living in Lockdown.
By sharing excerpts from her journal, plant alchemist Ildiko Berecz would like to offer some highlights of the past year of how life went on during the pandemic with almost a whole year of lockdown on the Mediterranean Island of Crete in Greece. It is highly emphasised that the journal is not a panacea for pandemic, neither complete nor unbiased, yet focuses on the bright side of a dark year with aromatic and medicinal plants.
Storytelling, myths, and symbolism appear in our lives from the moment we are born, if not earlier. Ever wondered what form they may take and how they permeate our inner world?… Perhaps, make yourself a soothing decoction from the wonderful leaves of Melissa, and then decide whether to continue reading my composition with an open mind, or else, start out with your own research to gain further experience.
Complementary therapies such as aromatherapy may significantly improve health conditions in a number of various areas from pain relief, mood enhancement, skin conditions, nausia, improved concentration all the way to anxiety and depression, to mention the least and perhaps some of the most common ones. Yet, it is very unexpected to have all this experienced by the side of someone close who gets diagnosed with breast cancer. And I found myself in a very special position both as a friend and an aromatherapist through the year of her healing…
“This trip was so full of conflict, argument and self-questioning; it was a struggle that had begun long before she had found herself on Cretan soil.” Sounds like a statement from me and my personal journey, or perhaps many of you reading these lines may feel sort of that way… Engaging in an aromatic journey through life-changing decisions, we are learning to embrace the past and with it reclaim our innate power to change and pursue a more healthy, inspired and balanced life.