marți, 30 mai 2017

Naivia

Naivia e o planeta pe care mi-am petrecut destul de mult timp in ultimii ani. E colorata, magica, idilica si gazduieste o gramada de fiinte, cum numai in povesti poti citi. Daca poposesti acolo, incepi sa-ti aduci aminte cum era sa fii copil, cat sens faceau basmele citite de parinti sau de bunici, si cat de mult te-a schimbat lumea. E tare greu sa fii naiv, sa mai gandesti ca un copil si sa mai visezi ca atunci! Desi nimeni nu mai are nevoie de naivitate pe lumea asta, eu cred ca nu-i asa! Avem nevoie de puritate, de ceva cald si din suflet, de curajul de-a ne exprima simplu... Avem nevoie de o noua lume, in care sa fim iar copiii care-am fost odata!

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Naivia is a planet where I spent most of my latest years. It's colorful, magic, bucolic and it's full of marvelous beings, as you'd read in a fairy tale. If you happen to go there, you're gonna start remembering how it was to be a child, how clever were the fairy tales, and how much you've changed...It's very hard to be ingenuous, to think like a child and to have your childhood dreams. Even though nobody needs ingenuity anymore, I think quite the contrary! WE need it badly, we need something warm and soulful, we need the simplicity of expression... We need a new world, where we can again be the children we once were!

              
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joi, 25 mai 2017

Povestea Obligenei/ The legend of Sweet Flag

 În Vechiul Testament stă scris că Dumnezeu i-a poruncit lui Moise să folosească trestia mirositoare, împreună cu alte plante aromatice din zona respectivă cu care să facă un ulei pentru a-şi freca corpul când se apropie de Tabernacol.

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In the Old Testament it's mentioned that God commended Moses to use sweet flag and other aromatic herbs and make an ointment, which he should use when he comes close to the Tabernacle



marți, 23 mai 2017

Pintea Viteazul/ Pintea the Brave

Am ascultat odata la radio o bucatica din melodia asta. De-atunci, am tot cautat melodia intreaga, dar n-am gasit-o neam! Zilele astea am dat de ea pe Yutube, in generosul portofoliu al lui Fabr1s. In sfarsit, am ascultat-o pe toata....si e tare frumoasa.
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I've listened to a piece of this song on the radio some time ago. Since then, I searched for it, but wouldn't find it at all! One of these days, on Fabr1s's Youtube channel, I finally found it. At last, I listened to all of it....and it's so nice.
It's a song about an outlaw who stood against the tyranny of the landowners. His name was Pintea the brave, and he was loved by the folk of Romania. There are many folk songs about this man, but this particular one is straight from the heart of Transylvania, recorded from a peasant, as he knew it from his ancestors. So it is a very special version of the folklore based on Pintea the Outlaw.


luni, 22 mai 2017

Tinerete fara batranete si viata fara de moarte/ Youth without age and life without death

Ce-ar fi daca le-am putea avea? Cum ar arata vietile noastre? Am fi mai fericiti?
Cititi basmul aici, si veti gasi raspunsurile...

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What if we'd have it? How would our lives look like? Would we be happier?
Read the folk tale here and you'll find your answers...

"Tinerete fara batranete...", tempera pe placaj, rama de lemn sculptat, aprx. 40x50cm.




sâmbătă, 20 mai 2017

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vineri, 12 mai 2017

Povestea Rostopascai/ The legend of Celandine

Pe aceasta planta galbuie si discreta a imortalizat-o chiar si Albrecht Durer in picturile lui, din recunostinta pentru vindecarea unei boli de ficat de care suferea. Vechii romani ii spuneau "Chelidonium", adica "Darul Cerului", iar puterea ei vindecatoare o asemanau puterii soarelui. Mai tarziu, alchimistii au incercat sa o transforme in aur, asa de impresionati au fost de culoarea portocalie a laptelui de rostopasca.

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This discrete yellow flower was painted by Albrecht Durer himself, as an offering for curing him of a liver disease. The Romans named it "Chelidonium", which means "Gift of the sky", and they considered it as powerful as the sun. Later, alchemists tried to transform it into gold, impressed by its orange milk.


miercuri, 10 mai 2017

Povestea Busuiocului/ The legend of Basil

Era  pe vremea cand lumea cauta crucea pe care fusese rastignit Mantuitorul. Imparateasa Elena a poposit pe muntele Golgota, iar acolo era un loc unde crescuse mult busuioc. Vazand aceasta, Imparateasa a pus oamenii sa sape acolo, si astfel s-a gasit crucea Mantuitorului.

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It was in the times when people were searching for Christ's cross. The Empress Helen, mother of Constantine, went to mount Golgotha and found there a place where lots of basil have grown. Seeing this, the Empress told people to dig in that place, and so the Holy Cross was found.


luni, 8 mai 2017

Povestea Mentei/ The story of Peppermint

Menta era o nimfa minunat de frumoasa. Hades s-a indragostit de ea, iar Persefona a devenit atat de geloasa, incat a ingropat-o pe Menta in pamant. Curand, din pamant a crescut  o planta frumos mirositare. Aceasta e legenda Mentei.

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Peppermint was a beautiful nymph. Hades fell in love with her, but Persephone became so jealous, that she cursed Peppermint and buried her alive. After a while, a pleasant scented plant grew from the grounds where Peppermint was buried. So this is the legend of Peppermint.


vineri, 5 mai 2017

Povestea Musetelului/ The story of Chamomile

Musetel era fiul unei vadane. Si erau saraci, dar avand sufletele bune isi duceau zilele cu voie buna si speranta. Intr-o zi, batrana vaduva s-a imbolnavit, iar Musetel a plecat sa caute vreo planta de leac care sa-i vindece mama. Mergand el, a ajuns intr-o vale plina de flori si a inceput sa le culeaga plangand. Zana Florilor l-a auzit si l-a intrebat de ce plange. Musetel i-a povestit despre mama lui, iar Zana i-a promis ca o va face bine, cu conditia ca el sa fie transformat intr-o floare. Astfel, Musetel a ajuns floarea care ne curata de multe boli si suferinte.

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Chamomile was the sun of a widow. They were poor, but they were living in peace, for they had good hearts. One day, the old widow fell sick and Chamomile left his home to go find healing herbs for his mother. He went into a valley full of flowers and he started picking them, while crying. The Flower Fairy heard his cries and told him that she can save his mother, but she'll have to transform him into a flower. Chamomile accepted the deal and now we have this delicate flower which helps us with many sufferings.

joi, 4 mai 2017

Povestea Cicorii/ The story of Chicory

Cicoarea era o fata frumoasa, iar Soarele s-a indragostit de ea si a trimis cei doi Luceferi sa o peteasca. Dar pe cat de fumoasa era, pe atat de mandra se tinea aceasta fata. Cand au ajuns Luceferii sa-i dea vestea, ea a refuzat sa-l ia pe Soare de sot, spunand ca nu-i de ea unul care mai tot timpul e plecat la drum, prin ceruri. Soarele s-a infuriat de refuzul fetei si a transformat-o intr-o floare care-si deschide petalele doar cand e soarele pe cer.
Cicoarea e buna ca planta de leac pentru angiocolita, deschinezii biliare, constipatii cornice, colicistita, tuse, insuficienta cardiaca, seboree, hepatita , congestii hepatice, crampe la stomac, viermi intestinali, afectiuni renale (litiaza şi dischinezie), diabet zaharat, guta. De asemenea, pulberea obtinuta din cicoare este un bun inlocuitor pentru cafea.

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Chichory was a beautiful maiden and the Sun fell in love with her. He sent two stars to propose, but Chicory refused him. Angry, the Sun transformed her into a flower which opens up its petals only when it has sunlight.
Chicory is a good remedy for kidney problems, cough, hepatitis, intestinal worms, diabetes, cardiac problems etc. It is also used as a coffee substitute.


miercuri, 3 mai 2017

Povestea Salviei/ The story of Sage

Legenda spune ca Salvia a fost binecuvantata de Maica Domnului cu puteri miraculoase. Salvia i-a adapostit pe Maica Domnului  si pe Pruncul ei de soldatii lui Irod, cand a fost marea prigoana asupra pruncilor. Astfel, de-a lungul timpului, Salvia a fost considerata buna la nenumarate boli, dar si folositoare la alungarea duhurilor rele.
Denumirea plantei vine din latinescul salvare, a salva, a vindeca. Ceaiul de salvie este bun pentru prevenirea si tratamentul infarctului miocardic si a durerilor generale coronariene. Pulberea de salvie, cate o lingurita de patru ori pe zi, in cure de 21 de zile, cu pauza de zece zile, se recomanda in caz de colita, enterocolita, colita de fermentatie, diverticulita.
Ceaiul de salvie are un puternic efect revigorant mentinand tineretea celulelor care formeaza scoarta cerebrala si actioneaza benefic asupra unor hormoni importanti care mentin tineretea organismului. Studiile recente arata ca salvia actioneaza la fel cu cele mai noi tratamente in sindromul Alzheimer. Ceaiul de salvie, consumat zilnic, cate o cana, mai ales de persoanele de varsta a treia, fortifica intregul organism, fereste de atacurile de apoplexie, calmeaza spasmele musculare, reduce tremurul mainilor, durerile de coloana, imbunatateste memoria, scade tensiunea si detoxifica organismul. Baile cu salvie inlatura oboseala, confera pielii o aroma placuta si mentin un tonus psihic bun.

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Sage (Salvia Officinalis) is said to have been blessed by the Virgin Mary herself. When Herod led the persecution of infants, it is said that Sage was the only plant who hid and sheltered the Holy Virgin and her Son. So, beside its attributes as a very popular healing herb, it is also known as a demon remover.
Its name comes from the Latin word salvare, to save, to cure. The sage tea is good for the prevention of myocardial infarction and coronary pains, it recharges the cells from the cerebral cortex, it keep the body young and it cleans it. Sage baths remove fatigue, add a pleasant fragrance to the skin and keep up the mind tonus. 


marți, 2 mai 2017

Legendele plantelor de leac/ Legends of the healing herbs

Pentru ca naturelul mi-e simtitor si pentru ca am fost pricopsita cu fire de artist, sunt interesata de latura umanista a tuturor problemelor. Am o "Enciclpedie a plantelor", dar e prea tehnica pentru mine si nu prea inteleg chestiunile de chimie si biologie. Totusi, plantele de leac ma intereseaza in mod special pentru proprietatile lor si pentru beneficiile pe care ni le ofera, dar si pentru cultura creata in jurul lor. Si am observat ca oamenii vechi le dadeau o mare insemnatate. Iar daca noi, modernii, avem tendinta de a minimaliza importanta lucrurilor, cei din vechime faceau exact invers. Ei croiau legende, croiau traditii, ritualuri si cultura, si faceau din putin- ceva! 
Astfel, prima poveste este cea a Sunatoarei, care e considerata Planta Sfantului Ioan Botezatorul. In popor se zicea ca cine culege sunatoarea de ziua Sf. Ioan (pe 24 iunie) si o pune seara sub perna, ii apare sfantul in vis si il binecuvanteaza. Sunatoarea este, deci, o buruiana buna care ne ajuta in probleme cum ar fi depresia, alcoolism, epilepsie, psoriazis, artrită reumatoidă, ulcer, coşmaruri la copii,  gastrite hiperacide, ulcer gastric, hepatite, colite, colecistite, dischinezie biliară, enterocolite cronice, arsuri, răni. 
Cum se face ceaiul de sunatoare? Iaca-sa!
La 300 ml de apă clocotită se adaugă o linguriţă de flori uscate sau frunze şi se lasă la infuzat 10-15 minute.
Aroma infuziei de sunătoare este destul de puternică, gustul uşor amărui şi pronunţat iar culoarea arămie.

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Saint John's wort. It is said that this herb was Saint john's herb, and it's best picked on his holy day. So, on June 24th, this herb has the most power and even magical properties. Pick it and put it under your pillow, on the evening of the 24th and you'll dream Saint John himself, blessing you.
Saint John's wort cures affections like depression, alcoholism, epilepsy, ulcers, arthritis, states of insanity, gastritis, kidney troubles, colitis, burn plagues etc. 
Here is a simple tea recipe
In 300 ml boiled water, you put one teaspoon of powdered herb (leafs and flower) and let it infuse for 10- 15 minutes.
Its flavor is quite strong, with a slightly bitter taste and a redish color.