Happy Valentine's Day 🌸💖🌈
Hummingbirds enjoy feeding on hibiscus and fuchsia flowers... more welcome colors captured along Deb's journey to learn more about hummingbirds in Ecuador 🧚🏾♂️💚🌺
Last week, Deb joined her friend Beth to study hummingbirds in Ecuador with Rocίo Alarcón and a special group of herbalists and healers from South America, North America, and Europe. Rocίo brought her good friend, Dr. Patricio Mena, to lecture on several species of hummingbirds that live in the Quito area. He told them that about 8,000 flowering plants in the Americas rely on hummingbirds for nectar and pollen. Of the 360 known species of hummingbirds in the Americas, approximately 133 different species live in Ecuador. Rocίo says that the Amazon region is the Earth's lungs with its huge diversity of plants and birds, important for the health of all of us.
For those of you feeling chilly in the glittering icy morning following the winter storm... here's a bit of warmth from Ecuador! Our herbalist Deb enjoying the early morning sweet fragrance from a Brumancia flower. These magnificent flowers are beloved by the sword-billed hummingbird and people alike.
Early February, in the north country, is the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. The returning light is noticeable. This is a time to celebrate the fires that warm our hearts and homes, to light candles and let the fire of inspiration wake us up. It is the time to begin envisioning the future we want to see, where love flourishes, where healing herbs and nourishing food are accessible to all people, and Mother Earth is cared for in peaceful ways.
Read in our latest newsletter: Living Open-Hearted with Deb Soule 💗 Our favorite Valentine's Day gifts (yes, it's coming up in just a couple weeks!) 🎁 PLUS Receive 20% OFF Extra Echinacea & Elderberry Elixir for immune health with discount code IMMUNE20. Link in bio!
The brightness of calendula oil is an uplifting sight in the winter months! Our herbalist and founder, Deb Soule, enjoys working with it to make calendula salves as special gifts for women. Calendula supports healthy vaginal tissue and makes a wonderful breast massage oil or salve 🧡