People know me as an Artist. For many many years I have been creating in the metals and producing very large outdoor Public Art Sculptures for San Diego, down by the water front, for Hospitals and Botanical Gardens. I will always be a creative type however these days I am being pulled on this awakening path of Creativity and Healing. Creating wellness for myself, family, and friends who are inclined is a new passion for me. It must be my age. Propagating wellness throughout our lives is a daily responsibility. Living in balance with nature is not only a concept but a solution to permeate wellness in our lives. With so many toxins and stresses and (miss) adventures, it is time to adjust to our new solutions for ourselves and our planet. For the better we are rediscovering new ways based on ancient indigenous traditions to resolve some of today’s issues. Be ready the information is downloading fast.
A Journey of Self for Health
Recently I needed to get away, to get back in touch with nature, and to renew my connection to my courageous self. I decided to get away from it all. I told everyone I was going on a soul pleasing journey to Costa Rica…alone for 3 weeks in the rain forest. In the past, my favorite adventures include searching for pure waterfalls and finding the inner peace these majestic waters give off from the enormous amount negative ions they produce. I wonder who said “Don’t go chasing waterfalls”? Waterfalls fascinate my soul.
I did the research and solidified my arrangements. I felt comfortable with my choices and plans. For the first 5 days and nights. I was nestled in a 6 room villa in Dominical, (Waterfall Villa) above a gorgeous naturally cascading crystal clean waterfall in the jungle.
My Waterfall in Dominical Costa Rica
Under the waterfall I spent time reflecting and enjoying this earthy sweet treasure, I received so much love from the waterfall. Just knowing that the water is pure, clean and originating from an underground aquifer higher in elevation, gives me peace. Each of my senses was gratified. The aroma of nature, the visual of the water cascading gently all around my being, the sounds were penetrating yet quiet. I certainly found a healthy and safe way to absorb the rain forest. The villa has a Balinese feel and warmth and was just what I needed to relax, do some yoga and eat very healthy vegan food. This journey was truly feeding my soul.
Medicinal Food Forest Pau d Arco and Tumeric
The next week of the adventure took me to a farm, (una Finca) a 35 year old food forest in Pedrigrosso 1 hr. north of my waterfall in Dominical. The name of the farm is Alba Nueva, New Dawn. This took me back in time to a beautiful sustainable way of living in harmony with Nature and The Soil, although the comforts were minimal, I surly valued the mosquito net and cool daily shower. Each morning we would wake with the sun to a special brew of Medicinal Tea. Soon I would learn the health benefits of the ancient ingredients for this healing tonic of Pau d Arco, Tumeric and Ginger.
Lia Strell with the dried ingredients
The inner bark of the Pau d Arco Tree has been used for centuries as a traditional folklore medicine in Tropical Meso America. The trees were sacred to the Mayas and Incas because of wide range healing. Today people are rediscovering the health benefits of the bark’s ability to restore the body’s natural defenses against disease.
Tumeric (Curcuma) has been used for centuries as an effective botanical medicine. It has a rejuvenating effect on the liver pancreas and digestive system.It is a potent anti inflammatory agent for arthritis pain and stiffness.
Ginger is a revered herbal medicine from China which increases circulation and cleanses the body of impurities.
When combined these three powerful natural ingredients purify the blood, clean the lungs, kidneys and intestines while eliminating infections and parasites. Also this formula improves digestion, balances the nervous system and hormonal function. We can protect against disease, prevent cancer and purify the blood. It takes daily attention and natural healing.
Ed Cutting down Pau d Arco Branch
Ed Bernhardt author of “Medicinal Plants of Costa Rica” and the gentleman of the farm has researched and fine tuned this restorative formula for over 30 years. The tea functions as an organic tonic for improving the function of the body and overall health. The Alba Nueva Tea prevents cancer, protects the immune system and purifies the blood. I said to myself. I can use this Restorative Tea for myself and share with my family and friends. When making the plans, I knew that I was going to process medicinal herbs on the farm but I had no idea about the significance of the formula and its healing properties. Every morning we worked on the land either picking and cleaning roots, or chopping down branches of Pau d Arco before setting each out to dry. Grinding was last and a special chore for Jessica, Ed’s beautiful wife and partner. Working with these healing plants from the soil gives new perspective on how the indigenous ways are truly reminding us how to stay healthy. Drinking the tea daily as a ritual is a simple way to stay healthy and vibrant.
The gift I have received from Jessica and Ed on my adventure in Costa Rica is a blessing. It is time for healing to permeate through Permaculture in limitless and bountiful ways. We are now in the “Nature’s wellvolution”. Taking responsibility daily for our vitality and health in naturally creative ways helps us in so many beneficial ways.
Jessica and the Alba Nueva Tea
It is an honor to now have a Pau D Arco Tree planted in my name
(Lia Strell) at Alba Nueva