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Araki Family

We are a Japanese and Australian couple with two young children. We are passionate about natural living and about creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children. In this blog, we share some of our life and our vision of a home-based, natural and organic life. We also welcome your input, ideas, tips and experiences.

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  1. February 11, 2010 9:10 pm

    Your blog is beautiful. It looks so clean and fresh. xxxxxxxx

  2. Judy Harvey permalink
    February 28, 2010 10:40 am

    Hi Filippa – I think you create wonderful blogs. I too am a fan of Gotu Kola – I often eat 15 leaves a day and have never had any bad effects. I notice that there is quite a lot growing near he entrance of the Eco Village – it has a distinctive taste so I always know I have the correct one. Have you noticed it is shaped like a brain? an interesting indicator of a plant’s potential.

    I also love the abundance of lemon grass growing all over the Eco Village and this has wonderful uses:

    two or three of these bruised stalks, chopped into half inch pieces and steeped in a pot of nearly boiling water, make a tea to aid digestion, ease menstrual cramps, reduce stress and promote a calm night’s sleep. Take those same stalks and rub their oil over your skin and you have a natural mosquito repellent—lemongrass is a common ingredient in candles and incense used to repel bugs. They can also be used topically for anti-fungal and antiseptic purposes. Yet another way to use the stalks is to tie them into a sachet and drop them into a bathtub for a soothing aromatherapy experience. Given the stress of modern life—and the risks such as heart attacks that come with it—we consider these aids to relaxation as beneficial as the Malay warriors surely found their use of lemongrass centuries ago.

    Regards Judy Harvey (5 Natures Close)

    • Filippa permalink*
      February 28, 2010 11:46 am

      Thank you Judy! Well after reading your comment, I am resolved to have a lovely cup of lemon grass tea picked fresh from my garden every evening!

  3. Rebecca Stoneman permalink
    March 10, 2010 9:28 pm

    Hi Judy,

    What fantastic inspiration you give towards lemon grass. I have an abundance of it in my kitchen garden and since it grows without any of my help, I tend not to give it much thought.

    I am now inspired to pick some and make some tea.

    • March 10, 2010 10:36 pm

      I’m certainly enjoying more frequent cups of it! lemon grass also makes a great “soft” edge to edge your garden and keep back the grass from invading. And, I can’t remember the season but there is a time when it’s good to cut it back and then the cut lemon grass makes a wonderful mulch. And don’t forget, you can rub it on your skin for a natural insect repellant or boil it on the stove for insect repellant in the air!

  4. April 2, 2010 8:09 pm

    Filippa and Kosuke – you are creating a haven for your family’s future … it’s something everyone should involve themselves in … shall send it through to my friends with delight …
    I grow my own mung beans and eat them fresh as they sprout … they’re delicious and extremely inexpensive … everyone can grow them and children would love to see the tiny sprouts pop out … then they can pop them in their mouths …
    It’s time people took responsibility for their children’s health … your blog is great … congratulations !

    Thank you … hugs Gina

  5. April 2, 2010 9:02 pm

    How lovely to see you here Gina! We shall come up the mountain to visit you soon!! Thanks for your positive feedback. So you mean you actually grow mung beans in the garden and not sprouting from dried beans? That sounds lovely!! One day I will become more of a gardener.

  6. Katja Enders permalink
    April 14, 2010 5:07 pm

    Hi Filippa,

    I have been scrolling up an down your beautiful blogs, comments and pictures and am smiling. Kacey is so right, your family and your way of life is a true inspiration…
    I am on the other side of the world and don’t have lemon grass in my back yard:-(, but have decided to start my own little garden with herbs and veggies that grow well in Germany 🙂

    Have a sunny day!

    • April 15, 2010 6:56 am

      Thank you Katja! Where on the other side of the world are you? And how did you find my blog? 🙂

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