Friday Review – Creating Sanctuary: Sacred Garden Spaces, Plant-Based Medicine, and Daily Practices to Achieve Happiness and Well-Being

Screen Shot 2018-06-07 at 1.37.33 PM.pngYes! This was pure perfection!Of course I loved the beautiful photos but it was so much more than that. For me, gardening has become one of my grounding exercises.
When I step outside into nature it transforms me in ways I can’t even explain. We need to take time away from our our busy lives and for each of us that means something different. Finding the thing that makes you feel whole again, that allows you breathe without expectations can only help you find yourself in times of uncertainty. We’re so focused on work, news and even social media that we forget those things don’t make us whole. The only fragment our lives in ways that, most of the time, aren’t conducive to a happy life. Screen Shot 2018-06-07 at 1.36.24 PM.png
Although I love gardening already, this book made me fall in love with all over again! Learning about types of plants, layering your garden and how to bring solace and peace into your life by getting back to nature really made me appreciate this book…more than I thought it would.
It takes a good read sometimes to wake us up and this was that for me.

Creating Sanctuary: Sacred Garden Spaces, Plant-Based Medicine, and Daily Practices to Achieve Happiness and Well-Being

by Jessi Bloom
Shawn Linehan (Photographs)
We all need a personal sanctuary—a place where we can be in harmony with the natural world and can nurture our bodies, minds, and souls. And this sanctuary doesn’t have to be an exotic destination, it can be in your own backyard. In her new book, Creating Sanctuary, bestselling author Jessi Bloom taps into multiple sources of traditional plant wisdom to help readers find a deeper connection to the outdoor space they already have—no matter the size. Equal parts inspirational and practical, this engaging guide includes tips on designing a healing space, plant profiles for 50 sacred plants, recipes that harness the medicinal properties of plants, and simple instructions for daily rituals and practices for self-care. Projects include herbal-based salves and creams, an herbal dream pillow, a smudge stick, a more. Hands-on, inspiring, and beautiful, Creating Sanctuary is a must-have for nature lovers and gardeners seeking new ways to revitalize their lives
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Jessi Bloom

Jessi Bloom is an award-winning ecological landscape designer, professional horticulturalist, and certified arborist. She is lead designer and owner of N.W. Bloom—EcoLogical Landscapes, known for innovation in sustainable landscape design, construction, and maintenance. Jessi is committed to educating others and now spends much of her time teaching, consulting, and speaking nationwide in addition to designing landscapes.

Her best-selling book Free-Range Chicken Gardens has been praised for being informative and inspiring, changing the way people integrate animals into their landscapes. Recognition for her work includes awards from the Washington State Department of Ecology, the American Horticultural Society, Pacific Horticulture magazine, Sunset magazine, the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association, and the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals. She lives north of Seattle with her sons on her permaculture homestead.

You may also be interested in the author’s own Web site,

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