Hearticultures.com

...perhaps it's time to just all be "people"

Mission Statement

Genuine, comprehensive dissemination of earth based, heart based, wisdom.
To go beyond traditional labels and conventional fears.
To go beyond the historical neurosis of the "culture" label.
Building the bridges, for all hearts, back to the land.

Nature vs Culture                                                                                                                                                         

   "Culture" has always been, and always will be nothing more than choices practiced into habits/dogma.

"Nature", however, has always been, and always will be, one specific realm.

While many "natural" cultures were necessarily/practically earth based, they all typically disempowered themselves with the inclusion of arbitrary, fearful, egoic, choices.

HEARTICULTURES is the emerging, powerful culture based on intuitive, comprehensive choices couched in natural wisdom, observation, and experience

...a Human culture, emanating from the Heart...

                            TOUM'S TREASURES 


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                     HE  SAYS,..

      My belief is in an underlying vibrational structure in the "Game of Man"...and my HOPE was in attracting a vibrationally matched partner,..governed by a "right brain", as opposed to my marginalized "left" version...that I should travel halfway across the earth to meet this person was neither a surprise nor an inconvenience...only western ideology & dogma maintain that the one who "completes us " should live across the street..

        My own journey to discovery was couched in decades of mindless labour and psychological warfare emulating an absurd ideology,..and achieved only through stubbornness and great good fortune, although I suffered no actual degree of struggle or depravation....

     By comparison, Toum's journey and achievements beggar the comprehension of the western status quo...Cursory imagination alone is required to visualize a career as a nurse in a war torn eastern country...AWE is required to visualize not only surviving, ..but emerging speaking 3 languages, with talents as a homeopath, herbalist, nutritionist, horticulturist, architect, humanitarian, teacher, and Prolineer.

      She shows us, daily, how to go beyond words, and collections of words ( culture, dogma, ideology )

      She shows us how to be " people "



      SHE SAYS,

     Nature,..happens by itself...

  It is something humans can't create...

  It is beautiful & wonderful,..it is miracles...

  Nature is destroyed by humans with the use of "technology"...

  Therefore, it deserves honour and protection...

  The "natural" thing now , to the Human, is a disaster naturally...

  To mitigate the problem stated, we need to improve our awareness, and create new bridges back to Nature...

  


                                                                                                    Toum & Jim at PhrathatLuang...Vientiane, Laos PDR

                        ...in addition to her many busy interests, Toum has begun a free school in her countryside home where she teaches English to local children , weekends & evenings...

           Toum has chosen to leverage her extensive experience and skills to form a Management and Consulting Company in her home area....her company will be handling the design and fabrication of ShangriLao in my absence ,..of course, Toum will be handling all of the plant work personally

                                           We have adopted a " blog" style format for the website, so from here on "down", the newest entries will be " on top "...

                                                                 AUGUST 2021

                                                      ...this week,.Sept 5-11,.Toum plants several new species...and welcomes her new Lotus crop,.in all it's variations!...

                                                                                           ...not new to ShangriLao,.just new to the world...baby sugarcane growing up...

                                                                                                               ...Toum's garden grows the most amazing beans!...

                                                                                                                          ...one of the thousands of floral residents...

                                                                                                    ...this is a typical,ordinary, Orchid that grows with a vine system...

                                                                                                         ...and this is an Orchid that grows with a stem in the ground...

                                                                                                         ...this incredible floral device is as of yet unnamed !...

                                                                                                                                        ...this should be a Rose...

                                                                                                          ...this is one version of Lotus native to ShangriLao...

                                                                                                                                               ...this is another...

                                                                                                                                ...and this is yet another!...

                                                                                                                                         ...this is a Sesame tree...

                                                                                                                                           ...this is a Wild Fig...

                                                                                                                                  ...this is also a Wild Fig...

                   ...this week,.. August 28-Sept 4,..Toum shares a short story about another of her backyard treasures,.the Aloe Vera plant, and glimpse of her Orchids...

                                                                                      ...Name; Aloaceae ( L ) Burm . f., Family; Aloe Babaddensis, Mill.Aloe indicaRoyale...

       ... while parts of the Aloe Vera can be eaten,..it is best known as a healer of burns,.and also slows bleeding,quells stomachache, and can be used as shampoo & body lotion!...

                                                                                                         ...at Shangri-Lao,.the collection of Orchids is extensive ...

                                                                    ...A last minute arrival this week,..the first Lotus of the new crop in Toums' amazing ponds at ShangriLao...

                                ...this week, Toum continues the endless horticulture at Shangri-La Garden Farm,..including sharing more, timely, herbal medicine...

                                                                         ...this is the vegetable-herb " Finger Root",..it is laxative, antibiotic and treats Dysentry,..it also treats Covid...

                                                                                                                              ...this is the " fruit " of Finger Root...

                                                                                                                          Scientific name; " Bosenbergia Rotunda "...

                                                                                                                                                 ( Linn ) ; Mansf    

                                                                                                                                              Thai name ; Krachai

                                                                 ...this is " Houtuynia Cordata ",.Kills several types of cancer cells,..is anti-inflammatory,..and skin nourishing...

                                                                                                                                         ...this is "King-of-Bitter"...

                                                                                                                   ...Scientific name ;" Andragraphis Paniculata'...

                                                                                                                 ...Family; "Acanthacae",..( Burm ) Wall ex Nees...

                     ...for sore throat, fever, cold,..and Covid...when mixed with Finger Root,or Houtuynia Cordata, and consumed as tea , or inhaled as steam, is extra powerful...

                                                                                                       ...shoots of Lemon Grass soaking,..to be planted in a day or two...

                                                                                             ...this week, Toum shares the story of the amazing Bamboo Shoot...

                                                                                                                                Name; Bamboosa  Spp.

              

                                                                                                   ...while young & tender Bamboo shoots can be made into soup...

                                                                                    ...mature Bamboo is extremely strong, and widely used for construction purposes...

                                                               ...soups and tea made from Bamboo is useful for Dialysis, relief of fever,.and is high in fibre and Amino acid...

                                            ...today the story of the amazing Mango,..originating in China...an important Herb , as well as delicious fruit!...

                                                                                                                              Name; Mangifera Indica Linn

                                                                                                                                     Family; Anacardiaceae

                                                  ...Mix root, skin, seed,and branches to make a treatment for swelling, absess, and inflammation...also detoxifies...

                                                                                                                                                  ...baby Mango...

                                                                           ...Skin of tree and inside of seed is treatment for diarrhea , infection,..and works to stop bleeding...

                                                                                                                                                ..." little Mango "...

                                                                                                                ...Soak top leaves to make dressing for skin rash...

                                                                                                        ...ShangriLao is home to several kinds (5?) of yummy Mangoes...

                                                                                                                              ...they come in many shapes...

                                                                                                                                                        ...and sizes!...

                                                                                                                ...every part of the tree is utilized for food or medicine...

                                                                                                                                 ...some Mango fruits are eaten green...

                                                                                                                 ...and some are sweet when brown or yellow...

                                                                    JULY 2021

                 ...when one has an Herbal knowledge as large as " DR. Toum ",..and a paradise as proliferent as ShangriLao,.one basically has a natural pharmacy in the backyard!...

                                                                                                  ...this is Senna Alabama,..Latin "Roxb",.Family " CassiaAlabama"...

                                                                                                                ...tea from fresh or dried leaves is antibiotic & laxative...

                                                                                                          ...tea also relieves Athsma, Dermatitis, & Sputum...

                                                                                                        ... this is Ginger,.( Zingeber/Roscoe),...Family .".Fabacae"...

                                                     ...eaten, or made into a tea, it relieves fever, sore throat, and motion sickness,..it is antibacterial, and an antihistamine...

            ..."Dr. Toum " will be sharing many traditional herbal remedies,...this is a tea ( or soup) , made from Lemon  Grass & Monberry  leaves,..relieves constipation,.

                                                                                                                                                     ...diuretic...

                                                                                                     Lemon  Grass  ( Cymbopogon Citrates Stapt)....Family "Baceae"

                            Monberry leaves,   (Forium Mori ),..leaves can be dried alone, and made into a tea to lower blood sugar, burn fat, improve heart, and relieve headache...

         ..truly, much time has passed since the last entry here,..even though the world has been turned upside down,life/work necessarily continues, albeit fraught with adaptation &

                                arbitrary choices...Toum continues to develop amazing ShangriLao,..the flowers,trees, herbs & vegetables now numbering in the thousands...

                                                                                                                              ...the tomatoes are coming...

                                                                                                                                             ...and coming!...

                                                                                                                                      ...baby wild watermelon...

                                                                                                                                          ...flowers of Dragonfruit...

                                                                                                                   ...vines, leaves, and flowers of wild watermelon ...

                                                                                                                                ....flower of Lotus...

                                                                                     ..many of Toum's  vegetables & herbs are beautiful enough to be mistaken for flowers !,,

                                                                                                                ..trees of every sort now number in the hundreds..

                                                                      OCTOBER 2020

                                                                                 ...as the rainy season comes to an end,...work resumes in earnest on Shangri-Lao...

                                                                                                                          ...Toum gets a "new" car,,fit for a President...

                                                               SEPTEMBER 2020

                                                                                    ... Toum accepts the position of president in our Canadian Corporation...

                                                                      JULY 2020

                                                                                               ... Toum gets a new helper,..( seen here at three months of age )...

                                                                      March 2020

                                                                                                                     ...work begins on Shangri-Lao...

                                                                                                ...TrackHoe resting under "The Big Tree ", on ShangriLao

                                                                             ...new Fish Pond,.excavation included a new canal, and the Lotus Flower Pond

                                            Toum has kept hundreds of trees, vegetables, and flowers in various stages of transplant during the giant reworking of the land

                                                                                           Toum also has the talent to pick the TinyHouses to be built for guests 

                                                                      NOVEMBER 2020

                                                                                                      ...with the rainy season ending, work resumes at Shangri-Lao...

                                                                                                     ...fish ponds,.a Lotus garden,.and utilitarian TinyHouses appear...

                                                                                                                                             ...a new well is dug...

                                                                                                                               ...electricity arrives at property...

                                                                                                                   ...and the plants & flowers are coming soon...