Kohler’s Beautiful Botanical Books and Illustrations

I absolutely love vintage botanical illustrations. And there’s no better reference and guide than Kohler’s Medicinal Plants, published in German in 1883. They are now in the public domain which means you can use them without paying royalties.  I’ve also included a link so you can download them all too. Here’s a few plants I love …

 

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“Köhler’s Medicinal Plants is an abbreviated English rendering of the book title Köhler’s Medizinal-Pflanzen in naturgetreuen Abbildungen mit kurz erläuterndem Texte : Atlas zur Pharmacopoea germanica etc.. This is a German rare medicinal guide published by the company Franz Eugen Köhler from 1883 to 1914 in Gera. The first complete edition in three volumes was published in 1887. It was mainly written by Hermann Adolph Köhler (1834-79), edited by Gustav Pabst, and contains some 300 full-page chromolithography plates by the illustrators Walther Otto Müller, C.F. Schmidt, and K. Gunther.”

Wikipedia

 

Calendula officianalis

 

Cocos nucifera

 

Citrus aurantium

 

Lavandula angustifolia

 

 

Iris germanica

 

Picea abies

 

Download the volumes here: 

https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/bibliography/623#/summary

 

Do you love vintage illustrations? Hard not too really!

 

 

A Walk through the Herb Garden

Spending an afternoon in the Herb Garden in the Royal Botanic Gardens ,Sydney was a sheer delight. Even just the little signs with the herbs and plants make me feel good. Herbs, fruits and flowers have been our food and medicine for centuries, give or take a millennia. Here are some pics …

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lovely lemongrass

 

Ah the beautiful lemon!

A culinary delight – Vietnamese mint

 

Tumeric! The anti-inflammatory wonder plant

 

Thyme is not vulgar! Hehe but very antiseptic 

 

Melissa is a strong anti-stress herb

Citrus aurantium is bitter orange

 

remember with rosemary

 

Oregano is often used as an antibacterial oil and herb

 

the one and only – Lavender is actually a herb

I can never get enough citrus!

Me with a shard of sunlight right through my third eye chakra

 

Take a walk in nature it will do you the world of good.

Plants are healers!

 

Winter Flowers in My Neighbourhood – A Photo Essay

Looking for inspiration today I quickly walked around the block and snapped a few happy winter flowers. This is what I saw:

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A pretty camelia round the back lane:

 

A pretty camelia around in the back lane

camelia

 

And my forever favourite, lavender. The girls next door just planted these plants called “Avonview”. It’s Lavandula stoechas ssp Avonview:

 

lovely lavender

lovely lavender

 

A distant shot over the fence, up the laneway, in a grey sky:

magnolia

magnolia

 

A stunning lilly opposite me in my little street:

 

Arum lilly

Arum lilly

 

A cute little pansy with a face, spotted on my way back from the post office:

pansy

pansy

 

My red zygo cactus (the pink one has already flowered:

 

zygo cactus

zygo cactus

 

And some beautiful ornamental kale in a bunch of flowers for my mum:

 

ornamental kale

ornamental kale

 

And finally the beautifully illustrated paper from the local book shop. They gift wrapped a book I bought for my 86 year old mum in hospital:

 

botanical gift wrapping paper

botanical gift wrapping paper

Thank you.

The end.

Remember to treat yourself first, then everyone will benefit.

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Flowers in Purple

Hi natural beauties! This week I am republishing a post that Portia Turbo from Australian Perfume Junkies curated for me. Because I’m busy. That’s my excuse. And the pics are all by me, and they are gorgeous! Thanks nature x

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Hi APJ,

I’m looking though my photos and everything seemed to be purple. Peaceful, perfect, poignant purple.

Purple: Photo Essay

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“I might just stop talking again and not do interviews.”

Prince

 

Vale Prince

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A (Botanical) Picture Paints a Thousand Words

Hello aromatic enthusiasts! I hope you’re doing well after the equinox, settling in to a new season. I am lamenting the loss of summer, but it’s still quite warm here so I have been lucky enough to still see the frangipani blooming, the rosemary flowering, and smell the sweet pungent murraya. Here are a few pics from my past week ……

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frangipani in the neighbourhood

Frangipani in the neighbourhood

 

lavender loving bee at my friend's house

A lavender loving bee at my friend’s house

Hyams Beach south of Sydney still holds the Guinness Book of Records whitest sand in the world!

Hyams Beach south of Sydney still holds the Guinness Book of Records whitest sand in the world!

Flowering rosemary in dappled sunlight at Hyams beach

Flowering rosemary in dappled sunlight at Hyams beach

Huskisson, NSW

Huskisson, NSW

Murraya in the rain

Murraya in the rain in Sydney

 

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could smell these beautiful, natural scents! I’m sure in the future we will be able to insert the fragrant data into our communications, and that will be very cool when it happens.

Remember to treat yourself first, then everyone will benefit.

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Ode to Lavender

I can’t help myself when I see lavender – I MUST take a pic! I MUST behold it’s beauty and power! I MUST stand in its presence, if only for a few seconds. There is something wonderful, almost magical about this flower named by the Romans after the word ‘lavare“, meaning “to wash”. This beautiful herb has a long history with humans – cleansing, fortifying and healing us.

All hail lavender!

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Caught on camera somewhere in Sydney

Caught on camera somewhere in Sydney

 

Forgiveness is the smell that lavender gives out when you tread on it

Mark Twain

it always seems to me as if the lavender was a little woman in a green dress, with a lavender bonnet and a white kerchief. She’s one of those strong, sweet, wholesome people, who always rest you, and her sweetness lingers long after she goes away.

Myrtle Reed

The Pobble who has no toes
      Had once as many as we;
When they said, ‘Some day you may lose them all;’–
      He replied, — ‘Fish fiddle de-dee!’
And his Aunt Jobiska made him drink,
Lavender water tinged with pink,
For she said, ‘The World in general knows
There’s nothing so good for a Pobble’s toes!’

Edward Lear

Lavender at my local market

Lavender at my local market

The Legend of Four Thieves Vinegar

One version goes that in the 1630’s, when the plague was raging in France, the town of Toulouse was beset with looters. Four looters were apprehended, but rather than punish them, the judge offered them a deal. Amazed at their continued health after wandering though homes and businesses abandoned by their terrified (or dead) owners, the judge offered to let the thieves go if they gave him the secret of their resistance to the plague.

What was their famous secret? It was a vinegar made from thyme, rosemary, sage, and lavender. This infusion was termed thieves vinegar. Although garlic was added to the mixture later, this basic infusion became famous and was used for hundreds of years across Europe, both internally and externally, to provide protection from the dreaded plague.


To make a perfume, take some rose water and wash your hands in it, then take a lavender flower and rub it with your palms, and you will achieve the desired effect

Leonardo da Vinci

lovely lavender

lovely lavender

 

But you, you foolish girl, you have gone home to a leaky castle across the sea to lie awake in linen smelling of lavender, and hear the nightingale, and long for me.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

“London life was very full and exciting […] But in London there would be no greenhouse with a glossy tank, and no apple-room, and no potting-shed, earthy and warm, with bunches of poppy heads hanging from the ceiling, and sunflower seeds in a wooden box, and bulbs in thick paper bags, and hanks of tarred string, and lavender drying on a tea-tray.”
Sylvia Townsend Warner

Lavender’s blue, dilly, dilly, lavender’s green
When I am king, dilly, dilly, You shall be queen
Who told you so, dilly, dilly, who told you so?
‘Twas my own heart, dilly, dilly, that told me so
Old English folk song and poem

Lavender in Sydney

Lavender in Sydney

 

Lavender is the little black dress of the wardrobe
Suzanne R Banks

Do you love lavender?

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A Week In Pics – From Lavender to Street Art

Hello natural beauties, I missed a post last week (which rarely happens), as the days merged into a flow of hot busi-ness, warm nights and a party. I started the week off with some pictures of local flowers and street art, shopping for spices, worked with my friend who has a gluten free catering business and finished with a party. No time for beach going. I managed to make some oil blends, body washes and mists too…

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I just cant help taking a pic when I see the wonderful herb, lavender

I just cant help taking a pic when I see the wonderful herb, lavender

 

Shopping for spices at Paddy’s Market, Sydney

 

Juniper berries at the spice market

Juniper berries at the spice market

 

local street art

local street art

 

Gluten free Mediterranean slice from Kitchen Green

Gluten free Mediterranean slice from Kitchen Green

 

body washes ready to be labelled

body washes ready to be labelled

Went to a fun party

Went to a fun party

My wonderful book

Ordered more of my wonderful book

My week in pics.

How is this week shaping up for you? I hope you’re using some essential oils!

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