My husband stumbled upon a beautiful melaleuca tree while traveling and hiking in Maui earlier this year and it got us thinking.  Did you ever wonder what it is that makes people love to travel so much?  When you can’t travel, do you find yourself gawking at colorful photos of beautiful beaches, trees, valleys and streams?

Traveling isn’t exactly comfortable.  In fact it’s often very tiring and a lot of hard work, however at the same time it rejuvenates the spirit and seems to give meaning to life as you begin to realize that everything in nature is connected.  Simply meeting new people in new places and empathizing with them strengthens those connections and improves health.  Even western doctors encourage human contact to speed recovery in hospitals.

img_5001When you are stuck at home, have you ever noticed how much better you feel if you just go for a walk outside and get those endorphins flowing through your body, eliminating pain and stress almost instantly as you awe at the beauty of a tree or sky or smile at a family passing you on their bikes.  Even just standing outside in the sun, your body begins to produce the vitamin D that it needs for healthy living.

Swimming or surfing in the salty ocean water full of minerals also has so many health benefits.  It took me a while to understand why my husband would spend hours paddling on his surfboard to catch just 3 waves that lasted only seconds.  However, I always knew he would come home happy.

We also recently began to appreciate the benefits of drinking pure natural water without contaminants.  Water is the source of life, and the largest component of your body.  Perhaps that is one reason we have always felt compelled to live by the water or why waterfront properties hold such premium value.

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The beautiful trees, flowers, and plants that we stare at also have tremendous nutritional and healing powers.   They provide the foundation of a healthy diet and are the source of many remedies used in both traditional eastern and modern western medicine.

The melaleuca tree is only one of hundreds or thousands of nature’s gifts.  Oil Derived from melaleuca trees can be used to support healthy skin and nails, bolster the immune system, and for its natural cleansing properties.  Many essential oils such as frankincense, lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, myrrh, fennel, basil, cilantro, and oregano, derived from plants and trees have been used for thousands of years to support the body and mind.
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People surround themselves in their homes with plants and flowers that look beautiful and emit odors that instantly bring peace and calm and purify the air.  When we wake up and have our coffee, we also diffuse essential oils to elevate our mood and energy levels.  People plant gardens outside their home for organic food nutrients as well as the mental peace that comes with bringing new life into the world simply by adding water to seeds and soil.

Perhaps this is why we love to travel so much and stare at beautiful photos.  Nature gives in many ways, and traveling is a gateway to soak in nature’s gifts that foster a healthy life.

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