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



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“In this beautiful, inspiring, and practical book we are invited to look deeply at the landscape around us and create sacred respites from our busy worlds.”  —Rosemary Gladstar, herbalist and author

We all need a personal sanctuary. A place where we can be in harmony with the natural world and nurture our bodies, minds, and souls. And this sanctuary doesn’t have to be a far-away destination—it can be in your own backyard. In Creating Sanctuary, natural living expert Jessi Bloom taps into multiple sources of traditional plant wisdom to help you find a deeper connection to the outdoor space you already have—no matter the size. You will learn how to design a healing space, how to harness the power of 50 sacred plants, and how to create recipes and rituals that soothe and calm. Hands-on, inspiring, and packed with gorgeous photography, Creating Sanctuary will help you find new ways to revitalize your life.

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We all need sanctuary. We need a place where we can feel safe, one that rejuvenates and refreshes us, somewhere we feel nourished and loved. You can find everyday sanctuary in any patch of land that brings you into proximity with nature—including your own backyard. Just as you can decorate an interior space in a way that suits you and makes you feel happy, you can create a garden to nourish your spiritual and emotional well-being.

My intention in this book is to help you transform your life by showing you how to care for nature in the space you already have, and how to use nature’s simple, powerful gifts effectively. In these pages you will:

· Explore a deeper connection to the land you inhabit

· Discover the powerful properties of plants

· Find simple, nature-based routines and rituals

—Jessi Bloom

Turn your garden into a sanctuary for health and wellness









Strategies for designing a personal sanctuary.

Tips on how to grow and use 50 sacred plants.

Simple recipes for plant-based remedies.

Daily rituals that heal the body, mind, and spirit.


Daily Rituals: Foot Soak

Giving your feet a mini-bath can help you relax. And it’s simple—all you need is hot water, a large bowl, and ingredients determined by your individual needs at the time.

Tune into how you are feeling and what type of self-care you need. Light some candles, put on some music, and choose the ingredients for your soak. Soak for at least twenty minutes.

Possible Ingredients

Fresh or dried flowers

Essential oils

Epsom salt

Apple cider vinegar

Baking soda