Comfrey for fodder, ancient medicinal

Article posted in UK Permaculture Magazine touts the many benefits of nutrient dense comfrey. Author Paul Alfey begins with a bit of it’s history.

“Comfrey has been cultivated, as a healing herb since at least 400BC. The Greeks and Romans commonly used comfrey to stop heavy bleeding, treat bronchial problems and heal wounds and broken bones. Poultices were made for external wounds and tea was consumed for internal ailments. Comfrey has been reported to promote healthy skin with its mucilage content that moisturizes and soothes and promotes cell proliferation.”

Comfrey Cultivation

Author also cultivates a quarter of an acre of alfalfa(shown in photo above) for use as biomass and animal fodder.

Comfrey is a good plant to use to establish ‘pest-predator’ relationships in your garden and promotes biodiversity, in his experience.

“The bell shaped flowers provide nectar and pollen to many species of bees and other insects from late May until the first frosts in late autumn. Lacewings are said to lay eggs on comfrey and spiders overwinter on the plant. Parasitoid wasps and spiders will hunt on and around comfrey.”

He cautions against regular human consumption although comfrey has traditionally been used in nutrient rich, restorative teas.  Comfrey grown in less polluted areas might provide just the borage remedy or fodder needed. It grows in climate zones 4-9, best in full sun where it will spread rapidly in well drained soil. For more about the benefits of comfrey, click above.

Particles discovered in ‘hypergraph state’, curving, non-linear

c) A fully connected four‐qubit hypergraph state, where every hyperedge connects exactly three vertices. Credit: Gachechiladze, et al.
“c) A fully connected four‐qubit hypergraph state, where every hyperedge connects exactly three vertices. Credit: Gachechiladze, et al.”

Physicists announce ‘extreme violation’ of ‘local realism’ by quantum particles in ‘hyper graph states’. Apparently, these hyper particles misbehave, violating idea that particles move in a linear fashion, even if a straight line is the quickest way to traverse from point a to point b.

The study findings were reported by Physics magazine. Research conducted by Mariami Gachechiladze, Costantino Budroni, and Otfried Gühne at the University of Siegen in Germany.

The properties of multiparticle quantum systems are described by quantum states, some of which can be represented on a graph where each point corresponds to a particle and each edge to the interaction between particles. While some quantum states can be represented by ordinary graphs, others are represented by hypergraphs. On an ordinary graph, two points can be connected by an edge, while on a hypergraph, a hyperedge can connect more than two vertices. Whereas an ordinary edge is usually drawn as a straight line between two vertices, a hyperedge is depicted as a curve that wraps around three or more vertices.

The physicists discover that particles in hypergraph state have ‘perfect correlations’ that are ‘highly nonlocal’. This gives term ‘quantum leap’ a whole new meaning. Is it a particle or is it a wave? Probably both.

Reporter suggests using highly connective particles to detect heavily predicted but elusive ‘gravitational waves’. Large-scale research in this area may have well been exhausted by now, as even CERN’s mega-ton, laser powered atom smasher could find no real ‘god particle’.  I, like Starhawk, see everything in relationship, connected with all existence. If you blow something to smithereens, then indeed, nothing will be left.

Donald Scott’s work in magnetism and electricity shows how these two fundamental forces both attract and repel one another, forming DNA-shaped plasmic fields, as seen in cloud nebulas at a cosmic scale.

Newly discovered ‘hyper graph state’ could reflect similar electromagnetic behavior in particles at the atomic scale.  As a potential unifying theory for Einsteinian termed ‘spooky action at a distance’, this highly connective particle state could be a key to bridging atoms and anatomy. Article continues:

The physicists also showed that the greater the number of particles in a quantum hypergraph state, the more strongly it violates local realism, with the strength increasing exponentially with the number of particles. In addition, even if a quantum hypergraph state loses one of its particles, it continues to violate local realism. This robustness to particle loss is in stark contrast to other types of quantum states, which no longer violate local realism if they lose a particle.


“People Permaculture” with Starhawk

Wise writer Starhawk sees ‘people permaculture’ as a fundamental shift away from 3-Century old, ‘mechanistic’ world view to one of re-discovery of our roots of oneness within Creation.

Current science studies use precise instrumentation, detecting divine sparks at tiniest, sub-quantum levels. Meanwhile, methods of bio-diverse, habitat restoring techniques of farming re-emerge. She states:

“Permaculture is a shift in our thinking. It’s a shift from thinking about separate, isolated things to thinking about relationships and systems and flows, how everything is in relationship.”

She sees our spiritual focus shifting as well.

“It’s a shift I’ve been talking about for 30 years. It’s a shift I think science is going through at a deep level, the old mechanistic model of the universe. It’s more string theory and physics, to the understanding that, when you look to the smallest and smallest piece of stuff, what you find is there is no stuff. There’s only relationships. There’s strings, there’s harmonies. There’s probabilities.”

Starhawk envisions a future with industry fine-tuned to work in harmony with the natural world.