Biophilia is defined as the aim to bring as much nature inside as possible. The effects of nature’s qualities on health are not only spiritual and emotional but physical and neurological. So why not create a holiday table that celebrates nature? Alongside fabulous food, wine and conversation, nature will play its role in enhancing your overall health and humanity.
The role that nature plays in health and healing becomes even more critical for people working long hours, perhaps in windowless spaces or living in city neighbourhoods with little to no access to green spaces. So bring biophilia to your table this holiday season!
Below are 4 ideas.
- Eucalyptus and rosemary – Replace your table runner with sprigs of live greenery and your space will be filled with scent and natural beauty.
- Colour – String together cranberries or use a few colourful flowering plants such as a small Poinsettia, Cyclamen or Moth Orchid.
- Potted plants – If space allows randomly place small plants around the table and allow guests to take them as party favors.
- Living greens – Use edible greens placed in small glass jars. I find a great source is the weekend farmers markets. Check out http://www.thelocalfarm.ca/.
Everything will be determined by:
- the space on your table
- how many guests you’re serving
- if you’re serving food family style with platters of food on the table for easy second helpings
- If space is already at a premium, then include sprigs of rosemary, thyme, sage, chopped parsley, cilantro etc in and around your platters of food
To everyone reading this, I wish you all a wonderful holiday season!