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Antiviral Chai and Cosy Bedtime Nurturing Milk
Posted on 5th June 2020

Who knows where we are with the Covid crisis, but I am getting fewer requests for anti-viral herbs, and more enquiries about post-viral fatigue, with some people suffering from lung strain.

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Herbs which may be of help during an influenza outbreak
Posted on 6th April 2020

I am aware that many are looking towards herbal medicine to protect against this Corona Virus, and there are also some concerns. I have been meaning to write this for some time but have been so busy dispensing herbs, that I have been delayed.

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Anti-Viral Chai from your kitchen
Posted on 21st March 2020

In the current COVID-19 crisis, I am aware that people are looking to support their immune systems, and if possible, use herbs which have anti-viral effects. This is a novel virus, and so I am spending my spare time researching as much as I can find about herbs which have been proven scientifically to be effective against influenza viruses. This tea can be made from your kitchen cupboard, and the ingredients all have documented anti-viral actions.

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Take a tip from four thieves
Posted on 21st March 2020

The 17th century was a terrible time, when the Black Death killed almost half the population of Eurasia. Whilst everyone suffered during this awful time, four thieves prospered. Seemingly immune from the disease, they entered the homes of the dead and dying, and robbed them of their valuable goods. Eventually they were caught, and sentenced to be burned at the stake, but negotiated a quicker and less painful death (hanging), by revealing their secret recipe. It was a herbal vinegar, which they rubbed “on their hands, ears and temples from time to time when approaching a plague victim.”

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Elephants
Posted on 25th February 2020

First of all, I would love to thank those of you who chose to support the Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage following my post on my adopted baby elephant. The Sheldrick newsletter said that there had been an unusually high rate of adoptions in December – perhaps that was us? Who knows.

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Coronavirus
Posted on 25th February 2020

The 2019-2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) is hitting the headlines of almost every news bulletin, and seems to be causing more of a widespread panic than illness. Checking on the World Health Organisation website, there isn’t much information, but what can be gleaned is that it affects the vulnerable, as all winter flu viruses do.

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Headaches, Migraines & Brain fog
Posted on 25th February 2020

According to the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), it is estimated that there are 190,000 migraine attacks experienced every day in England. The Migraine Trust says that migraine is the third most common disease in the world (after dental caries and tension headaches), and is one of the conditions most commonly treated by alternative practitioners. In prehistoric times, migraines were treated by drilling a hole into the skull to let out the evil spirits. These days, we use gentler methods.

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My new baby
Posted on 5th December 2019

Many of you know that I love being in the African bush, watching the animals, watching life and learning from them, because I learn so much about humans when I watch wildlife. Recently I was in South Africa, where my aunt and her partner took us to the Addo Elephant park. We saw hundreds of elephants, and I am always struck by the incredible gentleness and patience which elephants exhibit towards each other. I just love their curious trunks, and the way they purr to each other as a way of communication.

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