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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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Menopause? Feel great with three fabulous herbs
Posted on 5th December 2019

Black Cohosh, Sage and Red clover are well known to help women through the menopause, and rightly so. They make a huge difference to the hot flushes and sweats, but there are other effects on our bodies which are not so commonly spoken of and I would like to write about them here.
It is not really the sort of thing we talk about, but loss of sexual interest in our partners is a very common symptom of the menopause, and the loss of intimacy can be a source of sadness to both parties.

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Elecampane (Inula Helenium)
Posted on 5th December 2019

Well, I have just pressed out a tincture of Elecampane (Inula Helenium), which represents the last of my harvests for the year. To harvest this wonderful plant, I have to dig up the plant, snip off some of the roots, then scrub them down very well. The plants are returned to the soil to grow again.

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Cracked Heel Balm
Posted on 30th August 2019

A foot balm that you can make yourself using Calendula, comfrey and yarrow to heal deeply cracked heels.

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