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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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Californian Poppy
Posted on 30th May 2019

Hats off to the poppy. It always makes me so sad to harvest my herbs - just when they look so gorgeous. However since they are such magnificent healers, I think they understand. I love Californian Poppy (Eschscholzia californica). It is one of my favourites for pain relief, especially migraines; also for anxiety and difficulty sleeping. Whilst Valerian is one of the most popular herbs in my dispensary, some people don't get on with it, and then my next go-to herb is Californian poppy.

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Periwinkle
Posted on 9th May 2019

Periwinkle (Vinca Minor) is another of those gorgeous herbs – so often forgotten nowadays. It happily rambles along the forest floor under the shade of trees and shrubs, where its flowers throw the most beautiful shades of violet for our visual delectation.

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Cowslips
Posted on 9th May 2019

After Butterbur, the next herbs to flower are our much loved cowslips (Primula veris). Since ancient times, cowslip flowers and leaves have been made into a beauty ointment and are said to produce a beautiful complexion. Quite likely this is because of their saponin content, which acts as a detergent, and thus deeply cleanses the skin of impurities.

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Echinacea
Posted on 9th March 2019

For most of my career, I understood that it is the root, and not the tops of Echinacea which have the immune stimulating effects. It was only when I lectured some homeopaths a few weeks ago that someone said they just snip off a flower head and make a tea to kill a cold, that prompted me to look again at Echinacea.

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A brief description of our Yew retreat
Posted on 30th November 2018

Samhain is the time of the year which modern day Druids associate with honouring the ancestors. Traditionally, it is said that the veil between our world and the other world is at its thinnest at this time of year, and indeed in autumn, there is a magical tension in the air – especially down lonely country lanes! We can almost feel the unseen energies of the landscape coming towards us.

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