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Back to School - coughs and colds
Posted on 31st August 2017

Over the years, I have noticed with amazement how families come back from their summer holidays glowing with health, but within a week of going back to school – they are streaming with coughs and colds. This is one of our busiest times of the year, when our rather famous Anti-Viral Drops, and various immune tonics or cough mixtures, fly out of the door. You could have a go at making your own cold and flu preventative remedy. The elderberries are ripe now, so you need to get out as soon as possible.

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Black Gold
Posted on 31st August 2017

You may have heard of Black Garlic – ordinary garlic which has been fermented for 30 – 60 days, turning the normally burning clove into a soft jelly-like black blob, which tastes sweet, reminiscent of liquorice or prunes. We decided to turn it into a tincture, and the result is a thick, black treacle-like tincture which is surprisingly delicious. But what can it do for your health?

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Make your own Sunburn ointment
Posted on 28th July 2017

You will need fresh Calendula flowers to make this gorgeous ointment.

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Glandular fever & EBV
Posted on 28th July 2017

Glandular fever is not uncommon amongst young adolescents or adults. The illness starts with a sore throat and feels like bad flu, but progresses to include a fever, debilitating fatigue, enlarged glands, sometimes a rash, body pain, headaches, stomach pain and nausea with a loss of appetite. It is most commonly caused by the Epstein Barr virus or less commonly by the Cytomegalovirus (both members of the herpes family).

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Moving Claygate to Hampshire Part 2
Posted on 21st June 2017

Just a reminder that the Claygate clinic will be closing at the end of July. It really isn’t going to be very different, as I shall still be in St Margaret’s on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and available by phone, Skype or email as before. You are also very welcome to come to my clinic in Hampshire for consultations or hypnotherapy if you would like to – the herbs will be posted to your address, as we do for many of our patients.

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Plant Consciousness
Posted on 20th June 2017

There has always been a strong moral case for eating as a vegetarian or a vegan, the argument of course being that it is the kinder option. I must be honest, I do wonder if that is entirely true.

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Burdock – what a surprise!
Posted on 20th June 2017

As medical herbalists, we think of Burdock mainly as a deep cellular detoxifying herb. I have also discovered that the leaf is a natural anti-biotic, and with this information in mind, Burdock is one of our first ‘go-to’ herbs when treating conditions such as acne vulgaris, boils, abscesses etc. However, as I researched Burdock for this article, I discovered that there is so much more to this handsome giant of the hedgerows.

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Antibiotic properties of 3 Anglo-Saxon herbs
Posted on 20th June 2017

In 2012, the Journal of Ethnopharmacology published a study which examined 3 herbs taken from three Anglo-Saxon medical texts, no doubt one being The Lacnunga. The herbs were Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria), Lesser burdock (Arctium minus) and Creeping cinquefoil (Potentilla reptans).

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