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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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Horse Chestnuts and varicose veins
Posted on 30th November 2018

Horse chestnuts are my favourite choice of herb to tighten varicose veins and ease that heavy-leg feeling. They tone the walls of the veins, helping to alleviate the prolapse of the venous tissues...and as such, I have used them for years to treat the swollen ankles and bulging veins of my patients.

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Black Cohosh and Breast Cancer
Posted on 30th November 2018

Anyone diagnosed with breast cancer will be experiencing a terrible shock, but the impact is even harder when the treatment results in the sudden onset of menopausal symptoms. Because those with oestrogen receptor (ER) breast cancers may not take HRT, they have to live with raging hot sweats and sleepless nights which can leave a woman feeling pretty awful.

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A wonderful weed for arthritis
Posted on 26th August 2018

Here is a very interesting nugget of information. One of my favourite herbs for helping reduce inflammatory joint conditions such as arthritis, is Devil's Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens).

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A Story of Magic
Posted on 6th July 2018

A lot of people don’t believe in the power of magic, but it really works. A personal example is few weeks ago, Adrian and I decided that we really need a yurt to create magical space for our workshops. We decided to 'put it out there'.

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