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Turmeric – ‘The Miracle of Life’

Turmeric or haldi has long been known for its healing properties and is called ‘The Miracle of Life’ in India.  In the West it was named ‘turmeric’ after the Latin ‘terra merita’ which means ‘meritorious earth’. For those that are used … Continue reading

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Gathering Meadowsweet – A Natural Anti-inflammatory

At this time of year the damp areas of lanes and water meadows are covered with frothy clouds of Meadowsweet.  Meadowsweet or Filipendula ulmaria is a very important herb for my clinic.  Like other damp dwelling plants it contains salicylates, … Continue reading

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Harvesting Marshmallow Leaf – A Soothing Demulcent

Today I harvested Marshmallow leaf.  You only have to brush against it to understand that it is a wonderful healing demulcent herb.  Marshmallow leaf has a high level of mucilage which accounts for its ability to soothe the mucous membranes … Continue reading

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Gathering Raspberry Leaf – A Herb Under the Dominion of Venus

Today I gathered Wild Raspberry Leaf.  This is widely known as a herb to take during pregnancy in order to tone the uterus and help strengthen the efficiency of contractions during labour.  Rich in iron, it is excellent as a … Continue reading

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Ancient Ointments Thanks to the Romans

Ointment making is a good wet weather activity – as long as the herbs are air dried before you use them.   You can make ointments out of all sorts of herbs , Comfrey, Calendula, Hypericum, Yarrow, Arnica – the … Continue reading

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Gathering Nettle – a Powerhouse of Goodness

A few days ago I was able to gather my first batch of nettle (Urtica dioica).  Nettle has a really good range of therapeutic actions but on top of that it is an absolute powerhouse of goodness.  I use a … Continue reading

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Gathering Ranunculus ficaria, Known With Good Reason as Pilewort

With the warm Spring weather it is very cheering to see the beautiful yellow stars of  Ranunculus ficaria popping up everywhere.  Its common names are Lesser Celandine and Pilewort, this last because it is a very effective treatment for piles … Continue reading

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