Tag Archives: West Dorset
2014 – A Good Year for Making Herbal Medicines
On the eve of the New Year I thought it would be fun to take a look back at my herbal medicine making exploits during 2014. Actually I process herbs practically every day of the year so it will have … Continue reading
Herb Foraging Courses – Reclaiming an Ancient Dying Art
It’s wonderful how things work out, when they are meant to. Last weekend I had a phone call, out of the blue, from someone asking if I ever offered herb foraging and identification courses. I should explain that I am … Continue reading
Gathering Cleavers – Hedgerow Support for the Lymphatic System.
It has been very wet this last couple of weeks and I am having trouble keeping up with my usual schedule of herb gathering. Normally at this time of the year my dehydrators are whirring 24 hours a day. As … Continue reading
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Gathering Dandelion Leaf – an Ancient Medicine with a Modern Twist.
With spring getting seriously under way my herb gathering becomes a daily activity, squeezed in during sunny spells and in between other work. It is lovely to go out into the fields and green lanes for some quiet reflection and … 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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The Doctrine of Signatures – Mnemonic or Message?
As part of the living system of the earth we are intimately connected with plants. Man has been living on this planet for a mere 200 000 years, whilst plants have been here for 475 million years, and vascular plants … Continue reading
More Than Just a Job
Being a herbalist is much more than just a job. My life is filled with seeing patients, preparing tinctures, capsules and ointments, growing herbs in my field and gathering wild medicines in beautiful West Dorset. I have to try to … Continue reading
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