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Evidence – Who Needs It Anyway?

How does our obsession with 'evidence based' medicine affect you? Despite literally being as old as the hills, Herbal Medicine is often criticised for lacking evidence of its efficacy. It's mainly those within the scientific and medical community who demand...

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The Healing Power Of Illness

Illness has the unique power to transform or destroy lives. It's never a pleasant experience, but there's nothing like a bout of illness to get us straight back in touch with our priorites. Many cancer survivors find that they come through their experience with a...

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Make Your Own Herbal Home First Aid Kit

I'd be lost nowadays without my herbal first aid kit. My son's only 3 1/2 but last time I offered him Calpol at 3am he spat it out and asked for his 'poorly tea' (Catnip tea) instead. During the spring and summer, most of our herbal 'first aid kit' is growing in the...

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Herbal Remedies For Grief And Loss

October is traditionally a month where our ancestors would have prepared for a period of quietness and reflection during the darker months. On 31st of course we now celebrate Hallowe'en (All Hallow's Eve) which is descended from the Celtic new year festival of...

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Herbal Medicine Workshops This Autumn

Healthy All Year Part 1 - Winter It's nice to read about herbs but it's so much better to get hands-on and start making your own medicines! This is the first of four workshops celebrating the changing of the seasons and how plant medicines can help us stay healthy all...

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St John’s Wort Oil Recipe

Why Use St John's Wort Oil? July is the height of summer, and the countryside is a vast array of beautiful flowers, with butterflies and other insects busily flitting from one plant to the next.  On a sunny day, I see so many wonderful herbs crying out to be picked...

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Elderberry Syrup Recipe

Why Use Elderberry Syrup? Medical Herbalists use Elderberries to strengthen our bodies against colds and flu. They contain high amounts of Vitamin C, which boosts the immune system in 13 different ways, and a constituent called Sambucol. Sambucol has been shown to...

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