Apr 222019
 
Spring detox

Hi! I have been a bit off grid, due to moving house – to somewhere wild and beautiful, and bursting with medicinal plants – hence no herbals posts for a while. But today I gathered my first crop of the season from the garden – loads of lush cleavers (Galium aparine) that literally wrapped itself Read more…

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Jun 132018
 
Preparing herbal medicines

Foraging This is my favourite time of year with regard to all things herbal. For the next few months I will be very busy indeed, with all the lush medicinal plants that are sprouting up everywhere in a glorious and wild profusion of colour and aroma. When the plants are in their optimum state for Read more…

Jul 142017
 
Herbs To Help You Lose Weight

By Deanne Greenwood, Medical Herbalist, BSc (Hons) Herb Med Herbal medicine can help you lose weight and stay slim. But it’s not a magic bullet. It works in conjunction with a healthy diet, exercise and lifestyle. Efficient metabolism of food In herbal medicine there are many medicinal plants, aka herbs, used to optimise gut function. Read more…

May 042017
 
Foraging For Food and Medicine

Wild foraging I do loads of foraging for medicinal plants to make herbal remedies, but also to add to salads and use in cooking. Yesterday, I’d run out of garlic, so dug up some Three-cornered Leeks, which are all over The Lizard (southernmost point of England) at the moment, used the bulbs in my cooking Read more…

Apr 232017
 
Kirsty Wark: The Menopause and Me

HOW EXCITED I was to discover that there was going to be a documentary style programme about menopause on prime time TV, led by notable journalist and current affairs broadcaster Kirsty Wark. HOW DISAPPOINTED I was to discover that the programme was little more than an acknowledgement that the menopause is something all women go through, Read more…

Oct 032016
 
Herbal remedies for coughs, colds & flu

There are lots of herbs and spices that you’ll find growing in the wild, or in your kitchens, that make fast and effective remedies for coughs, colds and flu. They all, variously, have potent antibiotic, antiviral and antiseptic properties, and promote sweating (which is the body’s way of reducing temperature and fever). They’re soothing, comforting and Read more…

May 142016
 
Hooray for the humble dandelion!

I have just harvested and tinctured my first herb of the year: the humble dandelion leaf (Taraxacum officinale folia). And I have a lovely tale to tell of one of my patients, last year, whose quality of life was transformed, in days, by this plant. Swollen ankles She is an 84-year-old woman, who came to Read more…