How to source wild ingredients, sustainably and ethically,for herbal medicine

By Susan Curtis The increasing demand for wild plants as ingredients for food, cosmetics, wellbeing and medicinal products poses major ecological and social challenges. Many of the herbs and essential oils we love and use – from juniper and liquorice to elderberry and frankincense – are collected from the wild. In fact it is estimated…

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The multiple healing qualities of the herb burdock

Burdock is one of those seemingly magic herbal remedies which is good for so many aspects of our health. Burdock is popular in both Western and Chinese herbal medicines for its detoxifying effects — it’s a great herb to try if you have skin problems, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis or skin infections. It’s also…

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Helpful tips for building your own herb garden

By Ethan A Huff Spring is in the air, which means the sweet essences of flowering citrus, leafy greens and other fresh fare are soon to follow. But for some people, joining in on this bountiful chorus with their own vegetable or herb gardens might sound too intimidating, or they’re not exactly sure where to…

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Time to talk about the miraculous wonders of thyme

Thyme is just one of those wonderful herbs that are almost magical in how they heal so many different ailments. It’s one of those great all-rounders that you should always keep in your medicine cabinet as essential oil, or as a herb in your larder.

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How Clematis Brings Us Back To Earth

  By Judith Reid of Nature Knows Best For years I used Bach Flower remedies and simply thought of them as essences in bottles, without giving a thought to the actual flowers used to make them. This all changed when I started studying the essences in earnest and now I enjoy going on an adventure…

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The Miraculous Healing Properties of Herb Robert

I’ve had this weed growing in the gravelled part at the front of my house for ages, and I always pull it out. But no matter how often I pull it out, it comes back, and this Spring, there it was again, grown even bigger and spread. I was about to extract it again, when…

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The Secrets of Australian Aborginal Bush Medicine

The Chinese drank tea from sweet wormwood leaves to cure chills and fevers, Egyptians used a herb from a plant called khella to help pass kidney stones, and all around the world, leeches were placed on sores to stop blood from clotting. While these traditional methods of treatment are well known natural cures, Australian bush…

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Those “Weeds” Are There For A Reason

A very old and wizened gardener once told me that there was no such thing as ‘weeds’ “A ‘weed’ is just a  plant in the wrong place,” he would say. He might as well have said: “A ‘weed is just a herb in the wrong place … or even in the right place!”

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Effective natural remedies for hayfever sufferers

So it looks like the hayfever season is nearly upon us again, in the UK. After a mild winter and then a brief cold snap, the forecasters are warning that the birch pollen hay fever season is starting early this year. It has already begun in the south of the country, and is expected to…

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Five Top Herbs To Beat the Flu

We’re well into the ‘flu season now, and so what better time to look at natural cures and in particular, herbs that help? There are no known cures for the common flu but there are many natural flu remedies that are highly effective at easing flu symptoms and reducing the duration of the illness. Certain…

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Drink a cup of thyme a day

by Barbi Trejo Thyme is a delicate herb which is both pungent and hot with a penetrating fragrance. It is also a fabulous herb for healing a large number of ailments. It is known to increase the flow of urine and to help in menstruation. It helps in the delivery process and prevents miscarriages; in…

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What is herbal medicine and how does it work?

The government’s announcement today that it would bypass EU legislation in order to stop hundreds of perfectly useful herbs disappearing off the shelves of our health foods shops came as welcome news to the more than six million UK customers who consult herbal medicine practitioners. Under the new plans, herbal medicine practitioners will have to…

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