What drives you?

As a member of the Venus businesswomen’s network, I was recently given the opportunity to explore the ‘why’ of my business. What is the underlying driver to what I do as a medical herbalist and natural health consultant? I don’t spend hours in the kitchen...

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Do our goals choose us?

I’ve begun to wonder whether we actually choose our goals, or they choose us. A few years ago I read Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Big Magic about living a creative life, and she talks about how ideas find a person to be expressed through, and I’m beginning to think the...

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Herbal Help for Chilblains

As a child I used to suffer terribly with chilblains, mainly on my toes but occasionally on fingers as well. I haven’t had any problems for years – since training to be a herbalist - I remember having them for the last time during my final year of training, so...

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Genetics and the Diet Mentality

I’ve started working with a couple of clients who’ve had their DNA tested for the purpose of finding solutions to their weight loss dilemma. In my assessment of them, they both suffer from what I describe as having a ‘diet mentality’. That is, they try to ‘be good’...

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An Introduction to Brain and Mental Health

Who doesn't want their brain to function well - now and into old age? To ensure healthy brain and mental health, the first step is to understand your brain and how best to work with it. Let's start with a brief introduction to the brain, in particular the pre-frontal...

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Basil for your Brain, Breast, and Belly

I have an abundant crop of basil in my garden this year. I put in a lot of plants because normally slugs and snails destroy some of the seedlings, or I neglect it and it goes to seed. But this year, I’ve managed to keep it growing well and now it’s at the perfect...

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Manuka

Latin name Leptospermum scoparium Part Used Herb and essential oil Actions Antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, anxiolytic and sedative, astringent, diuretic, alterative, febrifuge and diaphoretic Indications Most widely used for its...

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Time to Reflect

How often do you find yourself rushing through life, trying to get ‘on top of things’, smashing out goals and projects - always looking at the next thing on the list - without ever stopping to smell the roses? How often, when someone asks you how you’re doing, you...

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Herbal Medicine as a Holistic Therapy

Herbal medicine is a branch of natural medicine similar to naturopathy. We primarily use herbs and food as our medicines, along with lifestyle suggestions to improve overall wellness. The holistic model I learnt is about treating the whole person, the underlying...

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