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Herbal Ramblings

Margarine Fun

Back in May, 2019 we posted on Facebook how margarine was one molecule away from a certain vinyl substance. As a result we got a warning. This was our reply. It seems the margarine/plastic post is considered false and inflammatory. Much like margarine itself. My apologies if you now have a false Information flag on your Facebook page because of it. We are buddies. Read on for some factual infor…

Olde Thyme Herbals

John Parkinson. 1640. Published a 1776 page tome on herbal medicines. The medicines of the time. He mentions Claudius Galen (AD 130-200), Dioscorides—mid first century AD, Matthiolus (1501-1577) , Pliny the elder (AD23-79) Written with a pot of ink and a nib. Burnt wood images. I am but a foundling in the world of herbal medicine. I have devoted part of my time to the study, the practice, the m…

D'em Bones, Osteopaenia, Osteoporosis

There is a link to a super scientific paper on the mechanics of bone loss and preventative nutrients is at the end of this post. It shows that in addition to nutritional supplements such as calcium, magnesium, boron, silica, vitamin K, vitamin K2, manganese, and vitamin D, we also need to consider mitochondrial health and decrease oxidative stress. Yeah, okay, gee thanks, that means a lo…

Bellbirds & Tuis & Wax-eyes, Oh My!

While I sit in my office trolling through herbal pictures wondering what to post next, my eyes are continually drawn to the view out the window. The bushes have grown taller than the house and I now have dappled green net curtains. Pittosporums invite the dotted sounds of wax-eyes, fantails, chaffinches. The flax attracts a tui. Unheard of in these parts and I hesitate to tell you lest a par…

Weeds In The Garden

I am the type of gardener that lets mint go to flower bittering its leaves. Sun baked seeds drop to hopeful places. Bulbous bumble bees hang drunkenly from tiny blossoms, grasses rasp together. Butterflies flit from weed to weed. Fairies hide, giggle, steal things. They have many places. So many places. It is hot. Dry. My head prickles because, of course, I wear no hat. My lips crack. The bi…

Stress & Shootings

Stress. Trauma. Uncertainty. Fear. Christchurch, New Zealand joins the rest of the world. Mass shootings based on hate. Now we get to wonder if loved ones will return from shopping or work. Will our children be safe at school? Like so many people worldwide, we get to worry. How can we handle this change? We’ve had the long term stress from devastating earthquakes and the tens of thousands of…