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Herbal Ramblings

Herbal Support During Lockdown

A time of retreat. Quiet. Family together. Cosy. Also a time of incredible stress because the family is together. Jobs are on the back burner or you might be trying to work from home. Income has decreased. Fun times. During lockdown the clinic is closed. No face to face consults. There is the phone, though. If you have any concerns please get in touch. Stress is insidious. Maybe you're not sleepin…

Immune System Care, It's Time

It's time. Immune system time. Winter is coming and with it colds and flu. Yes, flu. The plain old regular kind, not just the one that wears a crown and has taken the world by storm. If you haven't already taken measures, then start now. It can take six to eight weeks to top up the tanks. Why bother? I'm fine. I never get sick. In fact I haven't been sick in years. In the herbal world the fir…

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…