When you make an appointment with an herbalist, be assured you will come away feeling really listened to and having learnt something new about taking care of yourself. People have been using plants to look after themselves for thousands of years, and we can easily re-engage with this knowledge of how to take care of our health. Each herbal remedy is tailored to suit the needs of the individual following a consultation with an experienced practitioner.
It is interesting to re-discover that the lavender bush by our door we always love to pick and smell relieves a headache or when we sweep our hand over the rosemary bush we feel somehow invigorated. It is the affinity we have with plants that is restored when we include herbs in our everyday life. Some common examples of this are basil, oregano and coriander commonly used in cooking for the aromas and taste, happen to contain oils within the plants which stimulate digestion.
Humans still have the ability to know what we need to feel well and many cultures include this approach in a natural every day way offering mint tea or jasmine green tea with meals to aid digestion. Even supermarkets are offering a wide range of therapeutic teas such as chamomile to help us relax, fennel and ginger to ease indigestion; gripe water for babies is made up of dill seeds distilled in water and the rosehips used in syrup for children contains vitamin C.
Herbal medicine is a gentle way to involve us in our health and promotes prevention of dis-ease by encouraging us to notice how we are feeling, make time for ourselves and feel our health and flourish.
Lynn Heather is available on Wednesday’s for consultation.
Join Lynn on Saturday 21st July at 11.30 am for an informal 30 minute talk on herbal medicine, plant knowledge and staying well in every day life