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This blog was created to share personal stories and experiences of healing with herbs and natural remedies. There is so much information out there on the internet concerning herbs and which ones to choose for which ailment but very few are based on practical experience. Often this information is re-copied from site to site and sometimes comes with either foolish optimism or fearmongering scepticism.
This blog has one simple aim ….. to share stories both good and bad (we learn so much from both!) of experiences with herbs and how they interact with the body, in illness and in health, based on my personal experiences as a herbalist and natural remedy enthusiast.
Who am I? I have been a professional practicing herbalist for the past 16 years and in training for many years before that. I have two teenage boys that have been on the receiving end of many herbal and natural treatments, as have most of my family and friends. Even so, I do not consider myself an expert (there is just so much more to learn) but I have great trust in the plants and natural wisdom around me.
We hope you enjoy reading the stories and look forward to hearing yours…..
Neem (Azadirachta indica) is a familiar tree to many in the Asian continent as a source of valuable remedies for many disease conditions including malaria, dengue fever and leprosy. It is extremely useful in agriculture too, especially organic agriculture as it is a potent insecticide. It also improves soil fertility, helping to grow healthier plants and animals.
Although I am relatively new to using neem as a medicine, the more I learn the more I love it. It is very powerful in its actions though and you need to be aware of its quirks and side effects as well as which parts to use, how much and how often.
Here are all the notes I have built up so far……….https://www.thewildpharma.co.uk/plants/neem
Azadirachta indica ( Neem leaves and flowers)
I sometimes get asked what my most used or favourite medicinal plant is. Easy. Nettle (Urtica dioica) wins hands down for its wide ranging medicinal attributes, its sheer versatility, its vast array of health benefits, its mild nature, its nutritional content. In fact I can’t think of many health conditions from the mild to the severe that I wouldn’t use nettle for.
From arthritis to atheroma, backache to blood circulation, eczema to energy providing, osteoporosis to ovarian cysts – find out what else it can help with and how incredibly easy it is to use as a medicine and food https://www.thewildpharma.co.uk/plants/nettle
This tall and stately looking plant with its furry grey leaves and spike of yellow flowers is a prime remedy for the lungs and respiratory system. It is a key ingredient in many lung strengthening and cough formulas yet is also excellent for healing connective tissue damage (ligaments, tendons, muscle and bone) and easing pain and inflammation.
Discover the long list of other benefits https://www.thewildpharma.co.uk/plants/mullein including its more subtle and metaphysical uses.
Marshmallow is such a useful plant to have around. I always keep a bag of powdered root in my herbal first aid kit as its so incredibly versatile. The root is packed with mucilage, a soothing slimy substance that coats & protects and encourages deep and rapid healing of tissues both external and internal. If you need to fix up a tear, rip or rupture anywhere in or on the body then look no further. Read the full list of healing properties and how to harvest and prepare it by clicking here.
Marshmallow flower – Althea officinalis
Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is often overlooked as a medicinal plant but historically it was included in many recipes pertaining to be an Elixir of Life. Royalty revered it for its ability to lift the spirits, ease a troubled mind, drive out melancholy and promote a long and healthy life.
Peace of mind and relief from anxiety doesn’t go out of fashion but modern day applications also include strong anti-viral properties (particularly potent against the herpes virus), digestive distress and even enhancement of cognitive abilities. Find out what else this forgotten little plant can give you and how best to consume it here.
Fresh & zingy lemon balm leaves
Some plant names seem particularly apt and Alchemilla vulgaris or Lady’s mantle is one of them. Both the Latin name and the common name speak of the healing this plant can give to women of all ages. If menstrual flooding or hormonal irregularities are an issue for you, whatever your age and stage in the female hormonal journey, then Lady’s mantle can help.
That is not to say that men cannot benefit from her (she is certainly not a one trick kind of girl), she has some fascinating and extremely useful tricks up her sleeves. Read about her many other healing properties and preparation and dosage here.
Young juniper in the UK
This once notorious spirit (think ‘mothers ruin’ and Hogarth’s prints), now steadily growing in popularity, owes everything to the medicinal qualities of the juniper tree (Juniperus communis). In use as a medicine for millennia, gin was devised and perfected by the Dutch as a homage to the juniper wine used for cleansing the kidneys and bladder, soothing stomach pains and easing digestive troubles.
Juniper growing in Croatian scrub
The intense, warming smell of the aromatic oils contained in the berries have many applications in the body including clearing waste acids and debris from diseased joints in arthritis and rheumatism. However, it is best known for its potent disinfectant and antibacterial actions on the genito-urinary system, that is the kidneys, bladder and entire pelvic area. It is one of my first herbs of choice for stubborn and persistent cystitis.
Find out more https://www.thewildpharma.co.uk/plants/Juniper