Building Local Herb Groups

Words by Neil Allies As a student medical herbalist, on a long (long!) road towards qualification, my sense of imposter syndrome grows with every essay I write or book I read. However, I always feel grounded by my love of plants, knowing how much joy and therapy they can bring. I love talking about it and, ...
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Is the answer blowing in the wind?

The pasqueflower is beloved of herbalists. A beautiful seasonal herb, it combines startling brilliance with wispy fragility. Medicinally it has very specific uses and requires much care in administration. Similarly, acquiring supplies of pasqueflower requires much care. It is rare in the UK so should not be gathered in the wild, instead, herbalists will ...
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Biophilia and the healing power of Nature: What makes medicine, ‘medicine’?

Words by Neil Allies There is a phrase that is sometimes used amongst practitioners – a ‘brown bottle herbalist’ – meaning, at its extreme, someone that uses herbs straight out of a bottle, without building a relationship or knowledge of the actual plant itself. This type of herbalism probably does not reflect the experience of ...
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- September 16, 2019

Lady of The Meadow

Written by Herb Society Member - Niki Senior I’ve just undertaken my weekly ten miles round trip to the nearest village post office with a car boot full of parcels for customers of Norfolk Organics, however my usual trip was made all the more enjoyable due to a herbal discovery. I am lucky enough to live ...
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- September 16, 2019

Wild plants around Jersey

Written by Herb Society Council Member - Nicky Westwood Jersey is an irregular shape but is approximately 6 miles by 11.  We have sandy shores around three sides, and cliffs on the north.  This tendency to face the sun has made us an excellent island for growing, and we are renowned for our tomatoes and ...
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- June 14, 2019

Helping the Bees with Herbs – Part 1

Written by Herb Society Member - Beverley Walker The plight of the honey bee has led to a dramatic increase in the number of hobby beekeepers over recent years - of which I was one. More hives are great but what about the forage to support them and the many other pollinators not ‘kept’ by ...
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