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Gemmotherapy/Tree Bud Medicine

Gemmotherapy/Tree Bud Medicine

What is Gemmotherapy?This is a vast topic, very old and yet very new at the same time. .The name ‘gemmotherapy’ confuses people as it is often mistaken for crystals therapy. The root of the word “gemma’ has several meanings in Latin, these include ‘precious stone’,...

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Hydrosols – The Quiet Revolution in Plant Medicine!

Hydrosols – The Quiet Revolution in Plant Medicine!

Distillation and hydrosols: connecting herbalists to aromatherapy. For a while now, I have been wondering why hydrosols do not play a more important role in both aromatic and herbal medicine. The more I work with them, the more I realize their potential and the more I...

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Listening to Trees

Listening to Trees

It was a sunny winter’s day, I sat down on the soft forest floor enjoying the light coming through the gaps in the trees. A clump of young hazelnut shoots were lit up like stars in the night sky. I let my pen write… “Listening to oneself beyond the boundaries of what...

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Making and Using Flower Essences

Making and Using Flower Essences

I was 18 the first time I came across flower essences and working as a waitress in in London whilst at the same time studying to be a drama teacher. One of the other waitresses presented me with the list and uses of the Bach Flower remedies one evening before work and...

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Making and Using Hydrosols – Home distilling

Making and Using Hydrosols – Home distilling

The word hydrosol, ‘hydro’ water and ‘sol’ solution means water solution and refers to the fact that a hydrosol is water containing plant molecules, it is produced alongside essential oil in the process of steam distillation and sometimes referred to as flower water....

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Using Clay as Medicine

Using Clay as Medicine

Clay may have contributed to the beginning of life on earth, recent scientific studies are suggesting. Several universities, including the Universities of Glasgow and Cornell, found that clay forms a hydrogel in simulated ancient sea water. This hydrogel contains a...

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Trees as Spiritual Masters

Trees as Spiritual Masters

My ‘lucky star’ was to be born with a solid connection to the plant world. My grandfather, a doctor and keen naturalist, had a garden covered in beech trees. Feeding the birds and squirrels was a daily routine and losing myself in the auburn woodiness of the place was...

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The Spirit of Yerba Mansa

The Spirit of Yerba Mansa

The BackgroundLife’s rich path recently took me from rural France to New Mexico in one fell swoop. After acclimatizing for a while, I began to get excited about a new challenge, learning the herbs from this unique part of the globe. I arrived in autumn and...

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Distilling Rabbitbrush in New Mexico

Distilling Rabbitbrush in New Mexico

Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus sp) distillationpH 5.00Grey clouds brushed across white skies as we made our way up the sandy, narrow track from the small hot spring tucked into the rocks beside the Rio Grande in Taos. We had thought that we would harvest some...

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