Im enjoying being in the garden at the moment. We are having warm sunny days. I saw so many herbs growing wild in Europe on my trip, and shared with people how to use them. I love how common "weeds" are really health promoting and disease curing. Empowering people to use simple herbal home remedies is my passion so Im busy expanding my own herb garden with the plan of bringing people here for herb days.
Im enjoying the last few days of my journey. Have just returned from Spain, where I wandered along the Natural Camino by the cliffs and through amazing old forests. Through all the countries Ive visited this trip- from England to Malta, then Italy, Ireland, France and Spain, my herbal friends have smiled at me! Its been such a joy wikd harvesting and sharing them with people along the way...
Ive really enjoyed the last few weeks in Ireland, tge land of my ancestirs in my Dads side. So many Magical places. Stone circles, wild seas, fairy forests and tge stiney mountains of the Burren. It feels like home here. Herbal friebds greeting me wherever I go.
My friends here in Ostra, a little village in Italy, have organised an Ayurvedic Presentation for me this Saturday morning. It will be translated, so if any of you are in the area please come. Including those of you from the Yoga training groups... should be fun.
I had a request this month to write about simple home remedies so I asked the team of naturopaths at Mullum Herbals for their favourites and added them to mine for this list:
Herbs – can be used as teas or in foods fresh from your garden or dried from us, or other organic herb suppliers. Can also be used as liquid tinctures, glycetracts (which are sweeter so can be easier for the kids to take), capsules or tablets.
Peppermint – aids digestion, can lift energy levels, soothes tummy after rich foods
Chamomile – reduces stress, can help sleep, and soothe colic and digestion
Fennel Seed – aids digestion, reduces spasms and gas, reduces congestion and phlegm
Licorice (herb not the lolly!) – balances blood sugars, lifts tiredness and supports adrenals
Comfrey – the root heals bones and tissues, powerful tonic for lungs and respiratory system - the leaves are anti-inflammatory and astringent, highly nutritious (try in soup)
Rosemary – helps memory and mind, soothes headaches, also great for skin and hair
Lavender – Reduces stress, calms and soothes, aids sleep, soothes burns and bites
Lemon Balm – reduces stress and anxiety, soothes the nervous system, calms the heart
Tumeric – never use raw as its too hard on the liver, add to cooking or simmer and then add to other things when cool. Reduces inflammation, is a great anti-oxidant and general healer
Nettle – a good digestible source of iron, calcium, copper and vitamin A. Heals burns and stings, and also benefits the skin, liver, and hair. (Easy to grow but watch the sting!)
Cinnamon – aids circulation, promotes digestion, strengthens, warms the kidneys
Slippery Elm – healing and soothing for the whole gastro-intestinal tract. Mix with a yummy tasting liquid like apple juice. Great for stomach pain, gas, constipation, nausea
Triphala (Three ayurvedic fruits so not in your garden but is so amazing I had to include it) - heals all sorts of digestive problems and helps in absorbing. Best taken before meals and/or supplements, helps the liver so great after a big night out, high in vitamin C, great anti-oxidant, helps us absorb iron and B vitamins from our food
Oregano – reduces worms and parasites, helps dizziness, tonic for hair, scalp and cramps
Gotu Kola – aids memory, tissue rejuvenator, heals joints, reduces arthritis
Cumin seeds – aids digestion, reduces flatulence
For more info or questions contact Jacinta.
Have a look in the workshops section here, as I have upgraded the workshops I now offer. Please contact me if you would like me to come to your area to share with you and your friends or students.