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Coltsfoot – Tussilago farfara

The leaves of Coltsfoot appear after the yellow dandelion like flower turns to a soft down of seeds. Its old name was 'Filius ante patrem' (The sun before the father) because of this unusual growth pattern.  Use: It is used to soothe a dry irritable unproductive cough

Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

What is it? PCOS stands for Polycystic ovarian syndrome and is a complex metabolic and endocrine condition that more than 7 million women have. Common symptoms are: Absent or irregular menstrual cycles Infertility Hirsuitism (excessive hair growth in women) Hair loss Acne Weight gain Depression Anxiety Not all women will have all of the symptoms associated

Premenstrual Tension Tea

Tension is often most acute prior to our periods. It is linked to cyclical fluctuations in sex hormones but not all women get it and some do at different times of their lives. Associated factors: Stress, hormonal changes, post natal, age etc.  There are many ways

Pause Place

Last year I completed a course that qualified me as a certified coach. It was called Pause Place. I was looking for something to complement my herbal medicine practice and to go a bit deeper into some of the more emotional and psychological aspects that

February Blues

Spices Spices are not only good for giving you some much needed heat in this cold time and keeping bugs and  infections at bay, but did you know they can also change your mood and liven up your spirit. 1. Try sprinkling half a teaspoon of cinnamon on your porridge

A Meeting of Two – What Does a Herbalist Do?

Apologies for the very long gap between this and my last newsletter but my writing time has been focusing on my new website which will be launching very soon! Summer also seems to have got in the way (where did the summer go?) and juggling

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