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Herbal Medicine for Labour and Birthing

Celebrating Damascena at Bulgaria’s Rose Festival

  Bulgaria’s Rose Valley During the first weekend in June, all roads lead to the Kazanlak region, aka, The Valley of Roses. If you don’t already know, Bulgaria is one […]

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Our 3 Favourite Herbal Blood Cleaners aka Alteratives

Herbal Actions When you open a book about herbs, you will see various categories or ways to talk about herbal medicine – plants are often talked about in terms of […]

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Explore the Magic of Ash Tree Medicine and Mythology

  Ash Tree Medicine and Mythology By the Seed SistAs The majestic, mystical, mythical Ash Tree. Ash is having a hard time. It represents a challenging disconnect from nature that […]

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Medicinal and Edible Benefits of Nasturtiums

  Medicinal and Edible Benefits of Nasturtiums by the Seed SistAs The vibrant and versatile flowers of nasturtium have been honoured and adored for centuries, and are not to be […]

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Planning and Planting a Medicine Garden

  One of the The Seed SistAs 2024 Medicine Garden Grants went to  Loveland  Medicine Garden  which is situated on the Penryn estuary in Cornwall. It is part of a […]

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Working with Mugwort – Sacred Sister of the Moon

Guest post by – Hazel Osborne, Transpersonal Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, animist and artist Do you have witchy ways? A sense of magic and mystery in your bones and cells? When I […]

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Working with Earth, Sun and Moon with Willow as Our Guide

  Working with Earth, Sun and Moon with Willow by Kim Creswell MNIMH How still one can feel on a calm moonlit night as this beautiful blue-green planet spins through […]

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Why Every Gardener Should Grow Comfrey

  These blog articles are herbal education resources,  produced by the Seed Sistas. Gain insights and join us in the evolution of healthcare, please do leave a comment or question.  […]

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Herbs for Stress and Anxiety

These blog articles are herbal education resources,  produced by the Seed Sistas. Gain insights and join us in the evolution of healthcare, please do leave a comment or question.  Wellbeing […]

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Herbs for Concentration and Focus

These blog articles are herbal education resources,  produced by the Seed Sistas. Gain insights and join us in the evolution of healthcare, please do leave a comment or question.  Wellbeing […]

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Botanical Blessings: Herbs and Rituals for Birthing

As clinical herbalists, we are fascinated by the whole physiology of the actual birth process and its impact on  physiological, psychological and spiritual levels. We have 4 babas between us […]

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Herbs in Weddings and Handfasting Rituals

Weddings are more than a celebration of love, they’re also a union of traditions and symbolism that span across cultures, generations and lands. One such age-old tradition is the use […]

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Herbs in Funeral Rites, Ceremonies and Death

Passed down through generations that date back to ancient civilizations, the use of herbs in funeral rites and ceremonies was, and still is, a way to honour and protect the dead. While […]

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Creating an Indoor Herb Garden That Enhances Your Home Interior

  Creating an Indoor Herb Garden Herb gardening is one of the biggest gardening trends that have emerged this year as more people in the UK are growing and harvesting fresh herbs […]

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Spice Rack for Home First Aid

As herbalists, we often get calls at all times of day and evening from friends and family asking what can help with this or that, from troublesome splinters to croupy […]

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Herbal First Aid Solutions for Eye Infections

It can feel like you actually have glass in your eye when an infection first sets in. Herbal First Aid Solutions for Eye Infections is part of our first aid […]

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Herbal First Aid in the Home

Treating coughs, colds, wounds, digestive issues and a whole host more, with herbs, is as old as human kind. There are a set of stable herbs and products that will […]

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Folklore and Healing of the Holly

In the heart of ancient European folklore lies Ilex aquifolium. Known commonly as the English holly, this evergreen plant boasts a rich history and a set of constituents that contribute […]

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Myth, Magic and Folklore of the Elder Tree

We want to share something of our favourite UK tree The Elder, although not a big shower she packs a few punches with her medicine, magic and folklore! Trees are […]

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Soothing the Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

By the Seed SistAs Have you ever laid awake in a state of abject torture with legs that simply cannot stay still?  The uncontrollable flick of the leg, twitch of […]

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Mindfulness and Mental Wellbeing: Cultivating Peace and Serenity in a Community Herb Garden

  Cultivating Peace and Serenity in a Community Herb Garden “There’s huge physical and mental health benefits just from the actual gardening and maintenance,” Councillor Lucy Bywater said regarding community growing […]

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Herbal Support for Meditation

  Herbal Support for Meditation As Hedge Witches, we are herb and nature lovers primarily, potty about plants, our leafy family! However, we invite loads of differing healing and healthful […]

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Herbal Treatments for Threadworms (Pinworms)

By the Seed SistAs We talk to a lot of concerned parents who find worms in their children’s stools. The first reaction is often repulsion and fear, which then leads […]

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3 Plants for Protection in Magical Work

Apotropaic Magic The term ‘apotropaic’ is derived from the Greek word ‘apotropaios,’ which means ‘to ward off’ or ‘to turn away. This describes the intention to turn away harm or […]

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The Power of Mugwort for Lucid Dreaming

  The Power of Mugwort for Lucid Dreaming It is said that we sleep for a third of our entire lives – approximately 25 years, just snoozing! Just thinking about […]

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3 Herbs to Enhance Psychic Abilities

3 Herbs to Enhance Psychic Abilities A sense of attuned intuition or psychic abilities are frequently seen in highly sensitive people that can feel the energies of a room or […]

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Identification, Folklore and Medicine of Honey Fungus

Living near the woods is a great joy of ours. Being able to wander around within the mature oaks, beech, ash hornbeam and marvel at the beauty of the silver […]

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The Medicinal Marvels of Conkers

As the leaves start to turn into the deep hues of autumn, their work now done, they drop back to the earth to begin the next cycle of death and […]

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Smoking Sacred Herbs

Our Human Fascination with Smoke Cultures across the globe have created herbal smoke to both inhale and burn in communal spaces for medicine, magic, connection to spirit. Our human fascination […]

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Magic Herbalism & Abundance Spell

  Magic Herbalism & Abundance Spell “The first time I called myself a ‘Witch’ was the most magical moment of my life.” “For all you know, a witch may be […]

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Herbal Observational Drawing 

As herbalists, it’s imperative that you have keen skills of identification of plants. The variety of forms, hues and colours that plants take are truly incredible to behold.  Many folk […]

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Creating a Community Medicine Garden

  Creating a Community Medicine Garden Us Seed Sistas have dedicated our life’s work to help self-sustaining communities. Our aim has always been to educate folx about harvesting and utilising […]

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Herbal Remedies for IBS

When you’re going out, you need to know what options there are at the restaurant because you might accidentally eat something that will trigger a trail of events internally that […]

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Our Journey with Herbal Astrology

Opening the newspaper to thumb to the back and find the astrology section, what are Scorpios or Geminis going to be up to this week?  What planetary foolery will be […]

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Summer Flower Salads

‘Let thy food be thy medicine’  Hippocrates 400BC  Summer-time and the living is easy….in this light, bright and colourful season, the garden bursting with life and dynamism.  Flower energy is […]

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3 Natural Remedies to Fight Common Fungal Infections

We’re sure most people have had some form of a fungal infection in their lifetime. They’re more common than you think! Moreover because modern diets of high sugar and carbohydrates […]

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Herbal Medicine for Labour and Birthing

        These old pics are from 2002 – Fiona, Kaz and Sophie all training together to be Herbalists! Here in this blog post we hear from Sophie […]

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The Magick of a Poison Garden

Renaissance physician, botanist, and alchemist, Paracelsus, said “Everything is poison, there is poison in everything.” “The danger of a poison is in the dosage”, he concluded. There’s something very unique […]

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Women, Plants and Cyclical Altered States

Sacred Femininity and deep connections to plants or Herb Craft are one and the same. Herbalism is an art form as well as a science, and we believe that all […]

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Astrological Gardening: When Farmers Were Magicians

Gardening by the moon You might associate following the moon with modern day witchcraft and cleansing your crystals – BUT following the moon’s cycles for  astrological gardening has been connected […]

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History of Herb Gardens

  History of Herb Gardens The roots of the herbal garden run deep. Dating back to Prehistoric times, our ancestors intuitively recognised the wisdom of herbs. The shift from foraging […]

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Beginners Guide to Botany Geek Out

As Herbalists and Plant Lovers, Botany is an important aspect of our herbal studies. This branch of biology focuses on our green friends as Botany involves the study of the […]

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Herbal Adaptogens

We discovered Jodie and Paris via the inter web – fellow nature lovers with a particular passion for the plants that support the adrenals these fabulous women are working hard […]

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Our Favourite Herbs to Support the Lymphatic System

The word lymph seems to get banded about when hearing about detoxes, the immune system and skin conditions, but have you ever wondered what lymph actually is? And do you […]

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Emotional Detox for a Mind, Body and Soul Cleanse

Nature is such a powerful, healing force that takes care in of us in a multitude of ways. It psychologically balances our mental health, literally feeds our bodies and lifts […]

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Our Favourite Herbs for a Springtime Cleanse

As the warmer weather emerges out of the winter darkness, and the ground slowly thaws with shoots popping out, it’s time to get back on track. In this season of […]

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How to Prepare for a Herbal Detox

Detoxing is such a buzz words these days, it may seem that everyone is having a go at a natural body cleanse. The problem is that the focus is often […]

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A History of Aphrodisiacs: Herbal Aphrodisiacs

  Named after Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty, an aphrodisiac is a food or drink that increases sexual desire or improves sexual performance. From ancient Rome to […]

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Herbal Solutions for Seasonal Affective Disorder

During the winter months here in the northern hemisphere, darkness can feel like its closing in.  The days get seriously short and feel bleak and grey on those days when […]

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5 Herbs That Can Change Your Life – Herbal Support for Breaking Habits

Most of us are guilty of letting things slide and having bad habits we can’t seem to shake off. And, if we do try and change our routines, we often […]

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Reflections on Running our Social Enterprise

 We are a social enterprise – in a nut shell that means that we value people and the planet and that profit feeds back into protecting green spaces and education […]

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Winter Herb Creativity and Connection

The world of nature is gently slowing down to a halt.  We find ourselves in the depths of Winter a space of contemplation, introspection and rooting down deep into the […]

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The Flower of December – Poinsettia / Cuetlaxochitl

  Father Winter has blown in! The ground is freezing and all the energy that was once in the branches retreats to the roots. And as all green seems to […]

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Pain Relief with Herbal Helpers

  Pain Relief with Herbal Helpers By the Seed SistAs Don’t know about you, but we have had a fair share of days off from pain – back pain, shoulder […]

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November – Chrysanthemum 

  In the world of mortals, beautiful scenery of painting in painting Wind, rain and sunset of buildings outside building In the tree, yellow oriole sings a song at night […]

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Yarrow Herb – Superpowers in Spellcraft

  Yarrow Herb in Spellcraft We are feral, wild herbalists. Some call us witches and we have enjoyed a life blessed by a beautiful magical relationship with plants. We literally […]

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Marigold – Flower of October

If there is ever a flower that represents the sun, Calendula is that flower. The bright yellow, orange, pink, and multi-coloured blossom will take your blues away with one look. […]

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Herbs for Circulation

What is Circulation? Our bodies are incredible – a plethora of different actions are taking place every moment, even when we rest and sleep. The circulatory system is the transport […]

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Morning Glory

  One of our all time favourite climbing plants has to be the famously elegant and mind altering Morning Glory. As we step out into the garden, around a trellis […]

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Delphinium – Flower of July

July –Delphinium The blue blooms take our blues away. Beautiful Delphinium – flower of July. Along with last month’s flower, honeysuckle, hummingbirds (and we) are relentlessly attracted to these flowers. […]

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Honeysuckle – Flower of June

June – Honeysuckle As we round the corner of Summer and the days grow hotter, the sweet smells of honeysuckle are in the air. There are over 180 varieties of […]

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Lily of the Valley – May’s Flower

May’s Flower Fairy bells, Our Lady’s Tears, May Lily and Jacob’s Ladder. These dainty bell-shaped flowers ring in the month of May. And while at first glance, Lily of the […]

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Dandelion – Taraxacum officinale

The sunny faces that will never give up! The regal dandelion in all its visual and medicinal glory. Common names: bitterwort, blow-ball, cankerwort, clockflower, lion’s tooth, piss-in-bed, pissinlit, priest’s crown, puffball, […]

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Chickweed – Stellaria media

  Our Vegetable patch is filled with the lush plant chickweed, an annual flowering plant in the carnation family Caryophyllaceae. The beauty has self-seeded amongst the carrots and beetroots, this […]

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Sweet Pea Flower of April

  Flower of April – Lathyrus odoratus Sweet peas are definitely the kind of flowers faeries sleep in – go check them out and see if you can find a […]

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Daffodils The Flower of March

  Spring has Sprung: If there is a flower that radiates the look and feel of the sun after the long months of winter, it’s the daffodil, flower of March. […]

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Snowdrops – the Flower of February

  The glorious snowdrop is an iconic flower that is not just a pretty sight.  There is so much more depth to this delicate winter beauty that signals to us Spring […]

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Carnation – Flower of January

January can be a particularly grey and wet month here in the UK, the merriment of the winter solstice and yule celebrations, the turning of the year and popping of […]

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Tree Medicine

3 favourite trees and their magic, folklore and tree medicine They shade us, they tower over us, they provide the most valuable life source humans need to exist: oxygen. Trees […]

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Top Tips and Favourite Herbs for Menopausal Symptoms

  Top Tips for Menopausal Symptoms By the Seed SistAs You wake up in the middle of the night uncontrollably sweating from a sudden and severe hot flash. Whatever you […]

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Blackberry Picking

Bramble – Blackberry Rubus fruticosus, or the common blackberry/ bramble as this thorny brute of a bush is more commonly known as is a familiar foraging dream around the late summer […]

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What’s Herbal Cleansing about? What is Detoxification?

Traditionally people have undertaken cleanses as a good clear-out at various times of the year. Usually, the change of seasons brings an opportunity to take stock and re-evaluate. Over the […]

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Community Gardening as a path to Eco- Activism. Re-build Re-connect Re-store

Why Community Gardening as a path to Eco Activism is important – what is happening globally with community herbalism? The Pandemic reminded us why cultivating change through our eco-activism work […]

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Time for a Spring Clean with your Garden Weeds

Foraging for Fresh Spring Greens This time of the year brings with it fresh, verdant, lush foods to forage, a time to stuff our meals with greens. Vibrant new herb […]

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The Budding Spring Magic – Gemmotherapy

  Come the spring the promise of new life is palpable and a walk in the local surrounds shows us that on closer inspection of the trees and bushes, tiny […]

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Springtime Herbalism with Dandelion

“There is no nobler plant than the dandelion.” – Barbara Drake Boehm, New York Metropolitan Museum of Art  Dandelion. Resilient. Strong. Mighty. Humble.  She grows all over the world, in […]

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The Spicy Root Ginger and some Marvellous Medicine

Roots are generally high in polysaccharides (long chain sugars which act as energy for the plant) giving them sweetness, and nutty nourishment; great medicine. One of our most commonly found […]

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Hot Spiced Apple Juice & Dandelion

The winter is upon us and each glimmer of colour and light, that we are granted in the skies above, is a total gift.  The days are getting shorter and […]

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The Season of the Pumpkin

Halloween /Samhain is coming up and it is falling upon a Fullmoon Lunar vibration this year. We love this wonderfully connective festival of honouring our dead and the cycles of life. Halloween […]

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Sweet Chestnuts

We were up in the woods yesterday in glorious sunshine foraging for autumnal goodies! What joy this abundant and fruitful time of the year always brings – having children with […]

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Reishi – Mushroom of Immortality

It is mushroom season which is an extremely exciting time for us Seed Sistas we love the Fungal world and are especially interested in all the medical ones that fill […]

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Birch Polypore

Seed Sista Kaz waxes lyrical about her love affair with the eyes of the underworld…the mycelium medicinal wonderment autumnal wanderers, the mushrooms… It is Mushroom season, the woods are full […]

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Hearty Hawthorn

Hawthorn berries hang out side by side with rosehips in our native hedgerows in the Autumn months, our most abundant season.  It is time to harvest, preserve and store the […]

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3 Ways to Beat Urinary Tract Infections UTIs

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) can affect different parts of your urinary tract, including your bladder (cystitis), urethra (urethritis) or kidneys (kidney infection). If you visit the GP with the symptoms […]

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Working with Wild Plant Medicines in Canada

Us Seed SistAs met Latifa many years ago now, a fellow herbalist and as passionate about plants as we are and a real lover of the Pine trees. Here we […]

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THE MAGIC OF HEATHER

Heather – Calluna vulgaris / Erica spp Astrology: Venus Family: Ericaceae Sensory Experiences: Astringent, sweet, nutty, mineral Heather, with her purple rinse, is a resilient old bird full of gifts […]

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Psilocybin & Nature Connectedness

Us Seed SistAs love plants, as you well know we are completely passionately potty about nature connection – we met Dr. Sam Gandy at The Medicinal Mushroom Conference and also […]

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Herbal Mouth Care

The Digestive tract begins at our lips and travels all the way through our entire bodies and end at the anus. All the way through this tubular pathway, the sides […]

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Reeking Rods Herbal Smoke Bundles

Mugwort is said to have derived its name from being used to flavour drinks. It was, in common with other herbs such as Ground Ivy, used for flavouring beer before […]

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Natural Treatment for Conception, Pregnancy, Labour and the Fourth Trimester

Us Seed SistAs have spent many years working aiding in the support of womens’ journey towards motherhood, we delivered each others baby’s catching them and welcoming them into the herbal […]

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Hypericum Magic

St. John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) This midsummer flower, herb of the Sun, is ready to harvest on his namesake’s day, St. John’s Day, the 21st of June. Often found on […]

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Growing Sudley – Community Garden

Us Seed SistAs are passionate about plants & peoples health, community gardens are intrinsic to our message and plan of CULTIVATING CHANGE, here the lovely Lucy, who is also passionate […]

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Nathan Hughes Herbalist

Us Seed SistAs are connected to a large plant family, a community of Earth loving herbalists and Nathan Hughes in Stroud is a good friend and valued colleague – here […]

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Herbal Treatment of Acne

Acne Acne is an embarrassing condition that most typically develops in teenage years but recently. It has become increasingly common for people to develop acne whilst in the pre-teen age […]

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Red Clover (Trifollium pratense)

This plant is under the domain of Jupiter the planet of expansion Tastes – nutty and cereal-like, sweet Plant constituents include Oestrogenic Isoflavones, flavanoids, coumarins Profile This delicate pink beauty […]

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The Secret Life of Chocolate by Marcos Patchett

The fabulous herbalist and astrologer Marcos Patchett is a long time friend and colleague of ours. We met whilst studying at Middlesex University on our Phytotherapy degree. Marcos supported us […]

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Herbal Help for Uterine Fibroids

Herbalism We are passion about drawing on the magic and medicine of the plant world to support our bodies in healthcare and in our many years of clinical practice we […]

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Community Herbalism

We met Rasheeqa a few years back through the Radical Herbalism movement, she is a wonderful passion herbalist who is involved at the heart of community herbalism, within this article […]

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The Druids – and the thirteen ways they use plants

Us Seed SistAs have had the pleasure of sharing herbal skills at a few Druid Camps and it was at one of these camps that we came across the lovely […]

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Wild Roses Hold the Key to Our Hearts

Rosa Canina aka Wild Dog Rose This most wonderful of plants is called the dog rose due to the old belief that the rose roots could be dug up and […]

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Herbal Help for Hayfever

Hayfever Are you dreading having itchy eyes, a tickly throat, streaming nose and sneezing? Those that suffer with hay fever know why they call it a fever. The foggy head […]

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Natural Plant Dyes

Flora is a natural dyer, grower and forager who loves to create inks, pigments, and dyes from plants for textile and paper. She demonstrates how we can create a diverse […]

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Foraging Salad

Delicious! Foraging salad is filled with herbal delights – The glorious activity of Foraging is seeing a revival and many many people are enjoying finding, gathering and harvesting their local […]

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White Dead Nettle

White Dead Nettle (Lamium alba) – from the Greek ‘laimos’ meaning ‘throat’, referring to the shape of the flower. This jolly and super prolific herb is part of the Mint, […]

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Harvesting Herbs for medicine – Teas & Decoctions

Harvesting Herbs for medicine – creating Dried Simple Herbal Teas Are you interested in growing, gathering, using and storing your own herbal medicines? If you’re new to harvesting herbs for […]

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Kitchen Remedies – Elderflower, Mint and Lemon Cordial

What You’ll need: Elderflower heads with pollen dusting on them (a pan full) Water to cover Fresh mint leaves (handful) Juice and zest of 3 lemons Sugar (use your preferred […]

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Molluscum Contagiosum

Lots of parents get in touch regularly about Molluscum Contagiosum, which is a common viral infection a member of the poxvirus family, like small pox. It looks horrific, but in […]

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The Hawthorn Tree

Hawthorn Blossom The old English for Hawthorn was Haggathorn meaning hedge or encompassing fence thorn. Hawthorn has been utilised as a boundary marker by many farmers and country folk alike […]

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Herbal Tincture Making

Creating herbal remedies There are various ways to store herbs once you have gone out and harvested them – it is lovely to have fresh herbal infusions, but fresh herbs […]

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Ethical Chocolate

We first met the lovely Deya at WOMAD festival, after we had just given a talk in the World of Words tent on connecting with herbs. Her open bright spirit […]

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Hawthorn Blossom, Orange & Cinnamon Cordial

The wonderful veritable courage-giving heartwarming hawthorn blossoms are out… We love to make kitchen remedies, everyday foods as medicines that we can enjoy with our families and friend, get beneficial […]

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Harvesting herbal remedies for women from our medicinal forest garden by Anne Stobart, MCPP

Us Seed SistAs met at Middlesex University where we were studying a 4 year BSc degree in phytotherapy. On the first year in the first term of that degree we […]

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Herbal Treatment of Asthma

Asthma is a debilitating and often scary condition that arises in the lungs and is often linked to the emotion of grief that has not found a way to be […]

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Herbal support of the Respiratory system

Check List for Respiratory Infection Support: • Nurture and soothe the lung tissue – herbal teas of elecampane, liquorice, marshmallow root, plantain leaf • Thin and then expectorate mucous and […]

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Kitchen Remedies – Onion Syrup

Kitchen Medicine Kitchen medicine is so important in times when it is hard to get to the shops or the herbs needed are not in season, we can look to […]

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Woodcroft Wildspace Community Garden

Meeting Bob from Woodcroft Wildspace, has been a total inspiration and a joy – his community project is a testament to the tenacious spirit of humans. Bob and the other […]

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Spirits of the Garden – Growing herbs for health and love

Cultivating Change Cultivating plants for food and medicine is one of the most positive and proactive endeavours you can take on. It is so rewarding watching your own garden grow, […]

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Making Herbal Infused Oils

Creating Herbal Remedies We think the important thing about creating herbal remedies, is good preparation and being clear about what and why you are making what you are making. We […]

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Herbal Haven – Medicinal Plant Nursery

We absolutely LOVE Herbal Haven our most wonderful go to Plant nursery for medical herb plugs. They are a specialist herb nursery growing over one hundred and fifty varieties of […]

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Herbal Treatment of Fevers

Check List for Fever 1. Make yourself or your patient as comfortable as possible, mop brow with cool, damp flannel with a drop of lavender oil on it. 2. Air […]

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Nettle Monograph by Annalise

Nettle Latin Name: Urtica dioica Other Names: common nettle; stinging nettle; devils leaf; devils plaything (2). Varieties: Urtica dioica (stinging nettle); Urtica urens (small nettle) (2); Urtica pilulifera (Roman nettle) […]

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5 Health Benefits of Nettle Leaves

The common and ubiquitous stinging Nettle is one of the most easily recognisable plants – and if you are in any doubt, just brush your fingertips over the familiar warrior […]

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Nettle Syrup Recipe

Nettle Syrup You will need to head out and find some young, juicy nettles, away from spray fields & heavy traffic. You will need some good heavy gloves to avoid […]

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Spring Greens Pesto Recipe

Spring greens pesto: It is March at the Spring is in full flow with a wealth of luscious leaves in the garden, many of them are called weeds, but we […]

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Lessons from Plants on Death and Dying by Kirra Swenerton

Us Seed SistAs love plants, as you well know we are completely passionately potty about plants, but we love trees, and rivers and the sea and all the creatures too in-fact we […]

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Supporting Immunity: Checklist & Tips

Checklist: Relaxation & Rest Sleeping well Vitamin C & D and Garlic daily Eating a rainbow of food colours Herbal nourishment Looking after your lymphatic system Exercise Connection and herb […]

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Warming Spiced Oat Milk Recipe for Immunity Boosting

    Your Oat Milk recipe video is loading above…please click to watch it play Warming Spiced Oat Milk Recipe It’s a really good idea to familiarise yourself with the […]

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Homemade Hand Sanitiser Recipe

Properly washing your hands is one of the best ways to stop the spread of microbe transfer, and to protect yourself from getting ill with colds and viruses. But if […]

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Coronavirus Strategy

Covid19 the Global Situation & Herbalism We are all currently transiting a situation that is unprecedented and constantly changing, many of us are experiencing anxiety in the face of it. […]

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Immune Supporting Medicinal Soup

It’s a classic, and something bound to pop up on your meal planning radar – a hearty soup always hits the spot! This special immune boosting warming food can be […]

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The Magical World of Crafting Aromatherapy Candles

Elizabeth Burchill is a Clinical Aromatherapist who offers treatments in London and Hertfordshire, runs workshops, collaborates on retreats and has a brand of natural, cruelty free aromatherapy products. www.blovedcandles.com We […]

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Primrose – Flower Medicine (Primula)

Have you looked at the copious yellow flowers of the Primroses and wondered how to utilise them for your healthcare? The familiar and beautiful welcome site of the blooming soft […]

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Apothecary Gardening in the City

Event Notice: Seed SistA; Karen Lawton will be visiting The Haseya Apothecary garden to share her passion for growing and working with medicinal herbs on Sunday 15th March 2020 between […]

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Valerian Monograph

VALERIAN Anneliese is currently in her final year of the Sensory Herbal Apprenticeship, having been passionate about herbal healing and food as medicine for many years. She is an Internationally […]

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Valerian Poem

Sarah’s journey toward the herbs began when she met the Seed Sistas at Breaking Convention in 2017, where they shared some drops of Perception Potion with her in a moment […]

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Herbal Support for Women’s Reproductive Health

Herbal Support for Women’s Reproductive Health By Seed SistAs The Seed SistAs are passionately dedicated to shining a light on herbal education and bringing back where it belongs, into your […]

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Tales of Death – and the making of life.

Tales of Death – and the making of life. Angie shares her journey as a modern medicine woman. Angie Litvinoff is a Medicine Woman, Ceremonialist and Mentor. You can find […]

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The Medicine of Menstrual Cycle Awareness

Alexandra and Sjanie teach their special approach to woman’s wellbeing, based on the power of our menstruality consciousness. With experience in various fields including psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, coaching, teaching and facilitation, […]

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Mandrake Journey

Nicky is a professional gardener and a keen spinner. She has a life long passion for plants. Nicky has run workshops on using the drop spindle and natural dyeing using […]

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Love, Acceptance & Reflection

Love, Acceptance & Reflection with Holly & Clear Vision Drops By Seed SistAs Acceptance & Reflection Take stock this festive winter-time by making some time reflect on the year, time […]

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Holly – The Flower of Goodwill

Anneliese is currently on the 2nd year of the Sensory Herbal Apprenticeship, having been passionate about herbal healing and food as medicine for many years. She is an Internationally certified […]

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Healthy Kids over the Colder, Darker Winter Months

  Kitt Acott the Towpath Herbalist. Travelling on a narrowboat around the English Inland waterways, herbalist, roving canal trader. I have been a qualified medical herbalist for 22 years and […]

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Mouth Health – Gut Health

By the Seed SistAs Digestion In Sensory Herbalism, the Digestive system is associated with the Earth element. The digestive system is where we process our food, making nutrients bioavailable to […]

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Meditation Drops

By the Seed SistAs The meditation drops can be used to utilise the power of this magical time of year.  To time travel when the veils are at their thinnest. […]

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Bonkers for Conkers

Elaine lives in the little Bedfordshire village of Tingrith. Her passions are roaming in Mother Natures fields, going for long walks in sunshine, wind or rain. Its where she finds […]

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Crab Apple Medicine

Crab Apple Medicine This time of year sees the start of apples ripening on the trees.  They start from the end of summer through to Autumn, culminating in Apple Day […]

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How women are using ritual to empower themselves and their daughters

Lynette is founder of A Woman’s Blessing. She is a modern day medicine woman, using the sacred plant medicine Cacao, ritual and meditation to bring alignment to source and grounding […]

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Dandelion Depths

  Kitt Acott the Towpath Herbalist. Travelling on a narrowboat around the English Inland waterways, herbalist, roving canal trader. I have been a qualified medical herbalist for 22 years and […]

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5th UK Medicinal Mushrooms Conference

Fred and Natascha are advocates for the mushroom world…as if the mushrooms aren’t shouting loud enough with their awe inspiring shapes and forms and often brilliant colourings, these wonderful folk […]

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The Lungs and Nervous System in Sensory Herbalism

Taken from The Sensory Herbal Handbook – Seed Sistas The quick wit, changeability and intangibility of air is expressed beautifully through the nervous system and the lungs. The nervous system […]

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Manna from the Mellow Land

Manna from the Mellow Land Jules has just completed her seasonal year of the Sensory Herbal Apprenticeship.  She is a total inspiration, planting and re-wooding acres of land in Wales.  […]

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Marshmallow

Anneliese is becoming a featured article writer for the Sensory Herbalism Blog.  She is currently study Sensory Herbalism but has long worked in health and sports science.  Here she explores […]

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Your Life Matters

Nikki Wyrd is the Editor of the Psychedelic Press Journal. She is a director of the charity Breaking Convention, which holds a biennial multidisciplinary conference on psychedelics. Her copyediting work […]

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Protection From Blood Suckers

Elder leaf balm offers protection from all of life’s biting, sucking creatures, gifting a defensive shield and the ability to repel all of the blood suckers. We are talking protection […]

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Bites & Sting Relief with Plantain Balm Recipe

Plantain is a herb of Saturn, the bringer of positive authority, creating boundaries and structure.  It protects the mucous membranes which are the tissues located inside the nose, mouth and […]

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Plant Healer Federation And Tacit Knowledge

Danny O’Rawe is a well-known herbalist, working in the field of natural medicine since 1986. His diverse training has since taken him from a Diploma in Herbal Medicine to the […]

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Elder Leaf

The Lesser known medicine from the Elder Tree Anneliese is currently on the 2nd year of the Sensory Herbal Apprenticeship, having been passionate about herbal healing and food as medicine […]

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Watercress Revolution – A Herb Wit Attitude

Tom Amery, MD of The Watercress Company Tom Amery is Managing Director of The Watercress Company with watercress beds in Hampshire and Dorset. He joined in 1999 after studying Commercial […]

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Harvesting Tilia

By the Seed SistAs Harvesting Tilia or Linden/Lime Blossoms is possibly one of the most pleasurable things to do on a summer’s day.  The scent is both uplifting and relaxing, […]

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Yoga Nidrā: The medicine of rest

The Yoga Nidra Network was set up by Uma Dinsmore-Tuli and Nirlipta Tuli, who together have over forty years experience of practice, teaching and working therapeutically with all forms and […]

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Brewing With Botanicals

Michael Isted is a trained phytotherapist (BSc Hons), aromatherapist and nutritionist who started up his company The Herball in 2013. Michael set up The Herball as a portal to promote […]

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Bitters & Gut Health

There is often a link between good, digestive gut health and ability to think clearly. You can pretty much guarantee that people with cloudy minds or foggy brains who find […]

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Mayflower

Kitt Acott the Towpath Herbalist. Travelling on a narrowboat around the English Inland waterways, herbalist, roving canal trader. I have been a qualified medical herbalist for 22 years and a […]

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Organic Health

Jan Kuśmirek is a medical herbalist, clinical aromatherapist and author. He is co-founder of the Fragrant Earth Company, the UK’s leading producer of aromatic raw materials and finished goods and […]

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The Sensory Herbal Handbook

We are working on the final flourishes of our first published book, The Sensory Herbal Handbook. We are thrilled to have worked with Watkins Publishers on this and are finally […]

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Scots Pine on a Winter’s Morning

On her travels through the countryside aboard the narrowboat Gyptian, Kit stops for an encounter with the Scots Pine… and shares that magic with us… My name is Kit Acott […]

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How to use essential oils for cleaning.

We have made great progress over the last century with regards to infection. We now know that infections are caused by tiny microbes, invisible to the naked eye. These microbes […]

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Rites of Passage for Women – Reclaiming the Sacred

“Now is the time to be open and bold, to create waves of change through the way we honour who we are, by taking responsibility through connecting meaningfully to the […]

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Lady’s Mantle & Women’s Health

Blood Cycles Menarche or the first menstrual cycle of a woman’s life has the potential to be a celebration of entry into the fertile years. Her first bleed is the […]

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Chocolate Love Medicine

I was a total addict… In particular; sex, drugs and rock n roll – but additionally and chronically nicotine, caffeine, alcohol, chocolate, meat, raw Jersey milk, and cake.  The dairy […]

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Drops of Love

Grief is a multifaceted response to loss.  Although conventionally focused on the emotional response to loss, it also has physical, cognitive, behavioural, social, cultural, spiritual and philosophical dimensions.  Grief can be […]

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DIY Dying

I first came across the fact that you can be the undertaker/funeral director for a loved-one’s send-off some years ago, when my half-sister’s grandmother died and the family arranged the […]

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Herbs and Dying

Our lives can be sweet precisely because they are finite. The sands of time are moving through the hour glass continuously, we are all moving towards death. Yet living under […]

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Acidification of the Body and the Benefits of an Alkaline Diet with Herbal Support

Introduction Today, most of us create a very acidic environment for our bodies by leading thelifestyle we do. Too much to do in combination with foods that increase the metabolic […]

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Nutrition & Cancer

Freshly qualified in 2014 as a Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist, I thought I really understood how I felt about one specific topic of health and wellbeing; Cancer. I had my opinion […]

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Herbs for Good Digestion

There is often a link between good digestive health and ability to think clearly.  You can pretty much guarantee that people with cloudy minds, or foggy brains who find it […]

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Full Moon Meditation Magic

  Tonight’s Aquarian full moon (27/07/2018) presents the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century – it is going to last for an amazing 1 hour and 43 minutes! […]

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Art & The Garden

I carry you in my eyes: chant of the whale swan I am an artist and filmmaker and completed my foundation year with the wonderful Seed Sistas last November. During […]

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Community Medicine Gardens

The aims of Sensory Solutions Herbal Evolution are to connect people to their local plant medicine. Through various community growing projects that we have managed, we realised just how important […]

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BOTANICA 2018: Celebrating Herbs & Clinical Aromatherapy

BOTANICA 2018: Celebrating Herbs & Clinical Aromatherapy EDUCATION, INNOVATION & INSPIRATION August 31st-Sept 3rd 2018 | University of Sussex, Brighton. Botanica is an international conference celebrating herbs and clinical aromatherapy […]

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Christopher Hedley Tribute

by Henriette Kress ” Christopher Hedley Tribute “ When I first started to use the internet in 1992 or 1993, I joined the herbal discussion groups and found herbalists. One […]

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A Princess of Equal Standing

by Amy Dadachanjia ” You are a Princess of equal standing.” This is one of the (many) things that Christopher said to me that touched my heart. If I’m honest […]

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MRSA: A GP and Sensory Herbalist’s Perspective

by Agnies Calkoen NHS England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, states antibiotic resistance kills 5,000 people in the UK each year. Yet at least 12,000 people in the […]

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Skin infection and the power of herbs

by Fiona Heckels My son fell over on one of those bridges that go over the railway line at stations. They are super hard, sharp and lumpy and really scruffy. […]

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Belle’s MRSA Protocol

by Belle Benfield  Scientists are spending much energy and resources to try to combat anti-biotic resistant infections, which are now a common and growing phenomena across the globe. They are […]

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Elecampane; wonderful Respiratory Herb & Natural Antibiotic

My Inula /Elecampane patch is reviving itself from the winter slumber which is super exciting. I often have dreams about this statuesque, powerful, pungent beauty.  I am watching her vibrant, […]

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How to Make Herbal Spring Vinegars

  Herbal Spring Vinegars By the Seed SistAs Preserving fresh green herbs in vinegar is an easy way to capture their nourishing goodness. In Spring, the leaves of plants are […]

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Nether Wallop Trading: How It All Began

by Jane Vere-Hodge Nether Wallop Trading designs and develops innovative, eco-friendly kitchen and garden tools and gifts. Owner, Janes, tells their story. I’ve always had a passion for trees – […]

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Earth Clarity Elderflower and Plantain Cordial Recipe

by the Seed SistAs Earth Clarity Elderflower and Plantain Cordial Recipe Makes about two litres of delicious cordial Ingredients: 1. Pick the Elderflowers and Plantain leaves on a sunny dry […]

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Creating a Community Herb Garden

by Katie Shellard As part of my training as an apprentice with Sensory Solutions I have to create a community herb garden. In any size, shape or form that I […]

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The Seed SistAs Go Back To School

by Fiona Heckels We Seed SistAs have a vision. A dream to create positive social change through connecting people with the medicine and healing potential of the plants growing around […]

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Meditation Drops and the Heavens

By Karen Lawton When the heavens move and shift, we often feel a loss of control over events. Mercury in retrograde always sends me into a flap about travel. Full […]

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Medical Astrology: Age Old Not New Age

By Marcos Patchett Medical astrology is old. Perhaps, in some form, as old as medicine itself. Historically and prehistorically, divination was used alongside medicine as an integral part of holistic […]

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Making Smudge Sticks from our Native Smoke… Artemisia Vulgaris

  Mugwort is said to have derived its name from being used to flavour drinks. It was, in common with other herbs such as Ground Ivy, used for flavouring beer […]

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Valerian root: An Insomniac’s Best Friend

by Katie Shellard There’s no mistaking the sweet pungent scent of Valeriana officinalis, otherwise known as Valerian. I recently flew from Vancouver to London and each time my foot knocked […]

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Milk Thistle: A Mighty Detox Support

This robust, seriously spiky, beautiful thistle was once famed for supporting breastfeeding mothers because of the milky white veins that run through her leaves. While being a very good galactogogue […]

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Kickstart 2018 with a Cleanse

The festive season has drawn to a close and the excesses of the past few weeks may have left you feeling sluggish and lacking energy to get back into the […]

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Seven Herbs for Postpartum Support

Herbs for Post-Natal Support Pregnancy and birth can be filled with utter extremes of joy, glistening love, mind-bending pain and sometimes sadly loss and grief.  The transformation of the womb […]

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Women, Herbs and Death-Work

by Felicity Warner I recently had lunch with a fellow death worker. It was our first meeting and we learned much from each other, revealing and sharing all sorts of […]

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Clear Vision Drops: Finding the Answers Within

by the Seed SistAS We love to work with our Clear Vision Drops to connect with our inner wisdom. To embrace the sweet silence of our own souls and the inner knowledge […]

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Autumn Rituals and Vegan Pumpkin Pie Recipe

By Kristin Walker Autumn! Isn’t it just the best! It’s got everything that I love; the change of the leaves into beautiful tones of gold, bronze and delicious burgundy red, […]

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Herbs to Call in Love

by The Seed SistAs “ The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere, they’re […]

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Medicinal Uses of Turkey Tail Mushrooms

by Karen Lawton The turkey tail mushroom (Trametes versicolor), like most fungi, is very useful to the ecology of the forest, as it helps decompose hardwood. Due to its ability […]

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A Tale of Mushrooms & Gluten Sensitivity

Fred Gillam and his partner Natascha run herb and mushroom foraging courses in the UK, as well as a busy voluntary community dispensary using medicinal mushrooms and herbs to promote […]

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Herbs to Support Gluten Intolerance or Celiac Disease

By Belle Benfield For as long as I can remember into my childhood, it was littered with moments spent doubled over in piercing abdominal pain; harbouring a dull, perisitant ache […]

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Herb Walk with a Sensory Solutions Apprentice

Katie Shellard is one of our Sensory Herbcraft apprentices. In this video she takes you on a herb walk through her local countryside and shares what she’s learned on the […]

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Apprentice recipe book: Herbal Recipes for Summer

Mel Diamond is currently in the Foundation year of the Sensory Herb Apprenticeship. Here are her favourite Herbal Recipes for Summer. Mugwort and Lemon Balm Tea  This is really simple. Just […]

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Apprentice recipe book: Achy Body Scrub

By Annie Lambeth-Mansell I love using this scrub after a hard day in the garden to sooth any bruised or aching muscles, and freshen my tired mind and body. It’s […]

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Spotlight on Apprentices: Agnies Calkoen – Becoming a Healer

Becoming a Healer by Agnies Calkoen Between 2013 and 2015 I was an apprentice on the first Sensory Herb Apprenticeship.  I trained as a GP and have been working in […]

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Spotlight on Apprentices: Chris Gooch – Creating a Community Herb Garden

Making of a Community Herb Garden at Atlantis Spiritual Centre, London By Chris Gooch In March, as part of a project for the Sensory Solutions Practitioner Training I am doing, […]

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Seed SistAs Top Natural Remedies for your Period

Which herbs should I use when I have a difficult period? Period cramps, lower back pains, anaemia, headaches, bloating, digestive changes, nausea, breast tenderness, mood swings, spots and insomnia are […]

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How can a plant that’s so versatile be illegal?

By Chloe Forfitt Recently I’ve published my first book.  It’s a beautiful wee thing- children and their parents appear to love it.  And it’s all about cannabis.  Elkie Meets The […]

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Cannabis Accomplice

By J. Levity I inhale the vapour from the flowers of a female cannabis I have nurtured to maturity and carefully prepared. I instantly envisage being transported to a molecular […]

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Marshmallow Elixir

Keeping Plant Folklore Alive By the Seed SistAs Over 20 years of experience, we’ve witnessed that true healing occurs when you bring plant medicine to life through humour, art, theatre […]

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Cancer: the disease of Transformation

The Seed SistAs with our guest and friend, Fiona Shakeela Burns Cancer is a BIG subject.  Possibly one of the words in the English language that holds the most fear. […]

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Chilli Hot Chocolate

Getting hot under the collar with the Seed SistAs’ Chilli Hot Chocolate Chocolate is made from the fermented seeds of the plant, Theobroma Cacao L. The roasted and ground seeds […]

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Easy to make Super-food Vinaigrette

Nature’s Pharmacy: Trade your expensive supplements for a salad dressing packed with free, natural medicine from the hedgerow When you walk outside in the countryside at this time of year, […]

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Spring into good health with Stinging Nettle Soup

The goodness from Nettles Spring has properly sprung! This time of year is so exciting and full of delight after the long, dark, slow, winter months. It is a joy […]

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Practical tips for self-nurture…

Celebration of Women Be Bold For Change We Seed SistaA’s believe in positive action, especially in the journey towards health and wholeness, both in the individual and our planet as […]

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I am a FOOL

To honour and celebrate creativity this International Womens’ Day, we’d like to introduce you to Joanne Tremarco.  She is artistic director of Fool Size Theatre. Her work is concerned with […]

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A Rose is a Rose is a Rose…

Keeping Your Health Rosy… Our Austrian grandmother Elsa introduced us to roses.  She adored her rose garden, planted during the 2nd World War in her sanctuary in North London.  She came […]

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Lets Talk Coffee…

By Kris Walker As I write this article, I sit in the independent coffee house opposite my home, sipping on a single origin, artisanal roasted, expertly hand-brewed coffee from Tanzania. […]

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Natural Fertility

Some biologists would argue having children is the reason we’re alive. So it’s easy to understand why it can be all-consuming when you try to have a child but can’t. […]

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Fire Cider: Pungent Horseradish

Horseradish Fire Cider Making Medicine for Herbalists Without Borders A couple weeks ago, Belle joined the Bristol group of Herbalists without Borders at Kebele Centre to make more than 20 […]

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Winter Fire: Horseradish Root Oil

HOT HORSERADISH ROOTS… Horseradish classified under the domain of the planet Mars. It’s creeping towards the start of the freezing winter months and all things warming and spicy are the […]

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Potters Bar Red Tent

by Prue Nichols I had always wanted to set up a woman’s circle. I think that when women get together to share their stories and support each other then it’s […]

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Winter Immune Protection – Elder Decoction Recipe

Elderberry Decoction Healing This time of year brings with it Cold infections as the temparatures drop, and the seasons change  nursing a families and friends through snotty, coughing that can […]

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Convalescing and Community Connections with Crab Apple (Malus sylvestris)

The crab apple is the wild ancient ancestor of all the other apple species in Britain, the source of every apple we have today. To me apples are the epitome of […]

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Laura Carpenter shares her inspiration for starting Tilia Magazine

Our guest blogger this month is Laura Carpenter who talks here about founding Tilia Magazine.  At Sensory Solutions, we strive to create and support a global network of people growing, […]

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Physician heal thyself

Physician heal thyself is the old adage and indeed I personally always take my health or dis ease as a challenge to put all my resources and skill to the […]

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