This herb is ubiquitous in South East Australia, (and probably in other parts of the country). It is generally considered a weed. But, if we are on the same page, you would know that nothing is by chance. There is a good a reason why it is so widespread, a reason why we’d do well […]
Pelargonium sidoides, also known as South African geranium, is one of several species of the genus Geraniaceae that are important traditional medicines in South Africa. The plants of this genus are often referred to by their original Khoi-Khoi name rabas.
The name may be confusing. Many people know that plantains are like bananas. But this herb is very different. It is a small herbaceous plant with a rosette of leaves. It has a few stems that grow from the centre that are topped by a spike of tiny greenish-brown flowers.
Traditional use Various cultures utilise Lemon Balm as a sedative for anxiety and insomnia and to lift depression.1, 2 It is traditionally known as a herb for mental disorders.3 It also considered to enhance cognitive capacities, as such it has been used for dementia,1 and to relieve various other afflictions including heart conditions, digestive complaints […]
From pain relief to menopausal treatment Black Cohosh is perhaps one of the most misunderstood herbs. Traditionally Black Cohosh was used by Indigenous North American tribes for all manner of pain management and inflammation. This included rheumatic pain, menstrual cramps, pain of childbirth, sore throat and back pain. It was also utilised for cough, insomnia […]
Flower essences are made with different types of flowers, which are material things that are prepared in a away that allow them to work energetically. This is something I experienced directly and very intensely when I was learning about Bach flower essences with a great herbalist and teacher. (If she reads this post, which is […]
My first experience with Kava was a very pleasant surprise. Some years ago, when I was in the thick of my naturopathy studies, the stresses of student life and some personal issues were causing me significant anxiety. It got quite severe, to the point where every night when I was lying in bed attempting to […]
When I was taught about Hypericum perforatum in my naturopathic training, I was told that it is indicated for depression. This is relatively common knowledge. I was also taught that it helps relieve some other conditions associated with the nervous system such as anxiety and insomnia. This was unsurprising. I had tried the herb […]