What is Cystitis? Cystitis is the medical term for acute or chronic inflammation and/or infection of the bladder. “This is an inflammation of the wall and lining of the urinary bladder that may be due to bacterial infection or to mechanical abrasion from microcrystals of calcium phosphate in urine.”¹ “The wall of the bladder sustains… Read More

Castor Oil Packs Hot Castor oil packs help to stimulate deep circulation of blood and lymph, relieve discomfort and assist with the detoxification of the intestines, liver, spleen, lungs, reproductive organs and can be used on virtually any area of the body.* They can be applied over the abdomen for the treatment of constipation, or… Read More

What is IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)? Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a functional disorder of the lower bowel that affects more women than men, usually between the ages of 20 – 40 years. It is called a syndrome because IBS can present a wide range of correlated symptoms, varying in severity from mild to debilitating,… Read More

5 Tips for BPH (enlarged prostate) Benign prostatic enlargement is also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) or benign prostatic hypertrophy. BPH commonly affects men over the age of 50 years. The prostate gland sits beneath the bladder and just above the rectum. It encircles the urethra, which empties urine from the bladder. When the prostate gland expands,… Read More

Stinging Nettle: Urtica dioica Most people know nettle by its sting. Nearby any clump of nettles you will usually find yellow dock growing. As children we would make a spit poultice of a dock leaf and rub it on the affected area for prompt relief. A plantain leaf works just as efficiently. Folklore advises us… Read More

Why consult a medical herbalist? The short answer is: because herbal medicine works. So why are more people not seeing medical herbalists? —Because herbal medicine does not offer a quick fix. It requires the patient to become an active participant in their own healing and more often than not, to change their dietary and/or lifestyle… Read More

Dandelion Flower Infused Oil You will need:  A clean, dry jar, extra virgin olive oil a piece of muslin cloth to cover the top of the jar and some twine to secure the muslin over the jar. Pick enough dandelion flowers to fill a jar. Directions: Fill your jar with the dandelion flowers. Slowly pour… Read More

Natural Healing Protocols Natural healing protocols address our basic needs for the essential elements such as air, water, nutrients and exercise. They can be as simple as conscious deep breathing or humming and include a vast range of treatments for specific health problems of the body and mind. “Breathing is automatic to us. We don’t… Read More

Dry Skin Brushing The Skin The skin is the most lavished upon organ of the human body it is also the biggest. The average adult is covered with approximately two square metres of skin and it accounts for about an eighth of total body weight. It is a natural boundary between our inner and outer… Read More

Chickweed: Stellaria media Chickweed is available most of the year but I love to gather it in early Spring. It is a tiny sprawling plant with white star-like flowers and easily overlooked. I use it in salads, juice it and sometimes steam it. It makes a good pesto as it has a slightly salty taste.… Read More