Over the last few months I've been working on a new range of teas and products
using beautiful ingredients, most are herbal and some are made with essential oils
and clean base products. I'm working on a store page to add to my website where you can buy any of this range but for the time being they're available directly from me by submitting the contact form or by messaging me directly. There will be more information available about each product on the page.
I've also been getting out & about in the community, recently at The Healing Way & Destination Health, both organised by Conscious Kitchen, my upcoming events are:
This Saturday 17th November is the Women's Institute Christmas Fair at
The Leigh Community Centre from 1-4pm
Wednesday 28th November at Fabulously Festive from 6.30pm at
Scarletts Fireplaces Showroom
and Saturday 1st December at the Age Concern Christmas Market at Havens
To celebrate world menopause day I'm offering an hour consultation with
200ml of individually prescribed tincture and a packet of womb tea
for a special price of £55 (normally £71)
I've used herbs to help many women with the variety of challenges this change brings about and I bring all this experience along with my first hand knowledge
to help find a natural way to support you through your personal change.
I'm passionate about embracing all stages of our natural reproductive life
and hope to find a way of helping others dispel the mystery, embrace the
change and share their experience with others so we experience a better transition for ourselves and change attitudes towards this stage of wisdom
which lies in store for every woman.
On alternate Fridays you can now find me here at
the Neal's Yard Therapy Rooms in Coven Garden
Neal's Yard is a bright and buzzing historical yard hidden away behind Neal Street
& Monmouth Street, it's full of colour, life and people. The Therapy Rooms overlook
the Yard, the Neal's Yard Remedies shop and the Wild Food Cafe
The Therapy Rooms are housed in one of the unusual and colourful building's
which are steeped in history and have a calm and relaxing feel
My appointments are available from late afternoon on Fridays so you can visit after work
or after an afternoon of shopping and exploring all that Covent Garden has to offer
You can book with me directly for Reflexology, Massage or Herbal Medicine
or by contacting the Therapy Rooms Reception on 020 7379 7662
Public Health England (PHE) and National Institute for Health Care & Excellence (NICE) are catching up on not catching a cold..
£20 off first treatment when you book
during August or September
or Herbal Medicine
with Jane at
Neals Yard Remedies Therapy Rooms
2 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden, WC2H 9DP
From 17th August on Friday
afternoon & evening's
at the Therapy Rooms
Available between 5-9pm
Reflexology is a relaxing pressure point therapy
Western Herbal Medicine can be used to treat a wide
range of conditions and disorders
NYR Reception : 020 7379 7662
Jane Direct : 07904 234066
Email : email@example.com
Neals Yard Remedies Therapy Rooms
2 Neal's Yard, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9DP
020 7379 7662
As of August I'll be starting a new clinic session in Neals Yard Remedies Therapy Rooms in Covent Garden. The Yard has always been a healing oasis and centre point for clean and complementary living, nestled in the middle of one of the most vibrant areas of London. Having worked with various branches of Neal's Yard Remedies for 20 years I'm really happy to be joining the team of therapist's in the Covent Garden Therapy Rooms to offer
Medical Western Herbal Medicine, Reflexology and Masssage. You can book my therapies through the therapy rooms reception or can contact me directly.
One of the most important plant medicines comes from this impressive thistle which can grow into large plants with purple flowers which produce the seeds, and leaves which have milky white veins. I once saw a commercial crop being grown to produce medicine and although they're not quite as endearing as a field of sunflowers there's something quite beautiful about this spiky little wonder. The botanical name is Silybum marianum (L), common names also include Blessed thistle, Scotch thistle and Saint Mary's thistle.
As an herbal medicine, milk thistle is an exemplary liver herb, facilitating liver detoxification and renewal of liver cells. It's an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, cholagogue and a bitter tonic. It's bitter taste stimulates the flow of gastric juices including bile which in turn helps with digestion and the elimination of waste from the body. In addition to being a specific liver targeting herb, it is helpful in almost any illness or disorder as a supportive herb enabling breakdown of internal and external toxins thus allowing the body to heal and repair in a holistic manner. It may be helpful in reducing cholesterol and protecting against diabetes, fatty liver disorders and helping improve kidney function.
Milk Thistle is widely available from your local herbalist and good health shops. If you can forage Milk Thistle, using very thick gloves to protect you from the very spiky leaves, harvest the seeds by putting the cut flower heads in a paper bag and allow them to dry before you gather the seeds to use as a ground powder or to make tea. You can use the seeds in salads, add to your nutty snack mix, your overnight oats or morning smoothie. Or of course milk thistle can be added to your tailor made tea or tincture from the Foxglove Apothecary.
Dioscorides, Pliny and Culpepper all harnessed the properties of this medicine and today it's as important and powerful in the Herbal Medicine Chest as it ever was. It's definitely one of my favourites!
Hay fever season is upon us once again and those who are sensitive to tree pollen will already be aware of the abundance of pollen floating in the air caused by all that glorious blossom which comes shortly after the new seasons greening leaves. Then of course come the spring flowers and summer blooms which slowly produce more pollen in order to reproduce the next generation. While the changing of the seasons are welcome after winter and we can warm ourselves and enjoy longer days, for some people the annoying symptoms begin and can range from annoying to completely debilitating.
I'm concentrating on the help the plants that grow in the countryside can give us! There are many plants which we pass by every day in our streets, gardens and rural areas which can be used to alleviate many of the symptoms caused by hay fever. We have natural anti-allergenic's, anti-inflammatory's, mucous membrane strengtheners, immune boosting and respiratory cleansers at our disposal, all of which when used in plant medicine from do not produce side effects. I'm talking about nettles, elder flowers & berries, plantain, yarrow, mint and thyme to name but a few.
You can harvest many of these for yourself if you know where to find them or you try my hay fever tea or have a tincture made specifically for you and your symptoms. I do advise drinking the tea every day during your hay fever season and of course short term courses of tincture are always advised to be taken regularly as well.
The new stock of my hay fever tea is now available at £4 per pack.
If you would like an individual consultation for a tailor made prescription of plants that can help, please contact me.
Elder is one of my absolute favorites, first the green growing small bud heads which are edible and absolutely lovely in a salad, then these beautiful bunches of frothing white flowers followed by juicy immune boosting berries. Whats not to love!!
I was inspired to write this after a very good friend contacted me from Scotland to ask how she should use fresh gathered Dandelion for tea. I began thinking about the wide and varied uses of the humble dandelion if you want to gather it from your own doorstep.
Taraxacum officinale, to give its botanical name, is not only a staple medicine of the northern hemisphere but as any good forager knows, its a wonderful inclusion in a salad too. In addition to its medicinal uses, dandelion for me evokes memories of blowing clocks and an old fashioned fizzy drink. I love the connection to these memories alongside the idea that this beautiful plant is not a weed but a useful plant that we can reconnect with if we choose.
The young leaves are deliciously tangy and can be used raw or treated like spinach. The petals can be used too and if you're feeling really ambitious you could make wine from the flowers! The root is a traditional liver medicine and as we're talking culinary uses this is the part of the plant used to make dandelion coffee. If you want to make tea, brew fresh or dried leaves as a gentle diuretic and stomach herb.
My advice is to harvest the upper parts of young plant and wash carefully, gently remove the bright petals to scatter on top of your feast and carefully tear the leaves into your salad or spanakopitakia and enjoy the early leaves you've foraged.
The Foxglove Clinic refurbishment in Westcliff-on-Sea is complete,
the space is looking bright and beautiful and I'd love to see you here one day soon.
If you'd like to come along for a welcome therapy and receive and £10 discount simply contact me
and quote 'welcome discount'. You might be thinking about trying herbal medicine, treating
yourself to some reflexology or maybe ear candles and take away a specially blended tea.
If you have any queries get in touch and I hope to see you soon,
Refurbishment of the Foxglove Apothecary is under way and I'll soon be inviting you to come and see me in the updated clinic space. Its been a bit cramped around here so I want to thank my loyal customers who've visited during the past months. The plans are ongoing as work on building the brand new Apothecary will begin in the summer but in the meantime my clinic space is having a transformation which will see us through until the garden clinic's ready.
I hope you'll come along and visit me soon.
Peace and love,
Things have been quiet here for a while we were concentrating on moving house, which of course meant finding a new home for the Foxglove Apothecary. I'm very excited to say that we have a new location which incorporates my temporary clinic while the new clinic is being built.
I'm hoping the new Apothecary will be finished by summer next year and in the meantime I have a cosy space which is open to everyone. Please contact me for appointments, Herbal Medicines and Reflexology.
During this years Herbal Medicine Week I installed myself in the Southend Library Forum Foyer from the 17th-21st June. I spoke to lots of people about what Medical Herbalists do and heard loads of interesting stories from many people.
I'd like to say thank you to everyone who took the time to come and speak to me, especially those of you who came especially to make contact. And thanks as well to The National Institute of Medical Herbalists who leant me their wonderful new banners, they looked amazing.
I hope that many of the people who did come and speak to me or took information away when I wasn't able to be there found it useful and interesting. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further queries or questions.
I want to share what I know about natural medicine with you. I also love stories and articles about food and nature so in this blog I will be looking at all these subjects and how they come together in our daily lives.