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.
As an alternative to chocolate and sugar.. treat your loved one to a healthy alternative! I'm offering the Foxglove Teatox pack at a special price of £25 for the 2 week teatox pack.
Its vegan, dairy free and a healthy alternative if you want to give something to someone who won't want easter eggs..
I have some new teas in stock, including this years Hayfever blend. Tried and tested for those people who suffer when the pollen gets high, I recommend that you begin drinking your anti hay fever tea before your season starts and make sure you drink it regularly.
If you would like to try this tea let me know. It costs £5 per 50g.
I can send teas directly to you.
There is also new stock of the Morning Tea. Many of the people who did a Two Week Teatox found this beneficial and have continued to drink this as their wake up tea.
Its contains herbs to keep your bowels healthy, anti-oxidants and siberian ginseng to help set you up for the day. This tea weighs more as it contains dandelion & burdock roots so you need to infuse it properly. It is £10 per 100g packet.
If you would like any of my teas or want one a tailored blend please contact me, all my details are on the contact page. I can send teas to you or you can come to The Foxglove Apothecary to get yours and stop for a free taster cup of another blend if you have time!
Spring is in the air and for many this means that Hayfever season is also approaching! This welcome and glorious time of year can be the beginning of uncomfortable symptoms for Hayfever sufferers who often need antihistamines to control itching, sneezing, ticking throats, blocked sinuses and much more, however herbs can greatly help symptoms and give welcome relief.
People are often allergic to different types of pollen and so symptoms can come on at different times, I always advise people to begin taking herbal teas or tinctures 1-2 months before their own 'season' begins. This gives time to allow the herbs to get working.
The herbal approach includes nourishing the delicate tissues and membranes within the respiratory system, boosting immunity, tackling allergy and blood cleansing. Herbal therapeutics are applied to enhance the bodies natural defence rather than suppressing inflammation pathways.
I am working on some blends of tea for Hayfever which will be available in the next couple of weeks so watch this space! Please contact me if you would like a full or mini consultation for a personalised blend of tincture for Hayfever or Allergies.
The first batch of Teatox are all gone and there are more coming soon.
Let me know if you'd like to pre-order or have any Tea questions.
All details of the Teatox are below, along with the enquiry form.
Now that the Christmas chocolates have been finished off its time to give
our bodies a little break! I've put together a Herbal Tea programme
for you to do for 2 weeks in order to cleanse, detox and purify
The Two Week Teatox can be part of your normal routine
or you can work it into a more vigorous detox or
diet plan if you want to achieve more profound results
This is not a diet programme and there are no sins so if you still need that morning cup
of coffee or your evening beverage you can.. but your cleanse will be better if you stick
to the teas as much as possible. You're in control so the extent of your body flush is up
to you, I do however reccommend that you try the two week complete replacement for maximum results! If you want to use the Teatox as part of a diet you may be planning
or undertaking I can discuss this with you personally.
Two Week Teatox Plan
You will be given a supply of three different blends of Herbal Tea, along with a
tea strainer and instructions. The aim is that you replace as many of your usual brews and cold drinks throughout the day and evening and try to incorporate six cups of tea each day. You should aim to drink two cups of each blend but you can substitute one with another according to taste.
The Teatox pack costs £32.99 and consists of 3 packages of pre-blended
Herbal Teas using the best dried Herbal Tea available, one tea strainer and
guided instructions on how to follow the teatox recommended plan.
This blend is to help get you going in the morning. It will help you wake up and begin elimination of the toxins and waste that your body has been processing overnight. It contains a mild stimulant to wake you up and kick start your metabolism.
This tea is designed to help to prime the digestive system and improve kidney function.
Digestion is supported and enhanced while symptoms of wind or bloating can be eased. It also gently flushes the kidneys and helps with elimination. This can be drunk before during or after mealtimes.
A soothing blend to wind you down and to keep your detox gently ticking overnight, this will calm your nervous system so you can get a good nights sleep and feel refreshed in the morning.
Special offer for Reflexology during January:
1 hour session for £30
Or book a course of 4 and get the 5th session free..
Christmas is fast approaching and lots of people are already getting sick with strains of sore throats, colds and sinus problems. At this busy time of year you need to keep yourself protected and boost your immune system to battle with the inevitable germs that come your way. Good fresh food, natural vitamins and minerals, plenty of water and herbal tea's of course are needed as well as taking some time out to recharge and relax.
In addition you can make sure you have some first line Herbal Medicine defense at the ready in case you need it. Things like echinacea, elderberry and plantain will all help at the beginnning stage of that bug trying to pull you down and these herbs and many more can also help when you are under siege. You can take single herbs such as these or have a specific mixture made for your individual needs. You could take also benefit from a relaxing and restoring session of Reflexology which can help to ensure you are more able to fight off the seasonal germs.
After New Year when the winter really gets cold look out for upcoming offers and in the mean time please contact me if you would like any Herbal Remedies or Reflexology.. Take Care!
The NIMH supports
Psoriasis Awareness Week 2016
The NIMH supports Psoriasis Awareness Week 2016
Members of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists will be participating in Psoriasis Awareness Week Saturday
29th October – Saturday 5th November.
Psoriasis Association’s campaign ‘PsoriasIS' encourages people to share their experience of psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis. NIMH members have experience of people seeking herbal medicines to
manage their symptoms.
Many people explore complementary therapies to manage chronic skin conditions. One study showed 62% of 578 psoriatic patients used complementary therapies, with herbal medicine ranked highest (note1). Medical Herbalists offer expertise in the safe use of herbal medicine and can provide diet and lifestyle advice to those seeking to proactively manage their health and wellbeing.
Psoriasis affects 1 in 50 people, usually starting in early adulthood. This chronic inflammatory skin condition typically develops in patches or plaques of red, scaly skin appearing on elbows, knees, scalp or lower back, which can make some people feel embarrassed about showing their skin and cause them to lose self-confidence. Flare- ups can be triggered by stress, smoking, scratched or sunburnt skin, hormonal changes and alcohol.
Herbalists have access to a wide range of plant medicines they can use to alleviate the discomfort psoriasis causes. Some people find that the symptoms can be reduced by making dietary changes and medical herbalists can also assist in creating personal dietary plans. When creating a formula for the individual, your herbalist may include one of following herbs which have been traditionally used to help manage psoriasis:
Oregon grape (Mahonia/ Berberis aquifolium) extract was found to inhibit the growth of keratinocytes by 50% in vitro (note2). This can be a useful herb to manage the condition as people with psoriasis have a faster than normal turnover of skin cells in the top layer of the skin. NB. Oregon grape is not suitable in pregnancy.
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) flowers contain 1-2% essential oil which has anti- inflammatory properties, and a study on human volunteers found it can penetrate below the skin’s surface into the deeper skin layers which is important for its use as a topical anti-inflammatory (note 3).
Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis) cream was compared to a placebo in a double-blind, placebo controlled study of 60 patients with slight to moderate psoriasis. After 4 weeks, the aloe vera cream showed significantly higher rates of clearing the psoriatic plaques in 25/30 (83%) patients compared to 2/30 (6%) in the placebo group (note 4).
1 Fleischer AB Jr, Feldman SR, Rapp SR, Reboussin DM, Exum ML, Clark AR. Alternative therapies commonly used within a population of patients with psoriasis. Cutis. 1996; 58(3):216-220.
2 Brinker F. Eclectic Case Histories: Psoriasis Treatment with Oregon Grape Extracts. Journal of the American Herbalists Guild. 2005; 6 (1): 36-39.
3 Merfort I, Heilmann J, Hagedorn-Leweke U, Lippold BC. In vivo skin penetration studies of camomile flavones. Pharmazie. 1994 Jul;49(7):509-11.
4 Syed TA, Ahmad SA, Holt AH, Ahmad SA, Ahmad SH, Afzal M. Management of psoriasis with Aloe vera extract in a hydrophilic cream: a placebo-controlled, double- blind study. Tropical Medicine & International Health. 1996 Aug;1(4):505-9.
Medical herbalists tailor herbal prescriptions, diet and lifestyle advice, to meet the needs of individuals. When taking herbs, the NIMH always recommends seeking the advice of a qualified medical herbalist. Your nearest NIMH herbalist can be found here: http://www.nimh.org.uk/?page_id=1627
More about the NIMH
The National Institute of Medical Herbalists is the UK's leading professional body representing herbal medicine practitioners.
First established as the National Association of Medical Herbalists in 1864, today the National Institute of Medical Herbalists has more than 700 members across the UK and beyond.
The Institute promotes the benefits of herbal medicine and oversees the provision of the best patient care through the work of its members.
NIMH members undergo a lengthy training programme before they can register as qualified medical herbalists. Practitioners train for at least three years and adhere to a strict code of conduct before they can gain MNIMH or FNIMH after their name. Recently qualified practitioners will have taken a BSc in Phytotherapy (herbal medicine). All NIMH-registered herbalists are fully insured, and follow a strict code of conduct.
NIMH-registered medical herbalists are trained in the same diagnostic skills as mainstream doctors but take a more holistic approach to treating illness. Herbalists treat a wide range of acute and chronic conditions and frequently work in collaboration with GPs and consultants to achieve the best combination of treatments for individual patients.
NIMH can be contacted at:
Clover House, James Court, South Street, Exeter EX1 1EE Tel: +44 (0) 1392 426022
Fax: +44 (0) 1392 498963
The 18th to 26th of June is Herbal Medicine UK week.
To celebrate this I'm giving 20% discount from now until the end of June on
ALL Foxglove treatments and products.
You can book through the contact page here or contact me directly as always.
Try Ear Candles...
Treat yourself to some Reflexology...
Get a personalised Herbal Medicine consultation and prescription...
Or speak to me about the range of Creams, Capsules, Fresh Pressed Plant Juices or Herbal Teas...
I'm hoping for a sunny and relaxing summer, lets help it on its way!
This week is Allergy Awareness Week and most people either suffer form or know others who suffer from allergies. There's an estimated 21 million people in the UK alone suffering from allergies and this number is growing by 5% every year. For some it can be a mild food or environmental allergy and for others its life threatening and something to be considered when making simple daily decisions. We seem to have grown used to the fact that allergies have increased and learnt to accept the challenges they bring. We've also become used to reaching for pharmaceutical drugs to help us control the symptoms.
This is a perfect example of where I think we should make decisions about managing our medicine choices according to need and then think about alternative options to assist us. People who are highly allergic to a substance and may need to carry an adrenaline pen due to risk of anaphylactic shock, carry with them a potentially life saving pharma. However many people reach automatically for antihistamines for mild symptoms however and this begs the question of whether introducing a potent chemical substance is better than using natural medicines which can gently ease symptoms without dramatically changing body chemistry.
There are many Herbal Medicines which can lessen symptoms of allergies such as Hay Fever, Asthma, Eczema, they can also be of assistance to decrease the severity of food allergies and other forms of reaction. Nettle leaf for example contains a natural antihistamine and helps reduce inflammation by inhibiting the release of pro-inflammatory mediators thereby helping to reduce or negate symptoms of allergy. Plantain helps to keep mucous membrane tissue healthy and has a lining effect to help provide a barrier to allergens. Feverfew can be taken for asthma, eczema, hay fever and particularly migraines associated with allergies or food sensitivities. Other Herbs I often use include Elderflower, Peppermint, Ginkgo and Chamomile.
You can try some of these herbs by buying good quality tea or wild harvesting herbs from clean spaces and tinctures can be easily obtained from good health shops or your local Herbalist. I always recommend people with seasonal allergies to take herbs before and during their allergic season and for non seasonal allergies herbs can be easily introduced into your daily routine. In all cases you can help your body fight back and make a more informed selection of when to use medcation to restore balance and reduce symptoms.
It doesn't have to be complicated but you do need to take herbs regularly to have a good therapeutic affect. Most Herbalists are always happy to advise and if you require a consultation or personal prescription go and see a professional, but in the meantime, try for yourself and lets see what we can achieve by thinking about allergies and how we can tackle them at home.
I've had a great time learning how to build my website and have just published it to the world wide web. Its only taken me 20 years but thanks to the fabulous website building packages that are now available I've been able to do it myself instead of being baffled or wondering if I should pay someone else to build it for me. Occasionally when I think the digital age is moving faster than I can follow, something happens to make me sit down and really try. In this case it was the piece of beautiful artwork below that had been designed as a logo for me by my talented friend Louise Naomi Best - louloulovesbooks - and of course the knowledge that in this day and age a small business really should have a website. So here it is.
As a professional Herbalist and Reflexologist I want to increase everyday knowledge of Herbal Medicines and practices that can be used safely and effectively in the home environment as well as in a clinical setting such as at The Foxglove Apothecary. I hope you like the Website, please follow and share my blog and contact me at The Foxglove Apothecary if you have any specific enquiries.
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.