These photos are fresh. I have just been down to a local nature
reserve, near where I live, to take them. I have been following
the progress of this glorious patch of Arctium lappa (Burdock) since
the early spring.
The signatures of Burdock are complex (From the Doctrine of
Signatures, an old but presently applied belief system that states
the Creator placed a signature or sign on plants to indicate their
healing value). I believe that signatures go beyond the
physical attributes or specific resemblance to body parts and can
also encompass smell, taste, sound and feel.
For me, the Elder in flower
is the great harbinger of summer.
The distinct perfume of its
flowers is everywhere and is the catalyst of warm summer days.
Where I lived in my little
thatched cottage in Dorset, I have a snapshot memory of harvesting
the creamy-white flowers on a glorious summer day and capturing the
moment, and the warm energy of the flowers, inElderflower cordial
and Elderflower wine.
As a medicine, Elderflower
is warming, and so can beapplied to cold, congested and
Many moons ago, when I
wrote about the humble common spurge, I remarked about how some of
the most unassuming and common plants can have such a positive impact
on our health. When something is common it is often thought to be of
less value. I do not agree with this. I believe its availability is
a hint from the divine forces in the universe as to the extent it is
needed, even if the need is not yet recognised.
As I wrote in a previous
blog, nettles and cleavers also grow in abundance.
The Season….To Take Elecampane
People going past the
Apothecary will often stop and look in the window. Often their faces
will light up with recognition of herb names or living plants that
are presented there in various forms. However, after a brief glance,
many will quickly move on because they are not familiar with the
usage of the numerous herbs whose names they are confronted with.
is the goal of these new series of blogs to begin to bridge that gap
in knowledge and bring you into an understanding of some of the herbs
prescribed by herbalist, and in what conditions
On the back of
my last blog “The Socialisation of Medicine”, which deals with
bringing health issues out of institutions and back into the
community, The Green Man Herbal Apothecary is now hosting as a Food
Bank Collection Point for the Malvern Hills area.
There is too
often a misconception as to the type of people needing to use a food
bank. The truth of the matter is that such a need greatly reflects
on the poor state of our society rather than on the individuals using
The Socialisation of
October of last year, one of the students I have been tutoring for a
number of years graduated. This is a very proud moment for me that
fills me with a massive amount of respect for that individual and
their achievement. The demands of the course of study she has
undertaken is not for the faint hearted.
I think of all the students I have tutored over more than a decade,
something stands out about each one of them. One of the things that
grabbed my attention with respect to the recently graduated student
was a question she answered in the first paper I marked for her.
My BlogMenstrual problems...Is it natural to suffer?
The Green Man: Posted on 12 August 2014 11:54 (The date the Blog was first posted).
While going through a patient's progress recently it reminded me of how many cases of menstrual complications I have come across over the years and how many have been resolved using a holistic approach.
The number of such cases is so wide spread in the west that it has become endemic to the point of being accepted as a normal part of life, and of being a woman.
The Courage of Healing
professional colleague of mine recently posted that true healing
takes courage. This is very true. That which, to a great degree, is
peddled as healing by orthodox medicine is in fact nothing of the
it sets itself a goal to control symptoms rather than treat the
underlying cause that is the very source of those symptoms. This usually condems the patient to an endless course of drugs and a downward spiral as their vitality wains. In the short term, the former is
convenient but without end, the later being the only true way to resolve the disease.
Natural First Aid For The Home (Heart Burn/Indigestion)
The Green Man: Posted on 25 November 2013 23:17
I thought the season was right to re-post this. Happy Festivities!
With the coming indulgences, for many, of the Christmas season, and the celebration of the New Year, I thought it appropriate to touch on Heart Burn and Indigestion. By dealing with this subject now, it leaves you plenty of time to stock- up on this natural remedy.
Embracing The Cycles of
Some of you may be aware that the Autumn equinox has recently
come and gone. This date would have had much more cultural
significance a few hundred years ago as harmony with the seasons
decided if you lived or died. The mile stones of the year informed us
when it was time to plant and when it was time to harvest.
To remind themselves of the significant times of year, little
rhymes sprung up to help them keep these dates foremost in their
When I lived on and managed our small holding in Austria, the
first warm days of spring were the harbingers of talk about the Eis
Heilige, each mention was usually followed by some rhyme or other to
give it a degree of validation.