People have been learning about plants as food and medicine since our time on earth began. I think it would be a shame to stop now. 

I learnt plant medicine in the wilds, in a degree course and at the kitchen tables of old women who had learnt from their mothers or grandmothers in Europe. They only taught me because I promised I would keep passing the knowledge on. They were horrified that the herbs they knew could treat common illnesses and conditions were being increasingly ignored. I shared their dismay. I wrote the Plant Medicine Handbook in honour of these incredible women and their work.

Now based in NZ, I grew and sold herbs from my home in the Pyrenean mountains in the South of France and have run Plant Medicine workshops worldwide.

Workshops

I try to run several public workshops annually.

The basic three hour workshop covers the following:
We look at using three common plants as medicine, learn how to harvest and store herbs, and make your own simple medicines. This workshop looks at common ailments and which medicinal plants growing around us can support health.

Plant medicine workshops are on a sliding scale.

A copy of the Plants as Medicine Handbook is included and if you’re lucky, homebaked afternoon tea.

The handbook

The Plant Medicine handbook was written in response to many requests over many years.
I use it in my workshops and it is currently being used at classes at UCLA in the USA. I devoted many years to studying herbal medicine from incredible practitioners and women healers in Eastern Europe, as well as more scientific degree-based study. The handbook is a distillation of all that knowledge, providing you with the basic information and insights needed to manage you and your family’s health. The emphasis here is on commonly found plants in simple, easy to prepare treatments.

In some countries people are still in touch with the knowledge of how to use plants to treat common ailments like coughs, colds, healing wounds and kitchen burns, we have lost much of that knowledge and many of us turn to the pharmacy when we could look to our gardens or wild places for support.

Covers: history of herb use, gathering/drying and storing plants, Preparing our medicines (infusions, decoctions, poultices, tinctures), ten plant profiles, Treating common complaints, and more.

I believe everyone should have access to this information. If money is a block, get in touch.