Echinacea was popularised in Europe by Alfred Vogel, who spent time in North America with First Nations Oglala-Lakota peoples and was shown some of the uses of this herbal medicine by Ben Black Elk medicine man, who presented him with echinacea seeds at the end of his stay. Traditional uses included external use for snake
The oral contraceptive pill (OCP) has been in use for over 50 years. Approximately 50–80% of Australian women have used ‘the pill’ at some stage during their reproductive lives. Australia was the second country in the world to have access to it. The OCP has uses in addition to contraception, such as reducing or ceasing
Back when I was in student clinic in the final year of study, we were able to taste and sample herbal tinctures in the dispensary, so we could understand the medicines better. One evening we tried Kava Kava. I took a few drops of the tincture and promptly realised I would not be able to
In the words of John Mayer, “Your Body is a Wonderland”! Without any conscious thought, our bodies take food, drink and air, and turn it into parts of ourselves. We consume or take them in, and through millions of reactions, those inputs become flesh, bone, skin, various juices, hormones, etc. It is incredible… when it
Did you know that the heart contains over between 60 and 65 percent neural cells, identical to those present in the brain? This means that the nervous system and our heart are intricately connected. The nervous system is akin to a communications network, constantly processing stimuli from the environment and our bodily systems, as well
Any kid whose mum frequents or works in a health food store knows about carob. Not always with fondness…. Disparagingly referred to as ‘fake chocolate’, carob is made from the bean of the locust tree; they are extracted from their pods, roasted and ground into a powder. This is then combined with other ingredients to
Hi, Im Heidi.
I grew up in Austria, where herbal medicine was used by my grandmother. I have fond memories of going into the attic as a small child and always seeing bundles of herbs drying. The tradition continued with my Mum who would make concoctions and fermented preserves every summer and autumn, many of which were delicious, some not so much!
I am always humbled by the conversation a herbal formula starts with a client’s body and then extends into the psyche and soul, restoring balance, vitality and health.