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shinrin yoku

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As if it were needed but here is another good reason to surround yourself with plants – research from the University of Illinois has shown that nature is “essential to the physical, psychological and social well-being of humans.” People who have access to plants live longer and feel happier. In Japan, they even have something called “forest bathing” or “shinrin-yoku” to be precise – now, doesn’t that sound appealing!

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It’s been a great summer for Lavender walks and it’s not just in Provence that it grows well, these specimens are growing happily and beautifully in sunny Kent!  The word lavender comes from the Latin ‘lavere’ – to wash (apparently, the ancients used it to clean themselves and their clothes) which makes sense when you consider that it is antiseptic, anti-inflammatory as well as calming.  These days, its main reputation seems to be for insomnia but it could also be helpful for burns, irritability, digestive problems, headaches as well as muscular aches and pains.

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yogIn nearby Yalding, there are some lovely gardens (http://www.foyog.org/) which used to be part of the Henry Doubleday Research Association.  Sadly, history and commercial ventures have not been kind to the Gardens and they are no longer open to the public.  Indeed, it is in danger of becoming a lost garden forever.  However, the volunteers there continue to do an amazing job of keeping it all going and, happily, on one day of the year only, the Gardens open again.  The whole Gardens are impressive, even the more overgrown parts of the garden are intriguing and full of wildlife, including an abundance of bees!  However, what I particularly appreciate, as you can imagine, is the lovely Apothecary’s garden which still has loads of herbs and a rather impressive Chaste tree! apothecary

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The Olympic Park was much more than a sporting arena, I was amazed and delighted at the thought and care given to the green spaces around the different stadia.  There were pockets of echinacea, red clover, cornflowers, marigolds, californian poppies, willows, oaks, chamomile.  The bees loved it.  And so did herbalists!


MidoriMan Health Through Herbs!

What is Herbal Medicine?
Herbal medicine is the very ancient practice of using plants as medicine; it’s a tradition of healthcare dating back millennia which aims to consider each person as an individual and treat accordingly.

How can herbal medicine help?
By gently strengthening and nudging the body back to homeostasis, herbal medicine can help with a wide range of ailments from skin conditions, joint and muscle aches to hormonal problems. Herbal medicine can be beneficial for long-term conditions as well as supporting you through acute infections and seasonal complaints.

If you would like to find out more, please do contact me.

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Please note that all the pictures which appear here have been taken by me© of plants in my garden, or on my various herb walks, or just of curious things that catch my attention, unless otherwise stated and ©.

REMEMBER:  The comments in these posts are purely for information, and occasionally for entertainment. Herbs should always be treated with respect and care and you should consult a qualified herbal practitioner if you intend to use medicinal herbs.