If you are from Scotland like me, you’ll know that oats are a staple at the breakfast table in the form of porridge, and are a key ingredient in haggis. Outlander fans will be familiar with oats as ‘parritch’, and according to the male protagonist Jamie Fraser, ‘parritch’ is a panacea for every ailment. He may not be far wrong.
As much as calendula and St. John’s wort oils are a part of Summer, so elderberry and rosehip syrups are a part of Fall. It is a time to harvest berries and roots. Roots are full of nourishment at this time as they store nutrients to support the plant through the winter months. The berries of the rose bushes and the Elder tree are full of immune-enhancing compounds.
The foods we eat, not only influence our gut health but can increase or reduce the inflammatory response in the body independently. It is a basic cornerstone of Western Herbal Medicine that gut health be considered as part of a holistic approach to wellness.
As you stand in front of rows of supermarket shelves, it is easy to forget that many of the foods available to us today have wild ancestors still flourishing in the hedgerows, forests and meadows somewhere - possibly close by.
Do you find yourself reaching for a sugary treat at certain times of the day? Find it hard to say no to dessert? Find that ‘just one bite’ takes you down the path of ‘just a little more.….’? You are far from alone!
As winter and spring continue to play tag in the nations capital, it is easy to forget that pollen season is just around the corner. Most of us welcome the return of longer, warmer days and happily watch our perennial plants re-emerge from the ground like long lost friends.
There are 3.8 billion women in the world today, and each one will or has already, experienced menopause. It is estimated that around 25 million women enter menopause each year, so each woman is far from alone.