Beat the Heat!
When the dog days of summer hit, bring on the cooling herbal tea for seasonal lethargy
We’ve just had a week of the ‘dog days’- those hot, sultry days of summer. The ancient Greeks and Romans believed the ‘dog days’ occurred when the Sirius star appeared to rise alongside the sun, usually in late July in the Northern Hemisphere. They believed the combined heat from the two stars is what made these days the hottest of the year, and worse, Hellenistic astrology associated it with a period that could bring on catastrophic events such as overwhelming heat, drought, thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and just general bad luck! Cheery souls indeed 😉
Boswellia or Frankincense - which one do we choose?
Frankincense is not just for those wise men anymore. Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh, gifts from three certain wise men back in the day … well, we all know the story.
Chronic Stress Herbs & The Gut-Brain Axis
We all know that supporting healthy gut function is essential for optimal health, but when it comes to chronic stress we really don’t hear much about supporting brain function. And when we’re talking a chronic, long-term stressed state, one of the most common phrases I hear from clients is that their horse has mentally ‘shut down’, so it’s vital to consider both gut and brain function when chronic stress is present.
Amazing Adaptogens for Stress & Fatigue
At this wintry time of year, I reckon we could all do with a bit of calm in our days, especially with only 7 or so hours of daylight to cram everything in. Adaptogens have been used extensively in Ayervedic and Chinese medicine for hundreds of years. Now, the rest of us are waking up to Amazing Adaptogens.
Beta-lapachone - stimulator of the 'Molecule of Youth'?
I’m sure every horse owner out there wants their horse to live as long a life as possible, and above all, comfortable with it, well into their senior years. So, to have affirmation that certain plant substances can profoundly affect mitochondrial health, especially in our health-wrecking polluted environment of today, is great news to hear.
Passionate about Passionflower
Anxiolytic – I love this Glossary Medica term; there's almost an Italian flourish to it. It means anxiety/panic reducing, and the very beautiful Passionflower (Passiflora) is well known for its soothing anxiolytic effects.
Mint, pretty cool medicine
Mother Nature has a helpful herb to keep us cool, and that’s Mint. Mint is known as a cooling herb - most of us have encountered mint almost daily in toothpaste, mouthwash, chewing gum, polos - and there’s a really good reason for this; mint is a solid, predictable, gentle medicine that’s been cooling and stimulating us for centuries.
Hawthorn gets things moving
When I was studying herbal medicine, and specifically Materia Medica, an important part of the module was to taste each and every plant’s tincture – after all, we were learning to prescribe natural medicinals, so we needed to know how they presented on the tongue, i.e. drying/moist/warming/cold and so on.
Dandelion - nature's pharmacy
I’m right up there as the sunny dandelion’s No.1 Fan. This last week their radiant yellow flowers have burst forth on the somerset verges and fields. I just love a sunny spring day, and dandelions are a big part of the love.