Ahhh the sensual aroma of delicate Lavender. This lovely herb is great to have in your garden for both its visual appearance and its fragrance. It is loved by the bees when its in flower and by the birds after the flower heads have dried off. The dried flowers are often hung about the home and placed in potpurris and wardrobes for freshness and to discourage insect pests.
This powerful but gentle essential oil can take much of the credit for the revival of Aromatherapy today. It’s use dates back to ancient Rome and Greece and was used by the Egyptians in the mummification process. There are over twenty eight distinct species and a multitude
Continue reading Lavender
Herbal or Botanical Medicine is the use of herbs (plants) for disease prevention and restoration of health.
Herbs and other plants have been used as medicines in most cultures and civilisations throughout history, either as single entities or as complex mixtures of several herbs or of herbs and other substances.
Modern medicine (pharmacology) grew from herbal medicines and to save costs and / or to make profits, the chemical/drug companies synthesised the active healing compounds found in plants to make most of the drugs we know today.
Herbal medicine is a major component in indigenous peoples’ traditional medicine and a common element in Ayurvedic, homoeopathic, naturopathic and traditional oriental medicine.
The prescription of specific herbal treatments
Continue reading Herbal or Botanical Medicine
From the world’s second-largest living bird
Smaller than African Ostriches, the Emu, (Dromaius novaehollandiae) is Australia’s tallest native bird which grows to more than 1.5 m (5 feet) tall and weighs over 45 kilograms (100 pounds).
Emus are a soft-feathered and travel great distances for food, and when necessary they can sprint at 50 km/h (30 mph). Their diet is made up of plants and insects, and they have can go for weeks without eating.
These giant flightless birds are farmed for their meat as well as their oil which has been used for thousands of years by the Australian aborigines.
Emu oils is made from the refined fat of dead emu’s and it’s used to treat burns,
Continue reading Emu Oil
Nature provides for all our needs
Herbs are a gift from nature, they are often included in our diet, used as medicine and more often mimicked by scientists to make many of our modern drugs. The definition of a herb is broad and can almost include any plant.
Herbs are often foods and food additives to give colour and flavour, and they include a wide range of leaves, bark, berries, roots, gums, seeds, stems and flowers. They have been used for thousands of years to help maintain and restore good health.
Today they are included in preparations for the prevention and treatment of many health problems. Modern drug companies isolate the chemicals and active ingredients naturally found in herbs, and
Continue reading Medicinal and Culinary Herbs
This is not a Joke
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify and unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
*Ask the individual to SMILE.
*Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
*Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE.
If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
After discovering that a group of non-medical volunteers could identify facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems, researchers urged the general public to learn
Continue reading IS IT A STROKE?