"We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time." - TS Eliot

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a field of chamomile

Medicinal plants & my convict granny

Ann Doyle was a young convict who came to Australia on the…

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group of about 20 dried herbs and spices

Winter: echinacea, composition essence or fire cider?

Here in Melbourne, we had an hour extra in bed this weekend…

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Elder tree with berries just ripening

Food, herbs and Hippocrates

March 24, 2016 History, Tradition 0 Comments

Hippocrates is credited with the phrase ‘let food be thy medicine and…

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saffron flowers in basket with pickers behind

Knowing about plants, caring about plants

It is hard to care about strangers. For most of us, it…

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three young women in racing clothes

Seasonal rhythms & national festivals

I have often heard my herbal friends bemoan the fact that in Australia…

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On being still: scullcap and Quakers

March 1, 2016 A herb, Ethnobiology 0 Comments

Scullcap  (Scutellaria lateriflora) is a lovely gentle little plant, one of my…

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