Guelder rose (Viburnum opulus)

This beautiful shrub has pretty white flowers in the summer, maple shaped leaves and translucent, bright red berries in the autumn. The berries turn black on drying and have been used in the past in making ink. Like many berries they are mildly toxic when raw and can cause digestive upsets if consumed in any […]

Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata)

I found this beautiful specimen growing in my friend Val’s garden. The plant was named by the Jesuits, who came across it growing in Peru in the 17th century, and perceived its shape to be symbolic of the crucifixion of Christ. As an indigenous plant it had a long tradition of being used as a […]

The Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage

1. Alleviates Chronic Back Pain One study that compared the effectiveness of two different kinds of massages for treating chronic back pain, therapeutic (lighter) massage versus deep tissue massage (DTM), found that DTM treatment over the course of 10 days resulted in significantly better improvements in pain compared to therapeutic massage (Studies in Health Technology […]

Lady’s Mantle

Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla vulgaris) is a member of the rose family. The Latin name is derived from the word alchemy and the dew which collects in the centre of the softly crinkled leaves was believed to be able to turn base metals into gold. The droplets were also reputed to be infused with mystical powers […]

Women’s Wellbeing

I work with women of all ages to address specific health issues during the various stages of life. I use a combination of massage, herbal medicine, visualisation techniques and offer practical advice on diet and lifestyle. So whether you are trying to conceive, are pregnant, going through the menopause or have general health concerns I […]