Free Resources

Thanks for your interest in learning about the medicinal, cosmetic & edible plants that surround us.

 

You are as welcome as the flowers in May!

 

I hope that you find these resources helpful on your journey to learn about these wonderful plants.

WATCH HERBIE STUFF

Watch a free intro intro class about medicinal & edible wild Spring Herbs

This is one of many free intro beginners’ classes that I did during the lock-down from March-June 2020.

During these months we covered many local herbs including wild roses, meadowsweet, plantain, cleavers, blackthorn & whitethorn, silverweed etc. To receive access to these please sign up for my newsletter.

Watch videos from talks, lectures, events and interviews that I’ve given over the years.

 

Clips and snippets from international conferences, health shows, from podcast interviews etc. on topics as varied as herbs for health, making your own remedies, using herbs in professional organic skincare and more.

Watch a Sample Video Course Lesson: harvesting & using medicinal herbs & wild foods

Ever wondered what it’s like to learn online?

Here you can have a peek into the lesson about Hawthorn flowers from ‘LEARN WITH THE SEASONS’ my video course teaching Herbal Medicine-Making and Wild Food Foraging.

LISTEN TO HERBIE STUFF: Podcast Interviews

WORLDWILD with Miles Irving

I had this lovely conversation with Miles Irving when he kindly invited me onto his podcast WORLDWILD.

Miles is a renowned wild food specialist, author, teacher and supplier based in the UK. So here we are: two herb nerds enthusing away about wild plants.

He has some wonderful talks with guests in his library of podcasts.

‘When you realise that you’re part of nature, it’s not just learning about it, when you realise that you actually are nature… when you link back into all of this, you’re never on your own again’

LABAROMA with Colleen Quinn

Colleen Quinn kindly invited me onto her LABAROMA podcast and we had a great time reflecting on the last 20 years of plant medicine and how it has changed during the time I have worked in this.

Colleen Quinn is an internationally celebrated clinical aromatherapist, cosmetic chemist, researcher and educator. 

Browse the library of recordings she has with plant medicine specialists from around the world. There are over 100 podcast recordings there.

ROSE...Listen to Herbs on Forage Botanicals

This podcast is run by Natasha Richardson,  a medical herbalist whose work (in her clinic in London and online) focuses on helping women to have better periods.

Do check her podcast interviews with other herbalists about their favourite herb. It such an interesting listen.

‘ROSE: a medicinal, edible and cosmetic plant that I adore. I frequently use it in my herbal medicine clinic and find it to be profoundly healing and balancing for a wide range of conditions, including stress, anxiety, trauma, panic attacks etc. In fact, I could not run my clinic without this wonderful plant: I find it irreplaceable.’

Click the link to listen to this podcast. It’s quite long and there’s a lot of laughter! The interview with me starts at around 5 mins; Natasha asks me about my training and why I became a herbalist; and then at around 20 mins we finally start to talk about ROSES!

READ HERBIE STUFF

READ HERBAL ARTICLES FROM MY NEWSLETTERS!

My newsletters focus on various topics to do with herbal medicine, wild food and natural cosmetic-making.

CLICK THE PHOTOS below to read some samples from my newsletter archive.

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Good old-fashioned reading!

Read my blogs

From common local plants that you probably didn’t know were edible, to rarer wild plants that were once commonly used and are now (nearly) forgotten.

READ MORE HERBIE STUFF IN NEWSPAPER INTERVIEWS & ARTICLES

Over the years I’ve been interviewed several times by the national press. Here are links to some of these articles.

Article by Sylvia Thompson

From Sept 2012

‘Sweet Smell of Growing Success’

Interview and feature about my work and as key-note speaker at Botanica 2012 conference at Trinity College, Dublin. Click here to read article.

Article by Dr Oliver Moore

From June 2017

‘Great Insights in to Growing Organic’

Q&A interview with me about my wild food and medicinal herb foraging walks in Irish Examiner.  Click here to read the article.

Article by Fionnuala Fallon

From May 2015

‘Finding Hidden Treasure in your Garden’

Feature about my Land Survey Service by the gardening correspondent for the Irish Times  Click here to read article.

Article by Kitty Scully.

From Sept. 2015

A review of my herbal medicine & wild food foraging online course by the gardening correspondent for The Irish Examiner. Click here to read Kitty’s article.

RECEIVE HERBIE EMAILS

Using Herbs in Natural Cosmetics: 

An inspirational guide and reference to using well-known and forgotten herbs in your natural skincare products.

I am currently writing a book on this topic. I also teach a series of specialist online classes for natural cosmetic-formulators based on this work (so that people can get help in this area now). Sign-up below to receive notifications when these online classes and publication are available.

REMEMBER TO SIGN UP FOR MY REGULAR NEWSLETTER!

The amount of information online can be overwhelming for people: it takes experience to tell the reliable sources of info from the bad ones. My regular newsletter about medicinal, edible and cosmetic herbs goes out twice a month. I’ve got articles lined up on a variety of topics: from home use to hospitals, from skincare to sustainability, from essential oils to edible treats. Whether you are a total beginner or someone with experience, there should be something of interest for you here. If you would like to learn from a source more reliable than an online search or a novice group then please click this link to sign up to receive my new newsletter. Thank you! I look forward to sharing my experience with you so that you can start to use herbs joyfully and with confidence.