My Journey into Becoming a Hedgerow Herbalist
My journey began right back from a young child, at the age of 5 or 6 I can vividly recall sitting in the darkest corner of the garden around a makeshift stone “firepit” with my mums kilner jars and wooden spoon, making potions. While other girls wanted to be princesses, I wanted to be a witch! It was my Nan, my mum’s mum who encouraged me down my witchy path, sharing her knowledge of nature and her garden with me. It was she who bought me my first deck of tarot cards at the age of 11.
Connecting with the elements, making offerings and altars just came naturally, but it wasn’t to be until many years later that I really started to seriously use plants, herbs and oils for healing.
I am not a “prescribing” herbalist. I prefer to guide, advise and signpost people so that they can work intuitively to find out what is going to work for them themselves. The remedies I make and use are gentle, and intended to support and nourish rather than “cure”. Being well is not the same as being fixed or cured. When we work with the folk healing wise woman tradition we work to let Mother Nature heal and nurture us, while accepting where we are in the present moment. I have learned extensively form the Wise Woman Herbalist Susun Weed, who is my mentor.
This ties in with all the other holistic work that I do – we are not singular independent organisms, we are not our dis-ease. We are finely tuned inter-connected beings. I believe that part of the dis-ease that can trouble us is that we have become so disconnected from Gaia, Mother Earth, and we are feeling this now on a very physical level. Our food no longer nourishes us like it used to – intensive farming has depleted the soil and coupled with our fast-paced toxic stressful lifestyles, it’s no wonder we suffer from the inflammatory auto immune disorders that cause so many of our modern-day heath complaints.
I am not suggesting foregoing allopathic medicine, we live in our world, and modern medicine is a lifesaver – but I am suggesting that we can work with it in a much more harmonious synergistic way, that can benefit our own heath and that of the planet! By growing our own food and medicine we can start to empower ourselves to take back some of the control of our own health and well-being.
I can work with you as a holistic therapist, providing gentle complementary therapies and healing, using essential oils, massage, reiki etc., as well as talking to you about what plants, herbs, tinctures, teas and infusions could help support you and signposting you where to buy them or how to make them.
If you wish to deepen your knowledge even further, I can come to your home and help you plan a healing garden so that you can grow your own medicine chest.
Planting a Magical Healing Garden
One of the ways that I can help you reconnect with your intuition and begin your journey into well-being is to come and help you plant a magical healing garden. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have much space, even a few pots of the right herbs or plants can make such a different to our own energetic patterns if we have grown and nurtured them ourselves.
We discuss your needs, the space you have, and with some simple meditation visualisation techniques, connecting you into your space – we can go as deep and elaborate, or as simple as you wish, you can connect in to your space, and your health, and discover what it is that you need to start growing. One of the joys and part of the magic of connecting with the elements and nature is that it can be as slow and subtle as you like, it evolves. And by tapping into and connecting with nature, we actually tap into and connect with our hidden selves, our inner wisdom, and that creates deep healing.
Once I have come out and had a consultation with you and we have established your needs, where possible I will be able to give you seeds or cuttings from my own magical healing garden. These will always be organic and have the magical energies of my own garden elementals and spirits within them, which will empower your own garden. Or we can go out onto the land that surrounds your home and find the plants that are growing around you, and that will be speaking to you on an energetic level, vibrating with your own garden and energy.
Creating The Medicines
I run small workshops from my cabin that will help to show you how to make simple infusions, teas, syrups and tinctures from the plants that you grow. As well as creating herbal sacred smoking mixes, energy clearing (smudge) sticks and foraging and making classes. This will connect with the women’s circles that I run – all designed to help empower you to heal yourselves and your families, to strengthen your connection to yourself, to nature and each other.
Find Out More
If this way of living, being and healing resonates with you, please contact me for more details. I have a newsletter that I send out every 6 weeks or so, to coincide with the pagan calendar, the wheel of the year, and so if you’d like to know more about how to work more in tune with the seasons and cycles, you can sign up to that.
I also run a Facebook page that has its own private group, The Green Witch Women’s Magical Development Circle – a gentle way for women to connect with like-minded people and explore their own developing spirituality, with no pressure to be anything other than what they are in that moment.
I have a YouTube channel where I post meditations and the odd light- hearted videos on how to make easy herbal remedies.
Costs; Because this is such a bespoke service, I charge my hourly rate of £45 an hour for the magical garden planning. The workshops will all have their own prices depending on the duration and materials involved. As they evolve and the dates are created they will be advertised as events on the Facebook page, the website and in the newsletter.
I look forward to working with you in this ancient and traditional Wise Woman way.