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When herbalism needs help from conventional medicine…

I haven’t posted here for so many weeks, but I think my excuse is probably the best one there is.

My last post detailed how my husband and I were about to start the introduction process to our son, who we welcomed into our family via Adoption.  Although the legal process still has a way to go, I am pleased to report that the little fellow has settled into our home very well, and I can’t really remember a time when he wasn’t part of our lives.

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I have a new found understanding for how tired Mothers can be.  I am blessed with a child who sleeps soundly through the night, and even when he is grumpy, he hardly grizzles or gets upset.  He’s teething, and still, he is a ray of sunshine.  I know we are lucky.  But I am still on my knees with fatigue, and I am so tired, I think even my tired is tired.  I am sleeping every single night for 8 to 10 hours, depending on when I haul myself up to bed, and yet I wake feeling as tired as I went to sleep.  Put it this way, I am so sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, I have voluntarily headed to the medical doctor to get tested and rule out lots of possible things this could be.

Do I feel like I am traitor to my Herbalism dream?  Should I be just taking natural remedies to make myself feel better?  Well, it would be nice if I could, but no, I am not a traitor, and no, I am not going to say I won’t take chemical treatments if that is what is called for.  I am a realist if nothing else.


I love that I can grow things to help me and maybe keep me healthy, but asking questions and working out what is wrong with someone else, can only go so far.  Herbs do not cure you… they support your body to do the curing on its own, and there are some things where Herbs are not going to cut it.  For example, thyroid disease.  No amount of eating foods which stimulate the thyroid gland is going to help you if your thyroid gland is not performing correctly.  Also Cancer.  Although a healthy diet and clean eating is a good preventative for getting some forms of cancer, there is still a risk that you will get sick from one of the other forms of cancer, and quite frankly, herbs are going to be the least of your worries.  Another example, Multiple Sclerosis.  I have several friends with the disease and as much as I would like to tell them that eating this one herb is going to cure them… umm… no.  I would be a fraud, no better than a snake oil salesman if I told them that.

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That is why I believe it is important that Herbalism and Conventional medicine work hand in hand.  I do not have the capacity to perform a spectrum of tests that the GP can perform.  I do not have the medical training.  But I can tell you that if you use herbs you can boost your immune system, you can reduce inflammation, you can feel better in yourself.   I think that is worth something in itself.

In the meantime, I am interested to see what the blood tests show up for me.



Getting back to the blog…

I have been very remiss about keeping up with this blog in the last 5 weeks.  Goodness me… has it really been as long as that?!  I have a very good excuse though.

As many of my regular readership know, my husband and I have been going through the fairly tortuous UK Adoption process.  After really beginning to believe that we were never going to get a match… ever… we got the call from our social worker that changed everything.  And put even more onto my to do list than I ever thought humanly possible.

So, although we have been matched with a little boy, there are still multitudinous things that can go wrong.  We are getting excited, and we are getting prepared, but there is no definite placement until all the bureaucratic hoops have been jumped through.  The first thing we had to do was do a massive spring clean.

Now, you guys know that I keep a clean house.  It isn’t clinical by any means, but it is clean.  Well, apparently, according to our social worker and her colleague, not clean enough.  Despite the p;ace being cleaner and tidier than usual, we had to get new covers for the sofa and chairs, we have to get new throws for the sofa, we had to get new furniture for the conservatory.  Yes, really.  And no, I am not kidding.  I was told I had to bring flowers in from the garden and we basically had to stage the house as if we were going to feature in an edition of Homes & Gardens.  I was more or less informed that I do not clean enough, that my house smells of dog (no it bloody well doesn’t!) and that the social worker would have a very critical eye and clearly my house would fail miserably.  As I am sure you can imagine, I was a little annoyed by that.  But I wrote it all down, and ticked off each thing that I had been asked to do.  And then I listed the things I had done extra to that big list.

As it turned out, the little one’s social worker walked in and loved the place.  She told us she could imagine the little guy in our garden and that was it really.  We showed her around, we gave her the tour of the house, I fed the social workers a light meal (yes, I had to do that too…!) and they were so impressed they took home doggy bags.  Yes.  Really.

Was it all over after the biggest clean of our married life?  Nope.  Then there were visits.  Then there was more redecorating to do.  Then there was my In Laws big house-warming party which meant I had an enormous tent on the garden.  Then there was a week of painting in the kitchen to do.  And so… here we are.

I am now officially taking a break from decorating for the foreseeable future… I have plenty of other stuff to be getting on with, not least getting the garden straight, restoring my lawn into something I am proud of and re-conquering the twin peaks of Mount Washmore and Mount Ironmore.  Oh, and studying.  And blogging.

I hope to write again soon.

The sun has got its hat on…

Hip hip hip hooray…!

The weather we are currently experiencing in the UK is very welcome.  It is also slightly unusual!

I am making the most of it and trying to get on top of all the garden jobs that need to be done.  I must say, we (being my husband and I) have got on really well with a lot of them.  The veg patch is coming together, the greenhouse is tidy and ready to be set up for the veg I want to grow this year, everything had been painted and two of the four raise beds have been planted up.   Seedlings are sprouting, chitted potatoes have been put into bags and watered in.  I have even mowed the lawn for the first time.  The place is beginning to look really good.

Of course, as much as we have done, there is more to do.  Which is why this blog post is going to be so short.  While the weather is good, I need to be out there making the most of it.  Don’t go away though… I promise I will be back.  This is England we are talking about.  It is bound to rain!!

Let’s Talk

This is such an important message, and it resonates with me for this week. I have reblogged this in the UK. We need to talk about it here too.

Kristy Wolfe Photography

20         The number of days that have passed since my dad, a 58 year old cardiologist, went missing.

17          The number of days that have passed since my dad’s car was found.

16          The number of days that have passed since my dad was found.

10          The number of days that have passed since we celebrated my dad’s life.

0122-003 Dad’s favourite view from the deck of our house on Cowichan Lake.

Tomorrow, January 28th, is Bell’s annual Let’s Talk Day. You’ve probably seen or heard some of the commercials that have been running recently. The one that really hit home has two guys at work talking about another colleague who has anxiety. Click here to view the video on YouTube.

Below is an excerpt from the speech I gave at my dad’s memorial. I’m…

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,100 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Good grief…

Been so busy, I have not had one moment spare to come on here.  I haven’t been painting, i have been baking or cooking or entertaining or running errands or something else.  I am EXHAUSTED.


Next week I am going to be equally strung out… then I will be on holiday.  Sooo… end of September… I might be able to get back into a routine.


Stick with me folks… I will come back.  I promise!

Baking and multitasking…

In my recent quest to attempt to be less stressed and less frenetic, I have today been concentrating on certain things.  Mostly baking a massive birthday cake for my husband!

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I was a wee bit worn out after that, so I have then had an hour or so watching some catch up TV, taking delivery of my latest order of store cupboard items and doing the menu and the shopping list for this coming week.


How’s THAT for multitasking?!


Other than that, not much going on here at the moment.  I hope to have more to say on Firday…!