When flu jab queues fill doctors’ surgeries and cold remedies fill the shops it’s all too clear that winter and its various health threats is imminent. But Wellington herbalist Laura Carpenter says inoculations and medications may not be the only response to seasonal colds and flu.
Laura is a member of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) which operates and regulates a strict code of practice for its practitioners. She is also a graduate in herbal medicine and became editor of Herbal Thymes magazine in May 2014.
From her clinic in North Street, Wellington, she runs medicine workshops ranging from introductions to herbal medicine, winter remedies, herbal first aid kit-making as well as herb identification walks across Somerset from April to October. She also gives talks to local community groups across Somerset on different aspects of health and herbal medicine.
Laura’s ‘Winter Remedies Workshop’ on Saturday 21st November from 10.30am to 3pm promises an introduction to “the myths and virtues of Echinacea, how to boost immunity in natural ways, using both food and herbs” as well as lessons in making cough sweets and herbal syrups.
More information about the course and herbal medicine can be found on Laura’s website.