01 May 2019
PREVENTION'S BETTER THAN CURE
Herb healer Jodie Anderson spent an idyllic morning immersed in nature at Temple Beautiful HQ with founder Sonya Rothwell chatting about the power of herbs. Sonya's photographs really capture Jodie's passion for plants ♡
What's herbal medicine ?
Herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine known, dating back to 60,000 years ago. Today herbalists combine the traditional knowledge with scientific evidence of how herbs can support our health. Herbal tinctures, capsules and infusions are prescribed after a consultation to support the individuals health requirements ☆
One of the many Naturopathic principles is 'Prevention is better than cure.' I like to encourage my patients to understand and manage their own health by being fully aware of what works for them. Some people need liver and nervous system support and others adrenal tonics to prevent burn out. Treatment is holistic, a prescription is tailor made to support the individual constitution, strengthen the vital force and relieve associating symptoms ☆
Is it an alternative to allopathic medicine?
Never underestimate the power of plants !
I like to adopt an integrated approach. There is a time and a place for herbs. Knowing when to refer is essential to providing the safest care to ones patients. Herbs contain complex chemical constituents, which can interact with prescribed medication, harm an early stage pregnancy and exacerbate symptoms if you are unsure of the energetics of a herb. Therefore it is essential to always consult a registered herbalist before taking any herbal tinctures. Once you have gained some understanding of herbs and your constitution then you can start to self prescribe winter tonics, immune boosting and detoxifying herbs when required. Teas are generally safe for all, except Liquorice if you have high blood pressure ☆
What attracted you to study herbal medicine ?
I think initially it was my love of flowers, especially Foxgloves – their chemical constituents are used for the worlds leading heart medication Digoxin – beautiful Opium Poppies and all the delicious culinary herbs, so herbs can’t just be passed off as quackery or hippy stuff. They made me rather curious, intrigued to explore more and find a course to study in London. I enrolled on a 5 year course in Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine in 2005 and am still as intrigued if not more than ever ☆
Have you ever had a lightbulb moment about
Absolutely, I always have excellent results with Echinacea, taken in large doses, that’s little shots up to 6 times a day at the onset of feeling unwell with a cold or sore throat. Every home should have a 500ml bottle of this in preparation for the winter season. Liver herbs such as Milk Thistle, Buplerum and Turmeric along with a plant based diet and eliminating alcohol tends to give me a new lease of life, more energy, healthy unbroken sleep and a well balanced mood ☆
My favourite moment though, was going down with swine flu. I was experiencing extreme chills, high fever and every bone in my body was throbbing with pain. The previous week we’d been studying diaphoretic herbs that promote sweating during a fever, thus preventing the temperature from raising to dangerous levels. One of which sprang to mind to be the perfect herb for me. Boneset, traditionally prescribed for bone break fever, specifically for influenza with deep aching. I combined it with Cinnamon and Angelica both warming diaphoretics as I was freezing, in an infusion and drank about 10 cups per day. The herbs immediately warmed my whole body to the point of sweating until the fever broke which coincided with immediate respite from the bone pain. I did have to repeat the infusion all day long for 3 days but the relief from the bone pain even if it was only for 20 mins at a time was hugely appreciated. Boneset really did relieve those throbbing bones ☆
Ashwaghanda powder, a teaspoon mixed with a warm milk of choice is the only herb that will restore the nervous system and promote a deep, unbroken sleep. I’ve compared it to a sleeping pill and valium, the later leave you feeling foggy and a little down. Ashwaghanda just supports sleep and there is no narcotic hangover ☆
Let’s get hocus-pocus. Can any herbs promote Love ?
Rose is the love herb. A rose elixir will open the heart, combined with mimosa and hawthorn to help heal a broken heart. Rose has cooling qualities, which is very effective when used as a facial spritz anytime and especially post partum and during menopausal hot flushes. Hot feisty boys also benefit ! ☆
Are any deadly ?
Many herbs are deadly (!!) but luckily only available to registered herbalists. They include;
Gelsenium Sempivirens is a fast acting pain killer but over dose and it kills !! Toxicity – excess causes giddiness, double vision, dry mouth, heavy eyelids, vomiting, sweating, intoxication, muscle weakness, dilated pupils, lowered temperature, convulsions, respiratory depression : ½ g will kill a child, 2 – 3 g will kill and 2-3 grams will kill an adult !!! I think an aspirin is a better choice ☆
Lily of the valley is poisonous but like foxglove an excellent tonic for the heart. Do not make your own as overdose can prove fatal ! ☆
Can any herbs help one’s ability to concentrate / create ?
Rosemary is an excellent cognitive enhancer. I like to put a few drops of the essential oil on the palms of my hand, place them over my face for a few deep breaths to feel the benefits. Taken internally to treat a sluggish liver, clear the head and promote mental awareness ☆
Do you have any preferred brands of herbs ?
My favourite herbal brands are Pukka or Neal's Yard and for prescriptions I use Rutland BioDynamics and Panacea ☆
Do any other modalities compliment herbal medicine ?
Acupuncture, a whole food diet and suitable exercise, depending on ones energetic picture all complement herbal medicine. A holistic approach to will enhance healing ☆
Who are your clients ?
My clients come from all different walks of life. I treat children and adults. Patient consultations are strictly confidential, but there are a few testimonials on my website ☆
Where do you practice from ?
I practice from a clinic in Bruton, Somerset, UK and offer online consultations via Skype to people further afield ☆
How can I book a session?
You can make an appointment by email