Hedgerow Healing is the concept of using what grows naturally to benefit your health. People have been using nature’s own pharmacy since the dawn of time to assist with all manner of ailments. In fact, some over the counter remedies are based on herbal decoctions you could recreate versions of yourself, for less money.
Case in point, a popular cough medicine doing the rounds right now, at vast expense I might add. It lists Marshmallow Root and Thyme Extract as active ingredients. I’ve been using Thyme Honey for years to help calm coughs and respiratory issues. I also have access to Althaea (Marsh Mallow plant) both of which cost significantly less than nine pounds a pop.
(See more about the medicinal properties of herbs in my Nature’s Own Pharmacy section here.)
Hedgerow Healing in Modern Society
As a practicing Hedgewitch, I follow the path of the traditional craft, which is discreet by nature. I work quietly, behind closed doors. Gone are the days of the annual pilgrimmage across Cornwall to the Pellar Current to have your warts charmed. Since the birth of the NHS, medical care is 🌟luckily🌟now accessible to all.
It may surprise you to know that I am actually a big fan of the NHS. I strongly believe in medical intervention when necessary. Death by dodgy ancient disease is now pretty much a thing of the past thanks to vaccines and antibiotics. Amen to that, but the flip side of this is that resistence to antibiotics is growing. We are looking at a potentially catastrophic plunge back to the medical dark ages if the worst should happen.
There isn’t the same requirement for hedgerow healing these days, and as such, the old ways have become near obsolete. The necessity to pass the information down through the generations has waned, at a time when kitchen remedies are more relevant to modern life than many give them credit for.
I firmly believe there is a place for Hedgerow Healing in 2017. As the NHS is stretched beyond breaking point year after year, more people are helping themselves by turning to traditional kitchen remedies in the first instance.
Do you have any old home remedies you swear by? I’d love to hear about them. Leave a comment below!
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Hedgerow Healing Disclaimer
I work with herbs and oils on a daily basis and see the results with my own eyes. However, I am NOT a qualified herbalist. I offer suggestions and ideas based on the concepts of Traditional Hedgerow Healing. These are in NO WAY designed to replace the advice of a fully trained medical professional.
If you are already taking medication, please make sure you check with your doctor and/or trained herbalist BEFORE introducing any natural remedies. Some herbs and medicines can interact unfavourably.
It goes without saying (but I’m going to anyway!!) You should ALWAYS do thorough research before picking ANYTHING out of the hedgerow and ESPECIALLY before ingesting or applying ANY plants, herbs or spices for medicinal use.
Prevention is always better than cure. I believe that natural remedies should be used to support the body’s inbuilt defences alongside conventional medicine. Obviously there can be interactions between herbs and medications, so you should ALWAYS research properly before beginning a new regime.
The spells and practical magic on this site are intended to complement and support, NOT to replace conventional medicine. I am great believer in medical intervention when necessary and do not advise anybody to abandon a treatment regime without first consulting your doctor.
It is incredibly important that you research any alternative therapies or natural remedies before embarking upon a new regime. Just because the raw ingredients are natural, it does not automatically make them safe for consumption. Always check for potential interactions or contraindications between what you are proposing to use and any medications you currently take.
If you are in doubt, consult a trained herbalist or medical professional.