Herb Walks 2013
Herbs in the Havens 31st May 2.00 pm
The weather this year has not been conducive for planning herb walks, however we will conducting a herb walk in Little Haven, Pembrokeshire as a part the Havens Festival. The walk will start by the entrance to Little Haven car park. For more details please visit http://www.havensfestival.co.uk/HavensFestivalEvents.html
We need your help again to preserve our right to practice herbal medicine. On 16th February 2011, then-health secretary Andrew Lansley MP promised that the government would bring in statutory regulation of herbalists. This would allow herbalists to continue to be able
to legally prescribe unregistered herbal medicines. More than 2 years later, nothing has happened. Now we hear that the government is planning a U-turn on its promise. Prompted by the European Union (EU), the government may also repeal the ‘herbalist’s exemption’ that has allowed herbalists, since 1968, to prescribe individualised herbal medicines according to their patients’ needs. If this happens herbalists will no longer be permitted to practice. We are asking everyone interested in preserving the availability of herbal medicine to please contact their local MP once more. A pdf is available on the following link to either fill in online or print to sent via the post. It also has links to find the contact details of your local MP
Two new e-petitions are now available - please sign ASAP as we need everyone who is interested in herbs whether or not they have ever had herbal treatment to support the continued availability of medical herbalists. With the recent and future cuts, still to come, for NHS funding, herbal medicine will be needed more than ever.
All Things Healing
Dylan has been taken on as a co-editor at the allthingshealing.com website where I will be doing a series on “Metaphysical Herbalism” and featuring the work of other herbal colleagues. I have just posted my first article The "Kalahari Bushman Anecdote" along with one by Stella called "Welsh Herbal Medicine" they are now both online.
An English Herbal
An English Herbal has been coming on a pace, though there is still plenty of work to be done it. I hope the project will be completed by the end of summer. We have been working on the project for about 3 1/2 years and it is good to see it is finally taking shape. It is a much more ambitious work and follows on chronologically from where the Welsh herbal finishes. If all goes well it should be completed at the latter end of 2013. If you are interested in being notified as soon it is completed please email us and place An English Herbal in the subject field.
Recently there has been massive worldwide interest in the traditional Welsh stories that are included in our “A Welsh Herbal - A Herbal Journey through the Culture and Places of Wales,” some of which a few are available on this website. In response Stella has compiled and written more stories. In the next few months these will become available as eBook download from the website and booklet formats. Watch this space! If you would like to be informed as to when these are available then please email us with Welsh Stories in the subject field.
A big thanks to all of you who responded to the awareness of GMO’s in the food supply in the USA and California in particular. Despite defeat of prop 37 in California, the good news is that the pressure and heightened public awareness that the campaign created is likely to lead to national laws labelling whether foods contain GMO’s or not. Following on from the 20 years of GM technology a newly published EU report recommends the severe limitation of planting GM crops in Europe and a whole swath of legal controls of the industry.
A new threat affecting our herbs and foods is the attempt of Biotech companies to get patents on the seeds of our fruits, vegetables and herbs. This is a very serious threat to our food freedom and should be resisted all cost. If you have not already done so please sign the following petitions immediately; The first is about closing the loopholes in EU patent law that is enabling them to apply for patents on seeds. The second is the issue of preventing the patenting our common heritage - to plant seeds we want to grow.
Following the stunning world wide support of March Against Monsanto on the 25th May with more than 2M people marching in over 48 countries a new petition has been lauched seeking to eradicate the world from the dangers of GMO's.