Pamela Spence, medical herbalist, shows us traditional ways of using Scottish plants as food and medicine.
Someone once called me a ‘realist herbalist’ - I do not knit my own yoghurt,
I eat chips sometimes and I am not against pharmaceutical medicine.
I’ve also written for some leading herbal producers. I am currently making the Scottish Hedgewitch series of short films and articles for BBC Scotland Online exploring our herbal traditions.
I enjoy using elements of all my training during a herbal consultation so that each patient benefits from a truly individually tailored approach.
Herbal medicine is the oldest form of medicine known to man. It means using whole plants – leaf, roots, berries, flowers and bark to create medicines. Countless drugs are still derived from plant sources. More than 80% of the world’s population still depends on herbal medicine for survival.
‘The highlight of the afternoon were the herbal preparations Pamela made for us on the day. We had Lemon Balm tea, the juice from Goose Grass (Sticky Willie to you and me) and also were able to sample an ointment made from Chickweed. All these were extremely simple to make as she demonstrated. Thanks to Pamela for an interesting and enlightening afternoon.’