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I have received a lot of enquires during these times of the corona virus asking about the effects of the mind on the body  and the body on the mind. So this is the first in a series of posts that I hope are of assistance in some way in answering the questions. I will also include our herbal allies and how they can be of assistance in nourishing and nurturing the body, soothing inflammation if needed. Also vitalising the cells and the muscles.

This first post I have called Listening to the body and to me feels like the first step if you like. The physiology of the body is always moving, we could say dancing. The energetics of the body are so beautiful when viewed as a dance. 

Constantly opening and closing, sensations arising, sensations dissolving. Breathing in, breathing out. Each of the physiological systems opening and closing over and over again as this beautiful dance. In response to the interconnecteRead more...

At the start of lock down , I offered a few posts on Welcome World Herbal Teas face book page covering supporting and nourishing the body in the context of the coronavirus arising in our communities and the World.  

Today I offer herbal musings from a notebook I have kept during this period we call  lockdown. Some of which have come from listening and responding to clients direct experience. Some have come from my own direct experience and insights gathered from the small amount of information now available about the virus.

Always acknowledging the very little any of us know about this virus. As you may have seen in scientific videos/images of how this virus enters the body and invades the different systems of the physiology.  The virus has a profound intelligence in terms of invading the body and an extreme contagious ability.

 A virus not to be underestimated at any point and asking of us our full attentRead more...

This is the title of the final module in the course The Great Mother And The Amazing Power  Of Softness.  For me these words invite us to the following;

To move within the world as our wholeness.

For our location to be that of our being, our true self.

 Here is a really simple yet really helpful tool in understanding what it means to say yes to life and from the understanding to directly experience wholeness. To live from this knowing.  For years I have used this simple exercise myself and also shared it with clients and students.

To breathe in Love, breathe out Love     breathe out Love, breathe in Love.

In completely living with this you discover that the breath is not two activities  ( the exhale and the inhale) with tension in between, (although I acknowledge at the start of witnessing the breath it may feel lRead more...

Most of us have a strong reflex/impulse for our attention to be focused outwards. Busy with all the external circumstances, busy doing our best to manage our external circumstances, busy attending to almost every detail externally.

What if we stopped for a moment and walked through another door ? If we turned our focus inwards. This does not mean that we ignore or turn our back on external circumstances. Simply that we soften the gaze to include and to care for ourself simultaneously as caring for others or attending to our daily life.

It often feels as if we have to choose between our hearts and our minds. We could say listening to the heart is the inward pathway and listening to the mind is the outward pathway.

When the door to the heart path is walked through, we discover the mind distils into the heart. In this distilling process of allowing outer and inner processes to be fully met, there is no resistance or we could say no dRead more...

Sometimes birth is called an involuntary action, meaning that one way or another birth will occur. The physiology of birth is such a beautiful dance and birth is a wonderful demonstration of this beauty.

The process if you like is for the mother's body to open wide and together mamma and baby dance the journey of birth. Each breath, each contraction of the uterus, each opening of the cervix is an invitation arising from the heart in allowing the movement outwards to be welcomed, to be fully completed, to be liberated. Then this vibration of movement outwards returns to the heart.

Breathing in Love

Breathing out Love

Breathing out Love

Breathing in Love

To be held in the arms of The Great Mother is to be loved for no reason, to be nurtured for no reason. Most of us have experienced conditioning that supports the long- held belief that we have to deserve Love. Generation after generation haRead more...

I was speaking in the last few days with a woman who was communicating such joy as she experienced postpartum for the first time. This reminded me of how sacred this time can be for mother and child. I see postpartum as a time of stillness and of silent communication that can be experienced in so many different ways.

I want to be clear that I'm not inferring silence to mean, no sounds, no words, no family life or how postpartum should be experienced. The silence is deeper, the silence is the foundation from which sounds, words and family life arises. As always I would say there is no right or wrong way or prescriptive way to experience the first precious weeks of welcoming your child into family life. The stillness is the interconnectedness of everything, stillness is awareness we could say stillness is love.

The sacredness of postpartum also includes the moments of exhaustion, the feelings of overwhelm and not enough, feelings of anxRead more...

" and I said to my body softly,"I want to be your friend" it took a long breath and replied I have been waiting my whole life for this "

Waheed

Care is a natural expression of our true self. Yet many times care is overlaid with conditioning in different forms including spiritual desires and beliefs about the body. This results in care being expressed in convoluted ways.

Can we open to the possibility of caring for the body in ways that express the purity of this beautiful quality of care? 

On pondering and investigating for myself caring for the body. I recognise if Love (of which care naturally arises) is a quality of the true self there is no way to cultivate/create care, it already exists. The doorway if you like is to discover what is not care.  

" Our task is not to seek for Love, but merely to find all the barriers within yourself that Read more...

Calendula also called pot marigold always reminds me of summer sunshine. How can we not smile in response to this beautiful plant? So if its signature is sunshine and smiling, here are clues to the qualities that are offered to us in a cup of calendula infusion. We all know that when we are happy, our immune systems are supported and enlivened.

Calendula offers such deep and lasting immune support to the body, this allows bacterial infection and inflammation to dissolve. We could call calendula one of the herbalists' antibiotics.

Calendula is a plant that whispers to us of caring, calming and soothing any painful sores from infection or inflammation.  Simply put we could say calendula is an amazing ally for easing irritation to whatever degree,  either externally or internally. As a result of this soothing, nourishing care a healing process occurs within the body           and a responding sense of vitaliRead more...

There are so many amazing benefits for both mother and baby from experiencing skin to skin contact as soon as possible after birth. Some of which I have listed further on in the post. Many of them have been affirmed by scientific research from what was previously known by some through anecdotal evidence and instinctual knowing.

At the heart of these benefits for me is the quality of kindness. All of us know instinctually the benefits of kindness to any situation or relationship. Kindness speaks of unconditional care. Yet kindness to the body is often overlooked or dismissed as unimportant, particularly through our learned behavioral patterns. This default position of over-riding our instinctual knowing and responses produces subtle energetic and physiological layers of stress and an unconscious attitude of unkindness towards the body.

When a baby is offered this knowing of the benefits of unconditional care through skin to skin contact, we are affiRead more...

There is a tribe in Africa that doesn't celebrate the child's birthday from the day he is born or the day he is conceived, but from the day he becomes a thought in his mother's mind.

When this happens the mother walks outside of the village, into the woods and sits in silence. As she sits with ears willing to listen, she begins to hear the song of her child.

When she knows this song within every fiber of being, she returns home. Once home she teaches the song to her partner. They begin to sing the song together with their desire to create a child. When the child is conceived the mother continues to sing the song to her child in the womb.

When the time is right she teaches the song to the midwives who are going to attend her at the birth. The song is sung throughout labour and birth.

During postpartum the mother sings the song to the child. When the time is right the mother teaches the song to the villagers. So that Read more...

Welcome World Herbal Teas and Healing offers the Circle of Love to be of the highest benefit to all those who enjoy using herbs and natural healing tools in their daily life. To assist with health, wellbeing, healing and happiness.

Its a circle where herbs, healing and happiness can be explored and if desired directly experienced. The Circle Of Love consists of Welcome Worlds facebook page where bi-daily posts are offered, Amandas blog page where two posts a month are offered . The Prayer Of The Heart  group is offered on the last Friday of each month at 9pm UK time . You can join from your own home in stopping for a moment , lighting a candle and sitting in prayer/meditaion with the cuurent months particular focus of healing. 

If you enjoy the Circle and find the posts of assistance in your daily life there are many ways to dive deeper with herbs, healing and happiness by;

* Ordering herbal teas 

* Enrolling on Read more...

The human body is a wonderful miracle. A beautiful expression of the light that we truly are. When a baby is born nourishment is of such importance. Nourishment and nurturing are so closely linked , its as if they infuse into one another.

There are many expressions of nourishment and nurture during the postpartum time that support the baby so beautifully and naturally.

* Being held in accepting, allowing, loving arms .

* Resting in deep sleep.

* Being offered liquid nectar in the form of milk.

* Lets  also not forget the amazing role of  the hormone oxytocin , often known as the hormone of love during postpartun. Its not always acknowledged that the  release of oxytocin continues after birth.

This wonderous hormone releases during breastfeeding as a natural part of the feeding  process. Oxytocin can also be released  naturally during formula feeding when the mother has eye to eRead more...

Below are 5 great herbal and natural healing remedies for you to make at home and store in the fridge.

The Home herbalists kitchen pharmancy;

Through the direct experience of creating, making and using the herbal remedies , a confidence and knowing arises that you are able to respond to general symptoms and ailments. This self reliance associated with your health and wellbeing can be very powerful. Also there is the joy and simplicity of using ingredients with a connection to the earth to the world of plant medicine. You begin to connect deeper and deeper with the  beautiful ancient art of home herbal healing.

 1;   Turmeric paste;  Turmeric offers anti inflammmatory properties, immune support, assists with insulin resisitance, and packed with antioxidants and more !   Turmeric works best when taken with either protein or healthy fats .

Amandas turmeric paste.

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The alchemy of self care and healing after a C - section.

After any C- section, some kind of recovery period is usually both needed and helpful due to it being abdominal surgery as well as  most importantly being the birth of the mothers child. If the C- section was planned there was the opportunity to explore beforehand the best recovery program , also there can be preparation for the gentlest if you like of experience.

Whereas if the C - section occurs after a woman has been in labour ( sometimes for some length of time)  and the decision is made to for a C- section or there is an emergency C- section, no such preparation for the surgery or recovery afterwards is in place.

As a doula or antenatal teacher/mentor there is the opportunity to offer support and assistance to women who have experienced a C- section. Sometimes this may be verbally over the phone or it maybe the mother finds it helpful for you to be there in her home asRead more...

What is Healing ?

I have found this question  " what is healing?" to be of such assistance as a practitioner, with the students I share with, and of course with my own life . Whenever we ask such a question we could say a discovery begins. Such a questions asks for more than simple intellectual knowledge, for me it signposts us to a deeper discovery . One of direct experince. A discovery that supports trusting what we directly experience rather than the default location of old beliefs and conditioning from others. 

 Here are some of the discoveries in asking the question " what is healing ?" We could call them direct experiences. My encouragement in sharing what I have discovered so far is for you in the roles of practiitoner ,  of  student , of you responding to symptoms of the body,  of  you living your life, is to ask such questions and discover what unfolds.

I really love the word aRead more...

For many years now I have worked as a herbal practitioner in the arena of women’s health and women’s life cycles. Alongside herbal medicine I have other practices and trainings I draw upon in my work.

Included in the arena of women’s health and life cycles are the experiences of pregnancy, birth and mothering. This is an aspect of the work I offer that soon became a primary focus. In some ways it's not surprising because mothering has been an area of my own life that has made my heart sing and also I am trained in antenatal education and pre and peri-natal psychology.

I am now a grandmother as well as a mother so here’s an indication as to how many years I have been working as a herbalist and yet I'm still surprised how many herbal practitioners shy away from working with pregnant, birthing and postpartum women.

When I first started working in this amazing area of women’s health I discovered pretty quickly, de

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Offering healing to the pelvic region in the form of herbal allies offering nurturing and norishment for womankind;

 

When developing a herbal formula it is of assistance to listen to the dance of each plant. Do they enjoy dancing together ? Or would they prefer to be used as a single herb infusion?  If one plant does the job well what is the purpose in adding another herb reproducing the same action. 

The Pelvic tea formula was created after years of working with womens fertility, pregnancy, menstrual cycles and pelvic floor health. The pelvic region includes the womb, the ovaries, the cervix, the vagina, the perinum and the pelvic floor. All the aspects of the pelvis flowing into each other, supporting  and assistingeach other. At the same time each aspect having its own function and energetics as well as being part of the whole. Amazing isnt it !

Witnessing and listening deeply to this area of the body wiRead more...

Opening our hearts to the Wise Woman within.

What does it mean to say you work in the arena of women’s healing?

For some years now Dominique Sakoilsky and myself have been training women healers through our courses Antenatal Wisdom and Women’s Wisdom. We deeply affirm each student’s potential and inner light to step into this arena .

Women healers’ offer their services responding to the symptoms, diagnosis and the particular life cycle experiences that women bring to them and most importantly to the women themselves. To the lives that each particular woman experiences, to the relationships she embraces, the particular women’s life cycle she is experiencing and to the light that shines within each woman walking on this earth.

What does this ask of the women who train and work as women healers?

A student healer is invited to allow a trust in her self to arise not s

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by Sam Lacey

Like many of us, as a young woman, I wasn’t initiated into the power of the menstrual cycle. For most of my adult life my period was, at best, an inconvenience and, at worst, a painful, shameful secret that should either be controlled or pushed through. It wasn’t until I was in my late 30s that I began to pay attention to the fullness of my cycle, discovering it was more than just PMT and a few days of discomfort and bleeding. I began to chart the ebb and flow of my inner landscape throughout the month and witnessed the influence my cycle had on my body, my mind and, in fact, my whole way of being.

As I became more attentive, patterns began to emerge and I could see that certain phases of my cycle had distinct qualities. This deepening awareness showed me that, like the earth, I too had changing seasons that were revealed in different ways and at different times wi

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6 women herbalists that have inspired my love of all things herbal and healing

I appreciate you; here is my list of some of the women herbalists that have caught my attention, inspired and supported my journey as a herbalist working with women’s life cycles. 

Juliette de Bairacli Levy.  I loved reading her books while raising my children. This woman lived herbalism in every moment of her daily life.

Hildegard of Bingen. A legend! Her herbal knowledge is fascinating. Well worth tracking down her books.

Maria Treben. Maria is one of the great pioneers of herbal medicine. Her books are full of herbal gems and case studies.

Rosita Arvigo. Thank you Rosita for all you preserved of the great Don Panti, then made your own to inspire others. A wonderful life story as well herbal knowledge.

Jill Rosemary Davies. I and so many other herbalists have such gratitude to this modern day herbalist.

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