Nell Racker – Ahead of her time

Who was Nell Racker? The name probably won’t be familiar to most of my readers, yet as a herbalist & healer she was way ahead of her time.

Nell Racker (real name Ellen Wallace) was born 12th October, 1846 in a place called Pigslee, near Walmersley, Bury Greater Manchester. 

She married twice. Her second husband John Wallace, was a former neighbour, of Baillie Street Methodist Church Rochdale Greater Manchester. 

After marriage, the couple moved to Belfield Cottage. It was there, people started visiting her for healing. 

Many told of creeping through her tangled overgrown garden for a consultation, staring fearfully at the kettles, pans and teapots hanging on the tree branches. 

Mugwort – The Old Ones are The Best

Mugwort I think is one of the most underestimated herbs around.

This tall and hardy plant was named for the Greek Goddess of the moon “Artemis”, because of its powerful benefits to women’s health ie – menstruation, childbirth and the menopause. 

Mugwort is very easily found in valleys, wild fields & hillsides but is often overlooked as a weed. 

Historically it has been used in so many ways ie, Protection and prophecy alongside –pain, healing, psychic powers and lucid dreaming.

Mugwort is also used to stimulate blood circulation in a specific acupuncture

Healing Sage

Sage is one of those cheaply priced herbs that can be used in multiple ways.

In cooking, sage gives that earthy grounding taste. It has a beautiful distinctive taste and actually belongs to the mint family. Alongside, other herbs like oregano, rosemary, basil and thyme, sage also has some great healing properties.

For clearing negative energies, many people wrap sage in bundles, dry it & burn it.

This gives a beautiful earthy aroma to ward off all negative influences.

Sage may also be taken as a tea but as with any herb, always check the contraindications to ensure what you’re taking is ok for you.

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https://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-sage.html

Cinnamon – one for the medicine drawer

Cinnamon is a great little addition to every pantry. It’s bursting with antioxidants and has been said to have lots of health benefits.

These include…. reduced inflammation and blood sugar levels, improved heart health, and perhaps even weight loss.

You can take Cinnamon as a tea to fight off infections and reduce PMS and menstrual cramps. or even just to warm you up on those cold winter nights.

In spiritual work, Cinnamon is perhaps one of the most widely used. Its earthy bark is said to have many magical properties such as: Protection, luck, love, healing, prosperity, spiritual awareness, and aiding psychic powers.

Cinnamon For Protection

When we visualise cinnamon, we think of warmth & comfort. This is because its connected to the element of fire, and makes a wonderful herb to utilize in protection spells for you and your home.

so….

If you’re looking for ways to protect your home from negative energies, tie a few cinnamon sticks together and hang them above your door.

PLEASE NOTE: Always check whether what you’re taking is safe for you. This means any type of medicine – natural or pharmaceutical.

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Healing Basil🌿

Basil is such a beautiful herbWe’ve all seen it in the supermarket and probably walk right past it. But did you know, good old basil is one of the best healers to grow in your window box?

Health Benefits

Basil is absolutely bursting with vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin (fabulous for eye health) beta-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin. Many of basil’s health benefits come from these antioxidants, as well as its essential oils. These compounds mostly disappear during the drying process, so it’s best to buy fresh basil whenever possible. 
https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-basil

This lovely little herb can be grown indoors or in any type of greenhouse and there are about 60 different types – some stronger than others. 

You can use Basil in food to add flavour. As an oil for massage, a couple of drops in the bath is always nice. One thing’s for sure though – Basil is a cheap and effective addition to your medicine cabinets.

Please remember – Most herbs are safe & effective, but please always check whether what you’re using is safe for you.

A Little Buddhist New Year Discovery

Hello readers. Its been a while since I wrote. Life gets in the way, and before long so much time has passed. In my absence however, I’ve made some wonderful discoveries – especially around New Year. Like most people, the 1st Jan 2022 brought up New Year resolutions – totally pointless as I’ve never kept one yet, so I decided to do things a bit differently

What the spirit endures

This morning I was out walking in the park. In the early hours of silence, its a beautiful place to just reflect and absorb the beauty of nature. Its strange how one small thing can jolt you from your thoughts though. From the corner of my eye, I watched a raindrop fall onto a plant leaf.

As it hit the leaf at full force, it seemed there was no possible way it wouldn’t break under the immense weight and volume of the water but it didn’t. Seriously!  It was like watching one of those suspense movies that have you gripping the edge of your seat.

For about 10 minutes, I stood in astonishment at how the leaf was pushed right down as far as it would go, yet it just held the droplet. 

Soon the water will trickle away I thought, allowing the leaf to bounce back to its usual position.
It was then I began to think – its exactly the same for humans going through difficult times. Often we endure what feels like unbearable pressure, but somehow we bear it and rise again. A powerful reminder of impermanence, and how nothing remains the same from one moment to the next. After difficult times come the good ones, its inevitable. This morning I never believed I’d receive a lesson from a plant.

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Blue Healer

Hi readers! It’s been quite sometime since I wrote here so where do I start?

In the past 2 days, I have had one of the most profound healing experiences of my whole life.
Every year around this time, I get some kind of nasty cold or chest infection. This time, I did all the usual stuff – hot drinks, keeping warm etc but I just couldn’t move the congestion in my lungs. Not being able breathe properly left me completely exhausted.
Two nights ago I decided to submit myself to the healing of Medicine Buddha.
I made myself a lovely warm bed with quilts on the floor of my living room, found a 3hr Medicine Buddha mantra on You Tube and drifted off.
A couple of hrs later in a sleep state, I felt a horrible choking sensation. A ball what felt like powder blocking my throat. The feeling was quite terrifying.

What we learn


Its been a while since I wrote, but this morning I came across some old journals and felt inspired.

I’ve always found journalling useful, its a way of preserving the essence of our experiences especially in spiritual practices. There in writing, Ive noted what I experienced in meditation at different times (some of which were the darkest) Also, how I was feeling at those times, spiritually, physically and emotionally.

The most significant thing I’ve realised as a scholar and a teacher, is how far I have travelled and developed to this point in my life. It’s almost like a manual of my life, that I never even realised was taking fruition.

Now when asked, ”How can you prove meditation works?” it isn’t hard to respond with conviction.
Experience is so important, because without experiencing the benefits of what we do, there seems little logic in doing it. But what this morning highlighted, is how quickly we forget the richness of the things we learn along the way.

So I guess today Im reaching out to my readers and asking…..

How has your spiritual practice enriched your life? I’d love to hear your feedback.

From Mud to Magnificence

Good morning everyone!
Did you know – To blossom, the lotus flower must grow through mud and dirty pond water?
Despite the fact it pushes through all that gunge & bacteria, it still blooms.
The conditions in which this beautiful Lotus flower grows, are beyond nasty. Somehow though, each morning it hears the call of the sun and breaks the surface of the water looking unblemished & perfect.
When it rises, each petal remains clean pure & beautiful.
Reading this got me thinking – It doesn’t matter how difficult our situation is, or what we’re going through. Neither does it matter what we have experienced in the past or how hard it’s been.

The fact is…. Each morning, we rise to face the day.
It’s true – experiences change, and inevitably bad situations will come and they’ll go, but still we rise each day.
This is why it’s so important to embrace the present moment and make it the best it can be.
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