ESCAPE TO THE FARMACY

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‘for your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual ails’.

                             Escaping to, immersing in and eating from nature                              brings so many body, mind and spirit benefits!

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The ‘escaping to the farmacy’ journey takes us back to the teachings of Abbé Kneipp, a Bavarian priest and renowned European herbalist.  Father Kneipp’s teachings based on the pillars of water, plants, exercise, nutrition and inner balance live on.

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“There is a plant for every illness” Abbé Kneipp

Start your ‘escape to the farmacy’ small and work up from there if your space is limited Once the summer outdoor growing season ends I can roll my herb plant cart indoors and place it in front of a window to enjoy the many body, mind and spirit benefits. . They will be great companions for challenging times, especially when spending most of the time indoors due to weather or other constraints. You can use a growing light indoors if you do not have enough sunlight coming in. Stay tuned for the featured herbs in my cart and others with their scientifically researched medicinal properties and my healthy recipes, by clicking on the membership option at the end of the page.

Escape to the FARMACY: A dream in the making.

When one reaches a certain age, they usually stop working, take up hobbies or causes and travel.  I recently watched a vlog interview of a young writer and her B&B host.  They spoke of an older woman who started a vineyard at the age of 80.  I was inspired because I had always had a dream, but I was feeling a bit inadequate having failed to implement it. I am still working part time as a holistic wellness practitioner at the age of 68.  Most of my clients recover and then I need new clients to maintain an income.  In this day and age of instant internet information, social media, and the marketing savvy of the youth; the wisdom and experience of the elders and use of unprocessed herbs, is seldom the ‘go to’ that it was in previous decades. I have experienced and seen incredible recovery in clients based on nutritional therapy, botanical detoxification therapy, energy therapies, art therapy and body, mind and spirit mindfulness therapies.

My dream has always been to combine all of these at a destination fitting of the combined therapy experience.  My planned escape to the farmacy garden and apothecary shed is that dream in the making. I, like my fellow patron, Stephanie Jarvis of Chateau de Lalande in France and the Chateau Diaries fame, am looking for like-minded people to share in this dream with me, either virtually or literally, boots on the ground in the future when there is work to be done. My garden plot is very small at present but I will be relocating soon to allow for a larger farmacy garden, although this is not about garden size, it is about the farmacy education concept.

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My desire to share and educate about the healing power of plants, and my Dutch roots, are itching to get back to the bounty of the earth that my grandparents immersed themselves in as farmers when they, and my family, immigrated to Canada in the early 50’s. My farmacy garden plot and apothecary shed will be a working culmination of ideas, expertise, medicinal plants and healing therapies from ‘God’s Farmacy’ advocates of the past. In the midst of these challenging times, the brutal reality that alternative healing strategies may also be needed to protect and save lives, makes my quest to get started even more fervent.

Care for your garden that was planted by the gift of God, and be on your guard that its herbs do not wither.”  Hildegard von Bingen[1]

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The garden picture is the Hildegard medicinal herb garden of the Hildegard Forum of the Sisters of the Cross on the Bingen Rochusberg. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) was a mystic, scholar, prophet, composer, moralist, herbalist and scientist. She tended the gardens at Rupertsberg monastery and studied herbs extensively, understanding their medicinal healing properties. You are invited to become a farmacy member and receive my monthly post featuring many of Hildegard and Treben’s health promoting plants or medicinal herb. I will include any scientific research information where available. The use of medicinal botanicals is under researched and under used. A group of physicians treated victims of the 1918 influenza pandemic with botanical medicines and the treatments were very successful.

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The three basics of Hildegard’s practice as an herbalist were detoxification, nutrition and natural remedies. In her book Causae et curae, viriditas[2], the healing power of green is a key concept, encapsulating the divine force of nature. After her death Hildegard was sainted and called a Doctor of the Church.

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MariaTreben was an amazing master herbalist. She was a pioneer of the renewed interest in natural remedies and traditional medicine at the end of the 20th century. Maria used traditional German/Eastern European remedies handed down by previous generations. These consisted of using only local herbs and diet to successfully treat a wide range of conditions. My study as a holistic nutritional consultant focused on the writings of Maria Treben.

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Detoxification to purge the body of toxins, resupply the body with nutrients and treat specific disorders with herbs or other remedies found in nature were Hildegard and Maria’s key principles of healing. I have taken the approach further and developed my Botanical Spa Therapy herbal detoxification and rejuvenating bath recipes and schedule that help the body to eliminate toxins through the skin, the body’s largest organ. Clients have had great results with symptom elimination using these baths, including one woman who was freed of a 50+ years debilitating caterpillar phobia.

Hildegard stressed harmony between body mind and spirit and believed that God was the true healer. I incorporated the whole person well-being, body, mind and spirit concept to create my book logo years ago. It feels as if I was somehow guided by her philosophies although I had never heard of Hildegard until recently when researching for possible alternative cures that might have been used in past pandemics. Surprisingly I found research on herbs used successfully during the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.[3]

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Both Hildegarde and Maria mentored others to learn about the medicinal properties of herbs and other natural methods of healing.  I have incorporated my collection of healing recommendations in my book The Whole Person Well-being Equation, a how to guide that incorporates all of the strategies that I used to promote my body to heal from body pollution, toxicant induced loss of tolerance (TILT), multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), environmental illness (EI), chronic fatigue (CF), sciatic and spasmodic dysphonia.[4],[5],[6]

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Inspiration comes in many forms.  I started out in nursing and my studies of human anatomy, physiology and biology were successful but my heart and mind could not come to terms with caring for diseased, suffering people.  I ended my nursing career basically before it started and focused my attention on health prevention and protection. Hildegard and Treben were strong women who imprinted history with their work and have inspired me to share health promoting and medicinal plants with others. The picture below is another strong inspirational woman, my dear friend Anne tending her beautiful garden, a health promoting task.

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“Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work.

The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.”

              Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, Greek Physician  (460BC-377BC)

I invite you to join me in mentoring people to learn about the health promoting plants and medicinal herbs used throughout history and still today.

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My nasturtium leaning towards the early morning sunlight. They will soon be able to grow outside, fingers crossed we have seen the end of snow in Ontario. Studies have shown that the leaves have antibiotic properties, and suggest that they are the most effective prior to flowering.

Pop over to my page to become a member to learn more about the health benefits of edible plants and medicinal herbs. I will be featuring a different food or plant weekly listing it’s health giving benefits, how I use them and even some recipes. Stay tuned! 

Join me as I plan and implement and share my escape to the farmacy dream, one step at a time, one day at a time. The search for ‘our’ expanded farmacy escape begins.  Please keep my search and dream in your prayers. Patrons will receive private updates of my journey progress. Various patron membership levels will be available, each with different benefits. As a holistic wellness practitioner, nutritional consultant, mother and grandmother I have become able to tailor my recipes, which usually start out as vegan and then modified to accommodate food allergies and sensitivities, gluten intolerances, food aversions and eosinophilic esophagitis (EOE).  Live the ‘escape to the farmacy’ dream vicariously by becoming a patron farmacy member today. If you would prefer to make a one time donation to support the farmacy dream and education program, you can email me.

Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., Holistic Wellness Practitioner, Health by Design, http://www.mybodycanhealitself.ca/, elisabethlhines@gmail.com

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[4] TOXICANT INDUCED LOSS OF TOLERANCE and MULTIPLE CHEMICAL SENSITIVITIES: Reclaiming Your Life; Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P, http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=2000

[5] SPASMODIC DYSPHONIA and Voice Disorders: Managing Voice Disorders Naturally; Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=1722

[6] YOUR BODY CAN HEAL ITSELF: Follow My Road Map to Get There; Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=2774

[3] HISTORY REVISITED: Lessons Learned from Pandemics of the Past; Elisabeth Hines, C.N.C., C.B.P., http://mybodycanhealitself.ca/wordpress/?p=5085

[1] Hildegard of Bingen and the Greening of Medieval Medicine, Dr. Victoria Sweet, https://muse.jhu.edu/article/4342

[2] Hildegard Forum, https://www.hildegard-forum.de/en/kraeutergarten.html

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