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Community Fund – Grass Roots Remedies – January Update

This month in the Wester Hailes Community Herbal Clinic, we had a kind invitation from one of our resident GPs at the next door GP surgery, Dr Sineaid Bradshaw. She agreed to have us come and spend a morning observing her consultations. We are in a very privileged position in the Wester Hailes Healthy Living Centre to have such a commitment to partnership working from the agencies within the integrated building, so were excited to build our collaborations by spending some time with the GPs.

The clinic I attended was the Substance Misuse Clinic, a special service which runs three times a week from the practice where patients who are stable drug users are given a longer appointment of twenty minutes for a fuller check in on their medical issues and wellbeing. It runs in concert with the local Substance Misuse Directorate (SMD), key workers from the voluntary sector partners, as well as a Community Activity Mentor. Dr Bradshaw explained to me that the approach currently used is a model of Recovery, with Harm Reduction. The aim is not simply to “be the doctor who writes the methadone scripts” but to promote recovery by creating relationships with each patient, discussing and understanding their personal & social situations. The doctors prescribe medications as necessary, encouraging dose reductions as patients themselves are ready to do so, and to signpost to activities & community support for facilitating recovery.

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Community Fund – Grass Roots Remedies – December Update

Winter in the Wester Hailes Community Herbal Medicine Clinic brings with it a lot of seasonal bugs and viruses, and this year is no exception. Our preference is always to use herbs which are seasonally and locally available, and so winter, with a distinct lack of plant life, can pose something of a challenge!

Luckily, while herbaceous perennials and annuals die back over winter, we can look to other kingdoms for some herbal support at this time of year. Two of our favourite herbs are both in the miraculous and ever-health giving kingdom of Fungi – the Old Man’s Beard Lichen & the Birch Polypore Mushroom. This past month we’ve been busy collecting these for medicine making & use in the clinic.

old mans beardOld Man’s Beard (Usnea spp.) is a lichen commonly found  year round on old growth trees within unpolluted areas. A lichen is a pretty marvellous symbiotic relationship between an algae and a fungi – the algae can photosynthesize and so it produces food for the pair, and the fungi stops the algae from drying out. These incredible organisms are some of the world’s oldest living things, and even helped to create soil way back when so that the first plants could grow.

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Community Fund – Grass Roots Remedies – November Update

grass-roots1Two of the principles of Permaculture are: Produce No Waste, & Turn the Problem Into the Solution.

Part of our business at Grass Roots Remedies Co-operative is small scale manufacture of sustainable herbal medicines to use in our community clinic in Wester Hailes. We are big believers in forming links with other community projects and creating as short a supply chain as we can. This month we were pleased to receive a ‘gift’ from our neighbours and friends the Granton Community Gardeners. They carefully harvested a giant bag of couchgrass (Elymus repens) from their veg patches for us. Most gardeners will know couchgrass as a pernicious weed that always manages to find a way of returning. You might be pleased to know that for us herbalists, couchgrass is a nourishing kidney herb useful for chronic urinary infections. You can also eat it – the rhizome is hearty and nutritious (albeit a little tough).


Community Fund – Grass Roots Remedies – October Update

picture1Grass Roots Remedies Co-operative Submission for Vegware Community Fund Blog November 2016

Grass Roots Remedies Co-op is a herbal medicine co-operative based in Edinburgh. We believe that herbal medicine is the medicine of the people, and should be accessible to everyone. We run the low cost Wester Hailes Community Herbal Clinic, offer herbal courses & workshops and produce DIY herbal guides to enable folks to practice herbalism at home. Check out our website for more information (www.grassrootsremedies.co.uk)

We are delighted to have been offered funding from Vegware to support our Community Herbal Clinic in Wester Hailes, which we think is quite unique.

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