8831RE: [anthroposophy] Re: Patrick Flanagan
- Jul 3, 2003Hi Paul, you asked about Heather and books.
I know of none. The only book I saw in her possession was the Royal
Horticultural Book of Plants and Herbs. Many of the things she did with
herbs were utterly different to the traditional uses listed there. She had
read all the traditional herbalists, from the ancient Greeks to Culpepper
etc., and like him used astrology to assist her work, which was her life.
What infuriated her most was that modern doctors do not abide by the
Hippocratic oath and harm their patients deliberately. "Question any ward
sister closely and you'll see that I am right. Iatrogenic genic diseases are
rife. Worse, their diagnoses are like the children's game 'pinning the tail
on the donkey'. They are blind to what is before their eyes. ... The most
damnable things are radiotherapy and chemotherapy. There is no natural cure
for the damage they cause. I've racked my brains, tried everything. Nothing
works. A natural disease or accident has a natural cure. ... The worst thing
in the home is the microwave." (Heather herself would not even have a
fridge.) "The microwave destroys the living goodnes in food, an invention of
the devil. Its bad enough that babies drink from bottles but to microwave it
for convenience as well is disastrous. It may even be the cause of rising
As for preparation boil nothing. The only exception being silver birch twigs
which are just coming into leaf. The silver birch cleanses the blood after
the winter, "Red Indian medicine." This should be simmered as gently as
possible for half an hour. Once the leaves are out use those. In fact she
would use almost any part of a plant. "They tell you not to pick plants
because 'they could harm you' then shovel chemicals in your food. There are
only 8 or 9 green plants that can harm you in this country (UK)." She did
seem to have a distrust of mushrooms though. Whether that was farmed
mushrooms only or not I never found out.
The only thing I ever saw her dilute was nettle tea for a dog. She halved it
with water. Children were given the same things as adults and in the same
strength, even new born babies. Nettles she tore up with her bare hands.
They were tough from rising early and collecting several times a week.
Gather a carrier bag full of nettles, I use gardening gauntlets myself. The
stinging hairs collect dust so I find it best to wash them. (You should have
seen the dirty look she gave me when I put them under the tap. "What are you
putting that filth on them for?" "But Heather, they are covered in dust!"
She shrugged her shoulders and let me get on with it.) Chop then on a board
to make the tea stronger and put them into the biggest pan you have. Pour on
boiling water or fill with water and only just bring to the boil and remove
the heat. Keep a lid on - the essential oils are very important.
It turns a pale yellowish green after 10 mins and should have a very light
refreshing taste. Left over night it has a very dark even black green
colour. This is the only tea I don't put lemon in. It seems to curdle the
chlorophyll. As I've said, the nettle is the idea of cleanliness made
life-form and, whereas with anything else the leaves etc can usually be used
2 or 3 times and, though weaker, some benefit is obtained but in the case of
the nettle it seems to self-clean its own leaves and I find it insipid if
used more than once. If it tastes off it is off, so put it on the garden or
on house plants and not down the sink. Return to the Earth what it has given
The first time I tasted nettle it was like a dead weight on my stomach. "You
really need it then. Drink another pint." A small ailment which I'd had
since childhood, "bubbles in the legs", disappeared and has never returned.
The nettle now tastes clean and refreshing to me. Light. Once they start
dying back after flowering they should not be used. You will see it because
they turn black and 'mouldy' looking. Once when I was feeling dreadful from
too much alcolhol the night before ("Absolutely no alcohol." But she
produced a bottle of sloe wine she'd made herself at Christmas time. She
never ever mentioned smoking. Her patients usually just did not look for
cigarettes if they kept to the treatment. It was keeping them too it which
was frustrating. "The body can be cured but there is no cure for the head!")
so I drank a pint of silver birch, a pint of nettle and then another silver
birch, the silver birch with a whole lemon each time, and I was feeling on
top of the world in no time. I would not recommend it as regular practice
though, there could easily have been contingent factors.
Herbs are usually additive, you can put them in together. Her cauldron
(literally, she had a small cauldron perpetually on the stove) had holly,
ivy (N.B. British ivy and NOT US poison ivy) crab apples - not too many -
and heaven knows what always on the go. Elder is a panacea and very good at
balancing female hormones. Leaves, flowers or berries. The elder is the
tree of life found in every old church yard with its counterpart the yew, as
soft as death.
Couch grass gives you protein. "From spring to autumn all you need buy is
porridge. You can live easily off the land as long as you have clean water
and a little carbohydrate. Hawthorn clears blood clots and conditions the
blood against thromboses. It is not recommended to tell the wife that you
are going out to look for haws though, she might take it the wrong way. The
dandelion is also the cure for warts. Put its milky juice on every hour or
two until they turn black and eventually fall off after a few days. The same
thing happens with nitrogen freezing as used in surgeries now. "Chamomile is
the best source of calcium." !! (I don't think you'll find that in any herb
Must go to bed, I'm changing from nightshift to dayshift
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