It's the IRH's 20th Anniversary and to celebrate we're having a Garden Party in St Anne's Park, Raheny, Dublin from 11 to 2pm on Sunday, 25th June. We'd love if you can join us, but to make sure we have the teas/coffees ready can you please email to let us know on...
The 11th Annual HerbFeast will be held in Wells House & Gardens, Co Wexford from the 19th to 21st of May 2023. Herbfeast is a celebration of Herbal Medicine, herbalists and herbs in Ireland for professional herbalists and Herbal Medicine students. More information...
National Herb Week is an annual event in Ireland celebrating herbs and herbal medicine. There will be a series of public events facilitated by qualified herbalists. For more information visit the National Herb Week Facebook page and the IRH Facebook page.
The IRH Herbal Portraits Photography Competition is an opportunity for herbalists around Ireland to display photographs of a plant they love over a five week period. This event is part of our celebration of National Herb Week and winners will be announced during...
The Herb Patch Project 2023 will be delivered to Primary schools around Ireland next week. The Herb Patch Project provides Primary schools with sensory gardens, bringing the classroom outside and allows children to plant, learn and have fun
🌿 it's Nettle soup time again 🌿 always so delighted to enjoy the first bowl of the Spring. Great time of year with all the green appearing. Nettle is iron rich & full of minerals, a great one to gather & add to your daily food and drinks - can be enjoyed in many different ways such a cup (or pot!) of tea, delicious nettle soup, spring greens pesto, add to omelette or scrambled egg with green sauce, nettle & cheese scones ..... what ways do you enjoy Nettles vitality in your food or drinks? We'd love to hear 🌿 ... See MoreSee Less
Q6. Is there a book you've read or a podcast you've listened to recently that you'd recommend?
✨ I would really recommend Wonder Drug by Jennifer Vanderbes. I know it's not a herbal book, it's about thalidomide in the US, but it is very interesting. & if you're a Nerd like me, The Code Breaker by Walter Isaacson, which provides a discussion about the ethical issues facing CRISPR technology.
Q7. If there was only 1 herb you could recommend for people to get to know, which one would it be?
✨ I've been trying Pau d'Arco (Tabebuia impetiginosa) recently just to understand it better as we use it for digestive issues, including candida. Interestingly, although it is not listed anywhere, I slept like a log when taking it! Maybe because it's hypoglycemic, but it's a really nice herb.
Q8. How can people get in touch with you to book a consultation or find out more about the work you do?
✨ I can be contacted on 087 8138500, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org or find me on Instagram @freshperceptionshealth
🌿 our first Meet our Members post 🌿 find out a little about our members work, interests & passions ✨ & how you can get in touch with them to book a consultation ✨
🌿 Let me introduce you to Miriam McDonald, President of the IRH
Q1. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
✨ I'm a constantly curious, restless introvert! You will always find me reading, researching or studying. Not always good when you combine with being introvert - I need to get out more! Luckily I'm restless and need movement, so I go running, hill walking, do strength training and hot yoga.
Q2. How long have you been a practicing Herbalist, & describe your practice?
✨ I qualified first as a Nutritionist in 2007, then went back and studied Herbal Medicine with CNM, qualifying in 2014. My practice uses a combined approach with nutrition and herbal medicine. I'm also a qualified Coach & a physical training Instructor (though I don't practise anymore). I do use these skills in my practice.
Q3. Are there any areas you specialise in, or are particularly interested in?
✨ I used to work in a very pressurised corporate environment, so stress management and anxiety is a speciality. Digestion & weight management is a huge area in my practice & it's interesting how diverse this area is. I do alot of work with hormone balancing - menopause, menstruation problems & PMS. I do really wish people would realise the many herbal options there are. Finally, I love working in the area of complex diseases such as Lyme, ME & Long Covid - very difficult illnesses to address, but fantastic when you can help.
Q4. What do you love about the work you do?
✨ I got into this work because I wanted to help people, so when someone tells me their life has changed because of me that's so nice. But just seeing people who initially were suffering now thriving & so happy, that's what I really love.
Q5. What are you inspired by this time of year?
✨That's a difficult one when you look at the weather at the moment. I love getting into the mountains - the colours are still lovely even in gloomy Winter - & seeing all the snowdrops & daffodils popping their heads up, they're a real symptom of hope!
For anyone interested in herbal medicine or nutrition, the College of Naturopathic Medicine is holding an open day this Saturday, 27th January from 10am. There is a great line up of speakers who will present on different aspects of the what is on offer. Come for some of part of the day. The event will be held at the CNM college in Wolfe Tone Street, Dublin 1. #herbalistdublin#nutritionistdublin#naturopathdublin... See MoreSee Less
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