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The orange-red inflorescence of an Aloe ferox. The recent prolific mid-winter flowering in a range of Aloe species had piqued my interest again in this mostly African genus of plants. There’s been at least half a dozen species flowering and … Continue reading

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How old is herbal medicine?

For the most part, herbal medicine traditions identify themselves from the time of the oldest extant texts in their cultural tradition, Hippocrates, Shennong etc. Often enough the first texts of any recognisable form in many cultures were herbal texts, encompassing … Continue reading

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Synergy – Sum is greater than the parts

It’s a big topic I’m sure I’ll cover again in the future, synergy, the name we give to the phenomena that mixtures of things working together seem to have greater power than a simple sum of their component parts. The … Continue reading

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