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Rose is proven to enhance mood

Rose is proven to uplift, relax and improve mood according to a trial on human volunteers.

We already know rose oil, rose water and rose essential oil are hugely beneficial to the skin, anti-inflammatory, healing, anti-ageing and free radical scavenging.

Come along to my workshop on 16th March, 7-9pm and make your own rose skin cream using rose oils and waters to take home along with a luxurious chocolate face mask. £20 each, or £35 for two people and feel the benefits yourself. This would make a wonderful Mothers Day gift!

Booking essential 07962 664294

Venue The Chelston Well Being Centre, Walnut Rd, Torquay TQ2 6HS

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Herb & Wild Food Walks for 2015

Here are provisional dates for the 2015 season herb and survival food walks. £10 each

Sunday 12th April (suitable for disabled) Torwood Gardens 11-1 Meet opposite Torquay Museum – Edible & Medicinal Plants of the waysides Sunday 10 May Spring plants as food and medicine at Petitor coast path 11-1pm Saturday 6th June Seaweeds & Hedgerow Weeds food & medicine Meadfoot Beach 1.30 – 3.30 Sunday 12th July Torquay disabled suitable Torwood Gardens opposite Torquay Museum 11-1pm Medicinal & edible Weeds Saturday 25th July Petitor Coast Path Hedgerow Herbs for medicine and food 2nd August – Hedgerow plants & trees for survival – food & medicine, Brixham 1.30 – 3.30 30th August Sunday Meadfoot Beach 11-1pm Seaweeds & Hedgerow Herbs

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Last chance for autumn classes

Last chance for booking for autumn classes starting in Torquay this Saturday afternoon, or the following Wed evening in Brixham.

Only £15 per class with all your ingredients supplied to make a range of herbal and medicinal products to take home.

07962 664294 or

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Autumn classes and my top 10 anti-ageing herbs

Autumn brings my new series of practical workshops.

The Chelston Wellbeing Centre Walnut Rd, Torquay, commences on Saturday afternoon 18th October. 2.30-5.00pm and repeated is at
Oats Healthy Living, Fore Street, Brixham on a Wednesday evening 6.30 – 9pm

What to do with Herbs – remedies & household uses.
£15 per week inclusive of all ingredients. (6 weeks)

This will include such goodies as molasses pastilles, creams, cough remedies, naturally coloured lip balms & seasonal herbal decorations.
Booking is essential, with a deposit for the first week payable at the venue or via PayPal to


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Medicinal Herb & Seaweed Walk Torquay

Come along and discover the wealth of medicinal plants from the sea, hedgerow and field, how to use them and their properties. £5 per person. 11 – 1pm  Meet at Meadfoot Beach Carpark (opposite end to cafe, near the green)

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Herbal medicine maker day


Herbal Medicine Maker Workshop
Organised and taught by
Dawn Ireland BSc Herbal Medicine, practicing medical herbalist and natural product maker
Sunday, 14 September 2014 from 10:00 to 16:00 £53.65
Torquay, Devon
Herbal Medicine Maker Workshop for therapists, aromatherapists, herbalists or trainees with some existing knowledge of physiology and herbs/essential oils.
All ingredients and equipment supplied and included, full instructions and formulas with guidance.
• Distilling herbs to make medicinal hydrosols
• Putting them together with oils to make creams
• Making ointments and healing balms
Each person will choose their own ingredients and take home unique products.
Booking essential with payment. More details contact Dawn 07962 664294, or or online via Eventbrite
Bring lunch, or there is a pub or small supermarket nearby), some light refreshments available at event. 1 hour lunchbreak. There is unlimited free parking on the street outside the event venue on a Sunday. The main Torquay train station is a ten minute walk away.

Chelston Wellbeing Centre
Walnut Road


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Medicinal Wild Herb Walk

Sunday 10th August, 11-1pm £5 per person. Children free.  No booking necessary. Meet at pathway entrance on the junction between Gillard Road and Centry Road, Brixham. Discover medicinal uses of common weeds and how to use them.

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New herbal medicines course

Tuesday 10th June 7 – 8.30 pmwk one of four weeks

Herbal Remedies in your Kitchen – start of 4 week course, every Tuesday evening at

The Chelston Wellbeing Centre, Walnut Road, Chelston, TorquayTQ2 6HS

£12 per person per week – includes all ingredients!
Practical medicine to take home for your first aid cupboard. We will be making tinctures, ointments, creams, glycerites & learning the art of herbal tea blending. Booking and payment details Dawn 07962 664294

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Novel use for protective lip balm

Here’s a novel use for lip balm I’ve never heard of…Tony from comments:
I took the lip balm to Scotland where I was teaching a group winter skills and ice climbing. As often happens in the cold and wet the skin at the side of my nails splits, opens up and is very painful. As soon as it began this year for some reason I put the lip balm on it and it did not progress and started to get better. An unorthodox use I’m sure but very effective.”


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2014 Events

Herb Walks, Events, Talks & Workshops
(Booking 07962 664294)
April 2014
Thursday 3rd 7pm-9pm Herbal Remedies for Coughs & Colds
Alice Cross Centre, Bitton Park Rd, Teignmouth TQ14 9BT             £5
Saturday 5th and each Saturday for 6 weeks –
Herbs in Health & Beauty – £60 Hannah’s at Seale Hayne, Newton Abbot
Booking essential £20 deposit  PayPal or contact above
May 2014
Sunday 11th 11-1pm Wild Food Forage Walk Meadfoot Beach (meet in the carpark) £5
Saturday 24th Nettlefest ‘Love Your Nettles’ – National Trust, Parke, Bovey Tracey – all day – free event 11-3pm

June 2014
Sunday 1st at 2 – 4pm Wild Food Forage Walk, Brixham (Meet at junction of Gillard Rd & Centry Ave) £5
Saturday 7th – 8th Radical Herb Gathering – Herb related talks, walks & workshops  Making Herbal Creams with Dawn
Friday 27th – 19th Herbfest, Somerset – herb related gathering, talks, workshops & walks – ‘Herbs in Soap Making’ with Dawn
July 2014
Saturday 5th & 6th Herbal Medicine Making Weekend at High Heathercombe Permaculture Centre, Dartmoor
Saturday 12th Medicinal Herb & Seaweed Walk 11-1pm Meet at Meadfoot Beach Carpark, Torquay £5
August 2014
Sunday 10th 11-1pm Medicinal Herb Walk, Brixham – meet at junction of Gillard & Centry Avenue
Friday 15th – 17th Wilderness Gathering – bushcraft show, events, stalls, workshops, walks, talks & demonstrations, Wiltshire
Sunday 24th 11-1pm Medicinal Herb & Seaweed Walk, Meet at Meadfoot Beach Carpark Torquay £5
September 2014
Saturday 13th Hedgerow Harvest -Medicines from your Hedgerows,  National Trust,  Parke, Bovey Tracey