Plant medicine for gout

About once or twice a year for the last ten years I have had the pleasure of what I call ‘a bout of gout’. I have done a previous post on this, but wanted to take the time to update the ‘cures’ cabinet.

I was lying on my bed with a swollen and painful foot and I was definitely playing the ‘poor me ‘ card, not a lot wrong with that because by playing it my wife dealt her positive cards, which led to new discoveries! She asked a simple question ‘when was the last time you truly felt positive and healthy’? I answered when working at sea 10 years ago (of course I have had great times over the last 10 years, the question was more aimed at a time free from chronic illness) she then asked ‘what were you doing’? This then bought back the memory of some supplements I was taking, which consisted of algae and herbs, I mentioned I still regularly eat algae, but the only herb I remember in that product was ‘Indian Tiger Herb’. She said well let’s get you some of that 😀.

My wife then discovered that ‘Indian Tiger Herb’ is actually ‘Gotu Kola’ and is often referred to as Indian Tiger Herb due to the observation of Tigers using the Gotu Kola plant to heal wounds, after researching Gotu Kola I realised it was exactly what I was looking for, but when a bout of gout strikes one is limited on the distance they can travel, so I messaged a couple of friends who said they were happy to help (legends). They took there legendary status further by doing there own research and went and saw a herbalist who added warm lime water, sour tart cheery juice, Devils claw and celery seed to the list, they returned to me with an amazing goody bag.

My friends had armed me with herbal wisdom and magic and my wife took me from poor me to let’s look to the positive and pay attention to the narrative because illness easily strikes a negative and pessimistic narrative. With narrative checked and a brew of Gotu Kola, Devils Claw and celery seed after an entree of sour tart cherry juice I was ready to meet my old foe in the battle field (with positive narrative in play, of course).

The results are really significant and anyone suffering from rheumatoid arthritis or anything similar should in my humble opinion touch base with these remedies.

To you all in great health



Wild Passion Flower and Rosemary Tea

The best things in life are free. 

Most mornings me and a friend of mine go for a dip in the Brighton sea no matter the weather, this first free enterprise is transformative enough, but the gifts don’t stop there.

On our walk back from the sea we pass a huge passion fruit bush, we forage both the fruit to simply enjoy as it is and the flower for tea. I was told that Passion flower is great for depression and anxiety, which makes it an ideal tea during the winter when depression is most likely to manifest.

After collecting our passion goodies we then pass a number of Rosemary bushes, some with flowers as pictured and some without, just smelling a sprig of rosemary clears the mind and apparently it’s great for your short term memory.

It never ceases to amaze me how much bountiful goodies we are provided with by nature, the more you forage the more appears and yet you have probably been walking right past these little jewels for years. We have a little giggle because the bush we forage from is next door to a supermarket that sells a bunch for £2, as I said little jewels and gold mines, but maybe that’s just a sign of the times, anyway back to the tea.

We now have our Passion flower and sprig of Rosemary, all we need to do now is leave them to steep in hot water for 5 minutes or so and then viola we have an amazing wild foraged, free beverage that warms the heart and enlivens the soul.

To you all in great health


The Yoga Health Coach