Learning Center
Plans & pricing Sign in
Sign Out

Newsletter 77 - 77 NEWSLETTER


    77                                                                       196 bridge st muswellbrook 2333
                                                                               6541 1884 / 6541 0011

            To subscribe to THE Centre Newsletter for 12 months (6 issues) all you need to do is provide us with $16.50
             (payable by cheque, Money Order, Credit Card or in person with cash) along with your name and address.
             email Option      OR, if you prefer, you can get the Newsletter as pdf by email (with photos) free of charge.
                                         Simply email a request to

           Carnarvan Gorge, Queensland                                  not to miss.
                                                                        We spent the other few days visiting my Mum in Mapleton
                                                                        (near Brisbane) and going to the International Herbal
                                                                        Conference. Just can’t seem to get away from work too long.
                                                                        Funny thing was that a family who set up camp next to us at
                                                                        Carnarvan got chatting and when Bryant said I was a Herbalist
                                                                        at Muswellbrook the mother said – you’re not Pat Collins are
                                                                        you? She had my books and wants to do my courses at
                                                                        Organic Feast. Like they say, what a small world.

Been a busy couple of months with workshops, Conferences,
talks, demos, markets and travel. The highlight would be our
trip to Carnarvan Gorge in outback Queensland. My husband
had heard about this holiday camping destination from a few
of his friends and had been keen on going there for several
years. So I put 10 days aside a month ago and off we drove.
It was a full day’s drive and we enjoyed watching the
landscape as it changed. The scrubby dry flat country started
to change and we could see a mountainous area ahead –                                 Maitland group celebrating Pat’s birthday.
Carnarvan National Park where a lot of Queensland rivers
originate. Our camping area was in a very well run Bush                 Muswellbrook and Maitland Workshops
Resort just outside the Park called Takarakka. We camped in             I have been running the Maitland workshop for the last 18 months
the back of our Ute (Bryant has made a little cabin to sleep            and people come as far away as Wauchope and Sydney. I run it
                                                                        on the first Sunday of every month and we have 10 different
and store our essentials in) for five nights. What a beautiful
                                                                        workshops that anyone can attend individually but everyone
park and we chatted to some wonderful people at our                     always loves it so much they try to come to the lot. The last one at
campsite and while walking. This is a park of towering                  Maitland was about the Immune system and we made lots of
sandstone cliffs and steeped in legends from the Aborigines             interesting concoctions to take home such as Myrrh ointment,
that have lived in this area for countless thousands of years.          Detox tea and capsules and even some Grapefruit vinaigrette.
You will see amazing aboriginal stencils, some freehand and             At Muswellbrook we’ve been running the course since the
engravings in their ceremonial caves. The canyons are                   beginning of this year. This is a smaller group who work so well
spectacular and you really need a tri-pod to take pictures of           together. We made lots of cosmetic preparations last time. We
the giant ferns, cascading water and beautiful mosses that              meet on the 2nd Sunday of the month. We created some Sun
                                                                        Protector cream and Lipsalve, Scrub and beautiful Vanilla Body
abound in these areas. My husband didn’t think he could walk
                                                                        butter all to take home and enjoy.
the 24km hike up to Big Bend and back, along with visiting the          On both courses one of the highlights is sharing a meal and
side roads but he managed easily as the trails are so well              everyone brings along an interesting dish to share. Everyone
maintained with big stones to walk over the 20 crossings of             learns about different ways of eating and it’s a great celebration of
the creek. The main trail follows the valley and as you get             the enjoyment of freshly prepared food (very little is bought).
further up the cliffs get closer and look so much higher.               Anyone is welcome to come along. Just contact Organic Feast at
Amazing country and the views are also well worth the few               Maitland and put your name down, or THE Centre for the local
hours of huffing and puffing up the ladders and along the trail.        workshop. We start at 10am and finish 4pm. Next Maitland
If you love camping like us or you can stay at Wilderness               workshop will be making Cosmetics and next Muswellbrook
                                                                        workshop will be on Culinary herbs.
Lodge that is located at the entrance to the Park this is a place
                               THE Centre Newsletter August / September 2010 Edition 77           Page    1
     7th International Conference on Herbal Medicine                               with acute patients.
                                                                                   Sandra from Victoria spoke on postmenopausal women – the new
This Conference was held at Tweed Heads at the end of July and                     cardiovascular patient.     She advised we must be aware that after
unfortunately I could only attend the last day of the three- day Conference.       menopause metabolic changes occur and 50% of Australian women die of
Luckily I can purchase a CD of all the proceedings – lot of listening.             CVD. This is much higher than cancer but everyone focuses on this fear.
The speakers I heard were very varied. Firstly Karen Bridgman spoke on             80% of premature death related to CVD is prevented with healthy diet,
monitoring cancer patients effectively from a complementary medicine               regular physical activity, no smoking, sensible weight and lifestyle in
perspective. Karen has helped so many patients with side-effects from              general.
treatments and most importantly, when all else fails or the medications            Phil from USA was a dynamic speaker. He brought up the BMI fallacy.
finish, she is able to keep these patients fit and well.                           Statistics show that a BMI under 22 and over 30 has most excess mortality.
Next Ron Guba spoke on using essential oils in treatments. eg. 12 drops            So do not think you are unhealthy if you aren’t under BMI of 25. Up to 30
Scotch Pine and 12 drops Cypress essential Oils in 10ml of vegetable oil for       BMI is healthy statistically so take heart. He also mentioned our biggest
topical application for sinuses. Apply 2 – 3times a day. For topical               enemy for obesity is fructose as it can only be metabolised by the liver and
treatment of throat, chest and upper back – 5ml Eucalyptus, 1ml Rosemary           can only be stored as fat. Think of all those fruit juices and foods
and 4ml Tea tree essential Oils. Apply 2ml 50% strength 3times a day.              sweetened with fructose. (Sugar is 50% fructose).
Jerome Serris spoke on insomnia. He advised to look wholistically –                Hans Wohlmuth finished with evidence based herbal medicine, and Isla
psychological – behaviour changes, stimulus reduction and sleep                    from NZ talked about how important it is to conserve our medicinal plants
restriction. Then check stress, reducing caffeine, sleep hygiene and balance       from extinction. What a great Conference!
of work and play. Lots of useful herbs including Chaste Tree that has the
ability to act like melatonin.
Phil from N.Z. talked on dosage – he likes the larger doses of herbal
tinctures and extracts. He gets much better and quicker results especially

           Animal Naturopath and Therapist Sharon Osmond 1st Tuesday of every month
     •    Massage and Muscle therapy
     •    Cranial sacral
     •    Photonic
     •    Rehabilitation, post operative and recovery issues
     •    Feeding & Nutrition advice
     •    Herbal remedies for all conditions
     •    Itch, allergies and behaviour problems
            Appointments are essential Please book with THE Centre phone 6541 1884 / 6541 0011

One of my cats suffers from seasonal dermatitis and I would like her to be treated again by Sharon Osmond (Animal
In previous years the photonic treatment, cranio sacral massage and acupressure point treatment has stopped the
matting of fur along my cat’s spine which otherwise occurs as summer approaches. These treatments have been
beneficial for her limping due to arthritis / old age. Sharon has a wonderful affinity with animals, so if you are looking for
that little extra TLC for your pet please contact THE Centre to register your interest so that Sharon can make a visit.

                                                                                                                   Upper Hunter Walks 2010
Come along and join us on the last Sunday of the month.
Ring for more info. The walk in September is at Pat and Bryant’s place. There will be an easy walk, then a harder walk.

29 August               Fig Tree Creek, Scone Mountain                    Jeff & Jenny Chait                           6545 9586
26 September            Martindale                                        Pat Collins,                                 6547 3514
                                                                          Trevor & Marion Woolley                      6547 3552
24 October              Wingen Maid                                       Fred & Sue Fetherstone                       6543 5161
28 November             Broughton Island                                  Wendy Wales                                  6543 7618
December TBA            Xmas party and members photo                      Bev Atkinson                                 6545 3005

5 September Sunday Awabakal NR Annual Awabakal wildflower walk. Easy walk on sandy tracks. Easy
morning walk through spring wildflowers with ocean backdrop. Local experts will help with identification and
ecological information. All members of the public, all ages welcome. John Simpson 0400 882 897

                                  Shake it soup                           Spring vegetable flavour
                                       30g powder per single serve sachet
                                       20g Protein and 5g Carbs per serve
    ingredients: Pea protein (86%), flavours (vegetarian mirepoix, tomato), Sodium chloride, Parsley, Silicon
                                          dioxide, Chromium chloride.
                                         458kJ (109 calories) per serve
This is a new product, and we’ve welcomed the idea of a protein that is a savoury, easy to prepare (like a packet soup), well priced and
with enough protein to satisfy. Some people say it needs more flavour. Just add a little chilli one customer told me, another just adds it
to her vegetable soup so that she has a balanced protein meal.          Note: it contains Chromium – very important to balance sugars.

                                      THE Centre Newsletter August / September 2010                Edition 77 Page
                                                                                                                               Available soon

I am revising my A to Z book 16 years after I wrote it. I have sold thousands of copies to a wide range of people who have
found the book useful and informative.
When I wrote the book I was just starting in the world of teaching through TAFE and Outreach. Since then I have taught
thousands of people throughout the Upper Hunter, and privately further afield. We started our business Total Health &
Education Centre 12 years ago in Muswellbrook due to local demand and created a much larger range of products to cover a
vast number of needs. I have also written 6 more books, and have a DVD, which have all sold well.
This shows the demand coming from a wide range of backgrounds for knowledge about natural remedies.
I am humbled and honoured that people have bought my books to learn to use nature’s cures and how to take healing back into
their own hands.
Healthy living practices start the day you are born and the use of pharmacy drugs to treat the earache, the stomach ache, the
cold and the cough from an early age worries me a great deal. I constantly see clients whose children have been on half a
dozen lots of antibiotics by the time they are one year old. They are fed on paracetamol at every whimper of pain and this sets
the scene for the rest of their lives. And how often do you see dizzy, unwell, tired and depressed elderly people on a myriad of
Contrast this with healthy, vibrant and happy elderly people who have rarely been on medication or
visited the hospital. I know which category I want to be in. Use Nature’s Cures as often as possible and
avoid an unhealthy life, and enjoy the health that is everyone’s right and privilege.
We have put my 2 books together, A to Z of Ailments and Oh No! Not the Onion Poultice, into 1
book. They used to cost $9 each, now combined and updated the book will only cost $15. It is with
the printers now. We are expecting them very soon, so order your copy now. Great Christmas
present as the books are great for beginners, as well as people who have a deeper understanding
of natural remedies. Pat

Living clay
Ultimate health care for skin & body
Clay has been used for thousands of years by humans and animals as a therapeutic and nutritional agent to assist in promoting good health.
Living Valley Montmorillonite Clay is a specific type of clay, chosen for its unique ability to draw and absorb toxins, replacing them with
elemental nutrients. As both a detoxifying and nutritional mediator, it has earned the title of “Living Clay”.
Red clay is rich in Magnesium, calcium and iron oxide, ideal for treating bruising, exposed veins and broken capillaries. The most important
mineral in Red Clay is aluminium silica, reputed to be a powerful healing agent.
Green clay is rich in vital minerals and fine essential oils that exfoliate, cleanse, smooth and soften the skin. It is generally used for
facemasks in cases of acne and oily skin.
White clay is a mild clay suitable for face and body masks for both young sensitive skin and mature delicate skin. It is an excellent body
deodorant and a natural alternative to talcum powder and can be used to soothe and soften dry hands.
Yellow clay is perfect for all skin types. It is excellent for revitalizing the skin. Yellow clay can be used for face and body masks and is
especially ideal for use on delicate skin.
(taken from Lifestyle Excellence published by Living Valley Springs

At THE Centre we sell all these clays. A 100g jar is $5, and a 200g jar is $8. If you are using it for a facemask you only use a very small
amount, so it is great value by the jar. And remember, we do sell all our products by Mail Order too. Phone (02) 6541 0011, or email
                                                                     Clay mask recipe
   Thoroughly mix clay with enough purified water to create a smooth and creamy paste. It must be firm enough to be applied with a brush or fingertips.
                           To extend the life of the mask, add 2 to 3 drops of almond oil. Let the mixture rest for 2 minutes.
                Apply the paste to the skin, leaving eyes and lips exposed. Leave for approximately 5 to 10 minutes or until almost dry.
                             Remove the mask using warm water and a cloth. Follow with a natural toner and a moisturiser.
                                             Apply once or twice a week for smooth, clean and vibrant skin.
                                        For severely acne prone skin, mix a little Green clay with the White clay.

                                               Aromatherapy to energise your day
Refresh & Renew vapouriser blend is a sweet splash of Citrus pure essential oils guaranteed to uplift and recharge your batteries

    •    Add 6 to 8 drops of Refresh & Renew to water in your vapouriser for an uplifting aromatic environment in your home or
    •    Add 3drops to a tissue, fold and place under shirt to assist in focus and concentration
    •    Add 25 drops to 100ml cooled, pre-boiled water and add to an atomizer for a clearing room spray (do not spray over face or
Ingredients: 100% pure essential oils of Orange, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, Lemongrass and Ginger.

Grandparents Now we know what it feels like to be impending Grandparents – the excitement especially of our first
grandchild. Kim is due in a couple of weeks time and she says she’s over the whole pregnant thing now! Hoping
for an early birth as she’s been told it will be a whooper and Kim is only tiny. I’ll put the photo and info. on the
website as soon as Mia is born.

                                    THE Centre Newsletter August / September 2010                Edition 77 Page
                                                 Raw food recipes
At my Maitland Course several of the ladies love making raw food dishes, and they brought along two great dishes this
week with the recipes (following this article). We share a meal every month – great highlight.
You wouldn’t think raw zucchini in sauce could be so yummy – all the family will love it. The simple machine to slice the
zucchini thinly is easy to get (just a little plastic gizmo). What a great way to use up big summer zucchinis.
The peppermint slice was so moreish and gives you a lovely sweet treat. As it’s based on nuts it doesn’t make you feel
full and is a great treat after meals or served with morning or afternoon tea. So easy to make in a blender. If you love
chocolate and need your fix, just replace the carob with cocoa.
If you haven’t tried raw food eating you’re missing such an experience. It’s delicious and I love the light feeling you have
after eating raw foods (salads are a great start). None of that heavy feeling in the tummy after a starchy meal.
Be aware that we are used to feeling full, and will endeavour to eat until we do. Chew lots, salads are great, and you will
reach satiety. One of the reasons that we often overeat processed foods is because the almost dissolve in the mouth eg
Maccas burger or sponge cake. It takes 20 minutes to feel full from a meal.
Don’t worry; it’s not all rabbit food. Try these two recipes – just replace your stove with a blender. Enjoy food at its best,
full of nutritional value.

Peppermint slice                                                   In a food processor, add all ingredients and blend until
Crust                                                              smooth
1 cup macadamias / cashews / almonds, soaked                       Macadamia “Cheeze”
1 cup dates, soaked                                                1 cup macadamias
¼ cup coconut oil                                                  1 cup cashews
Drain nuts and dates well, making sure that you squeeze            1 Tablespoon savoury yeast flakes (optional)
the dates to get excess water out.                                 1 ½ Tablespoons lemon juice
Process all ingredients together until well broken up and          2 Tablespoons Braggs Liquid Aminos
combined and you can press into a 9” x 9” dish.                    ½ cup water
Peppermint crème                                                   Alternate layers of zucchini, marinara sauce and cheese,
1 cup cashews, soaked 4 hours                                      finishing with the marinara sauce.
5 drops peppermint essential oil                                   Allow to sit for 1 hour before serving.
1/3 cup coconut oil
¼ cup maple syrup or honey                                         Grapefruit Vinaigrette
½ cup water                                                        ¼ cup grapefruit juice
Blend until creamy. Pour on top of crust. Put into                 ¼ cup macadamia oil (or walnut oil)
freezer to quickly set before adding the carob topping.            2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
Carob topping                                                      1 teaspoon minced garlic
¼ cup carob powder                                                 salt and pepper
¼ cup maple syrup or honey                                         This is a good one to use up your grapefruits. Keeps
¼ cup coconut oil                                                  well, and no need for sweetener.
¼ cup hazelnuts / cashews, soaked
1 teaspoon vanilla extract                                         (not one of the raw food recipes)
¼ cup water                                                        Raewyn’s Random Rissoles (dairy free)
Blend together until creamy.         Spread on top of              Ingredients
Peppermint Crème.                                                  Coconut oil for frying (or any good oil as desired)
Refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours or overnight.                         1 packet organic tempeh
                                                                   2 cups brown rice
                                                                   ½ red capsicum
                                                                   2 onions
Raw lasagna                                                        2 tomatoes
Lasagna sheets                                                     1 Tablespoon mixed herbs
4 to 6 zucchinis                                                   Marinate tempeh in 2 tablespoons tamari, 2 tablespoons lemon
                                                                   juice, and 2 cloves garlic and small shaving of ginger (at least
thinly slice zucchini lengthways on a mandolin or use a
                                                                   an hour).
vegetable peeler. Sprinkle with sea salt on top and                Cook rice in 6 cups of water – when boiled, reduce heat so
allow to sit for 20 minutes. Dry zucchini strips and               water is absorbed by rice. This will ensure starch is retained to
arrange in a 8” x 12” rectangle dish                               keep the mixture in a patty.
Sun dried Tomato Marinara                                          Dice tomatoes, capsicum and onion, and lightly fry in coconut
2 ½ cups tomatoes                                                  oil, or keep raw if preferred.
12 sun dried tomatoes, soaked                                      Add all ingredients, form in to balls and coat in polenta,
3 dates, pitted                                                    wholemeal breadcrumbs or wholemeal flour. Flatten for
¼ cup olive oil                                                    cooking.
                                                                   Fry in coconut oil. If you prefer you can bake these instead.
4 cloves garlic                                                    These patties/rissoles were enjoyed by all at Pat’s Sunday
2 Tablespoons parsley (or basil)                                   workshop in Muswellbrook.
1 teaspoon sea salt

                              THE Centre Newsletter August / September 2010     Edition 77 Page
Aloe – it cures

Father Romano Zago from Brazil has written a book called “Aloe isn’t medicine and yet…it cures”. He is talking about
Aloe Arborescens (see the picture on the Internet) – a tough spiky Aloe that grow prolifically in Brazil. It only contains a
small amount of mucilage and is extremely bitter to the taste. Father Zago tested his mixture of Aloe and honey with the
chronically ill, and it was here he first observed positive results obtained with nutrition against advance disease. He has
lectured in many countries and promoted his recipe. The success of this preparation inspired him to devote his life to
research and education on Aloe and the recipe that has been published widely. He states the human body has an ability
to heal and regulate itself when supplied with the cell-required concentrated micronutrients found in the polysaccharides
of this Aloe species and the other two ingredients of the Aloe preparation. He has received numerous testimonials of how
aloe has cured their cancer and even obesity and depression.
This is the recipe – 350g aloe arborescens, 500g honey (less if you can handle the bitterness) and 50ml of whisky,
grappa or brandy.
Take 1 tablespoon 15 minutes before each meal for 10 days. Do not stop once you have started. The treatment can
continue if needed.

                                                                 Our Tonics
On the shelf you will find an array of tonics that anyone can purchase. There is a Brain, Energy and Immune
Tonic along with our very popular Detox mix. These are a mixture of tinctures that are very strong so always
take in water or juice. They contain very specific herbs for your needs and may be taken for short or longer
duration depending on your need. They come in 100ml or 200ml bottles. 500ml is available on request.

Something to think about……
Imagine that you had won the following prize in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00 in your private account for your
use. However, this prize has rules, just as any game has certain rules. The first set of rules would be: Everything that you didn't spend during
each day would be taken away from you.
You may not simply transfer money into some other account. You may only spend it. Each morning upon awakening, the bank opens your account
with another $86,400.00 for that day. The second set of rules: The bank can end the game without warning; at any time it can say, Its over,
the game is over! It can close the account and you will not receive a new one. What would you personally do? You would buy anything and
everything you wanted, right? Not only for yourself, but for all people you love, right?
Even for people you don't know, because you couldn't possibly spend it all on yourself, right? You would try to spend every cent, and use it all,
right? ACTUALLY, this GAME is REALITY! Each of us is in possession of such a magical bank. We just can't seem to see it. The MAGICAL
BANK is TIME! Each morning we awaken to receive 86,400 seconds as a gift of life, and when we go to sleep at night, any remaining time is
NOT credited to us. What we haven't lived up that day is forever lost. Yesterday is forever gone. Each morning the account is refilled, but
the bank can dissolve your account at any time....WITHOUT WARNING. SO, what will YOU do with your 86,400 seconds? Aren't they worth
so much more than the same amount in dollars? Think about that, and always think of this: Enjoy every second of your life, because time races
by so much quicker than you think. So take care of yourself, be Happy, Love Deeply and enjoy life! Here's wishing you a wonderfully beautiful

My clients fill out a form when they come in and often where it says occupation some women write nothing. I ask them if they work at home and they
agree and say they're just mothers. That to me is the most important occupation of all. Many women think they do not have an occupation unless it is
outside the home. How wrong is that. Next time you fill in a form and if you're a at home mum then write what this lady did. Pat
A woman, renewing her driver's licence , was asked by the woman at Registry to state her occupation. She hesitated,
uncertain how to classify herself. 'What I mean is, ' explained the woman at Registry, 'do you have a job or are you just a
.....?' 'Of course I have a job,' snapped the woman. 'I'm a Mum.'
'We don't list 'Mum' as an occupation, 'housewife' covers it,' Said the recorder emphatically. I forgot all about her story until
one day I found myself in the same situation. The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised, efficient, and possessed of
a high sounding title like, 'Official Interrogator' or 'City Registrar.' 'What is your occupation?' she probed. What made me say
it? I do not know. The words simply popped out. 'I'm a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human
Relations.' The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in midair and looked up as though she had not heard right. I repeated the
title slowly emphasizing the most significant words. Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written, in bold,
black ink on the official questionnaire. 'Might I ask,' said the clerk with new interest, 'just what you do in your field? Coolly,
without any trace of fluster in my voice, I heard myself reply, 'I have a continuing program of research, (what mother
doesn't) In the laboratory and in the field, (normally I would have said indoors and out). I'm working for my Masters, (first
the Lord and then the whole family) and already have four credits (all daughters). Of course, the job is one of the most
demanding in the humanities, (any mother care to disagree?) and I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it). But the
job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the rewards are more of a satisfaction rather than just
money.' There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk's voice as she completed the form, stood up, and personally
ushered me to the door As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career, I was greeted by my lab
assistants -- ages 13, 7, and 3. Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model, (a 6 month old baby) in the child
development program, testing out a new vocal pattern.. I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy! And I had gone on the
official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than 'just another Mum.'

What a glorious career!
Especially when there's a title on the door.

                                   THE Centre Newsletter August / September 2010             Edition 77 Page
Does this make grandmothers 'Senior Research associates in the field of Child Development and Human
Relations' And great grandmothers 'Executive Senior Research Associates?' I think so. I also think it
makes Aunts 'Associate Research Assistants.'

                            All modules will include materials to create each project and a surprise sample
                                    relating to the herb being studied, e.g. a bottle of essential oil.
                     Module 1        Nettles
                                     Making hair conditioner
                                     Weeds and their uses.
                     Module 2        Plantain
                                     Making an ointment
                     Module 3        Paddy’s Lucerne
                                     Making cough syrup
                                     How to dry and process herbs
                     Module 4        St. John’s Wort
                                     Making Tinctures
                                     Dried versus fresh herbs
                     Module 5        Comfrey
                                     Make homemade Sorbolene and Comfrey cream
                                     Medicinal herbs for home use
                     Module 6        Cayenne
                                     Making a cream for aches and pains
                                     Creating your own herb garden
                     Module 7        Calendula
                                     Making infused oils
                                     Plant care and companion planting
                     Module 8        Horehound
                                     Making cough lozenges
                                     How, when and where to gather herbs
                     Module 9        Variegated Thistle
                                     Making a Sun Protector cream
                                     Complementary medicine and the orthodox system of medicine
                     Module 10       Garlic
                                     Creating an oxymel
                                     Herbs for animals
                     Module 11       Purslane
                                     Making a soap – solid shampoo soap
                                     Herbs in cooking and teas
                     Module 12       Echinacea
                                     Making medicinal capsules
                                     Present and future trends in herbalism

                                         From a lady in South Australia who has completed 6 modules (of 12) of Pat’s Correspondence course
Dear Pat
I have enjoyed what I have learnt (from your Herbal Correspondence course) and it has added greatly to what I already
know and practice. You provide a great, simple course, which is what is needed. Thanks again for your time.      Sue

The Course is made up of 12 Modules. It is based on my classes on Herbs & Practical Home Healing. This unique course is based on
practical application. You will learn how to create your own ointment, arthritis and healing creams, hair conditioner and much more,
using safe, natural products. These are time-honoured skills that will assist you in caring for yourself, your family and your friends.
Each Module will add onto the last one so that by Module 12 you will have gained a great deal of knowledge and be competent in your
Practical projects. There is no time limit on completing the Course and you may purchase one or 3, or all of the Modules. For your
benefit you should complete one Module before going on to the next.
Costs per Module at July 2010 is $40
(included in this price is postage of $6, so if you pick it up this can be deducted).
You can pay by cheque, Credit card, Money Order or direct deposit to our account.
If you enrol on the Course you will be entitled to a 10% discount on any of the “In Touch With The Earth” series and DVD. Feedback
will be given on your completed work. Any questions you have relating to your projects and the herbs being studied will be answered
as soon as possible.

MATS production – “Annie”
I’d like to congratulate all the wonderful cast of this great production held in Muswellbrook recently. One of our Receptionists Amanda works tirelessly
with the rest of the crew on each production and this time her daughter Amelia was in it and what a great crook (Lilly) she was. If you have a Theatre
group in your area do support them it is just amazing the talent you discover in people you see in everyday life. They can sing, dance and act. Wow!

                                    THE Centre Newsletter August / September 2010              Edition 77 Page
                                                                  old lady with a persistent cough who was very happy to report that it had
Feedback                                                          disappeared after a couple of days of drinking thyme tea. (One of the
                                                                  local doctors also prescribes it.)

Difficult splinter                                                Also had a jubilant text message from my sister in law who reported that
                                                                  after three days of rubbing with the inside of a banana skin her cold sore
I had a deep splinter lodged in my forearm when                   had disappeared. She was very sceptical to start with but said she was
carting wood for the fire last week. As it was a day or           now telling everyone it worked! (Got that tip directly from one of Pat's
2 before I noticed, the wound had started to fester               books, so thanks Pat - I refer to them constantly!)
and redden due to becoming infected.
I applied a dressing of activated charcoal powder                 One of my cleaning clients suffers from reflux and indigestion and has
mixed with a bit of water to forma paste. This was to             been drinking Meadowsweet and Peppermint tea daily for a week and
draw the impurities and heal the infection.                       reports, a) she really likes the taste and b) it seems to be helping. I
After a day I swapped this dressing with a finely                 suggested she try drinking it mid-morning and mid-afternoon and see
                                                                  how she goes. Will no doubt improve her health substantially.
grated sunlight soap and sugar poultice. ( I used raw
sugar as that was what was in my pantry – though                  My column in the paper now has a byline! "The Grenfell Weeds Column,
any will do). The mix should be thick and rather                  with Jenn Graham" It has been going for over twelve months and I am
solid.                                                            constantly getting good remarks, so somebody must be reading it! This
This was removed after 8 hours and when removing                  week's topic was, "Weeding out Gout" as I've heard of a couple of local
the bandage I was not surprised to see several bits of            blokes who are suffering.
timber that had been drawn out. (This poultice will
also work for boils and glass).                                   Leg cramps
I washed the wound and applied Pat’s Healing                      “Could I please add the Magnesium muscle relaxing cream
Cream which closed the wound within 24 hours                      to my order? The one that you gave me before is going to
(twice daily applications).                                       New York. It was the only thing I’ve ever had that could
All my family love the H. Cream.              Raewyn              stop leg cramps (and restless legs!) Tanya

Skin around the eyes                                              For babies / family
A woman came into the Reception the other day to                  I tell everyone to use Chickweed Ointment. I use it on my
purchase the Wild Weed Ointment. As her son has                   little boy’s nappy rash, mosquito bites, sore noses (for
extremely sensitive skin and she is a good mum, she               runny noses), sore lips – just anything. I tell everyone that it
makes it a practice to test all her son’s creams on her most
sensitive part of her body – the outer eye area.
                                                                  heals and seals.
Imagine her surprised delight when waking the next                Also good for cracked nipples – so safe for babies. Should
morning to discover the skin around her eyes looking very         become standard issue with every baby! Rebecca
plump and youthful. She surmised that it was the particular
herbs in the Wild Weed Ointment that contributed to a             Detox
cellular level growth.                                            I felt so well on that Detox – had no bloating, no nausea, heaps
- yet another great use for the Wild Weed Ointment! (you          of energy, not snappy with the kids and in the couple of months
could also try the cream)                                         I was on it I lost 7 kilos! Then I thought I was OK so I let the
                                                                  old foods come back in and now look at me. I’ve come back
At age 73 I have been a junior practitioner at Pat Collins’       for you to get me straight again. A dedicated client
practical “feed the mind and build the body with total well-
being” workshops. It’s fun, it’s informative , it’s a mind-
building as well as a body-enhancing experience.                  I came across this website recently when I googled
But it’s more than that – Pat’s program is not just a             Pat’s book of Useful Weeds. We have recently had a
workshop, it’s a celebration. I love it, thanks Pat.              few new mail order customers who when asked how
Dawn                                                              they found us, replied “on the internet”.
                                                                  Milkwood Permaculture
Meanwhile, on a practical level, our Susan (one of the
course participants) is ecstatic since becoming a member          Web:
of Pat’s Muswellbrook Herb & Home Healing course. She             Courses:
has lost 4 kilos, this she attributes to learning the benefits    Facebook:
of eating a variety of leafy vegetables in her salads, walks
for that extra health and weight loss, and is now a very          Upcoming: Next 5 events:
active health addict.
                                                                  - Holistic Management: Milkwood: August 2010
Asthma                                                            - Urban Permaculture in Action: Sydney: August 2010
                                                                  - Intro to Permaculture: Sydney: September 2010
A lady came to see Pat with a bad croupy cough and was            - Urban Beekeeping Course: Sydney: September 2010
taking lots of asthma medication. Told to take Garlic Syrup       - BioFertile Farms: Milkwood: September 2010
regularly (took 5ml five times daily). Feels so much better
now. Off all other medication. Also, her friend Michael was
                                                                  You can subscribe to their email list and you will get
taking Garlic Syrup for his badly blocked nose, and for
asthma. Garlic Syrup made a world of difference. When
                                                                  regular articles and links to what others are doing
they ran out they both noticed some symptoms returning.           around the world, and great photos and stories about
Happy client                                                      what happens on their property.

The "Wretched Lurgy" has hit hard here and people have had the
flu/cold/coughs etc. I have been getting some good feedback
regarding thyme tea for sore throats and coughs. Had an 80 year

                                  THE Centre Newsletter August / September 2010     Edition 77 Page
                                 Organic Feast’s next Super Saturday will be held Saturday 28th August 9am - 3pm.
                                 Great specials on that day, tastings and meet some of their producers.
                                 So put this date in your diary as we would love to see you here. Keep an eye out on the front
                                 page of the Organic Feast website next week to see some of the great bargains they have in
                                 store for you.
                                 Specials on fresh produce, groceries and supplements and body care.

Scone & District Garden Club
Celebrating 40 Ruby Anniversary Saturday 2 October at the Scone Arts and Crafts Centre and Gardens, Kingdon St,
Scone from 10am. Guest speakers including Pat Collins talking about Bush Tucker and Nasturtiums at 10.30am
Contact 6545 2348 or 6545 0214 for any further information. Cost is $30

                                        SUNDAY Workshops with Pat in Muswellbrook
                                                     Second Sunday of the month Phone 6541 0011
                                               6    Culinary herbs and their uses12 September
                                               7 Soaps, shampoos and washing gel 10 October
                                                 8 Powerful Healing herbs 14 November
                                       9   Back to basics using water, potato and onion 12 December

Pat’s talk on the ABC Radio I have a chat about useful plants and foods with Mike Pritchard every Friday and it is broadcast
on the ABC in the Upper Hunter just before the 7am news on Mondays. It is also played in the Lower Hunter at an earlier
time, especially for the farmers who are early risers.

     Pat is available for appointments Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at THE Centre
 THE Centre is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, and Saturday 9am to 1pm (and outside these hours by appointment)

                  Monday                 Tuesday              Wednesday             Thursday              Friday             Saturday
                     Deb                    Pam,                  Pam,                Deb,                 Juli,
Reception             &                     Juli                  Juli &              Juli &              Pam,&                 Pam
                     Pam                   & Deb                   Deb               Amanda              Amanda
                                          Pat                    Pat                  Pat                 Pat
 Room 1
                                       9am to 7pm             9am to 7pm           9am to 7pm          9am to 7pm
                  Tammy                   Allan                 Tammy                 Allan               Allan
 Room 2
                9am to 5pm             9am to 5pm             9am to 5pm           9am to 5pm          9am to 5pm
 Room 3
                9am to 6pm
 Room 4           Lorraine               Lorraine                                    Lorraine
                                                                                                       1pm to 6pm

Pat Collins        Herbalist                                1 hour $60, ½ hour $40
                   Iridologist, Hypnotherapist              Children / Pensioners 1 hour $40, ½ hour $30

                              Full Health Appraisal Hemaview $60, VLA test $30, Consult with Pat for 1 hour $60 (includes
                                                            Iridology, Zinc test, and Blood pressure reading), Urine tests $15
                              Reflexology                   3 sessions for the price of 2
Allan O’Byrne                 Massage Therapist                       1 hour $70, ½ hour $45
                                                                      Detox Sauna $75
Tammy McGahan                 Massage Therapist                       1 hour $70
Lorraine Nilon                Totality Energy Management              Appointment $70
Joanne Van Hees               Bowen Therapy                           1 hour $50
Paul Sekendy                  Podiatrist                              Appointment $60, Pensioner $35

                                   THE Centre Newsletter August / September 2010              Edition 77 Page

To top