About your guide/host
Lisa Guinan is a fully qualified and registered Naturopathic Herbalist with many years experience in teaching people about medicinal plants and how to use them for health. She recognises the peace that can be found by slowing down and spending some real time in Nature. She brings this stillness into her work so that people can more easily relax as she brings alive the wonderful world of plant medicine.
County Clare is thriving with an abundance of wild plants and herbs that have been used to make traditional medicines and cures since ancient times. Irish Herbal Roots will take you on a journey, bringing to life the wonders of plant medicine.
Herb walks (outdoor)
Once your eyes are opened to the medicinal value of many common ‘weeds’ that sing in the fields and hang in the hedgerows, you will never walk through nature in the same way again. In fact every step you take becomes a treasure hunt of the kind that is known only too well by curious children, left to roam freely in Nature. Herb walks take place in the Burren and surrounding area and consist of a walk in Nature with specific attention drawn to medicinal plants and flowers along the way. Folklore, traditional cures and modern medicinal uses will be woven into the tale of each wild herb and flower, bringing them to life whilst also glimpsing insights into traditional Irish culture.
The Art of Natural medicine making.
This is a mostly indoor event, perfect for those rainy Irish days. Workshops begin with an introduction to local wild herbs of medicinal value. This is similar to an herb walk in that live plant specimens are used as the story of each one is told. From there you are taken through a step by step demonstration on how to use these plants to make potent health cures, exactly how it was done in years gone by. Examples of remedies made during the workshop experience are:
Traditional Old style cough bottle made from Wild Elderberries or other seasonal herbs.
Irish Fire Tonic (an immune tonic made from local fiery roots and pungent herbs)
Wildflower Healing Salve (an herbal rub made from a selection of wildflowers and used for all sorts of skin healing).
Muscle and joint rub (an external rub for easing aches, pains, sore muscles and stiff joints)
Workshop notes including recipes and plant profiles will be given to each participant. Whether you are interested in natural medicine making for health reasons, historical reasons or just out of plain curiosity, this event promises to be an entertaining and informative way to spend your day.
Lisa is available for a professional one on one health Consultation. If you have a specific health issue, a particular weak spot in your physiology (for example frequent chest infections) or if you simply wish to operate at your very best (with good stamina and strong immunity), then a personal consult may be the way forward for you. Lisa can blend a personalised herbal tonic which matches your physiology most accurately for optimal results.
Everything is better from a place of stillness. Everything can be put into perspective and we can begin to absorb the beauty around us – in Nature, in people and in life itself. Lisa has been leading guided meditations on a regular basis for a number of years. Please check the website for current and up coming sessions. Lisa can also be booked for private groups.