‘The Plant Clinic’ is a natural guide to managing anxiety and burnout

Photography by Georgia Blackie

Words by Eleanor Wilson

A herbal remedy for anxiety and burnout? Sign me up!

Thanks to the pandemic, now, more than ever, medicine is joining the list of topics up for political debate. As a result, many of us see the relationship between modern medicine and traditional herbal medicine with a stark partition down the middle.

But while some of us religiously rely on Nurofen when our periods are giving us grief, and others prefer a holistic approach to pain relief, for most of us, our experience with medicine is actually a lot more synergised. 

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Complementary Medicines Australia states 75 per cent of Australians have used at least one form of complementary medicine in the past year, one-third of whom do so to manage the symptoms of a chronic illness.

Maybe, like me, you’ve considered holistic measures when inconclusive doctor’s appointments have failed to diagnose or treat your unwavering fatigue. Maybe you’re trying to navigate an autoimmune disease diagnosis, or you could even be grappling with a classic case of ‘hot girl stomach issues’.

Regardless of the reasons for seeking a different approach to your health, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the abundance of information and novel ingredients herbal medicine has to offer. So how does one learn about herbal medicine without spending hours down a rabbit hole of plant potions?

Cue The Plant Clinic, a volume of 150 plus remedies, recipes and protocols for healthy living using herbal medicine, from herbalist and nutritionist Erin Lovell Verinder

With a wealth of qualifications in Western herbal medicine, nutritional medicine and energetic healing, for Erin,The Plant Clinic is a culmination of her lived experience, from working with clients over the years in her clinic. “In my own health journey herbal medicine has been completely supportive and transformative time and time again. From a cold to belly bug, burnout to PMS,” she reveals.

In the simplest terms, The Plant Clinic, which joins Plants for the People as Erin’s second book, is like an encyclopaedia for herbal medicine. You’ll find neatly compiled sections of recipes and remedies concerning everything from gut health, immunity and hormone health, to mums and bubs support, hair and skin, and vitality and detoxification. 

“In the immunity section there are protocols for a cold, or the flu, or in the vitality section there is a protocol for burnout or low libido, each of these daily protocols link to the recipes in each section,” she tells me.

And at a time when many of us have fallen victim to the stress and anxiety of the COVID pandemic, Erin says including protocols and recipes concerning the mind and spirit was particularly important to her. “We are all experiencing such an increase in stress, exhaustion, anxiety, and constant fluxes in our moods and health,” she explains.

Erin details how the anxiety and burnout protocols could prove especially helpful for those of us feeling particularly exhausted by current lockdowns and restrictions. “There are some incredibly simple recipes in the book, such as the untangle tea, the key tea, [and] the uplifting oxymel,” she adds. 

The Plant Clinic is a priceless culmination of centuries of wisdom gleaned from traditional medicine. But what could be considered most special about the book is the opportunity it provides to navigate herbal medicine in your own space, and in your own time.

It’s a safe space to explore healing, specific to your experience, where the dichotomous sides of the medicine debate are nowhere to be found. 

The Plant Clinic was created to guide people through tapping into the rich wisdom of healing with medicinal plants, to cover your needs in a deep and whole way,” remarks Erin. 

 ‘The Plant Clinic’ is available now, head here to order your copy.

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