Being brought up in a family that never talked about menstruation it came as a shock to me when my periods finally arrived and brought with them all manner of inconveniences, simply buying sanitary equipment was an embrassesment to me as a teen but the pains that often accompanied my bleed were awful. It is one of the reasons that I became a herbalist, caring for and nurturing our bodies with herbs could be something that we are taught about in schools.
Whoever knew the mentioning of a pineapple could cause so much controversy at Christmas. My husband and I were visiting a grand old house in Wales, on our way to a Christmas getaway. In the house was a dining room, set out as it would have been in the Victorian era. It was cold and blustery outside. Upon this table were the usual luxuries for the era, golden candelabras with nature inspired motifs and golden pineapples.
“Wouldn’t it be nice to have some of these decorations for our own Christmas?”, my husband remarked.
“Why would I want a symbol of white men raping and pillaging foreign lands on my table at Christmas?!”, I replied.
It was a tad negative, I admit, and when my husband pointed out that if we were to impose a ban on all fruits from sunnier climates from Christmas we would be missing a large portion of our Christmas pudding... I soon backed down.
In this episode I talk to Alice Bettany about Catnip (Nepeta cataria) a herb which is often associated with children as it is so gentle. But gentle doesn't mean it isn't effective! We're so used to hitting things with a sledge hammer now a days we've lost respect for the gentle things in life. We also talked about she sheds and the comfort of a big bosom.. as you do.