She’s a witch, burn her!

The herbs law, coming into effect in April 2011 presents us in the EU with a multitude of opportunities.

No-one knows exactly how our natural wellbeing shops will change yet, but one thing’s for sure: life will be different for all of us who choose natural herbs for wellness over pharmaceutical drugs.

Believing it’s a bad thing and complaining about our rights probably won’t get us anywhere. We’ve seen this dominant patriarchal attitude with natural herbs before. Hands up who’s been involved in a witch trial in a previous life? Maybe they won’t burn us for selling herbs this time round, but they clearly want to burn our boats.

Modern medicine is only a few hundred years old, in its infancy. While thousands of people the world over die each year from taking pharmaceutical drugs “when used as intended”, there are few recorded deaths from herbal use. There’s no need for double blind random placebo Big Pharma controlled tests when we are in touch with natural medicine. All animals self-medicate, and we are animals, too. Self medication is natural and normal to us. It’s not natural to go to someone in a white coat when we feel under the weather. Talk about giving your power away.

We have always had a symbiotic relationship with plants and herbs, and we always will; no man-made laws can alter that. The only person who can alter your relationship with plants is yourself, so it’s your choice, always your choice. What frequency do you want to resonate at? The frequency of Big Pharma, or the frequency of the earth? Choice… Say it loud and say it proud.

You may know that my love of natural wellbeing plants extends to the healing love of ayahuasca and iboga. I’ve never seen such shifts in people as I have when they invite these spirits into their lives — myself included. I will always believe the Universe  loves us enough to keep its plant gifts available.

Regardless of what is legal and what is illegal for sale, plants will always grow around us. And here is the solution to this weak attempt at making us pop pharma pills: It’s time for us to bring our innate knowledge up to date.

If you feel moved, you could embark upon a herbalism course. You could find out which herbs grow around you and what they do. Being your own Doxtor is easy, you just need a little uncommon sense.

You can’t stop herbs from growing, nature will never suppress herself with her bounty of food and medicine. Where there is currently a lack of either of these, there will be abundance when harmony is restored. Also, there is always enough love inside ourselves to keep us happy. And happiness is one medicine they can’t ban or restrict.

No matter how hard it becomes to acquire the herbs that we want and need, there will always be a way. we’re a creative bunch!

Jack and the beanstalk

The moral of the story for me when reading this classic children’s tale is this: There be gold at the end of these plants, but there also be a great stomping giant. Always use plants wisely and according to a qualified herbalist instructions. When you are more in touch with your instinctive healing side, it may not be so crucial, but always proceed with respect for these plants, especially when pregnant and breastfeeding.

Smile, the universe loves u and will always guide u to love more

PS: if you want to know how animals self medicate, read Wild Health: How Animals Keep Themselves Well and What We Can Learn From Them, by Cindy Engel

PPS: Have you seen my new omega 3 raw vegan icecream video yet?


PPPS: if you want to know this law, click here.

NOTE: The views expressed here are my own personal views and are not intended as medical advice, as I am not and never would be a medical doctor. If you are unwell in any way, always seek the guidance of a qualified practitioner.


  • Peter

    What can we do about it?

    I wrote to my MP about this subject and this is hsi reply:

    Directive 2004/24/EC on traditional herbal medicine products was implemented in the UK in Oct 05. The directive takes full effect when the transitional period for compliance expires on 30 April 11. The effect of the directive in the UK is to bring a sector that was previously unregulated into systematic medicine regulation. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) in its impact assessment recognised that some businesses, including small ans medium-sized manufactures, were likely to be significantly affected, and that the impact would vary widely depending on the standards to which the businesses were currently operating. The assessment also suggested that some restructuring in the herbal sector was likely.

    The Department consulted in 2009, on whether, and if so how, to regulate practitioners of acupuncture, herbal medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. The results of the consultation are being considered in light of the Government’s overall strategy on the regulation of health care professionals, and we expect a report to be published shortly.

    This was a letter from Greg Hands MP.

    October 14, 2010 at 3:46 am
  • Lynette

    What you have written here sounds like wisdom to me Shazzie and I have noticed the power of ‘happiness’ with regard to my health in general…Boy! can I feel ill when I stop hoping that I am on my way to being healed after 30yrs of ill-health. While I feel optimism (a kind of happiness) – I glow and my body, while still unwell, feels like it is moving towards wholeness and wellness. It feels so natural to feel this affinity with the herbs and fruits of the earth. So, yes we should be appreciative of them and protect them although as you say, and I believe too – the universe loves us enough to give us this bounty and untimately ‘God’ is in charge and its easy to forget that with all the fear being bandied about!

    October 14, 2010 at 4:52 am
    • Elexia

      So that’s where all my sriuplina and hawthorn berry powder has been going…oh and I’m missing out on a lot!

      February 8, 2012 at 11:32 pm
  • They won’t rest until they’ve trademarked and copyrighted every living cell on Earth. The way the politicians fall for the BS from Big Pharma would be hilarious if the consequences weren’t so dire. I appear like a “regular” guy in my working environment, yet get laughed at by my younger employees when they see the living greens and natural supplements I consume. I only hope the supressing of the information on what herbs can do for us will make our spreading of the word more powerful.

    October 14, 2010 at 5:58 am
  • FiFi

    Very nice words, Shazzie. I personally beleive that we should not give energy to this agenda. As disturbing as it may be, these pharma people have limited themselves. I for one have no desire to be limited in a limitless world. Don’t get me wrong, in the past I would have been all over this, protesting and what not. However these days I have much more faith in the universe. The universe DOES want us to be happy and if it wants us to be happy we’ll all find a way out of this. By not paying attention to their greed and by instead empowering ourselves,thinking for ourselves, thinking outside their illusary box, we have not lost to anything. We can only gain.

    Thanks how I feel anyway!

    October 14, 2010 at 10:13 am
  • The Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) is initiating a legal challenge to the European directive on traditional herbal medicines. With effect from 31st March 2011, Herbalism in the UK and the rest of Europe is set to feel the impact of legislation that is already in place.

    • The availability of over-the-counter herbal remedies is a major concern. Implementation of the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) looks set to force from the market across Europe thousands of herbal remedies with effect from 1st April next year.

    • Until now, most herbal remedies have been sold in the EU as botanicals under the food supplements regime, but this may only be able to continue for herbs with a recorded history of food use.

    • There is further uncertainty as to the ability of ‘unregulated’ Herbalists to continue practising. Despite years of work, in the UK statutory regulation of Herbalists has so far failed to be implemented.

    • The THMPD requires the same standards that are applied to conventional drugs to be applied to naturopathic, herbal and other unlicensed products. Apart from technical difficulties involved in obtaining licences for remedies, the costs are prohibitive for many smaller companies. Presently the licensing scheme cost £60,000 to £350,000 per product.

    The ANH, in conjunction with various stakeholders and legal experts has initiated a judicial review of the THMPD through the UK court. Harald Gaier, on behalf of the General Naturopathic Council, has worked with the ANH to prepare the framework for this review. The intention is to seek from the national court a reference to the European Court of Justice. The Court is being asked to consider the review of the THMPD on the grounds that it is absolutely not fit for purpose.

    The ANH needs to actively fund-raise in order to prepare for the first stage of the THMPD legal challenge and would appreciate support from interested parties such as individual Herbalists, Naturopathic practitioners, Colonic Hydrotherapists who use herbal remedies, suppliers of herbal remedies, health food stores etc. Are you prepared to help the ANH is this cause that affects the livelihoods of so many practitioners? The amount you consider appropriate is entirely up to you

    The ANH invites individuals to visit their new re-designed and resourceful web-site at This redesign should enable supporters to get involved more easily. They could then visit the ANH blog, post comments, find ANH on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.

    October 14, 2010 at 11:25 am