SORRY FULLY BOOKED The term ‘wild weed walks’ can raise a few eyebrows on Waiheke! But that is exactly what medicinal herbalist and naturopath Helen Elscot is up to when you see her wandering around the island’s parks, beaches and reserves.
This walk starts at Matiatia wharf and takes you up through Forest & Bird reserve, Atawhai Whenua, to Oneroa. Through Alison Park and down Tahatai Street in Blackpool where you will be invited into the Alembics garden.
Complementary therapies are experiencing a revival of interest at both a general and scientific level. This rediscovery of practical knowledge and wisdom from the past lends itself to a more ecologically stable and ‘natural’ way of life today.
When you think about plants as having health-giving properties, even the most mundane innner-city suburb, the dullest of supermarket carparks or wind-blown beach is transformed into a natural pharmacy waiting to be used.
Helen holds herbal workshops on Waiheke and around the country, teaching participants how to identify weeds, plants and flowers which have medicinal properties and how to use them to make digestive tonics, herbal creams and syrups, lip balms and natural cosmetics.
Date and Start Time: Saturday 27 October, 11am
Duration: 2.5 hours
Start Location: Matiatia