International Iridology Practitioners Association Symposium 2019 – by Lisa Williams

Iridologists from around the world gathered for IIPA’s 14th Annual Symposium on the Gold Coast in August.  It was great to connect and share experiences and also learn about new developments and techniques in the world of Iridology.

11 different international speakers presented the latest developments which left the crowd feeling enthusiastic and fully appreciative of the technical advances that Iridology has made during this digital age through the brilliant minds of Doctors who are leading the way and continuing to develop this science.

One of my highlights was meeting Dr Ellen Tart – Jensen,  who’s lifelong contribution and dedication to the development of Iridology internationally has been outstanding and inspiring.

Presenters included the accomplished Tharindu Fernando an Opthalmologist / Iridologist from Sri Lanka who presented his newly developed Program the ‘Kidney Function Estimator’  where a photo of the kidney sector in the Iris is entered and an algorithm calculates the eGFR which consistently matches with blood samples, the program goes one step further and can tell if one kidney is functioning better than the other, where a blood test cannot.

Genomic Iridology – The Next Frontier, was presented by Dr Michael Salas ND who clearly showed the correlation of the Methylation Detox system of the body and its relationship with the Liver via colourings and markings in the Iris.

Another highlight was attending Toni Millers Master Class,  which covered a variety of interesting topics based on the Iris including pigmentation, colours and unusual signs seen in the eyes.

A fascinating presentation on Esogetics Using Light Frequencies and Iridology to access Genetic Information was presented by Birgit Lueders and Dr Rosemary Bourne – which explained the avenues of shining healing light into the dark places.

Doctor Emil Bewo-Lundblad PhD from Switzerland presented his thesis where he overlay all the Iridology charts which have been developed from around the world throughout the ages and clearly portrayed and explained the similarities.

I have no doubt that the future of health analysis is going to benefit immensely from the one and only very special organ that displays the functions of the inner body to the outer world, the Iris!

If you would like an Iridology Reading please contact me via  www.goldenbayiridology.com

Yours in Health

Lisa Williams –  Iridologist / Herbalist

Native Healing Plants on the Heaphy Track – by Lisa Williams

 

The Heaphy Track is a 78 kilometre walking trail traversing several different forest terrains, winding across the northwestern reaches of the Kahurangi National Park.  It follows an ancient Maori Pounamu Trail through the Heaphy River (Whakapoai) linking Golden Bay (Te Tai Tapu) with the West Coast of the South Island, (Te Tai Poutini) New Zealand (Aotearoa). 

The Northern end of the track starts in the Aorere Valley, Golden Bay.  The first 17.5 kilometre ascent to Perry Saddle at 915 metres winds its way through dense forest up to the monastic mountain peaks through stands of giant Silver & Red Beech trees, Southern Rata, Miro, Kowhai, Horopito, Punga, Koromiko, Ferns, Mosses, Fungi and Lichens. 

Autumn air is filled with medicinal aromas and phenols of these forest plants, their leaves, bark, cones, flowers and berries.  The frangipani / lemon scent of the kiekie stimulates the senses as it drifts through the forest canopy.  Aromatic red berries of Miro, Rimu and Kanono blend with flowering Southern Rata and Manuka Berries.  These are all part of the magnificent potpourri that line the pathway as they ripen and fall. 

These ancient forest giants connect the deep soil substructure of microbial colonies to the astral planes, in rhythm with the sun and moon, cleansing our atmosphere and creating life giving oxygen for all species to live. 

 

Crystal clear, pure water flows from the valleys and when drinking the essence of this forest, the minerals penetrate and strengthen every cell in our body providing Nature Therapy.  The rhythm of the 4 day walk sets in – the timeless trance of travel and thought – meditation on movement and being at one with nature.

 

 

A recent article in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health states that our immune system is strengthened by Forest Bathing.   This research found an association with healing and therapeutic effects which are invaluable and beneficial on many levels, including increased immune system function, reduced blood pressure, less allergies and respiratory issues, reduced depression, anxiety and stress.  The Japanese call Forest Bathing Shinrin-Yoku and can be prescribed by a doctor.

 

On day 2, at an altitude of 625 metres, the bush transforms into the Gouland Downs.  This high country rolling tussock land is home to Takahe birds which graze on its stalks.  Mountain Manuka grows as a stunted ground cover trackside resembling wild Thyme. 

 

 

Sundews (Drosera) also appear, a Carnivorous plant luring, capturing, and digesting insects using stalked mucilaginous  glands covering their leaf surfaces. The insects are used to supplement the poor mineral nutrition of the soil in which the plants grow.  The species vary greatly in size and form, and are native to every continent except Antarctica.

 

The ‘Enchanted Forest’ grows on a Limestone vein running through the Gouland Downs, the rocks are some of the oldest in New Zealand.   The beech forest here is covered with lichens and thick moss, some of which have antiseptic properties.  

Mosses were used by the Maori to line babies baskets and bedding, pack around wounds and absorb blood, it also proved useful during womens moontime cycle.

Kakaruwai & Piwakawaka seduce you with song on their piece of track – while the Ruru watch you pass by silently from the high branches in the early dawn.

 

Various Koromiko (Hebe Salicifolia) pop up all the way along the track, reaching 2m in height and have long pale whitish / purple flowers. The young leaf tips can be chewed to relieve stomach aches, diarrhoea and dysentery. It was used extensively in the Second World War for this purpose when dried leaves were sent overseas to New Zealand soldiers. The active ingredient is a phenolic glycocide.

 

 

The bright sky blue of the fungus Werewere kokako (Entoloma hochstetteri) resembles the blue wattle of the Kokako bird, hence the name. It’s featured on the NZ $50 note.  This fungi has Psilocybin effects, is very toxic and if you are found in possession of these magic mushrooms, being a Class A drug, hefty penalties can be applied.

 

 

On day 3 we descend to 300 metres, the forest transforms once again and podocarps appear.  Leaving behind stunted herbaceous plants, the forest grows as we slowly descend westward towards sea level passing through some of the most beautiful pristine and untouched forest of Mountain Beech and Rimu,  into Nikau Palm, Southern Rata,  Miro, Kahikatea and Matai.   Native moths appear in the clear moonlight nights pollinating the native trees.

 

 

Other broad-leaved species, such as Rata, Mahoe, Kamahi, Pigeonwood, Hinau, Pokaka and Pukatea, appear, adding diversity to the forest.  Undergrowth is richer in the lowland forest.  Kiekie and Kareo twist their way upwards, while many small shrubs jostle for light on the forest floor.  

 

 

The final 16 kilometre leg from the Heaphy River mouth to Kohaihai skirts the western coastline.  Here the forest is lush with many large-leaved glossy plants and vines.

My eyes are forever cast upon the ngahere (forest), reading the plants as I walk – it is a library of botanical information.

 

 

The cold sea pounds the rocky points. Tight clumps of wiry shrubs huddle together as a testimony to their agility against the powerful western wind. 

Some of the wild native healing plants that appear along the way……..

 

 

Karaka – (Corynocarpus laevigatus) growing in groves along the coastal trail where the local maori would come for the annual harvest of these poisonous berries, soaking in salt water, cooking and carefully processing until they were edible. The shiny surface of the leaves can be applied to wounds to aid healing.

 

 

Kawakawa – (Macropiper Excelsum) – grows prolifically along the western coast playing a significant spiritual and physical role for the people of Aotearoa helping to cure everything from bronchial infections to dressings for wounds.

 

Karamu – (Coprosma Lucidia) –  Belongs to same family as the coffee bean and berries from all 5 species can be eaten.  Autumn is a good time to walk in the forest as all the berries are ripe and full of vitamins and micro nutrients.  The pre-european travelled alot at this time as the birds were also fat from feeding on them providing good sustenance for the traveller.  All being a vital food source preparing for the cooler months of winter.  I believe its best to leave the berries for the birds to eat and disperse the seed for their own benefits and for forest regeneration.

 

Tutae Koau – Wild Celery (Apium prostratum) found growing on a rocky exposed precipice on the west coast.  According to Murdoch Riley in his book Maori Healing and Herbal, the maori knew this plant well by the time Durville, Cook and other European explorers arrived, its a wonderful food plant with diuretic and tonic qualities and was used by the ships crews to help combat scurvy during the early expeditions.

 

Harakeke – Flax – (Phormium Tenax) – is a very important plant with lots of tikanga around it.  Mainly used for weaving, but the gel at the root base can be used for sunburn, itchy bites, and eczema.  The ingested root is a laxative and must not be used by pregnant women.

 

 

 

Rangiora – (Brachyglottis repanda) – the leaves have a strong antiseptic power and are poisonous if ingested .  Its known as the bushmens friend as it’s a handy replacement for toilet paper.  Its white underside can also be used as paper on which to write.

 

 

NZ Native Spinach – (Tetragonia tetragonioides) – very robust, grows well in drought & coastal saline-rich soils, unaffected by bugs or pests, its a ground cover. High in vitamin A and C, a balance of calcium to phosphorous levels makes it ideal for calcium absorption in the body, contains a high level of oxalic acid.

 

Ongaonga – NZ Tree Nettle – (Urtica Ferox) – Is one of New Zealand’s most poisonous native plants.  Standing up to two metres tall.  Coarsely toothed leaves have numerous white stinging hairs (trichomes) which can inject toxins into the skin, giving rise to pain and a rash.  In extreme cases where animals and people have walked through a large patch – neurological, respiratory problems and convulsions have occurred and death can result.  However, a minor brush can be eased by the juice of the leaves of dock, kawakawa or plantain.

 

Kareo – Supplejack – (Ripogonum Scandens) – Used for weaving baskets and the end of a cut vine can be left in glass overnight to drain the fluid and drink.

Our native flora and fauna are to be honoured and understood.  This is written with full respect to all that grows from Papatuanuku.  The more we look, the more we understand and the greater our  connection is to our Earth Mother.  The preservation of native wildlife, pristine wilderness areas and National Parks is of utmost importance for this and future generations.

Nga Mihi Nui –  Lisa Williams – Herbalist, Iridologist.           www.goldenbayiridology.com 

References:

Maori Healing and Herbal – Murdock Riley

http://www.nzpcn.org.nz/flora_details.aspx?ID=1354

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entoloma_hochstetteri

http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te-henui-group/hebes/hebe-salicifolia-koromiko-south-island.html

http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te-henui-group/hebes.html

https://www.drugfoundation.org.nz/matters-of-substance/november-2012/about-a-drug-psilocybin/

https://i.stuff.co.nz/environment/85986167/are-those-magic-mushrooms-on-the-50-note

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drosera

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5580555/

http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/nelson-tasman/places/kahurangi-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/heaphy-track/nature-and-conservation/

 

Argan Oil Co-Op – Atlas Mountains – Morocco

 

I have always been fascinated with life in Morocco and in 2016 I was able to visit the country and meet with a women’s collective in the anti-Atlas mountains where the cold-pressed, certified organic Argan Oil is produced for BioBalance.  I met the collective’s founders and learnt all about the Argan tree and how the Argan Oil is produced.  This fabulous tree sustains the communities there.

Please watch the video below to see how life is and support them by purchasing some of the worlds purest Argan Oil through BioBalance.  Who also donate $1 on every bottle purchased – to the women directly – to buy a bus so their children can travel to school …………..

Full Moon Herbal Harvest – January 2019 By Lisa Williams

It’s been a busy time here at Te Koru harvesting our bountiful crop beneath the January Full Moon of 2019.  We have over 70 different medicinal herbs growing, cultivated, native and wild.

The full moon draws the sap high up into the leaf and aerial parts storing the active constituents. We pick and dry for my Herbal Apothecary making Herbal Tea Blends to suit clients, Tinctures, Flower Essences and Herbal Oils.

Its been an amazing year where all the plants in this rich valley floor food forest have produced exceptionally well and daily temperatures have soared up into the mid 30’s.  We have 7 1/2 acres of river flat where over 100 established fruit and nut trees grow, with all kinds of varieties from Elder Berries, pip and stone fruits to Hazel & Walnut Trees.

I love to see the herbs find their own natural growing place, establishing themselves in the perfect position to suit their needs.  The Mullein, Chamomile, Evening Primrose & Purslane have all benefitted from the summer heat and the Milk Thistle bed is beginning to flower, bulking up with the big black seeds that are used medicinally.  Everything is in prime abundance and nature is in perfect rhythmic harmony….

I’m available for Herbal / Iridology Consultations, Reflexology, Reiki and Rongoa Traditional Bush Medicine Healing.  If you would like a personalised herbal blend, herbal tea, liquid tincture, or Bach Flower Essence blend, please contact me by email:

goldenbayiridology@gmail.com or via my website:  www.goldenbayiridology.com 

Nga Mihi Nui

Lisa Williams

The Spirit and The Plant, by Lisa Williams

On my recent travels around the United Kingdom,  and Southern France I discovered that many old Churches, Cathedrals, Monasteries and Sacred Places were maintaining herb gardens.  These are a legacy to a time past, before modern medicines.  Here the plants are still honoured and archived for their powerful role during the times of plague and sickness, where the medicinal qualities of  healing herbs were the only defence people had.  From these simple herbs many modern medicines have been developed and synthesised.

My first discovery was the Medicinal Herb Garden at the Southwark Cathedral, the oldest Gothic Building in London, 606AD,  where Shakespeare & Dickens once worshiped.  Here within this vast metropolis lies a potent medicinal herb garden which historically was  part of an Abbey and Hospital to heal the sick.  It’s now guardian to over 50 medicinal herbs which were in use long before the influence of the church and christianity.

Golden Bay Iridology Spirit & The HerbsSouthwark Cathedral – London

Other places of powerful Spiritual Significance that had herb garden sanctuaries were  Iona Abbey and Kilmartin in Scotland,  Kylemore Abbey in Ireland and Cahors Cathedral in Southern France.  These centres of spirituality and plant medicine were at the core of their outlying communities.

These discoveries were a very powerful experience for me,  I identified many herbs that I grow and use in my daily practice in New Zealand, I have documented over 55 of them and their uses below.  I was reminded of their importance and versatility as they grow quietly in their place, while the busy world passes them by.   It was very inspirational standing in these ancient places, where Spiritual and Herbal energy combine to heal.  I was fully aware that I was walking in the footsteps of the old herbalists, where in this very old land, many of the remedies we know of today were developed.

Golden Bay Iridology Spirit & The HerbsIona Abbey – Isle of Iona – Scotland

Seeing all the hardy wild herbs growing in rambling hedgerows along the roadsides was a constant delight.  The United Kingdoms ‘No Spraying Policy’ allows grasses and Native Wildflowers to flourish and provide homes and feeding for important ecosystems and pollinators such as bees and butterflies.  This plays a key role in crop production, an important service for everyone. This is a great contrast to the manicured roadsides in New Zealand.

Golden Bay Iridology Lisa WilliamsKilmartin – Scotland

Today, science and industry are making claim to the the genetics of medicinal plants which have been with us since the beginning of time.  Simultaneously, as the popularity for Herbal and Naturopathic medicine increases, Medical Professionals in Japan and Scotland are prescribing ‘Forest Bathing’ and ‘Nature Prescriptions’ to patients for all manner of ailments.

Ancient cultures the world over heal with both The Spirit & The Plant.  This combination of Light, Belief and Phyto-medicine, is at the fundamental core of our existence as Spiritual / Physical beings.  And is the basis of Rongoa Maori, Native American, Chinese, Ayurvedic Medicine and so on.  Our ability to heal with this understanding is infinite.

In this day and age we must ask – Are we connecting to the Peace,  Power and Miracle of Nature?  And are we utilising our ability to find Wisdom and Guidance by trusting our Inner Portal of Spiritual Light?

Golden Bay Iridology HerbsCahors Cathedral – Southern France

55 common herbs identified and some of their traditional uses over the centuries:

Angelica – Digestive Tonic, improves vitality, protected from the plague

Hollyhock – Demulcent, diuretic, emollient

Myrtle – Anti-inflammatory

Artichoke – Bile production, Liver protection

HolyThistle – Bacterial Infections, Tonic

Nasturtium – Antiseptic, vermifuge

Blackberry – Dysentery, Cholera

Honesty – Mustard Substitute, Culinary

Nettle – Textile plant, increase blood flow

Burdock – Blood Purifier

Hops, Brewing, calming, preservative

Opium Poppy – Soothing pain relief

Calendula – Wounds, Skin Healing

Horsetail – Diuretic, strengthens bones & nails

Parsley – Kidney & Bladder Disturbances

Catnip – Calms the Nerves

Hyssop – Catarrh & Chest Complaints

Rosehips – prevent scurvy, high vitamin C

Celery – Aids Digestion, Urinary function

Ladies Mantle – Reduces Menstrual Bleeding

Rosemary – used for funerals, incense, strewing on floors for fumigation

Chamomile – Relaxant, Digestion

Lavender – cooking, calming, honey pollination

Rhubarb – Laxative

Chives – Nutrient dense, Allium vegetable

Lemon Balm – Calming Digestion

Sage – Longevity & memory restorer

Cleavers – Lymph flow

Lovage – Digestive Organs

St Johns Wort – Battlefield Balm to clean and heal wounds

Comfrey – Wound and Bone Repair

Lungwort – lung disorders

Strawberry – Regulate menstruation, mineral rich

Dandelion – Detoxing, Potassium Rich

Marjoram – Throats, Cough

Sweet Violet – Bruising

Elder – Reduces Fever, Bronchitis

Meadow Cranesbill – Pain relief, anti-inflammatory

Sweet Woodruff – Strewing herb to freshen air

Elecampagne – Post Banquet Indigestion

Meadowsweet – Digestion & Urinary Tract

Tansy – General Tonic, loved by the gypsies

Euphorbia – External Wart Remedy

Milk Thistle – all melancholy diseases

Thyme – Nervous conditions, whooping cough

Fennel – Lactation, Colic

Mints – cooking, aroma, camphor oil

Wall Germander – Gout, Diuretic

Feverfew – reducing fevers, headaches & coughs

Mistletoe – Calms Nervous system and heart

Woad – Blue Dye Herb

Good King Henry – General Tonic

Mugwort – Brewing, poison antidote etc.

Wormwood – Brewing, Worming

References:

  • The Little Herb Encyclopaedia by Jack Ritchason N.D. 3rd Edition
  • Herb Federation of New Zealand
  • Common Herbs for Natural Health – Juliette De Bairacli Levy
  • Materia Medica of Western Herbs for the Southern Hemisphere, Carole Fisher & Gilian Painter