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About healing; what to expect when you enter my practice

I personally have a strong preference for the word healing, although nowadays curing is a more common word for the type of work I do. Healing is so much broader…

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About toxic positivity: accepting negative emotions

In an earlier blog on wyrd I already mentioned the term toxic positivity. Today I want to elaborate on that a bit more. I'm a pretty positive person. Without a…
About toxic positivity: accepting negative emotions

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All about energy

Everything is about energy. That is a scientific fact. Both our body and our lifestyle are designed around it. By the way, this doesn’t only apply to humans, but to every living being. Without energy we will die and energy is a scarce commodity. When you let this fact sink in, a lot suddenly makes sense. Like, why it is sometimes difficult to get yourself in motion. After all, exercise costs energy. And on the other hand, why eating too much is often just a bit too easy. After all, food provides you with energy.

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An easy recipe for a simple and effective cough syrup

In the series about syrups I discussed how to make your own syrups. Today I will give you an easy recipe for a simple and effective cough syrup. Let's start…

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Banana scramble with fried crumble: a healthy and delicious breakfast recipe

This is what my plate looked like this morning. Well, it was actually near noon, but it was my simple, healthy and delicious breakfast: banana scramble with frying pan crumble.…

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Be in Nature

A while back I took some time away from social media. It felt really good. I got to spend even more time out in nature – where I belong – and still had plenty of time to work on my herbal remedies, write, create and loads, loads more.

I can’t say I’ve ever really fallen in love with being on social media. I had hopes of meeting tonnes of like-minded people and sharing my knowledge widely. Granted, I did get to interact with some really great people around the world, but it mostly felt like I was made to jump through hoops and talking into space.

That’s not how I want to spend my time. Especially now it’s becoming clearer and clearer that Meta only has one purpose: getting us hooked to our screens.  So, yeah, I’m done. From now on I’m only sharing on socials when I feel like it and how I feel like it. No more hoops.

Thing is… your time is the most important thing under your control that’s irreplaceable. And our separateness from nature is human’s biggest trauma. So, my advice to you: go offline and be in nature. Restore the connection to all that is; it’s vital to your well-being. Feel that you belong, there, with your feet on the soil and your head in the wind, your surroundings teeming with fellow creatures…

Choosing the right carrier oil for your herbal remedy: about dry oils and wet oils

In the blog about making a herbal oil, I already briefly mentioned it. To make your herbal oil even more powerful, it's best to choose a carrier oil that supports…

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Choosing the right carrier oil for your herbal remedy: the best base skin oils and hair oils

Last time we discussed the difference between dry and wet oil. Today we're going to talk about the right carrier oil for your skin and hair. You cannot only use…

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Choosing the right carrier oil: the healing properties of 11 medicinal oils

Last time we discussed how you choose an oil for your skin and hair type. Today we're going to talk about the healing properties of medicinal oils and how to…

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A wise woman knows she’s connected to every being on earth. She feels it in the marrow of her bones. It’s where she draws her power from.

I’m convinced that the main source of our problems – whether they express themselves in disease, depression or a just a vague sense of discontent – is the disconnectedness that comes with being a part of our society. From buying into the stories we are being told and tell ourselves.

That’s why I’m fine with always being a bit of an outsider. It keeps me sane, able to see through the fiction and in touch with the rest of the earth.

How long has it been since you’ve felt true connection to your fellow creatures? Felt like one of them?

Easy and effective use of medicinal herbs: infusions and decoctions

People often seem to think that the more complicated it is to get something, the more valuable it must be. This certainly doesn’t apply to the medicinal effect of herbs.…

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Fate or wyrd and everything it entails: how being in control is an illusion

One aspect of my spiritual practice is an inextricable part of my magic and my practice as a hagetisse. I'm talking about the way I look at how life works,…

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Ferns: medicinal, magical, edible and… beautiful

I really enjoy the seas of ferns which you’ll find in forests in temperate climates like ours. Ireland was even more covered in them; forest over there would contain a…

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Get rid of pros and cons lists, use your intuition to make decisions

Do you recognise this? You have to make a decision and you've been staring at a list of pros and cons for hours.The lists are actually quite clear: you should…

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Good intentions for the new year

I've seen plenty of them come and go around the new year: good intentions. By the time the first signs of spring emerge, they’ve often been thrown out of the…

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Herbal Grimoire in Happinez Magazine

It’s absolutely brilliant if someone tells you they like your book, but if an enthusiastic review appears in one of your own favourite magazines, that is, of course, a HUGE compliment! You can therefore imagine that my cheeks glowed quite a bit when I saw The Hagetisse’s Herbal Grimoire in the January issue of Happinez Magazine.

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Herbal Grimoire Proof Unboxing

Yes! They arrived, the Hagetisse’s Herbal Grimoire proofs!
As you can tell, they were pretty well packaged. I had a hard time getting them out 😁

So, now my lovely editors and I will be entering into the daunting task of yet another thorough editing round. It’s amazing, the silly mistakes you stumble upon when you finally see your work in print, even after so many earlier editing rounds. However, it will be worthwhile, cos it will make the Herbal Grimoire even better!! ❤🌿📖❤

How clocks disturb our biorhythm; why we should get rid of daylight saving time

Last weekend it was that time again: daylight saving time started. For me it’s always a moment to be amazed by what people do to themselves. There are quite a…

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How do you deal with noise pollution?

As I write this, I am sitting in a beautiful spot in the middle of one of the Netherlands' larger natural parks. There is not a soul in sight. I…

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How do you process medicinal plants? About infusions, ointments, tinctures and much more.

It’s great to learn about how plants work, but it is even more fun to use them. In this blog I will tell you how you can process medicinal plants.…

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