SWI makes thyme for herbalist’s talk

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A herbalist offered advice on plant therapy to Clachan SWI.

John Wyllie, from Clachan, who has studied and lectured on the topic, gave members an interesting introduction to the subject.

Mr Wyllie is a qualified herbalist and masseur, for which he uses a blend of essential oils.

He showed members how tinctures, aromatic oils and lotions can be made and used as different remedies.

He explained he mainly uses plant material that he grows or gathers from the wild locally and tasked members to identify nine pressed plants and identify the plants from which six aromatic oils were made.

One of the members said the tasks proved ‘challenging but fun’.

Mr Wyllie brought a lot of plant material and books about the subject and answered many questions.

He was thanked for sharing his knowledge and tea was served and the raffle drawn.

Liz Ball judged the competitions as follows: Flower arrangement in a sugar bowl: 1 Glynis Lewin; 2 Gill Francis; 3 Sue Francis. Funniest newspaper clipping: 1 Lori Silvan; 2 Zoe Weir; 3 Louise Stanesby.

Studying the exhibits and literature, from left: Glynis Lewin, Louise Stanesby, Jill Francis, Sue Francis and John Wyllie. NO_c08clachan01

Identifying aromas, from left: Jane McCallum, Pauline Simson, Lori Silvan and Liz Ball. NO_c08clachan02