HERB TALK: Christopher Dean is looking forward to debating the medicinal benefits of herbs at the Health and Herb Festival.
HERB TALK: Christopher Dean is looking forward to debating the medicinal benefits of herbs at the Health and Herb Festival.

Get your fix at the Health and Herb Festival

By KATHERINE BREEN KURUSCEV

CHRISTOPHER DEAN is wildly enthusiastic about the benefits of herbs to our health and well-being and looks forward to engaging in hearty discussion of the topic at this year's Greenridge Health and Herb Festival.

"It is significant that the Northern Rivers region, with its emphasis on lifestyle, has opted for herbs as a basis for celebration," Mr Dean, the founder of TP Health, the makers of Greenridge Botanicals, said.

Herbs have been found buried with corpses in 15,000year-old graves.

The pharaohs of Egypt always carried tiny phials of their own personalised herbal extracts with them, both during their lifetimes and after they died, to help them on their journey in the afterlife.

These are some of the interesting bits of information you might hear at The Great Debate, an educated yet lighthearted word battle between traditional and complementary health experts at the festival, to be held in Lismore on August 20-21.

The topic this year is 'Ancient Tradition Versus Modern Science: A 21st Century debate about the future of herbal medicine'.

Mr Dean is looking forward to the event, which will also involve star comedian Mandy Nolan's quirky take on the topic.

He says the use of herbs as an alternative to medicine is making a comeback.

"It is something that is very time-honoured and now is back into the mainstream after a detour 70 to 80 years ago.

"Pharmaceuticals literally whacked it off to the side," he said.

Greenridge pioneered western and eastern herbal medicine in Australia in the late 1980s.

They brought the first echinacea, gingko and astragalus into Australia in large quantities and developed the largest echinacea plantation in Australia.

"We got involved in the herb festival because the whole potency of herbal medicine has been a very important part of mankind's evolution since history was first recorded," Mr Dean said.

The debate will take place in the Southern Cross University Talking Tent at the festival on the Saturday.

For more information, visit www.healthandherbfestival.com.



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