Herbal Projects

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Expanding & sharing the knowledge of medicinal plants

Native Tasmanian Plants

Despite the abundance of native plants, Australian phytotherapy is heavily influenced by European and Asian traditions. Whilst the Aboriginal Australians mastered the use of local medicinal plants, scientific knowledge is sparse and only occasionally applied in practice. This is especially valid for Tasmania where the information on the Aboriginal use of herbal medicine was very poorly documented. The scientist in me decided to change this. In 2016 I applied for and received research funding that allows me to explore the chemistry and medicinal properties of native Tasmanian plants. I am excited to be working on my dream project in collaboration with the University of Tasmania and the Pharmacy Australian Centre of Excellence at University of Queensland. I presented the first exciting results of this project at the International Mass Spectrometry Conference in Florence, Italy, in August 2018.

De Materia Medica Thylacini

Materia medica is a collection of knowledge on the therapeutic properties of medicines, including plants. Our educative project De Materia Medica Thylacini is a collection of mini-reviews summarizing chemistry and healing properties of medicinal plants. As a pharmacist, chemist and scientist, living in the natural wonder of Tasmania, I offer a unique view of the world of medicinal plants. As the name suggests, the mini-reviews do not intend to be comprehensive. Instead, their content is focused on bringing the healing power of medicinal plants into a chemical context. They seek to convey clear & concise facts, while allowing nature to enter. The series De Materia Medica Thylacini is easy to follow for herbal beginners whilst providing enough depth to be of interest to herbalists & pharmacists working in the field of phytotherapy.