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Isabell Shipard's passion is herbs, and she loves to inspire and share the joys and wonders of natural herbs.

For over 30 years, Isabell and her husband Derrick, have lived on their picturesque farm at Nambour, Queensland, and grown and distributed herbs on the Sunshine Coast and by mail order.

Their large collection of culinary and medicinal herbs, spices, fruit, rare edibles and seed varieties have been sought after by gardeners throughout Australia and internationally. They have supplied herbs for cooking demonstration by 'The Naked Chef' Jamie Oliver, and displays for international expos.

For over 10 years, Isabell was a guest on ABC radio Coast FM for the popular segment, Herb of the Week. Isabell has assisted universities and botanical gardens in sourcing plants for display and research.

Isabell Shipard working in her herb garden

The farm has been featured on numerous TV programs, including Gardening Australia, The Great South East and Totally Wild. With Isabell's experience and knowledge of growing and using herbs as culinary delights, alternative medicines and herbal remedies, she has taught courses on herbs at the Sunshine Coast TAFE, and areas in Queensland, and has often been asked to speak at schools, herb and garden clubs, permaculture and organic growers' groups, expos and organisations interested in natural health.

Isabell’s Blogs
Pass It On ~ 11/07/08
By using herbs daily we take a pro-active role in health and healing. Herbs are rich in vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll; and have antiseptic, antibiotic, healing and rejuvenating properties. ...
Fenugreek ~ Powerful Antioxidant ~ 27/07/08
Fenugreek sprouts are very alkalising and have been used to bring inner cleansing and a return to health from many conditions, such as: peptic ulcers, fluid retention...
Nettle ~ Many Uses, Many Benefits ~ 1/06/08
Nettle provides one of the richest sources of chlorophyll and is a valuable blood builder. It is one of the most powerful iron sources in the vegetable kingdom. Therefore, it is a valuable aid for...
Herbal Folklore ~ Our Healing Heritage ~ 1/06/08
Herbal folklore is the traditional knowledge and practice that is disseminated largely through oral communication, handed down from one generation to the next...
Nasturtium ~ Natural Antibiotic ~ 18/05/08
Scientific research has found the plant has a natural antibiotic action that is fast-working in the body. It is interesting to note that the antibiotic agent...
King Of Bitters ~ Therapeutic Powers ~ 27/04/08
King Of Bitters is a herb with many therapeutic powers and actions: antibacterial, antibiotic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic, anti-thrombotic, anti-viral, anti-microbial, digestive, blood purifier, prophylactic, vermicidal and adaptogen...
Licorice ~ An Elixir Of Life ~ 13/04/08
Since earliest recorded history, licorice has been used for many ailments and for vitality and longevity. It was often called an elixir of life...
Comfrey ~ Potential To Knit Broken Bones ~ 30/03/08
Comfrey has been called knit-bone for its potential to knit broken bones. The allantoin in comfrey is renown for its ability to rejuvenate old cells...
Gotu Kola ~ Brain Boost ~ 16/03/08
Many herbalists have called gotu kola the finest of all herbal tonics. A brain boost - revitalising herb to the body, brain and nerves...
Aloe ~ Accelerated Healing ~ 2/03/08
Aloe is often referred to as 'The living first-aid plant'. Ancient Egyptians called aloe 'the plant of immortality'...
Herb Robert ~ Natural Alterative ~ 3/02/08
Herb Robert is perhaps the most profound natural alterative to the many toxic treatments for cancer...
Healing Properties ~ Natural Healing Herbs ~ 28/01/08
When I walk into my herb garden each morning to pick fresh herbs for my breakfast, and I look at the way the plants are growing so fast...
Isabell's Top 11 ~ Herbs And Spices For Cooking ~ 20/01/08
I am often asked what are my favourite herbs for flavouring, or what are the most valuable herbs to grow and use daily, in the kitchen...
Seed Saving ~ Providing For Our Future ~ 13/01/08
Seed saving is as old as agriculture, yet today we have become reliant on seed companies and highly bred hybrids for our plant seeds...
Chinese Herbs ~ Harmony For Optimum Health ~ 30/12/07
Chinese herbs have served as the foundation for 'Traditional Chinese Medicine' for over 2,000 years. The fundamental idea of living in harmony with nature and the environment forms...
Use Medicinal Herbs ~ Benefit Your Health ~ 23/12/07
There are so many herbs that we can grow and use for medicinal benefits. Even culinary flavouring herbs, have many therapeutic actions.
Create A Herb Garden ~ For Health And Healing ~ 16/12/07
Herb gardens are an important part of a home garden, as herbs are given to us for our health and healing.
Drying Herbs From Your Own Garden ~ 9/12/07
Enjoy the ease and availability of dried herbs from your own garden all year round.
Lemon Myrtle ~ Get the Benefits ~ 11/11/07
is a Queensland rainforest tree growing to 8 metres in height, although if regularly pruned it can be kept to bush size...
Licorice ~ Sweetest Thing ~ 4/11/07
To many people, licorice is a black lolly, a long licorice twist to chew on, or licorice all-sorts. If these sweets that you delight in are flavoured with real licorice...
Brahmi ~ Brain Boost ~ 28/10/07
Is a perennial ground cover, growing to 15 cm high. Very small leaves form along the creeping stems....
Sweet Leaf Bush ~ Survival Food ~ 21/10/07
Is my favourite salad green. The leaves taste similar to sweet, fresh garden peas...
Comfrey ~ Healing Remedy ~ 14/10/07
Is a valuable plant for every garden. Comfrey is a nutritious food plant for humans, and also in poultry and animal fodder. Protein has been found to be from 22-36%...
Salad Mallow ~ Better Than Bananas ~ 7/10/07
Is a hardy, easy to grow, fast growing annual, up to 1 metre high. It has glossy, dark green leaves that can be enjoyed fresh, lightly steamed...
Sheep Sorrel ~ Antioxidant Rich, Cancer Preventative ~ 30/09/07
Is a very special, easy to grow perennial herb, with attractive small arrow-shaped leaves, which look great as a garnish on a plate...
Sweet Fruit Root ~ A Dieting Wonder ~ 23/09/07
A member of the daisy family, it is also called Apple of the Earth. And, although it is a root crop, the tuber tastes similar to a sweet, crisp apple...
Allspice ~ Magnificent Aroma ~ 16/09/07
If I could give you a leaf sample to enjoy, via your computer, it would be an allspice leaf...
Cinnamon ~ Most Wonderful ~ 09/09/07
Cinnamon is one of the most wonderful aromatic spices we can enjoy ...
Herb Robert ~ High Demand ~ 02/09/07
This is the most called for herb at the Herb Farm, and is a herb that I have come to revere ...

 
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