• Harpagophytum cultivation
    Harpagophytum cultivation

    Harpagophytum procumbens cultivation in Namibia

  • Hoodia gordonii
    Hoodia gordonii

    Hoodia cultivation in Africa

  • Saffron

    Crocus sativus - saffron - the golden spice

  • Glechoma hederacea
    Glechoma hederacea

    In the early part of the 16th century, ground ivy was used to clarify and flavour beer before the introduction of hops.

  • Mt .Chester
    Mt .Chester

    The Rockies, Canada

  • Echinacea purpurea
    Echinacea purpurea
  • Calendula officinalis
    Calendula officinalis
  • Stachys betonica
    Stachys betonica

    A Tasmanian bumblebee visiting a wood betony flower

  • Arnica cordifolia
    Arnica cordifolia

    Found growing in profusion on the slopes of Mt Chester, Canada

  • Echinacea tennesseensis
    Echinacea tennesseensis

    Endangered in its native Tennessee, this species is thriving in Tasmania

  • Crocus sativus
    Crocus sativus

    Saffron field in Iran - the world's largest producer of saffron (90% of total production)

  • Saffron stigmas
    Saffron stigmas

    Each crocus only produces three stigmas - all handpicked

  • Thymus vulgaris
    Thymus vulgaris

    Thyme field in Europe

Welcome to Illuminate Natural Medicine


The CPE challenge

We, at Illuminate Natural Medicine, would like to set a challenge for the naturopath and Western herbalist professions. This challenge is to achieve 75% of your required CPE from independent sources this year. You’ll find some options available on this site (with many more coming over the next few months), but also in the links section, where a number of alternate providers of independent CPE are highlighted. And don’t forget your professional associations, some of these provide excellent industry-independent CPE options.

Feedback and suggested topic areas you would like to see covered would be most welcome. Once  you're logged into Illuminate, you can submit comments and discussion points.
Thanks for visiting and we look forward to hearing from you!

Yours in Health,
Jason and Dawn

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