A Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner's Garden | Design and Inspiration | Gardening Australia

A Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner's Garden | Design and Inspiration | Gardening Australia

Step in to this medicinal garden and learn about the healing power of plants.
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Clarence ventures into the jungle garden of a traditional herbalist to talk herbs and healing across generations and cultures.

Rusel Last is a Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (TCM) and grows a lot of plants for his own use, as well as for his practice.

He also favours plants that can thrive if he is away.

His one-acre block was once an old dairy farm and before that, it was rainforest. When Rusel took over the property, it was covered in lantana. The bonus is its rich volcanic soil.

Since the age of 17, Rusel has been fascinated with the herbs. He grows herbs that have been traditionally used in cultures around the world for their medicinal qualities. He uses herbs for food, to use in teas and for medicine.

However he warns against using plants that you’re not familiar – some plants can be both curative and toxic at the same time, depending on how they’re used. Also some medicinal herbs from overseas are noxious weeds in Australia.

He makes Clarence a tea using dried liquorice, native nettles and coriander seeds.

Watercress (Nasturtium officinale)
Common houseleek (Sempervivum tectorum)
Warrigal greens (Tetragonia tetragonioides)
Native indigo (Indigofer australis)
Native nettle (Urtica incisa)

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  1. Ra - I know things, I sew things, I grow things on November 11, 2021 at 11:19 am

    This was really interesting. Left me hungry for more.

  2. Marc B on November 11, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Rusel, you’re living your passion and it is a paradise for you. Onya mate.

  3. Helene V. on November 11, 2021 at 11:25 am

    I absolutely love that he is not wearing shoes! That say it all!

  4. john smith on November 11, 2021 at 11:31 am

    One day i ll have one of my own.

  5. Maria Gillinson on November 11, 2021 at 11:33 am

    Does Rusel have a YouTube or fb page?

  6. Trento on November 11, 2021 at 11:35 am

    Heck of a time to be talking about chinese traditional medicine. Beautiful garden though.

  7. Smashed Avo on November 11, 2021 at 11:37 am

    Calling it “Oriental” Medicine is quite offensive, just call it Chinese Medicine mate.

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  9. SUCH Developments on November 11, 2021 at 11:51 am

    We grow a number of herbs in our home garden but not as many as you. Fantastic, watch Gardening Australia for years, best gardening program on 📺. Meet Costa on the field day at Mullumbimby Community Garden five years ago.

  10. Timothy Tay on November 11, 2021 at 11:52 am


  11. The Farm Dream on November 11, 2021 at 11:57 am

    Lovely garden. Nice video 😀 Thank you for sharing it with us!

  12. Lorelle Tyler on November 11, 2021 at 11:58 am

    Hi Russell just wondering whether you have a plant for fibromyalgia pain please.

  13. Iri on November 11, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    🌱Love your beautiful sanctuary – herbal tea looks Great too🍵!! We in TeAoMaori (NZ) have many natural remedies as a healthy alternative for health & wellness – Enjoy a Blessed Bountiful Day🌻

  14. TeamOceanox on November 11, 2021 at 12:05 pm


  15. Timothy Tay on November 11, 2021 at 12:14 pm

    L would love to meet you

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