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Baldwins & Walworth Road

Baldwin’s was established in 1844, taking up residence in 77 Walworth Road as George Baldwin opened his first herbalists. Despite opening a total of twelve shops before downsizing, Walworth Road really is the true home of Baldwin’s – as the current shop can now be found just up the road at number 173.

Despite moving a few doors away, and 170 years having passed, we have kept the traditional and nostalgic look and feel of George’s original apothecary – high shelves stacked with bottles and jars of ointment and oils, a huge collection of medicinal herbs and knowledgeable and helpful staff.

Inspired by the Baldwin’s legacy on the Walworth Road in South East London, we thought we’d explore more into the history of the road and its involvement in London since George first opened the initial shop here. We delved into the Google Books archive of written documents searching for mentions of the road and picked out a few of our favourite and most interesting references.

Walworth Road Baldwins Shop Front

Central Criminal Court Minutes of Evidence (1837)

Walworth Road Central Criminal Courts 1837

Just half a mile from no. 77 was a baker’s shop near what is now Amelia Street. It was there that Ann Pittock stated she saw Ann Coleman, on trial for a misdemeanour, give a fake shilling in exchange for a penny raspberry-puff. Her evidence, along with others, saw Ann Coleman found guilty of using counterfeit shillings and ‘confined’ for two years. George opened his shop just down the road 7 years later – and hopefully managed to avoid being paid for herbs and oils with counterfeit coins.

House of Commons legislation – Papers By Command (1906)

In 1906, Walworth Road was even being discussed in the House of Commons – but not for especially good reasons. Despite it being a busy area for small shops, it was behind the times in transport which was leading to congestion. As they discussed, ‘Tooting, that is electric; Brixton, that is electric; Camberwell Green is electric; but to the Walworth Road and Old Kent Road they still run horse trams’. Luckily enough for Baldwin’s this was soon rectified.

Chemist and Druggist: The Newsweekly for Pharmacy (1928)

Walworth Road chemist and druggist 1928

In 1928 Baldwin’s was name-checked in the Chemist and Druggist, a pharmacy newsletter – pinpointing it to be situated on 77 Walworth Road and ‘elsewhere’. This references George’s expansion into 12 shops throughout London, all following the same style of traditional apothecary. This was later scaled back to the original location, and Baldwin’s was forced to move to number 173 later due to development work.

The London Encyclopaedia (1983)

Walworth Road The London Encyclopaedia 1983

The London Encyclopaedia, first published in 1983, has entries on both Walworth and Walworth Road. Funnily enough, Baldwin’s is specifically mentioned as one of the longstanding features of the road – alongside the Labour Party Head Office – marking it as a piece of South East London history and an iconic figure of Walworth Road.



The Rise Of Quinoa

The Rise of Quinoa

The Incas may have referred to it as ‘the mother of all grains’ but as we found out when we used Google’s trends feature – where you can see the search popularity of different words and phrases over time – we were all latecomers to the wheat-free pseudo-cereal. While the superfood quinoa was first grown over 5000 years ago, it only really gained mainstream popularity in 2010.

The Rise Of Quinoa

As with any ‘health’ food the number of people searching for it around Christmas drops off dramatically…and then spikes up during the January detox. Quinoa is ideal for incorporating into your diet if you’re looking to increase the health benefits of the food you eat – but not just if you’re feeling guilty after an end of year blow out. It’s a versatile alternative to rice and couscous, works as a breakfast cereal in the same way as porridge, and quinoa flour is a brilliant gluten-free swap for baking.

Now its popularity is seemingly at its peak, plenty of people know it’s good for them – without being exactly sure why. We thought we’d break down the nutritional benefits of quinoa for a quick and easy reference guide, so you know exactly how it’s helping to improve your health.

As a grain, quinoa is a standout in terms of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants it packs in. Just a few of the great ones it contains: vitamin B6 (lowers blood pressure, can reduce PMS symptoms, supports immune system), vitamin B2 or riboflavin (maintains healthy skin and hair) and magnesium (maintains a healthy heart).

Because it comes from the same family as spinach and beetroot, quinoa is actually a seed – not a grain. This means it can benefit those who think they may suffer from gluten intolerance, which is a common dietary disorder.

It is a complex carbohydrate, which is recommended for those looking to lose weight as it provides a longer supply of energy than refined carbohydrates like white rice, which means you maintain stable blood sugar levels. It also keeps you fuller for longer – which are boosted by the fact that it’s also a great source of protein (a level similar to milk).

It’s low in fat – and the fat it does contain comprise of omega-3 fatty acid, which is said to help reduce heart disease risks, prevent joint pain and is an anti-inflammatory.

With all that in mind it’s easy to see why it’s been hailed as a superfood – and why everyone is jumping at the chance to include it in their diet. However, although this increasing popularity is great for those who are reaping the health benefits, there are some ethical considerations that need to be made when purchasing quinoa. Just as we should try to choose free-trade products in general, this especially applies to quinoa. The huge rise in demand has left the Andean population without a staple of their diet that they previously relied on. Increasingly, cheaper junk food is being used as an alternative as their quinoa fields are devoted to international supplying. Biofair quinoa is a great choice, as the brand protects its suppliers by working with them to support the environment and their local communities.

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The Baldwins South American Herb Map ~ Download & Share

From Cartagena Colombia in the North to Tierra del Fuego deep in the Southern Straits of Magellan shared by Argentina & Chile; South America has given us much more than a colourful and controversial football tournament over the years!  Sweet Lemon Verbena, the potent Guaraná and Quebra Pedra AKA ‘The Stone Breaker’!  So many of our useful medicinal herbs arrive from the Southern American Continent.
Click in the image to view the high-resolution version and travel your way round the jungles, mountains & deserts of our South American Herb Map.

The Baldwins South American Herb Map ~ Download & Share

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Energy Clearing For Living & Workspaces – Louise Smart

Louise Smart from shares some tips on clearing negative energy from your workspace and home. Visit Louise’s site for supporting information on how energy clearing works here:
How are you today? If you are not feeling on form it might be down to something other than a straightforward health issue. It is possible that over time, energies in your home or property have changed and are affecting you or your family’s life negatively. You could be feeling uneasy in your home or simply that too many things are going wrong which might include not being able to sell your house or you or family members are often unwell or relationships, business or finances have become strained.

Just like the energy field that surrounds and interpenetrates your physical body (more about this in the next post) your home has its own energy field too, that flows through the walls, fixtures, fittings and all the material contents. The energy field can become toxic because it is affected negatively by electrical equipment, computers, pollution, clutter and particularly the feelings and intentions of people who live there both now and from the past. People who lived on the land before the house was built also affect the property’s energy field today as do other buildings, electrical currents, geopathic stress and landscape in proximity. Negative emanations from a nearby cemetery, hospital or slaughterhouse can affect the vitality and harmony of a home and occupants.

When the flow of natural, pure and positive energy in a home becomes blocked or slowed down by lower energy vibrations from environmental toxicity or peoples’ fear, grief, anger, hatred, guilt, conflict and violence- a good house clearing can make a real difference.


Ways To Clear Energy In Your Home Or Workspace

Here are some very effective ways to cleanse and revitalise your home or workspace using recommended Baldwins products:

* First ensure you protect your own energy field before clearing your home. Alaskan Guardian Essence is perfect for this- spray it all around and above you.

  • Regularly open all the doors and windows and let the fresh air circulate which will help to free up blocked energy.
  • Give your place a thorough spring clean, paying particular attention to corners in rooms where stagnant energy accumulates. But only use gentle, natural cleaning products that are kind to the environment. Kindness is love – it is the highest vibration that all homes, humans and animals need for harmony and vitality. Ecover All Purpose Cleaner and Floor Soap are perfect for your hard surfaces and floors and Ecover Washing Powder for all washable soft furnishings like curtains and covers. It’s a big job, but worth the effort.
  • Energy Clearing For Living & Workspaces - Ecover Floor Soap
  •  Place a small handful of Baldwins Sea Salt in corners of all rooms to absorb impurities. Leave overnight and vacuum up after 24 hours. Empty the vacuum straight away and bury or burn the old salt. Do this as often as once a month on an ongoing basis.
  • Get rid of clutter, tidy up and rearrange furniture to get energy moving. Remove anything beneath beds because where you sleep needs to be clean and serene for your body to properly regenerate overnight.
  • If energy feels heavy, oppressive or unfriendly, especially after an upset or argument, go round every room with a lighted sage or cedar Smudge Stick.
  • Energy Clearing For Homa And Workplaces - Smudge Sticks
  • If you are a health practitioner, smudge your treatment room daily and always after your last client to keep the room welcoming and uplifting.
  • Energy Clearing For Home And Workspaces - Incense Sticks
  •  For longer term and repeat energy clearing purposes use the Rio Vaporiser with 3 drops of your favorite essential oils. Baldwins have a really extensive range of oils to choose from and experiment with. If you have never tried essential oils, you won’t be disappointed using lavender or rosemary for a distinctly cleansing and uplifting effect.
  • Play soothing music and leave it on “repeat” when you leave the house to sustain harmonious energies after clearing.
  • Place clear quartz crystals, healthy vibrant plants and fresh flowers in all rooms to maximise vitality.
  • Do what feels right. Do what inspires you to create more joy, harmony and beauty in your surroundings. You can’t go wrong by experimenting or combining any of these recommendations.
  • After energy clearing you will need to clear yourself. The next post will cover personal energy clearing in detail. Immersing your entire body including your head in a Sea Salt bath is a fail-safe measure. Dissolve one cup of Baldwins Sea Salt in your bath water. Spraying Alaskan Purification Essence all around you is ideal until it is convenient to take a salt bath.


When To Clear Energy

  • After any argument or conflict situation to transform residual negative emotional energies. Use bells, clapping or a smudge stick as soon as you can. Then burn candles or incense until the room feels calm.
  • After disappointments, learning of painful or bad news, negative experiences or difficult guests.
  • After a robbery, you will need to do a  thorough cleanse everywhere to get rid of negative energy left from the thief as well as your sense of being invaded and the inevitable distress, anger, hurt, fear and shock. Take time to calm yourself first. Bach Flower Rescue Remedy drops or mouth spray or gum will help you get through the unpleasantness of it all.
  • After any disruptive building or repair work.
  • You are experiencing disturbed sleep and waking unrefreshed
  • If you feel tired and drained or lethargic a lot of the time – change the energy in your home to clear the way for opportunity and inspiration.
  • If you have just moved somewhere new and you feel unsettled.
  • If you are having trouble selling your home or business.
  • You feel stuck and feel you can’t move forward.
  • Recovering from illness or injury takes lots of positive energy. Clearing will support the process and help keep you buoyant.
  •  Whatever you do to clear energy, do it with the intention of extending love, peace and harmony. NEVER ever underestimate how powerful your love is to transform negative energy.



Professional Energy Clearing

You may need a professional energy clearing – especially if you are experiencing persistent or recurring problems, or a string of setbacks. Geopathic stress, blockages or underground disturbances in or near your home, business or property can cause problems, in which case the skills of a professional can be really helpful.

Visit or call me – Louise Smart on  07973 780 852 to find our how I can help and for more information on my clearing options.

What happens in Energy Clearing

Energy clearing is done remotely, making it accessible and convenient wherever you are. It works without any need for me to visit your home or property. Why not take a look at testimonies on the Energy Clearing web link  above. It is very easy to schedule a clearing – just call or email and make your request and give a brief summary of the problem as you understand it. You simply carry on life as usual and I will distance dowse to check vitality levels, congestion areas, research the root cause and clear the negative energy. I will let you know as soon as the energy has been cleared and provide any relevant advice.

Editorial post by Louise Smart

Director of Emotional Detox  tel 07973 780 852 UK

Louise is globally accessible for Energy Clearing for you, your family, pets, home, business and properties.

Other services by Skype, phone and face to face:

  • Emotional Detox 
  • Stress Detox
  • Couples Therapy
  • Relax and Revive Audio

 Louise-Smart - Emotional Detox

About Louise


Louise’s nineteen years professional experience includes a clinical background working at the Stress Management Unit at London Bridge Hospital and corporate training in stress management. She has been consulting and lecturing in Emotional Detox and energy clearing since 2000 working privately and at reputable spas in the UK and overseas. She has a broad range of clients across the globe, and loves helping people develop holistic awareness and consciousness of themselves and their connection to Earth.




Baldwins European Herb Map – Download & Share

With all the Europe talk going on in the press these days, we at Baldwins think it’s about time we all realised just how we all benefit from our continental brothers & sisters.

Enter….. The Baldwins European Herb Map!

Europe is a positively overflowing cornucopia of health when you consider the amount and variations of different herbs grown here.  The finest French Lavender, Heavenly British Heather, Romanian Coriander and Norwegian Angelica are amongst some of the greats from our wonderful European neighbours.   Take a leisurely wander around the bounties found in the countries closest!

You can share and embed the map with all your euro-sceptic herbal tea loving friends to your hearts content..!
Remember that there’s also our herb map of China, and our World Of Tea Map here!

Baldwins European Herb Map

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The Baldwins Chinese Herb Map ~ Download & Share

We enter the mystic East and the controversial practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). From Astragalus Root grown across China and used for its antibacterial properties and supposed immune boosting capabilities to more prized materials such as Saffron and atractylus. We recommend consulting with a reputable TCM practitioner for advice on TCM medicines, try the Institute Of Chinese Medicine in London.

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