Spring Has Sprung! Finally… The season of growth and all things new is upon us – my absolute favourite time of year. So in the theme, why not try something different this year and introduce a few herbs with medicinal/culinary/cosmetic benefits to your garden? Why not make it functional and multi-use, just like the Victorian’s did! Most houses of the era had their own kitchen garden full of edibles and[…]

Mid-August to mid-September spells Elderberry season, so let the harvest begin! Elderberry syrup is a fantastic anti-viral medicine for the Cold and Flu viruses and of course Elderberries grow everywhere in the UK so it is essentially free (well minus the labour costs of picking and preparing of course but this is worth it!)  Considering that this syrup sells for £10+ a pop (for a 200ml bottle),  it makes econonmical[…]

First things First…. Always Address the Underlying Cause This is going back to Naturopathic philosophy. It is important to get to the underlying cause of your depression/anxiety. Relying on a herb/supplement for life is not really getting to the roots of it all. They may be helpful for intermittent use to help you through the toughest moments, but diet/lifestyle/stress management/therapy should be the focus. There are some exceptions to this,[…]

January Blues? This month’s herb is in fact a summertime plant, however it has it’s greatest value right now in the dark winter months. In fact St John’s Wort has been described as akin to a ray of sunshine- absorbing all the summer sunshine & then helping to bring light back into our lives on these dark grey days 🙂 Just the colour alone is enough to cheer you up,[…]

Tonight I’m sipping on a winter favourite – ‘Mulled Hibiscus’ which I’d like to share with you all. Kinda like a mulled wine but teetotal… or not… you could add a shot of red wine & brandy if you really wanted I guess! Hibiscus Tea Origins Hibiscus grows naturally in many tropical/sub tropical parts of the world. I remember gardens being full of them when I was living in Sydney.[…]

Hanging out with the Marshmallows in Julie’s garden – hiding amongst the plants is usually where you’d find me these last few weeks – loving it! BTW Marshmallow sweets were originally made from these very flowers- sadly no longer! So I’ve spent the last week with a lovely herbalist in Dorset and learnt so much in a short time. Julie is a kind and deeply intuitive soul- qualities which carry[…]