Part 2: The Health Benefits of the Humble Hip… Vitamins Aplenty High in Vitamin C and a great source of Beta Carotene (plant based vitamin A). Also contain the B vitamins and vitamin k. Rose hips also contain bioflavonoids, tannins, organic acids and pectin. In China rosehips have long been used medicinally, where they are known as jin ying zi – they are used to increase ‘kidney qi’ which in[…]

Very excited to have had an Edinburgh trip over the weekend, gave me a chance to stock up on some goodies from Napiers – Edinburgh’s famous Herbal Medicine shop. Though there is another ‘Napiers’ store in Glasgow, this shop is where it all started, over 150 years ago. Let me tell you a little bit more about this Scottish institution…. A Brief History of Napier’s Steeped in history, Napier’s was[…]

On my last work trip to NY I took a trip across the river to Brooklyn. Total contrast to the towering skyscrapers of Manhattan. Here you’ll find wide leafy streets, beautiful old houses (from the yesteryear where the wealthy of Manhattan used to spend vacations), art, indie, lots of ‘green’ projects around, independent shops, some fantastic organic/health food stores and last but not least… I found a beautiful herbal shop[…]

Today’s post is all about the BITTER… OK not the emo bitter kind – the therapeutic kind 😉 Yes there is such a thing, in herbal terms anyway. This post was actually inspired when I passed a little shop/cocktail bar in Manhattan specializing in Bitters only (photo above) tucked away in this urban jungle! So without further ado, here is a little intro into this well known class of herbal[…]

Herbal Medicine: Ancient Art – Modern Wisdom This article is an introduction into the vast and incredible field of Herbal Medicine, so that you will be more confident in getting started and (hopefully!) inspired to continue on a journey of discovery. So what Exactly is Herbal Medicine? Herbal Medicine is basically tapping into nature’s resources and improving health through the use of plants (roots, seeds, leaves, flowers, fruit, bark). It’s[…]

Greetings for Part 2 of the Tea Sessions… This might seem like a bit of an odd post- of course everyone knows how to make a cup of tea right?! Wrong! Here are some tips from a herbalist’s perspective: Ingredients Quality is key- see my first blog on ‘Herbal Teas – The Basics http://pineapplesage.co.uk/?p=348 Dose Obviously for certain medicinal herbs the dose is different (especially the stronger herbs dispensed by[…]

Herbs have medicinal properties and health benefits, and what more of a lovely way way to take your daily ‘medicine’ than in a cup of tea. Us Brits tend to be a bit conservative when it comes to tea- white & 1 sugar! But there is a whole world of herbs just waiting to be discovered- follow my daily blog for tips & recipes. Quality A good tea starts with[…]