DIY “Indian Brandee” – Make Your Own Herbal Digestive Syrup

DIY “Indian Brandee” – Make Your Own Herbal Digestive Syrup

“Indian Brandee is a traditional herbal remedy for the relief of flatulence, colic and heartburn. It was dispensed by corner shops in the North of Industrial England until early 2010. Mildly alcoholic.” Hands up if you remember taking Indian Brandee as a...
What Do Herbalists Do With Stinging Nettles?

What Do Herbalists Do With Stinging Nettles?

For obvious reasons, stinging nettles are one of the very first plants children learn to identify. As they grow literally everywhere and are safe* for most people to use, nettles are a great herb to experiment with if you’re new to medicine making or foraging....
Why Everyone Should Be a Self Sufficient Herbalist

Why Everyone Should Be a Self Sufficient Herbalist

At the start of the COVID pandemic, for the first time ever I was unable to source essential remedies like echinacea and elderflower because my herb suppliers had run out of stock. It was alarming (and not to mention ironic) that during a global pandemic when we...
A Practical Guide to Anti Viral Herbs

A Practical Guide to Anti Viral Herbs

What is a virus? Viruses are billions of years old. They’re among the oldest organisms on the planet, and are exceptionally good at what they do. Over time, they’ve learned how to bypass many of our immune responses, the aim being to gain entry to a human host so they...
Making Herbal Switchels, Shrubs & Vinegars

Making Herbal Switchels, Shrubs & Vinegars

Vinegar is among the oldest foods and medicines known to humans, and is believed to have been in use for some ten thousand years. Before refrigeration, vinegar was used to preserve and flavour food, as a medicine, and as a base ingredient for cosmetics. The word...
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