Hunting for wild medicine in Spring is fundamentally rewarding for your soul. It’s something anyone, anywhere can enjoy for free. Crack open your door and go for a ramble! Here are five easy to spot plants. Learn what to look out for (with a bit of folklore thrown in for good measure!)
When roasted, garlic becomes soft and sweet, taking on a mellow, almost nutty flavour, and giving it the nickname of “poor man’s treacle.” This classic recipe for garlic soup was shared with me over 20 years ago and is my absolute go to when feeling under the weather. Learn all about the health properties of garlic, and discover other garlic recipes and related resources.
Most people are familiar with the chestnut tree, having learned to identified it as children from the spiky cases and glossy conkers which fall in the Autumn. Horse chestnut is an invaluable medicine in any modern herbal dispensary, but this extract isn’t derived from the same nuts that decorate our tables at Christmas. So what’s the difference?
Extracts from the fruit of the sausage tree have long been used by traditional healers for the treatment of a wide variety of skin complaints. Read more about the clinical evidence supporting these claims.
Tea – the universal solver of all problems. Learn how to make a “proper cup” of herbal tea from easy to source ingredients. Includes a classic, nerve soothing remedy which can be drunk freely or enjoyed as a herbal bath.
“Indian Brandee” was a popular over the counter remedy for minor digestive upsets in the 1970’s. Learn how to create an updated (and delicious) version of this remedy which can be adapted & used as a base for a range of homemade herbal syrups.
Most people think of the stinging nettle as a troublesome weed, yet every part of the plant has some benefit to humans. Learn how to harness the many valuable resources this plant has to offer in your kitchen, garden and even for your self care routine.
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. What would happen if we could no longer buy herbs on demand? Read on to discover how becoming a self sufficient herbalist is something we should all consider doing – plus some practical tips on how to get started.
Herbalist have long used anti viral herbal remedies to help support the immune system and boost natural defenses. Discover how to use a range of common culinary herbs and over the counter remedies to ward off coughs and colds.
In recent years there’s been a revival of interest in vinegar based drinks, both by bartenders and herbalists, who use a variety of seasonal ingredients to make refreshing, healthy concoctions. Herbal switchels and shrubs are really easy to make. This DIY blog post explains how.