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.
Elderberries have long been known for their immune enhancing properties. Elderberry syrup is so easy to make, and is a really useful addition to any home medicine cabinet during the cold winter months. If you’d like to have a go at making your own elderberry brew, here are foolproof instructions for two of my very best tried and trusted recipes.
As an herbalist, it’s so wonderfully satisfying to see how plant medicines can have such a deep and long-lasting effect on people’s everyday lives. I particularly enjoy receiving emails from customers who’ve successfully used herbs to help resolve their skin complaints. Read about their skin care journeys here.
Ashwagandha has a calming and sedative effect on the body, and is most famous for its rejuvenating and nourishing qualities. By supporting the proper functioning of the adrenal glands, boosting immunity and improving brain function, it’s been used for many years as a traditional remedy for insomnia, anxiety and stress. Find out more about this amazing plant.
Traditional healers have made preparations from the sausage tree for many hundreds of years. This amazing plant has a reputation for healing all manner of skin complaints, including eczema and psoriasis.
As well as anecdotal evidence from traditional use, there now exists a significant body of scientific research to support its efficacy. Find out more about this unusual remedy.
An increasing number of people are turning to herbal medicines as a way of improving their health – but is it safe to self prescribe with over the counter products if you’re already taking GP prescribed drugs?
A recent study showed a shocking 40% rise in the number of people visiting their GP to report new cases of eczema. Why is this happening? From an herbalist’s point of view, there are several issues which are clearly contributing to the problem. Find out what they are, and more importantly, how you can tackle them using herbs and nutrition.