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 experiment with making your own elderberry brews, here are fool-proof instructions for three 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.
Liver flushing is a gentle and effective way to help your body combat the effects of the toxic soup we’re exposed to on a daily basis. Here’s how to do it safely and effectively.
Nature provides exactly what we need at precisely the moment we need it. Every autumn, around the end of September, rose hips appear like clockwork, letting us know it’s time to make preparations before the winter sets in. Here’s a delicious recipe for rose hip and elderberry syrup that can easily be whipped up in an afternoon; an invaluable store cupboard standby for soothing sore throats over the cold winter months.
Your liver is responsible for more than 500 vital functions (and probably many more besides.) Learn which herbs are best for supporting liver health, and how to use them in your everyday life.