The Stories Plants Could Tell

The Stories Plants Could Tell

My Mum told me the most amazing story the other night. It totally blew my mind, so of course, I had to share it with you. She has two rather wonderful plants in her garden. One is a cutting from her Grandmother’s house and one is a cutting from her Aunt...
An Introduction to Hydrotherapy

An Introduction to Hydrotherapy

Hydrotherapy, referred to as the ‘Water Cure’ in the 1800s is, according to Pizzorno and Murray, the use of water to maintain health or treat disease. One method of hydrotherapy is the provision of contrast (i.e. applying hot then cold water to the area)...
The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook

The Herbal Medicine Maker’s Handbook

This is one of my go-to books when I’m making herbal remedies or just in need of a bit of inspiration.  It’s beautifully illustrated by Ajana Green.  This is the illustration that introduces Poultices and Fomentations.  Fabulous huh! It’s a little...
How To Make St Johns Wort Infused Oil

How To Make St Johns Wort Infused Oil

St Johns Wort (Hypericum perforatum) usually flowers towards the end of June.  It has such a beautiful, cheerful flower.  Because our summer has been a little odd this year, the St Johns Wort is flowering now. Great news though, the sun has returned so it’s a...
Recognising Comfrey

Recognising Comfrey

English Comfrey was traditionally referred to as Knitbone due to its long standing use as the herb for sprains, strains and broken bones.  It’s also anti-inflammatory and a good skin herb.  The bristles on the stems and leaves are quite prickly though! Herbalists use...