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Rose

Rose

Of all the flowers, methinks a rose is best. The Two Noble Kinsmen by John Fletcher and William Shakespeare Although most famous as a beautiful flower and for it's fragrant scent, rose is used extensively in herbal medicine. She lifts the spirits, helps to heal grief,...

Sweet Violet

Sweet Violet

I've always had a soft spot for sweet violet. I love the smell. The taste is divine. My favourite sweets are violet cremes. I used to treat myself to a small box of rose and violet cremes from Fortnum and Mason when I lived in London every Christmas. Just remembering...

How to protect Golden Seal

How to protect Golden Seal

Golden Seal has been used by the Cherokee nation long before Europeans had heard of the plant. Traditionally used as a bitter herb to support digestive problems, it is now more widely known for its ability to break down catarrh and to overcome bacterial invasion...

How to recognise yarrow

How to recognise yarrow

The combination of blazing sunshine and intense rain has encouraged an abundance of vibrant yarrow in the Wairarapa. So I thought I'd take the hint from mother nature and make January the month of yarrow! How to recognise Yarrow Yarrow or Achillea millefolium is known...

How Milk Thistle Can Help Your Hangover

How Milk Thistle Can Help Your Hangover

Milk Thistle seed (Silybum marianum or sometimes referred to by its older botanical name of Carduus marianus) is a wonderful liver helper.  That's particularly good news this time of year. Researchers believe the family of plant chemicals (phytochemicals) known as...

Rose is a Natural Stress Buster

Rose is a Natural Stress Buster

Nothing beats the smell of rose.  It can lift your spirits, provide space within your heart and help you feel calm.  I know rose is traditionally associated with Valentines Day, but it such a great supporting mood lifter that I think we should borrow it to support...

Thyme Checklist

Thyme Checklist

Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is a must-have herb to keep in the kitchen.  Use it fresh in the summer and the dried herb in the winter.  Add it to your food, make herbal teas with it, add it to your creams and ointments. Its benefits and medicinal uses are applicable all...

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