Time for a Spring Cleanse?

Time for a Spring Cleanse?

I was feeling a bit sluggish at the end of winter and felt the need to do a spring clean of my body as well as of my house and garden. I’m not normally a ‘cleanse’ or ‘detox’ kind of person – we eat well generally and I don’t live a toxic lifestyle at all. When most...
Echinacea, the Amazing Immune Enhancing Herb

Echinacea, the Amazing Immune Enhancing Herb

Harvesting The root is harvested in Autumn after the second year of growth. Properties Alterative (depurative), anti-microbial, immune modulating, anti-inflammatory, lymphatic, vulnerary, sialagogue Indications ·     The active constituent of Echinacea preparations...
Basil for your Brain, Breast, and Belly

Basil for your Brain, Breast, and Belly

I have an abundant crop of basil in my garden this year. I put in a lot of plants because normally slugs and snails destroy some of the seedlings, or I neglect it and it goes to seed. But this year, I’ve managed to keep it growing well and now it’s at the perfect...
Manuka

Manuka

Latin name Leptospermum scoparium Part Used Herb and essential oil Actions Antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, anxiolytic and sedative, astringent, diuretic, alterative, febrifuge and diaphoretic Indications Most widely used for its...
Paul’s Close Call with Death

Paul’s Close Call with Death

I’ve been working with herbs for the past 17 years now, and a recent incident made me realise how much I take them for granted and speak of them quite casually. Paul had been complaining about being sore and tired, and was really hot and sweaty during the night, but...