Category Archives: Herbal Harvesting Year

Early Spring at the Allotment

  This morning was sunny and bright and I was looking forward to spending some time down at my allotment. I  had carved the time out of my crowded diary four weeks ago and I was delighted to see that … Continue reading

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2014 – A Good Year for Making Herbal Medicines

On the eve of the New Year I thought it would be fun to take a look back at my herbal medicine making exploits during 2014. Actually I process herbs practically every day of the year so it will have … Continue reading

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Lily of the Valley – Apollo’s Gift to Aesclepius

Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) is blooming at this time of year.  The Latin name means ‘Of the valleys’ and ‘during May’ so for those people who find Latin names awkward I hope to persuade you how logical and … Continue reading

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Making Infused Herbal OIls

Each summer I love to make infused herbal oils. Infused oils are a really good way of preserving the healing properties of herbs which will be used later in the year to make ointments or other external treatments.  The properties … Continue reading

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Harvesting Calendula – The Sunshine Herbal Medicine

It’s the time of the year when my Calendula crop is flowering and requires regular picking and dead heading. I pick little and often so that at the end of the season I have enough dried Calendula flowers and infused … Continue reading

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Gathering Meadowsweet – A Natural Anti-inflammatory

At this time of year the damp areas of lanes and water meadows are covered with frothy clouds of Meadowsweet.  Meadowsweet or Filipendula ulmaria is a very important herb for my clinic.  Like other damp dwelling plants it contains salicylates, … Continue reading

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Harvesting Alchemilla mollis – A Great Healer and Toner

Yesterday I was able to harvest my first crop from the new bed of Alchemilla mollis at my herb field.  Alchemilla mollis is better known as Ladies’ Mantle and is now widely known as a herb ‘for women’.  This was … Continue reading

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