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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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Mistletoe – A Magical Herb

Mistletoe (Viscum album) is a beautiful parasitic herb found frequently on old apple trees and occasionally on oak trees.  It is in great demand as part of the greenery brought inside to celebrate Yule and kissing under the mistletoe is … 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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Reconnecting with our Herbal Roots and Musings on 17th Century Herbal Medicine

When I first set up my herbal clinic my bank manager came to see me.  We chatted over a cup of herbal tea and she admired my shelves of tinctures and drawers of capsules.  I was surprised though when she … Continue reading

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Couch Grass – a Welcome Crop in My Garden

Yesterday I had an hour after my clinic to do some work in the garden.  I planned to dig over a fallow bed and was delighted to find that it contained a good crop of Couch grass.  I know that … Continue reading

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Harvesting Marshmallow Leaf – A Soothing Demulcent

Today I harvested Marshmallow leaf.  You only have to brush against it to understand that it is a wonderful healing demulcent herb.  Marshmallow leaf has a high level of mucilage which accounts for its ability to soothe the mucous membranes … Continue reading

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