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Posted: 26th September 2017

National Institute of Medical Herbalists posted this report:

beetroot supplementation has been reported to reduce blood pressure, attenuate inflammation, avert oxidative stress, preserve endothelial

Posted: 26th September 2017

 

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Comfrey - Symphytum officinale

Comfrey has been used for centuries for its ability to assist in healing.  It contains a substance called Allantoin which penetrates the skin, promoting cell renewal.  Comfrey is especially good to use on slow to heal areas such as tendons and on areas where there has been previous injury.

Posted: 26th September 2017

Calendula is used for its wound healing properties and for its anti-microbial and anti fungal qualities.

This soft, moisturising Calendula salve has many uses:

•    to assist in the healing of cuts and grazes to the skin (after initial cleansing diluted Calendula tincture is good for this);
•    to soothe irritated, rough skin;
•    to soften and soothe cracked dry skin;

Posted: 20th May 2017

Lovely Spring herb and yoghurt soup (by Anna Jones' - Guardian)



Just about the perfect bowlful for this space between winter and spring. You can use any soft herbs here – just make sure you balance a more neutral herb, such as parsley, with a stronger one such as tarragon (the stronger the flavour the less of that herb you will need). You need quite a gentle stock for this: if you are using cubes or powder then ½ a cube or 1 tsp of powder will be plenty in 1 litre of water.


Posted: 5th January 2017

Medicinally, its qualities are; antiseptic, anti-spasmodic, anti-fungal and carminative, (carminative means wind reducing). It has a long history of being used for respiratory disorders. It is used particularly for dry, irritating types of coughs.

Posted: 7th December 2016

Ginger - Zingiber Officinale– a warming, stimulating and pungent herb – just what we need to off-set the cold and damp of winter. Good to add to soups, stews and casseroles.

A slice or two of fresh ginger in hot water has a warming affect, helpful to take at the onset of a cold, it induces sweating and helps bring down a fever (this is known as a diaphoretic action).