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).

Posted: 6th December 2016

Elderberries have anti-viral qualities – which in many cases can help to shorten the length of colds and flu.*

Approx 500 grms of fresh elderberries cleaned from their stalks – or 250 grms of dried Elderberries (available mail order from Baldwins**)

Posted: 4th November 2016

Hawthorn Berries – Crataegus laevigata or monogyna – Rose family – a tonic rich in flavonoids which are beneficial to our circulatory system

The deep, jewel-like red of hawthorn berries are adorning the field edges and lower storeys of our local woodland at the moment. Throughout the ages these berries have been used for food and medicine. They are one of our native hedgerow

Posted: 2nd July 2016

Used in Herbal Medicine for: Used mainly for heartburn, acid reflux and
inflammation of the stomach and duodenum – for this purpose Herbalists often combine it with other herbs such as chamomile and/or mallow root. Externally, its anti-inflammatory action helps to relieve stiff and aching joints and muscles. Makes a good salve, especially when combined with other healing herbs such as comfrey - see my website for further details if you wish to obtain such a salve.

Posted: 2nd June 2016

Elderflower – Sambucus nigra

Elder is a very common small tree with creamy flowers, found all over Britain. It is often found near old cottages, farmhouses, field edges, waste ground and railway embankments. For those not familiar with the elder: the flowers are arranged as flat topped bunches of tiny five-petalled flowers, the leaf shape is an elongated oval which is serrated.