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.