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Bee Friendly Gardening

There's a lot of information at the moment about the challenge our bees are having in maintaining good health and happy hives.  You can help by ensuring your garden is as bee friendly as possible. We always have loads of bees in our garden.  I think it's because there...

Meadowsweet is Nature’s NSAID

Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) is one of my favourite herbs when it comes to digestive disorders or anything anti-inflammatory. It’s best known for its salicylates.  Salicylates are nature’s non steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) but they’re packaged a little...

Turmeric is a Great Liver Herb

What's In Turmeric? Researchers have isolated a number of phytochemicals from turmeric.  The orange-yellow volatile oil contains turmerone, atlantone and zingiberone (which accounts for 4% - 14%).  Curumin accounts for just 0.3% - 5.4%.  Turmeric's actions are mainly...

The Stories Plants Could Tell

My Mum told me the most amazing story the other night. It totally blew my mind, so of course, I had to share it with you. She has two rather wonderful plants in her garden. One is a cutting from her Grandmother's house and one is a cutting from her Aunt Evelyn's...

Recognising Comfrey

English Comfrey was traditionally referred to as Knitbone due to its long standing use as the herb for sprains, strains and broken bones.  It’s also anti-inflammatory and a good skin herb.  The bristles on the stems and leaves are quite prickly though! Herbalists use...

Elderflower (Sambucus nigra)

Traditional Use Preparations of black elder (Sambucus nigra L.) are used in traditional medicine as diuretics and to treat colds, influenza, inflammation, and diabetes (Christensen et al., 2010).  S. nigra fruct. is traditionally used to treat constipation, increase...

Choose Where To Plant Your Herbs To Maximise Success

Have you decided what herbs you would like to grow this year? Or perhaps you are looking at your garden space, wondering where to start.  These 7 top tips will make planting your garden a whole lot easier. 1. Remember Your Herbal Allies Think about your herbal allies:...

Nettle (Urtica dioica)

Urtica dioica means two houses.  It's called this because you have a male and a female plant. This is best seen when the nettle is in seed. Male Nettle Female Nettle Some Research on Nettle Anti-allergic A nettle (Urtica dioica) extract demonstrated in vitro...

Cleavers (Galium aparine)

Cleavers are one of my favourite springtime herbs.  It is traditionally used as a lymphatic and diuretic. Folk medicine says men will fall in love with ladies who drink this herb as a tea for a month, such will be the luminosity of their skin. 🙂 Galium aparine (also...

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