Herb of the Month
Rosemary for remembrance
Rosemary is a beautiful herb that has a lot more uses than flavouring lamb..... which it does pretty well.
Traditionally it was used to strengthen the memory - hence the old adage.
The nice thing about rosemary is that just the smell is enough to have an effect - ask any invigilator in a herbal medicine exam and they will tell you the room smells fragrantly of rosemary.
Recent research is providing the evidence supporting this traditional use (I always like it when science catches up!).
The Lion's Teeth
To most, the humble dandelion is a weed, a pest and certainly something to be dug up. But to a hebablist, the plant rises from the winter, roaring with all the majesty that this king of medicinal plants can muster.
Not only is it one the first foods for bees but Taraxacum officinale is al…
A Rose by any other name.....
Herb of the month - RoseEver since I was a child playing in my grandparents' garden, I have loved the smell of rose. I would pick the petals and try to made "rose water." It always turned out terribly but it sparked such a love of this humble flower.
Little did I know that years later I would fall in love with Rose all over again, this time for its medicinal properties.
Traditional UseIt is thought that the birth place of the rose is Persia and traditional Iranian medicine made use of it for tr…
Herb of the Month - Chamomile!
It is used for mild insomnia, stress and anxiety. If you have trouble sleeping or even if you've had a bad day, relaxing before bed with a cup of chamomile tea can help.
Some of chamomile's relaxing properties come from it being a muscle relaxant so as well as easing nervous tension it is also useful for other conditions where muscle tension is an issue. These range from menstrual pain to digestive problems.
Chamomile has a long…