From mid-summer onwards our native superfood, the stinging nettle offers us their plump green seeds. They hang like jewels in strings beneath the leaves and if you’re very careful, you can just about pick the seeds without stinging yourself on the stems or leaves that surround them, but I recommend gloves for gathering nettle seeds.…

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Infusing herbs in vegetable glycerine to make a glycerite is a great way to make medicine that is both alcohol-free and, despite its sweet flavour, sugar-free. I make the majority of my glycerites in midsummer as I love the way the odorless, slightly sweet qualities of glycerine brings out the delicate sweet flavours and fragrances…

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It’s time to let the warm summer sun infuse oils on my window sill. Lavender, St John’s Wort, calendula, plantain, feverfew and lemon balm to name a few. The oils in this picture have been made by putting the fresh plant directly in the oil and leaving the sun to warm it each day.  If…

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Stinging nettles really are a superfood – containing over 50 chemical constituents. Nettles are one of the highest sources of protein for a leafy green, nettle leaves also contain vitamins A, C, D, E, F, K, P, and b-complexes as well as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin B-6! I could go on and on… get…

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  10-12 elderflower heads ( remove as much stem as you can ) A chopped chunk of fresh ginger 2 unwaxed, organic lemons 250ml water 450g local honey*   Place the elderflowers in a bowl removing as much of the stem as you can. Add the chopped ginger. Add the zest of one lemon and…

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I am collaborating with Gazelli House on July 4th for an evening workshop sharing the delightful medicine of rose.  You can read more on their blog. Calm and Sensuous…some of the medicine of rose. Who doesn’t want more of these qualities in their life? Rosa canina, know as dog rose, wild rose or briar rose…

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In my last post, I talked about Stinging nettles and how they really are a superfood – containing over 50 chemical constituents valuable to our bodies. There is still perhaps a little bit of time to find yourself some stinging nettles and make the most of their goodness this year. It is important to only…

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Stinging nettles really are a superfood – containing over 50 chemical constituents. Nettles are one of the highest sources of protein for a leafy green, nettle leaves also contain vitamins A, C, D, E, F, K, P, and b-complexes as well as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and vitamin B-6! I could go on and on… get…

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Making Medicine for Herbalists Without Borders A couple weeks ago, Belle joined the Bristol group of Herbalists without Borders at Kebele Centre to make more than 20 litres of hot, pungent, punchy fire cider. Fire Cider is a traditional remedy that relieves sinus congestion, ward off colds and flus, aid digestion, and increase circulation. Medicine-making…

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