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Herbal Medicine

Nettle Seeds for Vitality – Preventing adrenal burn out

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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Flower Glycerites – Mid-summer medicine

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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Herb infused oils and balms

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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Sugar-free Elderflower Syrup

  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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Fire Cider Recipe with Spicy Horseradish

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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