Make your own St John’s Wort Oil and heal your skin. More than an anti-depressant, Hypericum perforatum oil is liquid sunshine

When the blossoming of  St John’s wort and the solstice collide, my heart jumps for joy; summer is truly here. St John’s wort is a member of the hypericum family with small bright yellow flowers that grow in bunches. It’s Latin name Hypericum perforatum refers to one of its main identifiable features: If you hold…

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Rosehip Syrup Recipe – Autumn Healing Elixir for an immune-boost over the winter

As summer fades to autumn, look out for the red flashes of rosehip decorating the hedgerow.  You can make rosehip syrup which is both delicious and also offers a wealth of medicinal benefits. Rosehips are the vibrant red or orange fruits that adorn wild rose bushes throughout the UK countryside, typically ripening in late summer…

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Cacao Medicine & creating a Cacao Ceremony

One of the herbs that has been my biggest support through post-partem and beyond as a busy working mama is Theobroma cacao. The beans from this wonder-plant are processed to eventually become the main ingredient of chocolate. The cacao in commercial chocolate, grown as a commodity on a large scale, purely for industrial chocolate production…

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Comfrey Poultice to Heal brusies, breaks & Sprains

Healing Bruises, Breaks and Sprains with a Comfrey Poultice Last week, I was carrying Bee and walked full speed into the end of a metal banister, smashing the back of my hand between the banister and Bee. The crunch felt big. That evening, as I was out and about, my hand started swelling up and…

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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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