Self-heal: A little used but potent healer

This tiny plant is popping up all over the place at the moment, in lawns and grass verges. Although little used in modern herbalism, it has been the surprising subject of research studies for its antiviral and anticancer properties. However, its traditional uses are...

Lime flowers

Lime trees are covered with feathery yellow-green flowers at this time of year and these are the parts commonly used by herbalists. Lime flowers make a a relaxing tea for helping with anxiety and poor sleep, but as with all herbs there’s much more to it than...

Shepherd’s purse

Shepherd’s purse is a lesser known weed that is flowering at the moment; it’s easily identified by the ‘purse’ or heart-shaped seed pods on the stem. The entire plant above the ground is used to make a medicine that’s commonly used to...

How to use elderberries for colds

While all those cold viruses are doing the rounds, I recommend using elderberries as a preventative medicine and to speed recovery – elderberries have been used traditionally in herbal medicine for prevention and treatment of colds and flu and recent research...