Yarrow

  At this time of year, there’s not much growing, but there are still a few hardy weeds around that are used as herbal medicines. Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is one of them and is easily recognisable, even when it’s not flowering, by its feathery,...

Nettle seed for a shiny coat!

  Many people have had nettle leaf tea, made with spring nettle tops; it’s a wonderful strengthening tonic and great for reducing symptoms of hayfever. Not many people however will have had nettle seed tea – it’s my favourite part of the nettle plant...

Miracle Healer!

I had the unexpected opportunity recently to try out some emergency herbal medicine when I grabbed a hot pan handle straight from the oven. After running my burning hand under cold water I spent the evening with it covered in comfrey and lavender cream and bag of...

Ginger and Diabetes

A new study (Mozaffari-Khosravi et al., 2014) has shown the benefits of ginger in controlling blood sugar in diabetes; the study of 88 diabetic patients showed, amongst other measurements, a blood sugar reduction of 10.5% in the treatment group when 3g of ginger...