Author: anke

Age Old Herbal Superstitions

Happy Friday 13th Herb lovers, Today being Friday the 13th,  I thought it would be a good idea to have a look at other superstitions – of the herbal kind. Thanks to Gerina Dunwich’s Herbal Magick Angelica – Associated with Saint Michael the Archangel, angelica was once thought to...

Cooking with Herbs – Thai Cuisine

The fresh and healthy taste of Thai food prompted me to write about the health giving properties of the herbs used in this popular cuisine. Authentic Thai cookery relies on five essential tastes – sweet, sour, hot, salty and bitter. The trick lies in getting the balance right so that...

Cinnamon – Spice up your life to better health

What that means is that cinnamon is warming, will promote sweating and aids digestion. It is also a uterine stimulant so pregnant women are advised to avoid therapeutic doses. The essential oil is a strong antibacterial and antifungal treatment. Now, the world of diabetes (if there is such a thing)...

Kitchen Herbs Are Medicine Too

At a time when there were no health food stores and online herb suppliers not everyone had access to medicinal herbs. Or did they? People distinguish between medicinal and culinary herbs but really, culinary herbs ARE medicinal as well. So what do you do when you...

Energy Boosting Superfood – Taking the sting out of nettles

In many places the stinging nettle is an unwanted weed and it is rather an invasive, vigorously growing plant in the garden. It does not require cultivation as it grows freely in the wild. Nettles like moist, nitrogen rich soil and if cut back before flowering will sprout a...

Herb shopping at the Markets

Some of you, especially those from the Northern Hemisphere, may be a bit amused at what I brought home. My basket was full of basil, mint, English spinach, dandelion greens, fat hen, cobblers pegs, ribwort plantain and marhsmallow. ...

Herbs from the Heart – Happy Valentine’s Day

Everyone does chocolate at Valentine's Day, but what do you do when your Love may or may not have already been spoiled said with chocolate throughout the year. Why, gorgeous, red, heart shaped strawberries of course!!!...

Who doesn’t like chocolate?

So why am I sharing this hip expanding experience on my herb blog? Herb flavoured chocolates of course! Before we left I made sure to peruse their extensive range and found quite a few herb related flavours that I just had to try. For research purposes of course. ...

Making Cinnamon Stick Santa

.and here is the last of my trio of cinnamon posts. After Cinnamon Ornaments and making Cinnamon Candles, it is now time to use the rest of all those cinnamon quills and pieces of cassia bark to make some Cinnamon Stick Santas. ...

Cinnamon candles

Covering candles in cinnamon is the absolute easiest;project, no craft skills required at all.....but they make great decorations or decorative gifts. I had a bag full of large cassia bark as well as the more traditional cinnamon quills, so in the photo you can see that I covered a large...