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Take this arsenic and see me in the morning

Take this arsenic and see me in the morning

In Victorian times (1937-1001) there was a radical change in healthcare available to the average person on the street. At a time when it was too expensive to seek 'professional' medical help, there was a sudden influx of chemist

Moon Tea – Making an infusion by the light of the full moon

Moon Tea – Making an infusion by the light of the full moon

Last night the first full moon for the new year rose in all her glory. It was my intentin to make a Moon infusion (also known as Moon Tea) with fresh comfrey leaves and flowering stalks from the garden.

Memories that shape us

Memories that shape us

This year my end of year message was going to be a deep and meaningful account of the kind of Christmases I grew up with and how those memories come back every year to make me 'homesick'. I was

On my mind …. Sweet Woodruff

On my mind …. Sweet Woodruff

While growing up in Germany we would often have bright green syrups or jellies which I later learned were flavoured with Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum). I'd like to find some, fresh of course, to play with and ....

Herbal Christmas Projects – Brighten your holidays with herbs

Herbal Christmas Projects – Brighten your holidays with herbs

The silliness of the season is well and truly upon us here at Herbology HQ. There is some manic gift making and the decorations are all finally up - better late than never. For those of you who are still in

Refreshing Elderflower Liqueur

Refreshing Elderflower Liqueur

Continuing on from my previous post on making cordials and a natural cleaner, it is now time to bottle the Elderflower Liqueur I made. The original elderflower liqueur recipe that inspired me requires that you soak the herbs in vodka to

How to make a Herbal Cream

How to make a Herbal Cream

Whereas ointments (salves, balms) are meant to form a protective layer on the skin, a cream is an emulsion of water with oils which softens and soaks into the skin. Any product containing water is a breeding ground for bacteria.

Dye Easter Eggs with Herbs

Naturally-dyed eggs have a lovely matte finish reminiscent of old milk paint, but eggs can also be oiled to a satin shiny finish. After eggs have dried, rub them with an edible vegetable oil such as canola oil or olive

Happy Herbmas

Happy Herbmas

There are so many people who are interested in a more natural lifestyle and what better way to achieve that than to include herbs in your everyday life??

Farewell to the New Forest

The many varied herbal adventures I wanted to report on didn’t quite happen the way I wanted to. The time of year meant that there weren’t many great examples of herbs in bloom or on display and I was caught

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