Tag: herbal

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 need of some herbaceous holiday ideas, never fear -...

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 stores offering medicines and wonder cures amongst their wares....

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 going to talk about.........

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 .......

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. Make sure all your equipment is very clean and...

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 oil using a paper towel. Wipe with a dry...

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 up with family much more than expected. I didn’t...

Chestnut views

I am thrilled with our location. We are in a quiet little street which runs around a small green. The green in ringed by majestic (sweet) chestnut trees which are showering the ground beneath with their tasty fruits. The prickly bundles everywhere are not great for little boys to...