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Sideritis Scardica – Mountain Tea

Mountain tea - Sideritis scardica - is also known as Greek Mountain Tea, Ironwort and Shepherd's Tea. A popular drink throughout Eastern & Central Europe it has a very pleasant taste which is sometimes enhanced with cinnamon and honey. The ancient Greek thought it to be...

Birch Juice anyone?

I've never heard of birches being juiced, and this just happens to be my favourite tree. So it was only natural that I would appoint myself as the selfless taste tester to share this discovery with you.My research tells me that birch juice is very much a common........

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....

Herbal Bath Cookies

Forgive me for stealing this post from my other blog, but I think you guys will love the idea and herbal possibilities of this recipe too. Bath cookies! This one tickled my fancy as it combines cooking (well baking), herbs (which I love) and natural skin care (which I also...

Stillroom Book – Create a family heirloom

A stillroom book would contain recipes, family health information, treatments tried, but also notes and inspirations, things of importance to the household, anything and everything that would be meaningful to the next generation. These books were handed down the maternal line andwere prized possessions......

How to Make Herbal Tinctures

Making a tincture is one of the most useful and versatile extracting methods. The standard method which has been used for many centuries involves using an alcohol base, usually vodka as this has very little taste, to extract the herb’s nutrients and healing properties....

How to make Herbal Salves

We covered infused oils and making a herbal cream over the past couple of weeks, so now, due to popular demand I'll show you how to use the infused oils for making salves/ointments/balms as well. Step-by-step instructions.......

How to make Herb Infused Oils

Last week I showed you how to make Herbal Cream and one of the ingredients was an infused oil. A lot of you have asked how you can infuse your own oils, so I thought I would show you how here. Infused oils are perfect for external...