Posts in Wellness
Autumn Immune Tonic - Fire Cider

As we transition to Autumn, start boosting your immunity with this fiery mix of herbs, honey and vinegar. With anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and circulatory herbs, it will stand you in great stead as the months get colder. It takes a month to infuse so now is the perfect time to get making. This sweet/sour tonic is known traditionally as an oxymel and I’m a huge fan of this combo of flavours.

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Nettle Rosemary Hair Tonic

It may seem a bit odd pouring what is essentially herbal tea over your head, but I’m a convert. This simple mix of nettles, rosemary, apple cider vinegar and water has added shine and body to my hair, giving it far better texture than any conditioning treatment - all without using chemicals.

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Raspberry Shrub with Lemon Verbena and Rose Geranium

The weather is hotting up again and raspberries are in season, so here’s summer shrub (aka drinking vinegar) recipe for some zingy refreshment. It’s a sweet/sour syrup you can mix with sparkling water (like a cordial) or add to cocktails. (See also my Gorse Flower Shrub on the blog for more history on these drinks).

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Summer Herbal Honey Salt Scrub

Sadly I inherited my Dad’s feet, not my Mum’s little dainty ones. They need a bit of extra TLC to look acceptable in the summer and this scrub is a great help! Salt scrubs are abrasive, so great to use on stubborn areas of dry skin like soles of feet, elbows and knees for a bit of a polish. They are also an easy way of incorporating more nourishing summer herbs into your self-care and beauty routine.

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Coconut Calendula Salve

This was the first salve I ever attempted as it is so easy, and is still my favourite. Calendula is a great herb for numerous skin complaints, with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. Think stings, wounds, burns, eczema, cracked nipples or just tired old gardener’s hands like mine!

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Plant Spotlight - Gorse

Oh the smell of Gorse on a sunny day. That heady coconut waft, reminiscent of suncream and the seaside. This scruffy plant, actually a member of the pea family, is really showing off in Suffolk at the moment. The beautiful Easter weather (which seems an age ago now) yielded a profusion of yellow blooms along roadsides, coastal paths and heathland so I went foraging.

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Plant Spotlight - Dandelion

I’ve been waiting for the right moment to harvest Dandelion flowers. My morning dog walk takes me through a meadow, away from the sprayed wheat and bean fields that is full of golden blooms. The flowers only open when the sun is out so can easily elude you, and as there have been many dull mornings of late I’ve been biding my time. I pounced for a short window on Friday morning. The dogs are getting used to plant related interruptions on walks.

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Plant Spotlight - Primrose

We should all grow more primroses. Native to Britain, nothing heralds spring to me more than their arrival. Tucked into hedgerows, banks and woodland edges, their pale yellow flowers are a hopeful sight. They have been attracting hoards of sun-dazzled bees in my garden this weekend. This is an edible flower that actually have real flavour! They smell and taste like the delicious sweetness of spring.  For this reason they are perfect in wild salads, coupled with daises, sweet violets and sorrel leaves. Or used as flavourful decoration in all manner of dishes.

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