Posts tagged herbal medicine
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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Nettles = Fine Fettle

If you go down to the woods today…you’ll be lucky if you find any bloody Wild Garlic, but nettles (Urtica dioica) will be abundant. Instagram is dripping with Wild Garlic shots at the moment – every scroll reminds me of what I can’t find! Living in Cornwall I had it on my doorstep, and even in the centre of Oxford there was a magic spot in a churchyard that provided (the ‘bonemeal’ fertiliser must have helped…). But so far in Suffolk it’s alluding me. If you’re like me and it’s giving you the slip, set your sights on nettles. You won’t have to look far.

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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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