Village Horticultural Society Talk

I really enjoyed my talk to the Grindleford Horticultural Society. They were an engaging and responsive audience who asked lots of questions and told me about their own experiences of using medicinal plants as well as foraging, growing herbs and companion gardening. It’s always a pleasure to spend time with such switched on folk and […]

Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)

Of all the Latin names for plants and trees the one for coltsfoot has to be my favourite. The almost comical Tussilago farfara evokes for me the action of this little herb which is anti-tussive and often used to treat dry coughs. Another name given to it is Son before the Father which refers to […]

DAISY (Bellis perennis)

Many of us will remember those lazy summer days of childhood, making daisy chains or pulling each petal out one by one and chanting the traditional mantra of “he loves me, he loves me not!” Was it just us girls or did the boys do this too I wonder? The name Daisy may be a […]

TENDONS AND LIGAMENTS

The muscles, bones, ligaments and tendons all work together in response to signals from the brain. Tendons are strong bands of connective tissue which connect muscles to bones and their job is to help the muscles move the joint. Ligaments, on the other hand, connect one bone to another and help to stabilize the joints […]

WHY COFFEE AND TEA ARE GOOD FOR YOU!

Many of us have been told to reduce our tea and coffee intake because caffeine is fundamentally bad for our health, but is this really true? Black, green or White tea (Camellia sinensis) can be considered a herbal brew, as indeed could coffee (Coffea arabica), and they share a lot of beneficial properties in common. […]