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 […]

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. […]

HERBAL TEA

Most of us are familiar with the idea of herbal tea and enjoy a cup of peppermint, chamomile or even some of the more exotic blends on the market. Herbal tea is defined as fresh or dried plant matter which is infused or decocted in hot water. This can be the leaves, flowers, berries, bark, […]

What is a herbal tincture?

Herbal medicine can be administered in various forms including as a tea, capsule or tincture. Tinctures are a method of extracting the plant’s active constituents using ethanol. The herb is macerated in the alcohol, often vodka, for 6-8 weeks and then pressed through a filter and the marc (solid plant matter) is discarded. The remaining […]