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 […]


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. […]


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 […]

Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalis)

Seeing the first snowdrops of the year is so heart-lifting and indeed the flower is also known as the Flower of Hope. It is not a native, rather an alpine plant that is accustomed to snow and cold climes. It even has a little protective leaf at the top of its stem to push through […]