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 […]

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 […]

Pine (Pinaceae)

Just in case you were wondering, yes, you really can eat your Christmas Tree! All pine nuts are edible and so are the needles from the majority of pine, spruce or fir trees, including the Norway spruce which is a popular choice of Christmas tree in this country. The needles have a strong and distinctive […]

FORAGING

I know that foraging isn’t at the forefront of people’s minds at this time of year, although there are still pickings to be had, but I think it’s a good time to talk about the idea of foraging in general and in preparation for next year’s bounty. So what are you legally allowed to forage […]