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Ribwort Medicinal Properties

As I walked through the fields today I felt that the prolific ribwort or plantain  (Plantago lanceolata) deserved some attention. Dark green, prominent ribbed leaves help you identify it. The stem has a brown flower head, surrounded by a corona of stamens. Buttercups, red clover, dandelions, cleavers and plantago intersperse the green grass. The land … Continued

Five Reasons Oranges (and juice!) are Good for You

  Fruit juice has had a bad rap. But is it all bad? Orange juice contains Vitamin C, Magnesium, fibre, protein, Potassium, Phosphorus, Calcium, Iron, Selenium, Manganese, Copper and several B vitamins. It also contains the flavonoids naringenin and hesperedin which serve as powerful antioxidants in the body. These have been shown to play a … Continued

The Adrenal Cocktail for Stress and Exhaustion

Seated above the kidneys are the adrenal glands. These small organs are responsible for producing hormones including cortisol, aldosterone and adrenaline. They help regulate your metabolism, immune system, blood pressure, response to stress and are vital for other essential functions. Existing in flight or fight mode and in a chronically stressed state the adrenals release … Continued

Jewish Penicillin

Healing chicken soup, often known as ‘Jewish Penicillin’, has a long held tradition as a ‘cure’  for colds and flu and while this may seem like an old wives tale, there is some science behind this. A study in 2000 found that consuming chicken soup could help reduce upper respiratory inflammation in turn helping you … Continued

Better Digestion with Bitters

As a child I was given a Yarrow infusion if I had a fever, a very bitter herb which would encourage profuse sweating. And so I grew up accustomed to these unusual flavours and knew the benefits they could bring. Consuming bitter foods and herbs is a long held tradition in many cultures around the … Continued

Nutrition and Lifestyle for ‘Long Covid’

According to a team of researchers at Kings College London around 1 in 7 people with symptomatic COVID-19 could be ill for at least 4 weeks, 1 in 20 for 8 weeks and 1 in 45 for 12 weeks or more. Termed ‘Long COVID’, how can we determine if we are susceptible and what can … Continued

Lemon Balm a Herb for the Nerves

~ “it will comfort the heart and drive away melancholy” ~   Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) is a spring time herb known for its fresh lemon scent. During the growing season a freshly scented tea can be made to soothe and calm the senses. It is the perfect herb for a nervous disposition or where … Continued

The Energy of Emotions by Brian Lamb Medical Herbalist

As we enter the autumn, we would do well to safeguard our immunity. It is astonishing that virtually nothing is said in the media about our first line of defence, our awesome immune system. Why is this? Surely it cannot be ignorance or is there a deeper agenda? Whatever the answer, we must personally take … Continued

Vitamin C Rich Rosehip Syrup Recipe

The arrival of the Rosehip (Rosa canina) is a sign that Autumn is truly here. Also known as Dog rose or Wild rose, the common Rosehip is an oval shaped berry, bright red and covered with small hairs. When it is cut in half you will find it full of small hard seeds. During World … Continued