Featured Herb: Lemon Balm

Featured Herb: Lemon Balm

One of my favourite herbs when it comes to a relaxing cup of herbal tea. Great for stress and insomnia while its gentle lemon fragrance never fails to uplift my spirits. Botanical Name: Melissa officinalis Common name: Lemon balm Botanical family: Lamiaceae (mint...
Featured Herb: Rosemary

Featured Herb: Rosemary

As we are in the middle of exam time and rosemary has been in the press quite a bit recently, I thought it would be interesting to learn a bit more about this amazing herb. Botanical Name: Rosmarinus officinalis (Lin) Common name: Rosemary Botanical family: Lamiaceae...
Herbal infusions and decoctions

Herbal infusions and decoctions

Herbal infusions and decoctions – a lovely cup of tea or something more! Tea, camellia sinensis, is probably one of the most undervalued herbs in the modern world. We all know how a cup of tea is a great ‘pick me up’ after work or shopping for example. However, did...
How to survive the hayfever season!

How to survive the hayfever season!

We are great at complaining about the weather and that includes me! Spend all the damp cold days wishing it was warm and dry then spend all the dry, warm and sunny days sneezing away complaining about our itchy runny eyes. Hayfever, also known as seasonal allergic...
How on earth did I end up here!

How on earth did I end up here!

I was very fortunate to be brought up in the countryside where days were spend going for long walks through the Northumbrian countryside gathering various flora and fauns. My father was a pharmacist and knew all their names (pharmacists in the 30’s and 40’s learnt all...

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