- October 19, 2016

The herb Marsh Mallow | Althaea officinalis

Growing the herb marshmallow As the name would suggest, marsh mallow grows in damp places. It is a tall perennial, with flower spikes growing to about a metre high, and forms a clump of soft grey leaves. The flowers come in shades of pink and white. It enjoys a sunny position and will even thrive ...
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- September 29, 2016
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Internet resources for herb enthusiasts

Herbs around the web The web is a great place to find information but there are almost too many places to look! Here are some favourite places for finding out about herbs. Our Herb Society pages Our new website The new and improved Herb Society site is now up and running at herbsociety.org.uk - so do check out ...
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- June 19, 2016
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Self-seeding herbs

Live and let live in the garden Many flowering herbs do have a tendency to set seed, often in the most unlikely places. In my garden, I believe in letting seedlings stay where they are until I can identify them! Wall herbs Herb robert, Geranium Robertianum, readily self-seeds into cracks in the wall, and was traditionally used for ...
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- May 20, 2016

Herb Society events 2016

It's May and the sun is shining on herb gardens around the country A great time of year to get out and about for herbal inspiration RHS Flower Shows Chelsea Flower Show this year is 24-28 May. The Herb Society doesn't take a stand at this event, but we can guarantee a profusion of herbs! For example ...
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- April 23, 2016
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Book review | A Handful of Herbs by Segall, Pickford and Hammick

A Handful of Herbs A modern herb book When I received this book from the publisher, I was immediately tempted to flick through, drawn in by the lovely photography by Caroline Arber and William Lingwood. A Handful of Herbs has the subtitle Inspiring ideas for gardening, cooking and decorating your home with herbs. It is divided into sections ...
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- March 12, 2016
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Stevia and the No Added Sugar controversy

Can the herb stevia provide the answer to chemical additives? Artificial sweeteners and the proposed sugar tax As I write this, there is a national campaign fronted by Jamie Oliver to tax sugary drinks. This is an admirable battle in the war against childhood obesity, with primary schools and the NHS standing to share £1bn in ...
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- January 27, 2016
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Scientific evaluation of lavender

Medical use of the popular herb Following on from the previous article about the cognitive effects of sage and rosemary, it might be interesting to look at scientific evidence for the effects of lavender, as this is arguably Britain's most popular and useful flowering herb. Lavender has a range of claimed effects, and here we discuss ...
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- November 3, 2015
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Cognitive effects of herbs rosemary and sage

Rosemary for Remembrance There was a lot of interest recently in a programme on the BBC in which rosemary essential oil vapour in a room was shown to improve the memory of test subjects, and that the active ingredients were able to be detected in the subjects' bloodstreams afterwards. You can read more about this ...
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- October 13, 2015

Herb Society AGM 2015

Ryton Organic Garden in the sunshine The Herb Society was very lucky with the weather for this years AGM which was held at Garden Organic near Coventry. Herb Society day out in pictures Thank you very much to Nicky Westwood, Penny Asquith-Evans and and Gwenneth Heyking for sharing their lovely pictures of the day! Click on images ...
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