- April 22, 2017
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New faces at the Herb Society

The Herb Society welcomes three new trustees This year we have been very lucky to attract three new committee members to the Herb Society. This is very important for us as the more help we get, the more we can do! Introducing Fay Chapman If you like herbs and are on Facebook, you may have come across ...
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- March 30, 2017
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The Herb Society’s 90th Birthday

This year sees the ninetieth anniversary of the formation of the Herb Society. In 1927 Hilda Leyel (1880 - 1957) founded the Society of Herbalists, which would later become the Herb Society, with the aim of supporting the practice of herbal medicine in Britain. For more about this fascinating lady, who did many charitable works, ...
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- January 25, 2017
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Cloves for toothache

Using cloves as an anesthetic My husband had toothache a few weeks ago, and while he awaited his appointment at the dentist, he resorted to local application of an occasional drop of the well-known anesthetic, clove oil. At the same time, I had a sore throat and asked if it could help that too. He ...
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- 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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