Herbal Retox!

Written by Herb Society Member - Helen Miller   I want to learn more about herbs. But where to start? There's a massive amount of information out there – websites, books, magazines, courses, blogs. And which topic – growing herbs, herbal medicine, cooking with herbs, using herbs in art and craft projects, fermenting herbs, foraging for herbs, ...
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But they’re weeds!

Written by Herb Society Member - Hilary Knowles Such was the remark made by a friend walking around my herb garden! She saw a patch of nettles nestling in a hidden corner. Dandelions were raising their sunny yellow heads in a wild patch of garden. Then there was Comfrey, all manner of plants from the Carrot family … the Umbelliferae – ...
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- June 13, 2017

In praise of rocket

The herb rocket The herb rocket, Eruca sativa, is my favourite salad item. It is easy to grow, and in my opinion has a much more interesting flavour than lettuce, being slightly peppery. I think it's great on pizza, or teamed with steak and new potatoes as an alternative to peas and chips. Being high in ...
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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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- 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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- August 4, 2015

Our Herb Society stand at Tatton Park 2015

Thyme for Tea at Tatton flower show RHS Tatton has just finished, and we are really pleased with the way our stand was received! The Herb Society wanted to highlight the many plants and flowers commonly grown in a British garden that could be used as a herbal tea. Beautiful garden design ...
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