- January 27, 2016
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Scientific evaluation of lavender by Ruth Ridley

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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- June 10, 2015
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Bowood House Garden Festival by Ruth Ridley

Emphasis on Herbs at Bowood Last weekend was Bowood House garden festival in Wiltshire. It is one of two garden festivals organised by Herb Society President Toby Buckland, the other one being Powderham in Devon. Bowood is a grade I listed Georgian country house with interiors by Robert Adam and gardens designed by Capability Brown. ...
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- April 22, 2015
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Wanaka lavender farm by Ruth Ridley

Visiting a lavender farm in New Zealand It was great to be able to visit one of the most Southerly lavender farms in the World on my holidays! Lavender growing conditions Wanaka lavender farm is on South Island New Zealand, about an hour from Queenstown, in an alpine area known for its cold winters and hot dry ...
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- March 27, 2015
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Are Hobbits Herbalists? by Ruth Ridley

Hobbiton is a wonderful place to visit I haven't read Tolkein's The Hobbit for a few years, but greatly enjoyed the films, so couldn't resist the opportunity to visit the Hobbiton film set when I was in New Zealand a few weeks ago. Herbs everywhere The film set was built to ...
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