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Category: Herbal Health

Harvesting

Harvesting

As the summer is moving along we are certainly beginning to benefit from the bounty outside.  Partly from foraging the natural plants available to us (clover for tea and plantain for salves and tinctures) and partly from the garden we’ve planted this year. Though this is our 3rd summer here, it feels like this is a first year of gardening properly.  The first year we planted in a ploughed area that was quickly overtaken by weeds.  Somehow we still managed…

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Elderflower Tea

Elderflower Tea

When a cup of delicious tea is as simple as walking out to the hedgerow, picking some flowers, popping them in a bowl and then covering with hot water, it would be madness not to do it.  Yet making Elderflower tea didn’t occur to me until the boys brought in a bowl full after their pirate scavenger hunt this morning. I’m familiar with many of the properties of the wonderful Elder tree, the berries are fantastic made into a cough…

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Foraging Fun

Foraging Fun

After what has felt like an age of rain and mud we finally saw a break in the weather over the weekend and Monday dawned bright, dry and beautifully warm.  The perfect day to go foraging! One of our homeschool friends had arranged a wonderful outing to meet Amber Westfall, a foraging expert and enthusiast.  We met at a local community garden (I love those places!) but it was the bounty of the hedgerows that we were exploring rather than…

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Wildcrafted Plantain Tincture

Wildcrafted Plantain Tincture

Yesterday the boys and I embarked on a bit of a herbology lesson by making our own plantain tincture.  Plantain is a plant readily available in most areas, it is often found on less lush ground, covering it with it’s generous leaves, spikes pushing their way defiantly out of the clump.  Like many ubiquitous plants (often called weeds) it has great healing properties and has the added benefit of being free! Plantain is an astringent so helps with skin related…

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