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Rue Ointment for Tendon and Ligament strain
Posted on 9th August 2020

Rue is known as the Herb of Grace, and historically used to strengthen eyesight, as well as tendons and ligaments. Because a torn ligament takes so very long to heal, I decided to make an ointment out of the Rue, for those who may have twisted and torn a tendon or ligament. By the way – the difference between a tendon and a ligament is this: Tendons attach muscle to bone, and thus are involved in moving bones. Ligaments attach bone to bone and are involved in holding the structure together. But both may be torn in a twist and a fall, and they can take months to heal. Rue has historically been the herb to help.

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Horsetail for strengthening hair
Posted on 9th August 2020

Would you like your tresses to be as full and lush as a horse’s tail? Look to your weeds for help. Horsetail (Equisetum) is one of those herbs that gardeners hate, and herbalists love. It can never be dug up, for its roots can extend more than 6 feet under. But from deep in the earth, this ancient plant pulls up the minerals and makes them available for us to use. Horsetail is one of the oldest plants in the world. It is over 100 million years old. Feel the plant, it’s like a scaly old dinosaur.

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What does it mean to harvest with love?
Posted on 9th August 2020

My apothecary garden is a community of sentient beings. The plants are the main players, but also the birds, the furry creatures, myself, and the human visitors – all contribute to the overall sense of harmony and contentment within that small space.

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Anti-fungal Powders
Posted on 26th June 2020

It is about to get very hot, and this can herald the onset of skin fungal rashes. Skin on skin creates a thin layer of moisture which provides an environment for yeasts to grow.

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Linden Blossom Bath
Posted on 26th June 2020

It is such a lovely treat on a hot summer's day to stand under a towering Linden tree (Tilia Europa), and collect the honey scented blossom.

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Coronavirus causes blood clotting
Posted on 26th June 2020

Although lock down is easing, this virus is still about and one of its most deadly effects is that it causes massive blood clotting in some people, with catastrophic effects. It is believed that the clotting comes from multiple micro-wounding in the blood vessels, which in turn is the result of the viral replication system.

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Elderflower Cooling Face Spray
Posted on 5th June 2020

I don’t know about you, but when the days are very hot, my skin seems to feel so parched, no matter how much I drink or cream I apply to it. I remember that the ladies of a bygone era used to use Elderflowers to refine their skin, and yesterday I made myself the most divine facial spritzer.

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Calming Garden Petals Infusion
Posted on 5th June 2020

As a result of lockdown, I am noticing that a lot of people are feeling trapped, very wound up, agitated and even depressed, so I want to suggest a herbal tea which can really take the edge off.

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