Blackberries, 3 things you may not know

Our hedgerows are thick with blackberries now, but the berries are heavily guarded by spiders. Careful not to disturb them, I’ve just picked a few handfuls for my annual treat of spiced blackberry and scrumped…

Hawthorn Honey

Hawthorn berries are abundant in the hedgerows at the moment. This is a very safe herb to harvest and use, but please do be absolutely sure that you are harvesting hawthorn and not Yew berries…

Nettle for arthritis:

Well, finally the rain stopped and I was able to get out into the hedgerows to collect some nettles. My gardening gloves had got soaked the day before, and I had put them on a…

Wild garlic (Allium ursinum)

I think that all across the land, we eagerly await the coming of Wild garlic (aka Ramsons) in the spring. Here, the hills are festooned in the gorgeous glossy leaves, and later the beautiful white…

Herbs to lift a terrible state

Of all the patients that I look after, I have come across very few people who have been terribly ill with a virus this year, but almost everyone I speak to is feeling terrible emotionally…

Rue Ointment for Tendon and Ligament strain

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…

What does it mean to harvest with love?

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…

Horsetail for strengthening hair

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…