Time for tea: More scientific justifications for your tea break

Amazing what a cup of tea can do for you according to the latest science dispatches. Here’s but a sprinkling of reports suggesting that small actions consistently done can produce pretty incredible health outcomes. Go fix yourself a drink and check these little tea-based nuggets. First evidence that green tea extract enhances working memory. This […]

Talking herbs

I’m full of bright ideas. And stories about plants. So a friend at Kapiti Coast District Council asked me to share. A talk at the 2014 Kapiti Sustainable Home & Garden Show based around one of my most popular blog posts. Herbs are the most popular topic on this blog with Echinacea and Lemon balm posts […]

Calming Melissa: How to use lovely lemon balm

It didn’t seem out of the ordinary to be struggling through the last couple of weeks of pregnancy and sometimes feel a little fractitious…ill-tempered…grumpy. Or so I reasoned as I stripped bare the flourishes of spring growth of my lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) 3 days into spring. I’d been hitting the stuff hard those last […]

A Foragers Treasury by Johanna Knox

I have had the great pleasure of reviewing Johanna Knox’s book A Foragers Treasury for the Booksellers NZ blog. I love the book, adore her and am eagerly anticipating un-palak paneer (one of the brilliant recipes) for dinner. The book is gorgeous. Read the review and go into the draw to win a copy.   […]