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 […]

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 […]

Echinacea: How to grow and use this powerful antibiotic and immune-stimulant

This post is part of Terrifically Useful Tuesday looking at the immense benefits plants have for people. See more in this series here. If there is one plant image that has come to epitomise herbal medicine and good health in the last two decades, it would be the purple cone flower of echinacea. Splashed on […]

12 Medicinal Herbs I Grow and Use Often

Images left to right from top: comfrey leaf; thyme; dill flowers; dried hops flowers; St John’s wort flowers; potted kawakawa; broad-leaved plantain; yarrow flowers; yarrow leaves; lemon balm; feverfew; aloe vera; peppermint.  There are masses of websites with info on medicinal herbs and quite frankly most of them are rubbish. Written by writers, not by […]