Herb Walk & Picnic in a London Park

Herb Walk & Picnic in a London Park

Ever wondered what the plants in your park are?  Did you know you are walking through a veritable green pharmacy with every step you take? Does Dandelion tea really make you pee?  Is nipplewort just for the ladies?  These questions and many more will be answered by...
My favourite diet diary and symptom tracking App

My favourite diet diary and symptom tracking App

Diet diaries and symptom tracking are a great way of managing and being mindful of your diet and how it affects you.  Its a lot of paperwork though – so I got to thinking there has to be an app for that! Of course a tiny bit of research has come up with a really...
Gluten free Lavender shortbread

Gluten free Lavender shortbread

This years chamomile clinic herb walk & tea party is gluten free – here is one of my biscuit recipes – tempted to join us? The Lavender gives the shortbread a delicate floral fragrance and flavour.  It is a well known herb and essential oil for healing...
Herb of the Month: Peppermint

Herb of the Month: Peppermint

Mentha x piperita parts used: Aerial parts. collection: The aerial parts should be collected on a dry day just before the flowers open. The stems are then tied together loosely into bunches and hung to dry. When dry place in an airtight container to prevent...
4 Herbs for Hayfever

4 Herbs for Hayfever

Spring is not such a wonderful season for everyone – for some it means a season or two of sniffles, headaches, itchy eyes, sore throats. My darling sister has been my chief guinea pig over the years for herbal potions to ward off the attack of the pollen on her....
Healing foods – Orange Blossom Ice Cream

Healing foods – Orange Blossom Ice Cream

If you have liked our facebook page, you will have seen our pictures of my blueberry ice cream.  Its been gorgeous weather- till this past week anyway and the old ice cream maker has come out of the cupboard early. But this year I am on a low lactose diet (low FODMAP...
5 Essential Herbs for Breastfeeding Mums

5 Essential Herbs for Breastfeeding Mums

Herbs have been used traditionally to improve milk production, flow and as a way to help treat minor ailments in babies like colic safely for hundreds of years.  Here are my top 5 essential herbs all breast feeding mums should know about. Milk thistle –...
Herb of the month: Thyme

Herb of the month: Thyme

Thymus vulgaris parts used: dried leaves and flowering tops. collection: the flowering branches are collected between June and August on a dry, sunny day. Dry the branches then strip the leaves and flowers off and store in an airtight container. cultivation: thyme is...
Time to Calm down?

Time to Calm down?

Add a little calm to your life no matter where you are with this beautiful app from calm.com We have been using it here at the clinic as background noise while we work on the website, or file our accounts and are finding it very useful to keep our minds in a good...
3 Helpful Herbs for Menopause

3 Helpful Herbs for Menopause

Firstly a word about HRT – I am not opposed to any orthodox intervention, if it works, great, use it! I can give you advice and information about herbal treatments, and you should balance this with information on other treatments when you are trying to decide...
3 Herbs for Insomnia and Sleep

3 Herbs for Insomnia and Sleep

The month of love has past – so now perhaps you are tired of all this romantic waffle, or perhaps need a bit of sleep after too much romance!  Here are 3 herbs I find helpful for most simple sleep problems. Difficulty getting off to sleep Passionflower is my...
Herb of the Month: Rose

Herb of the Month: Rose

Rosa damascena, Rosa gallica, Rosa centifolia parts used: Petals. collection: Collect the petals from the flower in full bloom on a dry day, dry them in a dark area to retain the colour and fairly gently: an airing cupboard makes an ideal spot for this. cultivation:...

5 Herbs for a Love Potion

Herbs have long been used in the art of seduction. Have you ever wondered which ones might work?  You may have seen the reputed ‘Horny Goat weed’ on the shelves at Boots when popping in for a Paracetamol. Here are my personal top 5 Herbs for a Love...
The Healing Power of Marmalade

The Healing Power of Marmalade

Its Marmalade season – I tried a 3 fruit marmalade this year – grapefruit, lemon and bitter orange.  All 3 fruits are used in both Traditional Herbal medicine and Aromatherapy for their medicinal properties. All 3 are said to be antidepressant &...
Herb of the Month: Ginger

Herb of the Month: Ginger

I am using this herb daily at present to keep the cold out and settle my tummy after that naughty norovirus caught me by surprise last week – kids go back to school and all the bugs start spreading like wild fire.  So this month Ginger is my top herb! My...
Self-prescribing: choosing the right herbs for you

Self-prescribing: choosing the right herbs for you

There are more than two thousand herbs in use in European traditional herbal medicine so how do you know whether a herb is really the right one when there are so many to choose from? Herbs can take time to be effective and one of the basic things you have to consider...
It’s Herbal Medicine Year – let’s have a cuppa tea…

It’s Herbal Medicine Year – let’s have a cuppa tea…

Usually we celebrate the art of Herbal Medicine for a meagre week in June, but this year we are going wild with a whole year celebrating Herbal Medicine! To share our love of herbs with our community, in the wild urban spaces around us, we will be foraging for the...
Christmas Medicinal Herbs and Spices

Christmas Medicinal Herbs and Spices

We make a special effort at this time of year to flavour our food with traditional Christmas herbs and spices, many of which have medicinal or health giving properties. The sage in your stuffing for example, is full of antioxidants, these help to clear up free...
How to Make your own Aromatherapy Gifts

How to Make your own Aromatherapy Gifts

Hand made gifts are quite in vogue at the moment. Aromatherapy products are an easy way to start and the results can be stunning with little effort.  My family and friends get a handmade something every year and they really love them. It’s the gift they remember...