Herbal Oils

INFUSED OILS Having a good stock of infused (or ‘macerated’) herbal oils is more or less essential. Often they can be used on their own, perhaps with an essential oil or two added. Infused oils can be made from dried herbs, but always try to take the opportunity to use fresh herbs – cheaper and […]


Ointments contain no aqueous constituents whatsoever, hence require no emulsifying agents or preservatives. Oily constituents can sometimes be mixed together cold if they’re all sufficiently soft to work together with a pallet knife on a glass plate, marble slab (or just your worktop if it’s clean enough), but more commonly gentle heat will be required […]

On Brewing a Great Cuppa Herbal Tea

Herbal tea is typically brewed as an infusion, decoction or as an infusion decoction. Here are a few tips on how to brew a great cup of tea. 5 Tips on Brewing Herbal Tea *Ideally, use spring, distilled or filtered water - your tap water is treated with various chemicals, which will introduce foreign flavors to your herbal tea. *If possible, brew your tea in a ceramic, glass, copper or stainless steel container - most metal containers will leach into your tea. *If you use a tea ball or tea infuser, be sure to fill it only halfway up to leave room for the herbs to expand as they steep. *Most healing herbal teas have a bitter taste. You can make yours a little more palatable by adding aromatic herbs such as peppermint, lavender, licorice, lemon balm and fennel. You could also add honey, sugar, lemon juice, or...

Home Remedies from the Gardens of Time

Chamomile and Lavender, Gingko and Ginseng, Cayenne and Garlic, Echinacea and Mint – these are just a few of the medicinal herbs that humankind has valued for ages on end. Since the dawn of man, Mother Nature’s pharmacy has filled countless prescriptions to treat all manner of ills and ailments. And to this day, even the simplest, most ancient of these natural prescriptions - the herbal tea – is still numbered among the most effective of our material medica. This blog is inspired by the ancient craft of natural healing. Here, I hope to share my fascination with this timeless practice. I’ll delve into the herbal wisdom of the ages, explore herbs’ history, myths and uses, and weigh all this against modern medical science. I hope you will feel free to contribute your own knowledge and wisdom by posting comments to this here blog. Come join me on a stroll through the gardens of time. Together, let’s browse Nature’s own pharmacy and all she has to offer. Come, let us celebrate the healing powers of the humble...