Essential oils vs Infused oils

There is a huge movement toward using essential oils in the home and for healing, but this has only been so prolific in recent times. The use of essential oils and resins has been around for thousands of years, with cultures such as the Egyptians, Ancient China and Persia being some of the earliest documented,…

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Storing herbs correctly

I wanted to take a moment out and talk about the way that herbs and herbal products are stored and packaged.  Far too often I am seeing packaging being chosen for its looks (and marketability) over its practicality and stability. For those of you who don’t know, some of my work is done as a…

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The Art of Herbal Infusions

Infusions are, by far, one of the easiest ways to use herbs in your everyday life. The simple act of adding boiling water to your herbs will extract the majority of its medicinal constituents.  We’ve all prepared infusions from ready-made, shop-bought  teabags, but have you ever tried one from fresh or dried whole herb?  The…

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How to make a flower essence

A flower essence is a wonderfully subtle form of medicine, which is safe for children, people on medications, and also during pregnancy.  Essentially they are spring water, infused with the energetic principles of a specific flower, and then preserved with a small amount of brandy.  Not to be confused with essential oils, flower essences have…

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Plantains.. our first weed!

Well here I am.. Finally embarking on my weedy ventures. Something I have been so badly wanting to do for years now. Today I want to talk about a herb that the Native Americans call ‘White Mans Foot’.  It was observed that wherever White Man set foot, this plant would begin to naturalise, obviously being…

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