Sacred and magical Vervain

Vervain is a fairly unspectacular looking perennial with slender woody stems and spikes of small lilac flowers. A very modest look for a plant with such a high reputation in both European and Chinese herbal medicine. Since ancient times it was regarded as a sacred...

Sorrow-free with sweet Elderberry.

Elder is native to Europe where it is amongst the plants most commonly attached to folklore. Its branches contained a soft centre that was easily removed to create a variety of musical instruments, such as pipes and whistles. Perhaps it was for this reason that they...
Soothing Calendula

Soothing Calendula

If you’re looking for a colourful, fresh and cooling remedy for the summer heat then this might just be the thing for you. Calendula can bring a refreshing touch to your table and to your palate during this particularly hot summer. The bright orange colour and...
Holiday Season companion on the rocks

Holiday Season companion on the rocks

Summer temperatures have been creeping up in the lead up to the heated Christmas season. As we are bracing for the scorching heat waves the time has come to get out the boardshorts, bikinis, sunhats, sunscreens, eskies, ice and the cold drinks. The holiday season also...
Ancient Ginkgo for longevity

Ancient Ginkgo for longevity

Who would associate the decorative gingko tree to herbal tea or to anything edible for that matter? This ancient plant, however, is very well known and much used, particularly in Asian culture where it has been part of traditional medicine for centuries. The gingko...
Herbal Surprises: DANDELION

Herbal Surprises: DANDELION

If you were to encounter a Dandelion plant in your garden whilst weeding, you wouldn’t think twice before pulling it out. However, the plant has been used for its beneficial properties throughout the world for over 1000 years. Today, Dandelion grows wild in most parts...