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  • Wild Perforated St John’s Wort, ready for covering with grapeseed oil before solar infusing. SJW should be macerated in the sun for 3 weeks before it turns a beautiful rich red colour.

    Fill a jar with the flowering tops and cover with oil. Seal the jar and place in the the sun. After 3 weeks, once the oil is dark red, strain the oil, squeezing out the flowers as much as possible, then filter into a dark glass bottle for storage. It really is the best thing for sunburn and for injuries with associated nerve pain.

    hello! I was wondering if you had any book recommendations for learning about plants and herbs, and how to use then for natural healing? I'm really interested in natural healing lately, but our only natural healing school in town closed down.

    Asked by ciggybutts


    I do have my own personal favourite books but you have to bear in mind where you live (are you in the US?) and whether you are interested in only western herbal medicine or would you like to incorporate traditional chinese and ayurvedic medicine too. The two best books I can recommend that I find really useful are The Complete Herbal Tutor by Anne McIntyre and Practical Herbs by Henriette Kress. Good luck and above all, remember that you don’t need a school to learn these skills - there is so much information freely available on the internet and the plants themselves are the best teachers. Take your time, get to know them, experiment and enjoy the adventure!

    I’m making a new sleepytime herbal tea now that We Float has all gone until next spring. This one is a gorgeous mix of oatstraw and dried milky tops, lavender, lemon balm, elderflower and orange. Safe and gentle enough even for the little ones and during pregnancy too. If you want to know when it will be in the shop, be sure to sign up for my newsletter

    Out picking wild oregano today, along with fennel and walnut leaves for a new tea…

    The past 2 days have been all about these two ~ St John’s Wort/Millepertuis (Hypericum Perforatum) and Lavender/Lavande (Lavendula Angustifolia)

    I had to go higher into the (cooler) Pyrenean foothills to gather SJW as it’s pretty much all gone to seed around here now. Tomorrow will be a day of infusing oil and tincture-making the flowering tops and the rest put into the drying cabinet.

    Elderflower and Oregano Tonic is on sale for a limited time! A 100ml amber glass bottle with a soft and delicate floral taste and a hint of bitter aromatics. Elderflower and oregano both protect the gut from irritation and inflammation, soothing colic and spasms and have a calming effect on the mind. They are also useful at the onset of colds and flu, soothing coughs and are decongestant. Helps promote the elimination of toxins from the body. {More info here}


    Ministère de la Santé: Recréez le métier d'herboriste.

    The profession of herbalism was abolished in France in 1944, and only pharmacists and medical doctors are legally allowed to practice now (and this therefore creates a monopoly that goes against EU law.)

    This petition asks the French Minister for Health to reinstate the profession. We still need more signatures, please help to support herbal medicine in France! Thank you!

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