Close encounters of the Chamomile kind

When chamomile presents itself to you in three different ways in as many days, I guess it’s time to take heed. 😀 First encounter- North Shore Herb Group At our monthly meeting this past Monday, we had a lovely lady come talk to us about the blending of herbs for therapeutic teas. We all tasted teas, and […]

Herbal preperations

“To decoct or not to decoct?”, that is the question. Or at least, the question is more in the lines of “What herbal preparation to use, and how is it created?” Herbalists or phytotherapists, and the home herb enthusiast, can use herbs in various ways to treat dis-ease. One herb may have many different ways […]

Homemade natural (herbal) toothpaste

We brush twice a day (if we are good), and often swiggle and gargle too. But what exactly is in your toothpaste and your mouthwash? There’s the big question around fluoride, and even if your conventional paste is fluoride free, it may contain other ingredients which, as a natural-health minded person, you’re not going to […]

Bulbine for eczema

Leia (my youngest little one) has had a bit of sensitive skin since birth, but over this last winter her eczema has flared up something terrible. Of course, the paediatricians all happily recommend cortisone creams and such, but I’ve been looking at a more herbal approach (naturally!). I’ve been bathing her in a mixture of […]

Echinacea Tincture

Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea, E. pallida and E. angustifolia) is a firm favourite as immune builder and is very popular this time of the year when there is someone with a sniffle and a cough around almost every corner. Echinacea, or purple coneflower, can be taken as a herb tea, but it is particularly the tincture […]

Children’s Immune Boosters

I love Autumn with its gorgeous colours and milder temperatures, but this change in the seasons also signal the start of the cold and flu season and already there are many kids and parents complaining about runny noses, coughs and splutters and walking around with red rimmed eyes. Allegiant film download Because I work with […]

Nutritive Herbs for Pregnancy

Herbs have been used for centuries to safely assist with pregnancy, delivery, post-partum recouping and even beyond – assisting new mothers through the first years of their newborn’s life. The choice to use herbs during pregnancy is a personal one, but to ensure the best outcome for you and your baby, always seek the advice […]

Child Safe Herbs for Burns and Bites

I’m often asked which (medicinal) herbs and essential oils a household should not be without and if you have children; my answer is without a question: Lavender Pure Essential Oil and Aloe Vera (Aloe vera syn. Aloe barbadensis) or even our own indigenous Bulbine (Bulbinella frutescens). If you want to expand on this must-have list, […]

How to cure a cold

Yesterday I got up with some serious post nasal drip and could already feel the itchy-scratchy starting at the back of my throat. It has been a tough winter for colds and flus, with more of my friends and family members getting infected and staying sick for longer. I have been lucky to not get […]