We're blessed today with beautiful weather on the the longest day, this is when we the sun reaches it's highest elevation and we have the longest daylight hours. The longest day is often confused with midsummer, which is normally the 24th June and is known as Litha in the wiccan calendar.
Both days are spent honoring the power of the sun, giving thanks for crops, handfasting, feasting and celebrating life. There are many rituals and rites which you can use to celebrate the solar year and the abundant life around you, the herbs traditionally used for ritual include St John's wort, Chammomile, Meadowsweet, Verbena, Mugwort, Mint, Elder & Hemp.
To keep with the tea theme this month you could try a wild craft (pick from nature) some of these herbs and use to make a herbal infusion or dry some for later use.
Welcome to Herbal Medicine Awareness Week 2019, the theme we're embracing this year is 'Random acts of wildness' so please feel free to join in a find something from nature that makes you feel wild and connected to nature and take some time to just enjoy it while you ponder the many aspects and benefits of herbal medicine!
I started the week with a tea blending workshop at The Yoga Factory in Southend on Saturday, thanks to all who came and I hope you're all enjoying your teas. A few people asked for the recipe for the herbal cookies so please find this below. You can source the dried herbs for your cookies from a good Asian supermarket, health shop or contact me to buy any single herb by weight from 25g upwards.
There are two further Tea Blending Workshops planned - Friday 28th June at a private yoga centre and Saturday 20th July here at the Foxglove Apothecary. The one here at the apothercary is open to all and will be held in the garden (weather permitting) from 11.30-1.30pm. Numbers are limited so book early and I'll be sending more dates out soon for further workshops.
The workshop gives an overview of Western Herbal Medicine including how herbs are harnessed & used as medicine and how you can begin to use herbs at home. Following this you'll design and blend a tea for a specific purpose of your choice. I'll discuss individually any medical concerns or drug interactions. You'll be provided with a herbal snack and tea plus your own bespoke 25g blend to take home.
If you'd like to book this please contact me directly on 07904 234066, the investment is £25.
Ingredients: 200g flour of your choice * 60g oats * 1 tsp salt * 1 tsp baking powder * 10-20g dried herbs cut finely (I used marshmallow leaf) * 60g sugar of your choice * 80g coconut oil * 5-8 tblsp non-dairy milk
Extra decoration if desired eg, rose petals coated in rose or other syrup, bee pollen, poppy seeds
Method: preheat oven to 200C, add oats to food processor & process until course, add herbs, flour, baking powder, salt & combine. Add coconut oil & process until well combined. Add milk one tablespoon at a time until a smooth dough forms, it should feel slightly tacky. Dust your work surface with flour and roll to 3-4mm thick. Cut with cookie cutters and place on baling parchment on a baking sheet. If you want to add a decoration do so now & press gently into each cookie. Bake for 12-15 minutes until turning golden brown & slightly soft still in the middle. Place on a cooling rack and cool completely before you enjoy them with a cup of herbal tea!
5 FOR THE PRICE OF 4 BLOCK BOOKINGS
This offer can be used when booking massage or reflexology during April, if you book and pay for 4 treatments you will receive the 5th treatment for free.
There is no time limit on taking the sessions, if you would like to take advantage of the new block booking offer please contact me directly on 07904 234066.
I found this beautiful wild hibiscus while walking in Alleppey, India last week and had to share this because I adore this plant infusion hot or cold. As well as being used as a tea its also a great addition to a summer punch or cocktail and I make a hibiscus syrup with the gorgeous red flowers which can be used in food and drinks to give a slightly floral delicate note. We use the calyx of the hibiscus sabdariffa variety for ingestion, this is the outermost whorl of the flowers which is dried and becomes an intensely deep red, almost black colour and releases a bright red pigment which colours and flavours when added to hot water.
Hibiscus has a full flavour which has a fruity zing & stimulates your taste buds, its a delicious infusion which is a daily staple in many parts of the world including India, Egypt, Africa and the Caribbean as well as here at The Foxglove Apothecary. I include it in some of my pre blended infusions and I drink it on its own while I'm mixing tinctures or blending teas or after heavy meal as I always feel it helps me to digest particularly rich foods.
It's used medicinally as an anti oxidant, is a source of vitamin C, ascorbic acid and can help stimulate the immune system as well as being used for high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. As such it's well regarded as a plant medicine for the heart and cardiovascular system. Its regarded by some cultures as uplifting to the mood so is also recommended to help with depression and anxiety, what more could we want from this beautiful bright tropical looking flower!
In order to honor this plant I'm giving away a free taster packet of hibiscus tea with every new appointment booked this week. I'm back at Covent Garden this Friday 29th March and every fortnight after and am now booking appointments in London & Westcliff.
Please contact me directly to make an appointment and receive your hibiscus sample.
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So here we are near the end of January, we've had a beautiful lunar eclipse,
lots of sunshine & even a sprinkling of snow, proving that mother nature's never far away from our busy lives and always ready to remind us of her beauty and strength. This natural power reflects our own bodies, if we choose invest in good practices, the benefits will be enhanced by natural regeneration & repair and every small or large effort counts!
During these winter months if you need a bit of extra help to keep healthy
and fight the coughs and colds going around, I'm offering a combination of treatments at a discounted rate to give you the best of both worlds.
This offer is valid until the end of February but please book early
to avoid disappointment!
WINTER SPECIAL OFFER AT THE FOXGLOVE APOTHECARY
1 hour massage - with a 100ml tincture or 25g tea - for £35.00
1 hour reflexology - with a 100ml tincture or 25g tea - for £30.00
1 hour first herbal medicine consultation with 200ml tincture - for £45.00
1/2 hour herbal medicine follow up with 200ml tincture - for £35.00
To book this offer please email or phone on 07904 234066
I've decided to restock this years Herbal Teatox in March. For those people
doing dry January or veganuary, well done and keep going.. you're nearly there!
Teatox will be ready for those who want a spring clean and something motivational a little later in the year. It can be used as a full detox program
or to supplement your usual routine and provide a cleansing and hydrating
Teatox is a complete herbal detox pack containing 3 large separate bags of tea, enough for 2 whole weeks. You drink 2 cups of each tea (morning, afternoon and evening blends) in place of your usual fluids and should see & feel the benefit of the detoxifying herbs and your own effort within the two weeks.
Please note that I haven't increased my prices for over 2 years and I hope to
keep them at the same rate for as long as possible. I have introduced a cancellation policy and you will be charged half of your treatment price if
you cancel within 24 hours of your booking.
I'm really pleased to say that the clinic is getting busier and busier and which is fantastic news, so thank you for all your support and recommendations to your friends and family, this really means so much.
If you want to gift a treatment for Christmas it's not too
I want to share what I know about natural medicine with you. I also love stories and articles about food and nature so in this blog I will be looking at all these subjects and how they come together in our daily lives.