I was inspired to write this after a very good friend contacted me from Scotland to ask how she should use fresh gathered Dandelion for tea. I began thinking about the wide and varied uses of the humble dandelion if you want to gather it from your own doorstep.
Taraxacum officinale, to give its botanical name, is not only a staple medicine of the northern hemisphere but as any good forager knows, its a wonderful inclusion in a salad too. In addition to its medicinal uses, dandelion for me evokes memories of blowing clocks and an old fashioned fizzy drink. I love the connection to these memories alongside the idea that this beautiful plant is not a weed but a useful plant that we can reconnect with if we choose.
The young leaves are deliciously tangy and can be used raw or treated like spinach. The petals can be used too and if you're feeling really ambitious you could make wine from the flowers! The root is a traditional liver medicine and as we're talking culinary uses this is the part of the plant used to make dandelion coffee. If you want to make tea, brew fresh or dried leaves as a gentle diuretic and stomach herb.
My advice is to harvest the upper parts of young plant and wash carefully, gently remove the bright petals to scatter on top of your feast and carefully tear the leaves into your salad or spanakopitakia and enjoy the early leaves you've foraged.
So the clinic refurbishment is complete, the space is looking bright and beautiful
and I'd love to see you here one day soon.
If you'd like to come along for a welcome therapy and receive and £10 discount simply contact me
and quote 'welcome discount'. You might be thinking about trying herbal medicine, treating
yourself to some reflexology or maybe ear candles and take away a specially blended tea.
If you have any queries get in touch and I hope to see you soon,
Refurbishment of the Foxglove Apothecary is under way and I'll soon be inviting you to come and see me in the updated clinic space. Its been a bit cramped around here so I want to thank my loyal customers who've visited during the past months. The plans are ongoing as work on building the brand new Apothecary will begin in the summer but in the meantime my clinic space is having a transformation which will see us through until the garden clinic's ready.
I hope you'll come along and visit me soon.
Peace and love,
Things have been quiet here for a while we were concentrating on moving house, which of course meant finding a new home for the Foxglove Apothecary. I'm very excited to say that we have a new location which incorporates my temporary clinic while the new clinic is being built.
I'm hoping the new Apothecary will be finished by summer next year and in the meantime I have a cosy space which is open to everyone. Please contact me for appointments, Herbal Medicines and Reflexology.
During this years Herbal Medicine Week I installed myself in the Southend Library Forum Foyer from the 17th-21st June. I spoke to lots of people about what Medical Herbalists do and heard loads of interesting stories from many people.
I'd like to say thank you to everyone who took the time to come and speak to me, especially those of you who came especially to make contact. And thanks as well to The National Institute of Medical Herbalists who leant me their wonderful new banners, they looked amazing.
I hope that many of the people who did come and speak to me or took information away when I wasn't able to be there found it useful and interesting. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further queries or questions.
As an alternative to chocolate and sugar.. treat your loved one to a healthy alternative! I'm offering the Foxglove Teatox pack at a special price of £25 for the 2 week teatox pack.
Its vegan, dairy free and a healthy alternative if you want to give something to someone who won't want easter eggs..
I have some new teas in stock, including this years Hayfever blend. Tried and tested for those people who suffer when the pollen gets high, I recommend that you begin drinking your anti hay fever tea before your season starts and make sure you drink it regularly.
If you would like to try this tea let me know. It costs £5 per 50g.
I can send teas directly to you.
There is also new stock of the Morning Tea. Many of the people who did a Two Week Teatox found this beneficial and have continued to drink this as their wake up tea.
Its contains herbs to keep your bowels healthy, anti-oxidants and siberian ginseng to help set you up for the day. This tea weighs more as it contains dandelion & burdock roots so you need to infuse it properly. It is £10 per 100g packet.
If you would like any of my teas or want one a tailored blend please contact me, all my details are on the contact page. I can send teas to you or you can come to The Foxglove Apothecary to get yours and stop for a free taster cup of another blend if you have time!
Spring is in the air and for many this means that Hayfever season is also approaching! This welcome and glorious time of year can be the beginning of uncomfortable symptoms for Hayfever sufferers who often need antihistamines to control itching, sneezing, ticking throats, blocked sinuses and much more, however herbs can greatly help symptoms and give welcome relief.
People are often allergic to different types of pollen and so symptoms can come on at different times, I always advise people to begin taking herbal teas or tinctures 1-2 months before their own 'season' begins. This gives time to allow the herbs to get working.
The herbal approach includes nourishing the delicate tissues and membranes within the respiratory system, boosting immunity, tackling allergy and blood cleansing. Herbal therapeutics are applied to enhance the bodies natural defence rather than suppressing inflammation pathways.
I am working on some blends of tea for Hayfever which will be available in the next couple of weeks so watch this space! Please contact me if you would like a full or mini consultation for a personalised blend of tincture for Hayfever or Allergies.
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.