I love all the seasons of our English year, but there’s something about Spring that is so life-enhancing and hopeful – everything is literally springing to life: lambs, new leaves and flowers, buds on the trees, the bees finally out gathering pollen and nectar, it’s a busy time in nature and so nice to get out on the herb walks and be able to harvest the dandelions and nettle and cleavers for an internal spring-clean smoothie! Santé!
Did you know that 2016 has been variously designated the “Year of Change” and the “Year of Adventure” (as well, of course, as the “Year of the Monkey”). And did you know that if you invert 2016, it reads “JOY” in French?
If you’re in need of change and adventure and joy (and even monkeyness), why not come along to one of my courses at Tonbridge Adult Education? What better way to start the year than by learning to Improve your Mood with Herbs? To find out more and register, visit here: Happy Herbs 🙂
On Remembrance Sunday, it seems appropriate to consider the corn poppy, Papaver rhoeas. This beautiful flower with its delicate petals seems to have been replaced these days by other herbs with anodyne and sedative properties but it can still be very useful for helping with insomnia and as a painkiller for mild earache and toothache as well as for soothing irritable intractable coughs.
A wonderful herb walk last Saturday with beautiful autumn colours and so many herbs to see: horse chestnut, oak, two sorts of nettle, chickweed, comfrey, even St John’s Wort made an unexpected appearance. Thank you ladies for your company (and for your gorgeous photos, Sharon!), I hope you are now fortifying yourselves ready for winter with your rosehip teas!
Do you know your lemon balm from your lemongrass? Or which herb is helpful for skin problems? Find out if you’re a master herbalist! How well do you know herbal remedies?