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Magma Earth Ovens – a workshop

Magma Earth Ovens – a one day workshop; 11th July at Puckham Valley, Gloucestershire:

20150617_164356Earth Ovens are authentic, handmade clay ovens crafted in a traditional way that draws upon ancient techniques dating back more than 2000 years.  Now,  they offer a totally natural way of cooking that allows you to reconnect with nature while creating delicious food and flavours.  The Earth Oven Project offers practical workshops to teach people how to sculpt their own earth oven, beginning with weaving the basket that creates the framework Read more

An Uplifting Tisane with Beautiful Borage

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An Uplifting Tisane with Beautiful Borage (from ‘Drugs in Pots’ by Anne McIntyre)

Borage is in full bloom right now with its beautiful purple/blue flowers appearing like magic from their – let’s face it – slightly unattractive hairy buds!  Borage is useful in so many ways; as a mid-height border plant, as a companion plant for tomatoes or cabbages and, as it’s full of calcium and potassium, it is a useful addition to your compost . In the kitchen the young leaves have a cucumber like taste and can be used in salads or in soups.  The edible flowers can also be used in salads, or candied as decoration on cakes, or frozen in ice cubes to provide a pretty addition to your cooling summer drinks.

In herbal medicine borage is used to support the adrenal glands, lifting the spirits, so in the recipe below it is combined with Read more

Antihistamine Mix

P1010184Antihistamine Mix – for hay fever (from ‘Drugs in Pots’ )

Hopefully last week’s brain mix started some synapses firing!  This week’s recipe helps with hay fever symptoms.  No one enjoys having their summer ruined by hay fever – itchy eyes,  runny nose and feeling generally grotty.  This mix contains echinacea, chamomile and lemon balm to soothe the allergic response that sparks off symptoms, while agrimony and ground ivy calm any inflammation, drying up secretions.

 

 

IMG_0382Ingredients (makes enough to fill a 500ml (17 fl oz) jar)

400ml (14 fl oz) plant glycerol

100ml (3.5 fl oz) alcohol (vodka or brandy)

250g (9 oz) each fresh or 100g (3.5 oz) dried agrimony, chamomile, Echinacea, lemon balm and ground ivy

 

 

How to make

First mix the glycerol and alcohol together, then place the herbs in a wide-necked jar and pour the mixture over the herbs.

Leave to macerate for at least 2-3 weeks, stirring daily, and then strain through a fine mesh sieve or muslin, or press using a wine press, making sure that you squeeze as much liquid from the herbs as possible.

Pour into dark, sterilized bottles, label carefully and store in a cool, dark place.

How to use

Take a teaspoon 3-6 times daily in a little water, depending on the severity of the symptoms.