HerbFest – Bringing People and Plants Together
Following the great success of HerbFest 2016 at Monte Mariposa in Portugal, we are happy to announce that we will be back at Monte Mariposa for HerbFest 2017!
You can look forward to more great lectures and informative workshops surrounded by the wild lavender and spring herbs of Portugal. We will update you as soon as we have more information – don’t forget to look on our Facebook page too! (www.facebook.com/herbfestuk)
Feedback from HerbFest 2016:
‘It was so well organised, yet very relaxed – just the right pace and tone – very uplifting and enlightening experience.’ Julie
‘What a great weekend at HerbFest in Monte Mariposa in Portugal. Fantastic speakers, I have met some new wonderful people and learned more about herbs and also about Portuguese and Spanish traditions and herbal teachings. Wow, what a worthwhile trip!’ Gemma
‘Oh my, what a wonderful wonderful place Monte Mariposa is! Thanks Annie & Beatriz and all who were involved in Herbfest this year….What a wonderful bunch of supportive, knowledgeable people! The location was out of this world with its wild Borage, Lavender, Wild carrot and oh so much more, the bees were deafening and the whole thing as you can tell has blown me away. That’s without mentioning the haunting and first class local Fado music which was the entertainment on Saturday eve. I take all of this away with me and have everything crossed that we can hold it again here next year. Anyone that didn’t manage to go, try for next year, you won’t regret it!’ Ashlie
Hay fever season is in full swing and anyone who suffers knows how miserable hay fever can be. Here’s a handy homemade remedy that can help to ease the symptoms…
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.
Ingredients (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.
PLANTS, HEALTH AND NATURE IN VALLDEMOSSA, MAJORCA
5th-9th November 2015
I am thrilled to be teaming up with my good friend Ana Azcárate to offer a small number of people the chance to join us on our new Plants, Health and Nature sojourn in Valldemossa, Majorca. We would like invite you to spend four days exploring the magnificent mountain areas of the Tramuntana, identifying the medical herbs growing there and learning how to prepare and use them for their amazing health benefits. It is a really good time of year for plants as November is Majorca’s second spring – the autumn rains will have restored green to the parched island with a fresh burst of growth and life to the local plant world.
Ana Azcárate knows the area well and will be teaching the course alongside me. Ana has studied herbs, natural cosmetics, aromatherapy, massage, nutrition, Ayurveda and biodynamic agriculture and is currently studying naturopathy at the Instituto de Estudios Naturales (IEN) in Madrid. She is the editor of a health and ecology imprint in Spain and one of the founders of Unabotánica, a natural cosmetic company in Caracas, Venezuela.
A place to relax mind and body in the tranquillity of nature.
A gift of time to learn about the natural resources around us, enhance our health and wellbeing, and help us live more sustainably.