Tag: Herb Garden

Rose Harvest

It’s time for the rose harvest. I’m making rose glycerite today! I love roses…doesn’t everybody?  I think I use more rose than almost any other herb in my practice…maybe as much as California poppy, gotu kola and chamomile.

The beautiful rose is a wonderful rejuvenative, helping to decrease the signs of ageing when used internally as well as applied to the skin. It makes a great tonic for the heart and mind and can be used for all three doshas. Rose helps improve memory and eyesight and is a lovely herb for calming anxiety. It is a perfect remedy for excess sadhaka pitta which might make us feel irritable or angry, or cause us to suffer from low self esteem and low spirits. It is excellent for cooling inflammatory digestive problems such as gastritis, peptic ulcers, enteritis, diarrhoea and even dysentery. It clears toxins from the gut and even helps regulate metabolism and weight.  It clears excess pitta and ama from the blood (rakta dhatu), and is good for pitta problems like bleeding problems and inflammatory skin problems (such as herpes, measles, acne and chicken pox). The exquisite rose has always been the emblem of love so it is hardly surprising that it has an affinity with the reproductive system (shukra dhatu) and is used for easing menstrual and menopausal symptoms, relieving uterine spasm and congestion which can cause pain, heavy and irregular periods.

In the autumn you can use rose hips to make a syrup or decoction of the empty seed cases, or dry them and grind them into powder. They make a good remedy for diarrhoea, colic, constipation, nausea and indigestion.

Rose hips are also anti-inflammatory, and can reduce pain and increase flexibility in osteoarthritis. Rose also benefits the respiratory system, and both the hips and the flowers help prevent as well as relieve colds, flu, fevers, sore throats, catarrh, cough and bronchitis.

If you have any aromatic roses in your garden, why not make a glycerite?  All you need to do is fill a jar with fresh roses, and pour over a mixture of plant glycerol and vodka at a ratio of 60:40 until you submerge the petals. Leave away from sunlight for about 3-4 weeks and then press through muslin….then try it out as a love potion and see what happens! It’s delicious!

Valldemossa itinerary

We are so excited with all the interest in our inaugural Valldemossa long weekend (hopefully this will be the first of many!) and are now pleased to be able to share the itinerary with you:

Thursday 5th November:

Arrive at Palma airport, transfer from airport to Valldemossa where you will have a chance to settle in before our welcome meeting, drinks and dinner at the Food Lab.

Friday 6th November:

Each morning students will be collected from Sa Torres before we have breakfast together at the Food Lab.  After this we plan to walk to the ponds at Son Moragues for quiet meditation and to set the intent of the day.  Ana and I will share a brief introduction to herbalism and how herbs mesh with a sustainable life.  We will then all walk to Sa Torres to see the herbal garden, identify and collect plants and discuss their uses.  After a delicious lunch at Sa Torres we will explore herbs and the senses, concentrating on a few herbs and their tastes and constituents.  We will then have a practical session making herb teas and an introduction to making tinctures.

After tea there is the chance to rest and reflect before the evening meal at the Food Lab.

Saturday 7th November:

After breakfast we will take a walk through the kitchen garden at Son Moragues to Sa Torres where we will have a short tea break.  Before lunch we will focus on how to make hydrosols; which plants to use, how the distilling process works and the medicinal properties of the plants being used.  After lunch at Sa Torres the group will walk to El Mirador collecting Mediterranean herbs along the way, the properties of which we can discuss while sitting in the amphitheatre there.

After tea there is once again the chance to rest and reflect before the evening meal at the Food Lab, which will be followed by a film.

Sunday 8th November:

On the last day we will once again have breakfast together before a meditation session.  This will be followed by a final discussion about herbs and our place in nature.  We will have lunch at the Food Lab followed by a final practical workshop making a calendula or ‘heal all salve’ and enjoying herbal facial steams, face masks and hand and foot baths.

Following this there will be a final rest and reflection period before the last dinner and a party at La Residencia in Valldemossa during which people are encouraged to share poems, songs or recitations!

Monday 9th November:

Transfer to airport and fly home to continue our herbal journey.

NB If you have any dietary requests, please could you let us know either on booking or by the final booking date of 1st October 2015.  Thank you.

Probiotic breakfast yoghurt

Probiotic Breakfast Yoghurt from Drugs in Pots

This herby yoghurt can be eaten daily as a great way to support beneficial gut bacteria and to combat yeasts and ‘bad’ bacteria that may have taken hold after e.g. taking antibiotics – although if you are working closely with others you may want to leave the garlic for weekends only!  All the herbs are easy to grow in pots or in your garden at home making this a great breakfast that you can pick, prepare and eat within minutes!

Ingredients:

1 large garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon each of fresh dill leaves and marigold (calendula) petals, torn into small pieces
20ml (1 fl oz) aloe vera juice
2 teaspoons each of fresh marjoram and thyme, leaves only chopped
500ml (17 fl oz) carton of live yoghurt

How to Make:

Add the torn/chopped herbs and the minced garlic to a bowl of live yoghurt, then stir in the aloe vera juice.

How to Use:

You can enjoy this yoghurt daily and for as long as you would like to take it.  The herbs are all aromatic and pleasant tasting – although as mentioned above, the garlic can be a little antisocial!

How does it work?

The garlic, calendula, dill, basil and marjoram are excellent for combating pathogenic micro-organisms and are also good digestive herbs, clearing toxins from the digestive tract.  Aloe vera is soothing, immune-enhancing and helps to combat dysbiosis.

Magma Earth Ovens – a workshop

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

Earth 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 and shape of the oven, then on to mixing the clay and ends with the completed earth oven.   Earth ovens are completely individual and their size can range from large, community ovens to small family or individual-use ovens which will easily fit in the corner of a garden – you can even make a portable oven that can be moved around wherever you wish! These well-built ovens are strong, resilient and can last for many years with very little maintenance.

This course is the brainchild of Danny Shmulevitch who for many years worked closely with the indigenous Bedouin people in their homeland, a place of wild beauty and traditional wisdom.  Danny’s unique experiences and his ability to capture the essence and significance of the simple and yet practical activities of the tribes people, ensure that the events he facilitates have a magical and often profound quality with elements both of the theatre and ritual.

I have a personal interest in this workshop as Danny has built me my very own earth oven at the bottom of my garden – it’s between the vegetable beds, my log cabin and the outdoor classroom.  I know from experience that using an earth oven is totally different to conventional food preparation, it’s not a question of nipping into the kitchen to boil a kettle or turn on the stove, this is a much more absorbing and sociable experience. Cooking on an open fire sees a return to age-old techniques and family and friends can enjoy getting involved in the process while the aromatic wood smoke infuses the food with its unique taste; perfect for everything from roast chicken and vegetables to homemade pizza – or maybe even bread.  After the meal is cooked the oven will still generate plenty of heat to keep you warm – we can sit outside for hours even in the cool English summer!

For more information about this and other workshops, please email dannyshmulevitch@gmail.com or phone 07866 625787.

Brilliant Brain Tonic

Brilliant Brain Tonic – for poor memory and concentration (from ‘Drugs in Pots’)

Exam season is upon us and the slog of revising all those facts and figures can leave even the most able of students feeling a little foggy in the head.  Don’t rely on caffeine filled energy drinks and over processed snacks to keep you going, instead brew up this fabulous herbal tonic and enjoy your natural boost!

This refreshing drink has rosemary, thyme and peppermint to enliven the mind and wood betony to send blood to the brain. Gotu kola stimulates blood flow to the head, clearing the mind, enhancing concentration and increasing creativity.

Ingredients (makes 650ml (21 fl oz) tonic):

60g (2.5 oz) each fresh or 30g (1 oz) each dried rosemary, thyme, gotu kola, peppermint, wood betony
600ml (1 pint) water
500g (1 lb) sugar
30ml (1 fl oz) brandy (optional)

How to make:

1. Pour the boiling water over the herbs

2. Leave to infuse overnight, then strain into a jug through a fine mesh sieve or piece of muslin, press as much residual water from the herb mixture as you can before discarding it.

3. Mix the sugar into the infusion in a pan and heat it until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has started to thicken, stirring frequently.  If desired, add 5 per cent brandy to preserve the syrup.

4. Store in sterilized dark bottles, clearly labelled, and keep in a cool place, preferably the refrigerator for up to 6 months.

How to use:

Take 2 teaspoons 3 -4 times daily, over several weeks, for the best results.

Enjoy!

Larli’s Luscious Lemon Balm Libation

Larli’s Luscious Lemon Balm Libation:

We have been all hands on deck in the garden this week, rebalancing areas of the garden where plants have become a little too confident and nurturing areas that need a little love.  The glorious spring sun managed to break through the drizzle and Larli made this delicious cooling drink with mint and lemon balm from the garden.  (NB All quantities are approximate as this recipe has been retro-engineered!).

1. Take the juice and grated rind of 1 large lemon, along with approx 4 mint leaves and 5 lemon balm (Melissa) leaves, roughly chopped and whizz up in a Vitamix/blender.

2. Add 4 teaspoons coconut sugar (or 2 teaspoons honey or sweetener of choice) to this mix along with 100ml hot water to dissolve the sugar/sweetener.

3. Make up to 750ml with cold water, then refrigerate to cool and serve with ice cubes and a garnish of mint.

Enjoy!

Foraging course

Wild foraging and herb garden walks:

The sun is shining, the blossoms are blooming and summer seems to just be around the corner, so here at Artemis House we have decided to get out our baskets and start foraging! While we have an abundance of wild garlic and nettle coming into our kitchen, we would love to invite you to join us in identifying and collecting herbs to make your own culinary delights and herbal remedies. Come to our Wild Medicines Foraging Day or let Anne guide you through the inspiring world of her herbal garden in one of her July Garden Walks.

Come away feeling healed and happy, rich with the ancient knowledge of how the earth can provide us with all the vitality we need!

Wild Medicines Foraging Day

Put on your walking boots and join us for an inspirational day foraging for wild herbal medicines in the beautiful Cotswolds. Learn to safely identify the medicinal and edible plants growing in your garden and hedgerows nearby, then discover how easy it is to make your own medicines and nutritious foods, all collected from the wild. With lots of recipes to try at home and plenty of hands on experience, this day will give you the confidence you need to collect your own herbs and make your own medicines.

Date: Saturday 13th June, 10am-4pm
Cost: £75 per person, including an organic and wild crafted lunch!

Artemis House Garden Walks

As we embrace the warm July evenings, do not miss out on the chance to have a tour of Anne’s exquisite herb garden, representing the cycle of a Woman’s life expressed through herbs and flowers. Anne will impart her insight into Western and Ayurvedic medicine, explaining the traditional and current uses of the herbs you will meet. So join us for a cup of herbal tea, while we take a walk around Anne’s garden in the long shadows of the setting sun!

Dates: Thursday 9th July, 7pm-9pm &  Thursday 23rd July, 7pm-9pm

Cost: £18 per person

Healthy Soul Article

A Healing Herb Garden – an interview on Healthy Soul website:

A while ago I was interviewed by Frances Ive for an article for the WI and I have found a link to the interview on Frances’ website – www.healthysoul.co.uk.  I hope you enjoy it!

Anne x

Healing Herb Garden