Herb stories

New reasons to use remedies that have stood the test of time:

  • an introduction to the herbs
  • how humans have used them over the centuries
  • what they can do for us now
  • how to use them safely.

The list below are links to pages on the leading herb resourceĀ Herbal Reality. These have been written to introduce the remedies, initially by taste and other qualities, so that we can to step into the world of our ancestors as they discovered these medicines, and learn how their experience translates into modern use.

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Agnus castus

the classic women’s remedy from the time of the Ancient Greeks and Romans

Andrographis

the ‘king of the bitters’ used in convalescence and now for infections

Artichoke leaf

one of the best liver cleansers

Ashwagandha

helps to adapt to stress and the fatigue and depletion that can follow

Astragalus

an ancient remedy for fatigue and depressed immunity

Bacopa (brahmi)

a classic Ayurvedic calming restorative

Baical skullcap

an old remedy with exciting new prospects

Bilberry

contains pigments which protect blood vessels and retina

Burdock

a traditional detox

Calendula

one of the great healing remedies

Cardamom

helps restore a depleted digestive system

Celery seed

an effective joint cleansing remedy

Chamomile

a popular calming remedy that also helps with digestion

Cinnamon

one of the most valued remedies in history

Dandelion

a gentle yet broad acting liver, digestive and urinary remedy

Echinacea

a favourite Native American protection against infection

Elecampane

brought to Britain by the Romans to help them fight off the cold

Fennel

a warming digestive and women’s remedy

Ginger

the most valuable natural remedy in history – focused warming

Ginkgo

a widely prescribed medicine for the circulation

Ginseng (Panax)

the most popular tonic in Chinese tradition

Gotu kola

a powerful healing remedy from India

Hawthorn

the prime heart and circulatory remedy

Licorice

wide range of properties and benefits and naturally sweet

Mint

a cooling and settling standby

Motherwort

a reliable calming remedy

Nettle

nourishing, with many different applications

Rosemary

gentle stimulation for the brain and circulation

St John’s wort

a traditional calming restorative

Shatavari

India’s favourite women’s remedy

Thyme

useful for chest and digestion

Valerian

a convalescent tonic especially when sleep is poor