Lesser celandine

Lesser celandine, Ranuculus ficaria syn Ficaria verna, Grán Arcáin in Irish or ‘Piglet’s Grain’. One of the first flowers of the Spring, they are appearing at the edges of paths, besides streams, damp areas, on roadsides and beside hedgerows all over the country. They are very widespread and often go unnoticed, they are low-growing, up to…

Herbs for Bones

Six months ago, my then six-year-old son fell off a set of monkey bars at the park and broke his elbow. As soon as I saw it, my nursing instinct said to get him to the emergency room fast as his arm was either dislocated or broken, and we’d need X-rays to tell. It was,…… via…

Magnesium

There’s a good reason magnesium is often called “The Magic Mineral” – it plays a crucial role in over 300 enzymatic reactions within the body, impacting everything from energy metabolism and stress management to hormone balance, detoxification, sleep, and the creation of proteins. (source) Years ago, I discovered it was the key to resolving my…

Making Homemade Wholemeal Sourdough Starter and Bread

I started off with equal volumes of organic wholewheat flour and non-chlorinated water, in a bowel, stirred using a wooden spoon until combined. I covered this and left it in the kitchen overnight Every day I added approximately equal volumes (similar to the initial amount) of flour and water – I didn’t weigh anything At…

Making easy fermented ginger or turmeric probiotic drinks from bugs

This is a very easy recipe to make fermented drinks from turmeric or ginger, both of which are extremely beneficial for our health. Amongst other things turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant herb. Ginger is known to aid digestion, helps circulation and is anti-bacterial. Both are used as spices in cooking. Fermenting foods is…

Willow

These are catkins from the Osier willow tree (Salix viminalis), and these are the male flowers. Willow trees are dioecious, meaning male and female flowers grow on separate trees. Once pollinated, the greenish female catkins develop fruit capsules, which split open when mature to release tiny seeds. However most willows can also propagate themselves by…