Using Herbs

Kawakawa Balm

Kawakawa Balm

I’m a true believer in kawakawa now! I’ve enjoyed the heart-shaped leaves and peppery fragrance of this native NZ plant (Macropiper excelsum) since I was introduced to it and its healing properties shortly after arriving in my new home country almost five years ago. But […]

Edible Flowers #9: Citrus blossoms

Native to Southeast Asia, originating perhaps in Southern China or Northeastern India, and in cultivation for over 4000 years, the citrus genus bears some of the world’s favourite fruit. Although it is commonly agreed that there are around 16 species of these evergreen flowering trees and […]

3 Tried and Tested Natural Herbal Remedies for Colds and Flu

3 Tried and Tested Natural Herbal Remedies for Colds and Flu

If you’ve been interested in healing herbs, or alternative medicine, you probably have heard that Echinacea is good for supporting your immune system, and perhaps you even know that a sage or thyme gargle can combat sore throats, and soothing peppermint can relieve congestion. Whether […]

Herbal care for teeth

Homemade natural (herbal) toothpaste We brush twice a day (if we are good), and often swiggle and gargle too. But what exactly is in your toothpaste and your mouthwash? The big question around fluoride is quite big in the media today, and even if your […]

Making Calendula Salve

Making Calendula Salve

With the radiant flowers…

Chamomile tea

Chamomile tea

Nodding in the breeze today in my garden are, what feels like, a million heads of chamomile. The simple white daisy flowers with their yellow cone centers have enchanted my daughter, and since she already loves drinking chamomile tea, she cannot wait to make her own from […]

Radish pods

Radish pods

Did you know radish pods are edible? I never gave it a thought…till today, when I saw all the beautifully swollen green pods on my radishes (which I let go to flower so I could save some seed). The pods were just so … delectable looking! […]