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Herbal Immersion, School of Natural Medicine

Herbal Immersion, School of Natural Medicine

We have had a lovely two weeks with wonderful students from The School of Natural Medicine. We had lots of fun, and made lots of medicines: infusions, decoctions, tinctures, glycerites, salt scrubs, foot powder, ointment, pain-relieving cream, flower essences, four thieves vinegar, and more.

We distilled waters of mugwort and lavender, and of vervain and yarrow. We made water kefir with fresh turmeric, with raspberries, with vanilla and lavender, and tasted all sorts of elixirs and other delights. Much of the time was spent in our garden and in the woodland next to our house, connecting with plants.

Thanks to all our students for making teaching such a joy!

Posted 19 Aug 2017. Permanent Link.

New! Hedgerow Silver

New! Hedgerow Silver

Fine silver jewellery designed and hand-made by Julie Bruton-Seal

Each piece is unique.

Inspired by plants of hedgerow and woodland, Julie creates fine silverwork using silver clay (made from recycled silver from old mobile phones and other electronic devices). Once fired, they are 99.9% pure silver.

These will be available for sale soon. Each piece is made to order, and commissions will be accepted for bespoke designs.

Posted 29 Jul 2017. Permanent Link.

New book published today!

New book published today!

Our new book Wayside Medicine, forgotten plants and how to use them is published today by Merlin Unwin Books. For all those of you who have been waiting for a second volume of Hedgerow Medicine, this is essentially it.

The best herbs to use for medicine are those that you have growing all around you, wherever you live. There will probably be a number of the well known plants, like dandelion and plantain, but there are lots of other plants that you may have wondered about. Can this be used for anything? Many of these plants are medicinal, but have fallen out of favour or are not available commercially. These are the plants we are using and getting to know, often with inspiration from old herbals like John Parkinson's Theatrum Botanicum from 1640. Other herbalists have been a great source of inspiration, as there seems to be a growing desire among herbalists to use local plants and experiment with them. Traditional uses of plants in other countries can also be really helpful, especially countries without a National Health System, where people still use what is growing freely around them.

Posted 04 May 2017. Permanent Link.

Rose Harvest

Rose Harvest

One of our favourite jobs of the year is harvesting rose petals to make rose elixir. The only difficult part is moving all the little black beetles that like rose as much as we do!

Posted 04 Jul 2016. Permanent Link.

Hay Festival, in Hay on Wye on May 29th 2015

Hay Festival, in Hay on Wye on May 29th 2015

We gave a talk at the Hay Festival in May about John Parkinson's great herbal of 1640 and our new book The Herbalist's Bible. It was a real honour to be asked to speak there, and it was wonderful being around thousands of people who love books and enjoy reading.

Posted 02 Jun 2015. Permanent Link.

US edition of Kitchen Medicine, November 2011

US edition of Kitchen Medicine, November 2011

Kitchen Medicine is published in the US today by Globe Pequot Press, and will sell for $24.95. www.globepequot.com

Posted 29 Nov 2011. Permanent Link.

Hedgerow Medicine is Backyard Medicine in USA

Hedgerow Medicine is Backyard Medicine in USA

A North American edition of Hedgerow Medicine was published in the USA as Backyard Medicine in spring 2009. It is a smaller paperback book, and has been updated to reflect North American distribution of the plants etc. There is now a hardback version as well.

$14.95 ($19.95 Canada)
Paperback | 7 1/2 x 9 5/8
Color Illustrations : 416
Published: May 2009 www.skyhorsepublishing.com/details.php?TitleID=295
ISBN: 9781602397019

Posted 17 Jun 2009. Permanent Link.