• Elderberry foraging and recipe
    Foraging,  Herbal Remedies,  Recipes

    Elderberry recipe & foraging

    If the summer is the season of flowers, then autumn is definitely the season of berries. I shared a post on elderflower earlier in the year (you can find it here), and now all those flowers have turned to ripe, red berries. The perfect time for picking elderberry is from early to late September. Unfortunately the storms and strong winds seem to have blow a lot of the berries off this year, but there may still be time for you to get a good elderberry foraging in. How to pick Elderberries If you haven’t already worked out where your elder bushes are from picking your elderflower earlier in the year,…

  • Natural calming remedies
    Herbal Remedies,  Holistically

    14 All Natural calming remedies

    Whether you need help to relax after a manic day, you’re a little anxious and need to calm down, or you just want some help to get you ready to sleep. We can all be guilty of pushing ourselves too far and ending up stressed, strung out, or with too much adrenaline whizzing round. I’ve covered natural energy boosters previously here and I thought it would be nice to cover the opposite too. For when you don’t need extra energy. So if you find yourself suffering with mental or physical stress and/ or anxiety and often have trouble sleeping. Here are all the natural calming remedies you can use to…

  • Mindfulness tips to get you through a bad day
    Herbal Remedies,  Mindfulness

    12 little things to get you through a bad day

    Whether you struggle with energy levels, are recovering from an illness, or just need to take some time for yourself. There are times when we all need to take things easy and slow down, or don’t feel like facing the world. Those days can be hard, especially if you’re anything like me you beat yourself up about not being able to do all the things all the time. So what do you do to get through those kinds of days? I have to remind myself to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness tips to get you through a bad day When I’m having a bad M.E day I do the little things that don’t…

  • Adaptogens and their benefits
    Herbal Remedies,  Holistically

    Adaptogens | Why they should be part of your daily routine

    I briefly spoke about adaptogens in a previous post on natural energy boosters. The herbs and roots in that post were, no surprise, purely for the increase of the energy benefits they naturally provide. But did you know Adaptogens can do so much more than that? AND there are many more adaptogens than the few I mentioned. In this post you can find out all the different adaptogens and what each of their benefits are. What are Adaptogens? In case you aren’t already aware of adaptogens, or you’ve heard of them but don’t know what they are, here’s the lowdown. Adaptogens are natural medicines, herbs and roots from plants that…

  • comparison complex and success on your own terms
    Herbal Remedies

    Comparison complex

    When you are struggling with a mental or physical health condition or even something deeply traumatic and emotional it is far too easy to look at other people and compare (what I call the comparison complex). You see them going about their daily lives, seemingly with ease, and wish ‘why can’t I just do things normal people can do’. The same can be said for the internet world. As much as I love social media and the web and it’s ability to form communities, build friendships and give people access to support and advice they may not otherwise have been able to find, as well as giving us creatives an…

  • How the moon phases can affect your sleep
    Herbal Remedies

    How the moon can affect your sleep

    You know the moons gravity affects the pull of the tides, but do you know how the moon can affect your sleep too? When our bodies are made up mostly of water that shouldn’t really be such a surprise. I have struggled for a long time with my sleep patterns, I will sleep deeply and soundly for a few weeks and then for seemingly no reason I would struggle to sleep at all for days. This pattern kept repeating itself, and I finally worked out why.   How the moon affects you Those of us who are sensitive and in tune with things, and perhaps more prone to overthinking or…

  • Natural remedies for allergies and hayfever
    Herbal Remedies,  Holistically

    Natural remedies for Allergies

    Seasons when flowers start producing pollen tend to be the time when allergy symptoms are the worst. Whether it’s hayfever, or year round allergies you suffer with here are some natural remedies for allergies and their symptoms. Although it sounds pretty ironic considering plants are causing the symptoms, plants can be used as a cure too! What are allergic reactions? Allergies are caused by the immune system over-reacting to foreign substances or sensitivity to pollen and fungal spores. These reactions cause itchy nose, throat, eyes, watering eyes, sneezing, a runny nose, congestion and even swelling in severe cases.   How to beat allergies When your body is fighting to keep…

  • elderflower uses and elderflower cordial recipe
    Foraging,  Herbal Remedies,  Recipes

    Elderflower uses & making elderflower cordial

    It’s the exactly the right time of year to pick Elderflowers. They are covering the bushes and hedgerows of lanes and paths all around me right now, so what better time to write about the uses and benefits of Elderflower. In this post I’ve included tips on elderflower foraging, uses and making elderflower cordial. If you are here just for the elderflower cordial recipe then just scroll to the bottom to find the recipe, but it’s other medicinal uses are worth noting too as it’s far more than just a nice summer beverage. Elder is actually a shrub, but can grow tall if left unchecked so can often look like…

  • 12 things I would tel my younger self
    Herbal Remedies

    12 things I would tell my younger self

    People who say regrets are a waste of time are mostly right.. let’s say 75% right for arguments sake. Regretting past mistakes and doing nothing but think about them and focus on the past IS a waste of your time. But thinking about those mistakes, learning from them and not making them again. To me that isn’t a waste of time. I believe my mistakes have made me who I am today, and in case you were wondering I like who I am today. But what if I could be this version of myself eight or 10 years ago, how further ahead would I be now?! With the wisdom of…

  • 11 all natural power booster _ herbal tea
    Herbal Remedies,  Holistically,  Mind & Body

    11 ALL Natural energy boosters

    Whether mentally or physically, there are times when we can all get run down, exhausted and fatigued, or just unable to think straight anymore. As humans we are all guilty of doing more than we have energy for sometimes, and pushing our limits. Instead of reaching for that sugary energy drink that will just make you crash again an hour later, or (another!) cup of coffee that will keep you up or night try a natural energy booster instead.   A quick energy boost Here I have listed my favourite essential oils for a quick energy boost and pick-me-up at any time of the day. You can mix your favourite…