“Yarrow” Yarrows’s Latin name is derived from the Greek hero Achilles.  During the Trojan wars, Yarrow was reputedly used to treat wounds. It was later known as ‘Wound-wort’ and ‘Carpenter’s Weed’. A folk name, ‘Nosebleed’,… More

Lady’s Mantle

“Lady’s Mantle” Reminiscent of the virgin’s cloak in medieval paintings, the leaves with scalloped edges are reputed to have given Lady’s Mantle its name. Like many herbs with ‘lady’ or ‘mother’ as part of their common… More

Lime Flowers

‘Lime Flowers’   Tilia has been used in European folk medicine for centuries to treat a wide range of health problems. Flowers from 2 linden species (Tilia cordata and Tilia platyphyllos) were historically used to… More


“Hawthorn” Traditionally valued for it’s astringent properties, hawthorn was used for treating diarrhoea, heavy menstrual bleeding and in first aid to draw splinters. More recently, Hawthorn is seen as a useful heart tonic herb.  Botanical… More

St John’s Wort

“St John’s Wort” It is said that St.John’s Wort takes its name from the Knights of St.John of Jerusalem, who used it to treat wounds on Crusade battlefields. This herb was believed to dispel evil… More


“Boneset” Boneset was used by Native Americans in the northern states for Winter influenza outbreaks, for intermittent chills/fevers or “agues”, and malarial conditions, specifically those involving bone aches and pains.  American settlers started to use… More