Living with Herbs

Welcoming a Wild New Year with Healthy Food and Herbs

Welcoming a Wild New Year with Healthy Food and Herbs

Winter foraging and wishing you 2021 blessings. The new plants appearing in the depths of winter bring with them hope for world change and renewal. Well 2020 was a rollercoaster year to say the least! Yet on the ground, at soil level, Nature continues to show her constancy as - inevitably - the seasons change and one year passes the baton to another. I am sure that we are all hoping for a much better 2021. Aside from my personal resolutions and dreams, I truly hope that 2021 will be a fresh start for humanity’s relationship with the natural world....

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How To Prepare for Flu Season During COVID-19

How To Prepare for Flu Season During COVID-19

Introduction The Flu is a kind of viral infection that should be treated seriously. In this cold season, some of the most common symptoms of the Flu present themselves as a stuffy nose, sore throat, cough, congestion, body ache, fever, tiredness, and diarrhea or vomiting. These symptoms are in fact regular signs of the common cold and other respiratory diseases. Cases of the common cold are often mild and can be eased with proper care, rest, and medication. At present, countries around the globe are grappling with the dangers that the Coronavirus (Covid-19) poses to our communities. As a result,...

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One Mushroom You Cannot Pick...

One Mushroom You Cannot Pick...

Some mushrooms shouldn't be picked because they are deadly poisonous, but occasionally a highly delectable gourmet edible species must just be admired and then left alone.... Lion’s mane (Hericium erinaceus) This is a magnificent waterfall of a mushroom whose preferred habitat is ancient beech trees. Lion’s mane faces two problems with loss of habitat. First, as we know, the amount of forest and woodland in the U.K. is a tiny fraction of what it once was and, despite that, humans are still claiming it for ‘development’. The ancient woodlands lost to HS2, for example, will take centuries to replace with the...

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6 Effective Antiviral Herbs in Your Kitchen and their Properties

6 Effective Antiviral Herbs in Your Kitchen and their Properties

Last month I wrote about my search for evidence of the antiviral properties of simple kitchen and garden ingredients against coronavirus. While nothing that I suggest should substitute for getting proper medical care if you are ill, I am fascinated by the steps that we can take that prevent us getting so sick that we need medical care. In Coronavirus in the Kitchen: Part 1 I described my search methods and early results - including black cumin, chamomile, orange, fish mint, garlic, liquorice, rose, turmeric and saskatoon. Here are some more commonly available plants to make your own kitchen remedies from, to increase your...

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