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5 to Forage in September

We’ve had a few blasts of on-coming winter in the past couple of weeks leaving a decidedly autumnal tinge in the air but still summer clings on and we’re able to gather ripening fruit on sunny days. There’s nothing quite like sitting outdoors stoning plums or coring apples in an effort to preserve the year’s…

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5 to forage in August

August is the lazy peak of summer, a time when a little disarray seems to be order of the day. Lush growth is now either scorched or squashed, depending on whether you’ve had the searing heat or the overwhelming rain. This season of peak everything can also mean peak exhaustion if you’re a parent juggling…

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Buddleja the skincare bush

Buddleja and butterflies Buddleja davidii is known as the ‘butterfly bush’ because butterflies so often flutter around it gathering nectar. It’s also attractive to bees and moths. It’s possible that the nectar is so good because its packed full of benefits from the buddleja – what is it that those insects instinctively know? Another name we…

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5 to forage in July

5 to Forage in July

5 TO FORAGE IN JULY Summer is rolling along now and most of us in the UK have at last had a sight of sun. A wet and cold June paid havoc with the early summer blooms but everything seems to be on catch up now so there’s plenty to get out and forage for…

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5 to forage in June

Natural Skincare ingredients to forage in June

5 TO FORAGE IN JUNE June is a fantastic month to forage for natural skincare ingredients. There are many flowers and leaves in both hedgerows and gardens. If you can, pick in full sun and then use fresh right away, or alternatively dry for later use. To dry your plant material, either hang in bunches…

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5 to forage in May

5 common plants that you can gather in May and used in blend it yourself skincare

Grab the opportunity of any sunny spells between the storms to explore locally and see which new skincare plants you can find. You might stumble upon a new favourite. All the sunshine and rain has encouraged luscious new growth so you may need to forage a bit deeper among the greens to spot these five…

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Herbal Body Scrub

Herbal Body Scrub

Bathtime relaxation Here’s how to create a jar full of loveliness to destress, ease and delight. Make it for a special friend, or as a gift to yourself. This is so simple to make, but requires a little forethought in macerating the herbs to create your own blend herbal oil. It’s an especially thoughtful gift…

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Bewitching skincare

Witch on a broomstick

Witches or wise women? Having seemingly super-natural powers could get you condemned as a ‘witch’. But, viewing these historical characters with a modern, less superstitious eye, we can see the practices of some really wise women who truly knew their herbs. Modern understanding We recognise that our body absorbs the food we consume, ingesting, digesting,…

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Blackberry Bath Splash for brightening your skin

Use blackberry leaves to brighten the skin

Blackberry leaves for brightening the skin The blackberry plant scrambles through hedgerows putting on enormous growth each season, seemingly stretching out more and more each day. All this growth is fuelled by the powerhouse of energy contained in the blackberry leaves. Use these leaves in creating your own skincare and see that plant power taking…

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Apple of the earth – gentle chamomile is tougher than it seems

Chamomile, apple of the earth and sun on the ground Chamomile: Matricaria recutita, also known as German chamomile or simply scented mayweed. Do you know any other names for it? A sacred herb Chamomile is one of the nine sacred herbs from Anglo-Saxon times. It was also revered above all other herbs by the Egyptians who dedicated…

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