Nervine teas

December has come at last and Christmas is just around the corner. Days are short, nights are long and cold. What little light we’ve got in our 24h clock we’re using for working and frantic shopping sprees to get everything ready before the big day. When we finally get home, we’re tired and very often grumpy. Late night shopping, online retailers, it’s all supposed to help our stress levels, but in my experience it is another reason contributing to our stress response. This is the reason I’d like to introduce nervine teas. Nervines are herbs that specifically support the nervous […] Read more »

Luxury for your skin

When I started writing this blog, winter was slowly spreading her icy fingers all over England. She left all her beautiful drawings on the blades of grass and last year’s leaves. Now the days are longer and the promise of summer hangs in the air. All the birds in my garden woke up with exiting urgency and frenzy. My brain is in spring mode and my skin is asking for some attention and TLC. Slowly even I begin to worship the coming summer. In my last blog I shared with you how to make herbal infused oil. I hope you’ve tried […] Read more »

Herbal infused oils

After a busy summer, with autumn on our doorstep, I feel I have again enough time to sit down and write. It was a truly busy year in my life. I conducted some interesting experiments, trying to find a way to a healthier and greener life, and now I’m just itching to write about it. I have a few new recipes for remedies and healthy body care products that I would like to share with you, and for the past few days I was wondering where to start and what to describe first. There was a river of rough waters […] Read more »

Spring tea

As the days grow longer and the sun is warming our bodies, the promise of Spring brings happiness and joy. I love this time of year. The earth wakes up from its wintery sleep and you can almost hear the growing plants and shoots. It takes a lot of energy. A similar thing is happening to our bodies. After the sleepiness of winter, we are becoming awake and more active. Our bodies need more energy and sun, but here comes the other side of the coin, because very often at this time of year we feel tired and pretty lifeless. […] Read more »

Vitamin C filled tea

I love the colour red. I am red through and through, so it won’t come as a surprise for you that I am ravishing and enjoying immensely this season. I am submerging myself in Autumn, but although this season is also called the Fall, I am feeling very much uplifted and alive. As I am writing this I am observing the life changes happening in my garden. There is a lot of activity there. A truly magnificent black squirrel moved into the neighbourhood this spring and now together with his grey friends and associates he is getting ready for the […] Read more »

Herbal remedies

There is widespread perception amongst the general public that herbal medicines being “natural” must be entirely safe. There is nothing more misinterpreted. We have to remember that in order to influence human physiology, herbs have to interact with our physiological system in the same way other drugs do; otherwise they would have no effect. What is more, many plants are well known to be dangerous to human health with their toxicity, others can be unsafe if used during pregnancy, and some can interfere with conventional drugs. What does this mean? Before you reach for one you should consider: 1. what […] Read more »

Healing hidden in Linden tree

July is the month when the Linden (Tilia cordata) is in full bloom not only in Poland or England but also throughout Central and Eastern Europe. Linden is a sacred tree. It had a special meaning in pagan, pre-Christian tradition running so deep that Christianity was forced to embrace the tree as their own. Gods were living there. In Poland the summer month of July (Lipiec) was named in the name of the Linden tree (Lipa). There is a lot of Polish legends that suggest that cutting down the Linden tree without a special need will bring the misfortune not […] Read more »

Ginger-Echinacea Syrup

Although wet and mild, Winter is already here – crushing our gardens with hail, destroying the cliffs with stormy waves and keeping my cat on the sofa completely ignoring the outside world. It is cold wet sometimes mild, sometimes colder – depending entirely where you are right now. All that wetness and mildness supported by darkness and general tiredness makes us more vulnerable to colds and flues. Here I give you another DIY self-help, a truly warming and virus defeating Ginger-Echinacea Syrup. Easy to make, will keep 2-3 months in the fridge. GINGER-ECHINACEA SYRUP 50g Echinacea root 50g fresh Ginger […] Read more »

Elderberry syrup

With the beauty of autumn and the peacefulness of falling leaves and shorter days comes the darkness of colds and flues. We are not defenceless against it and we can battle it with home-made remedies. Last weekend I spent time in the kitchen preparing a new batch of remedies and feeling the connection with Mother Nature I decided to share it today. These are very simple recipes and although you can buy ready-made products, it is much cheaper to make your own. ELDERBERRY SYRUP Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) as a remedy is very popular in Europe, Asia and North America. There […] Read more »