It took me a long time to decide to give you a herb quite as pokey and strong tasting as this one. This course isn't about nice tasting herbs though, it's about learning the medicinal value of plants. So it was inevitable we'd have to taste something like this at some point! I'm very interested to hear how it went for you all.
Happy Birthday to us! Now to explain the choice of Yarrow. Well, it's a herb which features heavily in the balm that Magic Organic Apothecary have kindly gifted to us. They actually grow it on the same land that I sourced the Yarrow for this months herb from. So it's just perfect. Now you have a heal-all skin salve which you can use on all sorts knowing full-well all the amazing properties of Yarrow. Really hope you enjoy the bath salts too. I don't know exactly what's in them I just know they're gorgeous and have bits of lavender and seaweed in. You can thank the East London Juice company for that gift.
So how did you find Yarrow?
This is our first "tropical" herb. But it doesn't taste very tropical does it? Have you ever grown this plant or seen it in the UK? You might have had the herb before in a tea. I'd love to hear if you had a relationship with the herb before tasting it today.
I once gave it to someone at a festival to help them chill out after having had far too much Cocaine. He was in a cross legged position when he started to sip it and, just half way down the cup, he slumped over on himself and fell asleep exactly where he was. Ever since that I've always associated with narcotics and have always seen it as a gentle dreamy herb to bring someone down from that crazed agitated state.
So, what did you think? This is probably my "totem" plant or something to that effect. I'd love to hear if you think you've got a totem plant. Or plant that you got into herbs via. Do you have any stories about the herb that got you head-over-heels for herbal medicine.
I flippin' love the herb this month. It's so often found in people's tea cabinets now-a-days but people don't realise what an amazing medicine it is. Usually people know it's useful to help relaxing but they don't realise just how many uses it has. I often take it with me on trips abroad almost as a "cure-all" just in case I get a fever, cold, runny tummy, all sorts!
Can't wait to hear what you found with your senses before realising what it was.
Hope you enjoyed the herb this month. It's one of my favourite spring greens! Can't wait to see what you do with them. Don't forget to use the hashtag #herbalising if you take any pictures for instagram of what you're up to. Would love to see your herbal experiments.
Can't wait to hear your thoughts on this herb. I'd love to hear how you use it and if this is the first time you've tasted it what was it like?
I love the ruby red berries to Rosehip. It's so beautiful and such a treasure in amongst the grey of winter. The rosehips have probably gone over through the country by now but colder places might find the odd one still. I like to eat them straight off the branch when I walk by. There's a knack to it so you don't accidentally get a mouthful of the itchy seeds though. Where you pull it off the branch it will have left a little hole in the skin. Provided there isn't any holes elsewhere you can put your lips around this and suck out all the yummy fruit leaving the seeds and skin in tact. It's great! Let me know how it goes if you've got ripe rosehips left near you ;)
Hope you enjoyed the tea this month. It's certainly a warming one for you. You've probably had this herb before as it gets talked about a lot in Autumn. It also makes a damn fine syrup! Can't wait to hear how you found it.
This months herb has got to be one of the most common plants in the UK. Much to the annoyance of many gardeners! It's the first herb where I had to send you two teas to try. Hope you enjoyed the variety of experience within one plant. Hope you're enjoying the podcasts too. This month I'll be releasing the episode on Sage which we covered months ago.
Well, I hoped you enjoyed the herb this month. It's one of my favourites actually. Although there is a lot of folklore surrounding it in May Autumn is my favourite time to harvest it. Largely because I like to put the berries into brandy. It's delicious and nutritious! Can't wait to hear what your experiences were of the berries in a tea. Was there any differences in the experiences you had to the monograph? There are no medicinal difference between the berry and the flower but they clearly have quite different energies and personalities to them. I think it would be interesting to try another tea tasting in which you compare it with the flowering tops too.
Welcome back. Hope you enjoyed the herb for this month. I was almost too late in picking it this year after our crazy-hot June. But I got lucky and found another tree that hadn't quite gone over. Thank goodness! Easily one of my favourites to pick. Aside from the bugs you get covered in it has a wonderful melon scent. What did you guys observe and how was it similar or different from the uses listed in the monograph?
Welcome to August’s member page for Listen. You've probably never thought to try this but I have the herb for this month in my rooibos tea nearly every morning with a little honey. Give it a go! It was great hearing your experiences last month. This month I'll be releasing a podcast about the first herb we covered in June. These podcasts will speak about the herb publicly 2 months after your private experience and discussion here as a member.
Welcome to July's member page for Listen. Following your feedback we are going to be using a private page on the Forage website to discuss your findings. This beautiful herb is one of my favourites and goes in many of my prescriptions as I specialise in women's health. I can't wait to hear what you got from the herb this month. Leave your comments below.
Here's a surprise freebie for you guys too, simply click on the link below. It's a little booklet about how to make Folk Medicine. It'll help you prep for this months competition!