In this episode I talk to Alice Bettany about Catnip (Nepeta cataria) a herb which is often associated with children as it is so gentle. But gentle doesn't mean it isn't effective! We're so used to hitting things with a sledge hammer now a days we've lost respect for the gentle things in life. We also talked about she sheds and the comfort of a big bosom.. as you do.
Colds and flu season is upon us. For many it’s an utterly dreaded time of year for this reason. But it doesn’t have to be. You probably think that it’s only a matter of time before you catch something.
Elderflower is one of my favourite herbs. I love the scent of the flowers, despite them being likened to cat pee.. It’s one of the easiest things to harvest as they grow in such big bunches you only need to get a few heads and you feel like you’ve achieved a lot.
Cleavers is probably one of the most commonly found herbs which I use in my dispensary. It is wonderfully sticky thanks to it’s minute velcro-like-hooks and you may have stuck it to friends when at school. For this reason it is given the name sticky willy. It’s name “cleave-ers” comes from the phrase “to cleave” meaning, ‘stick fast to’ or ‘adhere strongly’.