🌺 P A S S I O N F L O W E R 🌺
A commonly used herb by Native Americans who called it 'Maypop' and used it to treat swelling and fungal infections. It's also analgesic (pain relieving) and so can be used for headaches and period pain. An infusion of dried passionflower can be used to help with insomnia, drawing on its sedative properties. We will be having a closer look at this herb at tomorrow’s Herbal Sleep Workshop. It mixes well with lemon balm and lavender to make a relaxing bedtime brew.☕️😴 For those who might like to grow it, it’s an evergreen climber that is a good choice for growing up a fence, against a wall or over balcony railings. This is one that I go past most days on the road where I live. Its exquisite flowers never fail to amaze us when they bloom in the summer, if nothing else it's pretty fascinating to look at!
It prefers to grow in poor, sandy soil and if you are growing it from seed it needs to be about 20 degrees to germinate. Alternatively you can grow it from a semi-ripe cutting during summer ie. now or buy an already established plant. 🌺😴Sweet dreams!😴🌺
🌸 S T R E N G T H 🌸After having a rough start and repeatedly getting eaten by the slugs the echinacea has pulled through and made a flower. There were times when I thought it was going to concede and give up after the slugs and snails left it with more holes than leaves. But with not that much support it battled through and made a come back. It reminds us that many of the things that happen in the garden, as well as our lives, are outside of our control and that when things really want to grow, they will make it happen no matter how many times they have been knocked down. 🌿🌸
🌼 I N F U S E 🌼 Here is the St John’s Wort being used to make an infused or macerated oil. We’ve picked the flowering tops (a mix of opened and unopened flowers) and added them to a jam jar of almond oil. It’s important to use the fresh flowers. They will sit on our sun-baked studio window for a good few weeks (4-5) until the oil turns a deep red colour. The strained oil can then be used for skin balms and salves and is particularly useful for cuts & grazes and also for minor burns and sunburns. Just another example of how herbs give us their botanical goodness at the times when we need them the most. We plan to make a combined ointment with calendula oil to add to our herbal first aid kit. 🌿🌼🚑
😴 S L E E P 😴
Something that can be hard to get enough of these days. Whether it’s the heat, screaming babies next door or simply a busy summer schedule. Luckily, nature’s medicine cabinet is abundant with herbs that are calming and sedating, offering us a gentle hand to getting a good night’s sleep. 🌸🌸
Here is valerian (Valeriana officinalis) in flower with its delicate pink-white flowers. The flowers can be used to make a gentle sleepy tea, but we wait until the autumn to harvest the root of this herb for its tranquilizing properties. We like turning the powdered root into a hot chocolate to enjoy before bed on nights we are anxious about not being able to sleep. We will be sharing more tips for herbs that help you sleep at our next workshop on 19th July, 7-9pm. You will get to make a set of sleepy herbal teabags and a sleep spray. Tickets via the website ✌️
Head on down to #streetlifejuly on Well Street Common. So many fun activities going on. Pop into our stall to make yourself a herbal spray, ideal for cooling down in the heat! On till 4pm 🌿🌸💖
🌿 J U L Y 🌿 The second instalment of our new monthly blog feature giving you inspiration for everything herbal this month. Lovingly put together by @camila.beetroot and @the_dancing_gardener .
The height of summer is here and with it comes an abundance of herbs from both cultivated plots or gardens and the wild spaces that surround us.
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