✍️ H E R B S T U D Y ✍️ In today’s Herb Craft session @mindcharity we did an in depth herb study on Lavender. Observing, touching, smelling, tasting, drawing and exploring this herb as a group. Some of the things that we discovered together is that Lavender is a soothing and calming herb so good for anxiety and stress but also that it is antiseptic making it a good herb for cleaning. Its name comes from the Latin verb ‘lavare’ which means to wash! Drawing on its calming and sedative properties we made lavender bags using the dried herb, muslin cloth and ribbon. These are great to carry around with you for smelling during stressful moments or you can pop them under your pillow to help you drift off to 😴 🌿
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The focus of last week’s work day was seed saving. We started off discussing the reasons why we save seed in the first place. You can see all the things we came up with on the third picture. We then went into the garden to collect some seeds that had already ripened and dried nicely on the plants. We collected seeds from calendula, mullein, parsley and lavender. We will be organising a seed swap during the winter season to bring together herb growers who want to share and swap their seed harvest so get saving if you fancy joining in! Who else has started seed saving and what have you got?🌾🌾🌾🌾🌾🌾 And if you want to learn more about the bigger political issues around seed saving please watch the documentary ‘Seeds of Freedom’ made by the @thegaiafoundation and The African Biodiversity Network.
Feeling pretty good about getting a new set of colour felt-tips so that folks could get creative with their labelling. Look at these beauties 👀 made at yesterday’s Herbal Wellbeing Masterclass. We had a lovely time making calendula lip balm, fragrance sprays with essential oils and herbal teabags. If you fancy learning how to craft your own herbal products come along to our next masterclass on Sunday 14th October 🌿🌿
Lovely sunny day to be up at Woodberry Down for the annual @hiddenriverfestival We’ve been showing people how to plant their own herb seeds on the Creative Gardening stall. Lovely to see everyone out and enjoying the spaces around the reservoir. It feels like summer again! It’s the end of the season for most seed sowing but you can still plant hardy annuals like marigolds that will flower next year and also things like basil and coriander if you’ve got a sunny warm windowsill 🌿🌿 We also bumped into herb friends @herbalhaven 🌿🌿
🌿 C O M M U N I - T E A 🌿 it’s nearly time for our annual communi-tea party and this year we will be gathering @hackneycityfarm for an afternoon of herbal fun on 22nd September, 1-4pm. Our URBAN HERBAL event is part of Urban Food Fortnight celebrating food that is grown, made, crafted and saved in London. The event will feature drop in workshops, a herb walk, an equinox celebration and lots and lots of herbal tea. The event is FREE and family friendly. Full details for the event on our website. Hope to see you there! 🌾🌾
🌿 S E P T E M B E R 🌿 This month marks a seasonal shift as the equinox approaches and a slowing down both out in nature and for ourselves. Check out all our tips for growing, harvesting and using herbs in our monthly blog feature, Herbs in September. It also includes some tips on how we can learn from nature and slow down this month. Link in bio 😉. What other herby things are you up to this month?