Melanie’s Herb Diaries

'Keep your nose warm.'

To prevent a cold #1 ‘Keep your Nose Warm’

Check out this video from Ellen Foxman of Yale University on the importance of keeping your nose warm for the prevention of colds.

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Castle Herb Gifts

A Festive Herbal.. Podcast

I was interviewed earlier this month for East London Radio's Living Health programme about Herbs to help us get through the Festive Season. It starts at 11 mins 55 seconds in.

Wishing you a Happy, Peaceful & above all Healthy Christmas!

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Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary: A Winter Gift

I was trying to think of a suitable herb to write about for my last post of the year, when Permaculture Magazine came to the rescue, reminding me that not only is Rosemary one of the hardiest of our garden herbs, but it's also one that you can keep picking and using throughout winter!

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Castle Blends - photo by Jack Cox

‘Direct from Garden to Mug’

Despite my best efforts to source my medicines in a sustainable way, it bothered me that 9 times out of 10, even common native herbs, like Dandelion and Yarrow, were shipped in from abroad, so that the carbon footprint created by all that transport effectively wiped out many of the benefits of choosing organically-grown herbs.  So when I met Ida Fabrizio, Garden Project co-ordinator at the Castle Climbing Centre, earlier this year, I was excited to hear that, as well as supplementing the kitchen with vegetables, herbs and fruit destined for the centre’s fantastic café, they were making their own herbal tea blends and herb balms, grown and processed on site!

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