Herbal Remedies

Hawthorn tincture 2

I’ve written about hawthorn previously and mentioned hawthorn tincture, so I thought I’d write a short post explaining how to make your own.  A tincture is an alcohol based herbal remedy; we tend to use unbranded 40% vodka to make our tinctures. Hawthorn has been shown to have a beneficial effect in the treatment of […]

hawthorn tincture

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Guelder rose decocted tincture

Nicola has recently made a Guelder rose decocted tincture.  The bark from Guelder rose (Viburnum opulus) is often refered to as ‘cramp bark’, so it’s no great surprise that it has been used in the past for muscle cramps, menstrual cramps, muscle spasms, restless leg and many other ailments. How to make guelder rose decocted tincture […]



Mallow (Malva sylvestris) Mallow is a common plant in southern England and Wales and can be found along the sides of roads and railways as well as on waste ground.  As always, be careful if collecting near a road; we’ve found this plant in particular to take in exhaust fumes that you can taste in the […]

Colt’s Foot

Colt’s Foot (Tussilago farfara) A native to the UK, Colt’s Foot is a member of the daisy family.  It is unusual in that it flowers before it produces leaves.  We often find it growing alongside tracks near to our ancient woodland camp on disturbed and waste ground, although we’ve also found it along the coast. […]

Colt's Foot


Burdock 1

Burdock (Arctium lappa) Found along woodland rides, hedgerows, verges and waste ground, burdock has useful herbal properties.   I wrote this post a few years back that highlights the differences between dock, burdock, primrose and foxglove, so take a look to make sure that you identify the right plant. Property : Bitter Constituent : Phenolic acids, Tannin, Mucilage, Iron, Sulphur, B […]