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Chicken Stock

The easiest way to make chicken stock is with the carcass of a roasted organic chicken. Strip off any unused meat from the carcass and refrigerate for later use. Put…

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Marsh mallow: Althaea officinalis

Althaea officinalis (Marsh mallow) is an upright and beautiful plant, with soft velvety leaves and delicate pale pink blossoms which appear in August and September. The name ‘Althaea’ comes from…

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Equisetum

  Equisetum is the sole survivor of the Equisetales family; huge tree-like plants that thrived 400 million years ago. In spring its shoots resemble asparagus - in Japan they are…

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Inflammation

Inflammation is a necessity of life. It is a protective immune response that allows infections to be controlled, wounds to heal and health to be restored. When the immune system…

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Lemon Balm; Melissa officinalis

An unassuming herb with an uplifting lemony scent; physicians and beekeepers alike have long known Melissa officinalis. The name Melissa comes from the Greek word for 'honey bee' and has…

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Dandelion: Taraxacum officinale

    Dandelion (Text Version) A bright and cheerful weed, the dandelion gets its name from the French 'Dent de lion' - meaning 'lion's tooth', referring to the jagged edges…

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Stinging Nettle: Urtica dioica

  Stinging Nettle  (Text Version) One of the first medicinal herbs to reappear after the cold winter months is the stinging nettle. With its reputation for invading gardens and causing…

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Nettle Soup

The Nettle plant is highly nutritious, packed with vitamins and minerals, most notably high in calcium (1 cup of cooked nettles contains 42% of the Recommended Daily Value of calcium)…

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Nettle Tea

One of the first medicinal herbs to re-appear after the cold winter months is the stinging nettle. With its reputation for invading gardens and causing misery to the incautious as…

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Energy

Vitality is at the core of our wellbeing. It is our inner energy, which gives us the strength to overcome illness and bring us back to a state of balanced…

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Arthritis and Inflammation

As the cooler, damp weather sets in, many people find that their joints begin to ache and arthritis symptoms are aggravated. In this seasonal special we begin to take a…

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Sambucus nigra – Elderberry

Deep purple clusters of shiny elderberries signal the arrival of autumn; it is said that summer begins when the Elder tree flowers and ends once its berries are ripe.  Hippocrates…

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