Kawakawa + Ginger Tea

Kawakawa has a special place in my heart – it was the first ‘real’ (ie not from a bag) herb tea I ever made many moons ago. Such a powerful healer – 72 medicinal uses according to Murdoch Reilly, “Maori Healing and Herbal” – and I was at the time healing up from wicked eczema. […]

How To Make Echinacea Tincture

Let me introduce Ali Sutherland – Medical Herbalist, and my lovely friend. Many of you will have met her here already at a workshop or on a weed walk. We harvested my Echinacea together recently, and today Ali’s teaching us how to turn it into a tincture and how to use it safely. This tincture […]

A Useful, Yet Oh So Beautiful Herbal Border

A food garden is a cooperative happening. The gardener, the soil, the weather (lets not forget the weather!) and the companions. Those companions are the icing on the cake – they bring it altogether. Today is all about them, specifically herbs, and how irreplaceable they are in your food garden (not to mention your life). […]

Make A Speedy (But Slow) Garden Bed

This is a quick and easy way to make a new garden bed. I must warn you; though the construction is quick, the wait until its ready to plant is long. The waiting brings huge benefits, giving nature the opportunity to fully express herself and you the chance to well, wait for something. Oh wow!, […]