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Bitter Sweet Kumarahou.

Posted by on 19 August 2017 | 6 Comments

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I've held back for a long time from writing about any of our native medicine plants growing here in Aotearoa NZ. Kumarahou is a case in point. It's seen less and less, growing as it does, or at least trying to establish itself on clay banks alongside country roads. It can take years for the seeds to germinate. As long as 8 years I've been told so not such an easy plant to propagate in a nursery situation. Years ago I managed to purchase a few seedlings and have nurtured them carefully trying to find the right spot where they can flourish and maybe, just maybe set some of their own seed and grow some babies. I've used some of the leaves to make tonics and tinctures but never been greedy. The health and well-being of the mother plants are more important, and they are quite a sensitive plant requiring gentle treatment. Read the full post.

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Dandelion Coffee

Posted by Tricia on 5 July 2015 | 5 Comments

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I've been drinking dandelion coffee for years now and heartily recommend a daily cuppa to any of my peops needing some liver support. The liver does a myriad of things including clearing the blood of toxins and nasty chemicals. So yep it certainly earns it's keep, being bombarded left right and centre with toxins from air, food and water, never mind medications and cleaning products. Dandelions are rich in vitamins and minerals, trace minerals and micronutrients.  In my garden I've been leaving all the dandelions alone, resisting the urge to pull them out whilst weeding, with a mind to harvesting the roots and making my own coffee. Two year old plants harvested autumn/early winter are best as the roots are larger, tastier and more nutrient dense.

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CLEAVERS Gallium aparine

Posted by Tricia on 3 November 2011 | 12 Comments

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Today as I went wandering through the garden looking for cleavers to photograph I was captivated by the variety and abundance of weeds growing everywhere. Healers all, I felt such a gladness come over me. Every square metre of ground let run wild, had a fabulous collection of medicinal plants. Under the orchard where we have neglected to mow for nearly 3 months, and with the spring growth it was just delightful. Represented were so many plants I am already familiar with and so many more yet to discover. Cleavers, quite a nondescript plant and more often a real annoyance to most gardeners has been used for centuries as a champion to assist with lymphatic drainage, and detoxifying the body. All over the world and throughout so many different cultures this plant has been used for the same purpose. Now to me that is really saying something, and I certainly won't be looking at it in quite the same way anymore. Next time It's burred seeds stick to my clothes I'll discard them more carefully and bless them on their way. For more details read the full post.

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ROSEMARY Rosmarinus Officinalis

Posted by Tricia on 16 June 2011 | 1 Comments

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Rosemary has to be my favourite culinary herb. It is the herb that I most often go racing outside to collect when I am cooking a meal. I love it's stong, resinous aroma. I can't resist running my hand over the plant whenever I am passing. It evokes good times, delicious meals and fine company. I use it most often when I have guests or when my children are visiting. That's when I make my focaccio bread or my osso buco or a free-range roast chicken. In all of these rosemary is integral. Recently I was doing some research for a young woman who had been diagnosed with a fatty liver, putting her work permit and residency application in jeopardy. It was then that I became fully acquainted with the depth and breadth of action of a plant we take so much for granted. Here again is another healing plant that is begging to be included in our diets and our lives. Make a herbal tea with a fresh picked sprig. For an invigorating soak pour some boiling water over a handful of rosemary leaves, strain off and add to your bathwater or for the final rinse when you wash your hair. These things are so easy to do and they empower us. They reconnect us with the earth, our mother. They help to bring us back into ourselves and they remind us what needs to be cared for and why.  For more details read the full post

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