SUMMER HERBS FOR WELLBEING
Easy to grow summer herbs to support your health
Oxymel & Shrub recipes here
SUPPORT YOUR GUT HEALTH
Every day foods that support beneficial bacteria
Recipes that support your gut bacteria here
All you'll ever need to know
Bokashi resources here
OUR RESEARCH PAPERS
A series of research papers on crops that can potentially bring health benefits to people and the environment
1. Flax and Linseed
4. Sweet Chestnut
1 - 5 Combined
Comfrey has been cultivated as a healing herb since at least 400BC.
It is one of the best herbs for reducing swellings and if applied to the area around broken bones will soothe and reduce the inflammation and help mend the bones hence the nicknames ‘boneset’ & ‘knitbone’
Chicory is a perennial herbaceous plant of the dandelion family. It has bright blue flower heads that flower for just one day, die and are replaced by more bright blue flowers the next day.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Raw apple cider vinegar has many benefits from weight loss to heart health find out more here.
Every day we’re exposed to chemicals that manipulate our endocrine system, from the water you drink to the food you eat, from the sofa you sit on to soap & shampoo – hormone disruptors are everywhere. The more you know about where they come from and the harm they can cause the easier it is to try and prevent hormonal chaos.
Cacao, (Theobroma cacao) also called cocoa is a tree native to the tropical rainforest of Central and South America To the Mayans, whose culture flourished nearly 2000 years cocoa was the food of the gods and was an important sacred plant.
The Egg - A Universal Symbol of Spring
The egg is a universal symbol of spring, Easter and rebirth. Eggs have been dyed, painted, adorned, embellished and eaten in celebration of the symbolic significance of new life.
20 Nourishing Foods
Packed full of nutrients these winter foods will nourish you and help protect against colds & flu!
The best source of vitamin D is the sun. Subcutaneous glands in the skin use sunlight to form pre-vitamin D which is converted to Vitamin D by the liver and kidneys.
There are few plants less fussy than Jerusalem artichokes. The tubers grow well in tubs (the crop in the image above was grown in a tub with 1/3rd bokashi compost) or in an open situation in rich soil. The plants grow tall so can be used to make an effective wind break.
Whilst there are over 200 species of stevia, Stevia rebaudiana is the most important variety, it is a herbal plant that belongs to the Asteraceae family. The Guarani Indians of Paraguay have used stevia for centuries for both its sweet taste and medicinal properties
Buckwheat - good for the soil, good for wildlife and good for you!
Buckwheat is not a cereal grain as it is not part of the grass family it belongs instead to the Polygonaceae family & is a relative of rhubarb & sorrel.
It is an easy plant to grow and relatively tolerant of most conditions.
Buckwheat is a very versatile plant and can be used in the following ways;
Urban garden medicine chest
Medicinal plants and simple extracts are particularly well-suited to supporting self-healing processes, promoting effective digestion, absorption, metabolism and elimination, and mitigating the effects of acute or chronic stress.
Gut bacteria & brain function
A dynamic ecosystem of microbes lives in your gut and this complex microbiota is individual to you, a reflection of your journey through life, from what you eat to what you do and where you’ve been.
'A nation that destroys its soil destroys itself' Franklin Roosevelt Fertile soil is an exquisite interplay of billions of organisms and it is this microbial bio-diversity that gives rise to the myriad forms of life that feed us.
When you eat a meal your blood sugar rises which prompts your pancreas to release insulin into your bloodstream. Insulin sends a signal to your muscle cells that they need to take up the excess sugar. Your muscle cells either use up the glucose as an energy source or store it in a slightly altered form called glycogen.
Osteoporosis is thinning of the bone. The bones are composed of a skeleton of connective tissue around which minerals in crystalline form are laid down. In osteoporosis, there is a reduction in both the amount of connective tissue and the mineral content of the bone.
Sprouts and Green Shoots
The greatest vitality in the life cycle of a plant is in the sprout, they have potent medicinal properties and high nutritional value.
Because of a mistranslation of a German paper written in 1901, there is a myth that we taste different flavors on different parts of the tongue. But this isn't true each taste bud recognizes every taste. Every second you chew, your tongue and its 10,000 taste buds evaluate hundreds of millions of molecules
There are different kinds of allergy, food allergies like peanuts, soya or shellfish, perennial allergies like dust, mold or feathers or seasonal allergies from tree, grass and weed pollen. Now as we head through spring into the summer the seasonal allergies also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis are upon us.
Healing food diet
Naturally grown foods, fresh in season, or harvested & preserved at their peak of ripeness & nutrition, using artisan traditions are the best foods to heal both body and planet. Industrially processed foods inevitably diminish both the quantity and quality of nutrients making them less able to nourish us.
Elder (Sambucus nigra)
Since ancient times the elder tree's ability to recover when damaged has made it a symbol of regeneration. It supports the body in healing sadness, grief and depression and helps release our hold on the past preparing us for change. It's truly a tree for our times
Shrubs & Oxymels
Nettle & Wild Garlic Recipes
Thrifty Comfort Food
Some great people, places and websites we feel you need to know about.
There are brilliant box schemes throughout the country check them out on the Soil Association web site
Better Food Company – Bristol betterfood.co.uk
Infinity Foods – Brighton infinityfoodsretail.co.uk
Fruits of the Earth – Bridport fruitsoftheearth.co.uk
Planet Organic – London planetorganic.com
Trinity whole-foods - Hastings trinitywholefoods.co.uk
A feast for soil & soul
by Daphne Lambert
A book about the central role food plays in our lives. The book shows how vibrant living food creates health and vitality and how the food we choose to eat is of the utmost importance if we are to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of this planet.
£22.50 + £2.50 p/p
To buy contact Jean
Recipes & Preparations
by Daphne Lambert
Discover the ancient wisdom of fermented foods that will delight your tastebuds and encourage a balanced digestive system and healthy gut.
The book covers basic recipes, salads, soups, main dishes, condiments, breads and lots more!
£17.50 + £2.50 p/p for signed edition
THE CANCER REVOLUTION
Integrative medicine - the future of cancer care
by Patricia Peat
Cancer Revolution brings together, in an accessible form, the whole spectrum of resources that are at hand to support you or someone you love through every stage of cancer and to help you chart a healthy future.
Written by Patricia Peat along with 37 expert contributors, including Daphne Lambert. For further information and to buy www.thecancerrevolution.co.uk
BOOKS WE RECOMMEND
Mycellium Running - Paul Stamets ISBN 1-58008-579
Mushrooms - Roger Phillips ISBN 0-330-26441-9
Forest Gardening in Practice - Tomas Remiarz ISBN 978-1-85623-293-7
Radical, Self Reliant Gardening - Will Bonsall ISBN 978-1-60358-442-5
Six Steps Back to the Land - Colin Tudge ISBN 978-0-85-784123-0
Secrets of the Soil - Peter Tompkins & Christopher Bird ISBN 1-890693-24-3
Water in Plain Sight - Judith D Schwartz ISBN 978-1-250-06991
Waking the Giant - Bill McGuire ISBN 978-0-19-967875-4