Tis’ the season for Colds and Flu! Most us are unaware exactly which one we are suffering from but we all feel the same; head full of cotton wool, headache, sore throat, sniffles, running nose, cough, cloggy face and all we want to do is sleep.

So what can we do to reduce the symptoms and natural

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Plant dyeing is a very ancient skill it was known in China three thousand years before the birth of Christ. The rich glowing colours of the robes worn by the ancient Egyptians came from the plants they grew especially for the purpose. India used spices to create their natural dyes demonstrated by

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How many of you have heard of the Elder flower in cough and cold remedies? Have you ever wondered what it really was or where it came from?

The mountain community have many gardens where this tree is grown; it grows very well next to a compost heap and helps the compost to break down. It has very

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The names sound similar, but the essential oils are quite different. Clary Sage Salvia sclarea and Sage Salvia Officinalis come from the same botanical family, but the chemical ingredients of their essential oils are very different and therefore give them very different indications and

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The name Frankincense is derived from a combination of Old French (franc meaning free, pure or abundant) and Latin (incensum meaning to kindle). The resin has been burned for thousands of years for religious, cultural, and medicinal reasons. There are many different countries that grow

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Have you ever wondered as to the value of two of the three first gifts given to celebrate the birth of Jesus by the three wise men? Gold is a gift well understood to be precious.

Frankincense as it is commonly known or by its botanical name Boswellia carteri is a small shrub with abundant pinnate

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The most common terms used are: *. Teas made by steeping flowers, berries, leaves, stems and other usually soft, plant material in boiling water; *. Infusions are similar to teas but the herbs are steeped longer, in hot or cold oil or hot water, so that they are stronger than teas. *.... read on

Red

Lady’s bedstraw roots, oregano, tea leaves

Pink

Sorrel roots

Yellow

Agrimony, Chamomile, Comfrey, Golden rod, Horsetail, juniper, marigold, onion skins, St Johns Wort, yarrow

Orange

Lilly-of-the-valley leaves, onion skins, tansy roots

Blue

Elecampane roots, Cornflowers.

Green

Coltsfoot leaves,

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Bath – A warm aromatic bath is a luxurious therapy for the mind & body. It will ease tired and sore muscles (Peppermint or Rosemary) after physical activity. An aromatic bath is also very relaxing and one of the best ways to de-stress. (Choose your favourite essential oil or essential oil blend).

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The essential oil lavender has been used extensively throughout history. There are many varieties of lavender and although it is indigenous to the Mediterranean region it is now cultivated mainly in France, Spain, England, and Tasmania. Lavender has been used since ancient times as much for its

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A Mordant is a water soluble metal salt that will help to set the colour of a natural dye it also helps to prevent fading.

The choices of metal salts are:

Alum – Aluminium Potassium

Cream of Tartar is often used in conjunction with alum or iron. Alum is the least toxic and gives a strong bright

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Mostly unhappy - Holly

Panicky - Rock Rose

Fear of losing Control - Cherry Plum

Absorbed by memories - Honeysuckle

Self Absorption - Heather

Desire to be alone - water Violet

Dislike of being alone - Chicory, Heather

Unambiguous - Clematis Gorse,Wild Rose

Anxious - Agrimony

Sulky - Willow

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