Barley tea, a roasted grain herbal tea which is very common in Japan, Korea and Chinese cuisines, originally, the barley seeds were used to make the tea, but it can now be found in the form of tea bags for this drink.
Barley tea is a delicious and nutritious alternative More >
Pellitory-of-the-wall is a member of the Urticaceae family of plants and so is related to nettles and hops but not pellitory.
The only member of its genus (Parietaria) that is native to the British Isles, and is native to Western Europe through to western Asia and the Caucasus, a plant More >
Melilot or sweet clover as it is popularly known is an herb. The flowering branches and leaves are used to make medicine. The blossoms of this melilot, or yellow clover, are very sweet with nectar and the bees like it to make yellow clover honey.
It is a perennial that More >
Lovage is a plant. The leaves and seeds of this overgrown parsley-type plant are used for medicinal and culinary uses. Lovage gets its name because it was reputed to be an aphrodisiac, but also this is a corruption of Liguria, (the Italian Riviera) which was where the plant was first More >
Foxglove scientifically known as digitalis lanata is a beautiful looking indigenous herb that is widely seen throughout Europe. The Foxglove is a favourite flower of the honey-bee, and is entirely developed by the visits of this insect.
For that reason, its tall and stately spikes of flowers are at their More >
Viper’s bugloss is closely related to the common bugloss and is a member of the Boraginaceae family of plants. It is native to Europe including the British Isles but is found in most countries from United States to New Zealand.
Do not handle this plant without gloves, as the hairs More >
The bupleurum is a perennial herb, which tends to grow in wild profuse patches along the sunny sides of sedge thickets in many areas of East Asia. The herb is characterized by the presence of many broad linear to lanceolate shaped leaves arranged in an alternative array along the stem. More >
Bupleurum is a plant; its root is commonly used to make medicine. Native to East Asia, buplerum is a member of the Umbelliferae (or Apiaceae) family. Bupleurum has long been used in Chinese medicine which is among the ‘harmony herb”.
Bupleurum also used to promote perspiration by aiding the body More >
Chokeberry or Aronia is a small berry packed with health benefits especially its tea that can be found in the form of tea bags in health food stores. Fresh aronia berries are commonly used to make juice, jam, syrup, and wine.
Dried aronia berries, which are available in many health More >
Elaeagnus plants are deciduous or evergreen shrubs or small trees native to Asia including the Himalayan region, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, northern China and Japan. The fruit is a fleshy drupe containing a single seed; it is edible in many species.
When ripe in mid- to late summer, the fruit is More >
Aframomum melegueta (Alligator pepper, Grains of paradise), a member of the ginger family (Zingiberaceae), has been used for years for its medicinal benefits.
It is a North African spice and is used in Africa not only in food preparation but also in cultural practices, as medicine and as an accompaniment More >