Super Easy Hawthorn Berry Tincture Recipe

For a healthy heart Hawthorn Berry Tincture makes a wonderful home remedy. At Herb Study Group this week we looked at how we can use Hawthorn to help maintain good health, especially good heart and circulatory health. Here is a super easy way you can nourish yourself today!   Fill a jar a third full […]

Meetings with Usnea, 2016

A friend and I are studying the Lichen family Usnea or Old Man’s Beard. There are many different species, and lucky for us many of them grow in Scotland, so my partner and I went in search of some to see it growing in it’s natural habitat. It has many uses herbally including being anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral […]

Samhain, 2016

Samhain, 2016

Samhain/Hallowe’en conjures images of witches huddled around their cauldrons stirring some bubbling brew. Which to me translates to herbalists tending to their hedgerow syrups. This time of year is full of rose family delights and recently I harvested a wide range of berries and hips to prepare into remedies to set myself into good health […]

Autumn Equinox 2016

The harvest season is nearing its end so now is the time to celebrate! The Autumn Equinox, 20-23rd September, is the time of the Harvest Festival and a time of recognising balance and imbalance, as day and night are of equal length. Seeds and fruits are ripe and ready to pick, by us and the […]

Lammas 2016

The very fact that I am late with this post reveals the busy time of harvesting that Lammas represents. Lammas is the Harvest Festival of the traditional calendar. A time when thanks and sacrifices of corn harvests were offered to the Cereal Goddess Ceres/ Cerealia/ Demeter and Ludh, the Corn King. I am writing this […]

Herbs of the Outer Hebrides

I recently visited the Uists, in the Outer Hebrides, and was able, with the help of a trusty friend, visit many beautiful areas and meet a huge array of herbaceous plants that grow there. The main thought that struck me was how self-sufficient people would have been, especially before the development of roads, in terms […]

Summer 2016 Workshops

As our Medicine Garden is now established we would like to offer you an opportunity to join us in some workshops. Over the summer we will be running: An Introduction to Scottish Medicinal Plants and Remedy Making at Craigencalt Farm, Kinghorn Loch, Fife. This half day course will be spent at Solar Ripe’s Medicine Garden, a beautiful location in […]

Summer Solstice 2016

The Summer Solstice celebrates the longest day of the year on the 20/21st June – and in Scotland that can be almost the full 24 hours, which is wonderful. Often people stay awake around fires of sacred wood such as Oak and wait to see the sunrise. Divining forks of Hazel were cut on this […]

Beltaine

Beltaine: Festival of Fertility and Union (End of April/Beginning of May). Traditionally this Celtic celebration would have been on the 12th of May, before the changing of the calendar, and was a time when the Gaelic farmers took their cattle to their summer pastures. In Ireland the cattle were first driven between fires and had their backs […]

Silver Birch Sap

Last year I heard the sap rising in Silver Birch for the first time. It was amazing. This year I decided to have a go at tapping one for the sap that is a spring tonic. Mrs Grieve, in A Modern Herbal, describes the vernal sap as being diuretic (promoting urine production). Here is a description of […]

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