Bilberries are a wild relative of the blueberry

Bilberry health benefits: for circulation and eye health

Originally published on Herbal Medicine from Your Garden

The bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus syn. V. m. oreophilum, V. oreophilum and V. yatabei), is also known as blaeberry (mainly in Scotland), dwarf bilberry, European blueberry, whinberry or whortleberry. It’s closely related to various blueberries, cranberries and some huckleberries.

Description

Bilberries grow on a deciduous shrub which reaches a height of about 20cm (8in) and a spread of 30cm (1ft), prefering moderate shade and moist soil, though it will tolerate…


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Announcing Frann’s Alt.Health Shop

Originally published on Herbal Medicine from Your Garden

I’m pleased to announce that my new online shop, Frann’s Alt.Health Shop is now open for business.

In actual fact, the shop opened on 1 November, but now I’ve added loose herbs, herbal teas and blends, remedies and lots more. I hope you like it.

Why not take a look at my range of herbs and herbal teas or remedies right now?

I’m really excited about this new venture 🙂 I hope you…


Natural Herbal Remedies for a Sore Throat

The best sore throat remedy is speed.

I’m not talking about an illegal substance. What I mean is, as soon as you get the first little symptoms: that scratchy feeling in your throat, a slight soreness that’s barely noticeable, that is the best time to act.

Most sore throats (80%) are caused by a virus, and there isn’t much a doctor can do for you because antibiotics are only effective against bacterial infections. Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them may give you diarrhea,…


Constipation Remedies for Quick Relief and Long Term Control

Although constipation is something people don’t generally talk about, and may even be the subject of humour, it’s no joke. Mild constipation is easily dealt with, but severe blockage (or faecal impaction) can be dangerous and if you can’t sort it out, will require urgent medical attention.

Links to all the recommended remedies are at the end.

If you’re suffering from acute severe constipation, you don’t have time to add enough fibre to deal with it in the long term (that’s for later), and you absolutely have to…


The best cough remedies for chesty and tickly coughs

There are many potential causes for coughing, so the first step is to find out exactly what is causing it. For example, coughs can result from allergy, asthma, acid reflux, overly-dry air, and smoke or other air pollution (including self-inflicted smoke from cigarettes).

Assuming that none of these causes are present (or there’s been no change), but you have started to cough a lot recently, then it’s likely that you have a chest infection of some kind, either viral (most likely) or bacterial.

The…


Announcing Favourites and a 10% discount

I’m really excited to be able to announce my new Favourites system.

This lets you (and me) save the things you’d like to buy at some point whether for a gift, or just for your own use.

Your favourites will show up in every list of products with a pretty purple heart. Items you haven’t favourited have a grey heart. Just click on the heart on any item to add or remove that item from your favourites. It’s maybe a little hard to see on the…


The thorn apple flower is decidedly weird

Thorn Apple health benefits: for asthma and Parkinson’s disease

Originally published on Herbal Medicine from Your Garden

The Thorn Apple (Datura stramonium syn. D. inermis, D.s. var. chalybea, D.s. var. tatula and D. tatula) is also known as angel’s trumpet, devil’s trumpet, false castor oil, jimson/jamestown weed, man tuo luo, moonflower and purple thorn apple. It is not related to the castor oil plant or other plants called moonflower (all of which are in different families, both to it and to each other). It is in…


Aromatherapy Massage: The Perfect Gift For That Special Someone

No matter what the occasion may be, an aromatherapy massage makes a brilliant gift for that special someone in your life. It is one of the best presents that you could ever give them! So, why not pamper yourself and your partner with a memorable aromatherapy massage on your anniversary, or some other special occasion? It also makes the perfect date setting: romantic, intimate and luxurious. But, that’s not all. Aromatherapy brings with it many other benefits, which include:

Relieves Stress

Aromatherapy massage is an…


Essential Oil Safety Tips

Essential oils are powerful gifts of nature. If used properly, they can improve your mood and overall health. Generally speaking, essential oils can be applied to the skin after dilution with a carrier oil or inhaled. Among all its applications, aromatic use in a burner or electric diffuser is the safest. That being said, purity is one of the biggest factors that ensures how safe an essential oil is.

Although…


Herbal Remedies for Eczema

Eczema is a common skin disorder that affects adults as well as children. According to the latest research, this skin disorder affects an estimated one in five children, and one in 12 adults in the UK.There is no single cause for eczema but your genes are one of the most important factors. Although there are plenty of conventional medications available to alleviate eczema, many people prefer to use natural remedies, which are usually gentler and frequently more effective…