Herbal Medicine is the oldest and most commonly used form of medicine world wide.

Its relevance is being increasingly validated via scientific research, bringing new insights to age-old traditional herb usage.

As well as understanding the active phytochemical constituents of each herb, todays Western Herbal Practitioner recognises the importance of the synergistic equilibrium of chemical and energetic factors. These balanced components are at their most effective when used together as the plant grows in nature, rather than isolated use of certain active principles.

The preparation of medicinal herbal tinctures from the whole of the desired herb part, gives a natural remedy containing the entire balance of constituents as intended by nature.
Use in this manner ensures minimal risk of any adverse side effects, when produced and prescribed by a professionally trained and certified herbalist.

Eco Apothecary Products -

For information about my Natural Skin and Body Care range - Eco Apothecary, or my Medicinal Herbal Food range - Herbalicious,
please visit my blog site www.ecoapothecary.net or contact me at [email protected]
You will also find other categories there, such as Health and Wellness, Medicinal Herbal Teas, Life, Love and other Plans, What's Happening in the Miners Cottage Garden etc.

I will soon have my online store up and running for quick and convenient purchases of the Eco Apothecary range at www.ecoapothecaryshop.com.

Bowen Bowie, who writes for Weekend Notes, has published an interesting  review of her recent experiences with Eco Apothecary products.
You can check it out at the link below

Natural Probiotics for Your Daily Diet.

Fermented foods such as Kefir and Kombucha are making a resurgance in the health food world! Along with natural gut-health promoting foods such as bone broths and fermented vegetables, they are gaining wide popularity as an every day means to obtain the healthy intestinal micro-flora or probiotics that keep, or restore our digestive systems to good health. 

It is well documented that nutrition via foods and natural products are assimilated and utilised more readily by our bodies than extracted components or laboratory produced nutrients.

All health begins with a healthy GIT (Gastro Intestinal Tract). No matter how good a diet is consumed, without a healthy GIT to process, break down, absorb, distribute and utilise the nutrients, no goodness can be gained from the foods ingested. The body literaly starves for nutrition.

Many allergies and auto-immune diseases can be linked directly to "leaky gut" syndrome, where intestinal mucosa are unhealthy and allow transfer of molecules which need to be isolated and processed within the GIT, through the gut wall and into the circulatory system where the immune system sees them as "invaders" and sets up an immune response

The Traditional Method is Being Proven Best!

The "modern day" means for gaining the necessary probiotics for gut health, has been to take probiotic capsules. Often it is also recommended by health care professionals that a pre-biotic be taken. The pre-biotic bacteria set up the base health within the GIT, preparing the ground so to speak - providing an hospitable environment, enabling the probiotics within the second capsule to thrive and work effectively to promote healthy mucosa and intestinal flora.

Fermented foods naturally provide a diverse range of probiotics to the GIT, and as the food itself is the healthy medium in which the fermented probiotics have been produced, the pre-biotic is already there, in a natural, nutritious form.

Current research is now directing us back to using traditional methods of gaining nutrition and healthy probiotics through our every day foods.

For more information please refer to my blog www.ecoapothecary.net.

(I am currently working on my blog site, so you can expect new posts and updates regularly.)

Historically fermented foods have been part of every cultures diet, often as a means of providing vegetables or dairy products for use year round in in-hospitable climates, without the benefits of refrigeration.

The healthy bacterial cultures (probiotics) in fermented foods increase the foods shelf life. Even foods requiring refrigeration, such as Kefir Cheese and Kefir Butter, have a longer healthy "use by" date than their non-fermented counterparts.

Utilising fresh herbs harvested at the height of their medicinal potency, gives a vitalistic 'zing' to the resultant fresh plant tinctures.

While some herbal parts such as roots, are at their best when dried prior to use, other herbal components may also be dried for storage and used to produce tisanes, decoctions or dry plant tinctures year round.

Herbalicious -
Deliciously Healthy Tonic Treats.
Utilising "Food as Medicine"

Oxymels: Organic apple cider vinegar or Kombucha, honey, herb combinations. Delicious as salad dressings or by the spoonful in water for cold and flu symptoms.

Smooth Sailing Blocks: Herb and honey blocks to help alleviate nausea, motion sickness and upset stomach.

Herbal Truffles: Nut butter and honey based truffles, with a mix of medicinal herbs, taken daily as a tonic treat to gently enhance body system functions and aid specific issues.

Stamina Bites: (Truffle) A blend of nine nourishing and rejuvenating herbs used to promote energy and endurance while calming the nervous system.
Boost Balls: (Truffle) A blend of seven rejuvenating and immune enhancing herbs to aid immune function and promote health and well being.
Sweet Dreams: (Truffle) A blend of six gentle calming and tension reducing herbs to help you cope with daily dramas and sleep well at night.

Herbal Teas: Delicious, specially blended, medicinal herbal teas, to assist treatment/prevention of illness and promote health and longevity.

Vitali-tea: Caffeine free, refreshing, pick me up tonic which stimulates and rejuvenates with a mix of nourishing herbs.

Ingredients: Herb Robert, Ginkgo biloba, Gotu cola, Ashwaganda (Withania somnifera),Oat straw, Rhodiola rosea (rose root), Peppermint, Thyme, Rose petals.

Immuni-tea: Boost the immune system and help fight off coughs, colds and other illness.

Ingredients: Echinacea, Lemon Myrtle, Astragalus, Siberian Ginseng.


Tranquili-tea: A relaxing, soothing drink before bed time or any time!

Ingredients: Chamomile, Peppermint, Lemon Balm, Rosemary, Blue Cornflower petals.

G.I.-Tea: Gastro Intestinal Tract soothing digestive tonic.

Ingredients: Star Anise, Liquorice, Fennel, Lemon Grass, Hibiscus, Blue Mallow Flower.

Sereni-tea: Suitable for everyone as a delicious calming tonic tea, and using herbs specially formulated for treatment of menopausal symptoms.

Ingredients: Black Cohosh, Dong Quai, Liquorice, Ashwaganda, St. John's Wort, Red Clover, Spearmint, Peppermint, Lemon Verbena, Lavender, Rose petals, Hibiscus.

Puri-tea: Cleanse and purify body systems while eliminating toxins with this nourishing tonic blend.

Ingredients: Burdock root, Nettle leaf, Dandelion root, Red Clover flower, Calendula flower, Liquorice root, Lemon Verbena, Lemon peel, Rhubarb root, St. Mary's Thistle seed.

Sani-tea: Nourish and protect the kidneys and urinary tract, while assisting with prevention and treatment of inflammation and formation of kidney stones.

Ingredients: Couch grass, Horsetail, Lavender, Marshmallow root, Crataeva bark, Nettle leaf.

Herbal Sprinkles: A tasty health boost to add to foods as a condiment, topping or flavouring.
Antioxidant Sprinkle: Savoury - use on salads, vegetables, pizza, pasta, sandwich fillings, add to soups, stir-fry's, stews and casseroles or any savoury foods - use your imagination.
Healthy Heart Sprinkle: For use on sweet items - use in your baked goods, on desserts, cereal or porridge, ice cream, toast and honey etc.
Metabolism Boosting Sprinkle: Spicy - add to soups, stir-fry's, bean, grain, pasta, fish, meat or vegetable dishes.

Throat Balls & Cough Drops: Tasty herbal mixes to sooth sore throats and coughs.

Herbal Syrups, Jellies, Honeys and Vinegars: Tasty treats that also boost body systems & aid healing and health. Use on salads, desserts, ice cream and toast or by the spoonful.

Specially Blended Herbal Teas:  A cuppa a day keeps the doctor away!

Medicinal Herbal Tea blends to assist with healing/prevention -

Hot Spicy Herbal Drinks: May be available by the cup at some market days. Examples - Spicy Chai Latte, Mayan Hot Chocolate.

Iced Herbal Cordials: May be available by the cup at some market days. Examples - Berry and Lavender; Lavender Soda; Citrus with Basil, Lavender, Rosemary, Hibiscus or Chamomile etc.