Wild crafted in Wales – Winter Immune Tonic



For the prevention and treatment of winter infections.

Contains Rose hip (Vitamin C), Cleavers (lymphatic), Elderberry (anti-viral), Nettle (multi vitamin & mineral) & Echinacea (anti-microbial & lymphatic). Most of the herbs are locally wild-crafted (except the Echinacea root which is bought from a Welsh manufacturer in Cerredigion).
Organic 100% pure grain Ethanol is used to make the tinctures.

You can also buy the ‘Wild Immune Tonic Plus‘ with added Siberian Ginseng for extra energy and stamina during the winter months, (the Ginseng is also bought in).

Cost: £7.00 per 100ml

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For the treatment & prevention of coughs, colds & flu.

Our native Black Elderberry has scientifically proven Anti-viral properties. The Flu-buster consists of an Elderberry syrup base fortified with added concentrated tincture extracts of; Echinacea, (an immuno-stimulant herb); Cleavers & Poke root (both Lymphatic herbs) and ginger (to warm the body). A great remedy also for children as it tastes delicious!

Cost: £7 per 100ml


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Digitalis purpurae

This plant is so magnificent both in it’s sheer beauty and medicinal potency that it has to have tribute paid to it even though it is no longer used by herbalists.

There are some lovely folklore associations with the plants name. Originally ‘folks-glove’ was linked to the gloves of the good folk or fairies whose favourite haunts were supposed to be in the deep hollows and woody dells where the Foxglove delights to grow. The mottlings of the Foxglove blossoms like the spots on butterflies wings and tails of peacocks were said to mark where the elves had placed their fingers. One legend ran that the markings of the flowers were a warning sign of the baneful juices secreted by the plant, which in Irish legend gave it the name, ‘Dead man’s thimbles’. And on it goes!

It is famously used by the medical profession for the treatment of heart failure as a cardiac stimulant and for heart arrythmias most notably, atrial fibrillation that often accompanies heart failure. It contains Glycosides such as Digitoxin & Digoxin that are extracted from the leaves of the plant in the second year of growth typically.

The mode of action is well understood; it inhibits sodium-potassium ATPase which ultimately increases the contractility of the heart muscle (positive inotropic), leading to increased stroke volume / output.

The drug has a very narrow therapeutic index which means that the therapeutic dose is very close to the toxic dose! It is an extremely toxic plant. Hence it has fallen out of use by herbalists for this reason. Even today it’s safety is questioned.

It was first discovered in 1785 by a Shropshire herbalist Dr. William Withering who wrote, ‘Account of the Foxglove’. This gave details of up to 200 cases in which it was used with success to treat mostly ‘dropsical’ conditions (fluid on the chest secondary to heart failure). It was thus brought to the attention of the medical profession and the rest is history!

Signs of poisoning are; an irregular pulse, low blood pressure, stomach irritation, severe headache, delerium, hallucinations and even seeing all objects as blue! It can lead to death by ultimately stopping the heart, hence it has earned names such as Dead man’s bells and Witch’s gloves.

Energetically though it it so beautiful and totally delights the heart and senses!

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Pilewort Pile ointment!


For the treatment of piles (haemorrhoids), varicose veins, bruises and swellings.










-roughly 1-2 handfuls of freshly dug pilewort roots (the roots aren’t big and so can be time consuming and fiddly to harvest and prepare. But don’t let that stop you!)

-200ml Extra virgin olive oil

-20g beeswax


Measure the olive oil and put into a bain- marie (water bath).

(you can make you’re own by simply sitting a pyrex bowl in a pan of warm water!)

Make sure the water in the pan comes up to the level of he oil in the bowl. You made need to top up the water occasionally as it vaporises.

Add the pilewort root and simmer for 2 hours on the lowest heat.

Strain off the oil and stir in the grated beeswax or beeswax peas, keeping the bowl in the warm water still.

When the wax has dissolved pour into 30g or 60g jars . At this stage( before the oil cools),  you can add a drop of Lavender essential oil to help preserve it. Allow to cool and put lids on, label.



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Pilewort or Lesser Celendine

PILEWORT for…..yes that’s right, PILES!
Or Lesser Celendine
(Ranunculus ficaria)  Ranunculaceae or Buttercup family

This is one of the early spring flowers to lift the spirits after winter along with snowdrops, crocuses, daffodils, helebores, winter aconite and windflowers. Spring is really on the move now with some citings of medicinal plants such as coltsfoot flowers, violets, primroses, lesser periwinkle, ground ivy, dandelions, daisies etc.

Lesser celendine is also a medicinal plant. It’s therapeutic action is that of a straight forward Astringent, specifically used for the treatment externally of Haemorrhoids or Piles or indeed varicose veins. The whole plant can be used but there is more of a reputation for the root being used. It’s use in this respect can be traced back to Culpeper and Gerard when the doctrine of signatures was still prevalent in Medieval Britain. If you unearth a bit of the root you will see that they do bear a lot of resemblance!

You can make an ointment or for the die-hards, suppositories out of the fresh root but care must be taken to ensure prolonged heating of the fresh plant as it contains protoanemonin ( a vesicant or blistering agent). Many plants of the Ranunculacea or Buttercup family contain this. However, with the heating or drying process it is converted to the more stable anemonin.

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Game on fellow herballers!

If you want to connect with Nature for the benefit of your mind, body and spirit then join me as we journey through the wonderous season of light and growth!

I’ll keep you up to date with what’s out now, medicinal profiles of plants, how to prepare remedies and recipe ideas.

I’ll also be running herb walks, talks and workshops throughout the season if you’d like to deepen your knowledge (see also my FB page).


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Hot Stuff! Wild Pharmacy Workshop

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This recipe continues on from the Horsechesnut infused oil.

The next stage is to simply add some Beeswax to the infused oil. Add 50g of beeswax to 500ml of the measured oil. If it’s a block of beeswax it is better to first grate it, otherwise use the beeswax peas. Once it’s melted, cool slightly then pour into small jars and label. To each 30g jar add a couple of drops of lavender essential oil for added antibacterial protection.

Apply to the skin twice daily for varicose veins, piles, swellings, sprains and fluid retention.

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