Meet the botanicals
Botanical herbs are nature’s super-heroes. We all need sun, water and nourishing food to live. But to thrive and flourish – herbs are it: nature’s key to a super-charged life.
We have chosen these herbs, in particular, for their immune-boosting, anti-oxidant, healing and restorative properties. Also because in these combinations they simply taste delicious.
Needless to say, all our herbs, listed below, are grown in the UK without the faintest whiff of anything chemical. They are either certified organic or hand-grown by us on Anglesey.
Where to begin? ‘A rose is a rose.’ What a cop out! It’s also an energy-stimulant, aphrodisiac, tonic, anti-depressant / bacterial / viral / inflammatory found in Love.. The list goes on… In the 1st Century, Pliny the Elder named over 32 different medicinal uses for it. And the 17th Century radical genius of the herbal world, Nicholas Culpeper, described rose as ‘cooling and cordial, quickening the weak and faint spirits.’ Tastes as lovely as it looks.
Worshipped over 2000 years ago by the ancient Egyptians who dedicated it to the sun, this familiar immune-boosting herb is profoundly calming and soothing. It is also prized for being antiseptic, anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory, and has mildly pain-relieving characteristics (and has long been the go-to remedy to pacify fractious babies). Found in Love.
Known as ‘the complete medicine chest’ of the botanical world (hence its name: ‘elder’, as it is said to promote long life). It can reduce inflammation and congestion, speed healing, and even lower the chance of hay fever. An old favourite as a cordial, we present it in a no-nasties version in Love.
A symbol of joy and rejuvenation in many cultures around the world, it is now prized for its valuable antiseptic and healing properties. John Gerard, in his 1597 ‘Herbal’, cites Calendula (or Marigold, as it is also known), as ‘the comforter of the heart and spirits.’ It imparts a taste of warm honey and appears in both Power and Love.
Stimulating to the circulation, soothing to the skin, lowering to blood pressure, an all-round super-charged herb that – poor thing! – ought really not to be called a ‘weed’, as it is such a brilliant player in the super-powered botanical team. It’s even said to prevent scurvy… Found in Flow.
Just think of the uses of mint! Everything from toothpaste to tea, chewing gum to chocolate – and with good reason. It is most widely used as an anti-bacterial/viral/fungal and digestive tonic, but is also deeply calming to the body while being stimulating to the mind. Perfect, in fact, for Flow.
Also known as the ‘Herb of Grace’, and prized as a sacred plant by the Romans and ancient Persian mystics, the Magi. Widely used now to alleviate nervous exhaustion and restore the liver, it is a calming and mood-lifting herb which gives a lovely lemony lift to Love and Flow.
Who would have thought it? Those sticky weeds children love to throw at each other to watch them cling, or cleave, are also a cure for weariness (according to 1st Century physician, Dioscorides), and a useful anti-inflammatory, lymph-cleansing anti-oxidant? According to Culpeper’s Complete Herbal, cleavers offer a good remedy in the spring, to fit the body ‘for that change of season that is coming.’ Found in Flow.
Used in root form, dandelion is said to have powerful cleansing and toning properties, invigorating both body and spirits. Along with giving you an invaluable seasonal boost, it imparts a delightfully familiar taste when matched with burdock root (as it appears in Power, which is reminiscent of the famous old favourite, minus the bad stuff).
The Greek, ‘thymon’, meaning ‘courage’ explains many of thyme’s traditional properties. Healing, antibiotic, anti-microbial and anti-parasitic, it was also cited as a top hang-over cure by Linnaeus, the 18th Century Swedish botanist. Often found in modern cough remedies, and now in Flow, it is a wonderfully clearing and strengthening herb.
Aka the inspiration for Swiss inventor, George de Mestral’s Velcro. Burdock is also one of nature’s great antibiotics, used in root form to treat digestive disorders and arthritis. It is also particularly effective for skin complaints and can have a mildly laxative effective. It has a lovely grounding, earthy flavour that can taste almost smoky; the perfect companion to dandelion, found in Power, as above.
Now a modern favourite in most people’s kitchen cupboards, Echinacea stimulates the immune system, so helping the body to fight off infection. Used in root form, as we do in Power, it is excellent for sore throats and all-round strengthening. A perfect pep at the first sign of any impending illness.
Long renowned for supporting the liver and digestion, and for lowering blood sugar, artichoke is also a great immune stimulant and lymphatic tonic. It is also reputed to be a great cell-protector, and is one of those ‘watch this space’ herbs in terms of seriously exciting new research, which is why we put it in Bliss.
Said to have been championed by Chiron, an ancient Greek Centaur, this beautiful flower was also praised by the 12th Century Abbess, Hildegard of Bingen for its healing value. Its many properties include digestive tonic, antibacterial and liver-stimulant. It chimes beautifully with our butterfly pea flower in Bliss.
Immune boosting, antibiotic, gut-healing, cooling, anti-microbial digestive tonic. Shot to fame by foodies such as the genius Yotam Ottolenghi over recent years, like many culinary herbs, it packs a power far beyond its weight. It was also used by the Victorians to make a substitute for lemonade, when lemons were a rarity (unless you had a hot-house). Gives a citrusy lift to Power.
A party favourite, and no mistake. Not only does this memory-enhancing, anti-stress, anti-depressant flower taste delicious, in Bliss, it also imparts a deep, inky-blue colour when added to water. But better still: add a twist of lemon and watch the blue drink turn slowly pink. What’s not to like?
A delicious, whimsical combination of, well, you guessed it, basil and mint. We could probably have used either basil or mint, but this somehow tastes a bit better and it’s always nice to be a bit different. It is also anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antibacterial and good for the digestion. And it grows like a dynamo in our garden on Anglesey, so we thought we’d put it to good use, in Power.
Another of those ‘watch this space’ herbs, which we’re lucky enough to be able to grow on Anglesey, owing to our benign micro-climate. Two hundred times sweeter than sugar, this no-calorie herb, which we use in Bliss, is suitable for diabetics, lowers blood pressure and improves digestion. Seriously. You would still bother with sugar? Ever?