The Journal

A collection of posts on gardening, herbalism, slow parenting and nature connection.

Crafting a Herbal Apothecary in Summer

Crafting a Herbal Apothecary in Summer

For the summer herbal apothecary, there’s lots of work to be done, a plethora of harvests to complete and process, medicine to make and share-a season of activity and busyness! To counteract the fire and energy of summer I like to look to remedies that cool, calm and...

Moongazing to Calm the Nervous System

Moongazing to Calm the Nervous System

With the nights being so balmy and enjoyable what better time could it be to do some moon-gazing? Most human beings have never been so detached from nature and its rhythms and in particular with the night sky. When night falls we draw the curtains and log into our...

How to Make a Herbal Dream Pillow

How to Make a Herbal Dream Pillow

A dream pillow can be a magical way of encouraging better sleep and less nightmares. It’s a lovely thing to slowly make by hand during the abundant and light season of summer, ready for use in autumn and winter or to give as a gift. You can use many different herbs in...

How to Make an Infused Herbal Oil-Quick and Fast Methods

How to Make an Infused Herbal Oil-Quick and Fast Methods

One of my favourite herbal concoctions to make is a herbal infused oil. A herbal infused oil is a base oil such as olive oil or maybe sweet almond oil which has been permeated with the qualities and scent of herbs. These herbal oils can also have essential oils added...

Sweet Bilberry Bread Recipe to Celebrate Lammas.

Sweet Bilberry Bread Recipe to Celebrate Lammas.

This recipe is inspired by a bake I made as a child from Nigella Lawsons second book, How to eat, one of the first cookbooks I remember baking from. I’ve changed the recipe slightly to include seasonal bilberries although you could use blueberries or blackberries...

Meet the Tree Nature Connection Activity

Meet the Tree Nature Connection Activity

With the trees in full leaf it’s a perfect time of year to play this game with children or adults. This game is called Meeting a Tree. To play you’ll need a blindfold and at least two people. Meeting a Tree is a great game to play to activate the sense of touch and...

Nature Connection Club

From monthly online gatherings where we create herbal remedies, to celebratory recipes, herbal tea mediations and hand crafted infusions the Nature Connection Club helps to gather us together, crafting rituals and slow living principles that can be woven into our lives, enriching the everyday.