Spring Detox Herbs workshop

What a lovely way to open the Wild Apothecary! The Spring Detox Herbs workshop last Saturday was a lovely afternoon with a wonderful bunch of students! The rain just about held off for our herb walk along the hedgerow and through the nursery gardens and we warmed up a little with some lovely hot teas and food followed by our discussion on spring herbs for detox.

Looking at St. John's Wort and Feverfew in the nursery

Looking at St. John's Wort and Feverfew in the nursery

One of the things I really loved about this first herb walk and talk was the blessing of the swallows! Chelidonium majus or greater celandine is so called because it flowers when the swallows arrive in the UK and stops flowering when they leave. Chelidon is the Greek word for swallows and lo and behold, on our walk we encounted the first swallows of the year swooping all around us. As we walked through the nursery, there they were – little yellow flowers of the true celandine! Lovely.

Chelidonium majus - the first flowers open as the swallows arrive at the nursery

Chelidonium majus – the first flowers open as the swallows arrive at the nursery

I really enjoyed teaching and am looking forward to the next workshop on Herbs for Children (Part 1)!

So thank you to all who came and blessed the apothecary with your presence.

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