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Bog Myrtle

Bog Myrtle

Do you know Bog Myrtle? This plant is abundant in Scottish bogs, but prefers to grow on lakeside here. It repulses biting insects of all sorts, including ticks that carry Lyme disease. It is one of the main ingredients in my insect repellent. I’m selling a lot of it with the wet spring that we had this year. A new batch is in fabrication and should be ready for Saturday, when I will give a talk on Birch tree.

   

 

Hawthorn

Hawthorn

If it could stop raining, I would be harvesting hawthorn flowers. I use them in tea and tincture to maintain or improve cardiac health, lower anxiety and calm palpitations, as well as to improve blood circulation. They are a key ingredient of my herbal tea named « le cœur qui dort », meaning sleeping heart. Their harvest is always a bit tricky because of their rather long and pointy thorns, so I always make sure that I wear my glasses and shoes with thick soles.

Hawthorn: leaves, flower and thorns…

 

Hawthorn flowers at different stages of maturity

 

A thorn of hawthorn… beware of puncture wounds…

 

Flowers, leaves and thorn
Nettle

Nettle

Do you suffer from allergies at this time of the year?

This amazing plant is a key ingredient to help you fight them. Fresh, it acts directly on the cause of this problem via its antihistamine action. Furthermore, it reinforce your whole organism. It is not a preparation of this plant that is likely to cause you to fall asleep! and I haven’t say a word about its anti-inflammatory action yet…

Nettle is one of the main ingredient in my usual mix for hayfever and other respiratory allergies.
Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any problem with your allergies!

Anaïs de Valicourt: 450-365-5232