What's Brewing in the Cauldron
The nights are getting lighter and the days are getting longer, winter days are numbered before the emerge of spring. I love the winter sun in January, shining of the mountains giving the appearance of a red, fiery glow, a sweet reminder of the seasons that are about to begin. It is still a bit nippy out there, a slight dusting of frost lines the forests and dirt tracks, reflecting off the sun sending sparkles to the inner eye, sending magical thoughts to the brain. With this is mind, a warming herb is needed to give your inner body warmth, especially after a lovely late winter walk.
The herb of the month is Chamomile, served with a hint of ginger and lemon. Chamomile is the common name for several daisy like plants, it comes from the family Asteraceae, it is commonly used to make various herb infusions to serve various medicinal purposes. This can range from treating hayfever, inflammation, muscle spasms, menstrual disorders, insomnia, ulcers, hemorrhoids, and gastrointestinal disorders.
On the Isle of Rum, Chamomile grows a plenty on the shoreline of Loch Scresort, harvesting Chamomile is a continuous activity during the summer months and will bloom all summer if picked regularly, it is best done when the plant is dry. There is something magical about this procedure especially as you bunch it all together and hang it upside down to dry, knowing that soon you will be able to harvest the healing properities and create a delicious tea.
Our lovely tea is available in the shop to purchase, please note we only do loose leaf tea as teabags have plastic in them.
Did you know that Chamomile can help reduce black circles under the eyes? For this home cure dip chamomile tea bags in hot water for 5 minutes and allow to cool before holding it under the eyes, leave it there for 5 minutes and repeat procedure for other eye, then wash each eye with clean warm water.