With our ongoing drought, food prices continue to rise. Now is a good time to create a herb garden as these plants are undemanding, inexpensive, nutritious and have health benefits to boot. Bridget Kitley answers frequently asked questions on how to plant the perfect herb garden. Herb gardens can be planted at any time of […]

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I dedicate this issue to our much-loved and respected herbal pioneer, Margaret Roberts, who passed away on Saturday 4 March at the age of 79. Her passion for plants is reflected in the diverse range of culinary, aromatic and medicinal herbs she cultivated and shared with people both locally and internationally. I visited Margaret every […]

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In the list of common chronic disorders of digestion, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) ranks high in the ability to wreak havoc on the sufferer’s social life, occupation and personal comfort. The symptoms that accompany IBS (also known as spastic colon or mucous colitis) – constipation, diarrhoea, bloating and flatulence, searing abdominal pain spasms – can […]

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  The ritual of making tea – selecting just the right tea to quench and satisfy the thirst, choosing the right pot and cup, boiling the water, brewing the leaves, savouring the aroma, and finally sipping the infusion – does something that little else in life does these days. It provides a brief pause in […]

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