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Dyers Chamomile

By |2023-09-05T13:38:10+00:00November 3rd, 2022|, |

A native to Europe, known also as yellow ox-eye and golden marguerite. These wonderful flowers have large lemon-yellow daisy heads and grow to 2 feet high. It is an extremely effective dye plant and the yellows obtained are strong and crisp. The flowers can also be used in teas. A short-lived perennial. Certified Organic Average [...]

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Hopi Red Dye Amaranthus

By |2023-09-03T08:45:45+00:00November 19th, 2020|, |

This plant came from the Hopi people of Arizona and New Mexico, and is so-called because the stems were used to make a food colouring for their ‘Piki’ bread. The leaves can be used like spinach, and are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals. The plants can grow up to 1.4m, the flowers [...]

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Crown Flax

By |2023-09-07T15:19:38+00:00November 2nd, 2022|, |

Repatriated from the Vavilov Institute for Plant Genetic Resources in Russia by Irish Seed Savers, this is an Irish bred flax variety of note. Referenced by Dr. GDH Bell (Cambridge) in his book 'Cultivated Plants of the Farm' 1948, he explained that "pre 1940's the flax grown for the United Kingdom, by Ireland, had been of [...]

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Woad

By |2023-09-30T15:46:47+00:00November 19th, 2020|, |

Woad has been used for centuries to obtain a blue dye. Though the extraction process is elaborate, it is easy to grow this ancient plant and, as nature and culture writer Richard Mabey says, ‘it's worth having in the garden’. An attractive plant with 1m high stems, long, succulent, blueish leaves that shine like stained [...]

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April 2011: Herb-Therapy will be prohibited….but I have a Dream…..

By |2011-02-03T11:04:38+00:00February 3rd, 2011|Events|

By Giuseppe Nacci, M.D.The Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) is presented asa service to European citizens and as simple to apply.SEE : Directive 2004/24/EC of the European Parlament and of the Council of31 March 2004(https://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L::2004:136:0085:0090:en:PDF)However, close examination of its methods in practice demonstrates that thereality will be an egregious abridgement of the rights of [...]

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