February has been a busy month for Grass Roots Remedies. A big thank you to Lisa and everyone who came to help out at our Blackford Glen Medicine Garden yesterday weaving Willow and Hazel edges for our herb beds. There was a little heat in the sunshine and we could even hear Skylarks in the fields around us – it was a wonderful way to welcome in the Spring.  We’ve been continuing to grow our own herbs in our Blackford Glen Medicine Garden, and increasingly turn them into our own medicines. Our aim is to produce as much organic, local medicine as can for ourselves, and we are slowly increasing this over time, to build and sustain our sense of resilience over where our medicine comes from.

We started running our Communitea sessions for the year this month too. We opened up the Calders Community Garden shed to a big group of children & adults keen to mix their own tea blends from herbs harvested in Wester Hailes. This time we were mixing a cough and cold blend which went down well. We took a selection of the herbs – some Calendula, St John’s Wort, Hawthorn and Meadowsweet and tinctured them into liquid medicines for use in the community clinic.

Soon, we’ll be planting up the Health Agency’s courtyard garden full of medicinal plants to supplement our tea blends and tinctures for the clinic.