The Botany Club is a new fortnightly feature.
I.. love.. GARDENING! Never thought I’d ever type those words, let alone think them. Yet, since I moved up north and have a patch of grass outback, I’ve become very green fingered indeed. Flowers make me happy and I always have a bunch in the house somewhere. It’s nice (and much cheaper) to take them straight from the garden.
Yeah ok, the bugs and stuff aren’t great. But that’s what a thick pair of gloves are for!
Recently things have gone a step further. I read an article about my arch nemesis, Chamomile. That bitch of an herb and I have a long history. “No I don’t want a chamomile tea when I’m having a panic attack doctor, I want some drugs!”
Despite my hatred of the herb, human intrigue got the better of me. The article was interesting and in fairness I’d based my previous judgement on a few shitty tea bags, (nothing premium). Furthermore, I tried this remedy when I was at my worst. Chamomile “reduces spasm and inflammation of the digestive system.” (That awful knotted feeling you get when you’re anxious). “Used also to calm restlessly and high adrenaline. The opposite effect of coffee.” This makes more sense to me. Research does not promote chamomile as an ‘anti-anxiety herbal remedy.’ Rather than it soothes the physical symptoms.
Anyway, seeing as I now enjoy gardening so much, I’ve decided to grow my own… because why not? Plus, if I make home grown, home brewed chamomile tea, then you know it’s going to pack a punch! The plant itself was £5. Now all I have to do is keep it alive until it flowers.
This Lead to the purchase of a book on botany…. and now I’m borderline obsessed.
After a five year love affair with prescription medication, I’ve decided to experiment with mother nature. To be clear, I’m not giving up my Sertraline… but i’m open to new ideas. The majority of natural remedies are backed by decades of proof and common sense. For example, peppermint eases indigestion. Fact. I drink peppermint tea when I have stomach ache and it always helps. Ginger helps with nausea. Fact. Lavender promotes relaxation (in most people).
Botany combines my love of history (total history nerd) and gardening. Plus, it’s a great new distraction for days when I’m not doing so great.
The Botany Club series will feature once a fortnight and include different plants/herbs and their uses, my own experiments and any tips or tricks that I pick up.
Watch this space….! 🙂