Using simples

A 'simple' is a term that is often used to mean one herb used as a medicine, but it can also mean simple as in very easy and quick to make.


There are many herbs that can aid digestion and they are best taken as a tea. If you are using tea bags of the herb you may need to add several tea bags to a mug of hot water to get a good strength. If you are using dried herbs the general rule of thumb is 1 – 2 tsp of dried herb to 1 cup of boiling water. If you are using fresh herbs double that.

Herbs to try for indigestion: Peppermint, chamomile, fennel, cinnamon, caraway, ginger.

Improving circulation

Taking ginger tea is an excellent way of gently improving circulation.

Other herbs to aid circulation: chilli and rosemary

Sore throats

Sage tea with a tsp of honey is an excellent gargle and it can then be drunk.

Coughs and colds

Thyme is an excellent herb for coughs as it not only fights any infection it also reduces the strength of the cough and helps to move any mucous.


Rosemary tea is age old recipe for headaches, as is peppermint and lavender. A strong tea or infused oil can also be applied to the temples and wrists.

Natural sleep

Chamomile is a lovely tea to take before bed to aid relaxation and natural sleep.

Additional herbs for restful sleep: lime flower, lavender and valerian