By Lynn Kirkland
It has delightful to see the effect the rain has had on our herbs. It seems
just the same as when we are hot and bothered and have a lovely shower and
the effect is to make you feel fresh, restored and ready for moving on to
For our plants who have been without rain for a good six weeks the lovely cool break with good rain has totally freshened them up, they have lifted their leaves up and look energised and ready for another growing phase.
It is always exciting to see our more rare herbs come into flower and produce
My arnica plants have done this and hopefully with the seed that has been produced here we will have more success with growing more arnica plants next year. I think that the plants will be more adaptable to our conditions after living in our environment than seeds which come from overseas or from a part of New Zealand with very different conditions to here in the Manawatu.
People have been asking how it is that our sunflowers so big and strong and I think this is because I save seed every year to replant so it has become a herb farm strain of sunflowers totally suited to our growing conditions.
Back to that amazing herb arnica and many readers will know that this is
the supreme remedy for bruising and if it is applied as soon as an injury
occurs then often bruising is dramatically reduced.
We use two extracts of arnica flowers in our products to get the best of the constituents into the products. Arnica oil and arnica tincture have different properties and therefore having both of them in the arnica healing cream gives a better effect.
As arnica increases circulation it is not to be used on open wounds.
The effect of arnica on pain and inflammation is truly wonderful and this is a must for any herbal first aid kit.