Hello! I’m Cat and welcome to The Tasty Herbalist, a resource for all things related to herbal medicine. Thanks for stopping by!
A little about me
- Who would have thought that a childhood of running free outdoors gathering plants, and cooking them up on an old saucepan over the barbecue would eventually pay off! I qualified as a medical herbalist in 2008 after completing a BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine from the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine. On graduating I took on the role of Course Director at the school up until its closure in 2010. I’ve since become a parent and live in South Ayrshire with my partner, daughter, dog and dysfunctional cat. Herbal medicine is my passion and I love sharing what I know so that everyone can enjoy it as much as I do.
You can contact me by email: tastyherbalist(at)googlemail(dot)com
A little about the blog
The notion to start a blog occurred as I contemplated making a herb tea and promptly made a coffee instead, and this got me thinking. In theory all these herbs, berries, roots and flowers, which I have prepared over the years, should taste good. So why was I choking down tinctures while holding my nose and bypassing a healthy tea for a morning of caffeine fuelled jitters?
Sipping my coffee (ground, black, no sugar thanks) I idly flicked through ’A Garden of Herbs’ written by Eleanour Sinclair Rohde (1926) where she says:
“Why do we never make strawberry wine…? Why are our salads such dull affairs compared with the salads of Tudor and Stewart days? Why do we not flavour vinegar with gillyflowers, rosemary and many other herbs? Why do we never serve syrups made from flower-petals with sweet dishes?”
Modern herbal medicine has become a drudgery of dried herbs and extracts in ethanol and while they really do have their place it has all become a bit dull in its convenience.
Herbs were used in wines, ales, spirits, aromatic waters, syrups and pomanders. Good traditional uses which still have value today, but if we extend beyond those uses and look into more modern recipes who’s to say they can’t go into ice-cream, jellies, sauces, ketchups, pickles, chocolates, fudge and lollipops?
While initially my idea for this blog was to focus on the ‘making of tasty things’ I now view this website as a place to explore, develop and research other ways of using herbs and to make this information accessible to everyone. I see this place as being an ever expanding, practical and accessible resource for all things related to herbs and their medicinal uses…with the occasional ‘tasty thing’ thrown in.