Lovely Lughnasadh – Enjoying Abundance

Lughnasadh  is a seasonal event derived from the funerary celebrations, games of skill and  animal trading that the sun god Lugh devised to commemorate his foster mother Tailtu..  She was an ancient Earth or Mother Goddess who had decided to clear the land of rocks and boulders so that the people of ancient Ireland could …. Read More

Medicine and Magic in the May Garden

  I love the month of May – the whole country becomes lush and green and seems to me to be full of magical promise. Every time I turn around there is a new plant to discover, a new flower blossoming, a new leaf just opened on a young tree. Some people might say that …. Read More

A Springtime Walk in Connemara

Walking the dog this morning, I was enjoying the soft spring day and feeling optimistic, fresh and energised.  The Spring Equinox is almost upon us and we should be feeling balanced and in harmony and ready for anything, as there are so many spring tonic herbs available at the moment.   I decided on my walk …. Read More

Taxation on Health – An Opportunity?

    The Irish Government recently decided to impose a 23% taxation charge on health supplements.  This seems to be a disappointing move but  perhaps we should view this step as an opportunity for self-empowerment. Fortunately, for the present at least,( no doubt due to the massive response from the public and a number of …. Read More

Danu’s Irish Herb Garden – Spring Intentions and Brigid’s Day

Spring is almost here – only a week until Brigid’s Day Eve which is a great opportunity to check in with the intentions made at the new year.  It is also a good time to make some Spring intentions now that energy is rising as the Earth slowly wakes up and begins to stretch.  I …. Read More

Danu’s Irish Herb Garden – Healing for Mother Earth

The weather is growing colder and the nights become darker earlier.  With the fall of leaves, the landscape changes and the trees appear skeletal.  Their nakedness reveals other things within the landscape, things that are usually hidden, such as tussocks and hillocks and animal dens as well as the rocks and stones that are the …. Read More

Danu’s Irish Herb Garden – Winter is Coming

Look at the snow on the mountains!  Last week, before Samhain, there was a hint of what might be to come, in terms of winter weather, so I am busy preparing  cold and cough remedies from the herbs I have harvested this year. Coltsfoot Coltsfoot leaf is one I always make sure to have enough …. Read More

Danu’s Irish Herb Garden – A Radical New Beginning!

For twelve years I have been working with and learning about medicinal plants in my study of herbal medicine.  For the last seven years I have been learning from and journeying to plants and trees.  I am now fully out of the closet – I am a herbalist.  In today’s corporate world, a world of …. Read More

An Bhean Feasa – Herbs, Herbs and Herb Walk

Herbs such as this beautiful Chamomile are almost finished for the year.  I noticed one or two flower heads still shining away in the herb garden but unfortunately, some of my Chamomile plants were burned badly by the salt wind after Storm Ali. This Calendula is more fortunate, being in the poly tunnel and may …. Read More

An Bhean Feasa – Exhibition, Equinox, Excitement…

  Well, I am a very happy woman as I write this evening.  I really didn’t expect to get such a positive response to my exhibition held during Clifden Art’s Festival.  I had been prompted to do it by the plants and having done it, taken the photos and written the book, what happened next …. Read More