The Guardian | By Barbara Griggs
Herbal remedies? Now take healthier lessons from the land.
Good health needs more than a bottle of lavender oil, argues the founder of Neal’s Yard Remedies, whose farm is designed to make bigger connections.
Nothing – not a scrap – is wasted on Trill Farm. Vegetable and fruit scraps from the kitchen go into the giant compost heaps, as do the scrapings from the farm’s barns and the piles of compressed herbs used for the soap and beauty products. The water comes from two springs on the farm and a bore-hole, and is returned to the springs purified in a Bio-Bubble. Much of the farm’s energy for heating and hot water comes from solar panels, a small wind turbine, or is ground-sourced. Even the abundant weeds – the cleavers and the plantain, the nettles, the elderflowers and the hawthorn blossoms – find their way into teas, or healthy green salads or soaps and simple salves and balms. Twigs and branches from the many trees fuel the farm’s wood-burning stoves, the Douglas firs yield an essential oil distilled for soap-making, and chunks from the oak-trees end up as small beautifully crafted chopping boards.... Read the full article in The Guardian here...