26 05, 2018

Epsom Salts

May 26th, 2018|

Some 400 years ago in 1618 a cow discovered Epsom salts when it refused to drink from a spring in what is now the middle of the Wells Estate on Epsom Common, the water tasted bitter and was tested and found to contain  Epsom Salts. Epsom became to the first public Spa in the country [...]

16 05, 2018

The caterpillars of the oak processionary moth

May 16th, 2018|

The caterpillars of the oak processionary moth can affect the health of people and animals (and oak trees). A protein in the caterpillars' tiny hairs can cause skin and eye irritations, sore throats and breathing difficulties in people and animals who come into contact with them. This invasive species has been identified at sites in [...]

13 05, 2018

The Humble Daisy.

May 13th, 2018|

Daisies are out in force this time of year. Daisies were once used to treat wounds, probably because, like self-heal, they soon flower again after cutting, quickly healing their own wounds. The juices from the flowers and leaves were used to treat ulcers in the mouth and sore or runny eyes, and a brew made [...]