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Living Well (Part 2) - Herbs for health

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From herbs to raising chickens, everything you need for a healthier, greener home.

Herbs for health

Description: Thyme is easy to grow, attractive in the garden and very useful in the kitchen

Thyme is easy to grow, attractive in the garden and very useful in the kitchen

Description: Mint is perfect for tea – and Pimm’s

Mint is perfect for tea – and Pimm’s

Description: Lavender works well in chocolate recipes

Lavender works well in chocolate recipes

Description: Scatter dill and mint over potato salad

Scatter dill and mint over potato salad

Create a kitchen garden and reap the natural benefits of these plants

o   They look good, smell good and herbs can also do you good. That’s the mantra of award-winning organic gardener and herb expert Jekka Mc Vicar. ‘They are the only plants I think worth growing; we shouldn’t be afraid to use them in our cooking and our homes,’ she says. Here’s how:

o   Add herbs to salads. Try wild rocket, which has a peppery taste, helps stimulate digestion and is high in sulphur, which is good for healthy skin, hair and nails.

o   Make a herbal tea. Use either a sprig, fresh leaves or 2 tsp dried herbs. Add boiled water, cover and leave to brew for 5 min. Strain if necessary. Try rosemary to help boost your memory and mood, or make one of Jekka’s three hand-blended teas; Bright and Breezy Brew, 3 pm Tea, and Good Night Tea (3 x 50g bags, $ 23.4 including p&p), can be bought from jekkasherbfarm.com

o   Fragrance your home with relaxing herbal scents. ‘The easiest way is to add herbs such as mint and lemon verbena to flower arrangements,’ says Jekka. ‘Stand them on a sunny windowsill, as the sun helps bring essential oils to the surface of the leaves.’

Cooler nights

Description: Cool comfort: Seville Organic bedlinen collection including Sateen Duver Cover, from $ 203 for a single, The Fine Cotton Company

Cool comfort: Seville Organic bedlinen collection including Sateen Duver Cover, from $ 203 for a single, The Fine Cotton Company

o   Make summer evenings more comfy by choosing bedlinen in the right fabrics

o   Duvets Wool is a natural choice and, as it’s breathable, helps regulate your body temperature, helps regulate your body temperature, while silk has the added bonus of wicking moisture away from the skin. The Gingerlily range at John Lewis has 100 per cent silk duvets in a nimber of weights, including a summer edition. For a synthetic option, try the Breathe collection. If you feel the cold (or heat) more than your partner, TwoTog, also from John Lewis, is one duvet slpit down the middle with a different tog rating on each side.

o   Bedding Look for quality cotton bedlinen with a 400 thread count from The Fine Cotton Company and The Best Bed Linen in the World. The higher the thread count, the finer the yarn, so the cooler you are. Organic cotton, with untreated fibres grown to maximum length, gives greater absorbency and a smoother and softer fabric. Look out for words such as ‘mercerised’ and ‘percale’, signifying superior strength and softness.

o   Mattress The Octaspring by Dormeo uses a revolutionary mattress ventilation system. Octasprings are made from memory foam rather than metal springs, woven into a honeycomb construction, which, along with the innovative mesh mattress sides, ‘airs’ the mattress as you move around. Sealy’s Sprillow, a pillow with pocket springs, adopts a similar principle.

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