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A bee covered in pollen grains on a Dahlia flo...

Bee pollinating a flower

The sun is out, birds are chirping, a light wind breezes by… *aaachhooo! *rubs eyes…damn hay fever!

Spring is slowly but surely upon us but so is the start of the hay fever season! Those who suffer from it (like me) will know how frustrating and annoying it is and those who suffer from it badly (like me) will already have started feeling the effects of it!

There are many ways people choose to combat this annoying condition, be it tablets (one a day), nose spray (if it’s already blocked, how does that work??), vaseline (yes, around the nostril area) or sunglasses (keeps away the pollen from irritating your eyes). However, I find that while tablets work very well, they aren’t necessarily good for the body in the long run. What your body needs is a way to naturally build up immunity to this seasonal problem. This is where my natural hay fever remedy comes in handy!

Just so you know, I found this recipe online years ago and can’t remember who gave it but do remember it was a female on some obscure forum somewhere. I’ve tried this and it really does help.

Hay Fever Remedy


  • Bee Pollen – what better way to get your body used to the pollen than by ingesting it?
  • Echinacea tincture – plant extract used to increase the activity of your immune system by simulating white blood cells which attack illnesses and infection
  • Lemon juice – good source of vitamin C, natural antioxidant
  • Natural honey – because the bees make it so it’s another way to immunize yourself
  • Water – so you can swallow the remedy!

The bee pollen and Echinacea tincture can be purchased at any natural health outlets.

How to:

(Follow instructions on the bottle for the amount of bee pollen and Echinacea tincture you put in)

  1. Mix 2 bee pollen tablets (crushed or whole), 15 drops of Echinacea tincture, some lemon juice, some honey and some water into a cup. Ideally it should be 1/4 of the cup so can be drank in one go.
  2. Do this everyday and usually best to start early in the season to really build up your immunity.

Hope you have found this useful and do let us know your thoughts and comments on this!

Fire-Etching WorkshopsWe recently ran two ‘Fire-Etching’ workshops as part of our Service Level Agreement (S.L.A) with Southwark Council. Southwark needed us to brand some signposts for Southwark Park but with the collaborative efforts of the local community.

Initially marketed as ‘Branding‘ workshops, we found despite a healthy turnout on our first session that many people were confused with the word ‘Branding’, associating it with the kind of branding you refer to in the marketing world. Our workshop was definitely much more exciting and hands on than this!

So, the workshop was rebirthed (over soup, bread and other grown tidbits from our garden) into ‘Fire-etching.’ I don’t like to brag (maybe just a little) but I came up with it thinking along the lines of scorching wood with fire.

The first session was held on Thursday 24th February and we were blessed with a rare day of sunshine (some warmth) and a bucket-loads of children to the playground. Easing participants to our outdoor fire-etching setup was then a question of safety as we could only have a maximum number of people etching at a time.

Our second session on the Saturday 5th March (you can’t have the same luck twice) was a gloomy and chilly day with not as much people turning up as the previous session but still a pretty healthy turnout. However, a more manageable number meant you could spend more time on one signpost, giving way to much progress that day. All in all, the two sessions bore very healthy results and participants found themselves intrigued and hooked onto ‘fire-etching.’

“What the heck is fire-etching?”

Here is a brief lowdown on ‘fire-etching’:

  1. Trace your design onto the wood using carbon paper,
  2. The carbon paper should be put under your design while you trace on it. Once done, it should leave a clear impression,
  3. Many iron rods with different types of heads are then left in the path of a live blow torch,
  4. Once heated enough and wearing very heavy-duty gloves, carefully and with a firm grip hold onto one end of the rod,
  5. One glove should be more heavily padded than the other, this hand should be the one holding the middle part of the rod (never hold the end which is heated up, it will be extremely hot and even with padded gloves, you will end up getting burnt!),
  6. Angling the heated end of the rod into a comfortable position, you can then ‘etch’ the design by carefully placing it onto the wood, essentially scorching the wood.

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