• a world herb and kitchen garden and glasshouses
• a world food café with local and seasonal organic food and herbs
• a herbal medicine clinic
• a food market and herbal pharmacy
• an education centre for the community
• The International Centre for Phytotherapy and its database

• a world herb and kitchen garden and glasshouses displaying traditions including Western, Chinese, African-Caribbean, Islamic, and Ayurvedic; with beds to show which herbs for specific body systems; created with the help of local communities... to sit in scented bowers, feast on midsummer nights, join others to grow, harvest and celebrate seasonal foods, learn about the diversity of foods around the world....

• a world food café using local and seasonal organic food and herbs a new kind of café to inspire people to try healthy, colourful and eclectic food straight from the garden or locally grown. The first café to help us see that we are what we eat, that different foods have a profound effect on our health – to gladden the heart - the place to be - and return to!

• a herbal medicine clinic a training clinic subsidised for the community

• a food market and herbal pharmacy to buy foods that you see can growing and to see herbal medicines dispensed, buy specific remedies along with herbs, seeds, foods, books and equipment on herbal medicine

• an education centre for the community for schools, families, patients, community groups and students to get hands on the preparation and use of healing food and herbs

• The International Centre for Phytotherapy for its world-class database and teaching programme in herbal medicine/drug interactions for doctors and health professionals from Britain and Europe

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Herb jars in the Herb Garret, St Thomas’s Hospital. 18thC apothecaries had high status and are the forerunners of modern herbalists. Making marigold cream for eczema, cuts and inflamed skin using sunflower oil with marigold flowers and lavender essence. Lavender is a treasure trove – an antiseptic, it relaxes nerves and heals wounds and burns. It perfumes baths, herb teas, fruit flans, jellies and salads. Crush spices with
a pestle to release
aromatic oils and other
active constituents -
add to teas and food
to ease digestion.
Baby aubergines, Solanaceae like chillis, potatoes, tomatoes and deadly nightshade, are used in Africa to treat epilepsy.