Irish Organic Botanical Products, Workshops, Herb Walks & Clinical Consultations.
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Foraging Workshops

Have you ever wondered what wild Irish plants can be used as food, herbal medicine and for craft?
We run seasonal foraging walks & herbal workshops throughout Ireland.

Interweaving our local folklore and legends with plant lore, let us immerse you into the fantastical world of our native flora.
Start your journey of herbal discovery!

Herbal Medicine Clinic

Herbal Medicine Clinic

We run Herbal Medicine Clinics in Belfast, Louth & Kerry. We are Registered Medical Herbalists trained to specialise in the use of medicinal herbs to support various conditions.

Is a condition affecting your Quality of Life or have you been disheartened by your current treatments? Why not find out about the clinics or book a consultation?

Organic Products

We are releasing a range of Organic Herbal Products inspired by our Local Irish Plants.
Superfood Powders, Herbal Cosmetics, Herbal Teas and Animal Care Products.

We’ve decided to focus on developing a small range of products so we can optimise their quality by using our in-depth knowledge of Herbal Medicine.ย 

Our Upcoming Events

Have your ever wanted to learn about the uses our local flora have to offer as food and herbal medicine?
Treat yourself to a foraging walk or workshop. Below are our 5 next events. Click here to see all events for the year.

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ใ€‹ใ€‹Ultimate DIY Hair Mask๐Ÿ’†โ€โ™€๏ธ
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If your hair needs a little tlc then try this easy peasy hair mask! All you need is some castor oil (coldpressed, hexane free like this one ๐Ÿ‘†) and a lovely organic egg and honey which I got from @helensbayorganic ๐Ÿ
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The castor oil is deeply nourishing and penetrative leaving hair feeling and looking super soft and healthy. It also helps to clean the scalp as it has anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. Another amazing benefit is its traditionally used to help to stimulate hair growth (and can also be used on its own as a DIY lash and brow serum for this very reason!!!). ๐Ÿ‘€
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The egg is full of protein and hair loving b vitamins including biotin and choline helping to protect the health of your hair. If you have super dry hair try it with 2 yolks and skip out the egg white. ๐Ÿณ
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Meanwhile the honey (ideally raw and local) also helps to nourish your tresses leaving them super soft. It has antibacterial properties so can help cleanse the scalp too! ๐Ÿฏ
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Simply combine all ingredients together and apply to dry hair, starting with your scalp and down the lengths to the ends. Its a bit messy so wear an old t-shirt! Then leave on for 30mins to 1 hr and rinse out using lukewarm water. Do NOT use hot water as you'll scramble the egg in your hair!! Then shampoo and condition as normal. Do this once or twice a week and see how good your hair feels!
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TOP TIP: Add a few sprigs of Rosemary to infuse into the oil and leave it in there. Rosemary helps to stimulate hair follicles and is often found in hair products aimed at promoting hair growth/reducing hair loss! ๐ŸŒฟ
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If you try this let me know how you get on! And remember no hot water rinses!!! ๐Ÿ˜‹
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ใ€‹ใ€‹SUMMER EVENING FORAGING WALK AT CAIRN WOOD ๐ŸŒฟ
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Our first ever evening foraging walk will be on Tuesday 16th August 7-9pm!
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We are delighted to be able offer a thoroughly enjoyable evening of foraging for those keen to join us but can't do our usual Sunday slot!
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Just 15 minutes outside of Belfast lies a beautiful woodland known as Cairn wood. It is a great spot for foraging year round as it hosts a wealth of wild flora and fungi! And if you are super lucky you might even spot one of the elusive red squirrels or hares too! ๐Ÿฟ
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This guided tour will cover all types of plants, or โ€œweedsโ€ as you may call them, which are most likely growing around your garden and local parks and how to harvest them and use as food and tea.
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So be sure to come join us! All details and to secure your space can be found by clicking the link in our bio or by visiting our website:
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https://foxandhawksbotanicals.com/events/cairn-wood-forest-summer-herb-walk-15/
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Happy foraging!
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Luke and Sarah ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒฟ
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ใ€‹ใ€‹ SUMMER FORAGING AT CAVEHILL ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒฟ
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Continuing with our Summer series of foraging walks, we are super excited to be back at Cavehill on Sunday 14 August! We have our fingers and toes crossed that we will be blessed with a super sunny day for it!๐ŸŒž
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Perfect for those new to foraging and those seasoned in hunting for wild edibles, we will shine a whole new light on what many consider 'weeds'. You will discover much of the fascinating traditional Celtic folklore and fairytales around plants as well as ways to incorporate them into your diet and how they have been used as medicine by herbalists throughout the centuries.
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Secure your spot by clicking the link in our bio or visit;
https://foxandhawksbotanicals.com/events/cave-hill-belfast-summer-herb-walk-15/
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Happy foraging!
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Sarah & Luke ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒฟ
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ใ€‹ใ€‹SUMMER FORAGING AT HELENโ€™S BAY! ๐ŸŒž
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Hands up who wants to discover what wild edibles are available this Summer? ๐Ÿ™‹โ€โ™€๏ธ
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Come join us at the beautiful organic farm at Helenโ€™s Bay on Sunday 14th August at 10.30am where we will show you what is now in season and how to use the plants as food, medicine and craft! ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒฟ
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This event is perfect for those new to foraging and those more seasoned foragers who would like to learn more about the uses of the plants! Everyone welcome!
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To secure your spot, click the link in bio or pm us!
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Sarah & Luke ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒฟ
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ใ€‹ใ€‹DISCOVER OUR TREES! ๐ŸŒณ
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From Ash to Willow, join Sarah at 2pm this Sunday 5th June at Helen's Bay Co.Down to uncover what and when to forage for the edible delights offered up by our wonderful native trees.
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We'll also delve into the enchanting mythology and folklore of trees from centuries gone by and how herbalists use trees as medicine past and present!
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To join us click the link in our bio (at the top of our page) or visit https://foxandhawksbotanicals.com/events/discover-our-trees-foraging-walk-in-helens-bay-woodland-15/
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Sarah ๐ŸŒฟ ๐Ÿ’š ๐ŸŒฟ
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ใ€‹ใ€‹HERB ROBERT (Geranium robertianum) ๐ŸŒธ
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Who recognises this cheery little plant? Herb Robert is popping his cute little flower heads up everywhere at the minute including in your back garden, on the curbside, under the hedge, in the woods and just about everywhere else!
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Herb Robert is rumoured to have gotten his name from a French monk called Saint Robert around 1000AD. Fun fact: Monks were often great botanists + herbalists and you'll see reminents of herb gardens at old monasteries.
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Whilst this herbaceous plant may not look mighty but he has a multitude of uses in human health! 'Stinking Bob" is one of his many common names owing to its pungent smell which makes it a great repellent from midge and mosquito bites by crushing fresh leaves on skin - avoid if you've sensitive skin though!๐Ÿ‘€
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A powerhouse of nutrition this little guy is rich in vitamins A and C, manganese, iron and potassium plus a range of other phytochemicals which give the plant its potentent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antidiabetic effects (Catarino et al., 2017).
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High in tannins which tighten and tone tissue, it was traditionally used for bleeding gums, nosebleeds, diarrhoea and wounds. In fact you'll feel the drying effect in your mouth as you eat the plant. It was also widely used as an antimicrobial and for liver/gallbladder, kidney and digestive issues.
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The herb can be eaten as a salad, drank as a tea or tinctured in alcohol. Its rarely used by Herbalists in Ireland today, but given its abundance and sustainability I suspect this may soon change! ๐Ÿ™
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Sarah๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ’š๐ŸŒฟ
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Disclaimer: this post is for educational purposes only and not intended to treat, cure or diagnose. Never pick and eat anything unless you can 100% identify it!
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