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A Herb For Every Month - January

Bristol Herbalist Lily Canetty-Clarke, MNIMH, explores how a better understanding of seasonal herbs and their medicinal properties could help so many of us. 

Herbal and plant-based medicine has been around for much of human history, and originally its wisdom was held and passed down through generations within families, who used this knowledge to create their own home pharmacy and treat ills. Despite a growing commercial interest in using medicinal plants for scientific discovery and pharmaceutical drugs, our knowledge of how the plants around us help heal and nourish our bodies is fading. Plants aren’t solely for beauty products or food – they are also full of phytochemicals that have a medicinal effect on the human body. 

Here are 12 medicinal plant stories from Lily, one for each month – to help inspire a new generation of “home herbalists” and to start to reclaim the knowledge we would once have all known. 

You can also follow Lily on Instagram for more amazing herbal knowledge


January: A sleepy herb.

Passiflora incarnata– Passionflower

During the depths of winter, we can crave a human hibernation, but for many of us these long dark nights are full of sleeplessness and an accumulating fatigue. Passionflowers depress the central nervous system and can be used at night for their sedative properties to induce sleep. Passionflower can be really useful for those with insomnia, restlessness, muscle tension and spasm.

Each month we’ll post the herb for that month; make sure you follow us on our socials (links at the top of the page) to get reminded when they appear!