The daisy like chamomile flowers have a scent similar to apple. This herb has been well documented by the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians and has traditionally been used to soothe a sore stomach. It is also popular as a relaxant or a gentle sleep aid.

The seeds of this highly aromatic herb have a taste similar to aniseed. Traditionally, mothers have used fennel to improve the milk supply when breast feeding. Its calming and antimicrobial properties also mean that this tea has long been used as an expectorant for coughs.

Peppermint is one of the worlds oldest medicines, with archaeological evidence placing its use at least as far back as 10,000 years ago. Rich in menthol, it gives a refreshing and cooling sensation. properties. Peppermint has long been used to alleviate stomach complaints, sickness and nausea, as well as a popular herbal drink to have fora cold. It is also a refreshing summer drink if served chilled.

Raspberry Leaf
These fresh tasting leaves are rich in several vitamins, minerals and tannins which aid the immune system. Raspberry leaf is also thought to be an astringent and stimulant. It is generally thought to be the midwives’ herb of choice. It has also been used to help alleviate stomach complaints.

Best known as the weed that stings, nettle actually has many uses including being made into awonderfully mellow-flavoured detox tea. The leaves are used which contain vitamin C and provitamin A(that strengthen the immune system) along with other tannins and minerals. Preparations of nettle are said to act well upon the kidneys and be a stimulating tonic.

Lemon Balm
The leaves of this aromatic herb have a gentle lemon scent. A favourite plant of bees,lemon balm’s calming properties make it an excellent drink tosit down with and de-stress with. It is thought to have antibacterial and antiviral properties, and has traditionally been recommended to drink if you have a cold. It can also make a refreshing summer drink served cold: add honey tosweeten and pour over ice.

The Herb Farm
The Herb Farm,is currently being set up.

It is a slow process at the moment, and so far only a few herbs have been grown this year for propagation for the coming years.

So far, runners of raspberries for raspberry leaf tea have been cultivated, chamomile and calendula have been grown for their seed.

Seeds of lemon balm, fennel, peppermint and sage and echinacea have been sown for planting in spring 2009.

The aim is to supply at least 10% of Larsens in 2009 and 50% in 2010, with the ultimate aim to supply 100% as soon as poss. Then Larsens will truly be sustainabili-tea!