On Monday 22nd November, we hosted our first event with Napiers, specialists in herbal medicine and natural health therapies. More than 30 people came to Stockbridge Parish Church to learn how they could use kitchen cupboard ingredients from Real Foods to create powerful herbal remedies for colds and winter illnesses. Dee Atkinson, pioneering medical herbalist and owner of Napiers began the evening introducing the audience to the healing wonders of organic ingredients on their doorstep such as garlic, onions and rosemary. She created a rosemary, sage and thyme throat gargle that is the perfect remedy for winter colds and an onion cough syrup with honey that has a history dating back to ancient Persia. After the audience had tasted Dee’s hot aromatic cinnamon cold treatment, fellow herbalist Fiona Morris asked everyone to help pound and blend a number of herbs and spices. She then used these ingredients to produce a spiced turmeric tea and her own spicy ‘dragon fire’ vinegar that all agreed is a guaranteed winter warmer. Finally, herbalist Sasha Grandi demonstrated how vegetarian jelly can be easily transformed into a herbal remedy by adding different herbal tinctures and decoctions or teas. There were plenty of yummy jelly samples to try, though the lemon and ginger jelly seemed to be the all round favourite. The workshop was a wonderful success with a number of people staying behind to ask questions and talk to the herbalists. Real Foods looks forward to our next event with Napiers in the New Year.