Borage, commonly known as starflower, is primarily grown as an oilseed crop due to the high gamma-linoleic (GLA) content of the oil.   GLA is an omega-6 essential fatty acid with proven anti-inflammatory benefits, which is why we use it in our award-winning multi-purpose oil here in Modern Botany. 



Flaxseed oil has one of the highest plant sources of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids and lignans, which are essential for healthy skin and hair which is why we use it in our award-winning multi-purpose oil here in Modern Botany.

Flax products have been used by humans for tens of thousands of years.  In 2009, 30,000 years old flax fibres were found in a Georgia cave, suggesting that prehistoric man was using it for its fibres long before it was widely used as a medicinal and food source.



The flower petals of Calendula officinalis have been used for their anti-inflammatory and skin healing benefits for centuries, which is why we use it in our award winning multi-tasking face and body oil here in Modern Botany.

Calendula is a well-known traditional medicinal herb that is native to central, eastern and southern Europe1.  It is thought to have originated in the Mediterranean, Egypt and Iran but is now widely cultivated all over Europe and in North America.  Calendula has been used since ancient times in Indian, Arabic, Egyptian, Roman and Greek cultures.  In India, wreaths of marigolds were used to crown the gods



Arnica montana is one of the natural extracts that we use in our award-winning multi-tasking oil for its healing and anti-inflammatory benefits.  It is traditionally used for bruising. 

   Arnica montana (A. montana), synonyms Doronicum arnica and D. montanum, is one of 40 species in the Arnica genus.  It is a well-known member of the daisy family (Asteracea), with daisy-like orange-yellow flowers.  It is native to Europe where it grows wild and is also commonly known as Leopard’s bane, Wolf’s bane, Celtic bane and Mountain tobacco.  Half of the annual global trade is wild-harvested in Romania, and Spain is also a major producer. 1, 2

Garden Salad

garden salad

We are so lucky here at MB HQ, having fresh salad leaves growing in our garden, follow this recipe for a simple healthy salad

  • Take a Cos lettuce, wash and lay out on a serving platter

  • Add boiled eggs, Avocado sliced, tomatoes, nasturtium leaves washed

  • Decorate with fresh chives, including fresh violas, pansy flowers (all edible)

  • Season with your favourite vinagarette, and fresh sea salt and pepper, we added a handful of pumpkin seeds, which are rich in magnesium.

Botanical Prawns

Here at MB HQ we are lucky to live close by to an incredible array of seafood, a simple spring recipe below

  • Take a handfull of prawns, throw into a large pot that can sit on the top of the range.

  • Add a generous handfull of fresh chives picked from the garden no need to chop up, and keep the flowers on (the best bit)

  • Add Olive oil, and a finely chopped Onion, season with salt and pepper

  • Smoke paprika to taste, with a whole juice of a lemon and a lime if you have one.

  • Cook on a high heat for 5-10mins depending if prawns are raw, wait to see a pink colour

Take off heat and eat....

with friends x



This week at Modern Botany HQ, we have a proliferation of Chives, some simple recipes to follow....

Used traditionally for the circulatory system, also a mild stimulant and has antiseptic and anti-biotic properties




We make sure we only use the best quality ingredients in our Modern Botany products. In our multi tasking oil we use the highest quality Roman Chamomile extract. Traditionally chamomile is used for its lenitive (calming) properties.

Chamomile, a member of the daisy (Asteraceae) family, is a well-known traditional medicinal plant.  German chamomile (Matricaria recutita, synonym Chamomilla recutita) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile, syn. Anthemis nobilus) are the two most widely used herbs in this family.


Lavendular angustifolia A study published in 2010 investigated anxiolytic effects and influence on sleep quality. Lavender oil with a high percentage of linalool and linalyl acetate. It showed meaningful efficacy in alleviating anxiety and related sleep disturbances #lavendulaangustifolia #anxiolytic #relax

Market Research at Bank of Ireland

Great welcome last month for our market research afternoon with Cork business women hosted by the bank of Ireland.