The smell really is like lying in a meadow in the middle of summer,” smiles Claire Davey, as she twists the top off of a jar of dried meadowsweet and invites Irish Country Living to take a deep breath in.

Dandelion, gorse flowers, rose petals, chamomile, yarrow, peppermint... a quick scan of the shelves behind the counter at America Village Apothecary reveals something of a sorceress’s store cupboard.