Tag Archives: foraging

Early Spring at the Allotment

  This morning was sunny and bright and I was looking forward to spending some time down at my allotment. I  had carved the time out of my crowded diary four weeks ago and I was delighted to see that … Continue reading

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2014 – A Good Year for Making Herbal Medicines

On the eve of the New Year I thought it would be fun to take a look back at my herbal medicine making exploits during 2014. Actually I process herbs practically every day of the year so it will have … Continue reading

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Gathering Meadowsweet – A Natural Anti-inflammatory

At this time of year the damp areas of lanes and water meadows are covered with frothy clouds of Meadowsweet.  Meadowsweet or Filipendula ulmaria is a very important herb for my clinic.  Like other damp dwelling plants it contains salicylates, … Continue reading

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Reconnecting with our Herbal Roots and Musings on 17th Century Herbal Medicine

When I first set up my herbal clinic my bank manager came to see me.  We chatted over a cup of herbal tea and she admired my shelves of tinctures and drawers of capsules.  I was surprised though when she … Continue reading

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Gathering Eyebright – Precious Medicine for the Eyes

Eyebright (Euphrasia spp) is a fascinating semi parasitic plant which grows on old grassland and heaths.  It needs an undisturbed habitat and is therefore no longer very common. I am lucky then that it grows in abundance in a small … Continue reading

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Gathering Elder Flowers – A Herb for Interconnectedness

I have been gathering Elder flowers for the last week or so, on and off when the weather permits.  The fragrant clusters of white flowers appear in early to mid summer and are a valuable herbal medicine. Medicinal uses of … Continue reading

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Gathering Western Hemlock tips – a refreshing power medicine.

Today it was wet and windy but I had a yearning for evergreen tree tips.  Most evergreen tree tips are packed with Vitamin C and are full of useful electrolytes.  They are antiseptic and anti-catarrhal so are excellent to take when … Continue reading

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