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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 Hawthorn Blossom – A Herb for the Heart

I am relieved to have been able to make a start on the gathering of Hawthorn blossom today.  I use a lot of Hawthorn in my clinic so during the brief period that it is in flower I need to … Continue reading

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Herb Foraging Courses – Reclaiming an Ancient Dying Art

It’s wonderful how things work out, when they are meant to.  Last weekend I had a phone call, out of the blue, from someone asking if I ever offered herb foraging and identification courses. I should explain that I am … Continue reading

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Gathering Cleavers – Hedgerow Support for the Lymphatic System.

It has been very wet this last couple of weeks and I am having trouble keeping up with my usual schedule of herb gathering.  Normally at this time of the year my dehydrators are whirring 24 hours a day.  As … Continue reading

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Gathering Dandelion Leaf – an Ancient Medicine with a Modern Twist.

With spring getting seriously under way my herb gathering becomes a daily activity, squeezed in during sunny spells and in between other work.  It is lovely to go out into the fields and green lanes for some quiet reflection and … Continue reading

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Gathering Nettle – a Powerhouse of Goodness

A few days ago I was able to gather my first batch of nettle (Urtica dioica).  Nettle has a really good range of therapeutic actions but on top of that it is an absolute powerhouse of goodness.  I use a … Continue reading

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Where Weeding and Harvesting Meet. Gathering Dandelion Roots.

I love working at my herb field.  There is plenty to do at this time of year, but while most horticulturalists are concentrating on ground preparation, sowing and weeding, I am harvesting.  Or am I?  I’m removing dandelion plants from … Continue reading

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