Reclaim Health Autonomy!

Forage for cardio-vascular herbs and reclaim your health. An occasional series of foraging for health autonomy begins with herbs that benefit your cardio-vascular system. In case you were wondering…I’m no Medicinal Herbalist, but I am qualified in medicinal horticulture, including plant chemistry, plant constituents, and their actions.  “A physician is one who pours drugs of…

What is edible anyway?

Edible wild plants from a kitchen and cooking  perspective… On my own journey of discovery with wild plants, I’ve come to know that the answer to the question “What is edible anyway?”  can often be purely in the creative hands of the forager. A discussion on poisonous plants was previously posted here. When beginning to learn…

A Wild Weekend in West Wales!

Fancy a wild weekend in the gorgeous Pembroke peninsula, where you can indulge in a range of wild plant workshops, fungi forays, bushcraft skills, wild food cookery and plant dyes and dyeing workshops, while enjoying a comfortable glamping setup, located just a few miles from the beach? You do? Then read on! This September, from…

Foraging Coltsfoot

Foraging coltsfoot – An ancient and potent herbal medicine for the lungs Tussilago farfara – Coltsfoot Asteraceae family We have been foraging coltsfoot for medicine for thousands of years, and its importance to our materia medica remains. We know from Roman times that this herb was one of our ‘go-to’ remedies for respiratory disorders. Such was…

Foraging hawthorn

Foraging hawthorn for heart boosting medicinal food Crataegus monogyna / C. leavigata   Hawthorns  Rosaceae family When you are out in the hedgerows foraging hawthorn, you are face to face with a truly remarkable tree. Hawthorns are the plant mainly responsible for the success of numerous acts of enclosure here in the UK, from the 14th century…

Know your carrots (part 1)

 A guide to probably the trickiest plant family you can get to know This plant family is one of the most common plant families you will encounter when foraging for food in Britain. It also provides us with some of our staple vegetables, as well as a range of culinary herbs and spices. The world’s…