Comfrey Monograph for Foragers

Symphytum officinale Comfrey Boraginaceae family This plant has traditionally been one of the principle remedies in any materia medica. Comfrey is an elegant plant, common to our inland waterways, and one of more than 25 species of coarsely hairy perennials within the genus. The common name Comfrey is derived from the Latin ‘conferva’, (to join…

Leaves. Basic leaf shapes and illustrations

An introduction to basic leaf shapes. Bearing in mind that there are more than 250,000 species of flowering plants, there are surprisingly few basic leaf shapes.  Here I take you through them.   Many leaves are what are known as simple leaves. These are leaves that are not divided to the mid vein, and are…

Medicinal Plant Constituents and Actions

A summary of some important plant constituents and some of the herbs they are found in.   “The powerful grace that lies, in herbs, plants and stones and their true qualities” – Friar Lawrence, Romeo & Juliet, Act 2 – Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) In general, the more atoms a molecule has, the heavier it…

Reclaiming Health Autonomy! Forage for Digestive herbs

The digestive system.  How it works and what to forage to help maintain gut health. “The primary seat of insanity generally, is in the region of the stomach and small intestine” ~ unknown Overview The digestive system is responsible for the healthy assimilation of food and the elimination of waste. It primarily consists of the…

Shepherds Purse Monograph for Foragers

Capsella bursa-pastoris Shepherd purse Brassicaceae A remarkable edible and medicinal herb in many ways.  This plant grows quickly in numerous settings, so that with sharp  eyes, we can generally find it all year round. Shepherds purse is the only member of the genus Capsella and is native to temperate zones in Europe, and now naturalised…

Lime / Linden Monograph for Foragers

  “I think that I shall never see, a billboard as lovely as a tree.  Perhaps, unless the billboards fall, I’ll never see a tree at all” ~ Ogden Nash Tilia cordata / T. Platyphyllus /  T.vulgaris   (small-leaved lime / large-leaved lime / common lime) Lime / Linden Tiliacea family. What’s not to love…

Foragers Plant Families SNAP!

Learning can be fun and games with my new foragers card game for the budding wild food and hedgerow medicine enthusiasts. The deck features 64 cards, with 32 species in 8 plant families, helping you and your kids spot the patterns of plants and plant families, and enabling you to fast track your foraging fun. All…

Meadowsweet Monograph for Foragers

  Filipendula ulmaria Meadowsweet Rosaceae family Meadowsweet is undeniably one of the most valuable medicine plants we have on these isles. I can only imagine how many more people owe this plant a thankyou than actually know this plant, such is the general disconnect from nature and her wealth of medicines. If I were to…

Ramson flower bud lacto-fermentation

Or, wild capers with Bear Garlic! If you live in old woodland, especially towards the Western Atlantic coast of Britain, you will walk in woodlands where extensive carpets of this supreme wild garlic  (Allium ursinum) is found growing in lushious dense swards from January onwards in many areas, through to late May. You can harvest…