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…

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…

Coltsfoot monograph for foragers

Tussilago farfara Coltsfoot Asteraceae family “A thing of beauty is a joy forever” ~ John Keats (1795-1821) If you were to go to an apothecary in the 17th and 18th Century, you would recognise this flower immediately from the signage outside. We know from Roman times that this herb was one of our ‘go-to’ remedies…

Hawthorn monograph for foragers

 Crataegus monogyna / C. leavigata   Hawthorns Rosaceae family “The art in medicine consists of amusing the patient whilst nature cures the disease.” ~ Francois Voltaire (1694 – 1778) These two plants, recognised as one, are truly remarkable. As common a tree as you can get, these spring flowering, summer-beckoning mainstays of the hedge, offer us unique…

Cleavers…Stick or Twist?

Here I am demonstrating the special sticky qualities of sticky willy, aka cleavers or goose grass (Galium aparine), from the coffee family (Rubiaceae). Cleavers is a renowned edible and medicinal plant, growing almost everywhere in the UK. As an edible its really only good at this time of year, in the spring. As a food, I…