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…

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…

Reclaim Health Autonomy! Forage for cardio-vascular herbs

“A physician is one who pours drugs of which he knows little, into a body of which he knows less” ~ Francois Voltaire This occasional series of foraging for health autonomy, begins with herbs that you can easily forage that benefit your cardo-vascular system. In case you were wondering…I’m no Medicinal Herbalist, but I am…

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…

Garlic Monograph for foragers

Allium ursinum, Allium sativum Wild garlic, Bulb garlic Liliacea family Only comparatively recently have the British public embraced garlic, a plant renowned globally for its culinary uses. Before the 1980’s it wasn’t used anything like it is today. In this discussion I deal with the similar culinary and medicinal aspects of both our native wild…

Burdock Monograph for foragers.

Arctium lappa / Arctium minus Burdock Asteraceae family Although appearing as one species when first meeting them, these two species reveal differences that become increasingly evident as you get to know them. The greater burdock (Arctium lappa) and lesser burdock (Arctium minus) both have a long-standing tradition of use as a medicine and food. These…

Monday Morning Monographs

I know, it isn’t Monday…but every Monday for the past four weeks, and for the forseeable future, I haver posted a monograph on one of my favourite wild plants, born from research done when at Uni and beyond. They have been published on my facebook group page but will now be pubished here first. You never know,…

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…