Foraging horse chestnut

Discover the powerful medicinal benefits of horse chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum   –  Horse Chestnut Hippocastanaceae family The horse-chestnut is an elegant tree which belongs to a genus of 13 species, all of them deciduous trees and shrubs. This plant is believed native to the Balkan Peninsula, and history tells us that it was introduced to…

Foraging Rose Hips

Discover the medicinal benefits of roses and why you should still go foraging rose hips Rosa canina / Rosa rugosa – dog rose / hedgehog rose Rosaceae family If you are of a certain age, then foraging rose hips will possibly be something your grandparents may remember with fondness. During the second world war, mass State…

Foraging Guelder rose (cramp bark)

Viburnum opulus – Guelder rose Caprifoliaceae family The Guelder rose is another stunning member of the beautiful honeysuckle family. Often seen growing as an ornamental, like many of its close relatives, this shrub delightfully adorns our hedges and country lanes up and down the land. You can go foraging for both its medicinal bark in the…

Foraging Shepherd’s purse

Foraging for Shepherd’s purse in the UK Capsella bursa-pastoris – Shepherd’s purse Brassicaceae Shepherd’s purse is 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…

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…