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…

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…

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…

What is edible anyway?

Musings from a culinary perspective…because for foragers and foraging guides, the question of what is edible comes up all the time, and I find that this simple question cannot be answered simply. So its perfect for someone who likes to talk! On my own journey of discovery with wild plants, I’ve come to know that…

Starting your wild food foraging adventures

How to forage? Guidelines for the beginner “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” ~ Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 – 1894) One of the great aspects about learning about foraging is that you can practice and increase your existing skills at any time when outside! No…

Fast track your foraging fun…

  Introducing the patterns method of plant identification. Plants can be usefully grouped together due to the patterns they produce. Our well known binomial system devised by Carl Linnaeus in the 18th Century, does just this, with the floral parts being the basis for deciding upon the plant family to which a plant belongs. The…