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…

Comfrey Monograph for Foragers

Foraging for comfrey in the UK. Symphytum officinale  – Comfrey Boraginaceae family Comfrey 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…

Foraging plants for the digestive system

Foraging plants for the digestive system to help reclaim your health autonomy. Disorders of the gastrointestinal tract are very common these days in ‘Westernised’ societies. By foraging plants for the digestive system we can begin to take back control over our health, through simple lifestyle adjustments and the inclusion of a few select edible and…

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 Lime trees

Foraging Lime trees, for food and medicine Tilia cordata / T. Platyphyllus /  T.vulgaris   (small-leaved lime / large-leaved lime / common lime) Lime / Linden Tiliacea family. What’s not to love about foraging Lime trees? One of the highlights of my year is spring when I go foraging for lime trees in blossom. These highly…

Foraging Meadowsweet in summer

Foraging meadowsweet in the summer, for medicine and food Filipendula ulmaria – Meadowsweet Rosaceae family For thousands of years, foraging meadowsweet has been a summer activity in these islands, and suddenly became big business in the mid 1800’s. Meadowsweet is undeniably one of the most valuable medicine plants we have on these isles. I can only imagine…

Reclaim Health Autonomy!

Forage for cardio-vascular herbs and reclaim your health. An occasional series of foraging for health autonomy begins with herbs that benefit your cardio-vascular system. In case you were wondering…I’m no Medicinal Herbalist, but I am qualified in medicinal horticulture, including plant chemistry, plant constituents, and their actions.  “A physician is one who pours drugs of…