Nettles Monograph for Foragers

Plus insight into how nettles can help the prostate. Urtica dioica/ Urtica repens Stinging nettles Urticacea family Nettles are so well known by everyone on this island that they practically need no description. The genus Urtica includes about 50 species of annuals and perennials that are widespread throughout the temperate regions. The generic name Urtica…

Medicinal Plant Constituents and Actions

A summary of some important plant constituents and some of the herbs they are found in.   “The powerful grace that lies, in herbs, plants and stones and their true qualities” – Friar Lawrence, Romeo & Juliet, Act 2 – Shakespeare (1564 – 1616) In general, the more atoms a molecule has, the heavier it…

Red clover monograph

Trifolium Pratense Red Clover Leguminosae / Fabaceae family “Life can be easy, it is only a question of choosing between solutions and illusions.” This plant is one of numerous leguminous plants to grow on the British Isles. Found almost everywhere, red clover helps feed the soil as well as us. Although only small in stature,…

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,…

Why Wild Plant Guide?

So what should I expect on a walk with Wild Plant Guide?” Well, since I began sharing my wild plant adventures, I have now led almost 200 walks in the last four years, sharing my passion with more than 1500 people along the way. I have been researching and experimenting with wild plants for nearly…

Harvesting Wild Plants – A short guide

It is important to say firstly that all leaves, flowers, roots, and seeds should always be of the usual colour for that plant. Do not use any blackened, mouldy, miscoloured or otherwise damaged material. Handle plants carefully to avoid bruising and spoiling delicate leaves. The cutting of stems should ideally be done with sharp secateurs…

Previous Foraging Articles

I have written a number of foraging plant profiles for the excellent Permcaulture online magazine Here’s a list of them: https://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/medicinal-benefits-elder http://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/yarrow-and-its-medicinal-benefits http://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/look-powerful-medicinal-properties-wild-carrots http://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/foraging-wild-food-and-medicinal-plants-chickweed-plant-profile http://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/foraging-wild-food-and-medicinal-plants-hedge-mustard-plant-profile http://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/introducing-plantains-multi-yielding-plants-permaculture-system http://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/foraging-wild-food-and-medicinal-plants-brassicas-plant-profile http://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/medicinal-benefits-rose-hips http://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/many-benefits-hawthorn https://www.permaculture.co.uk/readers-solutions/health-benefits-ground-ivy https://www.permaculture.co.uk/articles/forage-three-corner-leek