Foraging St John’s wort

Hypericum perforatum  (St Johns wort) Hypericaceae family This summer-flowering medicinal plant grows wild and free throughout many areas of Britain. With a liking of numerous settings it will be easy for foragers to find St John’s wort, and with unique observable characteristics, it is simple to identify. You can find out more about plant identification…

Nettles Monograph for Foragers

Foraging nettles can help you help your prostate! Urtica dioica/ Urtica repens  Stinging nettles – Urticaceae family Although nettles are well known by everyone on this island,  many do not know that this common plant has a remedy for a common accompaniment of ageing, an enlarged prostate. The genus Urtica includes about 50 species of annuals 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…