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…

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…

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…

Foragers Plant Families SNAP!

Learning can be fun and games with my new foragers card game for the budding wild food and hedgerow medicine enthusiasts. The deck features 64 cards, with 32 species in 8 plant families, helping you and your kids spot the patterns of plants and plant families, and enabling you to fast track your foraging fun. All…

Ramson flower bud lacto-fermentation

Or, wild capers with Bear Garlic! If you live in old woodland, especially towards the Western Atlantic coast of Britain, you will walk in woodlands where extensive carpets of this supreme wild garlic  (Allium ursinum) is found growing in lushious dense swards from January onwards in many areas, through to late May. You can harvest…

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…

Japanese Knotweed & beetroot relish

What better way to try and halt the spread of invasive edible plants but to eat them. Make sure you are picking from a patch of knotweed that isn’t sprayed with herbicides. So better to find some well off the beaten track. Word of warning: Its seriously good! Ingredients: (all approximate, sorry!) Good big bunch…

A Wild Weekend in West Wales!

Fancy a wild weekend in the gorgeous Pembroke peninsula, where you can indulge in a range of wild plant workshops, fungi forays, bushcraft skills, wild food cookery and plant dyes and dyeing workshops, while enjoying a comfortable glamping setup, located just a few miles from the beach? You do? Then read on! This September, from…