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…

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…

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…

Oats. A monograph for foragers

Avena sativa & Avena fatua Oats / wild oats Poaceae family “When young, sow wild oats…When old, grow sage” Cereal grain crops continue to be the dominant component of human diets, comprising more than a third of what we eat. Oats is my favourite grain because it can be used as a preventative and curative…

Garlic Monograph for foragers

Allium ursinum, Allium sativum Wild garlic, Bulb garlic Liliacea family Only comparatively recently have the British public embraced garlic, a plant renowned globally for its culinary uses. Before the 1980’s it wasn’t used anything like it is today. In this discussion I deal with the similar culinary and medicinal aspects of both our native wild…

Burdock Monograph for foragers.

Arctium lappa / Arctium minus Burdock Asteraceae family Although appearing as one species when first meeting them, these two species reveal differences that become increasingly evident as you get to know them. The greater burdock (Arctium lappa) and lesser burdock (Arctium minus) both have a long-standing tradition of use as a medicine and food. These…

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,…