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Fields of medicine : Chicory (Cichorium intybus)

I came across this beautiful blue tinged field yesterday on my daily ramble. At first sight I thought it was flax/linseed but on closer inspection, I realised it was in fact chicory. 223 more words


Broad leaf plantain: natural healing with every step

Anyone who likes to walk would do well to get more familiar with this little plant, broad leaf or common plantain (Plantago major).

It is rumoured that Romans sprinkled the seeds along their roads as it is such a useful travelling companion both as a wound herb (especially good for infected or septic wounds) and for stuffing the boots with the leaves to relieve tired feet and prevent blisters, pretty important for a marching soldier. 241 more words

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Fields of medicine : Oats (Avena sativa)

We all know that oats are a great food, rich in complex carbohydrates and a great source of energy. But did you know that the ‘straw’ or stalks are a superb medicine also? 303 more words

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Wild Chamomile Path

Out walking in the East Sussex countryside today I came across the most beautiful sight ….. a path chock full of wild chamomile flowers (Matricaria chamomilla) growing between two huge plantings of broad beans. 166 more words


The Magic of Strawberries

If you don’t know the deliciousness of fresh strawberries, you’re missing out. They are a truly magical fruit, one that is in delicate balance with nature and also the rhythms of the earth. 259 more words

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What tree is that?  Kauri Pine

The Kauri Pine was traditionally used for ship masts because of its very straight growth and exceptional height. this specimen is one of three in the Durban Botanic Gardens. 50 more words

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