Those that know me will get just how excited I was to come across this wild feast, right around the corner from my house too! A beautifully lush patch of watercress (Naturtium officinale) growing in a manmade drainage ditch alongside a quiet country lane, right in front of a house. 650 more words
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The noble nettle is perhaps the most generous plant around but the seeds pack the biggest medicinal punch of all.
The leaves, stems and roots of the nettle provide medicine, food, cordage (string/rope), cloth, paper, dye, fertiliser, compost activator, insect food and habitat and act as a soil fertility indicator (they like soil rich in nitrogen and phosphates). 1,028 more words
Salty, sweet, milky, feminine, watery, strengthening, silky, easy… These were my initial impressions after drinking my first cup of oatstraw infusion. It was soothingly thick, almost chewable in my mouth, coating throat and stomach with its healing liquid. 600 more words
This tall stately beauty is wild angelica (Angelica sylvestris), an untamed relative of Angelica archangelica or garden angelica. It is very similar to the garden angelica – not quite as potent medicinally though just as edible. 321 more words
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