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Nettle seed - a real unsung hero

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

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Plant Profile: Oatstraw

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

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Wild Ginger: A Love Song to a "Toxic" Plant

It’s September and nearly time to harvest medicinal roots.  Here’s a profile of one of my favorite autumn-harvested medicinal plants, a plant whose use as the title suggests is controversial.   3,927 more words

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Wild angelica - very nearly an Archangel.

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

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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

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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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