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Spring Irises (OK, Hermodactyloides really)

Spring, that classic period of days alternating between glorious sun and gloomy cloud is upon is.

It’s a time of year when some types of iris are at their peak… except, botanically it gets confusing, because it’s actually hermodactyloides I’m talking about, not irises. 1,083 more words

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Oatstraw- deep nerve nourishment

This mildly sweet tasting brew, rich and gold in colour, is a prime nerve tonic. Loaded with nutrients needed by the nervous system (magnesium, calcium, B vitamins & silca) it has a deeply fortifying action on the nervous system, which in turn helps ease the whole mind and body into a sense of rest and fulfillment. 29 more words

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Neem - the village pharmacy tree

Neem (Azadirachta indica) is a familiar tree to many in the Asian continent as a source of valuable remedies for many disease conditions including malaria, dengue fever and leprosy. 104 more words

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Stinging Nettle - an all round super healer.

I sometimes get asked what my most used or favourite medicinal plant is. Easy. Nettle (Urtica dioica) wins hands down for its wide ranging medicinal attributes, its sheer versatility, its vast array of health benefits, its mild nature, its nutritional content. 67 more words

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Profile: Jujube, Ziziphus jujuba

Common Names: Jujube, Chinese date, red date, Korean date, Indian date

Type: Deciduous tree or shrub

Frost Hardy: -5ºF / -15ºC

Soil pH: tolerant

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Great Mullein - shows you the door and hands you the key

This tall and stately looking plant with its furry grey leaves and spike of yellow flowers is a prime remedy for the lungs and respiratory system. 52 more words

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Marshmallow - strong healing hugs from the Queen of the marshes

Marshmallow is such a useful plant to have around. I always keep a bag of powdered root in my herbal first aid kit as its so incredibly versatile. 68 more words

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