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Cow parsley pesto

Nicola took Willow for a walk along the hedgerows yesterday and picked some cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) which she made into a delicious pesto.  One of the earlier plants to make an appearance, be aware that cow parsley can be mistaken for hemlock, so take a look at this post to make sure that you pick […]

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Plantain   Recently updated !

Plantain (Plantago major) Whilst most of us are familiar with the healing properties of dock leaves, plantain is much more effective.   Growing on lawns and tracks, the crushed leaf is fantastic for insect bites & stings and allergic rashes.  It also has edible roots that are shallow and easy to dig out. Property : Astringent Constituent […]

Hawthorn   Recently updated !

Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) Hawthorn is a common sight in our hedgerows but you might also come across it growing in woodlands, where we’ve seen them growing to a good 15m tall. My gran was born in 1888 and passed on a bunch of old sayings to me. One was “Cast not a clout til the […]


yarrow | herbal remedies | south east | Kent

Yarrow 1   Recently updated !

Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) A member of the daisy family growing in hedgerows and verges, yarrow is easy to identify with its long, feather like leaves. Property : Aromatic stimulant, Bitter-containing saponin, Astringent Constituent : Volatile oil, Glycosides, Flavonoids, Bitters, Tannins, Saponins, Coumarins Action : Diaphoretic, Antipyretic, Antihypertensive, Astringent, Haemostatic, Diuretic, Anti-inflammatory, Urinary antiseptic, Digestive stimulant, Anti-allergenic, Stomachic Indication : Fever, Common cold, High blood pressure, Weak digestion, Prevents blood clots, Cystitis, Externally for cuts and wounds Yarrow is a great addition to any herbal […]

How to Make a Dandelion Decoction   Recently updated !

The medicinal properties of Dandelions (Taraxacum) have been known for millennia.  The active ingredient is taraxacum (from which the plant derives its scientific name), which is found in the whole of the plant. This is a recipe for making a dandelion decoction, which uses the roots of dandelions.  Prepared this way, the root is a liver […]

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