Herbal Remedies


Mallow (Malva sylvestris) Mallow is a common plant in southern England and Wales and can be found along the sides of roads and railways as well as on waste ground.  As always, be careful if collecting near a road; we’ve found this plant in particular to take in exhaust fumes that you can taste in the […]


Colt's Foot

Colt’s Foot

Colt’s Foot (Tussilago farfara) A native to the UK, Colt’s Foot is a member of the daisy family.  It is unusual in that it flowers before it produces leaves.  We often find it growing alongside tracks near to our ancient woodland camp on disturbed and waste ground, although we’ve also found it along the coast. […]

Burdock 1

Burdock (Arctium lappa) Found along woodland rides, hedgerows, verges and waste ground, burdock has useful herbal properties.   I wrote this post a few years back that highlights the differences between dock, burdock, primrose and foxglove, so take a look to make sure that you identify the right plant. Property : Bitter Constituent : Phenolic acids, Tannin, Mucilage, Iron, Sulphur, B […]


lemon balm

Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm (Mellisa officinalis) Lemon balm is from the same family as mint (Lamiaceae) and has the typical square stem of that family.  It also has a very pleasant lemony smell, giving rise to its name.  It can be found growing in sunny spots, often preferring well drained soil.  We grow it in our garden where […]

St John’s Wort Ointment 1

Nicola makes various ointments all the time so we decided to share this simple method of making some St John’s Wort (Hypericum perforatum) ointment.  It’s good for bruises and sprains, aches and sore muscles and can also be applied to sunburn.  So here’s what you need to do to make your own St John’s Wort […]

St John's Wort ointment

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Elder 2

Elder (Sambucus negra) Elder) is a common small tree in the UK.  It grows profusely and can often be found in towns and cities as well as in more rural areas.  I tend to think of it as a scruffy tree and when young often has cork like bark.  The flowers can be eaten in spring, […]