Category: Wild Medicine Info

Wild Carrot Identification

The carrot family of Apiaceae contain both edible and deadly species. You need to “know your carrots” before foraging for them. With poisonous hemlock on the left and edible cow… Read More

Coltsfoot Honey

Coltfoot is a one of my favourite herbs for several reasons: • It used to be the shop sign of the herbalist in medieval times, like striped poles were to… Read More

Glycaemic Index of Sugars

 Glycaemic Index of Sugars Sugar Name GI Glucose 96 Sucrose (white sugar) 64 Brown sugar 64 High fructose corn syrup 62 Evaporated cane juice 55 Black strap molasses 55 Maple… Read More

Is Comfrey Cream Safe?

Comfrey in topical creams and ointments Comfrey (Symphytum spp.) is used in a lot of cosmetics because it contains allantoin and is fantastic for preserving skin elasticity. It binds the connective tissue… Read More

White Brain Fungus

Exidia thuretiana – White Brain Fungus. All the references I looked at suggest that White Brain grows on the wood of deciduous trees, particularly beech/ash. The attached jelly like fungus… Read More

Birch Polypore

Young Birch Polypore (Piptoporus betulinus) has been used medicinally for over 5000 years as antiparasitic, antimicrobial, to treat wounds, stomach diseases and in rectal cancer. Tests prove has anticancer effect… Read More

Meadowsweet Ointment

Meadowsweet contains salicylic acid which is what aspirin is. It has anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties. Here is a simple versatile ointment recipe for treating all “dem aches an’ pains”.… Read More

Wild flower summer cordials

Hopefully by now , mid May, elderflowers are starting to flower in a lane near you. And if not, they soon will be in June. Cordials are delightful and here… Read More

Calamus aka Sweet Flag ~ the Singer’s root and Forager’s spice

Calamus (Acorus calamus) is also known as Sweet Flag, Sweet Rush or Sweet Cinnnamon although the roots taste like ginger. Calamus (known as sweet flag) has a spicy fragrance to… Read More

Turkey Tail mushrooms – Trametes versicolor

Turkey tail mushrooms are found growing on logs, especially fallen beech, throughout the world and certainly here in Scotland. Their rather obvious name is due to them looking literally like… Read More

Valerian – Valeriana officinalis

Valerian is so good for anxiety that Valerian B.P. (made to British Pharmacopeia standards) was handed out to civilians in air raid shelters during the First World War. At high… Read More

Meadowsweet – Filipendula ulmaria

Meadowsweet is now coming into bloom along the stream here at Wychmoss. It’s original Latin name was Spiraea ulmaria which is where the name A-Spirin (aspirin) comes from as chemists… Read More

Feverfew – Chrysanthemum parthenium

Feverfew is excellent as a preventative for recurrent headaches. Research has shown that this is probably due to it having a beneficial effect on the platelet clumping implicated in migraines.… Read More

Pink Purslane

Pink purslane (Claytonia sibirica) is an edible plant in the Portulacaceae family related to Spring Beauty (Claytonia perfoliata) and Common Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) which is high in Omega 3 oils… Read More

Leopard’s Bane

Leopard’s Bane (Doronicum pardalianches) is related to Arnica (Wolf’s Bane) and also poisonous as neither should be taken internally. Great drifts of this are now in flower along the river… Read More

Sanicle

We found Sanicle (Sanicula europea) in the woods of Colinton Dell this evening. A member of the carrot family, the leaves are edible. In the Middle Ages it was a… Read More

Get pickled! A Ploughman’s Lunch is good for you.

Are you a lover of all things pickled? Pickled onions, peppers, gherkins, capers (or of course, nasturtium seeds)? Well you can easily justify your indulgence. You probably already know that… Read More

Horsetail – an ancient plant with healing properties

This weekend I noticed horsetail Equisetum arvensis poking up, making its first appearance of the year. It’s a natural source of silica and very good for strengthening hair, bone and… Read More

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Dandelion Taraxacum officinale is high in vitamins A, B complex, C, and D, as well as minerals such as iron, potassium, and zinc. For comparison, spinach contains around 9,000 –… Read More

Why do dogs eat grass…

… and other animal medicine stories! Just today a man phoned me from Canada. He wanted to let me know how good he thought Napiers Joint Ability Herbal Remedy was.… Read More

Willow bark medicine ~ natural Aspirin

White willow catkins

All the willow that wasn’t coppiced back in February is now covered with pretty furry buds. Cut long stems and put them in a tall base for a dramatic Spring… Read More

In Praise of Coltsfoot

Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara) can be an elusive plant. It raises its flowers before its leaves in the Spring (hence the country nickname “Son before Father”). The flowers quickly pass as… Read More

How I poisoned my wife

Trouble was brewing when our writer decided to experiment with a new herbal tea Article written by John-Paul Flintoff A few weeks ago, I almost killed my wife with herbal… Read More

Endangered Herbs

Endangered in the UK Chamomile, Wild (Chamaemelum nobile) Chickweed, Scottish (Cerastium fontanum subsp. scoticum) Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) Eyebrights Euphrasia sp. (endemic) – Euphrasia officinalis seems to be OK still. Juniper,… Read More

Fresh is not always best!

The medicinal plants we use in our pharmacopaeia all contain distinct biochemical components that can be analysed and measured. Herbalism has a proper scientific biochemical basis. The difficulty is that… Read More

Food Poisoning – Herbal Home Treatment

One Friday night in June, I was traveling back from Wales and, at the airport, with a very narrow selection of mainly high calorie  foods to choose from, I went… Read More

Herbal Power Juices – Your Food is your Medicine.

Our bodies digest raw, enzyme active juice far more quickly and efficiently than solid food. Juices are nutrient-dense and supercharge the body in the same way that herbal tinctures work.… Read More