Category: Wild Medicine Info

Air Fresheners cause Allergic Reactions

    From today restaurants now have to declare any allergens in food on their menus. Supermarkets and other places that sell prepackaged food must also declare them. However, although… Read More

Wild Labneh Roule Cream Cheese

Recipe for a delicious ‘cream cheese’ substitute This is a very simple way to make a cream cheese replacement for those lovely soft herby French cream cheeses called roule. It’s not… Read More

Is Comfrey Edible?

Is Comfrey Safe to Eat? Common comfrey is a wild-growing herb that has a long tradition as both an edible and a medicinal species. It is a nutritious plant, being very… Read More

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

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

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

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

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

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