Year: 2019

Winter Connection

This time of year is colder and darker. The plants are returning their energy into their roots and getting ready for Winter. How do we still connect to nature and the plants in the Winter months? Walking in Winter is still a great way to connect to Nature and allow ourselves time outside. Nature has changed so we change to accommodate those changes. The leaves have fallen from the trees but we can still see…

Sweet Cicely

Myrrhis Odora A plant that is often found near rivers and burns as it likes running water. When it does grow, as it only grows in certain areas of the UK, it grows very well indeed and is often seen in large patches. It smells and tastes strongly of aniseed. The leaves, stems, seeds and roots are all edible. It is sweet and was used instead of sugar before sugar arrived in Britain. It goes…

Nettles

Urtica dioica Nettles appear in early spring and continue through into summer. We are often wary of this plant due to it being able to sting us. There are tiny hairs on the entire plant that when touched give us a irritable somewhat painful sting leaving us with a sensitive area of skin afterwards. These hairs contain acetylcholine, histamine, formic acid and serotonin. Acetylcholine opens up the cell wall, histamine gives us the reaction and…

How to learn foraging plus books and websites

Recently a few folk have asked for book and website recommendations about foraging and herbal medicine. This brings up the subject of the best way to learn the art of foraging and herbal medicine. Foraging cannot be done purely through books and reading on the internet. You need to be guided and shown by someone that knows what they are doing. Find your local forager and attend walks and workshops when you can, at different…

Birch Sap

One of the first ‘fruits’ of Spring is tree sap. In this part of the world it is mainly birch that can be tapped for it’s nutritious sap. It is slightly sweet due to the levels of natural zylitol in it. There is a noticeable amount of vitamins and mineral in the sap. So you can see why many cultures including, in the past, Scotland folk tapped trees for the sap at the start of…