Herb Profile: Wild & Garden Angelica

Wild & Garden Angelica Botanical Name: Angelica sylvestris, A. archangelica Common Names:  A.sylvestris – Wild Angelica, A. archangelica – Garden Angelica Family:  Apiaceae Parts Used:  Roots, rhizomes, leaves, fruits, fresh young stems. Botany & Identification:  A.sylvestris is a tall, statuesque biennial wild species with hollow stems up to 2m high. The stems are often purplish …

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Herb Profile: The Mallows

The Mallows  Althea officinalis, Malva sylvestris Family: Malvaceae  (Mallow Family) Common Names: Althea officinalis: Marsh Mallow, Mallards, Schloss Tea, Cheeses Malva sylvestris: Common Mallow, Cheeseweed, Dwarf Mallow Parts Used: Leaves, Flowers, Seed Pods, Roots Botany & Identification:   Mallows belong to the Mallow Family (Malvaceae) which are mostly concentrated in tropical regions, and contain a …

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Herb Profile: Chaga

Chaga, Clinker Polypore Botanical Name: Inonotus obliquus Common Names: Chaga, Birch Conk, Clinker Polypore, Cinder Conk, Gift from God (Siberia), Mushroom of Immortality (Siberia), Cancer Polypore (Norway), Wart Polypore (Finland), Diamond of the Forest (Japan), King of Plants (China) Family: Hymenochaetaceae Parts Used: Sterile Conk Mycology & Identification: Inonotus obliquus is a parasitic fungus which …

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Herb Profile: Pine

 Scot’s Pine Botanical Name: Pinus sylvestris, P.rubra Common Names: Scot’s Pine, Scot’s Fir, giubhas (Scot’s Gallic: juicy tree), King of the Forest Family: Pinaceae Parts Used: Buds, Needles, Resin, Pollen, Kernels Botany & Identification: The genus Pinus contains between 90 and 120 species (varying between taxonomic approaches).The ancestors of today’s pines colonised the earth during …

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What Is Radical Herbalism?

The word ‘Radical’ comes from the Latin ‘radix’ meaning root. A radical approach is one which asks questions about the root causes of problems in our society, and works to fundamentally challenge and address those. Radical Herbalism & radical approaches to health then, call us to question the root causes of ill health, and think …

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Closing the Circle: Local Medicine for Local People

At Grass Roots Remedies Co-op, we align our ethics and ways of working with the three Permaculture Ethics of Earth Care, People Care & Fair Shares. In keeping with our ambitions to empower through providing accessible herbal medicine in Edinburgh we are working towards building short supply chains for our herbs & medicine. We have …

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Wild Things: a year of wild food & medicine

We are taking bookings for our course ‘Wild Things: a year of wild food and medicine’. Over the 8 months we spend together we will cover basic botany, ecology, sensory herbalism, sustainable foraging and practical medicine making all overlooking our herb garden in Blackford. We will also venture out on 7 herb walks over the …

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The Birks of Aberfeldy

We were lucky enough to spend a weekend up at Aberfeldy recently and the autumnal colours were stunning. We took in the stunning great Beech trees and the many Birch trees, spotting some of the great medicinal Birch Polypore (Piptoporus betulinus) dotted about the forest. So it goes that Robert Burns was inspired by the beautiful …

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