Round Up of the Year 2018

These cold grey days provide at least some good kindling for reflection, which we’d like to share with you. Its been a very busy & rewarding year for us at Grass Roots Remedies, starting in January when we were lucky to have Rhona Donaldson join us as a co-op member. Since then we’ve continued with …

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Herb Profile: Rosebay Willowherb

Botanical Name: Chamaenerion angustifolium (previously Epilobium angustifolium) Common Names: Rosebay Willowherb, Bombweed, Singerweed, London’s Ruin Family: Onagraceae – Willowherb/Evening Primrose Family Parts Used: Leaves and flowers Botany & Identification: Widespread in the British Isles & spanning Europe, temperate Asia & parts of the Americas, this tall perennial gives a beautiful pink brush over the landscape …

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Herb Profile: Heathers

Botanical Name: Calluna vulgaris             Common Names: Ling, Common Heather, Scottish Heather, Gaelic: Fraoch Family: Ericaceae – Heather Family Parts Used: Flowering tops (July – September) fresh or dried Botany & Identification: The Heather family contains many well known acid-loving species, some of which are commercially very important. The family includes Cranberry, Blueberry, Blaeberry, Cowberry and …

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Herb Profile: Agrimony

Botanical Name: Agrimonia eupatoria, A.procera (Fragrant Agrimony) Common Names: Cocklebur, Church Steeples, Sticklewort Family:  Rosaceae Parts Used:  Aerial parts, (also the root & seed according to some authors) Botany & Identification:    Upright perennial with spikes of yellow flowers reaching up to 60cm. Prefers to grow in meadows and grassy roadsides, found throughout the UK …

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CommuniTea – our first harvests together

Midsummer is fast approaching and the long days have brought us some beautiful weather to harvest herbs for our first few CommuniTea sessions in Wester Hailes, South-West Edinburgh. We have been running our Community Herbal Clinic there for a while now, alongside growing, foraging and making medicines with folk in the local area. This year we …

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Herb Profile: Shepherd’s Purse

Botanical Name: Capsella bursa-pastoris Common Names:  Shepherd’s Purse, Sanguinary, Pick Purse, Witches’ Pouches, Mother’s Heart (Scots), lus na fola – The Blood Herb (Gaelic), Family:  Brassicaceae Parts Used:  Aerial parts Botany & Identification: A variable annual or biennial plant with an erect main stem which grows from 3cm to 40cm depending on its conditions. The …

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Herb Profile: Juniper

Botanical name: Juniperus communis Common Names: Scots: aiten    Gaelic: aiteal, aiteann, aittin, samh Family: Cupressaceae – Cypress family Parts used: Dried ripe ‘berries’ Botany & Identification: Juniper is a slow growing evergreen shrub in the Cypress family growing on heaths, moors, rough grassland and dry woodlands. It can reach up to 3m and spreads up …

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granton:hub medicine garden

The granton:hub was a hive of activity yesterday as the wonderful Edinburgh Tool Library came over to help us make 6 raised beds – the start of the granton:hub medicine garden! Together with helping hands from other volunteers, fuelled by Lisa’s Wild Garlic soup and Diane’s delicious cookies, we cleared a corner of the garden …

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