Herb Profile: Roseroot

Rhodiola rosea Family: Crassulaceae Common names:, Rhodiola, Roseroot, Golden Root, Arctic root, Rosy Stonecrop, Tibetan Ginseng, Gaelic-Lus nan Laoch-Plant of the champion or hero. Synonyms: Sedum rhodiola. S. rosea. (L.)Scop. Identification: Low short, hairless succulent perennial with thick finely toothed grey green leaves, can be red-tinged at margins. Flowers orange-yellow, four-petalled in dense flat topped …

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Herb Profile: Wood Avens

Botanical Name: Geum urbanum Common Names: Avens, Herb Bennet, Colewort, Benedict’s Herb, Radix caryophyllata Family: Rosaceae (The Rose Family) Parts Used: Root, leaves Botany & Identification: A hedgerow and woodland herb found over most of Europe. Common in Britain, this downy perennial reaches up to 70 cm with leaves made up of three toothed lobes. …

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Herb Profile: Artist’s Bracket Fungus

Botanical Name: Ganoderma applanatum Common Names: Artist’s Conk, Shelf Fungus, White Mottled Rot Mushroom, Bear Bread, Powder Coated Monkey’s Bench   Family: Ganodermataceae Parts Used: Fruiting Body of the Fungus Related Species: There are many species of Ganoderma and a number of them have uses as medicinal mushrooms. The most well known and researched is …

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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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