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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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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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Autumn Medicine Making workshop cancelled

Hi folks, we are cancelling tomorrow’s ‘Autumn Medicine Making’ workshop at the Salisbury centre due to lack of bookings. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. Watch this space for a new series of ‘Pay It Forward’ solidarity medicine making workshops which we will keep you posted on.

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Herb Profile: Old Man’s Beard Lichen

Botanical Name: Usnea spp. Many similarly used species Common Names: Old Man’s Beard, Seaweed of the Mountain (Hawai’i), Fish Bone Beard Lichen, Tree Dandruff, Woman’s Long Hair Family: Usneaceae Parts Used: Whole Lichen Lichenology & Identification: Lichen are a symbiotic relationship between an algae and a fungus. The algae is able to photosynthesize and therefore …

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Herb Profile: Nettle

Botanical Names: Urtica dioica, Urtica urens Family: Urticaceae (Nettle Family), formerly Cannabinaceae (Cannabis Family) Common Names: Nettle, Stinging Nettle. U.urens –Dwarf Nettle, Small Nettle, Dog Nettle Identification: Cordate leaves which taper to a point and are toothed. Green flowers in long, branched clusters spring from the leaf axils. Urtica dioica is ‘dioecious’ meaning individuals are …

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Herb Profile: Self Heal

Botanical Name: Prunella vulgaris Family: Lamiaceae  (Mint Family) Common Names: Self Heal, All Heal, Sicklewort, Hook Heal, Carpenter’s Herb, Pickpocket, Poverty Pink, Heart o’ the Earth Identification: A sparsely downy perennial herb with creeping runners and erect flower stems to 20cm tall. Not aromatic. Leaves are decussate, stalked, oval, widest at the base. Infloresence in …

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