- St John's Wort
- Wild Parsnip
- Wild Marjoram
- Hemp Agrimony
- Rosebay Willow Herb (Fireweed)
- Wild Carrot
- and a few more!
Herbalist Lucinda Warner took us on a journey through a wild meadow, and introduced us to:
In Spring, when you’re still shaking off winter and haven't quite fully moved on from the roast potatoes to salads, you need food, tonics, and remedies that support your body's kick start.
It's no coincidence that Nature provides just the medicine you need, at just the right time,
These 10 bitter wild plants are part of Spring's natural medicine chest that are just what your body needs to throw off winter's sluggishness: they're pungent, spicy, warming and cleansing to get your system going again, says herbalist Alice Bettany at our Foraging and Health class last week.
[all pics and info from our Foraging and Health class in April 2017]
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Stunning day with @sacred_seeds learning about wild herbal plants and their uses. Like this cow slip.
Now that more than 50% of the world lives in an urban area - by 2050 that's forecast to be 70% - we're all having less direct contact with nature, at the same time there's an increase in anxiety and mental health disorders, especially in cities.
A study by Stanford university shows clear benefits of spending time in nature: less brooding, less rumination and generally feeling better.
Their conclusion: we need to consider how to get nature back into cities, and give people more opportunities to interact with natural environments to get the benefits for our mental health.
Shinrin-yoku is Japanese for 'forest bathing': immersing yourself in a forest to experience the healing benefits of Mother Nature at her best.
Researchers in Japan and South Korea have established a robust body of scientific literature on the health benefits of spending time under the canopy of a living forest.
The idea is simple: if you visit a wood and walk in a relaxed way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits.
It's believed that the trees in a forest emit natural aromatherapeutic effects from the essential oils in the wood - an actual 'magic in the air' - that you inhale over an extended period, causing you to feel calmer, energised and relaxed.
Have you tried forest bathing?
Since I was a child, Silver Birch has always been one of my favourite trees.
The wispy branches, and ghostly white bark always draw my attention in the woods.
Something about silver birch makes me feel safe. Perhaps because I can always tell it apart from other trees.
It has uses too.
The white peeling bark is great for lighting fires, and the buds and twigs have tons of medicinal uses:
Fresh green stinging nettle seeds growing on the plant
It's September and we're at our workshop on Wild Food and Medicine, led by bushcraft and woodcraft teacher Jonathon Huet.
We're a large group, and as we wander along the forest paths, Jonathon points out plants that are good to eat or can be used as medicine, like chickweed, elderberries and the like. I'm at the back, chatting to herbalist Lucinda Warner who tells me that nettle seeds are good for adrenal stress.
I'm keen to hear more, as I've been feeling pretty stressed out lately...
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Nigel Berman is founder of School of the Wild, the experimental nature school.