Category Archives: Herbs

Observations and descriptions about particular healing plants

Cramp Bark Harvest

I have a Cramp Bark bush in my back garden.  This plant is otherwise known as Guelder Rose or Viburnum opulus.  It has palmate leaves a little like sycamore but is, in fact, related to the Elder bush, Sambucus nigra … Continue reading

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February Fiddlings

Not much growing at this time of year which is just as well because I don’t have much daylight hours free for harvesting.  I have been meaning to complete my autumn/winter pruning so this afternoon got out because it was … Continue reading

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Herbs in the Emotional, Social, Political Landscape

On Wednesday I had a really nice evening in the sun down by the tranquil but brooding River Aire.  I was co-facilitator, with Sue Ball, of a botanical survey of a tiny derelict site next to Asda Headquarters which it … Continue reading

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Here comes Summer?

Finally some fine summer sunshine to bring on and dry off the herbs.  Harvested quite a lot of my St John’s Wort yesterday, chopped it up and got it tincturing in 45% alcohol.  Pleasant rich smell not totally unlike tea. … Continue reading

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Torpor, congestion and what to do about it

I’ve just been to an inspiring professional conference of the URHP.  It was an encouraging get-together of practising herbalists not least because my presentation on lessons learned from patients over 20+ years in practice was well received!  The highlight of … Continue reading

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Hearty Medicine in May

Now that I am (temporarily) off the treadmill of University lecturing and clinical supervision, I had a rare cycle ride along the Leeds-Liverpool canal yesterday and found the perfect Hawthorn tree in full bloom. Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna and Crataegus laevigata) … Continue reading

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Peach buds!

Ooh exciting!  My little peach tree is well in bud with both leaves and flowers. The leaves I use as a sour, bitter refrigerant, useful in fevers etc.  You only need a tiny amount and in fact I still have … Continue reading

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