Herbal Medicine Walk: Richmond Riverside

21-08-2016

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My first ever herbal medicine walk, hosted by Forage Botanicals, took place in Richmond along the lovely River Thames. I found it to be a great start for a beginner seeking her path into herbalism and botany, also a wonderful place to meet a sweet bunch of like-minded people, gratitude for that!  Natasha your services are a delight ❤

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Natasha briefing us on the properties of Nettle and how to make a tincture.

Walk of Discoveries


The collection of herbs we stumbled across and a summary of their properties:

Lime Blossom

  • Sticky leaves at the end of summer, tender soft leaves in springtime/early summer. Leaves we saw were covered with dirt – pollution is had recycled through its leaves – which were sticky to touch.
  • Benefits – ailment for flu, calming/soothing properties, good for stomach problems. Mainly used for stress, in particular, for people who give out more than they take in (i.e. nurses, emergency services, mothers, etc.)
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Lime Blossom, courtesy of Google.

Yarrow

  • Small feathery leaves on the ground. Smell resembling rosemary. Especially useful for fevers.
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Yarrow leaves, courtesy of Google.

Plantago Major (Common Plantain) 

  • Used for bruises, cuts, stings and bites on skin. Rub leaves on skin for relief. Also for tuberculosis in children – not with adults as the healing content is not strong enough in a mature immune system. Brew leaves into tea.
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Plantago Major, courtesy of Google.

 Dandelion

  • Tooth of the lion – in reference to the shape of its leaves.
  • Use the root for treatment of the liver and the leaves for treatment of the kidneys, bladder infection & hypertension.
  • Stem juice contains latex (so latex-allergics beware). This can be used for treatment of warts by rubbing stem juice on skin 2-3 times a day for a prolonged amount of time until healed.
  • Flower heads can be used for consumption in salads.
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Dandelion, courtesy of Google

Hawthorn (May Blossom)

  • Note: do nott consume the seed in the middle and collect berries that are above the height of your hip – making sure pollution and animal urine is far from your medicine.
  • Its berries are used for teas, however, earlier on in the year use the flower and leaves.
  • It is useful for hypo- and hyper-tension, blood pressure, grief, anxiety and sleep. It is a gentle relaxant.
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Hawthorn, courtesy of Google.

Mugwort

  • It is a hormone balancer.
  • Name comes from Artemisia (Goddess of the hunt) – a power plant.
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Mugwort, courtesy of Google.

Elderberry

  • Note: the green berries are toxic and make you vomit.
  • The black berries are usually made into a syrup for treatment of coughs and colds.
  • The flower is used to treat fevers.
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Elderberries, courtesy of Google.

Nettle

  • Contains iron, vitamins A/C/D/E, and much much more.
  • Used for treatment of bladder infection and kidney stones.
  • The roots are used for men to treat the prostate gland.
  • The leaves are a diuretic and full of nutrients.
  • The sting of the plant acts as a antihistamine and can be used to treat rheumatism.
  • Best to pick  during the beginning of spring and autumn – when the body needs a detox for the changing seasons.
  • The seed is a good adaptogen.
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Nettle, courtesy of Google.

Good References


References of books given that bode well for herbalist enthusiasts:

  • A Woman’s Book of Herbs: A Witches Guide to Healing Body, Mind and Spirit by Elisabeth Brooke
  • Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Thomas Bartram

 

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