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 ❤
Walk of Discoveries
The collection of herbs we stumbled across and a summary of their properties:
- 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.)
- Small feathery leaves on the ground. Smell resembling rosemary. Especially useful for fevers.
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.
- 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.
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.
- It is a hormone balancer.
- Name comes from Artemisia (Goddess of the hunt) – a power plant.
- 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.
- 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.
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