Roots To Health - Herbal Medicine

A Seasonal Approach to Herbal Medicine

A journey connecting herbal medicine and nature through the seasons.

Roots To Health - Herbal Medicine - Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle

It is because of plants such as the noble stinging nettle that I have great pride in my art as a Western Medical Herbalist! The nettle is so common that it is taken for granted and even regarded as a pest to be cleared, destroyed and controlled. At best it is put on the compost heap or made into a natural liquid fertilizer, but this overlooked plant is a powerhouse for healing.

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Roots To Health - Herbal Medicine - Bearberry

Bearberry

This month’s herb is little known to most people in England; although still native to the UK, it is found in the Northern latitudes and high mountains of Europe, Asia and America. In the British isles it is common in Scotland, on heaths and barren places in hilly districts, especially in the highlands and can be found as far south as Yorkshire and on the hills of the north-west of Ireland.

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Roots To Health - Herbal Medicine - Couch Grass

Couch Grass

February is the month to collect the rhizomes for couch grass. Being a gardener I know this plant can be a real pest, difficult to clear and doesn’t have much of a place in anyone’s garden! Being a Herbalist, I love it! I have a special place my garden where I let it grow to its little heart’s content not just for collecting but also out of respect for this great plant healer.

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Roots To Health - Herbal Medicine - Periwinkle

Periwinkle

This winter has been unusually mild so far and nature is confused, I have seen fields of Daffodils, Primroses in hedges and many other spring plants popping up in December! The Periwinkle is one plant that I am never surprised to see, its cheeky little blue face sneaks into any season. I find it in the frosts of winter and the drought of summer, somehow it is always there, not always in abundance but constant.

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Roots To Health - Herbal Medicine - Pine Tree

Pine Tree

It has been a year since my first herbal blog last December and my herbal year has come full circle, once again celebrating the festive season. This December I have chosen the noble pine tree of which there are many species. The Pines, being evergreen trees are pillars of green in the woods and hedgerow, the only colour in the dullness of winter, reminding us of the green that will return in all its glory in the spring.

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Roots To Health - Herbal Medicine - Horse Chestnut

Horse Chestnut

While scrunching through the dry colourful tapestry of autumn leaves in November, there are treasures to be found under the horse chestnut tree. I like to prize them from their spiny pods while they are still new to the day. These beautiful, shiny, rich ruddy brown conkers still bring me joy when I find them fresh, as they did when I was small, as they still do and have done, for millions of children and adults alike across continents.

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Roots To Health - Herbal Medicine - Elder

Elder

With its flat toped mass of creamy-white delicately fragrant flowers which are followed by large, drooping, purplish-red, shiny, juicy and generously abundant berries. Elder is a familiar plant which plays a large part in the make up of the typical British countryside. This is a common herb and well known to most people. It is found in hedgerows, woods, coppices and waste places throughout England, Ireland and the whole of central and southern Europe.

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Roots To Health - Herbal Medicine - Fennel

Fennel

September is the month of fruition and with so many medicinal fruits, nuts, berries and seeds to choose from this month, I was at a loss as to which one to use. So there I was, sitting at my desk looking out onto my garden and the beautiful Devon countryside thinking which one to use. I found myself dodging about trying to see past this enormous plant for a better view, and then it hit me, it was staring me right in the face … Fennel!

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Roots To Health - Herbal Medicine - Rose

Rose

I could not let a British summer pass without giving a mention to the Rose. Its sweet uplifting fragrance and delicate beauty has long held this plant close to our hearts. The phrase English Rose is still used today to describe the typical beauty of an English girl. There are a great many varieties of rose used in healing, culinary arts, beauty products and crafts; many more which have been bred simply to adorn the great British gardens.

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A Seasonal Approach to Herbal Medicine

A journey connecting herbal medicine and nature through the seasons.