The Druid Herbalist

An ongoing journey with the healing power of plants

First forage of the year :)

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So, here’s my first forage results: nettle (for hayfever tea and as a spring tonic), chickweed (spring tonic and soothing bath oil), plantain (hayfever tea) and cleavers (spring tonic and bath oil)  and the odd dandelion.  I can’t tell you how wonderful and relaxing it is to just pop down the road onto the bridleway and spend an hour in the hedgrows, listening to the birds and the wind in the trees, the little creepy crawlies on bare skin, the song of the greening filling the land 🙂

I’ll share some recipes for the above soon!

15.04.2015 nettles cleavers chickweed plantain (1024x768)

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Author: joannavanderhoeven

A Druid walking down the forest path...

14 thoughts on “First forage of the year :)

  1. I am so gagging to go foraging, I have even bought a basket ready to go. I will look forward to your recipes 😊

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  2. Could you identify those you name in the picture, Joanna. I would love to learn. Thanks

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  3. Love following your steps in the herbal world. You are so lucky who can go forarging already. I’m from Norway and where I live I have to wait another month or two before I can go 😏
    However, could you be so kind and write down the latin names of the herbs you are using too? It would make my translation into Norwegian a lot easier… 😊

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  4. You are so inspiring. Aren’t ‘weeds’ wonderful!

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  5. Jo – I have a wonderful book that my wife bought me many years ago (and which is sadly nearly falling apart these days). It’s called “The Englishman’s Flora” (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Englishmans-Flora-Helicon-reference-classics/dp/1859861652) and gives all the local names for each of the plants as well as some background information about them. I love finding the local names as they tell you so much about the way the plants were used and thought of in the past. If you don’t have it, it’s well worth keeping an eye out for in second hand book shops. Enjoy your journey.

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  6. Yes Latin names would be great. Common names get confusing when you switch continents.

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