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Other Botanical Families

Plantain though not the banana, the white man’s foot

Plantago major / Plantago lanceolata Family: Plantaginaceae The Plantaginaceae is a family of 253 species, 250 are Plantago species. Plantago herbs are perennial with small flowers and generally parallel veins …

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Milk Thistle not more of your dam thistles…

Carduus (or Silybum) marianus Family: Asteraceae First of all… Outlander… Well I have been avidly watching Outlander Season 3 waiting for some of my medicinal friends to arrive. I know …

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Artemisia medicinal herbs from a busy lady !

Artemisia spp. And the name The scientific name Artemisia is often ascribed from the name of the goddess Artemis. You may see Artemis listed as the goddess of the hunt …

Herbal Articles

Natural Remedies to Help with Menopausal Itching

Natural Remedies to Help with Menopausal Itching This post is the fourth in the menopause series of articles. While the advice is predominately natural remedies to help with menopausal itching …

Other Botanical Families

Cedarwood of the Atlas mountains

Cedrus atlantica Family: Pinaceae French: cèdre de l’atlas The Pinaceae family are resin producing trees (Barker). This magnificent tree is not native to Europe. I did not study this as …

Asteraceae (Compositae)

Marigold my favourite drop of golden sun

Calendula officinalis Family: Asteraceae French common name: souci Regular readers will no doubt have guessed Calendula officinalis (marigold) is a particular personal favourite. I have mentioned this medicinal ally so many times. …

Portulacaceae

Purslane for a cooling, healing salad

Portulaca oleracea Family: Portulacaceae Barker describes purslane as a creeping annual which can spread from 10-30 cm. The end of the stems are much leafier. Here you may find a few …

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Self-Heal or All-Heal, a little plant with appropriate name!

Prunella vulgaris Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) You will find self-heal flowering virtually continuously from June through to October. The tight cluster of crowded purplish sepals and bracts have been described as resembling a …

Leguminosae

Red Clover for hormones, skin and so much more

Trifolium pratense Family: Leguminosae (pea or bean family) Bremness describes red clover as having red-purple flowers with leaves of three oval leaflets. Weed suggests it is bright pink rather than red. …

Iridaceae

Iris or Blue Flag

Iris versicolor Family: Iridaceae These photographs are all taken in April in the wild around the Aude. As I’m not a botanist I cannot confess to knowing the exact Iris species …

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