Seeds of Justice: A Community Health Gathering

We are very happy to be helping to organise this event this weekend as part of the Scottish Radical Herbal Network. We’ll be taking part in the workshop about Health Inequalities in Wester Hailes, as well as running a herb walk in the garden of North Edinburgh Arts Centre – both on the Saturday. Check …

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Herb Profile: Irish Moss Seaweed

  Irish Moss Seaweed   Botanical Name:  Chrondus crispus  Common Names: Irish Moss, Carragheen, Hebridean Moss, Pearl Moss, Irlandisches Moos (German) Family: Gigartinaceae Parts Used: Dried thallus (young shoots) Botany & Identification: Irish Moss is a member of the division Rhodophyta (the red seaweeds), and is commonly found on rocky shorelines below and just above the …

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Sunny Afternoons at the Blackford Glen Medicine Garden

This year we’ll be redeveloping our Blackford Glen Medicine Garden into distinct areas which represent systems of the body and corresponding medicinal plants which can be used to support those systems. We are mostly choosing to use plants which are native or naturalised in Scotland, with some commonly cultivated medicinal imports, and then also some …

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Spring Tonics with Wauchope Community Growers

We enjoyed a wonderful spring tonic workshop with the Wauchope Community Growers & Tiphereth Gardeners last Tuesday discovering how to preserve the spring’s bounty for later in the year. This was the first in our seasonal series with these two groups and we are looking forward to the rest!

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A New Year at Blackford Glen Medicine Garden

This year we will be re-developing our beloved Blackford Glen Medicine Garden. We’ve been renting the space from the Blackford Glen Western Riders’ School for about three-four years now, and finally this year we are ready to transform it into a more functional space. We’ll be choosing and planting the herbs according to body system, …

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Herb Profile: Old Man’s Beard Lichen

Botanical Name: Usnea spp. Many similarly used species Common Names: Old Man’s Beard, Seaweed of the Mountain (Hawai’i), Fish Bone Beard Lichen, Tree Dandruff, Woman’s Long Hair Family: Usneaceae Parts Used: Whole Lichen Lichenology & Identification: Lichen are a symbiotic relationship between an algae and a fungus. The algae is able to photosynthesize and therefore …

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Herb Profile: Burdock

Botanical Name: Arctium lappa, A. minus, A. nemorosum Common Names: Seircean suirich (Gaelic), Burdock, Beggar’s Buttons, Cocklebur, Hare Lock, Gobo Root Family: Asteraceae (Daisy Family) Parts Used: Root, Seed, Leaf Roots more in Western medicine; seeds more in Asian medicine Botany & Identification: A biennial native to temperate Europe & northern Asia. There are three …

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