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Agrimony, common, Agrimonia eupatoria L.

This plant is called common agrimony, but it is not at all that common. Agrimony, Agrimonia eupatoria, is incredibly versatile when it comes to medicinal and magical uses and it…
agrimony - agrimonia eupatoria - flower and racerne

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Arnica, common, Arnica Montana

Arnica ointment, which natural healer does not have it in their arsenal? I certainly do. I had the pleasure of seeing this cheerful plant in real life in the Drents-Friese…
common arnica - arnica montana - flower

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Bear’s garlic, Allium ursinum L.

Bear's garlic, Allium ursinum - also known as wild garlic - is an indigenous brother of garlic. Outwardly they have some things in common, yet they do not look quite…
bear's garlic - allium ursinum - whole plant

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Birch, silver, Betula pendula

There are many species of birch on earth. Where I come from you will mainly find silver birch, Betula pendula, downy birch, Betula pubescens and hybrids of the two. Collectively,…
birch - betula pendula - trees

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Bistort, Polygonum bistorta L.

I was already intrigued by this plant as a child, which is why I prefer using it over tormentil, Potentilla erecta, a better-known plant with largely the same effect. I…
bistort - polygonum bistorta - inflorescence

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Black cohosh, Actaea, Cimicifuga racemosa

Black cohosh, Cimicifuga or Actaea racemosa, has a special place in this plant vademecum. As a rule, I prefer to use native plants as much as possible. Or, if that…
black cohosh - cimicifuga racemosa - inflorescence

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Blackcurrant, Ribes nigrum

Sometimes you come across plants that combine usefulness with tastiness. As far as I am concerned, blackcurrant, Ribes nigrum, is one of those. I love berries in all shapes and…
blackcurrant - ribes nigrum - berry and leaf

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Chamomile, Matricaria recutita

I like sitting on my couch with a cup of chamomile tea in my hands. Although it is becoming increasingly difficult to find chamomile, Matricaria recutita, in the wild, it…
chamomile - matricaria recutita - flowers

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Chaste tree, Vitex agnus castus

During my studies I have come across this plant, chaste tree, Vitex agnus castus, quite regularly. Because many diseases that we typically see in women have hormonal causes, this is…
chaste tree - vitex agnus castus - herb

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Chicory, Cichorium intybus L.

This beautiful plant with its lively lilac to purple flowers is versatile. Chicory, Cichorium intybus, can be used medicinally and magically and is edible. Its domesticated siblings, endive and the…
chicory - cichorium intybus - flower

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