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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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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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Garlic, Allium sativum

Garlic, Allium sativum, is the best known of the garlic family. You want to eat this powerhouse regularly, because – in addition to numerous targeted medicinal uses – it has…
garlic - allium sativum - historical drawing

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Horse chestnut, common, Aesculus hippocastanum

In the Netherlands, where I come from, cardiovascular disease is the number two cause of death. In other Western countries, it will probably be the same. Nature has given us…
horse chestnut - aesculus hippocastanum - seed

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Lady’s mantle, Alchemilla vulgaris L.

Lady’s mantle, Alchemilla vulgaris, is a plant that does not initially catch your eye because of its beauty. It has no conspicuous inflorescence or colour. Most of the plant stays…
lady's mantle - alchemilla vulgaris - leaves

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Marshmallow, Althaea officinalis

Did you know that sweet, soft confectionery that you can buy in shops under the name Marshmallow used to be made from the root of a plant? That plant, unsurprisingly,…
marshmallow - althaea officinalis - flower and leaf

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Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris

As you can see from the Latin name Artemisia vulgaris, mugwort is related to wormwood. Compared to wormwood, mugwort contains significantly less thujone. Therefore, this is a plant that is…
mugwort - artemisia vulgaris - leaves and inflorescence

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Sweet flag, Acorus calamus

This versatile, water-loving plant, sweet flag – Acorus calamus – is well-established in Europe. However, it is not native to the continent. It has been here for a long time,…
sweet flag - acorus calamus - inflorescence

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