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Agrimony, common, Agrimonia eupatoria L.

This plant can regularly be found along the rivers, waving happily with its long clusters full of yellow flowers. Agrimony, Agrimonia eupatoria, is incredibly versatile when it comes to medicinal…
agrimony - agrimonia eupatoria - flower and racerne

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Arnica, common, Arnica Montana

Arnica ointment, which naturopath doesn't have it in her arsenal? I certainly do. I also had the pleasure of seeing this cheerful plant in real life in the Drents-Friese Wold.…
common arnica - arnica montana - flower

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Bear’s garlic, Allium ursinum L.

Bear's garlic, also known as wild garlic, is the little brother of garlic. Outwardly, they have some things in common, yet they don't look quite the same. For example, bear's…
bear's garlic - allium ursinum - whole plant

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Black cohosh, Actaea, Cimicifuga racemosa

Black cohosh, Cimicifuga racemosa or Actaea racemosa, has a special place in this plant vademecum. In general, I prefer to use indigenous plants as much as possible or plants that…
black cohosh - cimicifuga racemosa - inflorescence

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Garlic, Allium sativum

Garlic, Allium sativum, is the prototype of the garlic family. You really want to eat this powerhouse plant regularly, because - in addition to numerous medicinal applications - it has…
garlic - allium sativum - historical drawing

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Horse chestnut, common, Aesculus hippocastanum

In the Netherlands, where I originally come from, cardiovascular diseases are the number 2 cause of death. In many Western countries it will be no different. Nature has given us…
horse chestnut - aesculus hippocastanum - seed

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Lady’s mantle, Alchemilla vulgaris L.

Lady's mantle is a plant that initially does not catch your eye because of its beauty. It has no conspicuous inflorescence or colour. And then you look really closely at…
lady's mantle - alchemilla vulgaris - leaves

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Monkshood, Aconitum napellus

Anyone who has ever encountered Monkshood in the wild, for example on a mountain somewhere in Central Europe, has probably been deeply impressed by the beauty of this plant. Both…
monkshood - aconitum napellus - inflorescence

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Mugwort, Artemisia vulgaris

As you can see from her Latin name Artemisia vulgaris, mugwort is related to wormwood. In contrast to wormwood, mugwort contains only a little bit of thujone. This makes mugwort…
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, she isn't native to the continent.Alexander the Great already brought her this way from South Asia.…
sweet flag - acorus calamus - whole plant

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