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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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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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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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Cleavers, Galium aparine

Few plants live up to their name as cleavers, Galium aparine, does. Cleavers comes from the Germanic verb kleven, which means to stick. Just walk through cleavers in the middle…
cleavers - galium aparine - leaves

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Comfrey, Symphytum officinale

Comfrey, Symphytum officinale, and I have known each other for a long time. We have had many adventures together. Like that time when Yeka and I dug out a beautiful…
comfrey - symphytum officinale - flower

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Greater celandine, Chelidonium majus

There are two plants in this book with celandine as part of their common name in English, lesser celandine and greater celandine. Although their names would suggest otherwise, these two…
celandine - chelidonium majus - herb

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Hawthorn, Crataegus X, monogyna, laevigata

This monograph deals with my favourite tree, hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna and laevigata. I know this is officially a shrub, but the hawthorns I remember best were so old that they…
hawthorn - crataegus - leaves and berries

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Marigold, Calendula officinalis

Marigold, Calendula officinalis, always gives us one last sun salutation before we head into winter. This cheerful plant continues to flower bravely until the moment night frost arrives. Marigold is…
marigold - calendula officinalis - flower and butterfly

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Tea plant, Camellia sinensis

When it comes to the tea plant, Camellia sinensis or assamica, it is almost impossible not to overlook things worth mentioning. So, forgive me if I missed anything. I will…
tea shrub - camellia sinensis - dried tea

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