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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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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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Celandine, Chelidonium majus

I remember very well that my cousin had a wart and that my grandmother took him towards a plant at the back of the garden. It literally grew in the…
celandine - chelidonium majus - herb

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Chaste tree, Vitex agnus castus

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

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Chicory, Cichorium intybus L.

This beautiful plant with its lively lilac purple flowers is widely applicable. Chicory, Cichorium intybus, can be used for medicinal and magical purposes and is also edible. You can even…
cichory - 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 kleven, which means to stick to something. Just walk through cleavers in the…
cleavers - galium aparine - leaves

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Comfrey, Symphytum officinale

Comfrey, Symphytum officinale, and I go back a loooong time. We have had many adventures together. Like the time, way, way back, when my sister and I dug out a…
comfrey - symphytum officinale - flower

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Hawthorn, Crataegus X, monogyna, laevigata

Today I am writing the plant monograph of my favourite tree, the hawthorn, Crataegus monogyna and laevigata. I know this is actually a shrub, but the hawthorns I remember the…
hawthorn - crataegus - leaves and berries

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Marigold, Calendula officinalis

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

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Tea shrub, Camellia sinensis

I've been dreading starting on the tea bush, Camellia sinensis, monograph, because there is so much to say about it. It's almost impossible not to overlook things worth mentioning. So…
tea shrub - camellia sinensis - dried tea

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