- amaryllidaceae (liliaceae)
- asteraceae (compositae)
- lamiaceae (labiatae)
- plant family
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…