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 is incredibly versatile when it comes to medicinal and magical…
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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Bistort, Polygonum bistorta L.

As a child I already thought bistort was intriguing, which is why I am writing a monograph about this particular plant and not about the tormentil, Potentilla erecta, a more…
bistort - polygonum bistorta - inflorescence

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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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Chamomile, Matricaria recutita

Who hasn't sat on a couch with a cup of chamomile tea in hand? Well, I for sure have. Although it is becoming more and more difficult to find chamomile…
chamomile - matricaria recutita - flowers

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Chicory, Cichorium intybus L.

This beautiful plant with its lively lilac purple flowers is widely applicable. Chicory can be used for medicinal and magical purposes and is also edible. You can even make a…
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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Dandelion, Taraxacum officinale

Where to start when it comes to the dandelion, Taraxacum officinale? Due to the milder climate, this plant nowadays often blooms all year round and thus brightens up many lawn…
dandelion - taraxacum officinale - flower

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Elder, common, Sambucus nigra

One of my favourite trees is definitely the elderberry, Sambucus nigra. It has it all: magical properties, healing properties and it’s even edible. Before the existence of antivirals like Tamiflu,…
elder - sambucus nigra - berries and juice

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