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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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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Blackcurrant, Ribes nigrum

Sometimes you come across plants that perfectly combine usefulness with tastiness. As far as I'm concerned, blackcurrant, Ribus nigrum, is one of those. I really love berries of all shapes…
blackcurrant - ribes nigrum - berry and leaf

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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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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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