I spent this Saturday morning walking around the lovely Primrose Hill with herbalist Christopher Hedley and a group of keen herbal students and enthusiasts. It rained, it was cold, we were cold, but it was fantastic! Christopher led us through tips on identifying our medicinal plants (never taste until you are sure!) and told stories about the magic of the hill.
We ate leaves from Hawthorn and Linden trees (above dog height is always best). We found and then discussed the use of fresh plants like Chickweed for itchy skin, Common Dock for Nettle stings, and Plantain for insect bites.
I am so inspired! It is wonderful to walk around a park in the middle of a big city like London and remember that there are traditional herbal medicines growing all around. I have some freshly picked Cleavers ready in a pot for an overnight cold infusion which Christopher recommends to be drunk over a few days for a Springtime lymphatic cleanse.