FINALLY got round to writing my blog about the lovely WILD plants I bought and planted in the garden. I bought them from a herb nursery a few weeks ago and they’re all doing smashing!
Obviously they’re still in very early stages. I’m hoping they take over the world soon and provide me with lots of lovely food/medicine. I’m planning on getting loads more once I see how these get on. It’s funny, when I was looking up some information online to share with you about the plants there were web pages insisting some of these plants should be burned to remove them! So sad that people have totally lost touch with the medicinal and edible properties of plants growing in their own garden! Some of them are so hardy you need to burn the buggers to get rid! That’s what I love so much about this whole concept; I don’t have to arse about with pesticides or fungicides or er, WEED killer because I want the bloody weeds in the first place! They don’t need faffed or pandered over they just get on with it – HARDCORE weeds 🙂 All I’ve had to do is make sure they get a good run at being a weed by removing er, other weeds that are firmly in place…oh the irony. I do love irony 🙂
Before I begin please note – the information below should not be used for identification purposes or how to treat any conditions. Unless you’re a total idiot you’ll go out and buy your own identification book on wild edibles 🙂 I have the Collins Herbs & Healing Plants of Britain and Europe guide – it’s really good and cost me £2!
Not all plants I’ve bought are for eating purposes. ANYWAY, here’s what I planted…
Yellow Archangel – belongs to the mint family with edible leaves and shoots. According to my book on wild edibles this plant is good for pain relief and dissolves tumours.
Coltsfoot – leaves rich in vitamin C good for coughs, sores and ulcers – flowers reduce inflammation and reduce catarrh
Variegated Goutweed – didn’t need to buy this cos it grows like a bastard all over the place but hey ho. A vegetable of the middle ages: the new leaves are similar to spinach. Medicinally used for gout and sciatica.
Sweet Rocket – leaves can be used like cress in a salad
Lady’s Mantle – young leaves can be eaten in a salad. Medicinally taken to relieve discomfort of excessive menstruation, leaf decoction staunches bleeding and can be used for sore eyes.
Sorrel – again didn’t need to buy this cos it too grows like a bastard all over the estate. However, can be eaten in a salad or juiced. Great for kidneys and liver complaints, reduces fevers, good for acne, boils and wounds and the root is a mild laxative.
Purple plantain – great in salads!
Wild angelica – roots can be eaten, good for coughs. Fruit good for nervous digestive problems.
Agrimony – stomach, intestine, gallbladder and liver complaints.
Winter savoury – popular in vegetable dishes, excellent for digestive disorders and will improve digestion.
Salad burnet – for use in salads, has a nutty and slightly cucumber flavour…apparently.
St John’s Wort – leaves flavour salads – used to treat depression, nervous disorders, stomach intestinal and gallbladder complaints heals wounds, relieves pain, rheumatism and apparently under investigation for treatment for AIDS!
Yarrow – leaves have peppery flavour and can be added to salads. Treats colds, loss of appetite and digetive problems, liver and gallbladder complaints.
Elecampane – flavours sweets – strong antibacterial, used for coughs, catarrh and skin disorders.
Spearmint – flavour juices, smoothies and salads. Good for stomach and intestinal disorders.
Hyssop – culinary herb good for salads. Good for treating flu and bronchitis.
This is our plum tree we got as a wedding present from Rod’s sister. We have a few deer around here so Rod decided to build what can only be described as fort knox around the poor thing 🙂
So yes that’s my lovely garden full of wild stuff. We also have a million wild strawberry plants growing – so can’t wait for summer!
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/