Echoes of the Garden

The Leech's Knowing

Good For What’s Hurting You

Willow has been used for pain relief since antiquity. It was recommended by Hippocrates, Galen and Dioscorides for that. The Leechbook of Bald suggests this use for it: A head bath for that (baldness); boil willow leaves in water, wash… Continue Reading…

The Leech's Knowing

In The Pinks

The Carnation has been used medicinally for approximately 2000 years, at least in China. This site gives a good account of its use there. Gerard tells us of the carnation:“The conserve made of the floures of the Clove Gillofloure and… Continue Reading…

The Leech's Knowing

You’re Getting Sleepy

The lettuce that our Leech wants in her leech’s bag is Lactuca virosa, the wild lettuce. Lactuca sativa has had most of the active principles bred out of it although Aelfrida would not have hesitated to use the sativa in… Continue Reading…

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About Me

About Me

My interest in plants started young. While most of my friends were playing with Barbie or dreaming of horses, I was out in the fields of our farm creating imaginary villages and caching collected seeds, roots and herbs against winter need. When I discovered the library and field guides, I realized that I had found my passion- the interaction between plants and people. While my caching habits have switched to saving more useful plants, some things don’t change. I still …
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