Step out into the great outdoors and see what brilliant natural remedies and delights you can discover, with help from foraging expert Christine Iverson
For centuries our ancestors have looked to nature not just for food, but also for healing. Every medieval village would have resident ‘cunning folk’ who would know where to find just the right plant to be turned into an aid for almost anything. But, in a world where medicines and food are available 24
hours a day, 365 days a year from supermarkets, you may wonder why you should bother to spend your time and energy foraging in the hedgerows? So
much of our ancient country knowledge has been lost and I feel passionately that we need to preserve the old ways, and pass them on to the next generation, before they are lost forever.
In my opinion, every walk can be seen as an opportunity to learn, identify a new plant, gather something to eat or use in a project, and, most importantly, reconnect both yourself and your children with nature.
Don’t be afraid to forage: begin with something easily identifiable, such as
blackberries, to make into vinegar or jam. You can then move on to different plants and herbs and try making things such as hand scrubs, hair tonics, tea or even biscuits.
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