Preppers Plant-Based Medicine Project: Comfrey Plaster – Bones, sprains and fractures.

Dried Comfrey Root Our first preparation for our medicine chest project is comfrey plaster. Partly because we already had some dried root but also because the root is usually harvested late autumn through to winter. We want to align this project as seasonally as we can. Comfrey (Symphytum offinale), is the number one root to [...]

Double Extraction Chaga Tincture

We received a great amount on interest in our Chaga Jun recipe so thought we should post another going into more detail of how this brilliant fungus can be used medicinally. We will share a how to make a double extraction Chaga tincture as well as how to use it, why we should be utilising [...]

The Preppers Plant-Based Medicine Kit Project

We've all had that conversation haven’t we? Mostly in jest... “what’s our plan when the apocalypse happens?” Now, our family aren’t preppers by any means, but we do have a good set of outdoor survival skills, knowledge on foraging, what plants are poisonous and what are edible. We have always said that our first step [...]

Chaga Jun Kombucha

Chaga is an amazing mushroom that has been all over the internet at the moment - and for good reason... The chaga mushroom is commonly found on birch trees (and a few others) and has been used for centuries due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Tzar Vladmir Monamakh, a 12th Century Russian emperor, even claimed it [...]

Usnea Lichen Part Two.

Old Mans Beard Lichen. This is a follow on post about the Usnea medicinal lichen and our experiments to create a powerful medicine from it. After collecting a small bag of lichen from the woodland floor, we bought it home to clean and dry.One of the first things we noticed was a lot of little [...]

Usnea, Oldmans Beard Lichen Part One.

It seems everywhere we look on the internet at the moment Usnea Lichen and its medicinal value keeps popping up! We've always loved the lichens, such beautiful, enchanting and magical genus. Looking completely different in colour or texture when dry or wet, dripping from branches or encrusted on trunks, they can be a challenge to [...]

Dandelion root, food and medicine.

One of our favourite winter forage plants is the dandelion. Taraxacum officinale. From autumn through to early spring we collect and utilize the roots of this amazing wild plant. As a food source, the dandelion is a power house of minerals. The root contains potassium, calcium, manganese, iron and magnesium. It is high in folic [...]

Turkey Tail Mushrooms & Medicine

A New Year, a new blog... Winter is a strange place to start in the world of foraging but a great place if you know what you are looking for... Mushrooms! Mushrooms are the new favourite in the world of plant-based medicines and healthcare. Although they have been around for millennia, it seems that research [...]