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Dandelion: Taraxacum officinale

The leaves can be eaten as a bitter, detoxifying tonic in the spring to clear the body of wastes accumulated over the winter through heavy foods and inactivity. It is also nourishing - 1 cup of chopped dandelion greens provides around 32% of the recommended daily value for Vitamin C
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Stinging Nettle: Urtica dioica

The nettle is highly nutritious, packed with vitamins and minerals, high in calcium (1 cup of cooked nettles contains 42% of the RDV of calcium) with a good proportion of magnesium (necessary for the uptake of calcium) as well as being a valuable source of vitamins A, C and iron.
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Nettle Soup

The Nettle plant is highly nutritious, packed with vitamins and minerals, most notably high in calcium (1 cup of cooked nettles contains 42% of the Recommended Daily Value of calcium)…

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Nettle Tea

One of the first medicinal herbs to re-appear after the cold winter months is the stinging nettle. With its reputation for invading gardens and causing misery to the incautious as…

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Energy

Vitality is at the core of our wellbeing. It is our inner energy, which gives us the strength to overcome illness and bring us back to a state of balanced health. Your body has an intrinsic healing ability; it will heal itself if you provide it with the right conditions.
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Arthritis and Inflammation

As the cooler, damp weather sets in, many people find that their joints begin to ache and arthritis symptoms are aggravated. In this seasonal special we begin to take a look at what could be causing these symptoms of inflammation and what can be done to reverse the process.
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Sambucus nigra – Elderberry

Deep purple clusters of shiny elderberries signal the arrival of autumn; it is said that summer begins when the Elder tree flowers and ends once its berries are ripe. Hippocrates referred to elderberry as “nature’s medicine chest” and all parts of the plant were considered valuable in healing.
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Rosmarinus officinalis – Rosemary

Rosmarinus meaning 'dew of the sea' has long been associated with memory. Scholars of ancient Greece wore wreaths of Rosmarinus about the brow to help improve recall while taking exams and at one time it was a traditional wedding herb...
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Elecampane – Inula helenium

Inula has attractive bright yellow blooms and downy green leaves. It is easy to cultivate and makes a valuable addition to a medicinal herb garden. The use of the herb is well documented historically from the time of the ancient Greek physicians.
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Filipendula – Meadowsweet

Filipendula ulmaria, also known as Meadowsweet and Queen of the Meadow, is found in damp meadows and on riverbanks; it is best recognised by its sweet-smelling frothy clusters of white blossoms that flower atop its leafy stems. Long recognised as a herb with therapeutic effects on the stomach.
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Malnutrition

It is astounding that there is a lack of understanding of something as essential as nutrition in a country that is considered 'advanced'. It is saddening that a great number of people who take the time to prepare nourishing meals are still lacking in essential/basic nutrients.
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Crataegus monogyna – Hawthorn

Look out for hawthorn this month, also known as mayflower, this common hedgerow shrub will be adorned with delicate white/pink blossoms. The old country name for Hawthorn is “Bara Caws” or “Bread and Cheese”, denoting its edible young leaves, though having tried them, I can't say they taste like either!
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