Another favourite, as it’s another very common weed, yet so useful as a medicine and food. The best thing for stings, from bees to nettles. Also good for deep cuts and as a tea for coughs.
The Elder gives us the beautiful elderflower, great for cordial and elderflower ‘champagne’ and my favourite, the dried flowers used as a tea, especially good in winter. It brings a feeling of spring and warming comfort for colds. The Elderberry strengthens our immune system and is recommended at the onset of colds. Good as a syrup, it also makes a great jam and can be dried to use as tea.
The stinging nettle is one of the most functional plants in our wild store cupboard. As well as being one of the most nutritious, with high mineral and protein content, it also has many medicinal uses and is a dye plant. One favourite trick is using the leaf to treat the rash caused by it.