Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Wood Avens, Wild strawberry, Dock, Stinging Nettle

The wood avens is also known as herb bennet and grows at the top side of the wood, although it is nearly at the end of it's flowering season. The roots can be used as a fly repellant, which is useful to know at this time of year! The wild strawberries in the wood are beginning to fruit, although are not yet ready to eat. The leaves of the dock can be used to neutralise the nettle stings, and they always seem to grow side by side. The nettle was used by the Romans as a cure for rheumatism,and they
can be eaten as a food or for medicine (although I have never tried them!). the can also be dried and used for nettle tea.

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