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The circle of elms in Edinburgh Gardens

January 12, 2017 Ethnobiology, History 2 Comments

There’s a circle of thirteen elms in Fitzroy’s Edinburgh Gardens, my favourite…

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a field of chamomile

Medicinal plants & my convict granny

Ann Doyle was a young convict who came to Australia on the…

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Food, herbs and Hippocrates

March 24, 2016 History, Tradition 0 Comments

Hippocrates is credited with the phrase ‘let food be thy medicine and…

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Botanical drawing of elecampagne (Inula helenium) illustration from Kohler's Medizinal Pflanzen, 1887

Helen of Troy: also a herbalist?

February 16, 2016 A herb, herb stories, History 0 Comments

Helen of Troy's beauty is the stuff of legend, but her association…

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What’s in a name? Mary’s herbs as domestic medicine

February 15, 2016 History 0 Comments

I don't think that the names of plants are completely random. While…

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