My grandfather had a multitude of sayings, some of which, to six year old ears, sounded very ‘half-baked’ (excuse the pun). “If we haven’t got any bread, we’ll have to have toast” was one of them. ‘How on earth can you make toast if you haven’t got any bread?’ was the only thing that my brain would equate at that age. And I used to tell him off for being silly.
Plantain (Plantago Major L.) is generally considered to be a weed; one description even reads ‘a short, fat, ugly weed’!! But beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In actuality Plantain has a long history as one of the best healing herbs on the planet; and is probably the biggest masochist of the plant world – it loves to be trampled.
Plantains leaves have been used for centuries all over the world as a remedy for wounds, bites, stings and problems related to the skin.
I remember as a child that you couldn’t dig the soil without a profusion of earth-worms being raised to the surface. The blackbird, watching patiently from the nearby hedge and the Robin, hopping from vantage point to vantage point were also in attendance; both anticipating a sumptuous lunch once the two-legs had cleared off.
Sue sat cross-legged on the edge of the lawn, systematically poking her finger into the soil
Our Story Begins…… 470 million years ago, when the first larger organisms started to colonise the land. The first pioneers were lichens – an association between a fungus and a photobiont (an algae and/or cyanobacteria). Like all fungi, lichen-fungi require carbon as a food source; this is provided in the form of simple sugars by … Read more