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WILDLIFE OF NORTHERN ENGLAND

Hemlock water dropwort. Is probably the most poisonous plant in Britain. The stems and leaves can be mistaken for wild celery.

Courtesy of Lairich Rig  CC BY-SA 2.0 License.

THINGS YOU SHOULD BE AWARE OF ABOUT WILD HERBS

CORRECT IDENTIFICATION IS ESSENTIAL.------Many plants are beneficial to human health,however, there are also some that are NOT. Even members of the same family. A good example of this  is the Parsley family, Hogweed, garden parsley,angelica, along with others, are beneficial to health when administered correctly. However, close relatives such as Hemlock, Hemlock water dropwort.and fools parsley have caused fatalities when consumed in mistake for one of the other harmless species. This is also true of the Willow herb family the rosebay willow herb is beneficial whilst the close relative the Greater willow herb may well cause convulsions if eaten. NEVER PUT ANYTHING INTO YOUR MOUTH IF THE IDENTITY OF THE PLANT IS IN DOUBT.

TOLERANCE----When trying wild herbs for the first time try tasting just a small amount of the prepared herb to check your tolerance. It is rare, but should you have a bad reaction,or, an allergic reaction DO NOT EAT ANY MORE. Just as with conventional medicine, some preparations may not suit individuals. For example some conventional anti-biotics may cause sickness and giddiness to some individuals, some people are allergic to penicillin etc,etc.

COLLECTION OF HERBS---The way herbs are collected may well affect the chemical constitution and nutritional values of herbs.

A--avoid collecting larger quantities than are required for your preparation.

B--Leaves are though to be at their best before flowering begins.

C--aromatic herbs should be collected during the morning.

D--Avoid from collecting herbs whilst it is raining.

E-- use scissors to cut the tender parts of herbs.

There are many herbals that will add to your knowledge of herbs. Enjoy your herbs with the above advise in mind. 

 

Photographs below--- red clover and below wild flower meadow in spring.

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