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Medicinal plants to forage in February

  • Kathie Bishop
    Kathie Bishop

    I am trained in the medical sciences of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, pharmacology as well as traditional herbal subjects of herbal materia medica and therapeutics, dietetics, pharmacy, botany and photochemistry. I also have in-depth training in vaginal health & ecology and maintain thorough CPD in this area. Training in the Western tradition means that my practice is informed by medical knowledge as well as hundreds of years of traditional, elemental, western herbal wisdom.

    I graduated from The University of Westminster, London in 2009 with a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Western Herbal Medicine. Additionally, I am trained in Bach Flower Remedies, Mizan Abdominal Massage, Ceremonial Cacao, and Gong, as well as holding a Batchelor of Arts degree with Honours. I have a deep interest in the psycho-sexual connection, breaking down the taboos of female sexuality, developmental psychology and the spirit of place. I am a member of the British Herbal Medicine Association (BHMA) and of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH), the oldest professional body for medical herbalists in the UK.

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Medicinal plants to forage in February

February in the UK is still a very wintery time, but some very early signs of Spring slowly start to show. The days are slowly lengthening and the sight of snowdrops give us renewed hope that warmer, sunnier days are on their way.

Still a time for roots under the cold frosted earth, we see some low-growing leaves taking the stage too, and in terms of foraging for medicinal plants we are very much looking at our boots this month to find plants that are cooling and moistening in quality.

Foraging is an ancient way to connect both with how our ancestors lived, the plants themselves and their healing, as well as the world around us, but it is best to do so in a safe and ethical way so please don’t set off before you’ve read and digested our article ‘A Guide to Safe and Sustainable Foraging’, also remembering to pick ‘above dog height’!

With that in mind, medical herbalist Kathie Bishop shares some of her favourite medicinal plants to harvest in the February wilds of the UK.

Kathie Bishop

I am trained in the medical sciences of anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pathology, pharmacology as well as traditional herbal subjects of herbal materia medica and therapeutics, dietetics,... Read more

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