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A guide to safe and sustainable foraging

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Written by Ruth Weaver

Foraging has boomed in popularity in recent years as people seek to connect with nature. This article from expert forager Ruth Weaver teaches you how to do it safely and sustainably.

Ruth Weaver – www.apothecaryforager.co.uk

With the rising energy of spring brings some of the most prolific and exciting months for gathering wild edible and medicinal plants. The plant world is about to burst into life, emerging from the hedgerows, rising from the dormancy of winter.

Many of the early spring herbs coming up at this time of year are deeply nutritive, having grown out of dormant roots or from seed out of the winter earth; that is earth (or soil) that has been enriched from the decay of autumn leaves, meaning that there is, at this time, a high concentration of important life giving minerals and microbes present in the earth.

The earth after winter is at its most potent, perfect for sustaining and nourishing the abundant plant life that will emerge throughout the seasons ahead; Spring, Summer and Autumn. Spring foraging is predominantly of leafy green vegetables, herbaceous plants and flowers.

A perfect example of how nature recycles its energy to renew life and also an example of how nature provides, in that the medicines now available can provide us with the correct nutrients and health benefits for the respective season i.e. spring herbs containing a high mineral content – improving blood quality and cellular regeneration for the more active months of the year ahead, also lymphatic herbs to clear away the stagnation of winter.

The Apothecary Forager, Ruthie Weaver is a Medical Herbalist living, teaching and practising in the beautiful county of Cornwall, her place of birth and upbringing. Ruth studied at the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine, Glasgow and The University of Lincoln where she completed her Herbal Medicine BSc. (Hons). Since then (2012) Ruths Practice in West Cornwall continues to grow, working with clients with acute and chronic illness and of mind body and spirit.

The roots of Ruth's practice are in Traditional Western Herbal Medicine, maintaining both a deeply holistic, intuitive and energetic approach to treatment. Ruth has sought diversity in her inspirations having worked with and learnt from many leading herbalists from around the UK. Ruth has also spent a number of years working with a collective of Herbalist first aiders at events around the UK providing orthodox and herbal first aid.

In the work of writing on medicinal plants, through monographs and articles, Ruth works to a balanced view of traditional, scientific, energetic and practical insights

Sharing the herbal wisdom is where Ruth's passion lies, she believes everyone should be empowered with the knowledge and skills to treat simple conditions at home with the powerful medicines growing so abundantly around us. Ruth also offers walks, talks, workshops and courses both in Cornwall and beyond.

Ruth Weaver

The Apothecary Forager, Ruthie Weaver is a Medical Herbalist living, teaching and practising in the beautiful county of Cornwall, her place of birth and upbringing. Ruth studied at the Scottish School of Herbal Medicine, Glasgow and The University of Lincoln where she completed her Herbal Medicine BSc. (Hons). Since then (2012) Ruths Practice in West Cornwall continues to grow, working with clients with acute and chronic illness and of mind body and spirit.

The roots of Ruth's practice are in Traditional Western Herbal Medicine, maintaining both a deeply holistic, intuitive and energetic approach to treatment. Ruth has sought diversity in her inspirations having worked with and learnt from many leading herbalists from around the UK. Ruth has also spent a number of years working with a collective of Herbalist first aiders at events around the UK providing orthodox and herbal first aid.

In the work of writing on medicinal plants, through monographs and articles, Ruth works to a balanced view of traditional, scientific, energetic and practical insights

Sharing the herbal wisdom is where Ruth's passion lies, she believes everyone should be empowered with the knowledge and skills to treat simple conditions at home with the powerful medicines growing so abundantly around us. Ruth also offers walks, talks, workshops and courses both in Cornwall and beyond.

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