Sunshine along the coast

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A touch of sciatica has kept me away from the hills but cannot keep me indoors especially when the sun is shinning. I have been walking slowly and sometimes literally crawling along the Sefton coastline but it has got me closer to the flowers.

So what is about in July.

Near to the coastguard station at Crosby there were large clumps of Common Marrow, Malva sylvestris.

335W Common Mallow

The leaves and flowers are rich in mucilage which has a soothing effect on inflamed mucous membranes. For this reason it was used as a remedy for tickly coughs and catarrh. The flowers have also been used to add a red tint to herbal teas.

336W Bee collecting nectar332W Common Mallow

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In the Ainsdale Dunes I spotted some Self –Heal, Prunella vulgaris.

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The plant contains a volatile oil and a tannin. As the name suggests, it has been used in herbal medicine for many centuries as an astringent and antiseptic.

Culpepper in his famous herbal writes

“it is an especial herb for inward and outward wounds. Take it inwardly in syrups for inward wounds, outwardly in unguents and plasters for outward wounds”.

The tiny fruitlets are sticky and can cling to the soles of your shoes which could explain why I have some self-heal growing in my lawn.

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Another striking flower was Yellow Wort, Blackstonia perfoliata.

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It is easy to identify as the stem appears through the leaves.

If you put a flower under the armpit of a grump it eases their temperament,allegedly!

I have not been brave enough to try it out on someone. Perhaps I should try it on myself.

Now where is my Ibuprofen?

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About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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2 Responses to Sunshine along the coast

  1. wendy says:

    These are excellent pictures Alan, the one with the bee especially. Hope the back is improving.

  2. Marie says:

    Interesting to read the medical uses for these plants over the years.

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