Natures Medicine Cupboard.

It’s almost the end of June and most of the wild flowers are in bloom. It was time for another stroll along the coast through the Hightown dunes and meadows to see what I could find.

I was pleased to see some Common Comfrey, Symphytum officinale.

Comfrey 2Comfrey 1

A member of the Borage family, Comfrey has been used in herbal medicine for centuries in the belief that it could heal broken bones. Some of the old English names for the plant were Knitbone and Bruisewort.

The plant contains Saponins,tannins and mucilage. However it also contains pyrrolizidine alkaloids which have been linked to cancer and the herb is now only used externally to treat bruises.

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Alongside the path there was lots of Viper’s Bugloss, Echium vulgare.

Viper's Bugloss 1b

Due to the shape of the flowers which were thought to resemble a snake’s head the plant was once recommended as an antidote to snake venom. There were lots of Six-spot Burnet moths flying around the plants.

Six-spot Burnet Moth 2Six-spot Burnet Moth 1

Six Spot Burnet Moth, mating pair

I wonder what I will find next week ?

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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