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Fleetneedles Forage

Claire Fleetneedle shares her journey of discovery into the remarkable uses of our wild flora and fauna.

Echinacea (purple cone flower)

Fleetneedles Forage: Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases

January 29, 2016 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases

With Winter well underway, the next few months are traditionally chilly, drab and punctuated by an assortment of coughs, colds and viruses.

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Rosehips in a bowl

Fleetneedles Forage: The Herbs and Hedgerows of Wartime Britain

November 16, 2015 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: The Herbs and Hedgerows of Wartime Britain

Like many kids in the early 80s I was given Delrosa Rosehip Syrup whenever a cold threatened me.

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Besom Broom

Fleetneedles Forage: Something Wicked This Way Comes

October 30, 2015 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Something Wicked This Way Comes

The notion of witches has always fascinated me. It began in childhood when I read books about witches such as Meg and Mog.

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Elderberries

Seasons of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

September 24, 2015 Comments Off on Seasons of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

As the last days of Summer peter out and early Autumn beckons I realise it is my busiest time of year and I need to get a wriggle on.

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Hot pink rose

Fleetneedles Forage: natural beauty treatments

August 8, 2015 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: natural beauty treatments

It’s hard to consider my herbal odyssey without acknowledging how much it now factors in my everyday life.

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Summer Meadow

Fleetneedles Forage: Summertime and the livin’ is…sneezy

July 14, 2015 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Summertime and the livin’ is…sneezy

Summertime is upon us and this year we have already seen some fabulous temperatures. Unfortunately the accompanying humidity has resulted in extremely high pollen counts, enough to trigger hayfever symptoms in those who are usually immune.

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Elderflower Cordial

Fleetneedles Forage: Early Summer Delights  

June 21, 2015 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Early Summer Delights  

Often sidelined as quackery, herbal medicine pre-dates its modern Western counterpart by thousands of years, and to raise awareness and highlight the importance of herbalism, this week is Herbal Medicine Week.

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Lavender

Fleetneedles Forage: Sweet Dreams

May 6, 2015 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Sweet Dreams

Getting a good night’s sleep is incredibly important for your physical and mental well-being.

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Bitter Cress Salad

Fleetneedles Forage: Spring is in the air

April 6, 2015 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Spring is in the air

Spring is definitely in the air and wild plants are beginning to surface, many of which are edible and at their best when young and sweet.

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Horsetail Salve

Fleetneedles Forage: Living with Fibromyalgia

February 27, 2015 Comments Off on Fleetneedles Forage: Living with Fibromyalgia

When I began writing about foraging and herbalism almost a year ago, it was impossible to explain my journey without talking about my battle with fibromyalgia.

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