Chickweed in a pestle & mortar


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Bistort

Bistort

 The evident astringency of bistort is combined with its ‘soothing demulcent’ properties to make it good eating, yet also ‘a gentle yet really effective plant’ (Barker). 

 

Its actions include treatments for diarrhoea, piles, ulcers, irritable bowel, mouth, gum problems and toothache (it is partly anodyne) and many types of bleeding, as visible wounds but also internally.