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Labrador Tea – Tonic or Toxic?

Labrador Tea – Tonic or Toxic?

Labrador tea is the name given to three closely related Rhododendron species. These plants were traditionally used for many medicines as well as Labrador tea, most commonly made from , becoming a popular beverage tea. But is it safe to consume?

European Alternatives To Balsam Fir For Medicinal Purposes

European Alternatives To Balsam Fir For Medicinal Purposes

In an article published here on my blog, I outlined the medicinal use of balsam fir, Abies balsamea, for cuts, grazes and sores. I then went on to describe how I had made use of the sap in helping a wound heal while I was on a wilderness canoe trip. The article generated a fair few questions relating to whether there are any European species with similar medicinal properties. For example… John asks “are there any UK trees where sap…

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Medicinal Use Of Balsam Fir For Cuts, Grazes & Sores

Medicinal Use Of Balsam Fir For Cuts, Grazes & Sores

On this year’s Bloodvein River canoe trip, Amanda and I capsized our canoe on a little rock shelf drop-off. The bow of the boat went a little too far left, into slower water, turning the boat. Consequently we ended somewhat side-on to the flow in a small recirculation. This was enough to turn the boat over and we swam. I kept hold of my paddle, as any good paddler does. In maintaining the fist of my left hand around the…

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