Sunday, July 22, 2007

Bistort on the road to Abdie North Fife

Bistort, a wild medicinal plant that we grow in the garden, but this form has smaller leaves and an incredible dark pink flower instead of the usual lighter pink. The spring shoots and rhizomes can be cooked as a tonic. The astringent leaves and roots treat mouth ulcers, catarrh and bleeding gums as a gargle. It is anti-spasmodic and anti-bacterial. Another potentially useful plant in North Fife.

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