Scotland’s superfood weeds: using them at home & on the farm.

Following on from the report in the Scotsman on the superfood benefits of corn gromwell – http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/health-herb-to-become-super-crop-for-scots-farmers-1-3948583 Plantlife Scotland has put together a top 6 list of native plants, sometimes called weeds, that similarly provide high levels of key vitamins and minerals. These 6 plants all contain high levels of calcium, potassium, with magnesium, sodiumContinue reading “Scotland’s superfood weeds: using them at home & on the farm.”

Living change and changing lives.

Although life is in constant flux everywhere on the planet, change really is the one constant of life in Nepal’s remote landscapes like Dolpo. Two days flight from Kathmandu and with no road access, this area is both remote and self contained. But unchanging it is not. Located on the border with Tibet, Dolpo has hadContinue reading “Living change and changing lives.”

Life in a rural village in Rasuwa District

Gatlang, in Nepalese terms, is nowhere particularly special. It’s not in a National Park, although it is on the Tamang Heritage Trail, adjacent to Langtang National Park. To me, it was a window into another intriguing world. It is also stunningly beautiful. It all started when we met Pasang Tamang on the local bus toContinue reading “Life in a rural village in Rasuwa District”

Finding the future in Dolpo

When we were trekking through Upper Dolpo, we camped overnight in the high village of Bhijer and we were granted a vision of what future rural health care in Nepal could look like. At the west end of the village is a gompa with a health post right next door. On the ground floor isContinue reading “Finding the future in Dolpo”

Medicinal plants: the life blood of Nepal

Plants are central to Nepalese life. Flowers adorn homes, gods and goddesses. Most people grow their own food. And traditional medicine is dependent on plants. Ayurvedic medicine is one of four traditional health systems in Nepal and is a major source of medical care in Nepal. It has its own government department, 2 government hospitals,Continue reading “Medicinal plants: the life blood of Nepal”

Ethnobotanical Society of Nepal: unlocking the potential

Set up in 1998, the Ethnobotanical Society of Nepal was conceived just as the links between natural resource use and community development in Nepal were coming into focus. With its highly diverse flora and the diversity of its people, many of whom retain a strong reliance on native plants, the need for an ethnobotanical homeContinue reading “Ethnobotanical Society of Nepal: unlocking the potential”

Conserving medicinal plants of Nepal

The World health Organisation estimates that about 80% of the world’s population relies on traditional plant based medicine – wild medicinal plants. This is not a bad thing. These resources are locally collected and those who collect them have a vested interest in sustainable collection. Arguably relying on locally sourced medicine, accessed through local knowledge is aContinue reading “Conserving medicinal plants of Nepal”