Common name: Wild garlic, bear’s garlic, ramsons, bears leek, buckrams, broad-leaved garlic

Botanical name: Allium ursinum

Latin name ‘Ursus’ means bear. Names bears garlic as bears enjoyed this herb after a winters hibernation.

Habitat: Most of Europe and Northern Asia. Generally grows in woodlands and moist, shaded damp terrain. Found along stream, in valleys, and enjoy a slightly acidic soil. A resilient, herbaceous, perennial flowering plant.

Family: Amaryllis (Lily) Amaryllidaceae and wild relative of the onion and chive

Description: Grow to about 12 feet tall, beautiful ornate white flower. A monocot bulb, triangular upright stem producing small bulb rhizomes on the end of their branches. The leaves are ribbed and resemble the leaves of a lily. leaves are abundant in late winter, long pointed oval and grow from the bulb. Small star shaped clusters of white flowers bloom during the spring. Each flower has 6 white petals and tepals. The stamen is shorter than the perianth. They produce black seeds in mid summer and shortly after lay dormant until the following winter

Parts used: Leaves, flowers, bulb, seeds

Taste: pungent Strong flavour, oniony, garlic,

Action: Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, anti-spasmodic, astringent, anthelmintic, anti-asthmatic, anti-cholesterol, antiseptic, anti-catarrh, cholagogue, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge, hypotensive, rubefacient, stimulant, stomachic, tonic, vasodilator

Therapeutic use: Heart pathology such as heart attack, angina, atherosclerosis, palpitations, strokes, HBP, cholesterol, ischemic and arrhythmia disease, digestive issues, upset stomach, bloating, parasites, Used against allergies, constipation, cramping, inflammation, ulcers and infection, bronchitis, emphysema, asthma, flu, influenza, cough, & breathing issues relieving the airways, detoxifying helping to clean the liver, kidneys and urinary issues. Help fight against fatigue and chronic disease, Helps to correct gut flora and can be utilised as a prophylaxis against serious illnesses including cancer. Immune booster. Helps in the treatment of indigestion and anorexia, migraines, tuberculosis, dropsy, wounds,


Culinary use: Very high in vitamins and minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, stem, flower, buds, damsons, bulb, leaves, shoots,

Seeds can be used to treat nausea and vomiting

Preparation: Internal or topically used for example in a bath to help skin conditions such as eczema, irritation and dermatitis. also externally used to rheumatic, arthritic joints. Leaves can be used as poultice.

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