Paws on the Lawn at Stanmer’s One Garden | Animal Magic

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My husband and I went to visit the One Garden in Stanmer recently. I wanted to visit the walled garden and learn more about the medical plants grown there. I was surprised to discover that there is no charge to visit.

As a local lad, my husband has fond memories of family picnics held in the meadows with the little church and pond in the background. And now the One Garden has become a destination in itself, thanks to the students at Plumpton College.

We strolled through all the various themed areas, and visited the plant shop. I enjoyed reminding myself what plants like echinacea look like. It is traditionally used short term to boost immunity during viral infections such as a cold, and for wound healing.

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Chamomile is also used in wound healing, and as an infusion for anxiety and to aid relaxation. The seeds of the gingko plant can be toxic, but an extract of its leaves can be infused for asthma, bronchitis, fatigue, memory loss and tinnitus.

The milk thistle fruit is used for liver problems and high cholesterol, and to reduce the growth of cancer cells. Although study results are not clear about its real benefits for liver disease.

And the root of the valerian plant is used for sleep problems and anxiety.

The list of potential good that plants can do is very long, and I have always felt a bond with those who research and use them. Obviously, they can be very dangerous if used incorrectly. The foxglove plant has given us digoxin, a vital medication for heart disease. But it can be fatal if used incorrectly.

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My training makes me more comfortable using licensed medications, each with a recognised body of research to support its safety and usefulness. But it is fascinating to imagine people using plants long before such licensing was available to provide the best loving care that they could, in their time.

I will be back at the One Garden again this Sunday, June 16, at their Paws on the Lawn dog show, if you fancy visiting yourself.

I can recommend the Pimm’s!

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