Foraging on the Swedish coast – Coastal Survivor course – Sept 2018


For our latest journey to the island of Tjorn, on the west coast of Sweden we partnered with Torbjörn Selin from All in Nature Sweden for an unimaginable weekend of coastal survival abilities. A full article protecting this journey is within the Nov/Dec situation of the Bushcraft and Survival Abilities journal, due to Olivia Beardsmore who joined us for the journey.

One factor that’s nice about gathering plant information is that if you journey overseas, you may usually discover the identical or related vegetation as again house. On our journey to this distant and exquisite isle we discovered a mixture of acquainted and new vegetation.

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Recognizing the yarrow and the plantain within the grass amongst the heather made us really feel instantly at house, and reassured us that medication was there ought to we’d like it.






Wild cranberries (Vaccinium sp) rising within the boggy hollows have been a novel sight to see. We don’t get these on the west coast of England. Cranberry juice is properly often known as a treatment for urinary tract infections because it prevents E. Coli from clinging to the bladder partitions.



Throughout the coast the acquainted sloes of the blackthorn tree (Prunus spinosa) have been plentiful. These have been sweeter than these again house and have been boiled up into drinks.




Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) was a reduction to seek out as just a few of us had seen ticks on our pores and skin. The oils on this plant are a repellant to ticks that carry the debilitating Lyme illness and Borealis protozoa.





Sea spinach, or ‘sea beet’ (Beta vulgaris subsp. maritima) was dotted across the space, and gathered considerately by the scholars to complement rations. This leafy inexperienced is scrumptious boiled in sea water, which lends it simply the correct amount of salt.



Wild rose hips (Rosa canina) have been rising abundantly amongst the rocky outcrops of the island. These are wealthy in vitamin C, and will be boiled right into a soothing tea after eradicating the irritating hairs from contained in the hip. Chilly fighter and pores and skin healer, the rose is a tonic for pores and skin and soul.




Hawthorn (Crataegus) is a member of the Rose household and has shiny pink berries. Hawthorn is useful for the guts, enhancing circulation and regulating the guts charge. It’s also a relaxant, decreasing stress on the nervous system. Hawthorn berry tea is an effective way to take this medicinal plant, and the leaves and flowers will also be used. Mixed with Rose hips it is a wonderful tonic.




Floor ivy (Glechoma hederacea) has a leaf form that when turned over seems to be like a pair of lungs. It is a trace to it’s medicinal use as a therapy for respiratory issues.






Good previous nettles (Urtica dioica) flourish in Sweden. Nettle is wealthy in iron serving to to construct the blood and vitality. It has additionally been used to deal with allergic reactions and hay fever.

A historic therapy for arthritis was to stimulate the world with the stinging leaves.



Plantain (Plantago main) is a improbable medicinal herb. It’s wonderful for eradicating toxins from the blood. Tea constructed from the leaves is used to get reduction from colds.

It may be used as a poultice to scale back irritation and heal pores and skin infections.





Juniper berries (Juniperus sp.) have been carpeting the bottom and appeared to thrive amongst the rocky outcrops. These berries are a helpful spice for meat dishes and are the flavouring for gin.

Meadowsweet (Spirea ulmaria) is a well-recognized plant in England and we have been happy to seek out it additionally rising in Sweden. This plant has a odor much like TCP which is an indication of it’s antiseptic properties. It incorporates related chemical compounds to aspirin.

We felt at house on the gorgeous Swedish island. There’s every little thing you might want to survive. Berries, wild edibles, seafood and birchwood to maintain us heat. With plant information handy, where-ever you might be you may really feel a deep connection to the land round you!

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