More medicinal uses of our native Apiaceae or ‘Umbels’

In this post we’ll talk mostly about the medicinal uses I found in the family of Umbels or Apiaceae as they are now called.

We introduced this family with a post on the most ‘detested’ member called the Ground Elder which you can find here.

After this came an entire list of our native ones as well as the edible uses of our garden Umbels.

Wild Angelica or Angelica sylvestris is a native and less harsh one then its garden relative, Angelica archangelica  see more below

Most of the below information is of the brilliant book by Julian Barker: Medicinal Flora of Britain and Northwestern Europe

Pictures by Matt Summers unless stated in link.


Eryngium maritimum or Sea-holly

Scandix pecten-veneris or Shepard’s Needle

Coriandrum sativum or Coriander

Pimpinella saxifraga or Burnet-saxifrage

Crithmum maritimum or Rock Samphire

Oenanthe crocata or Hemlock Water-dropwort

Foeniculum vulgare or Fennel

Conium maculatum or Poison Hemlock

Visnaga daucoides or Toothpick Plant

Apium graveolens or Wild Celery

Petroselinum crispum or Parsley

Carum carvi or Caraway

Ligusticum scoticum or Scots Lovage

 Angelica sylvestris or Wild Angelica

A. archangelica or Garden Angelica

 Levisticum officinale or Lovage

Imperatoria ostruthium or Masterwort

Peucedanum officinale or Hog’s Fennel, Sulphurweed

Heracleum spondhylium or Hogweed

Daucus carota or Wild Carrot

Myrrhis odorata or Sweet Cicely

Sanicula europaea  or Sanicle

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