Amalie Alvee Wiig

WOOD ANEMONE - Anemone nemorosa
Sole Family - Ranunclaceae

April - June
Prefer mud soil in deciduous and coniferous forests, meadows and scrub with plenty of sunlight.

Norwegian names | English names
Hvitkusmyre – Kvittsmyre – Geirsymre – Geirsemmel – Geirsemla | Eurpean wood anemone – Crowfoot – Wind Crowfoot – Windflower – Smell fox – Eurpean thimbleweed

Use of plant parts
Aboveground parts of the herbs.

The properties of the herb
Not used in modern medicine, but used in earlier times for boils, scores, rheumatic ailments, joint pains, toothache, first nodes, warts, freckles, sunburn and difficult healing wounds.

Internally – should not be used internally
White anemone is a poisonous plant that should not beingested by internal use. In earlier times, the plant juice of Wood Anemone has been used for toothache.

Skin irritants – extracting wounds
Healthy plants were crushed and used as plant wraps on aching wounds to extract neither, which often resulted in skin irritations and wounds that where difficult to heal.

Methods of use
Extract - Cover

Magic / Legend
Wood Anemone is a plant that symbolizes healing. In rituals and formulas, the white leaved are actively used. It is a herb that has traditions back by promoting good health and avoiding illness. A Wood Anemone bouquet was dried and hung at the entrance to homes and barns to prevent any diseases should affect them.

Narcissus Anemone – Anemone narcissiflora L.
Snowdrop Anemone – Anemone sylvestris L.

The whole plant is poisonous and should not be ingested by internal use. By topical use, skin irritation, red skin and blisters may occur.

SHPERD’S PURSE - Capsella bursa-pastoris
The Cruifix yfamil - Brassicaceae

May - October

Loose, clay and sandy soil, and adequate sunlight Norwegian names | English names

Gjetertaske - Hyrdetaske - Taskegras - Skræppgras - Penningskreppe - Prestkreppa – Hundfot | Lady’s purse – Sheperd’s bag – Mother’s heart – Shovelweed – Caseweed – Chinese crees

Use of plant parts
Aboveground parts of the herbs.

The properties of the herb
Astringent, contraction, blood curing, wound healing, reducing menstrual bleeding, uterine stimulating, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, laxative, diuretic, urinary tract infection, uric aid reducing and blood pressure lowering.

Menstrual bleeding – premenstrual tension – nervousness – mucosal inflammation – throat swelling – cystitis – urinary tract infections – kidney stoned

The herb has a bitter taste ad I often mixed with honey. The herb is used in both fresh and dried form. Use the herb as tea, by decoction, extracts and tincture for best effect of the herb’s active ingredients.

Bleeding – nervousness – hemorrhoids – varicose veins – gout – scores - burns

The herb is used as ointment, cream, poultice and when burning the herb. With nervousness you can burn the herb and breath in the smoke from the herb through your nose to become calmer and more replaced. With varicose veins, hemorrhoids, burns and wounds you can use ointments, creams and poultices of the herb. For bleeding, compresses of the herb are used and for varicose veins and gout, you can also use tincture which is directly lubricated on the skin.

Methods of use
Tea – Decoction – Extracts – Tincture – Smoke – Ointment – Cream – Poultice - Compresses

Magic / Legend
Shepherd’s bag belongs to the zodiac sign Lion. The plant stands for protection and power. In the past, pregnant women had the herb in an amulet as protection for the coming period and for the future of the child. Over time, the herb has also been used as a tincture to stop bleeding.

White clover - Trifoloum repens
Field Pennycress - Thlaspi arbense
Wallflower mystard - Erysimum cheiranthoides

The herb has an affection effect on the uterus, the herb should not be used during pregnancy and lactation. The herb should not be used in conjunction with blood pressure, lowering agents, beta blockers, digoxin or sedative. BE careful when harvesting this herb as it is often attacked by


The human body is far better suited to be treated with plant preparations than synthetic chemicals designed to mimic the natural preparations.

Herbs are the basis of all medicine, both synthetically made and pure medicine extract. Extracts, decoction, cold water extraction, tincture, ointment, cream, compresses, wraps, bath and wash water, herb burning, and homeopathy are many of the ways to use an herb to benefit from their good qualities.

I want to create a deeper understanding of past traditions, where todays medicine originally comes from, and what opportunities we have when using herbs. My images show the energies of the plants, as a symbol of their abilities to help promote health and cure disease.