Flora

Holly

Holly

Common Name: Holly Scientific Name: Ilex aquifolium Family: Aquifoliaceae Alternative Names: European Holly Range: Throughout British Isles Habitat: Woodland, scrub and hedgerows, especially in oak and beech woodland Key Identification Features: Evergreen tree up to 15 m tall. Dark green, shin
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Simple soap making from Horse chestnut

Simple soap making from Horse chestnut

Making a quick soap from Horse chestnut leaves by crushing them in water is most likely not new to bush crafters who know this tree. The chemical aesculin (a saponin) is responsible for the frothy lather that results from mashing the leaves in water and is pretty effective at getting hands clean af
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