The Power of Dandelions
Having reflected on the balance of work in her folder, one of the children wanted to do more work in botany and decided to study poisonous and medicinal plants. Swapnal, one of our volunteers, has a medical background and she made for a good interviewee.
The study then led to the preparation of a 'going out' to the local Holland and Barratt store and to a local Chinese acupuncturist who was happy to be interviewed about plants used in Chinese medicine. This entailed role playing the phone call to set up the appointment and the writing of a thank you note afterwards for the time spent.
Thank you to Dr Ren at Eastern Natural Care, Windsor - who explained that rather than being the delinquent garden pest, all parts of the dandelion can make a most beneficial hot drink.