Ancient potions and cures of the Highlands and Islands

Henry and Hornel's Bringing in the Misletoe depicts  a group of druids or Celtic priests in presentation of the sacred plant long revered for magical and medicinal properties. PIC Wikicommons.
Henry and Hornel's Bringing in the Misletoe depicts a group of druids or Celtic priests in presentation of the sacred plant long revered for magical and medicinal properties. PIC Wikicommons.
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From otter skin to dung, mice hearts, toads and carrots, the Highlands and Islands have a potent history of natural remedies.

With recipes, rituals and treatment dating to the Celtic era, the apothecary of the ancient north is a fascinating insight into how medicine was derived from the natural surrounds.

Here we look at what was in the traditional medicine box.

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