Aside from the obvious health implications of guzzling synthetic compounds, there is also the hefty price tag – a recent study by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society estimated that we spend a whopping £2.55billion on over-the-counter medications each year. This is to say nothing of the £16bn the NHS spends on prescriptions. But there is a savvy group who are treating many common ailments for free. We don’t mean they’re going shoplifting in Superdrug – these are the wild medicine foragers who treat backache with chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) and coughs with coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara). (READ MORE…)