Elecampane roots (Alantrot) simmered in honey... Delicious when eaten by the spoonful, or put some in hot water for a honeyed tea. Consumed this way, the Elecampane can make the throat and mouth numb, sometimes for hours. A safe, gentle way to relieve pain from sore throats and to get your lungs on the road to healing. Safe for children, who might consider this medicine a treat! Made from Herman’s Honey (Gaston, OR), and freshly-dug, two-year old roots of Elecampane (Inula helenium)
Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus) - needles can be used to brew an excellent tea which is high in Vitamin C and sugars. As a matter of fact, the needles of white pine have 5 times the Vitamin C of lemons. The inner bark is also a source of vitamins and minerals, most notably of these is Vitamin B. It is also high in sugars. Eating the cambial layer of eastern white pine can provide a boost of energy. Large amounts of the phloem should not be eaten raw...
Lamb's Quarter's - Goosefoot, Pigweed (Chenopodium album) - Use tender young shoots under 10" tall when they first appear in mid spring. Leaves can be added to salads, or used as a trail nibble. The leaves can continue to be used until the plant is killed in the autumn. The tender leaves at the top of the plant taste the best.
Chicory (Cichorium intybus) - the young leaves are wonderful in salads, blended with salad greens. The older leaves can be made more palatable by boiling them in a couple changes of water. The taproot is much too fibrous to eat, but it can be roasted, and ground to make a very good coffee substitute.
Amaranth (pigweed) Leaves are high in vit. C. Tender leaves can be cooked for 10-15 min., or added to salads. Leaves of some species can be unpalatable, so it is a good idea to sample the leaves before you gather a large quantity. The numerous tiny black seeds are highly nutritious. They are high in protein, and contain vitamins E, and B complex. they can be mixed 1 part seed to 2 parts water, brought to a boil, covered, and simmered for about 25 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed.
June berries & Mulberries - Interesting facts about June berries: It is also known by the common name of -- service berry. The berries have a crown, this is important because no berry that has a crown is known to be poisonous. The berries once were very popular and seem to be a forgotten fruit that have a sweet nutty flavor.
Elaeagnus umbellata Elaeagnaceae – Oleaster Family It truly baffles me how the autumn-olive remains one of the biggest wild food secrets in North America. Over vast regions of this continent it is our most common wild fruit. I have seen entire pastures overtaken with it, one after another, sometimes forming autumn-olive thickets covering twenty, forty, or even a hundred acres. In much of the country this is a regular sight; in fact, it is considered a noxious weed in many areas
Baikal Skullcap The roots of this perennial were used traditionally in Chinese medicine to aid in the cure of respiratory issues and much more. Bushy with light green leaves 1 foot tall stems with vibrant purple flowers in early spring. Sow seeds direct or indoors 1/4″ deep in warm fertile soil. Once established full sun and dry soil are preferred. Hardy from zones 3 and up. Baikal Skullcap is native to Mongolia and Siberia and can tolerate most conditions.
Horehound For ordinary cold, a simple infusion of Horehound (Horehound Tea) is generally sufficient in itself. The tea may be made by pouring boiling water on the fresh or dried leaves, 1 OZ. of the herb to the pint. may be taken three or four times a day. Candied Horehound is best made from the fresh plant by boiling it down until the juice is extracted, then adding sugar.
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