Japanese Knotweed is a perfect illustration of bioregional herbalism. This invasive plant is one of our primary defenses again Lyme infection and is a delicious, nutritious spring wild food.
Ethical Wildcrafting Principles Ethical wildcrafting is the practice of harvesting plants and trees conscientiously, to avoid damaging the health of the population or the overall ecological system. It’s especially important for trees because if you don’t harvest bark properly, you’ll kill the tree, which is like killing a chicken for the eggs (also true for … Continue reading Ethical Wildcrafting Principles
High summer is all about the herbs of the field. Harvest your St John's Wort flowering tops now, as the flowers hold all the life phases at once: buds, blooms, and seeds. Harvest the late roses for syrups, oxymels, sugar and salt, dried for tea, and every other delicious thing under the sun. Rose hips … Continue reading High Summer: July Wild-crafting Journal
Autumn is the season for bark harvest, one of the most fulfilling medicine making tasks. A walk through the woods on a crisp fall day followed by several hours in the sun as the days grow shorter and the world goes to sleep—it is definitely worth the effort, and a few trees will provide a … Continue reading Bark Harvest & Ethical Wildcrafting
North America is a big place. Every region has its own potent medicines that fulfill humans’ biological needs. Coevolution is a beautiful thing, as is biodiversity. There is no reason to believe that the newest trendy superherb from South America, India, or anywhere else is going to do something for us that we can’t accomplish … Continue reading Bioregional Herbalism, or “Go Outside”