What did I get today?
All of today's wonderful bounty! Sorry for the bad lighting- I took it during the blackout!
Going clockwise, from blue bowl: red clover, hollyhocks leaves and flowers, wild carrot/Queen Anne's Lace (in back), wild mustard, and white clover. Each of these have so many medicinal uses it would be too much to elaborate on their benefits in this post.
Clockwise from the pink flowers at the left: hollyhocks flowers, rock roses, wild carrot (in back), chamomile, plantain leaves (partially hidden), plantain flowerheads, wild mustard.
Clockwise from bottom right: Plantain leaves, wild mustard, rock roses, chamomile, and plantain flowers (center).
Many of these plants are sold for exorbitant prices at health food stores in my area. By heading out to the field and picking them myself, I can get these terrific plants, absolutely free!
Because I knew I wouldn't have room for all of these in my dehydrator, I threaded a string through as many leaves as I could and hung them on my collapsible clothesline to dry.
I'm already using the plantain and chamomile to make a salve with coconut oil for my son's eczema. I also made my family a tea from the hollyhocks to help us with our runny noses, sneezing, and coughing, that we somehow picked up at the end of April.
Have you ever picked any wild plants to use as medicine? Do you use any herbal medicine? What plants do you routinely use, even if they're bought? Have you ever used or seen or picked any of the plants I listed?
What do you do when you have a blackout to keep yourself busy?
Linking up to Real Food Wednesday, Works For Me Wednesday.