Wildcrafting | Foraging

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Birdsfoot trefoil is an amazingly scented summer wildflower. Currently used for forage and erosion control, it also feeds pollinators and has a history of medicinal use. We'll help you get to know this roadside beauty. Forage, erosion control, pollinator habitat, medicine, fabric dye, perfumery - this humble plant has a long history of use.

Milk from cows fed on trefoil hay contains more vitamins A and E than those fed on alfalfa. The condensed tannins in birdsfoot trefoil suppress internal parasites in cattle, and help the animals digest grass better. 

Historically, it has been used externally as an anti-inflammatory compress.
Birdsfoot Trefoil Uses - Forage, Erosion Control, Medicine, Dye, & Pollinators
Birdsfoot trefoil is an amazingly scented summer wildflower. Currently used for forage and erosion control, it also feeds pollinators and has a history of medicinal use. We'll help you get to know this roadside beauty. Forage, erosion control, pollinator habitat, medicine, fabric dye, perfumery - this humble plant has a long history of use. Milk from cows fed on trefoil hay contains more vitamins A and E than those fed on alfalfa. The condensed tannins in birdsfoot trefoil suppress internal parasites in cattle, and help the animals digest grass better. Historically, it has been used externally as an anti-inflammatory compress.
From field guides to whimsical herbal stories, these are some of my favorite foraging books. The list includes vintage books from experienced outdoorsmen, traditional herbal lore, modern vegan recipes and homespun comfort food. There's also a wonderful game to learn foraging with kids. Includes herbal medicine and personal care in addition to wild edible plants. Reading, Garden Types, Diy, Wild Food Foraging, Medicinal Wild Plants, Foraging, Wildcrafting, Wild Food, Wild Edibles
Best Foraging & Wildcrafting Books (& one Game)
From field guides to whimsical herbal stories, these are some of my favorite foraging books. The list includes vintage books from experienced outdoorsmen, traditional herbal lore, modern vegan recipes and homespun comfort food. There's also a wonderful game to learn foraging with kids. Includes herbal medicine and personal care in addition to wild edible plants.
We share quackgrass identification tips, how to use it, and how to get rid of quackgrass where it's not wanted. Dreaded by gardeners, this plant is a powerful home remedy for urinary tract issues, fevers, constipation, and more. It also makes a good forage crop for ruminants, like cows and sheep. 

Backyard Medicine quotes Culpeper from 1653, "Although a gardener be of another opinion, yet a physician holds half an acre of couch grass to be worth five acres of carrots twice told over." Camping, Acre, Medicinal Plants, Urinary Tract, Medicinal Herbs Remedies, Medicinal Herbs Garden, Healing Plants, Natural Cures, Medicinal Herbs
Quackgrass - Powerful DIY Herbal Remedy
We share quackgrass identification tips, how to use it, and how to get rid of quackgrass where it's not wanted. Dreaded by gardeners, this plant is a powerful home remedy for urinary tract issues, fevers, constipation, and more. It also makes a good forage crop for ruminants, like cows and sheep. Backyard Medicine quotes Culpeper from 1653, "Although a gardener be of another opinion, yet a physician holds half an acre of couch grass to be worth five acres of carrots twice told over."
Wild Geranium, Geranium maculatum, is a lovely Eastern North American native plant. This flower works well in woodland gardens or as groundcover, nurturing pollinators and other wildlife. It also has a long history of medicinal use. 

We'll share how to identify, grow, and use this woodland beauty. Many different pollinators, including solitary bees, bumblebees, and several species of butterflies feed on the nectar and pollen. Birds such as mourning doves and bobwhite quail eat the seeds. Though the foliage is somewhat deer resistant, white-tailed deer eat the flowers of wild geranium. Seeds, Plants, Herbs, Wild Geranium, Geraniums, Perennial Ground Cover, Wild Plants, Solitary Bees, Nature's Bounty
Wild Geranium Benefits - Wonderful Native Perennial Ground Cover
Wild Geranium, Geranium maculatum, is a lovely Eastern North American native plant. This flower works well in woodland gardens or as groundcover, nurturing pollinators and other wildlife. It also has a long history of medicinal use. We'll share how to identify, grow, and use this woodland beauty. Many different pollinators, including solitary bees, bumblebees, and several species of butterflies feed on the nectar and pollen. Birds such as mourning doves and bobwhite quail eat the seeds. Though the foliage is somewhat deer resistant, white-tailed deer eat the flowers of wild geranium.
Valerian root has a long history of use. It's a mildly sedating, relaxing, “soporific” (sleep inducing) herb that has a normalizing effect on the nervous system. Additionally, it reduces stress and loosen muscles that have tightened up with nervous tension. Valerian is also effective against tension headaches, as well as intestinal cramping as it pertains to stress. It shows promise for many female maladies as well. We share tips on foraging, growing, use, and contraindications. Happiness, Muscles, Valerian Root Benefits, Herbal Remedies, Herbalism, Tension Headache, Remedies, Nervous System
How to Grow, Harvest & Use Valerian Root
Valerian root has a long history of use. It's a mildly sedating, relaxing, “soporific” (sleep inducing) herb that has a normalizing effect on the nervous system. Additionally, it reduces stress and loosen muscles that have tightened up with nervous tension. Valerian is also effective against tension headaches, as well as intestinal cramping as it pertains to stress. It shows promise for many female maladies as well. We share tips on foraging, growing, use, and contraindications.
Dandelion root is well known as a detoxifying agent, but has also been used to treat everything from arthritis to hangovers. We share how to make basic dandelion tea, I'm Sick of Cellulite tea, and Decongestant tea with dandelion roots, as well as how to harvest and preserve the roots. Health, Tips, Roots, Root, Salud, Wellness, Beauty Health, Dandelion, Edible
How to Make and Use Dandelion Root Tea, The Natural Detoxifier
Dandelion root is well known as a detoxifying agent, but has also been used to treat everything from arthritis to hangovers. We share how to make basic dandelion tea, I'm Sick of Cellulite tea, and Decongestant tea with dandelion roots, as well as how to harvest and preserve the roots.
Dandelion is just a weed to some, but savvy foragers know how to use it for free food and medicine. We\'ll share how, plus tips to get rid of excess plants. via @ Nature, Benefits Of Dandelion, Dandelion Benefits, Dandelion Uses, Dandelion Seed, Planting Herbs
Benefits of Dandelions & How to Use Them
Dandelion is just a weed to some, but savvy foragers know how to use it for free food and medicine. We\'ll share how, plus tips to get rid of excess plants. via @
Wild strawberries are some of my favorite wild fruits, but they do have a look-alike (mock strawberries). We'll help you find the right berries, and share tips for growing and use. Fruit, Gardening, Wild Strawberries, Growing Strawberries, Strawberry Plants, Herbology, Berries
Wild Strawberries - Foraging, Growing, and Look-Alikes
Wild strawberries are some of my favorite wild fruits, but they do have a look-alike (mock strawberries). We'll help you find the right berries, and share tips for growing and use.
We'll share where to find native mini iris, blue eyed grass, in the wild, tips for growing it in your garden, and historical uses. Garden Planning, Planting Flowers, Organic Gardening, Shaded Garden, Garden Plants, Garden Landscaping, Outdoor Plants, Garden
Blue Eyed Grass - Sisyrinchium montanum - Weekly Weeder #48
We'll share where to find native mini iris, blue eyed grass, in the wild, tips for growing it in your garden, and historical uses.
Mullein is an easy to recognize medicinal plant, with big fuzzy leaves and a tall flower spike with little yellow flowers. We'll share how to identify and use this "gentle giant" safely and effectively. Cannabis, Minnesota, Plant Benefits, Herbs For Health
Mullein Plant - Benefits and Uses of the Gentle Giant
Mullein is an easy to recognize medicinal plant, with big fuzzy leaves and a tall flower spike with little yellow flowers. We'll share how to identify and use this "gentle giant" safely and effectively.
Curly dock is an easy to identify spring green with a unique sour flavor, like wild rhubarb. It also has a long history of medicinal use. Tart, Home Health Remedies, Spring Green, Tonic
Curly Dock - Tart Spring Green and Cleansing Tonic
Curly dock is an easy to identify spring green with a unique sour flavor, like wild rhubarb. It also has a long history of medicinal use.
Joe Pye weed is a great native plant to add to your butterfly garden, and also has a history of medicinal use. We'll share where to find it, how to grow it, and historical uses of this flowering plant Herb Garden, Weed Plants, Wild Foraging, Milkweed
Joe Pye Weed - How to Grow and Use It
Joe Pye weed is a great native plant to add to your butterfly garden, and also has a history of medicinal use. We'll share where to find it, how to grow it, and historical uses of this flowering plant
We'll share how to identify and use this fall beauty, and some troubleshooting tips for growing New England aster in the garden. England, Herb Gardening
New England Aster - A Great Fall Nectar Source for Bees & Butterflies
We'll share how to identify and use this fall beauty, and some troubleshooting tips for growing New England aster in the garden.
Common blue violets are found in woods and shady gardens. A folklore favorite, these bright little plants are also rich in nutrition and soothing medicine. #flower #wild Nutrition, Companion Planting
Common Blue Violet - Identification, Use, Folklore
Common blue violets are found in woods and shady gardens. A folklore favorite, these bright little plants are also rich in nutrition and soothing medicine. #flower #wild
Dame's Rocket, Hesperis matronalis, is a common site in many Wisconsin wild areas. We'll share how to identify and use your dame's rocket, and why you may not want to add it to your flower garden. Wisconsin, Wildlife Habitat, Common, Wild
Dame's Rocket, Hesperis matronalis (Sweet Rocket)
Dame's Rocket, Hesperis matronalis, is a common site in many Wisconsin wild areas. We'll share how to identify and use your dame's rocket, and why you may not want to add it to your flower garden.