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Wild Foraging: A Natural
Health and Nature Therapy Experience
from the Natural Healing Talk
I like to go on a wild food foraging adventure,
largely for the natural healing benefits it affords me. I enjoy
about the woods and fields looking for tasty treats,
plants that can also be used for natural healing
outings are always good learning
a few years back, when my adventure took
me into a
mixed forest environment, consisting mostly of
birch, spruce, pine, and the occasional hemlock
mixed growth cover usually assures a good
small plant cover on the forest floor.
first group of plants I look for, in terms of wild
are the wood sorrels (Oxalis L.). The leaves are
sour tasting, with a sweet accent. They make
excellent addition to a salad, and are also useful for
tea. Wood sorrels aren't related to the sorrels
of the genus Rumex L., although they do have
found blue violets, Indian cucumber, and sweet fern,
particular foraging trip.
and flowers of blue violet are high in vitamins
A and C.
In fact, a half-cup serving of the leaves contains
vitamin C as approximately three average size
The flowers may be used in making jams and
well, blue violet was considered a powerful
plant in traditional British and European
cucumber root is a native american food plant.
However, it should only be
collected in areas where there
are a number of plants
growing. Also, in a non-emergency
situation, only a single
sample should be harvested. As well,
you should check to
see if the plant is on the endangered
list in your
cucumber-like tuber of the Indian Cucumber,
with a crisp texture. The taste is somewhat like
but has added flavour that resembles a cucumber.
I enjoy it
a great deal.
of sweet fern may be dried or used in a
state to make a pleasant tasting tea. It is not a tea
would want to drink on a daily basis, especially
if you are
taking prescription medications. However,
certainly has a nice flavour, and is fun to sample
occasion. The tea can be enhanced by adding a wee
few hours in the forest, searching out wild
is an excellent nature therapy experience. It's
therapeutic to body, mind, and spirit, and a
great way to
grow more fully in both the intellect and the
not try a wild edible experience in the weeks
is a natural healing exercise that will benefit you
greatly. However, do not over-collect or over-harvest any
species. Rather, enjoy the outing, mainly for the
experience it is!
P.S. Always make certain you have identified plants and
My Best Regards,
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