Herbs to Forage Right Now

Foraging might seem like an intimidating task unfit for just anyone to perform given our current culture, but it’s literally in the reach of anyone who desires to do so. Incredibly, nature supplies the very things you need to heal, when and where you need them. Even better, these are given freely for anyone to enjoy.

Identification may seem scary but is very simple; almost as if they were made for us to be consumed for personal use, plants have identifiers that are known to distinguish them from the others. Thankfully, this can be easily learned by anyone in our day and age. I can’t think of a better time for us to get more connected to the earth.

Elderflower: A delightfully fragrant and uplifting herb, this is also a powerful antimicrobial, encompassing efficacy against even antibiotic- resistant bacteria MRSA in addition to other both gram negative and gram positive bacteria in addition to viruses. The flower is supportive to the lymphatic system which makes sense given it’s aromatic nature. Quercetin and anthocyanins are potent flavonols abundantly found in this plant. The former has shown to protect healthy cells while sickened ones are destroyed, even to an extent so strong that it can save organs that were dying. It also contains chlorogenic acids which are supportive and immensely necessary for optimal functioning of the gallbladder, upon which regular digestion depends. Elderflower contains cinnamic acid, known to help stabilize blood sugar, lending assistance to those with insulin resistance (R). Further support for diabetics can be offered by dropping some of the strained liquid after steeping the herb and then cooling for those experiencing eye sight issues thanks to quercetin’s ability to inhibit the enzyme that causes blurred vision in diabetics, aldose reductase (R). Elderflower is supportive against anxiety and depression, which the component quercetin has shown efficacy for (R). It can also support the body in fighting respiratory and cardiovascular- related issues including that of high blood pressure, encouraging blood flow (R). Elderflower’s quercetin and anthocyanin- containing, and subsequent free- radical quenching and antioxidant properties go a long way for supporting the body in fighting a wide array of concerns. Elderflower has been long used, even since ancient Egyptian times, in applications for anti- aging (R). You may want to get out and find some of these sooner rather than later, as in no- time there will be elderberries in their place, with their own wide array of benefits to prepare us all for winter and fall. Elderflower and elderberries share many of the same benefits, though. It seems each of their physical nature do have their own benefits coinciding with the season they grow in. The fruit holds in more nutrients densely to feed and nourish the body before winter hits whereas the flowers release fragrance and impart more releasing properties to the body energetically in the summer, one of the most necessary times to detoxify.

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The way that the leaves are striped are one of the best indicators that you’ve encountered an elder tree.

St. John’s Wort: This bright, sunny plant is fittingly assistive in uplifting the mood, particularly in winter months by increasing serotonin and reducing symptoms like depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder. St. John’s Wort is a nervine tropho- restorative herb which means it can nourish and help rebuild the nervous system. Rich in a compound called chrysin that unlocks relaxing GABA receptors like a key, St. John’s Wort can help lessen excitotoxicity, one of the most fundamental factors when it comes to the brain and subsequently every other aspect of health. St. John’s Wort contains Hypericin, a compound that exhibits antiviral qualities even against a wide variety of viruses including retroviruses which plague many unknowingly. This is becoming known, however, to an increasing extent in more recent times given retrovirus material found in increasingly common mandatory vaccines– known to be the missing link in the immune system hindrance so many are experiencing (R), (R). Not only that, St. John’s Wort’s God- given “ingredient” hypericin has shown effectiveness against worrisome viruses from Hepatitis C and Influenza to Herpes Simplex, and even HIV (R), (R). There has also been anecdotal report of one very fast recovery from a seeming case of tetanus by using merely a homeopathic St. John’s Wort product (R). It makes sense, then, that this can be so restorative and calming to the nerves as viruses do have a tendency to irritate the nerves and lead to feelings of anxiety, sleeplessness, even feelings of worthlessness, and depression. St. John’s wort has even shown efficacy against the notorious virus that many are unknowingly stricken with, causing their chronic fatigue, called mononucleosis or Epstein-Barr (R).

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Dandelion: Found abundantly in nature and often hated by laypeople and farmers alike, what’s neglected about this herb is the truth about its incredible array of benefits. Being one of the most nutrient dense plants that springs from the ground, this plant is one of the most versatile healing tools available. The root is incredible for detoxifying the liver and gallbladder and can actually be roasted into a great coffee substitute. One manufacturer makes a version of this called Dandy Blend, about which many attest to it being a truly delicious and comparably tasting while energy- conserving and nutrient- contributing alternative. To prepare this yourself, pull the root, wash and dry it, roast, and grind. The result can be placed into a coffee maker or French press and enjoyed with cream. Flowers can be used to make delightful fritters if you separate the yellow ray florets from the green involucre. The leaves make a great addition to a smoothie or stir fry when harvested in Spring or Fall before early in their life cycle, before they flower and become bitter (R).

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Burdock: A powerful nutritive, detoxifier, and support against electromagnetic radiation, humble burdock root may be more valuable today than ever– yet such value goes completely unrecognized. It’s leaves are very bitter, indicating potent detoxification and digestive support. They can be used in tea combined with lemon and honey, contributing powerful nutritive and antioxidant properties. The roots grow deep into the ground, signifying it’s characteristic of healing deep, chronic illness (R). It can allow the body to heal long- standing digestive issues and strengthens the body and mind, making a person more stable, calm and decisive (R). Burdock can assist the gallbladder with metabolizing fats or lipids and nourishing the rest of the body with them, cleansing the liver, lymphatic and excretory systems from the kidneys to the sweat and sebaceous glands. It’s said to be unmatched in it’s power to help support the healing of the skin (R). The root is very bitter raw and can be made into a tincture in order to take advantage of this characteristic, supplying a traditional digestive tonic to have with meals. The cooked root is prepared into a delicacy throughout Asia, called gobo. Burdock is treasured in the East and sold in markets and restaurants alike, as opposed to being considered a hated noxious weed worthy of being sprayed with leukemia- inducing pesticides like it is here. Ironically, the very nature of it’s blood and lymph cleansing properties would support the body against the hindrances that would move one toward leukemia in the first place, particularly the root. One can enjoy it’s freely distributed benefits by boiling or sautéing the root and preparing in a stir fry dish, cooking it in a soup, or making it into a tea for incredible liver support with fortifying properties (R). When eating the root, one must cook very thoroughly as a majority of the root is an indigestible fiber called inulin which can certainly cause a laxative effect if this isn’t taken into account. To make this easier, you can slice it thinly for recipes like stir fries. Some do keep it raw in the event of fermentation, though. To harvest the root, you’ll want a plant that is in it’s first year and therefore hasn’t flowered yet. The best time to do this is mid- summer to early fall. Some like waiting until first frost to harvest the root as then it becomes starchier and sweeter, while others insist that bitter is better due to subsequent undeniable healing qualities. The stalk can be substituted in place of the root in recipes, can also be peeled for a more enjoyable taste, and then steamed. Some like to to peel it twice or until all of the stringy fibrous outer material is removed. The inside is very similar to artichoke in taste and in method of consumption once this is done as it can be scraped with teeth. The seeds, while medicinal and used in tinctures, are a little more difficult to extract as they’re be gathered from the prickly flower heads. These are available in the second and final year of the plant’s life cycle.

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Yellow or Curly Dock: Growing just about everywhere currently, supplying seeds that once turned brown, can be made into a flour and used in combination with grains or starches, much like buckwheat. The leaves are versatile and nutritious. They can be eaten raw in small amounts and added to sandwiches, smoothies or salads. The root can be harvested before first frost and made into a tea or tincture, or even infused into your favorite wine for a few days!  Leaves do contain oxalates which have the potential to bind to calcium and contribute to kidney stones and diminish proper absorption of minerals and therefore are best cooked in larger quantities to reduce this compound. As the leaves age, they can develop more oxalates and become more bitter. So in either the first or second year of their lifecycle, early Spring or early Autumn are the best times to harvest them for this purpose while the leaves are in their earliest stages and the stalk is crisp and fresh rather than tough and woody. The taste will be sour if they’re harvested at the right time, always before the flowers start to grow. You can blanch the leaves for a minute, package them and freeze to make smoothies and other meals quickly and easily. Curly dock is full of Vitamin C, four times the amount of Beta Carotene as carrots, which the body can convert to Vitamin A, as well as iron. This is a great plant alternative to iron supplementation as while many iron supplements are constipating, which can be problematic with the prevalence of digestive stagnation, yellow dock can actually be mildly laxative while contributing this nutrient. Also convenient, iron is best absorbed when combined with Vitamin C. This herb is a great alterative too meaning it can clean the blood and heal the liver, hence the sour or bitter taste. Having a tonifying effect on the gallbladder, this has all kinds of benefits on the entire body ranging from the stomach to the heart, skin, hormones, and nervous system. Bitters made from various roots be very helpful for anxiety, which makes sense given their grounding effect coming from the earth. The root extract has shown to be beneficial against bacteria like staph and strep as well as viruses, fungi, and inhibitory to inflammatory prostaglandins, which are like pain hormones. The root has also shown more confirmative analgesic and anti- pyretic or fever reducing, as well as antioxidant action (R), (R). Therefore the herb can support the body long- term against the various threats of aging, illness, and discomfort.

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Self- Heal: also known as Heal- All– as you may presume, this herb is supportive all- around, both inside and out. This plant contains surprisingly powerful antibacterial, anti- inflammatory, immunomodulatory, antiviral and numerous antioxidant properties (R), (R). Content with growing even in gravel and commonly in lawns all throughout the US and in most countries worldwide, the plant usually stays low to the ground with it’s purple, jewel- like brilliance. Shown to be a helpful form of anti- dementia supplementation, this alone would be enough to bring this plant honor, but we haven’t even begun (R). It has such strong antioxidant properties that it can protect against both UVA and UVB rays (R). Incredibly, this common plant or “weed” as some may call it, has shown in studies to exert potent effects against multiple drug- resistant E-coli of the urinary tract (R), HIV 1 (R), (R), HPV, Ebola (R), Herpes Simplex (R) and Diabetes (R). It’s anti- inflammatory benefits have shown so beneficial that they can prevent vascular adhesion that can lead to heart complications (R). This astounding herb induces the self- healing process to the degree that it’s use has even shown efficacy against some cancers (R), and tumors via regulating apoptotic proteins (R), which are vital to disease management overall. It’s said to help organize liver energy and heal rising liver fire in Chinese medicine. It makes sense then, how fantastic it is for the skin and mucus membranes; even a weak decoction can be assistive against eye infections. The eyes are particularly indicative of liver dysfunction and therefore prunella vulgaris (the common plant) can help with redness of eyes, eye pain and dry, irritated eyes. It can also protect and support the kidneys, which makes sense as these are also dependent upon the liver (R). It can be used as a mouth rinse or gargle and is helpful for throat and skin infections of all kinds. Two of it’s components, triterpinoids and plant steroids coming from the flower head have shown to be anti allergenic (R). This plant is so widely beneficial that it’s been said that the plant was a holy herb and gift from God to heal the ailments of man (R). You can make it into a delightful tea, use dried powdered leaves to make a refreshing cold infusion, throw some flowers and/ or leaves a salad or smoothie, add it to soups and stews, or just snack on some while taking a walk, which I would argue may be very well worth it given this astounding array of benefits.

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Wild Lettuce: An incredible help that’s freely springing out of the ground that yet many people ignorantly seem to have it out for is a potent painkiller, comparable to the strength of medicine you may have to go to the doctor for, but with none of the toxic effects. Sounds too good to be true, right? I thought so too, which is why I looked into it so thoroughly and found that it’s safe enough that it was even given to teething babies by their mothers to relax them and ease the pain! This is a great sleep aid, help in the event of restlessness, and is also a cholagogue, meaning it stimulates the release of bile from the gallbladder and in turn allows for regular digestion and an easing of nausea caused by stagnation of such. The medicinal part is mainly in the sap but can also be derived from the leaves, most effectively by using or creating a tincture, which is quite simple. You just need about 2 parts menstruum (alcohol and water– I just use vodka and no water).  However even if you’re walking by and stumble upon the plant, you can immediately gain it’s benefits. I found that the best way to do this is to tear off the leaf from the stem of the plant and allow the white sap to drip out. This is so concentrated on it’s own that it might make you wonder why anyone buys pain pills of any kind. Upon ingestion, you’ll probably notice the effects quickly if you’re anything like me (some sources say it takes longer for effects to take effect, which I’ve never experienced). Start with only small amounts when you first try it as the effects can be quite noticeable and might make you drowsy. Respect the plant just as you would anything else for pain. Take note of how you feel, and adjust accordingly as needed. It’s also possible to make a tea out of the leaves if you boil them for a long time and gain medicinal value, I just have so many fresh plants around producing the concentrated literally right at my fingertips, that I don’t see the point. For the Winter months, I usually have a tincture stored from the times it was in full bloom (it is so incredibly plentiful!).

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Milk Thistle: This one might be a little harder to gather and so should definitely be handled with a pair of thick gloves. However, the properties of this plant are extensive and applicable to the very most important systems of the body. It’s most notably used to support the liver and help protect the body from toxins entering the cells. It’s active ingredient, silymarin, has been shown to help protect against or reverse both nonalcoholic and alcoholic liver damage (R),(R). It makes sense, then, that it can benefit the skin, as well as the kidneys, blood sugar, and heart, as well as the prostate– since these all depend on liver function (R). Milk thistle reduces oxidative damage and can even help negate UV damage. It’s also shown to have immunomodulatory effects, and understandably subsequently helpful in prevention of skin cancer (R). The entire milk thistle plant is edible, from root to flower. It is very prickly so it needs to be handled carefully and with thick gloves. You can distinguish it from other scary looking thistle plants by it’s robust, tall stature and prominent milky veined leaves.

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So many sites seem to have improperly pictured other thistles in place of actual milk thistle that I’ll direct you to this site if you would like an accurate description to see if there’s any near you. It’s leaves are less lobed than other potential mistakably- similar looking plants like Bull or Italian Thistle (R). Thistles generally are very nutritious, even more so than conventional vegetables sold to us for nutrition today. Portugal still sells thistles in their markets for this reason. Related to artichoke, one can extract the same portion of these plants which, though much smaller– are very tasty. This comes from the flower head, and can be extracted once it’s totally dried out, in the fall. Make sure to use very thick gloves and before you do anything else cut off the thistles from the stem as milk thistle does have some of the most aggressive thistles. To harvest the seeds, which are known for being the most medicinal part, take a pair of thick gloves and carefully cut the flower head once it has dried out and store it in a paper bag somewhere warm for 5 to 7 days to let it continue to dry. This will allow the fluffy non- seed material to separate from the medicinal component. Transfer the remaining seeds that have become separated to another, thicker bag like a burlap sack and shake them to help free more of the seeds (there will be about 190 in each flower head). You can also press down on the flower heads with your hand or manually brush them away from the head. Then as you pour them into another container the majority of the unwanted fluffy white material will blow away. You can store the seeds in an air tight container whole or grind them into a powder for about 6 months. To get an idea of the fruits of one’s labor in advance, one harvester gathered a little less than 1 tablespoon of seeds from a single head or about 1/2 cup from 8 heads, which equates to a potent supply medicine for whenever needed in the future. They’ll last longer and retain the most nutrients if you store them in the freezer. The powder can be is added into smoothies or used as a coffee substitute alone or in combination with aforementioned herbs like roasted dandelion. You can also use the flower heads for steaming just like you would spinach when they’re younger and the taste can be similar enough to artichoke to be used as a substitute by chefs.

Yarrow: An incredible plant with a wide array of benefits inside and out. Legend has it that Achilles’ heal was actually left vulnerable in war due to not protecting his body from arrows with yarrow tincture. This lovely white and occasionally pink flower is known to be helpful for healing both internal and external wounds– emotional and physical. The stem can be used as a poultice (mashed or blended up and applied to the area) for swollen body parts, bruises and strains. It brings a sense of balance and while gentle brings an immediate sense of upliftment and calm. Yarrow can stop bleeding when the flower is applied to wounds, internally it can purify the blood, stop nosebleeds, regulate menstruation, tone the blood vessels and dilate capillaries to lower blood pressure. It encourages the gallbladder to release bile and supports the liver in doing so. Yarrow reduces digestive stagnation and can help to break up gall stones by aiding in such release of bile. It has antibacterial and antiviral action and a history of being used to break a fever or assist in the event of a cold (R). I’ve used this herb with great success for die- off when detoxing went a little overboard. It seems there is very little this herb can’t do. When foraging for this plant, make sure you know the difference between it and Poison Hemlock. Hemlock frequently grows by bodies of water and I have yet to spot it but it can be very deadly very quickly and even touching it can cause a severe burn- like skin reaction so be sure you know what it looks like (don’t allow it scare you away from foraging for yarrow, though. The differences are quite easily distinguishable once you know them). If you have any animals with you, you’ll notice them avoiding hemlock at all costs. Yarrow’s petals are larger, more uniformly and tightly spaced together with more feathery leaves, and is shorter in height. This is how it looks:

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Hemlock exhibits a very unpleasant, musty smell. Flowers always have 5 petals each with hairless stems that commonly have red or purple splotches or streaks on them. Hemlock is much larger than yarrow the vast majority of the time, growing up 5-10 feet or larger. In fact, the structure is much different as well. While yarrow florets come directly from the stem in a singular grouping, hemlock flowers cluster together from multiple, smaller off- shoots from the stem. This is what hemlock looks like:

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Wild Chamomile: Technically, you can find German or Roman Chamomile, as well as a genus that is actually classified as wild chamomile that looks much different, in the wild. German and English chamomile generally have larger petals whereas wild chamomile generally has none at all, or they may be much smaller. Both have the same benefits well- known to relieve tension, benefitting the entire body. This is what Roman or German Chamomile looks like:

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Roman and German Chamomile have leaves that slightly differ but the flowers look the same. Roman Chamomile’s leaves are thinner and more finely divided while German Chamomile’s are thicker and more parsley- like. True wild chamomile actually smells like pineapple and for this reason has also been referred to as pineapple weed. Both contain apigenin and luteolin, powerful flavonols for protecting the nervous system that Dr. Russell Blaylock, a former neurosurgeon talks about in his many discussions regarding healing from autism, ADHD, protecting oneself from nano- aluminum and other particulates resulting from geoengineering or in layman terms– chemtrails. Apegenin has shown potential in fighting cancer, having minimal effects on normal human cells while significantly reducing tumor cells (R). Luteolin has protected against mercury- induced kidney damage (R) and in conjunction with . It reduces the conversion of testosterone to DHT meaning it can negate hormone problems in males, even minimizing acquired belly fat that can result from this. This can be helpful in females as well as we also need some levels of testosterone for building muscle, things like motivation, and optimal function overall. Chamomile has anti- bacterial capabilities and can be beneficial to the skin as a result in addition to it’s antioxidant properties. It’s a carminative, encouraging proper digestion. Chamomile oil was an ingredient in one of my favorite essential oil blends for putting the body into a parasympathetic state and digestion that I’ve mentioned before. It worked incredibly– and it’s no wonder why– chamomile is an antispasmodic, mild pain reductant and gentle relaxant. Chamomile is another nervine tropho- restorative but uniquely can be safely used before bed or during the day. It can even be enjoyed first thing in the morning to encourage a sense of ease. It can help protect the gums and teeth as well as the heart, with luteolin showing to protect against heart failure (R). Chamomile has anti- inflammatory properties and can assist with congestion, respiratory issues. Luteolin has shown to protect the lungs (R). Chamomile can even be added to a sinus rinse or nasal spray (R). If you’re allergic to the aster family, though, you’ll want to avoid it. Chamomile is incredibly versatile because of how gently calming and uplifting it can be despite the situation. I enjoy putting it in my baths to wind down at the end of the day and love the smell this particular application brings forth. You can find it growing on rocky ground, near pavement, and in sunny fields. You can throw it into a tea or toss the flowers and leaves into a salad, or enjoy their calming effects in your favorite baked goods, either powdered or whole.

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Oregon Grape: This is growing rampantly in the Pacific Northwest, with notoriously shiny, ridged leaves with multiple prickly points and clusters of small, indigo berries. The berries are fully edible though they are very sour and bitter or astringent. They’re a fantastic cholagogue, encouraging the gallbladder to contract and release bile, allowing for detoxification of the body head to toe via the lymphatic system. The leaves are edible, too, and can be made into a tea. The root is one of the most popular parts, being rich in berberine, the powerful alkaloid active in one of most popular immune- boosting, antiviral and antibacterial herbs that’s actually going extinct, goldenseal. What many harvesters do not know, however, while they spend excessive time, energy and plant life digging up the root to retrieve the yellow outer layer that’s so rich in the stuff, they can actually get it by scraping the bark off of the outer layer of the stem rather than the root (R). The berberine lowers blood sugar making it immensely helpful for diabetics (R). It regulates digestion powerfully, kills parasites, and protects the body against cancer. Berberine also protects the heart and the liver against non- alcoholic fatty liver disease (R). You might call berberine a super- flavonoid. It’s shown to be incredibly effective in dealing with depression and anxiety and supporting the brain and nervous system in general, thanks to a component called AMPK. This component has proven success in reversing behavioral symptoms like fear responses from PTSD, as well as restoring normal neurochemical activity in the brain (R). This is nothing short of bafflingly and astoundingly incredible. AMPK plays a major role on metabolism regulation and cell revitalization. This compound specifically derived from berberine has been shown in peer- reviewed scientific studies to correct energy imbalances and even having similar effects to exercise on these systems (R). Needless to say given these fundamental and systemic optimizations imparted by AMPK in berberine, it also negates inflammation, upon which every aspect of health also depends (R). To make the most out of this plant, you can make the bark into a powder and encapsulate it or add it to smoothies. You can make the grapes into a delicious jelly or syrup. Many prefer preparing the bark into a tincture as opposed to an infusion due to the bitter taste.

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California Poppy: Another natural nervine tropho- restorative as well as a painkiller growing freely in the wild, this flower is assistive for sleep and relaxation. Due to it’s support against a wide range of stressors to the body, it can even help with sensitivity to changes in the weather (R). Though a relative of the opium plant, it has no addictive or life- threatening potential. Of course, everyone needs to listen to their body in any case with any and all plants to see what amounts and types are right for them.

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Plantain: This plans can be supportive for an incredibly wide array of illnesses, from outside injuries to internal sicknesses. This is a demulcent and in turn can contribute a slippery lining, protecting the gut, coating the throat, or supplying outside wounds with what they need to heal. It has expectorant actions and therefore can be supportive against respiratory issues. It exudes known immunomodulatory effects meaning it can regulate and stabilize the immune system, making this comment green plant a potential asset to those dealing with autoimmunity. It’s also shown to be effective against a wide variety of microbes, including bacteria, parasites, viruses, and yeasts (R),(R). It’s potency as a vermicidal explains it’s prevalence in Mexico for gastrointestinal tract infections (R). It’s even been famously used traditionally for blood poisoning and to save limbs, applied topically and ingested internally (R). The leaves can be eaten raw and thrown into smoothies or the cylindrical flower/ seed pods can be snacked upon when roaming about. Since the tannins increase as the plant grows, it’s best to use the young leaves if consumed raw.  However, you can harvest the leaves any time for use in soups or other cooked recipes like stir fries. You can also eat them independently as a side dish like spinach prepared with things like grass- fed butter and lemon or apple cider vinegar. You can dry them for a nutrient dense superfood powder. It may be preferable to remove the fibrous veins if you’re going to prepare them in any way that doesn’t involve blending with a high quality blender. Plantain is rich in beta carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A for vision, skin health and immune system strength, along with many more vital processes our entire system depends on for disease prevention. Plantain is also a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and potassium, iron, calcium and manganese. Plantain grows prevalently all throughout the US as well as in Europe and Asia. It’s frequently despised here in America and doused with poisonous chemicals, commonly spotted in lawns, fields, walking paths, waste sites or even growing relentlessly yet albeit admirably through pavement. You can see it below where I captured it amidst some white clover in a field, which brings me to my next point.

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White (or Red) Clover: Clover is great for cleansing the blood and encouraging proper circulation. A tea can be made from the flowers and used as an eyewash. Infusions can be supportive in the event of a cold or flu. It also stabilizes hormones, regulates cholesterol, and fights off unwanted microbes. It’s shown supportive to the kidneys, and helpful against IBS as well as PMS, erectile dysfunction, prostate abnormalities and breast tenderness (R). Leaves are nutrient rich, potentially providing an explanation for their vast use for a wide range of illnesses around the world. They contain vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E, as well as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, calcium and chromium (R), (R). Leaves can be consumed raw in smaller amounts and are full of nutrients. Not only do they bring nutrients to consumers but also to the soil they grow in, contributing to regeneration of soil; something needed more than ever now as topsoil diminishes given mono crop agriculture, pesticides, GMOs, conventional agricultural and chemical industries and the decline of restorative practices. Clover grows readily in lawns, is naturally drought tolerant and infuses them with nitrogen. Unfortunately, many people use chemicals that can contribute cancerous, allergic, or asthmatic effects to pets as well as humans, not to mention environmental destruction and mass decline of the bee population. As seems to be the case consistently, the “weed” itself has shown in numerous studies to help the body to prevent the same very issues themselves. To add to all of these macro and micro- level holistic healing benefits, they can also be added into baked goods either dried or fresh for a delectably win-win-win experience.

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