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10 Wild Edible Plants to Save Your Life

10 Wild Edible Plants to Save Your Life
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18 of Nature’s Most Powerful Medicinal Plants (Part of an Exclusive WebEcoist Series on Amazing Trees, Plants, Forests and Flowers) From marijuana to catnip, there are hundreds of remarkably common herbs, flowers, berries and plants that serve all kinds of important medicinal and health purposes that might surprise you: anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, insect repellent, antiseptic, expectorant, antibacterial, detoxification, fever reduction, antihistamine and pain relief. Here are eighteen potent medical plants you're likely to find in the wild – or even someone's backyard – that can help with minor injuries, scrapes, bites and pains.* Marijuana Images via Current and Street Knowledge Seriously. Lady Ferns Image via US Forest Service If you grew up in the Pacific Northwest you likely know what ferns are good for: treating stinging nettles. California Poppy Images via Netstate and Mountain Meadow Seeds The brilliant blooms of the poppy make this opioid plant an iconic one. Blood Flower Tansy Image via Earth Heart Farm Korean Mint (hyssop) Sage

The Fantastic Four – 4 Essential Wild Edible Plants that May Just Save Your Life Did you realize that knowing just 4 wild edible plants could one day save your life? If there were any four categories of plants that I would recommend all people to know how to use and identify it would be these: Grass, Oak, Pine, and Cattail. For the knowledgeable survivor, knowing just these four plants can make the difference between life and death if stranded in the wilds – for each one is an excellent food source which can sustain you until help arrives. Throughout this week and part of the next, I’ll be going into details on how you can prepare and eat these plants. Grass Surprising to many is the fact that you can eat grass. The young shoots up to 6 inches tall can be eaten raw and the starchy base (usually white and at the bottom when you pluck it) can be eaten as a trail nibble. The best part of the grass plant to eat are the seed heads, which can be gathered to make millet for breads or filler for soups & stews. Oak Pine “You can eat pine?!” Cattail Conclusion

ffee 'may make us happier': Study finds people recognise positive words more quickly when dosed with the stimulant By Damien Gayle Published: 14:00 GMT, 13 November 2012 | Updated: 14:00 GMT, 13 November 2012 Drinking coffee might help us look on the bright side of life, according to a new study which shows caffeine can help people spot positive words. German researchers found that volunteers dosed the equivalent in caffeine of two to three cups of coffee were able to spot positive words more quickly in a series of experiments. But psychologists found it did not have the same effect when it came to negative words. Rousing: New research shows that coffee may make drinkers more cheerful by stimulating their response to positive words. Previous studies have shown that people can recognise positive words, images and sounds more quickly than negative ones. In an effort to understand how this preference for positivity works, the researchers experimented with caffeine, which leads to faster responses and fewer errors in simple mental tasks. The findings are detailed in the journal PLoS ONE.

Survival Foods: Cattail, Conifers, Grasses & Acorns Ever wondered what kinds of survival foods you could eat if you were caught in a survival situation? When I first came to Washington state all I could see was a wall of green plants. I knew nothing about what I could and could not eat if I were to get lost in the woods. Where Can I Find Cattails and How Do I Eat Them? Cattails can be delicious if prepared correctly. Cattail does have a look-alike, the iris. Cattails are almost always in or next to a water source. Young shoots are the tastiest part of the plant. Munching From Conifers Did you know that many types of conifer trees are edible? Survival Foods: The Grass Family More than 400 types of grasses can be eaten worldwide. Edible grasses include: bent, wheat, slough, brome, crab, switch, canary, timothy, blue and bristle grasses. Gathering Acorns Acorns are found on oak trees. I hope this provided a look into the edible possibilities of the natural world. Sources: Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast.

Growing mushrooms in a laundry basket Thought you might like to see a great way to grow mushrooms outdoors if you have a shady place that gets watered regularly… This technique also works indoors, but the laundry basket is usually bagged or boxed until the straw is completely colonised with mycelium. This technique has both upsides and downsides, but most importantly, it’s easy, and gets people growing mushrooms! Huzzah… Zodd’s oyster mushrooms VelaCreations’ colonised straw Fungifield’s golden oysters VelaCreations’ basket, bagged and ready to fruit VelaCreations’ fruiting oyster mushrooms Grow your own’s oyster mushrooms – delish! At Milkwood Farm, we’ve opted to grow our oyster mushrooms in double buckets. However, many home mushroom propagators use the laundry basket technique, and it illustrates yet another way oyster mushrooms can be grown inside, outside and upside down, once you have the basic knowledge, skills, tools and of course mycelium… mmm mushrooms. >> More posts about mushrooms at Milkwood Farm

How To Eat Wild Foods & Not Get Poisoned (How-To) Let's play pretend for a moment. Are you with me? Let's pretend you can't go down to the supermarket for food to eat. In fact, let's pretend that there is not a supermarket for one hundred miles in any direction, and you don't have any food with you. Does this seem unlikely? What this guide is:This is a guide to wild things that are 100% safe to eat. What this guide is not:This is NOT a guide to figuring out if something may or may not be safe to eat. BerriesThis is very easy to make 100% foolproof. Unless you are completely sure, do not eat non-aggregate berries - berries that are shaped like blueberries or gooseberries. Green StuffMost "green stuff" is not outright toxic, but can definitely cause you some distress. Note: You should use caution when eating any plant, particularly plants found in the water - they can harbor any creepy crawly that may have been living in the water, including giardia cryptosporidium among others. CrittersNever eat wild critters raw!

What Drinking Coffee Does to You The chances are that you saw the title of this article and winced a little. Usually, things which are enjoyable bring negative side effects to our bodies. Alcohol, chocolate and fast-food are all fine examples of things which are enjoyable at the time but have negative long-term side effects on your health. So how does coffee compete with these ‘naughty’ foods and drink? Drinking coffee is a great way to stay alert, both physically and mentally. Starting with the negative things about coffee… One big rumour about coffee being bad for you comes from the effect it has on raising blood pressure. As with most things, too much coffee is bad for you. The other side effect which many people experience when they begin drinking coffee is an inability to fall asleep. So if they are the main negative impacts of drinking coffee, what about the positive side effects? Coffee’s positive side effects There is no doubt that the findings here are pleasantly surprising. Useful Links: What makes a good coffee?

DIY Trellis Ideas Hello! I hope you are all doing well! How is your veggie garden harvest going? I’m overwhelmed with zucchini right now, but the rest of my veggies are taking their sweet time! I’m not too worried though….I know once those tomatoes get going I’ll be more that satiated! This week I thought I would show you guys some neat trellis ideas. photos Robbie Caponetto, from Cottage Living The trellis looks very simple to make, and even easier to take apart at the end of the season. I’ve mentioned DigginFood as one of my favorite blogs….and it’s no wonder – I found many lovely trellis ideas that Willi had created or shared. Pea trellis at This Old House via DigginFood These tomato trellises are great for containers. Tomato trellis at The Gardener Chef And just for a bit of whimsy in the garden…. how cute is this tepee hideaway trellis idea from Sunset Magazine!!! Are you already beginning to think about next year’s garden? wrap up: {diy} {organic gardening} {trellis}

Wild Food School - Urban Foraging Guide & eBooks Urban Foraging & Cornwall Forager Guides - FREE Foraging for food - even in a city - can be fun. But where do you start? This Foraging Guide is in PDF format and is designed to allow you to print out the pictures on standard 10 x 15 cm. photo paper and then bind them together (laminate the pages if you want). Correctly printed out you will find plant picture and text side by side like the example below. Click wfsURBFORAGER.pdf to downloador right click and Save. ** If you're more interested in dealing with food and water in disaster and emergency survival situations (also in urban areas) you might like to take a look at the new book Armageddon Kitchen and Doomsday Kitchen over on this page >>> ... There are also a 98 page TROPICAL FORAGING GUIDE [approx. 8Mb] plus the Cornish Foraging and a Riverside Foraging guide. See also the exciting range of Wild Food WISDOM Cooking with Weeds™ eBooks at Wild Food School Homepage

The Beginner's Guide to the Paleo Diet So you wanna learn about the Paleo Diet, eh? Here’s the ENTIRE diet in a nutshell: If a caveman didn’t eat it, neither should you. Now, obviously there’s more to it than that, and that’s what I’m going to cover in great detail with this article today. When you are following the Paleo Diet, you can eat anything we could hunt or gather way back in the day – things like meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies, and seeds. Sorry, the pasta, cereal, and candy will have to go! And instead of counting calories and perfectly partitioned portions (say THAT three times fast), you’ll be focusing on eating the right foods instead. And that makes me happy, because I hate counting calories. I don’t like keeping track of how much I’ve eaten or obsessing over how many grams of a particular nutrient I’ve had. Now, this article is SUPER long, so we took the liberty of converting it into a nicely designed guide for easy consumption (not literal consumption, unless you print it on bacon). Ready? Nope.

Water, rest, water, save Public release date: 9-Nov-2012 [ Print | E-mail Share ] [ Close Window ] Contact: Richard 979-845-1550Texas A&M AgriLife Communications COLLEGE STATION – A typical landscaped yard consists of lawn area and ornamental plants. Supplemental watering of urban lawns and landscaped areas is required to keep the plants healthy through the typical long, hot and dry summers and falls in Texas, according to Dr. White discussed different studies during the annual turf and landscape field day held recently at Texas A&M for turfgrass professionals and homeowners. The facility includes 24 individual turf plots, each with separate irrigation systems, flow meters to measure the quantity of water applied and actually running off the plots, and automated samplers that collect runoff water for laboratory study, he said. "Our runoff water testing can measure concentrations of nitrogen or phosphorus and other things that have the potential to impair surface waters," White said.

Wild Edibles: How to Make Elderberry Jelly Disclaimer: Eating certain wild plants can be deadly!! Be certain to consult a professional (or a really good field guide) in order to positively identify this plant before trying this for yourself. The owners of this site will not be held responsible for any lapses in judgment or stupidity when handling or consuming wild plants. With the summer coming to a close here in New England, one of my favorite wild edibles that I seek out in the late Summer and early Fall is the Common Elderberry (Sambucus nigra). In this article I’ll be showing you how to properly identify the Common Elderberry, where to find it, and how to process it into a delicious jelly. How to Identify Common Elderberry Here are the main things you’ll want to look out for in order to properly identify the Common Elderberry: Where to Find Common Elderberry Common Elderberry can be found growing in large thicks stands. Here’s the range map indicating where Common Elderberry has officially been found: How to Make Elderberry Jam

Benefits of Honey | Honey Food Storage | The Survival Spot Blog Throughout history honey has been considered a food with unparalleled nutritional and physical benefits. For over 10,000 years (and maybe more) honey has been used as a staple food and as a medicine. This deliciously sweet substance is one of the few foods that can actually sustain human life all by itself. If you’re not already storing honey as part of your survival strategy, learning about all the surprising benefits of honey ought to convince you to start. Storage Honey lasts forever; if stored properly you will never need to worry about your honey going bad, forget about FIFO with honey. My honey is hard and crystallized! Not to worry, if your honey has become crystallized all you need to do is heat it to return it back to normal. Health Skin Honey is great for overall skin health and can even help to reduce wrinkles and nourish the skin. Antibacterial Honey has been used as an antiseptic for years, it was even one of the most popular treatments for wounds in the First World War. Wounds