Wild Herb Hunting

By Jordan Miller;

There are an infinite number of plants that grow around our world. Many of which are edible, while a select few are not. Certain parts of the world have beautiful plants that grow year round, and others only seasonal. We, as humans, should be thankful for the abundance of such an array of foliage.

Many cultures and/or societies today practice horticultural etiquette which jeopardizes the very nature of some of these sustained permacultures. Several of us who live in the "Western World" have come to understand the plant world as selective or monoculturistic. We try our best to preserve a lawn or flower garden that is immaculate in design and look - all in the name of vanity. On the other hand, there is a group of individuals (which is continuously growing) whom are trying, in the best of their ability, to preserve the very beauty and essence of our natural ecosystems.

It is possible to find some of this wholesome goodness right in your own "backyard". For many of us, it's a matter of reconnecting with the earth and discovering all her beauty; to be thankful for the food and medicine she has provided to us all. In the video below, we show you a few wild herbs that grow in our very own backyard here in Canada. This, of course, is only possible if one does not cut their lawn, however, their are many national parks and green spaces available to us all which gives us the opportunity to go foraging - how exciting!

Further to some of the wild herbs pointed out in the video (i.e. salsifies, red/white clover, sweetgrass, quackgrass, plantain, dandelion, bugleweed, burdock, chamomile, cham namul, skullcap), there are many others that I haven't touched upon that grace our lands. Some others which grow in our part of the world (Canada) include: wild chive, fleabane, nettle, thistle, butter and eggs, goldenrod, black eyed susan, cone flower (aka echinacea), chicory, chickweed, ragweed, mullein, lily, wild mint, daisy, and a variety of ferns to name just a few. I encourage all of you (as nothing is impossible) to venture out in your backyard, or local park and see what beauty you can discover. Who knows, you may find something you have been long looking for.

Let's be respectful of the earth (Gaia). She has provided us with a bounty of food and medicine for many eons without any demand for reciprocity. The least we can do is "take time and smell the roses".

Your question: What type of wild herbs grow in your part of the world? (post your comment below)

About the Author : Jordan Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. He has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Jordan is currently learning about traditional North American medicinal herbs, in hopes of becoming a Certified Herbalist.


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