Edible wild food has existed in almost every corner of our planet for tens of thousands of years. Edible weeds, flowers and wild herbs were foraged and used as food and medication. They provided vitamins, minerals and other nutrients required for the human body to maintain good health. Foraging for food used to be the way to survive.
Edible weeds may be in your backyard, on the pathways you walk, or in fields you see every day. Many of these plants can be foraged and added to your daily diet to increase your nutritional intake.
There’s a plethora of wild herbs, weeds, flowers, shrubs, trees and vines all safe to eat so long as you identify them properly and know what part of the plant is usable!
Once you have collected your wild edibles make sure your body will not reject this new food:
Overharvesting, largely due to commercial collection of medicinal plants, has brought many once plentiful plant species to the brink of extinction. As foragers we should adopt an attitude of green guardianship for our planet.
As you become more experienced in plant identification, learn to investigate all their uses. Each plant is part of a larger ecosystem:
Building this kind of holistic knowledge base will give you a much deeper insight into the nature of a plant and its role within the ecosystem.
Herbal medicine is a system of healing that uses medicinal plants and natural protocols to prevent or treat disease, and to maintain optimal health andone’s well-being.
Herbalists practice with a holistic philosophy of healing: the whole person and their life experience is considered in planning a treatment protocol. Similar symptoms may have many different causes, and each person is unique. A registered herbalist is trained to assess the multiple facets of a condition and underlying causes, and to craft appropriate botanical formulas to meet the individual’s need.
Herbal medicine is a safe and effective healing modality for everyone. People of all ages, from infants to the very elderly, can benefit from herbs. Those already receiving medical care may be further helped, and are given treatments which do not adversely interact with their medication.
Every culture of every era has, until recently, depended on plants for healing. Even today, herbal medicine is the primary healing modality for much of the world’s population.
People have always co-existed with the plant kingdom. Our bodies have evolved the ability to extract and use the healing properties of plants, and have mechanisms for eliminating many potentially harmful substances. The safety of herbs has been demonstrated throughout history and by the wide availability of herbal products in recent years. Despite the fact that most people self-medicate with herbs, significant negative reactions are rare.
A registered herbalist’s knowledge of their medicine comes from empirical wisdom gathered over centuries of practice, interwoven with modern scientific understanding and accomplishments. Harvested, prepared, and compounded in accordance with time-tested, traditional principles, herbal medicine is a powerful healing agent.