Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wildharvest!

I thought I'd share some photos from recent wildharvesting trips we've made around the community. There's nothing I'd rather do! Later, when the harvest slows a bit, I'll post more information on the many wonderful benefits these lovely plants offer, and how to utilize them.

Weed Heaven! :)
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Mullein - without a doubt, one of my all time favorite herbs.
Leaves to dry and to tincture!

Mullein flowers, close up. Aren't they beautiful? They're a bit labor intensive to harvest, but it's a true labor of love. It's very calming and good for the soul. I'm going to tincture some, and make a healing infused oil with the rest.
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Beautiful Sumac berries, jam packed with Vitamin C and makes a delicious lemonade!
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Elderflower, a gorgeous cold and flu remedy, if there ever was one. I wouldn't be without this reliable remedy in my cupboard! The berries are ripening now, as well, and I'll be harvesting some this weekend for yummy elderberry syrup.

Elderflower, close up. Lovely.
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Canada Goldenrod, so bright and cheerful! So very underappreciated, and one of my favorite remedies for upper respiratory congestion, among other things ... I look forward to seeing this wild beauty bloom every year in late Summer.
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My husband and 4 year old daughter, harvesting Red Clover.

Bountiful Harvest! Some to dry, some to tincture ... another gem for the herbal medicine cupboard.
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Stay tuned, and happy harvesting! :)

6 comments:

Cynthia said...

I look forward to the follow up for this post. I am not familiar with the medicinal benefits of goldenrod so I am looking forward to reading about it. It grows wild here by me and I use it in my natural dyes all the time. It produces a beautiful shade of bright clear yellow.

Harold Stiver said...

Interesting posts.

I think there is a lot of knowledge about medicinal qualities of herbs and plants that needs to be passed on.

Cheers,Harold

Leanne said...

Cynthia - I'm working on the new goldenrod post right now, so stay tuned!

Harold - Thank you! :)

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CatHerder said...

oh i love the sumac berries, theyre so pretty!

Leanne said...

Thank you!

And I agree, the Sumac berries are pretty. They really do make the yummiest pink lemonade!