The cattail, an unassuming wetland plant, holds a place in our collective consciousness that extends far beyond the boundaries of botanical knowledge or expertise in foraging wild edibles. Its unpretentious presence resonates with people from all walks of life, endearing itself as an icon of seasonal transition and nature’s intrinsic beauty.
The United States of America is home to some of the most diverse and fascinating landscapes on the planet, and the deserts are no exception. These arid regions cover vast swathes of land across the country, with some major areas being particularly renowned for their unique flora.
Life around a campfire is surely one of the most cheerful and happy traits of spending time in the Great Outdoors. So vivid, so peaceful, and yet, it fills you with so much energy.
Walking along any country lane at different times of the year reveals a pleasing assortment of wildflowers, even in early spring. Many varieties of these flowering plants can contribute a delicate bouquet to many wines.
The following herbs are some of the most highly researched, as individuals and modern medicine alike search for answers on how to best assist the immune system in warding off illness and disease.
Back in the old days, the native people of North America used various plants to obtain the needed sugar for their diets. With the arrival of the first settlers, a few of the plants the American Indians used become very popular, and they stay so throughout the years, now being sold commercially.
Wild edible roots, tubers or rhizomes have been the staple of many cultures throughout history. The United States too, would be lost without potatoes. The following wild edible roots will assure your survival if you ever find yourself stranded in the wilderness.
Vampires, cancer, and your neighbors (that is if you breath on them), all have a single common denominator: Garlic combats against them all. Garlic is one of the earliest attested pants to be made useful by humans. It has been used as a treatment for illnesses as well as to maintain health.
Surely, being the outdoorsman that you are, you have had the pleasure (or lack thereof) of viewing the stellar film titled “Into the Wild”. If you haven’t, you should, though it may leave you feeling some type of way for a spell of time (totally worth the overwhelming emotional beatdown).
We can all agree that life in the concrete jungle is not easy. However, it will become almost impossible during a prolonged crisis. Once the cities become cannibalized of resources, your chances of survival will get thinner. One of you choices besides scavenging will be to look for edibles in the city. Weeds are your primary choices and here is what you should be looking for.
There are a multitude of important skills one may need to bring to the table when SHTF. While many are “top-list” and cliché, I fear that a few important abilities have been discarded or perhaps subconsciously abandoned. There were others, however, that disappeared for more shady reasons. Such as today’s topic: The knowledge of medicinal plants in the home garden.
You’ve seen in movies and TV shows how people manage to survive in the wild with the bare minimum. How they manage to procure food through foraging and hunting. Even more, they provide a false sense of security by making these activities look like a child’s play. The reality is totally different and few people have any idea of what foraging requires.
When people hear the word poultice, they think it’s some elaborate way to prepare herbs for healing purposes and some even say it has some kind of mystical connotation. There’s nothing further from the truth, and a poultice is simply another way to apply various herbs directly to the skin. As you will see in this article, these old home remedies are simple to make and use.