10 Herbs From My Spring List

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  1. Justin Baker

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    Spring will be here soon, even though the cold and rain up here in the PNW this time of year sometimes makes it seem as if it will never come! But, as the sun comes out and begins to thaw the soil, the food and medicines become more prevalent. Here is 10 herbs from my typical list for spring foraging:

    1. Yarrow – Used for fever, common cold, hay fever, absence of menstruation, dysentery, diarrhea, loss of appetite, gastrointestinal (GI) tract discomfort, and to induce sweating.

    2. Plantain – Used for bladder infections, bronchitis, colds, and irritated or bleeding hemorrhoids. It is also used to kill germs and reduce swelling.

    3. Dandelion – Treats stomach and liver conditions. It can also aid in the treatment of a multitude of ailments, including acne, eczema, high cholesterol, heartburn, gastrointestinal disorders, diabetes, and cancer.

    4. Chickweed – Treats constipation, stomach and bowel problems, blood disorders, asthma, obesity, vitamin C deficiency disease (scurvy), psoriasis, rabies, itching, and muscle and joint pain.

    5. Miner’s lettuce – Used to as a gentle laxative.

    6. Clover – Used to treat respiratory issues, skin disorders, inflammatory conditions like arthritis, and women's health problems.

    7. Stinging Nettle - Has been used for hundreds of years to treat painful muscles and joints, eczema, arthritis, gout, and anemia. Today, many people use it to treat urinary problems during the early stages of an enlarged prostate.

    8. Dead Nettle – A known astringent, diuretic, diaphoretic and purgative. It's also anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal.

    9. Coltsfoot – Has been widely used for multiple indications, including the treatment of bronchitis, lung cancer, emphysema, inflammation, rheumatism, swelling and water retention, and tuberculosis.

    10. Cottonwood/Poplar/Aspen buds - The resins from the buds possess anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties.
    Keep an eye out on the weather and also at your feet for these medicinal plants and others near you! For a more complete list as well as a map of the U.S. that shows where they grow, check out my review of the book by Dr. Nicole Apelian & Claude Davis on my website -*here*-.

    Good luck foraging!
     
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    Hi, I notice dandelion on your list - one of my reference books suggests using it as a substitute for coffee. Acquired my seeds too late for the planting season, so have not been able to test it yet. Was wondering if you have every used it in that capacity?
     
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    Not as a sub, per se, but I do grind the dried dandelion roots up in my coffee bean grinder with chicory root and the coffee beans. YUMMY!
     
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    dandelion grows well in pots indoors too!
     
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    speaking of chickory, has anyone grown witloof?
     
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    Excellent, will give that a try
     
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