Sunday, December 17, 2017

Wilderness Wisdom

I just wrote a whole thing on herbs and lost it. Mary (19) wanted a copy and, by faith, I tried to work my printer. I unplugged my e-machine accidentally and lost the whole writing. So I am beginning again. I taught Mary, when she was little, about all the herbs, and she loves the herbs and gardening. Anyway, here I go again.

We have many wild herbs in our yard that I don’t tear out, and they have been here for the 30 years we have lived here. They are:

  • wild chamomile
  • plaintain
  • white clover and some purple
  • shepherd’s purse
  • milkweed
  • bloodroot

Then I have planted many herbs that come up each year. They are:

  • bushes of rosehips
  • 2 kinds of chives
  • dill
  • bushes of purple yarrow
  • comfrey
  • hops
  • wild onions,
  • many different kinds of mints
  • 2 kinds of catnip
  • lemon balm
  • camphor
  • thyme
  • oregano

I have tried to plant the ginger root but I get too impatient and dig it up too early … same with the garlic bulbs. I also planted red raspberries to use the leaves for tea. Then I plant herbs that will only last the summer … mostly the different basils and hot peppers.

The hops is taking over a lot of the other herbs. Boy, does that stuff grow! I am tearing some of that out.

I use my herbs mostly to make teas. Just bruise the leaves and steep in hot water. Bring the water to a boil first, and then put the herb in a cup and pour the hot water over it. Put a little plate over it to keep the steam in and let it steep for about 10 minutes. In the summer, I make a glass of iced tea and then I will wad up a handful of mint and put this in my iced tea … or I use lemon balm or catnip. As you wad up the leaves, the oil will come out into the tea. Very delicious!!!

Of course, with the hops, you harvest the buds at the end of the summer.

The rosehips, you don’t pick until the same time.

The chives, you use for a garnish, and shepherd’s purse, too.

Milkweed we used to get rid of warts, etc.

We used alot of the comfrey for rabbit food, but it can be used for a tea, too. Also, the comfrey roots are a good medicine.

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