The Pacific Northwest has many choice edible plants that can be harvested from the wild. Some plants are very healthy and some can add a flavor to your table that can not be bought. But please be careful when gathering wild food as some may not agree with you and some can make you quite ill. Some plants can be confused with inedible or poisonous plants so be sure you know what you’ve harvested before eating any wild plant. There are many great field guides for edible plants, so find a decent one for your area and take it out with you.
Don’t over harvest a single species in one location and never harvest endangered species. Only take what you need. Even though a plant may be edible, its flavor may not be to your liking so before harvesting a plant that is new to you, gather a little and try it out beforehand.
Be careful about gathering wild plants in areas that have been sprayed with pesticides, or in areas where you don’t know if spraying has occurred. I don’t gather wild plants along any roads, the dust from the roads and pollution from exhaust fumes can contaminate the plants. Making them unhealthy for consumption.
So get your book on edible plants and head out into the field, you will have fun, learn about plants and get healthy from both the plants and the walk in the forest.
It is helpful in skin conditions, works well on psoriasis and other skin problems. It is helpful in the treatment of urinary conditions where pain is involved. It also works well in the effective treatment of ulcers and tumors. For lymph issues, combine this herb with herb robert. For psoriasis, combine bedstraw with burdock.
The seeds are a great alternative for coffee, just pick off the seeds, dry them and then place on a cookie sheet, roast in oven until light brown in color, grind them and then you can use as you would any other coffee.
To make a tonic, use scissors to cut up enough to fill a cup container. Use only leaves and stems, no roots or seeds. Place in a suitable container that has fine holes or a piece of cheesecloth tied together and suspend in a litre of water. Place in your fridge and let infuse for 8 to 12 hours. Remove the cleavers, sweeten and drink. This is an awesome spring immune system booster.