Herbs and Wildcrafting

Herbs and Wildcrafting

Snackmaster trays loaded and ready to go

Herbal Antibiotics – the Top 15 Herbal Antibiotics

The Best Herbs and Spices for Colds and Flus

Herbal Remedies for PMS

Cold and Cough Care Syrup and Tea Recipes

Preparedness – Homegrown Medicinals – how I store my herbs, brief over view of chocolate mint, mullein blossoms, lemon balm, red clover blossoms, yarrow, catnip, chamomile, raspberry leaf, hyssop, and mullein

Wildcrafting 101 – The first time I went wildcrafting for medicinal herbs – mullein, St. John’s Wort and Red Clover

“Real” Healing Potions – Introducing the boys to wildcrafting. medicinal uses of yarrow and plantain
The Pocket Guide to Wild Mushrooms Review

Learn Herbs As Food And As Medicine in the Online Herbal Course

How to Grow Stevia and Make Homemade Stevia Extract

How to Infuse Herbs in Oil, Water, Vinegar, Alcohol or Honey

How to Make Homemade Extracts- Vanilla, Lemon and Almond

Eating Bugs – Free Food from Your Backyard – Another form of Wildcrafting

Herbs Gone Wild!- herbal e-book reviews – Herbs Gone Wild! Ancient Remedies Turned Loose, Beauty Gone Wild!  Herbal Recipes for Gorgeous Skin and Hair and Hair Gone Wild!  Recipes & Remedies for Natural Tresses

Cooking with Weeds – Goosefoot Pie and Sauteed Milkweed Pods


Grandma Called it Medicine Leaf – Medicinal Properties of Plantain, How to Infuse Plantain in Oil

How to Make Salve with Infused Oils


Harvesting and Using Dandelion Roots

How to Make Dandelion Wine and Cookies

Bottling the Dandelion Wine

Tasting the Dandelion Wine


Elderberry Health Benefits

How to Make Elderberry Wine

Elderberries – How to Make Syrups and Jellies

Cooking with Herbs

Cooking with Herbs – What to Use When

Don’t Cry Over Cut Onions

Oxeye Daisy

Wildcrafting – Using Your Weeds

Although not standard “garden” elements, my weeds are also harvested for culinary and medicinal use. I write a “Weekly Weeder” series during the growing season, along with other weed related posts.

Weekly Weeder #1 – Recommended Wildcrafting Reference Books

Weekly Weeder #2 – Chickweed

Weekly Weeder #3 – Thistle

Weekly Weeder #4 – Clover

Weekly Weeder #5 – Chicory

Weekly Weeder #6 – Queen Anne’s Lace

Weekly Weeder #7 – Ragweed

Weekly Weeder #8 – Butter and Eggs

Weekly Weeder #9 – Canada Goldenrod

Weekly Weeder #10 – Common Milkweed

Weekly Weeder #11 – Evening Primrose

Weekly Weeder #12 – New England Aster

Weekly Weeder #13 – Common Mullein

Weekly Weeder #14 – Common Plantain

Weekly Weeder #15 – Shepherd’s Purse

Weekly Weeder #16 – Common Nettle

Weekly Weeder #17 – Common Dandelion

Weekly Weeder #18 – Ox-eye Daisy

Weekly Weeder #19 – Catnip

Bulk organic herbs, spices and essential oils. Sin

Winter Cress, barbarea vulgaris – Weekly Weeder #20

Lamb’s Quarters, chenopodium album – Weekly Weeder #21

Wild Geranium, geranium maculatum – Weekly Weeder #22

Common Blue Violet, viola sororia sororia – Weekly Weeder #23

Prickly Wild Lettuce, lactuca serriola – Weekly Weeder #24

Creeping Charlie, glechoma hederacea – Weekly Weeder #25

Sulphur Cinquefoil, potentilla recta – Weekly Weeder #26

Birdsfoot trefoil, lotus corniculatus – Weekly Weeder #27

Purslane, portulaca oleracea – Weekly Weeder #28

Pineapple Weed, matricaria discoidea – Weekly Weeder #29

Common Burdock, arctium minus – Weekly Weeder #30

Common Mallow, malva neglecta – Weekly Weeder #31

Curly Dock, rumex crispus – Weekly Weeder #32

Jewelweed, impatiens capensis – Weekly Weeder #33

Common Yarrow, achillea millefolium – Weekly Weeder #34

Joe Pye Weed, eupatorium maculatum  – Weekly Weeder #35

Heath Aster, aster ericoides – Weekly Weeder #36

Wild Cucumber. echinocystis lobata – Weekly Weeder #37

Velvetleaf, abutilon theophrasti - Weekly Weeder #38

Bay Leaf – Weekly Weeder #39

Comfrey, symphytum officinale – Weekly Weeder #40

Quackgrass, Elymus repens – Weekly Weeder #41

Dame’s Rocket, Hesperis matronalis – Weekly Weeder #42

Tansy, Tanacetum vulgare – Weekly Weeder #43

Wild Strawberry, Fragaria virginiana – Weekly Weeder #44

Not on my site, but a great read – “Weeds: Guardians of the Soil”

I just rediscovered the book “Weeds- Guardians of the Soil” thanks to Phil Nauta, The Smiling Gardener.  I had read a page of this book years ago, and have been wanting to read the rest of it ever since.  Thanks, Phil!

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  17 Responses to “Herbs and Wildcrafting”

  1. You should do a post on the Elderberry plant! Thanks for all the wonderful posts you have done so far. I am learning so much! Just looked at Queen Anne’s Lace….I happen to have tons of it here on my property! Plantain is quickly taking over my yards…some kind of tiny yellow clover that tastes like vinegar, red clover ad white…the list keeps growing! I love finding new “food” on the land that we live on!

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  4. I just love reading these! I have learned so much. I find myself looking at weed everwhere now. LOL. Thanks for all you do!

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  7. I’ve been moving more and more into organic gardening and now want to “grow” edible weeds to go with the ‘greens’ I plant. Also to attract “good” bugs and pollinators. A guy saw some mushrooms growing on my railroad toes and wanted to eat them ….. he said they smelled OK, but I wouldn’t let him do so and told him lots of preople have died from eating mis-identified mushrooms. I know mushrooms aren’t ‘weeds’ but really need to know what is in my yard that can be eaten – and – what should be avoided. I didn’t know thistle was edible. How does one get around those thorns?

    • Is that “railroad ties”? I would not eat any mushrooms growing out of those, as they are treated with chemicals that would be absorbed by the mushrooms.

      One can handle thistles barehanded if one has tough fingers and manipulates them gingerly, but light gloves are helpful. You go for large plants with fat, juicy ribs, and sort of skin off the prickly outside. I’ve also munched roots of small plants as I am weeding – just rinse and go – no skinning.

  8. I need a good post or some detailed information on the look and gathering of Jerusalem Artichoke. I know it grows around here, but each time I think I have Identified it, I turns out NOT to be what I’m looking for. WikiPedia isn’t detailed enough.

  9. Have you ever seen or heard of an Herb Harvesting Calendar?
    It would be wonderful to know what to look for and

    • Are you talking about cultivated herbs or wildcrafted plants? I’ve never heard of a calendar like this. It would be difficult to make, either way, because harvest dates will vary by zone and even by microclimate.

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