Go Wild With Angelina Elliott: A Teleseminar On Wild Plants and Herbs for Health and Healing
Posted May 30 2010 5:17pm
For the month of June we’ll be focusing on bringing you information about wild plants and herbs! We’ve got some exciting teleseminars and other topics planned, and we’re kicking of June with a fascinating teleseminar with Wild Woman, Angelina Elliott! Join us for an upcoming teleseminar where you can ask your biggest questions about wild foods, herbs and how to use them with Master Herbalist and my gushingly good friend, Angelina! **To access the teleseminar information for this call, please scroll down to the bottom of this article. Thank you! -T-raw
By Angelina Elliott
My days are often started in my my backyard foraging for goodies to use for my smoothies, juices, salads, and daily beauty masks. I look to nature for all my beauty needs, inside and out.
Last year, I had an amazing biodynamic garden and in it I grew gorgeous heirloom varieties of watermelon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, lettuces, herbs, squash, pole beans, cabbages, potatoes, corn, garlic, ginger, onions, blueberries, goji berries, radishes, parsnips, turnips, and medicinal herbs. We had the sweetest, most divine food I have ever tasted. This year, we decided to go wild and I am so glad we did! Although I love cultivated foods, I love wild foods even more. Wild native foods have long root systems that heal, nourish, and fortify the soil, they are stronger and hardier, completely sustainable, and the nutrients in wild plants are far superior to even the finest cultivated foods.
I delight in going into my little jungle where the wild things are! New plants come in as old plants are leaving, so a trip out in my wild garden is always a surprise. The birds, butterflies, bees, lady bugs, worms, and other wildlife appreciate the wild area as much as I do. At any given moment, I can look outside and see birds playing and eating, butterflies and hummingbirds feasting, lizards lounging, and so much more! I have had a bee sanctuary for over 4 years now. I have at least 500,000 bees and they absolutely LOVE IT HERE! We love having them here too, because they pollinate our goodies. I’ve thought about having our backyard certified as a backyard wildlife Sanctuary, as we definitely qualify! We have Mexican parrots that eat fruit and poop trees in our yard. We now have three gourmet varieties of loquat, thanks to you lovely Parrots!
I know that if I ever cultivate my garden again, it will be even better than it was before and this time, I will keep the wilds among my cultivated plants to support, nourish, and provide shade for the cultivated plants. Did you know that wild foods use less water if any at all? Did you know that wild foods have at least 10 times more nutrients than cultivated foods? The best part about wild foods is they are FREE. Wild food gives you freedom from genetically modified organisms, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, and fertilizers. Wild foods are bug resistant and feed the soil while they are growing, so there’s no need for the long list of supplies needed to grow conventional or even organic food. Oh and did I mention, less fuss? So you are probably wondering how to identify the wild edibles in your yard.
Here’s a little safety guideline:
To avoid potentially poisonous plants, stay away from any wild or unknown plants that have–
Milky or discolored sap.
Beans, bulbs, or seeds inside pods.
Bitter or soapy taste.
Spines, fine hairs, or thorns.
Dill, carrot, parsnip, or parsleylike foliage.
“Almond” scent in woody parts and leaves.
Grain heads with pink, purplish, or black spurs.
Three-leaved growth pattern.
Now that we’ve cleared this up, the most common wild safe edibles are: Chickweed, catsEar, dandelion, malva, cleavers, sow thistle, lamb’s quarters, clover, mustard, nasturtiums, coo koo weed, sorrel, and nettles.
How I use the above herbs:
I rotate my greens for my green smoothies and juices using all the above wild edibles.
I put the above edibles in salads along with my cultivated salad greens that came back this year and a few of my tomatoes from my old garden
I use aloe, wild sage, wild rosemary, clovers, and cleavers along with MSM, wild honey, olive oil, seaweed, and home-made coconut yogurt to make my skin masks.
I hope you will consider foraging for wild edibles. You’ll be glad you did. My energy is through the roof, well even more than it was (you all know how hyper I am), I look younger and younger, I feel so full of vitality, and my gourmet foods never tasted so good!
Lots of love
We’ve invited Angelina to tell us all about her wild garden and which plants to use for beauty, health and healing. You’re invited to attend this call for FREE and get your questions answered. The call is happening on Tuesday, June 1st at 9pm Eastern. IF for any reason you are unable to attend the call, simply click this link and you will be able to access the recording.
Go ahead and click that link to send in your questions ahead of time!